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Rick Steves' Istanbul [Paperback]

Lale Surmen Aran , Tankut Aran
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March 16 2010 Rick Steves' Istanbul
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Istanbul. Following Rick's self-guided tours, you'll experience the wonders of East and West in this fascinating city -- the capital of two great empires. Explore one of the world's largest domed churches, haggle with merchants in the exotic Grand Bazaar, and discover the secrets of the sultan's harem in Topkapı Palace. Wander through monumental mosques, shop along sophisticated avenues, and watch whirling dervishes in action. Cruise the Bosphorus for a quick trip to Asia, and end the day relaxing in a Turkish bath. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You'll learn how to get around on the city's trams and ferries, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (www.ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family. Lale and Tankut Aran - an Istanbul-based couple who have been married for 11 years - lead tours for Turkish and American groups to wherever they can (including Best of Turkey tours for Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door). They have a passion for unusual travel destinations, and always enjoy learning about the past, present, and future of the peoples of the world. With each trip, they say they become new souls, enriched and enlightened, taking one step forward. In addition to traveling, tour guiding, and guidebook researching, they run an Istanbul-based "Back Door"-style travel agency, SRM Travel (www.srmtravel.com). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guidebook Oct. 14 2013
By Angie
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This is the book to get if you are heading to Istanbul. So much detail in every way, the maps provided are really, really good. Overall I am very happy with this purchase, this book went with me everywhere I walked and the many, many sites visited.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Istanbul is always evolving May 24 2013
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This is a handy guidebook, but this vibrant city changes so quickly that it would need to be revised annually to be current. It is not an easy city to navigate so the maps are crucial. The information about important sights is not particularly insightful, but it's a good start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book for Istanbul Aug. 15 2010
By Hisham
Format:Paperback
Handy book for when in Istanbul. It is like your own tour guide and gives good historical background of istanbul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steeves' Istanbul Feb. 21 2010
By elf
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Absolutely outstanding book, packed with useful information. No coloured pictures but the information makes it my choice of travel books for Istanbul and I'd look for any other books by this travel writer when planning a trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent city guide Feb. 26 2008
By Helen Holter - Published on Amazon.com
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This useful guidebook is compact in size, concise in descriptions, and colorful in discoveries. Husband-and-wife authors Lale and Tankut Aran love Istanbul with such passion, enthusiastically guiding readers through the back doors, back streets, and back stories of their beloved city. They single out Turks you can track down for a chat; don't miss their picks of several Grand Bazaar shopkeepers who happily share their stories and, of course, their wares.

I especially like the self-guided walking tours; museum must-sees; and money-saving transportation tips. Although I've been to Turkey six times, this little guidebook helped me rediscover Istanbul with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of appreciation for this complex, appealing country.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guidebook July 28 2012
By dlp - Published on Amazon.com
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We just returned from our trip to Istanbul and found Rick Steves' Istanbul to be ab excellent resource both in preparing us for the trip and in helping us while we were there. We used advice from the book to prioritize what we wanted to see while we were there and also to group excursions so that we could see things that are close together on the same day. Rick Steves' has excellent walking tours that are very detailed (ie look just to the left of the big wooden door at shoulder height and you will see __________) and have tons of historical information. If you don't mind walking through the museums with a guidebook, you can definitely use this in place of the guides that try to sell you expensive tours outside of the big museums (like the Aya Sofia). It is also helpful to have Rick Steves' detailed tours for the buildings and areas, such as the mosques, that don't offer guides. These places will sometimes have a plaque that will tell you a bit about the history of what you are seeing, but often the English translation isn't great and you can only fit so much on a plaque. Using Rick Steves' in these locations really enriched our understanding of the city and helped us learn and appreciate the history even more. The only complaint that I had is that although the book claims it is updated yearly, there were a few times that small details such as prices were slightly inaccurate. While it would have been nice to know that some of the museums cost 25 TL instead of 20, for us that didn't make a huge difference. If you are planning your trip on a really tight budget, you may want to check these things online first. Other than that, this book was extremely helpful!
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars outdated edition July 19 2010
By R. peyster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great guide, but as so often happens, the Kindle edition is an outdated edition. It is the third edition, while the book version being sold by Amazon is the fourth edition. I have noticed this trend with several nonfiction books. Amazon does not disclose this either, e.g., when you look at the 4th edition book version and click on the buy kindle link, it does not tell you that you are buying the old edition. This is the second time this has happened to me in the last week. It is a great book though, and I am sure it is still useful, but things do change (hours and rates, restaurants open and close), and up to date guide books are desirable.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best travel book ever May 22 2008
By Mandi - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought the Rick Steves phrase books (which are the best, by the way) but this was my first of his guide books and, I have to say, I'm hooked. I absolutely love his list of the top sights. Not only does he rank order them from the must-see to the could-probably-miss, but he includes a very brief description of the site, the days and hours it's open (great for planning!), and the page number you can go to for more in-depth information. I put a post-it note on this page and was constantly referring back to it. There's really great information on each site you visit and my friends started out our first day in Istanbul making fun of me for always referring back to the book for the fun facts he includes. By the end of the first day there they were coming up to me asking what Rick Steves had to say about where we were at :) I love that he includes lots of budget and mid-range options. Europe isn't cheap and Rick Steves helped me stay within my budget. After using this book, I've now purchased Rick Steves Rome, Paris, and London books as well. I know they're going to be worth every penny!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent shightseeing guide, but not as good for eating recommendations April 28 2008
By Suz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This Istanbul follows Rick Steve's usual formula of focusing on the main sights, providing practical information, good walking tours and useful travel tips. I have used Rick Steves guidebooks for over 7 years livng and vacationing in Europe. My only disappointment with this book was with the eating recommendations. The restaurant descriptions were not as honest as they could have been - especially for the Sultanahmet touristy area. If I am going to eat in a tourist trap I prefer to be forwarned. At one recommended $$$ fish restaurant, the Balikci Sabahattin our group of 3 adults and 3 children was subjected to snobby service and were outright scammed into ordering multiple servings of first course dishes (dishes were the same size but contained different numbers of portions) - NOT the treatment I expect from a Rick Steve's recommendation. Buy this guide for the sightseeing and the Lonely Planet Turkey guide for complementary information and restaurant recommendations.
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