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Product Details

  • Series: Country Guide
  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BookGazette, April 2013

“A very worthwhile investment if you go to Greece.”

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Correct me If I'm wrong.
MD
Also the Hotel suggestions fulfilled all my expectations and I only got burned with a bad restaurant once - when I chose one that was not suggested by this guide.
Stanislav Sevcik
This LP guide is a good addition to my favorite Rick Steves (RS) guide.
Farelegno

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stanislav Sevcik on October 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've got a mixed feeling about this book.

The bad things first:
- at first glance it looks and feels cheap and keen to oversell itself (STUNNING 3D PLANS OF ICONIC SIGHTS!).
- there are stunning factual errors (the book claims that you drive on the left side in Greece) and a lot of typos that are insignificant but add to the cheap feel of the book
- it's missing information on the current situation in Greece - everybody considering travelling to Greece is asking what the situation there is with regards to the Greek crisis - the book was released in March 2012, one would expect a word or two on the issue (the crisis went full-blown in 2009 and continues on)
- no information on travelling by car in Greece - especially the fact that the highway tolls are really high there

That being said, the suggestions on places to visit are top notch - unrivaled by any other guide I've seen. The sights that Lonely Planet suggested beyond the obvious ones really caught me by surprise - the Mystras and the Mani probably being the top ones. Also the Hotel suggestions fulfilled all my expectations and I only got burned with a bad restaurant once - when I chose one that was not suggested by this guide.

My verdict is - Lonely Planet is still worth the money! But the issues I described might point to a general decline in the quality of their guides (could the total acquisition by BBC in 2011 have something to do with it?).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Gouzouasis on May 26, 2012
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I've been to Greece eight times since 1980 and needed to update my travel resources for my trip this July. This book best meets overall needs for info on traveling in Greece. I spent a few hours at Chapters in downtown Vancouver checking out about 12 books. This has the most relevant info. Greek Island Hopping is a good compliment if you want even more specifics on the Islands. "Kalo taxithi" ("Good trip" in Greek)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kyne on March 7, 2013
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Now that I have found the index, I absolutely love this easy to use, travel friendly Lonely Planet. I downloaded the free Amazon Kindle reader for my lap-top and it works a treat
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farelegno on February 18, 2013
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I purchased the Kindle version of this Lonely Planet (LP) country guide as a reference to carry along on our upcoming trip to Greece. A backpack filled with guidebooks is heavy, but added bits downloaded to the Kindle are weightless. That said, if you want to use the maps in the guidebook,the Kindle's not a particularly good choice. Lonely Planet maps are available as PDFs on their website, though, so you can print the map pages you need.

This LP guide is a good addition to my favorite Rick Steves (RS) guide. Bear in mind, the RS Greece guide focuses on Athens and the Pelopennese. It does not cover the vast area of Greece north of Delphi, although it does cover a few of the Greek islands. If you are interested in the islands, consider the LP Greek Islands guide which is more comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Brown on July 31, 2013
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I am a long time fan of Lonely Planet Guides so I was surprised by this Kindle edition covering Greece. It has very little in the way of an index so jumping to specific areas of interest is a challenge. I had to search words or phases and this typically brought up a range of options which I needed to check sequentially until I found the right one. The other disappointment was the content. Greece is a small country so I expected a high level of detail. I did not find this to be the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Whalen on May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is still the best travel guide for Greece I know of, tho I always appreciate more tips off the beaten path. If you only have a few days this will give you all the highlights you need. I also recommend carrying separate city maps if you don't want to take the whole fat book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 1, 2012
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Used this book for Sporades, Delphi, Meteora, Athens, Crete, Santorini, and Milos. I am a big fan of Lonely Planet and this is the worse LP I have ever used. The biggest problem was the lack of clear directions to get to their suggestions. In addition the list of hotels and restaurants is extremely thin. After initially deciding where to go, LP was pretty much useless. We ended up getting to our destination and sorting out the details in person. Very disappointed. The kindle edition was additionally troublesome. The biggest advantage of an electronic version is searching. However this was useless. Too many variant spellings made it difficult to search. After a search and during browsing there was no indication where in the guide the reader was at. For example, if you search for "Plaka" you have no idea if the result is Plaka, Milos or Plaka in Crete. You have to go backwards, sometimes many pages to see which chapter the reference is in. Text cannot be copied which is frustrating. So if you want to Google something, you much remember or write down a long foreign name. Not sure if these are LP or kindle problems but it doesn't really matter.
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By Michael J. Jacobs on June 13, 2014
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Used this guide for a backpacking trip and had no reason to use anything else. Guide was incredibly helpful and interesting as it also provided historical aspects of every major city/location. Loved the guide and using it for another trip I'm planning in the near future.
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