Books about Turkey


Lonely Planet Turkey (Travel Guide)

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. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia’s honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or soak in a hamam in Antalya’s atmospheric old quarter; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Turkey and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Turkey Travel Guide:

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 – including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine
Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus over 100 colour maps
Covers Istanbul, Thrace, Marmara, Gallipoli Peninsula, Izmir, Ephesus, Bodrum, Anatolia, Pammukale, Antalya, Ankara, Cappadocia, Aegean Coast, Turquoise Coast, Mediterranean Coast, Black Sea Coast, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Turkey, our most comprehensive guide to Turkey, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Looking for just the highlights? Check out Lonely Planet’s Discover Turkey, a photo-rich guide to the country’s most popular attractions.
Looking for a guide focused on Istanbul? Check out Lonely Planet’s Istanbul guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; Discover Istanbul, a photo-rich guide to the city’s most popular attractions; or Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. This fully updated guidebook includes 3-D cutaway illustrations, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of Turkey’s major cities and towns.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey will help you to discover this country region-by-region — from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops for all budgets, and practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus, or car.

With hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and maps, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey shows you what others only tell you.

Rick Steves Istanbul
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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 exotic 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.

Insight Guides Turkey
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Insight Guides: Turkey

Insight Guide Turkey is a comprehensive full-colour guide to the culture, history and people of this varied and youthful country. Be inspired by our Best of Turkey section highlighting unmissable sights and experiences and lavish Photo Features on topics such as Turkish cafés, carpets and kilims and the great outdoors. A detailed Places section, with stunning travel photography and full-colour maps, shows you where to go and what to do, from from the bright lights of Istanbul to ancient monuments, amazing landscapes and characterful old towns – making sure you don’t miss anything. A comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the travel advice you need to plan your trip, with our selective, independent reviews to guide you to the most authentic hotels and restaurants.


Turkey – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Standing astride two continents and stretching from Europe to the Middle East, Turkey is both feared by the West and wooed by it. Travelers have always been drawn to its glorious cultural heritage and heroic landscapes, and today, thanks to its burgeoning economy, growing geo-political importance, and young population, it is attracting more foreign visitors than ever.

This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Turkey reveals a nation in transition. Over the last two decades living conditons have improved greatly and Turkey is now classified as a developed country with an emerging market economy. Viewed by many as a model for outward-looking Islam, it is a country with laws to protect against religious paternalism, where restaurants are open during the fast of Ramadan, and where headscarves or no scarves can be worn in universities, schools, and public offices. Turkey continues to seek EU membership, but the road to accession has been full of twists and turns and the outcome is uncertain.

The country is rapidly modernizing. The cities are being transformed with skyscrapers and gated communities. Politically, Turkey has changed dramatically over the past decade and today society is polarized between secularists and traditionalists. While Turkey is in many ways Western and modern, Islamic tendencies are strong. The situation can vary widely between, and even within, different parts of society, and, across the board, there are still forms of behaviour that are taboo. One thing is certain. Turkey’s culture and social life are changing.

Culture Smart! Turkey is an invaluable guide to the intricate ins and outs of a rich and complex society. Whether you are planning a vacation or traveling on business, it is vital to be aware of appropriate behavior in different situations, and if you show a genuine interest in their culture and respect for their values, you will win the lasting friendship of your hosts.