Lonely Planet Turkey is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Bath in a hammam; explore chaotic and colourful bazaars; or hot air balloon over Cappadocia’s honeycomb landscape; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Turkey and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Turkey:
- 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 – culture/etiquette, language, religion, cuisine, sports, history, architecture, art, craft, literature, music, cinema, dance, landscapes, wildlife, environmental issues
- Free, convenient pull-out Turkey map (included in print version), plus over 110 colour maps
- Covers Istanbul, Thrace, Marmara, Gallipoli Peninsula, Troy, Izmir, North Aegean, Ephesus, Bodrum, South Aegean, Ankara, Cappadocia, Black Sea Coast, Antalya, Eastern Mediterranean, Northeastern Anatolia and more
I could not be more disappointed. I bought the Kindle edition of this book since I was going to a conference in Trabzon, and I learned more from the taxi driver who took us to the hotel than this book. In the past I have liked LP guides, but their section on Trabzon and surroundings was cursory and out of date. They included only a few of the city sites, and missed a huge fortress and a number of historical buildings. The section on the surroundings missed the mountain village of Cal, which has an ecotourism center where you can eat traditional food and dance, then visit a large cave with an underground river perched in the mountainside. None of the hikes in the surrounding mountains are included. The restaurant section was out of date and the description of traditional food left out a number of signature dishes. But the worst was they never described the unique culture of the Black Sea region, which is populated by Laz and other ethnic groups with their own music and culture, such as the playing of the kemanche, an instrument unique to that region. Black sea folk dancing, never mentioned, is famous throughout Turkey. There was no mention of the festivals venues where a visitor could see local culture. Like the last reviewer, I would argue that LP only really covers Istanbul and gives other regions short shrift, but I am also appalled by the lack of research into the area by writers paid to do it. I can’t figure out how to return a Kindle book, but I will never buy a Lonely Planet travel guide again.
I’ve been a fan of LP books for over two decades. In fact, I had been making use of an earlier edition of their Turkey book for several years even though I am Turkish (and live in Turkey). I decided to upgrade to the most recent edition before visiting Gaziantep, a town in Southeastern Turkey. It turns out that the whole Southeastern Turkey, with the exception of Mount Nemrut National Park, has been left out of this edition. This is probably because the authors did not visit the region because of security concerns: The foreign ministries of many countries had/have been advising their citizens not to travel to the area. The security situation is much better these days, but nonetheless, Lonely Planet should have mentioned that they are not covering one seventh/eighth of the country! Not only they ever mention this, the guide is misleading about the omission: The region is supposedly in their “Eastern Anatolia” section (marked in that chapter), but none of the cities are covered. So anyone not knowledgeable about the country would simply think there is nothing interesting to see there other than Mount Nemrut, which could not be so far from the truth- as confirmed by the detailed coverage of the region in earlier editions. Moreover, if you go to Lonely Planet’s Gaziantep web page, after some basic info, there is a link to this book instead of warning readers that the city is not covered in the book- also very misleading. I have read before that new editions of some Lonely Planet books are much worse than earlier editions. In fact, that’s why I did not get their books for a couple of countries I visited recently. It seems that their Turkey guide is the latest casualty:(…
I love this travel Guide. Lots of sites to see. Excellent historical information. Great on nearby restaurants and hotels. What would be nice to have is a legend depicting entrance fees, convenience of restrooms, areas for drinks and snacks, and ease of parking. Might consider a pull out map of Turkey even if you have to divide it in half or quarters.I do love the small maps of each area that is being displayed though. Overall great Travel Guide .
If you happen to have earlier copies of the LP guide to Turkey, do not buy this one. A cursory look though the book reveals that former significant destinations are no longer included, Urfa, for example, Van, Kuthaya, Afyon, Gaziantep, Beysehir . I stopped checking the index for other omissions. We are returning this book.