Visit the Royal château overlooking the Loire river. Valois
and Bourbons graced Amboise with their presence until the Revolution.
Today, it is the property of the Saint Louis Foundation, presided
over by the Count of Paris.
In July and August there is an historical pageant called "à
la cour du roi François" (at the court of King François),
complete with performances by actors in period costume.
The Manor house (The Clos Lucé) is where Leonardo Da Vinci
lived until his death in the early 16th century. Da Vinci was an integral
part of the royal court and organised the royal festivities. The manor
reflects how he lived before his death and actually houses models
made from blue prints of his many inventions including the helicopter,
the parachute, etc.
La Pagode de Chanteloup
An 18th century symbol of the people's interest in the Oriental arts,
it is now all that remains of a magnificent chateau built by the Princess
Settled between the Loire and the Cher river, Tours is located in
the heart of the Touraine region and reveals its historical heritage
in the old center of the city at Place Plumereau, the château
and its cathedral or with its ancient basilica of Saint-Martin.
Fine food and wine
Goat Cheese from Sainte-Maure de Touraine
Vineyards and wine markets : 9 AOC (appellations d'origine contrôlée
) labelled wines
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil
Gardens and nature
The International Parks and Gardens Festival: At the Château
de Chaumont-sur-Loire from June to October
Château de Villandry gardens
Château de Valmer park and gardens,
Priori of Saint Cosme gardens,
Château de Bouges. Park and gardens
Carrière troglodytique de Vignemont (Loches)
See the unique white troglodytic homes and stone of Touraine
L'Aquarium de Touraine à Lussault sur Loire
See over 10.000 fish from our rivers, streams and lakes as well as
other tropical species
Le parc des mini-châteaux
On 2 hectares, see reproductions of about 25 châteaus of the
Loire valley at 1/25 scale . It is the ideal place to choose the real
châteaus you will wish to visit.