Amboise Travel Guide

  • Da Vinci Memorial, Amboise, July 2008
    Da Vinci Memorial, Amboise, July 2008
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Amboise Things to Do

  • Taste some Loire valley wines

    Whether you visit some vineyards, find a wine bar, relax in a cafe or enjoy it with dinner, do make sure that you sample some of the terrific Loire Valley wines.With names like Chinon, Vouvray, Saumur and Bourgueil among others, you can find a white or red wine that will please your palate.

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  • Chateau d'Amboise

    I come here several times a year, business and then family as we gather our house wines in the area.What can I add more to one of the most beautiful of the Loire castles, a bit of history tells us that by the year 503AD, Amboise enters our history as there the meeting of Clovis ,king of the Francs and Alaric, king of the visigoths took place. AFter...

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  • Clos-Lucé

    The museum gives a nice idea of how Da Vinci lived and worked. But it's the park that is really the great attraction to me. Great tip for children, I think. Fun and educative.

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  • Chateau du Clos-Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci

    Cant talk about the castle without telling you Leonardo Da Vinci lived here did his works here,and died here. Buried in the chapel.a bit of historyThe story really starts with the reign of king Louis XI in 1471. The castle is offered by the king to his favorite Etienne le Loup, that noble by the king takes residence there. The place was then call...

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  • The Garden

    Walking along the ramparts, we can see the big garden with beautiful shape of the trees, it's a Italian style with Mediterranean scenery.

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  • The music Room

    In this room we can see the collection such as grand piano, portrait of Louis-Philippe, portrait of Emir abd-el-Kader, Louis Philippe pedestal table, portrait of queen Marie-Amelie, wife of Louis-Philippe, with 2 of her sons, chairs etc....

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  • The Louis Philippe Room

    Louis Philippe was given the chateau d'Amboise by his mother Louise-Marie-Adelaide de Bourbon-Penthievre. The future king of the French (1773,1830,1850) acquired 46 houses surrounding the chateau to have them demolished, so clearing the remparts. The royal wing was decorated according to the tastes of the time.

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  • The Franciscan Antechamber

    I like to see the ornate fireplace here, with its carvings of intertwining ropes, symbol of the Franciscan monastic order. and of the decorative chain of the order of St. Michael. The wood panel above the fireplace decorated with a salamander, favorite symbol of François I.

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  • The Cupbearer's Room

    This room re calls changes in table manners at court, where the cupbearer served drinks. Medieval trestle tables would be replaced by fixed tables. Italian-style tables then became fashionable, richly decorated and extendable. despite the timed introduction of the two-pronged fork, knife and spoon remained more popular up to the reign of Henri III.

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Amboise Restaurants

  • A lunch to remember

    When we visited in June 2014, La Breche was rated #1 on Tripadvisor and people were saying all kinds of good things about them. When we arrived in Amboise, we called to make a reservation for dinner and couldn't - they were booked solid for the duration of our stay. Plan B - we made lunch reservations. I was a bit disappointed we had to 'settle'...

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  • New, fresh and delicious..

    The restaurant is a combination of new and traditional food - and all very well done. The restaurant has a modern feel to it, but the customers were a mix of tourists and town folk. The wait staff was very professional and friendly. Our French is not so good, but we were able to communicate and enjoy every moment there. We liked it so much that we...

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  • Simply French country cooking

    Before the son-et-lumière show at the castle we dined in the garden of this simple restaurant where the owner did the meat on the barbecue.Google on the restaurant name to get some more info. It's been a while since I was here but I remember having an enjoyable meal.

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  • Gourmet cuisine

    Oh dear. New owners I'm afraid and the celebrated chef Jacqueline has gone. The food was a great disappointment after our previous experiences. We have stayed here many times in the hotel and I was expecting a treat. Last visit May 2012.Still a beautiful location, but as they say, you can dine in a palace, but if the food is not good, it's hardly...

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  • Busy, useful restaurant in Amboise

    Chez Hippeau is a brasserie by the Hotel de Ville in Amboise. There is parking by the Loire river and a lovely walk along the dikes. There are benches and flowers and it's a lovely way to start your visit of Amboise.When you spot the chateau, head up the hill toward it and you will immediately notice Chez Hippeau on your right. If it is a nice day,...

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  • Very pleasant low-key restaurant.

    The Golden Lion is a delightful restaurant located along the Loire River in Amboise. Since it was just down the street from our hotel, we thought we would give it a try and we were glad that we did. The nicely decorated restaurant has a comfortable feel to it, especially the large fireplace at the end of the room.The service was very good and...

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Amboise Nightlife

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    by ATLC Written Jun 12, 2013

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    A French son-et-lumière is always a spectacle for young and old. The backdrop is the castle with the surrounding grounds. Lots of horses, dogs, actors, carts, wagons are involved. A bit of fighting noise and fireworks. Singing and dancing... a historic story with a dash of romance, usually.
    The big spectacles are in French but the story is 'thin' enough for you to understand ;-)
    I can't remember what the story was at Amboise, but it's a feast for the eye and very entertaining.

