East meets West in Istanbul, the city split into Asian and European sides by the Bosporus River. From Istanbul's Old Town to Black Sea beach resorts, from the battlefield of Troy to the Turquoise Coast, National Geographic Traveler: Istanbul & Western Turkey takes you through Turkey's renowned attractions and best-kept secrets. Special features of the book include sidebars detailing experiences throughout Turkey, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the culture and people, inside and out.
Take a Turkish cooking class, for example; visit the spa town of Yalova or the impressiveHaydarpasa train station; take a boat tour of the Bosporus; or learn the etiquette involved in visiting mosques. Insider tips, in addition, provided by an array of National Geographic expertsphotographers, writers, and grantees who have spent significant time in Turkeydirect you to favorite restaurants, festivals, and other information that only locals know.
Tristan Rutherford has been a freelance travel writer since 2002, writing for The Independent and the Sun.d.ay Times Travel Magazine, among others. He also lectures in travel journalism at Central Saint Martins and Kingston University in London.
US-born, Italian-raised Kathryn Tomasetti writes travel stories and guidebooks for the likes of The Guardian and Rough Guides. Together, Rutherford and Tomasetti have worked on some 25 guidebooks across the Mediterranean. Both are members of the British Guild of Travel Writers.