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Need Help Narrowing Down Which Loire Chateau to Visit

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So many chateau...so little time! Our current plan is to leave Mont St Michel early in the morning, drive 4 hours, and stop at Chateau de Villandry for 2 hours or so. We love beautiful gardens and the chateau sounds inviting, too. If there is time, we'll stop briefly for a walk around Amboise, buy chateau tickets at the TI, and go to our lodging in Blere (Moulin du Fief Gentil). After unpacking, we'll have dinner in Blere or return to Amboise (15 minutes away). Does this sound doable?

Blere is very close to Chateau de Cheonceau and we plan to be there when it opens. We are considering seeing Chambord in mid-day and then Cheverny in the late afternoon for the feeding of the hounds, or Chaumont-sur-Loire (mostly for the gardens) if there is time. I realize this may be planning too much in too little time, so I would welcome comments about the amount of time needed to tour the chateau and opinions about prioritizing chateau.

Without buying a ticket, can any of the chateau be approached closely enough to view the exterior and take photos? We are actually more interested in seeing that and the grounds than touring inside (although the roof line of Chambord and the double helix staircase sound intriguing.).

Another alternative would be to return to Amboise to see Chateau du Clos Luce after Chenenceau and possibly Chambord or Chaumont.

Finally, how arduous is the climb to the top of Chambord to see the turrets up close?

I hope this isn't too confusing! Thanks for your guidance.

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