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The Rough Guide to Turkey [Paperback]

Marc Dubin , Terry Richardson , Katie Parla , Tristan Rutherford , Kthryn Tomasetti , Martin Zatko
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1 Jun 2010 Rough Guide to Turkey

The Rough Guide to Turkey is your essential travel guide to this vast and fascinating country. Fully revised and updated, the guide provides unparalleled coverage of everything from Istanbul's nightlife to the cave churches of Cappadocia, with accurate maps, a handy language section and beautiful colour photography throughout. You'll find informed practical advice on what to see and do, from bartering at a bazaar to hiking the Lycian Way, plus honest reviews of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets. Expert accounts on hamams, shopping and food and drink give you the day-to-day essentials, whilst a comprehensive history section puts everything into context. The Rough Guide to Turkey's richly illustrated introduction to the country's highlights is complimented by full-colour sections describing outdoor activities, Turkish cuisine and the country's most incredible architectural heritage.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Turkey


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848364849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848364844
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The holiday-makers' favourite guidebook series (The Sunday Times Travel Magazine)

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Fourth edition of Turkey, with many new features.
The fourth edition of "Rough Turkey" is now available, with many new features that once again give it the edge over the competition. This time around we've recruited Kate Clow and Terry Richardson, two of the most knowlegable folk on the local hiking scene: the result is expanded, unique coverage on trekking in the Toros mountains, and exclusive inclusion of the Lycian Way, Turkey's first GR-style trail along the stunning Turquoise Coast. David O'Byrne, resident in Istanbul, has given us the benefit of his long residence in that complicated city. In the well-loved back matter or "Contexts" section, musicologist and saz player Martin Stokes has completely overhauled the music article, and of course the unsurpassed history synopsis has been brought up to date (March 2000). And for the first time, some of the leading photographers of Turkey - including Izzet Keribar and Yusuf Tuvi - have contributed to our new picture section. These are just a few of the highlights for a guide which has won critical acclaim from a disparate group including ordinary Turks, Tourism Concern, and prestigious holiday companies such as Cachet and Tapestry. The authors and updaters of the Rough Guide between them have collectively about 35 years of experience in and around the country. So find out about Turkey as it really is at all levels - the window of a Fez Bus isn't the definitive viewpoint on the country! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour choose another book 27 May 2008
By Rusty
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having just returned from my first visit to Turkey I can only agree with the negative comments voiced by other reviewers. The general tone veers between sneering at the reality of turkish society and derision of anything that remotely relates to the general tourist. All this would be bad enough were the text not hopelessly out of date. Selecting a couple of examples at random from an extraordinary list of errors; Descriptions of the Bodrum penisula include references to sailing schools in Bitez. Guys! - all the schools moved further round the peninsua at least 3 years ago. For Ephesus the visitor is instructed to walk from the lower to upper gates (insane if you've ever been there), no warning of the extreme heat everyone will experience - even in Spring. Riddled with factual inaccuracies and so superficial as to be useless. I threw my copy away and just asked the locals, who are amazing people (not that you'd ever expect that if you read this book).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tired and outdated 11 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Bought this after my first visit to Turkey 21 years ago; though sneery and cynical it was useful. Married the man, came to live here 9 years ago. Bought the new edition last year. The reviews for the holiday town, on the outskirts of which I live, are still the same, word for word! Current reviews of food, hotels etc are similarly 20 years of date.
The pace of change here is enormous, please try to imagine a review which hasn't changed in 20 years and multiply it's irrelevance by 3. Used Rough guides for many years and many countries, so disappointed by this charade of a current guide.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I used this book on holiday in Turkey last year and I found it had all the vital information required to make my holiday a greater experience. Every detail beaches, restaurants, customs, food and what to watch out for were all explained very clearly. On the subject of food, I was advised NEVER to eat mussels sold by locals on the beach, but unfortunately I read the book 1 day too late! You can work the rest out for yourself!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 6 April 2008
By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Not a bad guide, but not great either. There are only colour pictures in the introductory 'highlights' section - the rest of the images are black and white, and not very clear, which is a shame. There are colour insert sections on food, sports and architecture, but these would have been better used for a collection of a wider range of images.

The maps are not particularly easy to follow and miss off streets. The layout is the same as in other Rough Guides, which at least makes it familiar to those who've used other books from the series. The separation of practical information (in the front), and more academic information (e.g. history) (in the back), from the sections on regions and places can make it quite hard to follow and involves a lot of leafing through.

I didn't rely on it too much for factual information (e.g. prices), but I did notice that quite often the information pertaining to the sights e.g. buildings, or to history were at odds with the information given by my (highly qualified) Turkish guide. Later checks against other sources backed up the tour guide rather than this book.

