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Istanbul


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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus strait, and includes parts on both the European side (Thrace) and the Asian side (Anatolia) - making it the only city in the world that contains parts in two different continents. As of 2007, Istanbul had an estimated population of 11,008,790.

Istanbul has a very long history and has been known during its existence by a variety of different names (some of which are still in use in some parts of the world) including "Byzantium", "Constantinople", "Tsarigrad" and "Stamboul", although since 1930, the Turkish authorities have requested foreigners to refer to the city as "Istanbul", including in their own languages. In fact, if you were to send a letter to the city using any name other than "Istanbul", you will find that the Turkish postal service will refuse to deliver the letter!

The current city was founded in 324, on the site of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium, by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, and intended to become the new capital of the Roman Empire. The city was initially called "Nova Roma" (New Rome), but after Constantine's death in 337 it was renamed "Constantinople" (city of Constantine). The city was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, and later the Byzantine Empire (except for the period from 1204 to 1261, when it was ruled by Western European crusaders as the capital of the Latin Empire of Constantinople). The city remained the capital of the Byzantine Empire until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453 - the city then became the capital of Ottoman Empire, and remained so until the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1922.

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Rick Steves Istanbul

By Lale Surmen Aran

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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 lively Grand Bazaar, and discover the secrets of the sultan's harem in Topkapi 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.

Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & James Bainbridge

Lonely Planet
Released: 2017-02-01
Kindle Edition (256 pages)

Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide)
 
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Istanbul is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Shop in the colourful and chaotic bazaars, visit the majestic Aya Sofya basilica; or take a ferry to the Black Sea; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Istanbul and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Istanbul:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - music, tourism, politics, culture, history, architecture, literature, cinema, language, cuisine, culture/etiquette
  • Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus over 35 colour maps
  • Covers Sultanahmet, Bazaar District, Western Districts, Beyoglu, Besiktas, Ortakoy, Kurucesme, Kad?koy and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Istanbul, our most comprehensive guide to Istanbul, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Istanbul? Check out Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Istanbul

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2016-06-21
Paperback (280 pages)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer. Explore the must-see Hagia Sophia, take in the beauty of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and don't miss out on the incredible street food.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a distance chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul truly shows you this city as no one else can.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Istanbul, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Istanbul, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time in the city.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Top 10 Istanbul (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2016-11-01
Paperback (128 pages)

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Newly revised, updated, and redesigned for 2016.

True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Istanbul covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Istanbul will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, whether you want to explore fascinating museums and historic mosques and churches or the best bazaars and shopping areas.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Istanbul.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Istanbul.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the city's history and culture. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Istanbul.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Soak up the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar; see stunning mosaic portraits in Aya Sofya; or take a ferry down Bosphorus strait; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Istanbul and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Beyoglu, the Bazaar District, Topkapi Palace, Eminonu, Ortakoy, Sultanahmet and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Istanbul's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet Istanbul guide.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

Istanbul in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2019) - A 72 Hours Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Istanbul, Turkey: Includes:Detailed Itinerary,Food Guide,Google Maps, +20 Local Secrets to Save Money

By Istanbul Travel Guide 2016

Released: 2015-08-15
Kindle Edition (38 pages)

Istanbul in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2019) - A 72 Hours Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Istanbul, Turkey: Includes:Detailed Itinerary,Food Guide,Google Maps, +20 Local Secrets to Save Money
 
Product Description:
We have been in your shoes! We wanted to visit Istanbul and got lost into spending tens of hours looking for valid information at Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and on the Internet. And then, we couldn't put it all together, in order to create a perfect plan for visiting Istanbul in 3 Days.

That's why Guidora is the only publishing house building Travel Guides like no other does. We provide exact 72 hour plans with only one and best choice on where to stay, what to eat, what to see. It's an easy travel path that you just follow and spend the 3 best days of your life in Istanbul!

So, if you are Wondering What to Do in 3 Days in Istanbul and What are the Best Things to See, Look no further!

