Marco Polo Istanbul Guide


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Experience all of Istanbul's attractions with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Find hotels and restaurants, check out the city's trendiest places and nightlife scene and discover its shops and bazaars.

There are also ideas for things to do with children, and a summary of the exciting festivals and events that take place in the Turkish metropolis. Further sections include: Travel Tips, Links, Blogs, Apps & more, Turkish phrase book and index. Useful too is the "Perfect Day' chapter and the handy folding pull-out map supplied in addition to the Street Atlas inside.

The Best Of pages highlight what's currently in vogue in Istanbul, recommend places to go for free, and have tips for rainy days and where you can relax and put your feet up when you've had enough of sightseeing.

The Perfect Day takes you on a tour that shows you various facets of the city: after breakfast on the central Taksim Square take a stroll along Istanbul's historic thoroughfare, the __stiklal Caddesi, and then, via the Gelata Bridge, to the Old City to gaze in awe at world-famous monuments like the Blue Mosque before finishing off with an evening in the trendy district of Beyo_++̱lu.

Panels in each chapter suggest things to do if you're on a tight budget and where you might pick up some real bargains. Istanbul is also a great place for walking, and in the City Walks section you will discover the city's early Christian-Jewish heritage as well as buildings from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. The Dos & Don'ts explain why you should count your money in a taxi and why you shouldn't kiss in public.

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