When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Turkey, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!
- Turkey is again issuing tourist visas to Americans, but it's smart to monitor the Turkish Embassy’s website for the latest updates.
Etickets are available for the Ephesus Archaeological site (including the Terrace Houses). Buying tickets online enables you to skip the ticket-buying line; no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
If accompanied by an official tour guide, you can also skip the line without buying tickets ahead of time.
- While Istanbul's main station, Sirkeci, is being remodeled, trains between Istanbul and Asian Turkey are served by Söğütlüçeşme Station, in the Kadıköy district (across the Bosphorus from the city center, but much more central than the recent terminus at Pendik). Trains to/from the west and north are still served by the suburban station of Halkalı (west of the city center). The Marmaray light-rail line now connects both Halkalı and Söğütlüçeşme with central Istanbul.
- The Blue House Hotel in the Sultanahmet district has closed.
- The correct address for Quincentennial Museum of Turkish Jews is Bereketzade Mahallesi, Büyük Hendek Caddesi 39, Beyoğlu, and its telephone number (also printed incorrectly in some editions) is +90 (0)212/292-6333.