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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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Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & James Bainbridge

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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

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: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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

'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 (Australia)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul

By DK Travel

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Released: 2016-06-21
Paperback (280 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul
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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.

Rick Steves Istanbul

By Lale Surmen Aran

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Released: 2016-03-29
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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.

Top 10 Istanbul (Eyewitness Top 10 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.

Istanbul: The Ultimate Istanbul Travel Guide By A Traveler For A Traveler: The Best Travel Tips; Where To Go, What To See And Much More (Lost ... Istanbul, Istanbul Tour, Istanbul Guidebook)

By Lost Travelers

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Istanbul: The Ultimate Istanbul Travel Guide By A Traveler For A Traveler: The Best Travel Tips; Where To Go, What To See And Much More (Lost ... Istanbul, Istanbul Tour, Istanbul Guidebook)
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Congratulations! You’ve found The Ultimate Travel Guide To Istanbul.

Why You Need Lost Travelers

First we would like to thank you for considering Lost Travelers as your guide book. Allow us to explain our beginnings, and the reason we created Lost Travelers. Lost Travelers was created due to one simple problem that other guides on the market did not solve; loss of time. Considering it’s the 21st century and everything is available on the internet why do we still purchase guidebooks? To save us time! That’s right.

Since the goal is to be efficient and save time, we did not understand why there are several guidebooks on the market that are of 500 to 1000 page’ long. We do not believe one needs that much bluff to get an overview of the location and some remarkable suggestions. Considering many guidebooks on the market are filled with “suggestions” that were sponsored for, we have decided to take a different approach and provide our travelers with an honest opinion and decline any sort of sponsorship. This simply allows us to cut off any nonsense and create our guides the Lost Travelers style.

Our mission is simple; to create an easy to follow guide book that outlines the best of activities to do in our limited time at the destination. This easily saves you your most valuable asset; your time. You no longer need to spend hours looking through a massive book, or spend hours searching for information on the internet as we have completed the whole process for you. The best part is we provide you our e-guides for one third the price of the leading brand, and our paper copy for only half the price.

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  • Brief History of Istanbul
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  • Top Galleries
  • Top Things To Do
  • Unique Things To Do In Istanbul
  • Nightlife
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    Istanbul: Istanbul, Turkey: Travel Guide Book—A Comprehensive 5-Day Travel Guide to Istanbul, Turkey & Unforgettable Turkish Travel (Best Travel Guides to Europe Series) (Volume 6)

    By Passport to European Travel Guides

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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    Istanbul: Istanbul, Turkey: Travel Guide Book—A Comprehensive 5-Day Travel Guide to Istanbul, Turkey & Unforgettable Turkish Travel (Best Travel Guides to Europe Series) (Volume 6)
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    Journey to the Center of Istanbul, Turkey!

    "If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
    —Alphonse de Lamartine

    * * * Updated for 2017! * * *

    So with an endorsement like that, of course Istanbul makes the bucket list, right? And for a limited time, Passport to European Travel Guides offers this comprehensive, yet quick and concise, 5-day guide to Istanbul, Turkey—the treasure of Europe and Asia!

    5-Day Travel Guide to Unforgettable Turkish Travel

    Have no idea where to start? Or maybe you have some idea but could use a treasure trove of great insider tips? Well, read on! You see, we know your trip begins long before you even book the flight, so this guide is chock full of dynamite tips on everything you need to know BEFORE you go—and much, much more you'll thank us for!

    Passport to European Travel Guides Features:

    • Dynamite Insider Tips—for tourists! We give you the scoop on everything from local etiquette to saving money!
    • 5-Day Suggested Itinerary—cover the best spots the city has to offer in 5 magical days!
    • Luxury Sleeps, Luxury Eats—our best recommendations for ultimate luxury in Istanbul
    • Budget Sleeps, Budget Eats—best spots for travelers on a budget
    • City Snapshot—language, currency, airports, country code + more!
    • Before You Go—there are some things you need to know!
    • Getting in the Mood—with a few great films and books to enjoy before you go!
    • Local Tourist Information—where to find it once you're on the ground in Turkey
    • Overview—of Istanbul
    • Turkish Phrases For Emergencies—least you'll know how to holler, "Help!"
    • Climate + Best Times to Travel—to Istanbul!
    • All About Tours—By bike, boat, bus or special interest and walking tours + our top recommendations with links and more!
    • Istanbul Nightlife—the best bars, clubs, live music, theater and dancing
    • Lots more—we aim to get you in the know!

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul

    By DK Publishing

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2014-05-19
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer. This fully updated guidebook includes 3-D cutaway illustrations, floor plans, and reconstructions of Istanbul's stunning architecture, plus maps of the key districts to explore on foot. There's even a chart showing the walking distances between major sights.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul covers this city's unforgettable sights in depth and comes complete with a pull-out city map that clearly marks the sights from the guidebook. The map has detailed street views of all the key areas, transportation maps, information on how to get around the city, and an easy-to-use street index.

    In this guide, you'll also find detailed listings of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops for all budgets, plus insider tips on everything from where to find the best markets and nightspots to great attractions for children. With hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and maps, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Istanbul shows you what others only tell you.

    Istanbul in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2017) - 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 Time & $

    By Istanbul Travel Guide 2016

    Released: 2015-08-15
    Kindle Edition (39 pages)

    Istanbul in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2017) - 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 Time & $
     
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    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 2016.



    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.


     
     
     

     
     
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