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    English spoken

    The audioguide tours are avalable

    in English, German and Dutch.

    Good to know

    The average temperature is 12°C or 53,6°F.

    The guided tour lasts 1h30.

    Reservations are required to visit the Grottes d'Azé.

    Access to the Grottes d'Azé : Rizerolles - 71 260 Azé, near to Mâcon and 1 hour from Lyon by car.

    GPS coordinates : Long. 4° 45' 41" /  Lat. 46° 26' 17"


    For more information : contact us at +33 (3) or by email to grottes.aze@cg71.fr

    Grottes d’Azé: delving deep into Earth’s history since 1963

    The Cave of the Underground River

    Explore the cave of the underground river with its intricate walls sculpted over thousands of years by the water’s flow. Listen to the rush of the river and enjoy this subterranean landscape.

    The Prehistoric Cave

    From the Lower Paleolithic (300 000 BP) to the Middle Ages, humans intermittently occupied this site, where they left behind numerous tools and other artifacts.

    But they were not the only guests … Other visitors, far more frightening, found refuge in the depth of the cave: cave bears.

    The Grottes d’Azé stand apart from other European sites with their well-preserved cave bear and lion fossils.

    Opening hours 2018

    April 1 – June 30

    • Open every day
    • Guided tours last 90 minutes and start at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.

    July 1 – September 1

    • Open every day
    • Guided tours last 90 minutes and start at 10:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

    September 2 – October 1

    • Open every day
    • Guided tours last 90 minutes and start at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.


    October 20 – November 4

    • Open every day
    • Guided tours last 90 minutes and start at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.


    • Under 6 years old: Free.
    • Adults: 8€.
    • Children & students: 4,5€.
    • Family: 17€.
    • Groups: For adults: 6€ / pupils-students: 3,5€.

    Reservation: call +33 (3) or by email grottes.aze@cg71.fr