15 days in Monte-Carlo, Lake Como & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Monte-Carlo, Lake Como & Istanbul Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe journey builder
Make it your trip
Fly to Nice, Shuttle to Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 3 nights
Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights


Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 3 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Monte-Carlo is known for zoos & aquariums, casinos, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo trip builder website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Monte-Carlo is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Monte-Carlo, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Varenna.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Varenna, Italy — 3 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi) and Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Varenna tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Varenna takes 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Monte-Carlo in November: high temperatures in Varenna hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Como.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Como, Italy — 2 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Life Electric, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Como route maker app.

Getting from Varenna to Como by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Como are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Istanbul, Turkey — 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Istanbul to Gallipoli to see Sinan Pasa Turbesi about 3h 45 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning app.

Fly from Como to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Como in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 15:

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."