Particularly frustrating is the language section, which lacks any phoenetic spellings for even the commonest words. This makes it useless for practical purposes. I suppose the aim is to make you buy the separate phrasebook - but that's not much use when you're backpacking and the brick-like size of the guide alone is weighing you down.

Overall, I didn't find this the most user friendly or helpful of guidebooks to the region.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Rough Guide if you're smart 5 May 2011
Format:Paperback
There's a number of offended types giving negative reviews to the Rough Guide here on Amazon. Don't believe them. It's by far the best guide. Any criticisms minor or veiled of Turkey or it's culture are accurate appraisals. The Blue Mosque is just a big mosque, like any other but bigger and the Topkapi Palace isn't a patch on the Alhambra in Granada - and yes, there were plenty of Ottoman atrocities and barbarities, which are well documented in many history books.

So if you want a useful guide for the independent traveller go with the Rough Guide. The Lonely Planet, by comparison, is poor. For example, whole swathes of Anatolia are missing, such as the major city Balikesir. You won't want to stop in Balikesir but you should at least know this. The Lonely Planet ignores this entire city. Also, when talking about the Butterfly Valley near Fethiye, the Lonely Planet says it's a tricky descent, while the Rough Guide says you need to be a rock climber. The Rough Guide have obviously been there - so did we - you need to be a rock climber with all the gear, as it's a sheer drop.

So do yourself a favour, buy the Rough Guide, it travels with its eyes open in Turkey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but alright 15 Jun 2012
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I bought this guide without realising that we already had the previous version of it. Having discovered this I thought I might as well keep it as the information would surely be much more valid, however the book is almost identical to the previous one. The recommendations are almost all the same. Some of the maps and information were very useful, however there wasn't enough depth about any single place, even Istanbul, which despite having a large chunk devoted to it, really requires its own guide book and maps.

The information for small trips was unhelpful - for example the idea that you could happily walk to Ephesus from Selcuk (it might not be impossible, but not exactly pleasurable, when you can get a shuttle for about a pound) and the information for getting around Pergamum/Bergama was absolutely useless. The idea that the Red Basilica is the foremost attraction seems ridiculous to me and the claim that the acropolis is 'readily accessible on foot' is just a joke. The taxi journey from the nearest bus stop (which is not the normal bus stop) still took a long time up the most winding road imaginable, and I don't remember a pavement. It IS possible to walk back down IF you go through the lower city (I think we were the only ones to do so that entire day) - but that alone is a long and scratchy route.

The pictures are poor and very sparse (probably from the first edition of the guide, god knows how many decades earlier), except for a couple of shiny full-page colour inserts that may possibly be the only new insertions and were utterly useless anyway.

That said, the country is very large and it is naturally difficult to be thorough on every town and city throughout. The book is well laid out and organised according to location, in an easy-to-read format, however you'd be just as well with an older edition at a fraction of the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not gift condition
Good condition -although not good enough for gift but good saving on specialist book. As a country guide that's going tt flicked through 2nd hand is more than sufficient.
Published 5 months ago by waynne marsh
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
the quality wasn't quite what I was expecting. however it will serve its purpose perfectly enough. fortunately it included the area I needed
Published 5 months ago by Kathryn Loveland
5.0 out of 5 stars ROUGH GUIDE TO TURKEY - Very useful
Found the guide very informative, we think this will be a great help when we visist Turkey in the near future
Published 14 months ago by Sandra Docker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for travellers
Got this for a trip to Turkey in which we planned to travel from Western Turkey to the East for a relatives wedding. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to Turkey
We love the Rough Guide series. As well as clearly written information about each place, there are inset paragraphs about quirky little details, to which we we would otherwise not... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs J Jarvis
4.0 out of 5 stars reasonable
This book is great for hotel recommendations and sightseeing. Detailed historical info adds to the experience.

However, it has one major flaw; the maps are insufficient. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall guide
We were planning an archeological trip to Turkey and needed a guide that covered most of the country. We found the Rough guide very good and comprehensive. Read more
Published 20 months ago by E. W. Harrison
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT EASY TO NAVIGATE TO SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
I found it very difficult to navigate this book ie if I wanted to go straight to a place let us say Bitez it was impossible as far as I could see. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by TURTLE
2.0 out of 5 stars buy the paperback!
As I'm new to Kindle this may be a bit unfair due to my inexperience in navigation. There are huge, obvious advantages in taking a kindle on holiday - for novels it is brilliant. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by PatS
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
I enjoyed the tone, detail and honesty of the Rough Guide to Turkey. Okay, it doesn't always wax lyrical about the grandeur of the landscape, but there are enough glossy guide... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Jack Scott
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