Top 25 Must-See Sights. Best bets for dining, lodging, sightseeing. Plus a full-color pullout map. Everything you need to experience Istanbul.
• Top lodging and dining picks for every budget • Best museums, Islamic art, and landmarks • Quintessential experiences, from drinking tea in a Turkish café to walking the Istiklal Caddesi • Shopping for ceramics, crafts, antiques, and kilims • Outdoor delights, from picnicking among locals in Yildiz Parki to cruising the Bosphorus • Kid-friendly attractions, from Miniaturk to the Istanbul Toy Museum to the Spice Bazaar • Excursions to the seaside resort of Kilyos and Kizil Adalar (Princes’ Islands)
Insider Tips • Expert Advice
The author: Christopher Rice, who holds a PhD from the Centre of East European Studies at England’s Birmingham University, writes regularly on Central and Eastern Europe. His wife and coauthor, Melanie Rice, shares his fascination with this part of the world.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.