Eastern Turkey

by Diana Darke

Eastern Turkey

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Turkey is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and yet the rugged plateaus stretching east from Istanbul are rarely explored. Unique in offering in-depth coverage of this region, east of Ankara, Bradt's Eastern Turkey is the only guide to unlock the full mysteries of this little-known region including the hugely significant archeological site of Gobekli Tepe. The perfect companion, the guide seeks not only to inform but also to entertain, written in an engaging style, with many highlighted boxes brimming with amusing anecdotes, Turkish proverbs and extracts from early Turkish literature, as well as full practical information on accommodation, transport, eating and drinking, trekking, bird-watching and wildlife for a memorable and successful trip.

About the author

Turkish-speaking Diana Darke has specialised in Turkey for more than 25 years. She is studying for an MA in Islamic architecture and is the author of Bradt's Syria, North Cyprus and Oman.

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My favourite guidebook
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I have a whole shelf of books on Turkey but whenever I venture east of Ankara (which is usually a few times a year) I take only this one with me. Passionate, accurate, fantastically written. Other guidebooks to this vast area (few and far between anyway) just do not compare. Actually,I became a fan of Bradt Travel Guide Books after using this gem, competently written by Diana Darke.
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Introduction vii
Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography 3, Climate 4, Natural history and conservation 5, History 13, Government and politics 22, Economy 24, People 24, Language 29, Religion 30, Education 31, Culture 32
Chapter 2 Practical Information 40, When to visit 40, Highlights 40, Suggested itineraries 42, Tour operators 43, Tourist information 45, Red tape 45, Embassies and consulates 47, Getting there and away 48, Health 50, Safety 54, What to take 56, Money 57, Getting around 58, Accommodation 64, Eating and drinking 65, Public holidays and festivals 68, Shopping 70, Arts and entertainment 70, Photography 72, Media and communications 72, Living and working in Turkey 74, Cultural etiquette 75, Travelling positively 75
PART TWO THE GUIDE 77Chapter 3 Ankara 78
Setting and orientation 78, History 79, Climate and when to visit 80, Getting there and away 80, Getting around 83,
Tourist information 83, Tour operators 84, Where to stay 84, Where to eat and drink 85, Entertainment and nightlife 88, Shopping 89, Other practicalities 89, What to see and do 90
Chapter 4 Central Anatolia and the Hittite Heartlands 103
Getting there and away 103, Bogazkale and around 105, Amasya 112, Tokat and around 117, Sivas 121
Chapter 5 Central Eastern Turkey and the Euphrates Headwaters 125
Getting there and around 125, Where to stay and eat 125, Erzincan 127, The Euphrates gorges and Divrigi 128, Elâzig and around 132, Routes from Elâzig 134, Malatya and around 138, On the way to Cappadocia 141
Chapter 6 Cappadocia 143
When to visit 143, History 143, Getting there and away 146,
Getting around 146, Tour operators 147, Where to stay and eat 147, Kayseri 148, Ürgüp 151, Ortahisar 153, Üçhisar 154, Göreme 155, Çavusin 160, Zelve Valley 160,
Sarihan Caravanserai 161, Avanos and around 161,
Mustafapasa 162, Soganli Valley 162, Derinkuyu Underground City 164, Kaymakli Underground City 165, Nevsehir 166, Hacibektas monastery 166, Ihlara
Gorge 167, Güzelyurt and around 171, Sultanhani Caravanserai 172
Chapter 7 Konya and South to the Coast 173
Konya and around 175, South to the coast at Silifke 184, Silifke and around 188, East to Mersin (Içel) 191,
Mersin (Içel) 192, South to the coast at Tarsus 193,
Tarsus 195
Chapter 8 Southeastern Turkey, the Tûr Abdin and the Kurdish Heartlands 197
Adana 197, From Adana to Antakya 201, South to Antakya 202, Antakya 204, South to Antakya 211, Gaziantep and around 214, Towards Sanliurfa (Urfa) 225, The route to Kahramanmaras 227, Nemrut Dagi 229,
Sanliurfa (Urfa) 238, Harran (Altinbasak) and around 247,
Diyarbakir and around 252, Routes to Lake Van 267, Mardin 267, The Tûr Abdin 274, Mardin to Midyat 281, Midyat and around 282, Hasankeyf 288, From Batman to Siirt 291, From Batman to Bitlis 292, Bitlis 293, Bitlis to Lake Van 294
Chapter 9 Lake Van Region 295
History 295, Wildlife 296, Getting there and away 297, Overview of practicalities 297, Tatvan 299, Nemrut Dagi Crater 299, Ahlat 300, Adilcevaz and around 302,
Remote monasteries south of Lake Van 305, Akdamar Island 306, Van and around 311, Towards Hakkâri 324, Çavustepe 324, Hosap 325, Hakkâri and around 327
Chapter 10 Mount Ararat Region 330
From Van to Mount Ararat (Dogubeyazit) 330, Dogubeyazit and around 332, The ascent of Ararat 340
Chapter 11 Northeastern Turkey and the Georgian Heartlands 349
From Dogubeyazit to Kars 349, Kars 352, Ani 355, North via Lake Çildir to Ardahan 360, The Georgian
valleys 362, Yusufeli and around 367, Back on the road to Artvin 369, To the Black Sea 373, From Kars to
Erzurum 374, Erzurum 375, From Erzurum to the Black Sea 380
Chapter 12 The Black Sea Coast 381
History 383, Getting there and away 383, Getting
around 383, Where to stay 384, Where to eat and
drink 384, Hopa 384, West from Hopa 385, Çamlihemsin
and Ayder 386, Rize 388, Between Rize and Trabzon 389,
Trabzon and around 390, Trabzon to Erzurum: the Zigana
Pass 402, From Trabzon to Samsun 404, West to
Sinop 409, Kastamonu and around 410, Amasra 411,
Safranbolu 412
Appendix 1 Language 416
Appendix 2 Glossary 419
Appendix 3 Further Information 423