Marco Polo Istanbul: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Experience all of Istanbul’s attractions with this up-to date and authoritative guide, complete with Insider Tips. Find hotels and restaurants, check out the city’s trendiest places and nightlife scene and discover its shops and bazaars. There are also ideas for things to do with children, and a summary of the exciting festivals and events that take place in the Turkish metropolis. Further sections include: Travel Tips, Links, Blogs, Apps & more, Turkish phrase book and index. Useful too is the ‘Perfect Day’ chapter and the handy folding pull-out map supplied in addition to the Street Atlas inside.Minarets reflected in modern office blocks, oriental bazaars alongside smart shopping malls, headscarves competing with mini-skirts, in Istanbul the contrasts combine to create a fascinating cultural mix that no visitor can escape or ignore. With MARCO POLO Istanbul you will discover all the variety and diversity of the city. Visit centuries-old mosques and churches, and admire all its artistic and archaeological treasures. But gourmets and night owls will also find what they’re looking for in this pulsating metropolis. The practical pocket-sized guide will escort you to pleasant fish restaurants and trendy bars by the Bosphorus. To escape the big city bustle you can always take a boat trip along the Bosphorus or visit an island in the Sea of Marmara. The Insider Tips reveal where you might spend an evening drinking raki and where you can relax with a glass of tea after a long walk.The Best Of pages highlight what’s currently in vogue in Istanbul, recommend places to go for free, and have tips for rainy days and where you can relax and put your feet up when you've had enough of sightseeing. The Perfect Day takes you on a tour that shows you various facets of the city: after breakfast on the central Taksim Square take a stroll along Istanbul's historic thoroughfare, the Istiklal Caddesi, and then, via the Gelata Bridge, to the Old City to gaze in awe at world-famous monuments like the Blue Mosque before finishing off with an evening in the trendy district of Beyoglu. Panels in each chapter suggest things to do if you’re on a tight budget and where you might pick up some real bargains. Istanbul is also a great place for walking, and in the City Walks section you will discover the city’s early Christian-Jewish heritage as well as buildings from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. The Dos & Don'ts explain why you should count your money in a taxi and why you shouldn’t kiss in public.MARCO POLO Istanbul provides comprehensive coverage of all areas of the city. To help you find your way around there’s the detailed Street Atlas, a public transport map in the cover, plus the pull-out map.