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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul Paperback – May 30, 2011


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  • Series: EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel; Pap/Map Re edition (May 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756669693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756669690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'"A pleasurable read with ravishing photography plus maps and plans of supreme quality."' - The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are the best on the market.
Daniel J. Stark
Great book to do "self-guided" tours and get a good gist of Istanbul's favorite sites.
Jason Schroeder
The information of this guide book is very detailed with a lot of photos and maps.
Jun Nishimura

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Diego Banducci on February 22, 2012
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If you're only going to buy one guide to Istanbul, this is the one.

The principal reason is that Istanbul is a city of great architecture, which D-K's cut-away diagrams ideally showcase. You can quickly determine where you are within a building and which features you have not yet seen.

For us, the most enjoyable attraction in Istanbul was the ferry ride up the Bosphorus, which ends at a charming village near the Black Sea with excellent restaurants where you have lunch before returning. There are commercial tourist boats that make this trip, but we much preferred the public ferry that cost approx. $10 round-trip -- one of the great travel bargains of the world. The discussion about it in this guide is quite good.

Some things not covered in the book:

* When we asked the concierge at our hotel for the best place to change money, he said "The Grand Bazaar, no question." Indeed. In addition to a narrow spread between buy and sell, there is no commission (other commercial money-lenders not only charge a large spread, but usually tack on a 4% commission). The local merchants all use the money-changers there, and according to the concierge, exchange rates for the entire country are set there. Alternatively, you can use ATMs, which appear to be ubiquitous.

* Among the best bargains in the Grand Bazaar are gold and silver, which are sold by weight with a reasonable mark-up, as opposed to the 400% markups commonly charged by American jewelers. Each jeweler has a gram scale where he weighs any given piece, and then prices it accordingly, based upon the price of gold that morning. The gold, by the way, appears to universally be 22 karat, worked in India. Because Indian workers are paid $15 per month, labor is not a material element in the price.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Hennes on May 24, 2011
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I am well traveled and have used a lot of travel guides. This one really rocked. I met several other people for this trip to Istanbul and then we saw the sights together, each of us brought a different guide book, the DK Eyewitness was the best one. More and better maps, more definitive information. Every time I had a question the answer was there. I will specifically look for DK in the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Patel on February 18, 2012
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This guide will serve you pretty well for a short trip to Istanbul. I love the color and glossiness of DK Eyewitness guides, but they are often prettier than practical. However, for a city that has a strong tourism infrastructure and a lot of historic sites, per say, their guides serve you well (Paris being another example of a useful Eyewitness Guide). The detailed and descriptive cut-aways of Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahce, the Archeology Museum, Topkapki, The Blue Mosque, etc...were a great companion guide to understand the historical significance of these sites. There is also a nice overview of the different bazaars and a section on Bosphorus cruising (including pictorial maps which helped me to identify different points on the riverside). If you are to spend more time in Istanbul and go beyond the major sites, you might want to go with one of the thicker, less glossier guides. As with all DK Eyewitness guides, the "Practicals" section is brief, but with Istanbul I didn't feel like there was a lot of special planning to do. Their restaurant sections don't tend to be particularly useful (Brief statements where everything ends up sounding the same), so if you end up picking this guide, I would do some restaurant research online apart from it. Otherwise, it holds up as a solid short trip guide, and the glossy map of the city (incl. public transport) is sort of the icing on the cake.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jun Nishimura on October 23, 2009
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The information of this guide book is very detailed with a lot of photos and maps. The size is handy and fits in a bag and also it is sturdy with nice shiny paper. I strongly recommend this guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By del Paine on January 5, 2013
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This travel guide prepared us for visiting Istanbul, Turkey. Great pictures and explanation. The book is heavy as are many DK publications.
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By garlec on November 17, 2013
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The material in the main DK "Turkey" guide has enough on Istanbul that you probably won't need this one too
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This has wonderful drawings of the architectural highlights and great info re: open times, and details about each topic. The separate map of Istanbul is very nice, but it is not a fold out. It stored in a pocket of the jacket. Well, I misplaced it and relied on a fold-out city map from my other guide book.

This is a very good guide book. I recommend it!
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I found the guide and the maps that could be removed from the book to be easy to read and very helpful.
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