VISIT AMBOISE, LOIRE VALLEY
WE TAKE YOU TO AMBOISE & AROUND
Our tailor-made luxury holidays in the Loire Valley take you to another must see place. Even if its difficult to distinguish the beauty of the Loire Valley Chateaux, one which offers the most beautiful view of the Loire river remains the château d’Amboise. But, above all, historically speaking, the château d’Amboise is a major monument as it has been the laboratory of the Renaissance, this aesthetic and spiritual revolution, under the reign of Charles VIII who sourced this new architectural style in Naples, Italy and decided to transpose it in the loire Valley.
Wishing to adopt this new style discovered in Italy, Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany brought the Loire Valley and the entire kingdom into the French Renaissance, a combination between the decorative profusion of Flamboyant Gothic and the more marked symmetries style of the Renaissance.
Their dream is to transform Amboise into a palace with a new taste, into a prestigious and comfortable place.
Amboise becomes during the Renaissance, an imposing, refined royal residence, the place to be seen. After the Louvre, it is the castle which has seen the greatest number of kings, from Charles VII to Louis XIV. Charles VII, Charles VIII, Francois 1st, Louis II, all have passed through Amboise and left behind them, astonishing treasures, especially through furniture. Some, dating from the 15th century, offer something to immerse yourself in the Kings’ everyday life.
The royal residence has seen the Charles VIII wing appears, but nothing symbolizes the modernity of Amboise better than its ingenious Tour des Minimes. This cavalier tower is one of the finest examples of innovation from the end of the 15th century. We think it is a defense tower but it is an illusion because it is a gateway. It is in reality a ramp of 5 loops which allowed the horses to pass from the level of the city to the level of the castle terraces.
A famous character also marked Amboise: Leonardo da Vinci. From the Château d’Amboise, we can reach the Clos Lucé which is the Leonardo da Vinci’s castle, where some of his inventions and his pictorial works are exhibited. This remarkable genius succumbed to the charm of Amboise to the point of wanting to rest a few meters from the castle, in the Saint-Hubert chapel which is in theory the artist’s last home.
The reign of Charles VIII marked a profound revival of lifestyles. Of course, this craze for Amboise did not last forever and in the 16th century, royal stays became rare and the castle was then used as a prison. A multitude of inscriptions in all languages are visible on the walls, mainly in the Tour des Minimes.
After Amboise, Blois castle will have the honor of the King of France. Louis XII succeeds Charles VIII and takes Anne of Brittany for wife. Having grown up in Blois, the castle of Blois becomes his main residence and the reconstruction of the castle undertakes.
EXAMPLE ITINERARIES FEATURING AMBOISE
We have no fixed itinerary, because at In-Luxe Travel France, true luxury follows no one else but you and combines rarity, knowledge, know-how, intuition. Take these itineraries as simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have in the Loire Valley.
Our luxury wine tours make you discover the best wines from the Loire Valley through appellations such as Pouilly, Vouvray, Chinon, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil… In the most exclusive Loire Valley wineries, you meet families of winemakers from father to son, mother to daughter, learn about their wine making process step by step, taste their variety of whites, rosés and reds.
France is teeming with listed sites which are true treasures of its heritage. In the Val de Loire, the châteaux, former residences of the Kings of France, immortalise the nobility, extravagance and…
MUST SEE & DO IN AMBOISE
What you shouldn’t miss to see and do while visiting Amboise
Visit the burrial place of Leonardo da Vinci
Visit the Saint-Hubert Chapel of the royal castle of Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is burried, a jewel of the 15th and 19th centuries.
COOK WITH A MICHELIN STARRED CHEF
Improve your culinary skills cooking a recipe with a double Michelin-starred Chef, then sample the delights you have created.
MEET LEONARDO DA VINCI AT CLOS LUCE
Meet Leonardo da Vinci painter, architect, visionary in the park and discover how nature inspired his work. Enter the captivating atmosphere of his restored workshops, library and study.
OTHER DESTINATIONS YOU MAY LIKE
Our luxury private Champagne tasting tours are an invitation to live a unique experience. Our oenologists make you discover the history and the cellars of family houses which wrote the history of champagne, a journey through time which will take you to the depths of sumptuous Gallo-Roman Crayères.
Paris, the most romantic capital city in the world, will captivate and enchant you with its beauty and unbeatable elegance. During our Paris private guided visits, learn about the Louvre Museum’s biggest masterpieces without spending all day there, admire the architecture of the very famous Opéra Garnier outside opening hours, and discover an unmissable historic heritage of the right bank
Paris has shaped its image as the undisputed capital of elegance through renowned celebrities and many centuries of history. While Paris evokes images of haute couture, creators of the avant-garde, it’s firstly a culture which has opened more than 300 theatres and museums to us in incredible buildings. Truly make the most of your stay in Paris….