Rick Steves Istanbul

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.

Community Review

  • Just spent six days in Istanbul touring. This is our first purchase of a Rick Steves Guidebook. It’s the best on-the-ground guidebook we’ve used. Using this guide, Rick Steve’s Turkish oriented podcasts, and his video, we were well covered. Bought the hard copy and Kindle version for use on an iPad. Both worked equally well.
    We’ve travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and purchased many guidebooks. I gave this a try because it complemented Rick’s video series, was authored by excellent local Turkish tour guides, and is small enough to carry in a purse or small bag.
    I found myself pulling out the guide often for planning and while actually at the sites we visited. Rick has edited this version to provide essential information in a very easy to follow format. It has maps in the front for transportation and orientation purposes. For example, I used this guide to help me find and visit the Topkopi Palace. Inside this magnificent Palace I walked following the path it recommended. I also used the available audio guide you rent at the front entrance. These complemented each other perfectly though they didn’t follow precisely the same routes. Ricks descriptions were in-depth and his routes followed a very logical path. I found this to be true throughout my trip. This is one area where it beat other guides hands-down. It also provides essential information about prices, opening times, and other valuable information. It really was like having a personal guide along to ensure we didn’t miss anything.
    Some have criticized this guide for being out-of-date and containing erroneous information regarding subway routes. Frankly, those criticisms are overblown. Istanbul is undergoing extensive rebuilding and renovation. Exchange rates change and prices change. No guidebook can keep up with these and if you depend only on them for pricing and exchange rates you ought to be doing better trip planning.
    We’ve carried virtually every type of guidebook over the years from Frommers to Lonely Planet to Eyewitness Guides. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. We found this guide to be the best on-the-ground, accessable, walking around and getting around guide we’ve used. I also found the iPad version useful when used in conjunction with a good GPS navigation app. If they’d tie the eBook’s maps and location descriptions into the iPad GPS technology so you know precisely where you are located, they’d crush the competition.

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