AmboiseCulture & Heritage Article published on7th August 2021
This article was updated on 7th August 2021
The chateaux and restaurants have all reopened and the 2021 season has started for good. With all we’ve been through in the past 18 months, it feels like being free again! Nestled between the shores of river Loire and the deep forest, Amboise is the perfect location to discover the Loire Valley. And above all, to rediscover some lost sensations. Great air, the wish to discover new places, the taste of local food, the feeling of outdoor activities… Need more to be convinced?
Visit the Loire Chateaux and make some new experiences in the Loire Valley:
The Loire Valley chateaux, gardens, parks, zoos and cultural activities are all open and accessible this summer.
From July 21st, accessing any of these activities (chateaux, monuments, zoos, parks, gardens…) requires showing a Green Pass = proof of vaccination or negative COVID-test for all visitors aged 18 and above:
= full vaccination (7 days since the second shot for vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca and 4 weeks since the Janssen).
= negative PCR/antigenic test under 72 hours
= certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test
A test-centre for PCR-antigenic tests is open on place Michel Debré (under the Royal Castle Amboise) from Monday to Friday (10.00 am – 12.45 pm / 2.00 pm – 3.45 pm) and on Saturday (9.00 am – 12.45 pm). These tests are free for French nationals and have to be paid for international visitors.
The reservation of a time slot is mandatory if you wish to visit the chateau of Chenonceau. It is highly recommended to visit the Clos Lucé. For all the other chateaux, tickets can be purchased on site or at the Tourist Office Amboise.
The Tourist Office Amboise Loire Valley is open in July-August Monday through Saturday 9.30 am – 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm – 6.30 pm and on Sunday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm.
Enjoy some fresh air in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley landscapes
Rent a bike and wander around in one of the many cycle trails departing Amboise. The Loire à vélo trail takes you westwards of the shores of the river Loire and through the Montlouis vineyards. A signposted and safe trail. If you cycle southwards, the loop 47 takes you down to the beautiful chateau of Chenonceau. 20km of paths through the woods then along the river Cher with a beautiful reward at the end: the fairytale Ladies Chateau! Horseriding, canoeing, tours with a segway ou escooter… In Amboise, this summer has a sweet taste of freedom and fresh air!
Our restaurants are open. From August 9th 2021, showing a Green Pass is mandatory for all clients aged 18 and above.
Our hotels, B&Bs, campings and guesthouses have prepared your beds. Family room or high-standard hotel, charming house in the oldtown or country house…there’s room for everyone!
The shops and stores of Amboise are open, especially in the old town. Our bakers, chocolate or candy makers, butchers are looking forward to making you taste their creations.
Our cellars and wineries are waiting for you, in the respect of all current measures.
The Amboise farmers’ market, voted #1 in France, takes place in the city-centre every Friday and Sunday morning, on the Loire banks.
The Sound & Light show of the Amboise Castle will not take place in 2021.
Wearing a face masks is mandatory inside the stores, monuments as well as in the market, and strongly recommended outside.
This information is given following the latest government’s decisions. For further information, please visit the Ministry’s official website.