    Google "son et lumiere amboise" for the most current info on calendar and reservations.

    Dress Code: No dress code, but the venue is in the open air and late at night.

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Amboise Transportation

  • How to get in and out- Amboise

    Amboise the Loire, dept 37 one of the most beautiful regions of France,and they are many.how to move around here on public transport is here3 lines of buses C, LMC, and TAhttp://www.tourainefilvert.com/the TER Loire Centre trains serving the town the train station is at rue Jules Ferry, http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/Centre/fr/Default.aspxthe city...

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  • Transportation to Amboise

    Paris to Amboise by Train:Trains from Paris to Bayeux leave from Paris Austerlitz station, in the 13th arrondissement. Métro lines 5 and 10 as well as the RER C stop there. The first one in the morning leaves a little after 7AM, and run almost continually after that, especially at rush hours. Ticket prices vary widely depending on what time of day...

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  • Touring with Acco-Dispo

    We used Acco-Dispo for transportation and touring while in Amboise. They have tours that can be booked on just about every day and are also available for private tours. We actually took advantage of both services.We booked a day long chateau tour and along with five others, we had a wonderful day exploring various chateaux. The vehicle was...

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Amboise Shopping

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    by gwened Written Oct 27, 2013

    This is a very nice big outdoor market along the walls of the castle of Amboise,we come often as I gather my wines from the area just near it at Limeray.

    There are actually several and even a short Christmas market, but the main one is along the Loire and up along the walls of the castle every Fridays from 8h to 13h, and Sundays 8h to 14h. there is a typical one of local crafts as well call
    Foire d’Amboise et fête foraine and its done the 3rd week of April and the one I never missed is the
    Foires aux vins or wine fairs with the local producers done the weekends of Easter and August 15 at Place Michel Debré , and even nicer in the cellars or caves of the Castle (that comes out into the market when in place so very nice ambiance)

    You should time your stay with a trip to the market and castle.

    What to buy: we buy the local wines and cheeses especially the goat cheeses

    What to pay: best prices for the local products

    market day at Amboise off Chateau shopping market along castle of Amboise
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Amboise Local Customs

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    by Herkbert Written Jul 23, 2011

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    While traveling around we encountered a few street performers that made us smile. My favorite of all the performers are the accordion players who are good and play the music that lets me know I'm in France.

    If they're good, we always tip them and I will always ask for a photo.

    Street performer in Amboise
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Amboise Warnings and Dangers

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    by ATLC Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    The castle at Amboise offers a Son et Lumière which is a wonderful show of actors, light and sound effects, depicting the history of the castle, its inhabitants and history of the region.
    When you buy tickets do not reserve seats on the back row. The view to the show is fine but if you are afraid of heights, there's a very deep drop if you dare to look over your shoulder.
    That back row namely, is right on the edge of the castle wall. Although I haven't estimated, it may be a drop of 20-30 metres.
    It's perfectly safe, but not good for the stomach of some!
    The 2nd photo in this tip is even more scary!

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Amboise Off The Beaten Path

  • walk the vinyards of Amboise Touraine

    Well this is my area that go every year to gather wines, sorry dont have too many photos here.Just in case you are dropping by on July 1 every year there is a walk in the vinyards of Limeray of the Amboise-Touraine appellation, held by the Lions international charity club and several winegrowers n the region.First Sunday in July, 6 kms from city...

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  • Pagoda de Chanteloupe

    one of the unique sites coming out from Amboise away from the Loire is the pagoda of chanteloupe It is along road D431 very easy by car.10€ for adults admission now,check site for updates.great for the children as it is around a lake and on the road to quaint town of Blére on the river Cher.There was a castle here from 1715 but Étienne François de...

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  • Visit other chateaus nearby

    I'm not sure this qualifies as "off the beaten path" since these are also famous chateaus. However, Amboise is a good base for exploring the area since it's easy to drive and to get in and out of town. There are many wonderful chateaus within an easy drive so take advantage of it and visit:Chaumont, east of Amboise on the Loire, is a gorgeous...

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Amboise Favorites

  • Clock Tower

    This is also called the Amboise Belfry and was erected in the 15C. It overlooks a lively pedestrian street. The latter is full of charm, and is lined with all types of shops, including souvenir shops and cafés.

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  • Amboise - a gorgeous town on the Loire

    One of my fondest memories is walking through the streets and alleys of Amboise, buying postcards from the souvenir shops, and treating myself to a pain au chocolat for the first time. I was so nervous about ordering in French in France for the first time, I mispronounced the French word for bread. Bread in French is pain, but it should be...

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  • Nostalgia for Amboise

    My favourite part of Amboise was being able to visit the Clos Lucé, although a lot of it had to do with being with the right people at the right time. It was our first full day in France and we had just seen the Chateau de Chambord and were now admist Leonardo da Vinci's home goofing off in the garden. It was a bit surreal. I loved exploring...

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