Amboise - beating heart of the Loire Valley

By following the Loire River from Blois downstream or from Tours upstream, you will arrive in the picturesque city of Amboise. Its Renaissance fortified castle, overlooks the city and its tiny streets. You will enjoy wandering around this charming place, along the dikes of the Loire River or in the lively shopping street.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise

The Amboise castle was partially destroyed, however, the elegance touch of the Italian architecture still prevails. Adjacent to the chateau, stands the ravishing Chapelle St-Hubert built in a Gothic style. The remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried there.

Leonardo Da Vinci arrived in the Loire Valley in 1516 with the Mona Lisa - which is now exposed at the Louvre Museum in Paris - and was offered by King Francis Ist the manor of Cloux, which is called today le Clos Lucé.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci tomb in Amboise

Saint Hubert Chapel in Amboise castle  - ©Fondation Saint Louis

 

Amboise is central to visit the most famous castles of the Loire

Amboise is one of the most visited cities in the Loire Valley: close enough from Paris, many travelers indulge themselves a day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley. This is a real pity: there is so much to see, feel and experience in the Loire, that coming for a day only will bring one thing: frustration.

We recommend our travelers to spend at least 3 to 4 days to have an overview of the Castles Country. The Loire Valley lovers can easily stay for 2 weeks - even coming back several times - without getting bored.

 

Honeymoon in Amboise Loire Valley

©ADT Touraine - David Darrault

 

Where to stay in Amboise?

Amboise hotels are often overpriced and may not match our travelers’ expectations: this is why we have selected beautiful places - just few miles away or sometimes even in a walking distance from Amboise old city, for our travelers to be comfortably accommodated to enjoy their stay in the castles’ country.

We always do our best to handpick great accommodations: B&Bs, hotels, boutique-hotels, perfectly located to tour around the sightseeing area, remaining away from the tourist crowds.

For those who want to experience staying in a chateau or an historic mansion, we will be happy to plan accordingly. 

Renaissance chateau in the Loire valley

Nice Boutique-Hotel in a castle near Amboise

 

What to do in Amboise ?

In Amboise, enjoy a wine tasting or stroll along the Loire River on market day. We will also tell you where to have a drink to get the best view over the town and its castle at sunset!

If you are lucky, you might see the traditional fishermen from the Loire who are still supplying some local restaurants with delicious eel type fishes. 

 

 

Some of our best sample itineraries including Amboise

Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4050
Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Dordogne & Provence

France Just For You has organized its own very special Tour de France. No need for a bike but be ready for a great deal of adventure! This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to all the must sees & dos in four of the most enthralling regions of France.

Wine Tasting Tours
Villages & Markets Tours
Gourmet Food Tours
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3480
Region
in Burgundy & Loire Valley

Explore and fully experience two "very French" regions, both famous for their gastronomy, wines, beautiful landscapes and very rich heritage.

Wine Tasting Tours
Villages & Markets Tours
Countryside Tours
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3180
Region
in Loire Valley & Bordeaux

Uncover every hideaway and detail of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux UNESCO heritage sites. Taste typical regional food at your hosts’ table and stay at Bed & Breakfasts with unique atmospheres.

Heritage & History Tours
Villages & Markets Tours
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3810
Region
in Normandy & Loire Valley

Normandy & the Loire Valley are 2 regions of France you should not miss: the climate is mild, the people are very welcoming and history is around every corner.

Wine Tasting Tours
Heritage & History Tours
Countryside Tours

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Our Travelers’ Photos

Tonia & Peter
from Canada
at the Louvre Museum in Paris
Alan & Lucelle
From South Africa
In Mont Saint Michel at the border between Brittany & Normandy
Peter
from Canada
Truffle Hunting in Dordogne
Roy & Maureen
From Australia
In Biarritz Food Market, enjoying some white wine with oysters
Yvette & David
from the US
on the French Riviera, near Nice
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from Korea
in Nice
Linda
From Australia
Making Chou-Buns at Valerie's
Gary, Barbara, Lori and Ron
from the US
After a cooking class in Provence
Ron
From the US
Cycling in the Loire Valley vineyards
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from Canada
on the Pyla sandbar near Bordeaux
Bev & John
from Canada
in Bordeaux
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from the US
At their B&B in the Loire Valley

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