Château d'Amboise

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Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

1. Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa) during his time in France at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis 1st of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Luce in the autumn of 1516. Appointed "first painter, engineer and architect to the King", Da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the "ideal château". With this admission ticket, you will receive access to both the castle and park. The visit will begin in the bedroom of Leonardo da Vinci, the site where Leonardo died in 1519 at the age of 67. From the window, you can see the Saint Hubert Chapel at the Royal Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Da Vinci. Whilst in the Leonardo da Vinci Park, you will learn about the artistic creations and major inventions of the artist. You will enter the imaginary world of Da Vinci, seeing the world as he did in these unique grounds.

From Paris: Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

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

Discover some of the finest castles of the Loire Valley on a guided day trip from Paris. Transfer by air-conditioned minibus to the castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise. Walk in the flower gardens of the Château de Chenonceau, and gaze at the delicate arches that cross the Cher River. Learn the extraordinary history of the building, which was run by women for much of its time in existence. Continue to Chambord to investigate the largest castle in the Loire Valley. Marvel at the extravagant architecture and double spiraled staircase of the royal Château de Chambord. See the hundreds of columns and spires that adorn its roof. End the day at the former home of King Francois I, and see the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci at Amboise village and the Château d’Amboise. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it was a favorite royal residence and was extensively rebuilt.

From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

5. Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

From Paris, set off directly for the Royal Castle of Amboise - open every day (except on 1 January and 25 December). When you arrive, take a walk in the town of the Amboise and see the beautiful castle from the outside and stroll around this historic city. This symbolic monument and its landscaped gardens offer wonderful panoramas of the Loire Valley, which rightly deserves the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the castle of Amboise with an audio guide (if the castle is closed, visits to similar castles such as Chambord or Cheverny are available). Get acquainted with French history from different angles in an exceptional location of political and artistic importance within Europe during the Renaissance. Discover what would have been the intimate moments in a sovereign's life, learn about daily life in the court, and get the chance to peek behind the scenes.  Finally, discover local gastronomy at a local restaurant. Savor a 3-course lunch which includes a starter, main, and dessert. This final stop will also give you an opportunity to learn about some emblematic French wines. Visit 2 different wineries in unique locations and explore the caves and taste up to 5 different glasses of wine. Meet the people who produce delicious bottles as you follow them to the caves and hear their stories.

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What people are saying about Château d'Amboise

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 409 reviews

A very enjoyable and informative day in the Loire Valley. Each of the 3 castles was very unique and our guide, Guillaume, was great and shared a lot of helpful information about the history and region. We really enjoyed lunch at La Reserve in Amboise. As noted by some others, the wine tasting is a fairly brief part of the trip and more like tasting a few samples at a wine shop - it was nice but don’t expect a major focus on wines. Overall a highly recommended trip!

Very interesting visit. Residence on a human scale which allows you to appreciate the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Well-made children's booklet that holds you in suspense until the exit. Restaurant near the very pleasant water wheel. Informative walk in the gardens and immersive show perfect to end an enriching day.

The tour was organized and stayed on time. The guide was fun and kept everything entertaining.

Interesting for all ages. The little ones liked it a lot The egg hunt in the park has a lot

Beautiful castle and an astonishing garden. An educational experience!