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The Rough Guide to Istanbul [Paperback]

Terry Richardson
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1 July 2009 Rough Guide to Istanbul

The Rough Guide to Istanbul is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of the best attractions Istanbul has to offer. Discover the frenetic city of Istanbul from the top of the Galata Tower with its breathtaking views across Istanbul, or from the labyrinth Ottoman shopping complex of the Grand Bazaar. Packed with detailed, practical advice on what to see and do in Istanbul this guide provides reliable, up-to-date details of the best hotels in Istanbul for all budgets. Featuring detailed coverage on a full range of attractions; from the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque, to cruises up the Bosphorus, you'll find expert tips on exploring Istanbul's amazing attractions with an authoritative background on Istanbul's rich culture and history. Explore all corners of Istanbul with the clearest maps of any guide and practical Turkish language tips.

Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Istanbul.



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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: 5.1 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,108 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near pefect 2 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good general overview but not without flaws 4 July 2010
By Jeremy
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By H. Moon
Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 13 May 2010
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information 10 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to visit! 15 Jan 2013
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An easy read full of helpful advice and suggestions. Everything from where to stay to where to eat. Makes a good combination when used alongside trip advisor. Would have liked a little more pictorial input.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Oct 2011
By Gray
Format:Paperback
Just back from a holiday in Istanbul and found this guide invaluable. Although printed in 2009 a slight allowance for inflation still makes it a great guide to dining out. Info on sights to see bang on, the details on the Metro system saved us a lot of money alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 Aug 2011
By Dina
Format:Paperback
Very useful book. Great contextual information and very easy to use. The information in relation to restaurants was not always great as some of the recommendations were not that good, but an otherwise helpful book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
Good, accessible and largely reliable. However, only a numb-tongue gourmet would "rank Turkish food along with French and Chinese" and Richardson is unwise to present an... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by Angus Thomson
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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. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by F. Gonzalez-Lacoste
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for a lovely city
The book was quite helpful for us when we visited Istanbul. It was a lovely vacation and I think I will go back again, n use this book again.
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Dr. J. Navin Rao
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GUIDE
I have a set routine now for buying holiday guides. 1. Perusing them in Waterstones and W H Smiths when choosing a holiday 2. Purchasing the Insight guides just after booking. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by Mumra
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Guide
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. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Elisa Cavatorta
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, all you need to know.
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... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Steve
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