Welcome to Amboise
Elegant Amboise, childhood home of Charles VIII and final resting place of the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci, is gorgeously situated on the southern bank of the Loire, guarded by a towering château. With some seriously posh hotels, fine dining and one of France's most colourful weekly markets (on Sunday morning), Amboise is a convivial base for exploring the Loire countryside and nearby châteaux by car or bicycle
Top experiences in Amboise
Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris
The largest of the Loire castles, the turreted Chambord Castle was built for King Francois 1st as a hunting lodge. The intricate stone "double helix" staircase leading up to the spires and turrets of the rooftop terrace is thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Cheverny Castle is the most beautifully furnished of the Loire Valley castles, with a fine collection of 17th-century furniture. Herge, the Belgian creator of Tintin, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny Castle. Chenonceau Chateau was built over the River Cher in traditional Renaissance style, and is known as the Chateau des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the influence of the famous women who lived there. The chateau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diance de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and saved from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin. Guests traveling in Winter (November 1-March 31) also receive a typical lunch and drink. During the summer (April 1 - October 31) lunch is not included but the guide will advise on places to eat.Please note: On Mondays and Saturdays, the tour will visit Amboise instead of Cheverny.
Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord Chenonceau and Amboise
Enjoy a day in the French Countryside while you explore three remarkable Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Join a small group, day tour, from Paris and spend the day marvelling at the beautiful Renaissance castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise! Wander through the flower gardens of Chenonceau, gaze at it’s delicate arches which cross over the Cher river, and learn the extraordinary history of this Chateau which was run by woman for most of it’s existence. At Chambord you’ll marvel at the largest of the Loire valley chateaux admiring it’s extravagant architecture with double spiraled staircase and hundreds of stunning columns and spires which adorn the roof. Then at Amboise you’ll visit the home of King Francois 1st, the tomb of Leonardo DaVinci, and experience the charming village attached to the Chateau!Tour highlights: - Chateau de Chenonceau: This chateau has is remarkable for its feminine history of mistresses and ex queens of france as well as it’s unique aches over the River Cher. - Exquisite French Gardens: The gardens of Chenonceau are rivaled only by Versailles. With more than 130,000 flowerings plants and shrubs they are truly stunning! - Chateau de Chambord: This Chateau is famous for its outstanding architecture with an amazing double spiral staircase and dozens of unique spires on it’s roof! - Chateau d’Amboise: This Château has known the birth of princes, the reign of Kings, and the death of the greatest Renaissance master, Leonardo DaVinci! - Small group: You will be in a group with no more than 8 people and your guide! So individual attention and quality time with your guide can be guaranteed. - Comfortable A/C Van: You’ll ride in a brand new very comfortable minivan. You can even pick up some nice souvenirs and we’ll put them in the back for you. - Live Guide: Hear an introduction to the Loire Valley region and the history of each Chateau our professional guide who will be happy to answer any questions you have. - Visual Aids: Your guide will carry old maps and and pictures that will help you to better understand
2-Day Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
Depart from central Paris by air-conditioned coach and head through the Aquitaine countryside to the town of Blois in the Loire Valley, where the Royal Château de Blois awaits. Tour the beautiful castle with your guide and learn of the many French kings who once called it home. Enjoy free time in Amboise for lunch, then discover the spectacular Château du Clos Lucé, famous as the final residence of painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century. Head on to explore the beautifully manicured Gardens of Villandry with your guide. On the second day of your tour, enjoy guided tours of Chenonceau, Cheverney and Chambord — three of the Loire Valley’s finest castles. Marvel at the blends of architectural styles you see and admire the fine arches of the Château de Chenonceau stretching across the Cher River. At the end of your castle visits, travel back to Paris by coach where your tour will conclude.
Small-Group Tour to Chambord and Chenonceau Chateaux with Lunch at a Family Chateau from the town of Tours
9am: Start at the Tourist Office in Tours, and get into our minivan, off to Chambord! More than a castle, this work of art is a glorious historical place that will take you to the heart of the Loire Valley: your guide will make this trip back in time a fun and captivating experience. He will select for you the most emblematic rooms to visit and share with you memorable anecdotes. He will point to hidden details of interest, and will show you to breathtaking views of the castle. So get ready to travel back in time of French Renaissance! Then enjoy a coffee break in Chambord Park, with the castle right in front of your eyes. Unforgettable!Lunch will take place off the beaten path. You will enjoy tasty local food in the tiniest of all Loire Valley castles! Hosted by the French Countess who lives there permanently, indulge in the nice and cozy atmosphere and feel like the owner of the place!Next step is Chenonceau! On the way, get a good look at all the must-see castles of the French Valley of the Kings: Chaumont, Amboise, Clos Lucé... Château de Chenonceau: this is the most visited historical monument in France. Admire this unique castle built on a bridge across the Cher River. With your guide, stroll through the gorgeously-manicured gardens à la Française named after the famous ladies who lived in the castle: "Catherine de Médicis" and "Diane de Poitiers". Take your time to appreciate the refined architecture and feminine influence that prevails in each room of this renowned castle, all decorated with beautiful antiques and the most divine fresh flower arrangements. After this exceptional visit, your tour-guide will offer you to share a delightful aperitif with local products in a secret little corner of the park, with the most striking view of Château de Chenonceau.A spectacular day you will never forget.7pm: Back to the Tourist Office in Tours.
Loire Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Amboise
Choose a sunrise or sunset balloon flight, then hop into your 4x4 vehicle at your Amboise hotel for the journey to the launch site. On arrival, watch your balloon being inflated and listen to a safety briefing from your pilot. With your balloon ready for flight, jump into your basket and take to the skies!During your 3-hour flight, watch the sun rise or set over the forests, lakes, rivers, and towns of the Loire Valley. Capture bird’s eye views of the vineyards and orchards, and listen as your pilot points out famous landmarks such as the castles of Amboise, Chenonceau, or Villandry. Enjoy a smooth touchdown, then toast your flight with a glass of bubbling Champagne. Receive your flight certificate, then return in comfort to your hotel to conclude your tour.
Small-Group Tour to Chambord and Chenonceau
Take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan at the tourist office in central Amboise, then meet your guide and relax on route out of town toward the 16th-century Château de Chambord. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views over the pretty French countryside.On arrival, explore the suites and hallways with your guide and admire the beautiful Renaissance architecture for which the castle is famous. Afterward, enjoy a coffee break in Chambord Park with fine view over the exterior of the castle. After lunch in a local castle hidden off the tourist trail, head onward past must-see castles such as Amboise, Chaumont, and Clos Lucé to the Château de Chenonceau — one of the most visited historical monuments in France. Here, explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy sweeping views over the Cher River. Head inside for a second castle tour, and take time to appreciate the refined architecture and feminine influence that prevails in each room. After your visit, enjoy a traditional aperitif with local products in a hidden corner of the park. At around 7pm, return in comfort to central Amboise to conclude your tour.