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4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and honest
OF course, some prices are out of date now. However, that sort of information is available when you're there. In the meantime this book gives great insights into where to go and what to do.The one time that we did something which had not been recommended highly by this guide it was awful! Interesting information given and they pack quite a lot in for such a small,...
Published on 22 July 2009 by ayameeya

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to date - avoid
I generally like the Time Out travel guides, but this one was an exception.

First of all it is now a couple of years old and it really shows! Admittance prices have all at least doubled from what's indicated on the guide. Entrance to Aghia Sophia is now 20YTL instead of 10YTL, The Bosforus cruise costs 20YTL, not 7YTL, tram tokens are 1.50YTL not 1.30YTL...
Published on 11 July 2009 by Mr. Marco Masina


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to date - avoid, 11 July 2009
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Mr. Marco Masina "marcouk76" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Time Out Istanbul 3rd edition (Paperback)
I generally like the Time Out travel guides, but this one was an exception.

First of all it is now a couple of years old and it really shows! Admittance prices have all at least doubled from what's indicated on the guide. Entrance to Aghia Sophia is now 20YTL instead of 10YTL, The Bosforus cruise costs 20YTL, not 7YTL, tram tokens are 1.50YTL not 1.30YTL etc.

Also lots of indications are plainly wrong. They indicate a nice coffee shop called Pierre Loti in the Eyup district and just say that Bus 55 goes there (where from? we are not allowed to know!). I went to the Eminonu bus station and found out that it is in fact the 99A that takws you to Eyup.

The book indicates the boat docks by Sirkeci/Eminonu as the starting point for the Princes Islands cruise but when I went there they told me the boat leaves from Kabatas, at the other end of town! Thank you Time Out!

Finally, yes, you get good reviews for all the restaurants, bars and clubs, but you can't have just a page or sometimes even less for the major sights such as the Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia, etc.

Topkapi Palace gets slightly more space, it is after all Istanbul's most famous attraction (!), but again, the rices are out of date and the guide does not mention that you have to pay again once inside the Palace if you want to see the Harem.

I also missed having a larger map of Istanbul with the outside district and a map of Turkey included in this book.

All together quite a let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and honest, 22 July 2009
This review is from: Time Out Istanbul 3rd edition (Paperback)
OF course, some prices are out of date now. However, that sort of information is available when you're there. In the meantime this book gives great insights into where to go and what to do.The one time that we did something which had not been recommended highly by this guide it was awful! Interesting information given and they pack quite a lot in for such a small, portable guide.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough info on the sights, 17 Oct 2008
This review is from: Time Out Istanbul 3rd edition (Paperback)
We spent 6 days on holiday in Istanbul, in Sept 08. The Time Out guide was much less useful than our other book (Eyewitness).

The best part of this book is the section on the history of the city: interesting and entertaining - just what a good guide book should be.

But there isn't enough detail about the historical sights. For example, about one and a half pages are devoted to Haghia Sophia - Istanbul's foremost attraction. Meanwhile there is a 4-page section on Gay & Lesbian life in the city, including rather too much detail about what goes on in certain hammams.

If the balance had been the other way around, it would have been a much more useful book for our visit.
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