The childhood home of Charles VIII and the final resting place of the great Leonardo da Vinci, elegant Amboise is pleasantly perched on the southern bank of the Loire and overlooked by its fortified 15th-century château. With some seriously posh hotels and a wonderful weekend market, Amboise has become a very popular base for exploring nearby châteaux, and coach tours arrive en masse to visit da Vinci's Clos Lucé.
Amboise destination guides
Loire Valley Cycle
Visit the vineyards and chateaux of the Loire valley
Chateaux of the Loire on Foot
A walking adventure to discover the chateaux, vineyards and forests of the Loire Valley