Best ways to improve this book:
Use the map of Istanbul from the Lonely Planet. It is more detailed with street names. Also include the countries all around the Black Sea in the map of Turkey. It gives a better perspective.
Marilyn in Wilsonville, Or USA 10/01/2013
We would have loved audio tours instead of reading the tours in the book. It would be great if some or all could be turned into audio tours.
Christy Helmer in Athens, Oh USA 07/22/2013
Michael B in Monterey, CA USA 07/15/2013
More emphasis on checking your website for updates would be helpful. I didn't notice your update on the back cover.
Karen in Houston, TX USA 06/07/2013
1. As Lale stated in the audio guide, cruise ships are a definite distraction to easy touring. If there were some way to determine ship schedules adding that info to the book would be tremendously useful!
2. PLEASE do a full book on Turkey! We also visited Efes, Kushadasi, Marmaris, Dalaman, Fethiye, etc and the Lonely Planet and Fodor's guide just don't measure up to the quality of info in the Rick Steves books.
Dave Anderson in Indianola, IA USA 05/31/2013
More advice to deal with crowd control. The waiting line in some places was from 40 minutes to two hours. Luckily our hotel helped us avoid those lines. The only place we stood in line was at the blue mosque.
Erika Malitzky in Spokane, Wa USA 05/06/2013
1. I would caution readers against coming to Istanbul at all during cruise ship seasons. Town and sights are so packed that it just is not fun. 2. The full day Bosphorus cruise just wastes way too much time. Encourage the short circle cruise. Back door travelers can pocket the 15 tl price difference and use the hours saved elsewhere. This was my second worst experience.
Wil Robinson in Ocean Shores, WA USA 04/28/2013
Since you encourage tourists to plunge into the local language -- something I heartily endorse -- then please improve the language section of the Istanbul guidebook. More vocabulary and phrases and make the type twice as large. It's very difficult to read as is. Critically important for Turkey: Include a sidebar on how the several letters with diacritical markings are pronounced. At least one of your competitors has this and I constantly defaulted to it. Your book needs this.
Eugene Carlson in Vashon, WA USA 04/27/2013
Maps in the digital version of the book are very difficult to use because of how they are split and divided. Also, the index is worthless without a location (page number or link to it in the book). The individual tours are very nicely done, accurate and detailed. With the advent of technology, I actually saw many people using digital technology as they toured the major sights of Istanbul. Please keep your digital books updated as you update your print copies. We spent a week in Istanbul and had a great time thanks to your book!
Jeanie Kerner in Aloha, OR USA 03/31/2013
I have used several Rick Steves guidebooks in the past, and while this guidebook is still very good, my trip to Istanbul was the first time that I was happy that I purchased and took another guidebook with me as a backup. The most important thing was that I feel that not enough sites are covered in the RS Istanbul Guidebook. For example, the Great Palace Mosaic Museum was not mentioned (as far as I could find) even though it is an amazing small government museum right next to the Blue Mosque. It deserves a mention at least as much as some of the other small sites in the book. No book is perfect, but as we had finished most of the major sites in the RS book, I found myself relying on the other guidebook more and more for secondary, but good, sites missing from this book.
In addition, the walking directions are at times confusing. For example, when taking the tram to the Chora Church, the walking directions say to go across the street and "continue on." We thought this meant going straight rather than continue on the direction you previously were going. Having a small map (or less ambiguous wording) would have helped.
Jarrad Wright in Washington, DC USA 03/22/2013
While I haven't visited to Istanbul yet, I have bought may RS books and have used them extensively. RS states this is the first book he has left to locals to write and it shows. The book is uninteresting and lacks in areas that other RS books excel. Sections on traveling with children and side trips are lacking. I wish I could return this book to BN. RS should stick to writing and not outsource.
John in Silver Spring, MD USA 11/16/2012
Add information about Troy and Ephesus. We took a guided tour to these and think they are essential on any trip to Turkey.
