By Terry Richardson, Rough Guides

The tough advisor to Istanbul is the last word shuttle advisor with transparent maps and targeted insurance of the simplest sights Istanbul has to supply. become aware of the frenetic urban of Istanbul from the pinnacle of the Galata Tower with its breathtaking perspectives throughout Istanbul, or from the labyrinth Ottoman purchasing complicated of the Grand Bazaar. full of exact, functional suggestion on what to determine and do in Istanbul this consultant presents trustworthy, up to date information of the simplest lodges in Istanbul for all budgets. that includes particular assurance on an entire variety of points of interest; from the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque, to cruises up the Bosphorus, you''ll locate specialist pointers on exploring Istanbul''s notable points of interest with an authoritative heritage on Istanbul''s wealthy tradition and historical past. discover all corners of Istanbul with the clearest maps of any advisor and sensible Turkish language tips.Make the main of your vacation with The tough advisor to Istanbul.

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Cinema There are hundreds of cinemas across the city. 30am or noon, following at around 3pm, 6pm, 9pm and usually midnight. Tickets cost 8–15TL depending on the poshness of the cinema, with reduced general admission one night weekly (often Mon). Most films have a fifteen-minute break mid-action, to allow cigarette-smokers to satisfy their habit in the stairways and cafés. 338. 5FM) specializes in Latin and jazz, and Energy (102) in jazz. 2). 4). BASICS National Geographic and the History Channel (hit the remote’s language button to get the original English language).

Round odd taxi fares upwards (you may not have a choice, as the driver may genuinely not have small change); hotel porters should be tipped appropriately. indd 35 35 2/25/09 3:18:24 PM KDV: Turkish VAT BASICS | Costs, money and banks The Turkish variety of VAT (Katma Değer Vergisi or KDV), ranging from 8 to 23 percent depending on the commodity, is included in the price of virtually all goods and services (except car rental, where the fifteen percent figure is usually quoted separately). Look for the notice Fiyatlarımız KDV Dahildir (VAT included in our prices) if you think someone’s trying to do you for it twice.

Com. A weeklong fair selling the work of some fifty or so İstanbul galleries and visiting foreign artists – paintings, sculptures, pottery and fabrics. Held inconveniently at the Tüyap Centre, in the suburbs near Atatürk International airport. October Akbank International Jazz Festival Twoweek festival concentrating on traditional jazz, with performers such as Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Events include film screenings, informal jamming sessions and drum workshops. Varied venues include the Byzantine church of Aya Irene and the Babylon Performance Centre in Beyoğlu.

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