TurkeyBook - 2011
Berlitz Handbook Turkey is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to this fascinating destination, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities unique to Turkey - from setting sail on a Blue Cruise to haggling in a bazaar, or relaxing in a traditional hamam.
The guide starts with a rundown of Turkey's Top 25 Attractions, ranging from the iconic Hagia Sofia to the evocative ruins of Troy. In the Trip Planner you'll find itineraries outlining how best to maximise your time in Anatolia, whether you're embarking on a fortnight exploring the country's archaeological treasures or three weeks following the campaign trail of Alexander the Great.
The Places Section tackles each of Turkey's regions in turn - starting with the world-class city of Istanbul and taking in the golden Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, as well as the unworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and features everything you'll need to know about the sights and attractions in the area as well as maps to help you get around and carefully chosen listings of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and get active. The Places section is interspersed with fully mapped tours, suggesting walks including up the Golden Horn in Istanbul to the pilgrimage site of Eyup and around the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, and Cultural Spreads that give a striking insight into an element of Turkey's culture, from oil wrestling in Thrace to living in troglodyte cave dwellings in Cappadocia.
Further practical advice is provided in a chapter dedicated to accommodations, transportation, health and safety, money and budgeting, responsible travel, and family holidays. The Setting the Scene chapter is devoted to Turkey's historical and cultural background, plus information on the country's cuisine.
Finally, a handy 8-page Phrasebook section provides a wealth of language expertise for which the Berlitz brand is famous.