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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 576)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 1 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470257083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470257081
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • Insider tips on Istanbul's hidden architectural wonders, plus comprehensive coverage of the city's dining and nightlife scenes.

  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com

About the Author

Lynn A. Levine is author of Frommer’s Turkey and has contributed to a number of other titles, including Frommer’s Italy from $90 a Day and Frommer’s Southeast Asia. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Elle, MSNBC/Newsweek Budget Travel, Travel Holiday, and the UN Chronicle. When not writing about travel, she is a communications consultant for UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She also runs the website www.talkingturkey.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Dillard on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
My husband and I returned from Istanbul two days ago. This guide is as great as the many other Frommer's guides. My only complaint is that the admission fees to many of the sites suggested are double the listed price in this guide. I was a little surprised given the fact that this book is a recent release. For example, admission to Topkapi Palace is listed as 10 TYL with an additional 10 TYL for entry into the Harem. The actual cost is 20 TYL for admission into the palace and an additional 15 TYL for the Harem which is located near the exit of the palace. By the time, we finished touring the palace the Harem was closed. I was a little disappointed by that. Overall, Istanbul is a fascinating city and this guide helped us explore the many layers of history. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ithakan on September 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Apparently, none of the earlier reviewers relied on the Frommer's maps to find restaurants as they wandered the city, or they would have noted that the maps in the "Where to Dine" section are not maps of restaurants reviewed--they are repeats of the hotel maps in the "Where to Stay" section. This is a case of incredibly bad editing that I wouldn't expect from Frommer's--and I hope Amazon discontinues sale of this defective version of the guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ferret Downs on August 18, 2013
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My husband is Turkish, and I've gone to Istanbul four times. Each time I took this book, and I found it useless. The hotel and restaurant info was incorrect, for one. The maps were pretty poor. Yes, the book points out obvious things to visit in Istanbul, but all books on the topic do, as do many websites. However, the book uses the English names for things, and that's just not helpful. No one in Turkey is going to be able to tell you where the Blue Mosque is (and this book won't help you find it either). You need to know it's Sultanahmet.

Don't waste luggage space on this book. You're better off picking up a good map and list of attractions from your hotel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bcworld13 on January 27, 2011
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This travel guide is both helpful and particularly fun to read. The author gives very interesting descriptions of Istanbul, so you are sure to get excited about your trip ahead of time. I found the suggested itineraries especially helpful in planning my trip, although the author overloads the days.
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Cannot say enough about how impressive a travel book this is. First of all, the author really learned the Turkish language -- one of the most difficult languages of all to master. She gives the Turkish word(s)very often, should you be able to use them, or at least point to them, when asking directions or advice of someone. I wonder how many years it must have taken to be able to write this book -- even to have stayed in all the hotels she did to review them, as there are thousands in Istanbul (sometimes it seems thousands in one street). Given the layers of cultures, nationalities, traditions, religions that grew to be present-day Istanbul over thousands of years, the complexity of the city can't be overstated. I've been there three times, and am still reading & rereading this amazing book, and often wishing I had read it all while there or before going there at all. She gives a humongous amount of data, and presents her learned, respectful, sometimes humorous view of it all. If there is or ever has been a finer travel writer than Lynn Levine, I would be very surprised.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Corbishley VINE VOICE on June 26, 2009
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We only had a few days to visit Istanbul and this guide was great for helping us make the most of the time we had.
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