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Not up to usual Lonely Planet standards
on 6 June 2013
We used this for a trip to Turkey in May 2013.
It was hot off the press so we expected it to be up to date and the information correct. This was not the case. We found multiple issues, many of which suggested that Lonely Planet authors had never visited these places.
I'll name just a few, for your reference, as they're indicative as to how poor this guide is. We undertook a hike from Faralya to Butterfly Valley - LP describes this as 'having ropes on the path in steeper places'. In reality these steeper parts involved rock climbing which would have been better suited to wearing a harness (we're in our late 20's, fairly active, hike often) - this was not as described. It also took substantially longer to get down this to the effect that we missed the last boat back to Oludeniz (again, no detail as to options if you miss the last ferry - incidentally they are (a) climb back out, (b) pay the locals to take you on their boat or (c) spend the night there). It also suggests that the Turks take time keeping seriously. This is obviously subjective, however, we took 3 flights and 4 or 5 local busses, along with the dolmus to the otogar's on each side - not a single one of these left on time. The entrance prices for attractions listed were consistently wrong, as were the opening hours, it stated the Istanbulkart is not available at the airport (it is), there were chunks of missing detail in transport info that we normally find so useful in the LP guides. For example, the Havatas bus from Sabiha Gocek airport in Istanbul is very busy, rather use the local bus (which they did list) but then would have been useful to have info on where this bus takes you, where to get off, what bus number connections will take you to Sultanamahet or Bayoglu etc. I've noticed a distinct 'gentrification' of LP guides released recently - prehaps the authors are expecting their more affluent audience to simply take taxi's everywhere. Undeniably a fairly inexpensive option in Turkey, however, this shouldn't be expected.
The hotel listings were fair and we were happy at of the 6 places we stayed at which we chose from the guide. The taxi prices listed were correct - these proved hopefully in negotiating quotes on the ground. It was, along with assitance from reception etc., sufficient for us to navigate from Izmir to Fethiye by local bus and onto Istanbul by plane as well as see everything we wanted to see. But only just.
This was also late being delivered to Amazon from the the publishers - rather annoying when you've pre-ordered a copy and the trip is imminent.
Althought we've always used LP guides, I cannot in all good faith recommend this one.