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Lonely Planet Turkey, 5th Edition Paperback – September, 1996


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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years, and as a result has experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

This bestselling guide is the ticket to no-nonsense travel in Turkey. Far-reaching coverage of the sights--from the modern to the ancient--is complemented by a Turkish food guide, useful language section and glossary, and thorough accommodation coverage (from hostels to hotels). A section devoted to Turkish carpets explains everything from traditional patterns to making a good buy. --Kathryn True

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5th edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864423640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864423641
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,205,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating is that so much changes in Turkey that it's inevitable that some of the information (specifically the places to stay listings) in this edition will be a little outdated.
I used Tom and Pat's book a month ago and it was excellent. Some of the criticism from previous reviews say that it's not written by someone familiar with Turkish people. Well, I think the book does a good job balancing what concerns and information "westerners" are looking for, and giving a general sense of what the Turkish people and culture are like. Like any other adventure, it's up to the individual to go beyond the guidebook instead of having everything spelled out like a novel...what would be the point of travelling?
I emailed Tom on some updates and he assured me that they are already in the 1999 edition coming soon. As far as my experience with the LP series, the Turkey guide ranks with the best of them. Highly recommended if you're going to this incredible country!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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We just returned from a marvelous vacation in Turkey and found that Tom Brosnahan's Lonely Planet Travel Guide was far and away our most helpful resource in preparing for, and traveling in this fascinating country. It is very clearly written, and takes into consideration the different types of travelers who go to Turkey. The maps, tips on making connections between cities, discussions of social customs, recommendations for places to eat and stay, all were most helpful. We are looking forward to a return trip to Turkey, and we will be taking along the soon-to-be- published 6th edition of the Lonely Planet Guide. It is sure to be indispensable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1998
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This is the only guide to Turkey a backpacker could need. The recommendations - once again - are spot on. Lonely Planet seem to have a better feel for this market than any of the other travel guides, both from the readers' point of view and from the places that they cover. I ran into some complaints from pansiyon owners in Turkey about the tactics used by some of the other guides when reviewing hotels - and some of the ethically questionable practices they took part in to include hotels in their guides. Not so Lonely Planet, apparently. The only real quibble I had with this guide was some of the snide asides - and the frequent references to whether certain places were suitable for women seemed a little excessive. Other than that - high praise, as with all other Lonely Planet guides.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
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My husband and I were quite impressed by the detail and accuracy of this text. It was compact enough to carry on most of our excursions yet provided an intimate perspective by the author, who obvioulsy had been to this country far longer than most tourists. He not only describes Istanbul and the surrounding areas, but also has well-organized sections on the other major regions of the country. Often we did not need a to hire a guide for our visits. Furthermore, the author allowed us to feel and enjoy his passion for this very interesting and culturally rich country. We were amazed to see that most other tourists also had a copy of this book in their hands!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
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I've travelled through Turkey many times, and this guidebook is the best. It's especially strong at describing off-the-beaten-path villages and other places of historic and cultural interest. I can't wait for the next edition!
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