Visit of Amboise

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What to do and see during Amboise's visit. Guide to the main lists of interest.

Amboise is a beautiful town that must be visited slowly, without haste. In addition to the castle, beautiful with a picturesque view of the valley, you can visit interesting monuments. Moreover, visiting Amboise can not be separated from Chenonceau, not far from here.

For this reason, we recommend staying at least one night in the city.


Visit of Amboise

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Leaving Gare d'Amboise, the center is reached in about 15 minutes of walking, crossing the Pont du Maréchal Leclerc.
The beautiful old town, and the Castle, are shown in all their beauty.
At the heart of the Loire, the small islet de l 'The d'Or divides the river into two branches. Precisely in this strip of land, you will find the Municipal Campsite; a good base for the Loire.

Once the bridge is over, it is the Castle to capture all the attention. Charming, suggestive and with a really crazy view. You will have to take the long ramp to access the terrace. From here, the view over the Loire and the old city is truly magnificent.
Beautiful interiors and rooms too. Take care of the gardens. In the Chapelle Saint Hubert, a real Gothic jewel, is the tomb of Leinardo Da Vinci.
The Castle is open every day of the year with prices, for adults, starting from 11.70 € per person. Possibility to use audio guide or iPad.
All the info on our special page, from this link.

The Michel Debré square, from which the Castle dominates, is a succession of shops and clubs. A little further on, before taking Rue François 1er, a beautiful view shows the Tour de l'Horloge, along Rue Nationale. In the fifteenth century it represented the real main entrance door of the city. With Charles VII it was transformed into a bell tower and, after a public subscription, a clock was installed.
Rue Nationale, is a real shopping street with shops and lots of boulangeries and halls from The. At Boulay Jean Marc Bertrand Jean-Marc Bertrand, the quality of the products is really good. Further on, L'Ancrée des Artistes is a good-value bistro. Super quality, a little higher prices and a little longer waiting time for Les Arpents; who was there, he was pleasantly satisfied.

Amboise - Eglise Saint-Florentin rue François Ier (1-2014) 2014-08-18_15.42.45

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Not far away, Saint-Florentin is a beautiful church, historic monuments from the 1962. Closed for many years, only in the 2010 has been reopened to the public. Today, you can admire the interior in neo-Gothic style, the stained glass windows of the master Max Ingrid and a holy water font, a historical monument from the 1907.
Temporary exhibitions are often held.
The Church is open every day of the year, from the 10: 00 to the 19: 00. Free entry.

Going entirely through Rue Nationale, you reach the église Saint-Denis, a church built in the 12th century, and originally dedicated to pagan worship. Beautiful entrance, sculptures and paintings inside.


Chateau Clos-Lucé was the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci, a key stop during Amboise's visit.
You can let yourselves be carried away by the genius of Leonardo who, in this place, spent the last years of his life, from the 1516 to the 1519. You can visit the beautiful park of over 7 hectares and the house of Leonardo, with the bedroom brought back to its origins, a chapel and several rooms.

Clos light 04

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Do not miss the perfect reproductions of his great inventions, fully functional, set up in the park. You can really learn everything about Leonardo's genius.
Open every day of the year, except the 25 / 12 and the 01 / 01.
Opening hours: January, 10: 00-18: 00; February-June, 09: 00-19: 00; July-August, 09: 00-20: 00; September-October: 09: 00-19: 00; November-December, 09: 00-18-00.
The full ticket costs 15.50 €, while reduced for children from 7 to 18 years, 11.00 €. You can buy tickets directly online through this link.

From here, you have to walk for less than 10 minutes on the Allée du Pont Moulin to reach Chateau Gaillard, a place not to be missed when visiting Amboise.
An estate of great historical interest, having belonged to the royals. In his prestigious possession, Charles VIII presented to the visitors his rare and
exceptional citrus species.
Moreover, Chateau Gaillard was one of the first Renaissance Castles in France.

The Castle is rather small, but rather suggestive, with recently restored rooms. The estate, moreover, was opened to the public for the first time in the 2014.
In the various hectares of land, you can walk along the various paths, including scents and colors.
Open every day, from 31 March to 04 November, from 11: 00 to 19: 00.
Only in July and August, every Friday, guided night tour to the 22: 15. We highly recommend it for the beautiful glance of the estate, all lit up.
The full-fare ticket, including guided tour, costs € 12.00. Reduced, from 7 to 18 years, 8.00 €. Free for children under 7.

Mini Châteaux Val de Loire Sully-sur-Loire-2

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For those wishing to stay in the area, we recommend a trip to the Parc des mini-chateaux which, in its two hectares, offers 40 faithful reproductions of the most important parks in the Loire. All this, made in an area with games and attractions for children.
We are sure that this park will make the happiness of both adults and children during your visit to Amboise.
The Park is perfectly accessible for people with reduced mobility.

The Park is open from March 31 to November 04.
The rate for adults is € 14.00, and for children from 4 to 12 years, 10.50 €.
Free for children up to 4 years old.
Minipark Castle is located a short distance from the center, about 3500m from the Royal Castle. A good solution could be to arrive by bike; with the two wheels you can also turn inside the park.
Ample parking is also available.

Of course, your visit to Amboise can not be separated from Castle of Chenonceau, among the most beautiful in the area. If the time at your disposal was tyrannical, do not linger and go directly to Chenonceaux.
You have to travel about 13 km to get to your destination.
If you do not have your own vehicle, we recommend the bus line C. The ticket buys on board at the cost of 2.40 €. Eye only at frequencies, really limited. You will arrive at your destination in about 10 minutes.
The train is not recommended because there are no direct connections; you will have to move in the direction of Tours and then take another train to Chenonceau.

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