Amboise is situated on the banks of the Loire, in the district of Tours and in the region of Centre. The Val d'Amboise has the largest castles in the Val de Loire and the most finest gardens.
The history of the town of Amboise is back in the fourth century BC, during which an important Celtic oppidum was built on the site of "Chatelliers". Archaeological excavations of the site have uncovered many artifacts dating from the prehistoric times.
During the medieval period, many lords fight over the town of Amboise because of the strategic position occupied by the town at that time especially for the control of river. The Lordship of Amboise was then attached to the royal domain in the fifteenth century by King Charles VII of France who built a castle.
During the religious wars of the sixteenth century, the conspiracy of Amboise led to the execution of many Protestants. During the eighteenth century, the city experienced economic prosperity and became the residence of the Duc de Choiseul. In fact he bought the Chateau de Chanteloup and built a pagoda.
You can discover the history of Amboise with evening shows,guided tours costumed or by taking a boat to appreciate the view of the castles. The city is also famous for its cave sites, witness of artisans skills in mushroom cultivation and of silkworm ...
Sights in Amboise
Museums and monuments to visit
Château d'AmboiseThe Chateau d’Amboise, symbolic monument of the French history and heritage, has splendid gardens and offers a unique view on the Loire Valley. The castle became King Charles VII’s ...
Château du Clos LucéClos Lucé, last home of Leonardo Da Vinci The story of the castle started under Louis XI during the 15th century then continued under Charles VIII and, in 1515, Francois I’s mother bought ...
Musée de l'Hôtel de villeThis fine museum is housed in Amboise's former Town Hall (16th century) and recounts this royal town's history. Admire Aubusson tapestries, datinfg from the 14th century and the carving of ...
Tour de l'HorlogeThe Clock Tower was built in the XV century on an ancient city gate, then called Porte de l'Amasse. Located in downtown, since it's a must for tourists.
Eglise Saint-FlorentinThe church of Saint-Florentin is one of two parish Churches in the town of Amboise(Indre-et-Loire), located within the old city and near the Royal Castle.
Fontaine Max ErnstThe fountain of Amboise was sculpted by Max Ernst in 1967 and inaugurated in 1968, it's part of works for public space the most interesting of the XX century.
Église Saint-SaturninThe church of Saint-Saturnin Limeray is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Limeray. Built around 1032 by Lord Hugh Limeray, Saint Saturnin church was rebuilt many times in the twelfth, ...
Château de ChenonceauThe Chateau de Chenonceau is simply marvellous. The castle is built in the Cher river and shines through its architecture, its history, its gardens, its tapestries and furniture collections and its ...
Musée des beaux-artsThe Musée des Beaux-arts is located in the former palace of the Archbishops of Tours, one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley, classified as historical ...
Château de Chaumont-sur-LoireThe castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire is located on the banks of the Loire river between Amboise and Blois, in France. It is listed as a World Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO. It was listed as a French ...
Val de Loire
- Thème : Sites and museums
- Départ : Amboise
- Durée : 6 jours
The 'Val de Loire' area was listed world heritage by UNESCO and is located in the Loire valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire.
- Thème : Sciences and discovery
- Départ : Blere
- Durée : 5 jours
Bléré is a commune located in the Indre-et-Loire department in the Centre region
- Thème : Walks
- Départ : Chenonceaux
- Durée : 3 jours
Chenonceaux is a commune located in the Indre-et-Loire department in the Centre region.
Medieval cities in Loir-et-Cher
- Thème : Sciences and discovery
- Départ : Montrichard
- Durée : 2 jours
Visit the medieval cities of the Loir-et-Cher
Château de Pray
- 02 47 57 23 67
Hôtel Le Pigeonnier de Fombêche
- 02 47 50 20 90
L'Aubinière Hôtel Restaurant
- 02 47 30 15 29
Château de Vallagon
- 02 54 32 15 82
Kyriad Tours - Saint Pierre des Corps
- 02 47 44 30 40