12 days in Istanbul & Montpellier Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul & Montpellier Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Montpellier, France
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dublin to Istanbul. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Montpellier.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Montpellier, France — 4 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Avignon (Musee Calvet, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: walk around Maison de la Nature, don't miss a visit to Chateau de L'Hauture, do a tasting at Cave Ourouse, and catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Montpellier takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Montpellier, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Montpellier, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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