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The Rough Guide to Istanbul Paperback – 1 Jul 2009


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; Original edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848360681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848360686
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The best all-round coverage of attractions and places to sleep and eat' - Sunday Times, London

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on 4 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Rough Guides are an established part of my pre-travel planning. As ever, the July 2009 edition of the Istanbul guide gives a good general overview for anyone visiting the city for the first time. It's helpful for dividing the city into areas of interest, making it easier to decide where to concentrate, and it's particularly useful for introducing you to the transport system - essential if you're going to get out of the city centre.

One area where this guide falls down is in the accuracy of much of its information on opening times. As the book itself reminds us, "opening hours are notoriously fickle", but I experienced so many disappointments that I gave up trusting it, choosing instead just to turn up and hope for the best (which turned out to be a more reliable approach). I'm writing this review less than twelve months after this edition of the book was published, so I wonder just how much checking was undertaken last time. Hmm.

Nor is this a specialist book. If you're coming to Istanbul, say, because of your interest in Byzantine history or Islamic architecture, there are more useful books for you. As I say, the Rough Guide is a *general* overview of the city, trying to appeal to all visitors. Like any generalist guidebook, it therefore risks disappointing those with a particular reason for visiting the city.

Finally, as in other Rough Guides, maps are an approximation only, depicting roads where there are none, missing roads which exist, and locating sites in the wrong place. In my experience this is a common failing in Rough Guides, so don't rely on them for finding your way round - supplement your purchase with a separate, detailed map.

So, two cheers for this book. Definitely recommended if this is your first visit to Istanbul, but don't be surprised if it lets you down on some of the detail.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Gonzalez Albert on 2 Feb. 2010
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Near perfect guide, however the guide was published in July 09 and we visited Istanbul during Christmas, you could easily multiply by 1.5 every price point in the guide... other than that the dining places recommended are spot on, the maps are great and the background info on every neighborhood is great
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I bought this book and also DK Eyewitness Guide to Istanbul and I'd definitely recommend doing this as they provide very different info. This book is great for maps, restaurants and other practical information, and also more indepth information, about history etc, Istanbul (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)whereas the other is much more visual. I liked this one as I like more info, and my mum used the other one more.
I found the restaurant information useful and correct. However it was sometimes difficult to find the information I was looking for; I felt it could have been better organised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dalesman on 13 May 2010
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This guide never left my side during our recent 5 days in Instanbul (April 2010). The maps were clear and detailed enough to navigate by, and as well as pointing out the major tourist atttractions, it highlighted some of the smaller gems that we would have missed otherwise.
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I love visitng great cities and the Rough Guide is normally my choice for carrying around with me and getting accurate information on the places to see, restaurants to use, bars to drink in etc.

The Rough Guide to Istanbul is no exception. Everything you could possibly need to know, and more, is contained within the book! In fact it was so good that on one evening towards the end of the holiday, my friends joked that I had not brought it out on the town with me! - I had become that much of a bore. I had even managed to convert them into being fans of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires by the end of the trip.

A great City, and a good reference book maintaining the reputation of the Rough Guides.
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As usual Rough Guides has presented an invaluable source of information for any one visiting or generally interested in knowing more about this wonderful city, Istambul.
The author, Terry Richardson is based in Antalia and obviously knows Turkey as well as, if not better than the locals.
If you are thinking of travelling to Istambul, this book is just the ticket.
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By Elisa Cavatorta on 18 July 2010
Format: Paperback
The Guide arrives on time. It offers good insights
about the city, corners visited by locals, relatively precise maps and historical explanations.
We enjoy reading it. If you are looking for detailed historical descriptions however,
maybe a specialised guide would be better.
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By Louise Taylor on 10 April 2013
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Took this along with me on one of my Formula 1 trips, I knew I didn't have much free time in Istanbul and this book helped me make the most of it.

Information on the historic sights gives a good idea of what to expect when visiting places around the city.
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