Istanbul - At the Crossroads of History
From its days as the capital of the Roman Empire in the 4th century to its selection as the European Capital of Culture in 2010, Istanbul has been a significant city and major crossroad between East and West for thousands of years. Its geopolitical location has created a vibrant multicultural metropolis rich with a wide range of cultural attractions. Joseph investigates the city’s past and meets Istanbul’s diversity head on in the bazaars, restaurants, churches, mosques and alleyways of Istanbul’s many historic quarters.
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Packed with the gorgeous full-color photographs, detailed illustrations, and 3-D maps for which DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are beloved, Eyewitness Turkey truly shows you what other guides only tell you. Comprehensive reviews of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and bars complement coverage of museums, historic areas, shopping, and local sights. The guide works equally well for inspiration, as a planning tool, a practical resource while traveling, and a keepsake following any trip.
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Dozens of Top 10 lists, from the best beaches, local dishes, museums, and restaurants to the greatest boutique hotels, walks, and children’s attraction, provide the insider knowledge that every visitor needs.
Each Top 10 guide now contains a Pull-out map and guide that includes fold-out city maps of metro systems, useful phone numbers, and 60 great ideas on how to spend your day.
For over 31 years, Cultural Folk Tours and Bora Özkök offer unique private and group tours to Turkey as well as day trips of Istanbul with quality English fluent guides and top class hotels. Our tours focus on the history, culture and folklore of Turkey. On the Istanbul tour, you will visit the famous sites and museums such as the St. Sophia Church, experience the unseen daily life of modern Turkey and enjoy distinct Turkish cuisine with its enticing spices. All our group tours that include Istanbul will visit unusual places in the city that are only known to our guides. Dinner will be in the Taverna seafood district with live music and entertainment by a gypsy orchestra, playing traditional Turkish instruments. If you take Bora’s tour, he and his staff will perform along with the orchestra.