This is the best area of Turkey for 'Bradt-Style' visitors through which to tour. I have had the most amazing two weeks which has been entirely guided by Diana Darke. Although there are a few times when you need a physical guide, not least when driving off the main roads, her learned and really interesting commentaries have given me no reason to fall back on those who wish to interfere with those of us who wish to travel independently.
A few years ago I relied entirely on her guide of Syria, this is equally well presented. My only slight criticism is the accuracy of her maps. But still the best guide available and you can always purchase a map.
There are so few books available to guide the curious traveller around Eastern Turkey but this one appears to tick all the boxes. A comprehensive guide from someone who has travelled extensively in this area which offers suggestions and ideas for a short or long visit including travel options, journey distance between cities,suggestions for accommodation as well as cultural and historical information. No doubt all was correct at the time of publication but there are hundreds of website links and contacts so that you can get the up to date info before making your plans. I will definately be relying on this wonderful book to guide my travel plans to the area. Thank you Diana Darke.
This is a new edition, which we got about a week before travelling to eastern Turkey.
While generally good and informative, there are a couple of gripes: - While the format indicated it should have been easy to find information, in practice, it was often difficult to locate a particular place without first referring to the index. - Recent tax increases by the Turkish government meant that many prices were signficantly more than the guide prices listed (however, still a cheap area to travel in overall).