Amboise spreads gracefully along the banks of the Loire River, its maze of timbered streets dominated by the impressive Chateau d’Amboise. Famously the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, the Clos Lucé Mansion where he died is a place of pilgrimage and well worth visiting. For a luxury hotel escape, Amboise offers a rich recipe of culture, scenery, chateaux and, of course, gastronomic treats.
Perfectly located in the meandering grandeur of the Loire valley.
Things to do
Looming above the town is the Chateau Royal d’Amboise – a stone’s throw from your luxury hotel and rich with architectural delights. If the great castles of the Loire inspire, you’ll find the mighty Chateau de Chenonceau just 18km away too and the pretty town of Tours only 30km away.
The Loire region is rich farming country, dominated by its legendary vineyards and the great river itself. The best way to savour its natural beauty is on a serene boat trip form Amboise, returning to savour the unique bounty of the area at your hotel in the evening.
FOOD & DRINK
Cuisine is regarded as a fine art here. Amboise is a renowned centre for fine dining, fresh local produce and legendary wines – from Muscadet to Pouilly-Fumé, Anjou to Vouvray.
Explore the mysterious Grenier de César’ – ancient underground grain galleries carved from the solid bedrock.
Top tip from SLH