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Product Details

  • Series: Full-color Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor's; 7 edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400008980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400008988
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"In terms of comprehensiveness of coverage, the very accessible format, and the enthusiastic tone, this series remains one of the best on the market." –Booklist
 
"Fodor's super-informative guidebooks are known for accuracy and attention to detail…" –The Sacramento Bee
 
"The Fodor's guides are notable for their ratings of sights, restaurants, shops, accommodations and attractions." –Chicago Tribune
 
"The great detail, infectious spirit, and attractive format are distinguishing traits of these guides, which are entries in one of the top series in the business." –Booklist
 
"Fodor's can help you plan the perfect adventure" –The Arizona Republic
 
"Always thoughtfully written and easily readable, Fodor's travel guides have become a must-have when traveling to unfamiliar destinations" –Mid South Magazine
 
"Widely recognized as the gold standard of mainstream travel" –Honolulu Advertiser

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This book is very useful in planning my trip.
English Major
The bottom line is that Fodor's was not a good match for my travel style (rental car, independent, budget).
T. Sanborn
The 7th Edition In Full Color guide includes 64 detailed maps, illustrated features and 265 color photos.
John S. Van Kirk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Forth on January 31, 2010
My wife and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Israel but are sorry to say that our Fodors guide was not a very helpful resource. It is definitely a good book to have when planning a trip, and its colourful pictures and maps would no doubt be nice to look at for someone on a guided bus tour who already had their accommodation and restaurant meals planned. For two independent travellers we found the guidebook utterly frustrating. One major complaint is the maps, which, while glossy and colourful, are absolutely useless because they do not label all of the streets, making it very difficult to find restaurants and other listed attractions (we gave up more than once!). It seems like the writers do not actually expect anyone to follow up on the recommendations they make. Another case in point is the guidebook's information concerning the Dome of the Rock. While it provides a fairly good general overview to the site it does not give a list of opening times to an attraction that is only open to non-Muslims on select hours of select days and only from a specific entrance; we spent a lot of time trying to find our way in. The guidebook provides a beautifully illustrated introduction to the Dead Sea and Masada but was entirely unhelpful in informing travellers how to get there (no times, bus routes, etc. were listed). In general it would be useful to have some bus and train maps and route numbers and other practical information (like what parts of the West Bank Israeli drivers are allowed to enter, and vice versa) that would help people who actually want to travel through Israel and Palestine rather than look at pictures of it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John S. Van Kirk on December 20, 2009
Israel has long been considered one of the most fascinating and dynamic destinations in the world. Most travelers would think the task too great an undertaking for a travel guide. Not Fodor's! They took the challenge and surpassed all my expectations.

I was fortunate to find such a well researched review. My clients are demanding and continually ask challenging questions that require the most dependable resources at my finger tips. Fortunately, this is it!

This guide has been sectioned into the country's seven major regions and a general area titled "Experience Israel". I particularly appreciated how it covered topics that the typical visitor would want insight into such as: Israel's markets, local cuisine, religion, family travel, nightlife & the arts and of course, where to stay and what to do.

The 7th Edition In Full Color guide includes 64 detailed maps, illustrated features and 265 color photos. It should be noted the photography is a significant improvement over similar books in the past. You'll agree once you have compared!

It's always appreciated when you get "insider tips" regarding dining. What you eat during a vacation can frequently turn out to make or break everything. Funny thing how food has such power over one's thinking. Fodor's writers have made it easy by selecting their favorite restaurants by price, cuisine and experience in the two major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Their research will remove a lot of stress and guessing by trial and error. It's also a wonderful benefit so as to avoid "disappointment heartburn". Believe me, I have been down that ugly food road!

A final comment on "Fodor's Features". Every country has a number of historical facts and features & Israel is no different.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Sanborn on March 25, 2010
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I recently returned from a trip to Israel and was very disappointed in Fodor's Israel. First off, I will say that I am probably not Fodor's target audience. I tend to be a very budget conscious traveler. Fodor's covers budget to expensive, meaning one or two listing for each price category. Based on the internet I know there are many more options, which have better reviews. Budget travels might be better off with another guide.

On the plus side, the book looks great! It has lots of pictures and engaging layouts. Looking through the book before the trip it heightened the anticipation. It is also great for showing other people what Israel is like.

For the negatives, I found the layout frustrating when looking for specific information. For example, information about Nazareth is found on the page for lower Galilee, the spread about Jesus in Galilee, and the section on Nazareth. On several occasions I remembered reading something, but had to dig through many pages to find the details because it was in a special spread and not in the section for that town. Another example, the map of the stations of the cross is on p76, but the description of the stations is on p63-64. It was difficult to walk through the Old City, trying to read two different pages with the book in one hand and a camera in the other hand.

As stated by another reviewer the maps are largely useless. Many street names are not marked and frequently the transliteration was different in the book than on the street sign (we could usually figure it out, but it required trying to pronounce the names, not just matching letters--difficult when driving with a line of cars behind you).

I was also surprised at the amount of data out of date for a book published in 2009.
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