We have built an excellent 72 hours plan for Istanbul, with information on what to do every hour of the day. All the information provided is by local experts and travel bloggers, who have been living in Istanbul, or travelling there often enough to know the best that the city has to offer.

By getting this travel guide to Istanbul, Turkey, you will get:
- Exact information on what is the best hotel to stay in Istanbul, so that you are in the epicenter of all activities without breaking the bank.
- Exact information on what to do every hour of the day.
- Where to eat, what are the best restaurants that locals go to.
- What dishes to try.
- Where to go out in the evening
- How to move from the airport to the hotel with the most budget friendly way
- What museums to see
- How to transport with bus and other means in Istanbul
- Best things to do each one of the 3 days
- How to have an excellent cruise in Bosporus

Stop wasting time searching for information on the internet and travel sites. This guide will provide you with all the information you need but most importantly, with a perfect plan to follow.

It's like having your best friend in Istanbul, showing you around. It will eliminate stress from planning, help you save time and money and help you enjoy the best days of your life in the magnificent Istanbul!

Guidora's Istanbul in 3 Days Travel Guide, is your entry ticket to the most accurate advice on what are the best things to do in Istanbul in 72 hours. It includes a detailed 72 hour plan from the first moment you will arrive in the airport of Istanbul, until the moment you leave this amazing town.

Inside Guidora's Istanbul in 3 Days Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout

  • Maps are available in Google maps, so that you can get easy navigation through your smartphone, while you stroll through the city

  • Best-kept secrets on shopping, dining, going out in the evening

  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices

  • Information in this Istanbul travel guide is up-to-date as of 2019.



Authors: Written and researched by Guidora's team of travel bloggers and local experts in Istanbul

About Guidora: Guidora is a startup that solves the problem of "What exactly to do in a destination in +72 hours", by providing well-researched travel itineraries, written by local experts and local guides. Guidora operates an online travel itinerary marketplace at http://www.guidora.com and holds a popular blog on travel related subjects.

National Geographic Walking Istanbul: The Best of the City (National Geographic Walking Guide)

By Tristan Rutherford

National Geographic
Released: 2016-03-01
Paperback (192 pages)

National Geographic Walking Istanbul: The Best of the City (National Geographic Walking Guide)
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See the best of Istanbul with this streamlined walking guide, complete with step-by-step itineraries and maps to help you explore the city like a pro and navigate like a local. Created in a handy, take-along format, this guide, written by a seasoned travel writer, conjures the spirit of the place in elegant text enhanced stunning photography. More than just a guidebook, Walking Istanbul is full of information about the city and its people.

Istanbul (Turkey) - Wink Travel Guide

By Wink Travel Guide

Independently published
Paperback (25 pages)

Istanbul (Turkey) - Wink Travel Guide
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Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul) is Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally.

Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe and the world.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

Pocket Rough Guide Istanbul (Travel Guide eBook) (Rough Guides)

By Rough Guides

Rough Guides
Released: 2017-10-05
Kindle Edition (176 pages)

Pocket Rough Guide Istanbul (Travel Guide eBook) (Rough Guides)
 
Product Description:
Discover the best of Istanbul with the quintessential guide to this unique, continent-straddling city. Whether you want to gaze at the ancient mosaics of Haghia Sophia, get lost amidst the Grand Bazaar's traditional stalls or sail along the spectacular Bosphorus Strait, Rough Guides' expert, on-the-ground knowledge and trademark blend of humour, insight and practical advice will show you how to get the most out of your trip. This full-colour ebook includes stunning photography, handpicked itineraries and easy-to-use maps, and will guide you to the very best of Istanbul's rooftop restaurants, meyhanes and old city hideaways with something to suit every budget. Slim, reliable and easy to use, The Pocket Rough Guide to Istanbul will be your indispensable travel companion.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey

By DK Travel

Dk Pub
Released: 2016-05-17
Paperback (420 pages)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey will lead you straight to the best attractions this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Visit Hagia Sophia, experience the hot springs of Pamukkale, and explore the country region-by-region — from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey truly shows you this country as no one else can.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Istanbul, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Istanbul, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time in the city.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.



 
 
 

 
 
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