Amboise Travel Guide

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Amboise Things to Do

  • Clos Luce

    One of the two major sites for tourists in Amboise, The Clos Luce was the chateau where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his last few years (1516-19). There are several different parts to see at this site. The first is the house (chateau), each room furnished. It is perhaps less overly decorated than one might expect given that Leonardo was held in such...

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  • Hotel de Ville Museum

    It was starting to look like there was going to be a downpour, so I ducked into this museum as I was making my way to the cheateau.This is the former residence of Pierre Morin, the treasurer to Louis XII. Until the 1970's this building served as the Hotel de Ville, until a more modern (and large) building was constructed for that purpose. Today it...

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  • Planning to see the chateaus

    The Loire Valley is the place to come if you want to see the chateaus of the French royalty and their noble friends. That being said, you will want to be selective about what chateaus you choose to visit. Why? Each chateau has an entry fee, usually about 9-15 euros. This can get pretty pricey in a hurry if you are not selective.To safeguard against...

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  • Minivan tours to the castles

    Like any visitor to the Loire Valley you are most likely there to visit the great castles nearby. Problem is that while some are accessible by train or bus, many others are not. A number of companies offer tours to the castles in a minivan. These are only offering transport, please bear that in mind. The drivers are not tour guides, though they...

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  • Chateau de Amboise

    The chateau dominates the view of Amboise. A castle has been here as early as the 9th century due to the strategic qualities it has. The view not only over the city, but over the Loire River is excellent, making it easy to defend if necessary. The chateau's time in the limelight began when it was confiscated by Charles VII, King of France. Charles...

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  • Office of Tourism for Amboise

    The Office of Tourism is located right on the main street going through town. I found it a valuable resource for information about the city and the whole Loire Valley region in general.Amboise is one of the usual starting points for bus tours going to the chateaus, the meeting place is usually directly in front of the Tourist Office.You will get...

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  • St Florentin

    This quiet church right near the market square in Amboise was first consecrated in 1484. I hadn't expected the relatively simple, almost bare, interior. The church has been renovated after damage suffered in World War II which destroyed the stained glass windows. Over time it was changed to a Renaissance church. There is no entry charge and the...

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  • 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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  • 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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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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    Spectacle Son-et-lumière: Sound and light show at the castle

    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

  • Pay Attention-don't miss your stop

    Pay close attention on the TER. On the TGV station stops are announced in both French and English, on the TER they are announced in French only. The announcement inside the train shows the next stop coming up. On the TER train you will be going toward Orleans, Amboise will be the first stop.If you are the only one getting off at the stop you should...

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  • Getting to Amboise

    Perhaps the easiest way to get to Amboise if your plane lands in Paris is to get the TGV.This will take you to St Pierre de Corps, which is on the outskirts of Tours, Amboise is one stop (11 minutes) from there. The TGV from the airport takes about 2 hours to St Pierre, and its a short ride to Amboise from there. The TGV is of course a high speed...

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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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Amboise Local Customs

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    All the world's a stage..

    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.

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Amboise Warnings and Dangers

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    Back row: scary !

    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

  • St. Denis church

    Most of what you will see in Amboise is from the Renaissance. The church of St Denis is a bit older. Built in 1107 by the first Lord of Amboise in the Romanesque style of the period. It was later updated in the 16th century. Still an active place of worship it retains a lot of older decoration. Still, it is a nice change from the grand cathedrals...

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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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  • DaVinci found

    I knew that Leonardo DaVinci had lived his last few years in Amboise and was burried somewhere in the area. I intended to try to find out where sometime during our 3 days in Amboise. It turned out that I didn't have to. On the way out after going through Chateau Amboise I noticed a little white building sitting off by itself and decided to walk...

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Amboise Sports & Outdoors

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    Fishing by the bridge

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 17, 2015

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    We went to the other side of the bridge to get some pictures of the castle and noticed some guys fishing. This one guy pulled out a huge fish (catfish?). He got a chance to show off.

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Amboise General

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  • 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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