Half day walking tour of Amboise: Chateau and Church

Tour Number

Activity Level

218196


Categories

Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for children 10 years and older, especially if they have an interest in history.

Friendly: No.
There are not too many stairs, but Amboise is not flat and there are a number of ramps and paved slopes to walk up and/or down. Please wear closed comfortable shoes for the tour as we will be on our feet a lot. There are some opportunities to sit in the chateau grounds, and of course, you can take a pew in the church.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational)

The residence of kings and the resting place of their codebreakers


This walking tour visits the Royal Chateau of Amboise and the Eglise Saint Denis. The chateau is a well known architectural and historical gem which dominates the small picturesque town. The nearby Saint Denis's Church houses some extraordinary funerary monuments, whose true history is not widely known, even by the locals. The two places make an exceptional day out and can easily be done as a day trip from Paris or Tours.

Itinerary

We will begin by visiting the Chateau of Amboise, home to many of the medieval French Kings, Queens and their royal children. The chateau battlements provide a superb view over the River Loire and the picturesque town of Amboise. Inside the chateau is richly furnished, with a particularly good collection of French Renaissance furniture. I'll tell the stories of the various royal occupants, their triumphs and sorrows, births and deaths in this historic place. Because my background is in the care and management of historic sites I will also talk about the behind the scenes aspects of running the chateau. Later we will walk through the town and up the hill to Saint Denis's Church where we will find some extraordinary funerary monuments belonging to royal courtiers. I will tell you the fascinating background to these expressive sculptures. The church is medieval and I will point out some amusing carvings typical of the era, as well as some nice 19th century additions.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at Amboise railway station if you travel to Amboise on the train (I can provide instructions for how to purchase tickets in advance and which train to catch).

If you are already in Amboise or drive to Amboise I will meet you at the bottom of the entrance ramp to the Chateau (opposite Bigot's pastry shop).

I will be holding a greeting board with your name on it.

End location: If you are catching a train immediately after the tour I will walk you back to the station. If you are not catching a train the tour will end at Saint Denis.

Duration: 4 hours

Transportation

This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

I will accompany you throughout the chateau and church and assist you with the practicalities of getting to Amboise.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

12 euros - entry fee to the chateau is about 12euros per person

What’s Extra

Chateau admission.

Fares to and from Amboise. If you are coming from Tours a return train ticket will be about 12 euros. If you are coming from Paris a return ticket will be about 65 euros (but specials may be available for advance ticket purchase). I will provide instructions for purchasing tickets in advance online and other practical information.

Note that this tour does not visit the Manoir de Clos Luce or take afternoon tea at Bigot's, but I am happy to point you in the right direction for an independent visit at the end of our tour.

This tour is a walking tour and does not include the use of our classic Citroen car.

If you are looking for a step on guide for a bus tour please message me for a quote.

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