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Visit the town where Charles VIII of France was born and Leonardo da Vinci died. Explore lavish palaces and the fields and forests of the Loire Valley.

The wealth, power and prestige of French monarchs from previous centuries are easily seen in the royal residences in and around Amboise. This medieval town in the Loire Valley served as the part-time home of the French royal court during the 16th and 17th centuries. Explore historic palaces, then venture into the surrounding countryside to see more palatial buildings.

Amboise’s most visible attraction is the Chateau d’Amboise, which served as the residence of such French monarchs as Charles VIII and François I. Tour the well-preserved interior of this grand structure. Located on a hilltop overlooking the town, there are panoramic views to be enjoyed from its 130-feet (40-meter) Minimes Tower. Below is the River Loire, where you can see the small Golden Island and its homes and old church.

Nearby is the Chateau du Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. Step inside the furnished rooms on the first floor, then go down to the basement to see models and animations based on some of his inventions and ideas.

Approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the town is the Pagoda of Chanteloup. The 18th-century tower stands over a pond on the outskirts of a forest. Climb the stairs to the top of this 144-feet (44-meter) tall structure and look out over the Loire Valley.

See more of the region by taking a drive or bicycle ride and visit some of the royal residences that dot the countryside. The Chateau of Chenonceau and the Chateau of Cheverny are two of the most popular. Look at French palaces in miniature at the Parc de Mini-Chateaux. It features 44 scale models of the area’s royal homes amid a landscaped garden.

Amboise is less than a 3-hour drive from Paris. The sumptuous palaces and countryside are pleasant escapes from the French capital city.

Top hotels in Amboise

Hotel Lanex
Hotel Lanex
4 Rue Voltaire, Amboise, Indre-et-Loire
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The price is £54 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in the heart of Amboise, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Château d'Amboise and Clos Lucé Castle. Château-Gaillard and Mini-Chateaux Park are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (34 reviews)

"Very small room and bathroom. Daily cleaning of room. Very convenient location that is walkable to the 2 famous chateaus. and free parking at night."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Hotel Lanex
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Chaptal, Amboise (Inter-Hotel)
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Chaptal, Amboise (Inter-Hotel)
3 out of 5
13 Rue Chaptal, Amboise, Indre-et-Loire
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £60 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in the heart of Amboise, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clos Lucé Castle and Château-Gaillard. Mini-Chateaux Park and Pagoda of Chanteloup are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (254 reviews)

"on average"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Chaptal, Amboise (Inter-Hotel)
Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
Amboise, Centre-Loire Valley
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Situated in Amboise, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. St. Denis Church and Château d'Amboise are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
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"Appartement correspondant tout à fait à ce que nous souhaitions."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
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Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
Amboise, Centre-Loire Valley

Situated in Amboise, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. St. Denis Church and Château d'Amboise are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
parfait pour visiter Amboise

"Appartement correspondant tout à fait à ce que nous souhaitions."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Zen Apartment in the Heart of Amboise
Le Manoir du Plessis
Le Manoir du Plessis
42 Rue du Rocher des Violettes, Amboise

This family-friendly Amboise cottage is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Clos Lucé Castle and Château ...

Le Manoir du Plessis
Le Clos Renaissance: Spacious Apartement Hôtel Particulier 15th in the Heart of Amboise
Le Clos Renaissance: Spacious Apartement Hôtel Particulier 15th in the Heart of Amboise
6 Rue Joyeuse, Amboise, Centre-Loire Valley

Located in the heart of Amboise, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Loire Valley and Château-Gaillard. Château d'Amboise and St. Denis ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Clos Renaissance

"We stayed for a short three-night stay. We found the apartment to be spacious, clean and perfectly situated in Amboise being close to the chateau and main walking street. The apartment is in excellent condition and the rich history made the stay very rewarding. We would stay here again if we were ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019

Le Clos Renaissance: Spacious Apartement Hôtel Particulier 15th in the Heart of Amboise
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