Istanbul Guidebook

Istanbul Guidebook
  • Top picks for sights, eating, sleeping
  • Stuffed with self-guided walks and tours
  • Includes Bosphorus Cruise day trip
  • Extra tips on shopping, entertainment, and unique Istanbul experiences
  • Easy-to-follow maps

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What's Included

Rick Steves Istanbul is a personal tour guide in your pocket. Better yet, it's actually two tour guides in your pocket: The authors of this book have been guiding Rick Steves tours in Turkey for more than a decade. As Turkish natives and residents of Istanbul, Lale and Tankut give you an insightful, knowledgeable look at this exciting and complex destination, including:

  • Practicalities
    • Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Turkey and Istanbul's Old Town, New District, and transit system)
    • ​Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
    • Getting around Istanbul by metro, tram, boat, bus, and taxi
    • Advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
    • Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints
  • Recommended sights and activities
    • Covering all of Istanbul plus Ephesus and Cappadocia
  • Recommended hotels and restaurants
  • Self-guided walks and tours
    • Historic Core
    • Old Town Back Streets
    • Golden Horn
    • New District
    • City Walls and Neighborhoods
    • Asian Istanbul Cruise
  • Self-guided tours
    • Hagia Sophia
    • Topkapı Palace
    • Istanbul Archaeological Museum
    • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
    • Grand Bazaar
    • Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent
    • Chora Church
  • And more
    • Istanbul's history, culture, and cuisine
    • Shopping and entertainment
    • Unique Istanbul experiences (including Turkish baths)
    • Extra chapter on understanding Islam and Turkish religious traditions
    • Handy Turkish survival phrases

Product Details

Author(s): Lale Surmen Aran and Tankut Aran
Dimensions: 8" x 4 ½" x ¾"
Weight: 13.5 oz
Pages: 522
Publication date: December 2020 (8th edition)
Next edition arrives: November 2024

Updates and Feedback

Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in this guidebook, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

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