DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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The holiday starts the moment you open the guidebook (The Guardian)
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We stayed primarily within the historic neighbourhood of Eminonu (where the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sofia and Topkapi Palace are). The streets are labyrinthine but the maps are accurate so we had no trouble finding our way around. At every location, the book gives excellent descriptions and the cut-away illustrations just add to the detail. In particular, we found the suggested walking routes very useful.
I highly recommend this book, but it wold be a good idea to read most of it before you go so that you can really look at the place as well as reading about it. The city is fantastic - I'm obsessed with the place now - nad intend to go back several times, armed with this book.
Some tips -
Our first problem was getting from the airport, as everything seems very vague. We ended up getting the bus into town and then a taxi to our hotel (he got lost!), but on the way back we took the airport shuttle from our hotel. In a city like this, USE THE AIRPORT SHUTTLE BOTH WAYS! Expedia give you the option, I'll definitely tick that box next time.
Take plenty of money - food is quite cheap but entries into places soon mount up. They aren't expenseive - 10 lira is about £4.50 ish, but you might pay four or five fares in a day, which quickly eats at your funds.
If you're shopping, only accept tea where you actually want to buy something (they're offended if you refuse tea, but even more offended if you drink it without buying anything), and HAGGLE all you can :-)
Have a great time!
A lot glossier but not as useful as the Rough Guide.
I find Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness guidebooks to be in a league of their own when it comes to visual depictions of the sights. The full colour pictures really made Istanbul come alive. And the tourist and historical information was also very informative.
As the group accommodation was already booked, I did not need to use that section of the book, but I can wholeheartedly recommend the rest. Young and independent travellers might prefer Lonely Planet or Rough Guide for more in-depth coverage of budget accommodation.
For a city with as much history and as many sites I would recommend this one over the Top 10 as it gives more background and context. However, it could still do with more (in my opinion) as this is a massivley important city with a complex and fascinating history - condensed to a few pages. Still, it was a guide book not a history book...but I can't help feeling that, as there is so much history, any guide book needs to really have covered off enough history to make the sites meaningful to a visitor. I didn't use either guide for eating or accommodation references - I think tripadvisor has pretty much made most guide books redundant in this regard. The information on these very changeable matters is just much more up-to-date on sites like tripadvisor.
The Istanbul guide comes into its own with the cut-away plans. This was beneficial in several places - Hagia Sophia especially. I guess I was slightly disappointed by what I felt was a lack of depth to this guide (compared to other DK ones) but it still served its purpose well enough and was more useful than the Top 10. The maps (as I usually find with all guide book maps) were fairly useless overall - the ones from our hotel were much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always buy DK travel guides. I find them very accurate and easy to follow. This one about Istanbul met all my expectations and help me to know at a glance everything I needed to... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by V. Perez
Very good book. It had all the places to visit, and more. I would advise to buy it before a trip to Istanbul.Published on 1 Aug. 2013 by maria
the restaurant guide was useless and already out of date. we found it much better to ask people we met.Published on 13 May 2013 by zorbothegeek
Bought DK Eyewitness Istanbul and DK Turkey simultaneously. No need for both as Turkey guide adequately covers Istanbul. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by wedding
Lots of information, maps, pictures and ideas! We never go without our trusty Eye Witness guides and this trip was no different. Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by Greece Loving
This is a really good book if you are taking a trip to Istanbul. Firstly the pull out map is a great benefit and really detailed. Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Shoedog46