Château d'Amboise
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Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

1. Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

Ditch the hassle of long lines and start exploring the Château Royal d’Amboise. A place of residence for French royalty from the 15th to 19th centuries, the castle has hosted a long list of famous renaissance figures — most notably, Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb stands in one of the Château’s chapels.  Experience a classic expression of French luxury as you wander the balconies, terraced gardens, and broad roofs, all providing a panoramic view of the famous Loire River. Explore the grounds and buildings further with the Histopad, a tablet-based experience that grants visitors a look back in time to the château in its heyday. The HistoPad technology offers a spectacular way to enrich your discovery of the royal château of Amboise. It includes 3D recreations of the Loggia, the interior decoration, and recreations of scenes from life at court. 2020 exhibitions • “Travel like the kings.” In 2020, the magic of travel and roaming will be celebrated at the royal château of Amboise. In particular, with the exhibition: “On the route of the traveling princes”, on display throughout the entire season.

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From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

2. From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

Wander through the Loire Valley's gorgeous castles and gardens. Travel along the King's Road to visit the Chambord, Amboise & Chenonceau Chateaux with our friendly driver-guide. Dine at "Au Gateau Breton," a charming 200-year old inn, for lunch. Discover the famous castles and gardens of the Renaissance with an all day tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. Let our friendly driver-guide pick you up from your Paris hotel. Visit the cradle of the Renaissance, Chateau Amboise, one of the first truly royal residences of its kind. Follow in the footsteps of the great kings of France as you view a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Next, stop at Chateau de Chenonceau. Admire the wealth of beauty both inside and out, which makes Chenonceau the most popular chateau in France. Learn about its tumultuous history as the castle passed from Lady to Lady. Then, you will have free time to enjoy lunch (not included), followed by a french wine tasting. After a full day wandering the castles and gardens of the Renaissance era, return to Paris aboard our deluxe minibus. Last stop will be at the royal Chateau de Chambord, one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci, then living at the Clos Luce in Amboise, made several plans and models used for its construction. While visiting Chambord, take pleasure in one of Europe's finest parks, covering over 13,000 acres, and is Europe's largest wooded park.

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From Tours/Amboise: Chenonceau, Clos Lucé & Wine Tasting

3. From Tours/Amboise: Chenonceau, Clos Lucé & Wine Tasting

Get picked up in the morning before driving to the Loire Valley and start your day touring the Château de Chenonceau. The Chateau des Dames bridge built across the Cher is famous for the great heroines who lived there (Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Next, head to a wine tasting with a wine specialist at Caves Ambacia in Amboise. An oenologist will welcome you into the caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour. This will be followed by a wine tasting of Vouvray wines.  After this, tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and the young François d’Angoulème, future Francois I. Discover a perfect example of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance architecture and the Saint Hubert Chapel, which today houses the grave of Leonardo da Vinci. Finally, head to the Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life there and died there in 1519. See his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, and be awestruck by his invention room, displaying models of his most spectacular inventions. End your day by being dropped off in Amboise at 5:30 PM or in Tours at 6 PM.

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Amboise: Self-Guided Loire Valley E-Bike Tour with Tasting

4. Amboise: Self-Guided Loire Valley E-Bike Tour with Tasting

Make the most of a self-guided bike tour through the beautiful landscapes of the Loire Valley. Ride at your own pace to discover the lovely town of Amboise and the amazing Vouvray vineyards. Learn everything about the impressive royal Chateau of Amboise and the fascinating Clos-Lucé, which was the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.  Cycle along the Vouvray vineyards and learn a lot about this renowned wine appellation. Stop for a guided visit followed by a wine tasting in a Grand Wine house of Vouvray. Finally, enjoy a great viewpoint over the city of Tours and discover its outstanding cathedral. 

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What people are saying about Château d'Amboise

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The chateau provides a self guide for you so the entry tickets were the way to go - less expensive than a tour and a tour is not required. you go at your own pace. We went early in the morning when it opened and there were no crowds

A trip not to be missed, beautiful and well done

If you are in Paris and don't have the time to take a full tour of the Loire, this is the best solution. We also had a good and caring guide, Rudolph.

The guide Jean Marc was excellent!

Wonderful day seeing beautiful castles. Jean Marc was enthusiastic, informative & very sweet! Great tour. I would highly recommend.

I greatly enjoyed this guided tour! The guide, Marion, was very knowledgeable and extremely welcoming. She made the experience.

Rami was a great guide, very creative in negotiating the inherent complexities of travel reopening, and a great resource.