Lynda Lamb in Birmingham, AL USA 07/11/2012
This applies to most or all of your books, I assume, but I know for sure it applies to this one! When discussing voltage (p. 9), I agree wholeheartedly with your info and tips: most newer charges can take 220, and for all others, buy a replacement in Istanbul. But I would add two hugely important tips. 1) Voltage information can usually be found on a tag on the cord of the appliance, and if not there, printed on the cord or appliance itself; some people don't know to look there. 2) Bring a 3-outlet American power strip with you!!! That way, with only one cheap converter,you can change the single, European-style outlet in your hotel room into three outlets. This is even more crucial when staying in a hostel dorm room, when six travelers might need to charge six cameras, six cell phones, and six iPods! You could suggest bringing a power strip in every guide book, either in the voltage and/or packing section, and help out a lot of people. I've been doing it that way for years. Thanks for the fantastic guidebooks!
Lori (Mack--don't print last name, please) in Mannheim, Germany 06/30/2012
Include information about English-language bookstores and self-serve laundry facilities.
Cheryl Foote in Albuquerque, NM USA 06/14/2012
I want to echo Mary Jo's comment earlier on the direction of "follow the crowd" to the funicular. After getting off the tram at Kabatas stop, we did just that, follow the crowd, and then found out they were all going to take a ferry to the Asian side. From the Kabatas stop the ferry dock is on the opposite direction of the funicular station (to Tasksim).
May in Reading, MA USA 06/10/2012
Expand it to all of Turkey please.
Michelle in Cairo, Egypt 05/31/2012
We used the fourth edition on our March 2012 trip to Istanbul. The directions for the New District Walk tell you to to take the tram to Kabatas and follow the crowds to the funicular. Please don't use directions like "follow the crowds". We went to this on a rainy March morning. There were no crowds to follow , the signs were not apparent, and there were no English speakers around.
Mary Jo Hoeksema in Holland, MI USA 05/06/2012
everything is the best! Thanks.
Judit in Philadelphia, PA USA 03/29/2012
Joan Carroll in Fort Worth, TX USA 03/15/2012
I used the Kindle version, and the navigation was awkward. The maps were difficult to read, and the index was nonfunctional. However, the writing and background information are excellent.
Heidi in Doha, Qatar 01/29/2012
I love your books...Please write one for all of Turkey and not just Istanbul!! :)
Jessie in Groton, CT USA 01/13/2012
Excellent guide book, particularly liked the self paced walks! The Sycamore tree is still standing!
George Braun in Manassas, VA USA 11/29/2011
RE the self-guided museum tours, I would have found easier/faster if the "name" of the artifact... in the book were identical to the English ones used by the museum.
Dave in Aurora, ON Canada 10/17/2011
take comments seriously and act on them, there are many complaints about this restaurant
Calder in N. Vancouver, BC CDN 10/13/2011
Other than the comments on the restaurants and hotels above, we used the book every day and it was invaluable. One personal note: one of us has great difficulty with heights and stairs, and it was not clear (from your book or any other) just how hilly the city is, or how many stairs there are to get to many places (for example, the Eminonu and Karakoy tram stops require going down and then up stairs to exit to the street). The hill problems are expecially pronounced in the Galata area; we had to skip this entirely after one challenging experience. The Sultanahmet and Istiklal areas are much easier to navigate.
Harold Chasen in Philadelphia, PA USA 10/11/2011
Immediately stop recommending the City Walls Walk.
Joe Mackenzie in Kenmore, WA USA 08/06/2011
As always the book was well organized and informative. We liked the guided walks and the detailed info for all the sites. Our 16 yr old son particularly enjoyed the background information in the boxes. Several locations had recommended by Rick Steve's in their windows.
Anna McHale in Kensington, Md USA 04/25/2011
Maybe you need to have non-local staff vet the restaurants more carefully.
Joe Costantino in Sofia, bulgaria 04/10/2011
Include more travel advise for Asian Istanbul. The day we took the ferry to Harem and walked along the promenade between this community and Uskudar, where we had the best of all our dining experiences in a more typical Istanbul community, was a highlight. We returned from Uskudar via ferry to Galata Bridge. There are very nice views looking back on the city from this side of the Bosphorus Strait.
Joan Barnes in Portland, OR USA 04/01/2011