Aven d'Orgnac

A great site with many dimensions

A breathtaking marvel of nature


Aven d'Orgnac - majestic underground caves

Aven d'Orgnac is an underground cave, listed as a Great Site of France and discovered in 1935 by a French potholer. The cave is located just a short distance from the Gorges de l’Ardèche, near Orgnac-l'Aven. This cave in the Ardèche region is a world reference centre for the underground environment.

You’ll encounter a landscape that will take your breath away and the added lighting effects enhance this idyllic setting.

Explore the Aven d'Orgnac cave on a guided tour

During the guided tour, you’ll descend some 700 steps to get to the chambers at 120 metres below the ground. But don’t worry, there’s a lift to take you back to the surface!

  • Robert de Joly chamber, 50 metres underground
  • Chaos chamber, 100 metres underground
  • Red chamber, 121 metres underground

Each of these chambers has its own special character. Come and admire the enormous spaces with their stunningly beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.

 Other things to see at Aven d'Orgnac  

  • Cave exploration inside the cave, with four routes to choose from and one designed for children between 7 - 12 years.
  • Wine-tasting tours to discover and try wines buried 50 metres under the ground.
  • Virtual 360° tours to find out about the inaccessible archaeological and spelaeological sites during the Prehistoric period
  • Open air prehistoric animations around the Cité de la Préhistoire museum.

Cité de la préhistoire - a modern, fun-filled museum space

Go back in time at the Cité de la Préhistoire as it recounts the 350,000 years of our western ancestors’ history. Find out how they lived, from the ancient Palaeolithic period until the first Gauls.

To bring the tour to life, you’ll be immersed in a world of sound with 3D animations of reconstructed everyday life, interactive touch screens as well as demonstrations about fire and other prehistoric activities. You can even see the actual objects that belonged to our ancestors, which have been unearthed in the Ardèche and the northern Gard regions.

This place promises a fun-filled visit where you can get closer to our ancestors.


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