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  • Series: Regional Guide
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174179899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798999
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By nroe320 on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought the newest edition of this book and planned a holiday around their ferry information. Later, upon attempting to book ferries for the trip, I discovered that a ferry route that Lonely Planet said ran every day, does not exist and has not existed for at least the past ten years.
The information is obviously not checked when editions are updated, which renders it completely useless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christie Hartman on January 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
We used this guide on our trip to Greece: Athens plus 3 islands. We used it to plan our itinerary and then to get around. In our experience, you don't always need their hotel recommendations. They were often booked up, but there would be plenty of decent, reasonably-priced places nearby. In summer, however, it's probably better to book in advance. Compared to other travel guide brands, Lonely Planet has a better layout and better philosophy. They did a good job covering a large country with lots to see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Malone on December 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am normally a huge fan of Lonely Planet guide books, so I was pretty surprised how disappointed I was by their Greek Islands coverage. First off - the information that's there is not bad by any means. The main attractions are covered nicely, I like their taste in hotels and restaurants (and their whole travel philosophy in general), and the writing is fine.

It's just that there could be so much... more. They basically ripped the "Greek Islands" section out of their Greece travel guide, slapped a new cover on it and called it a day. What they should have done was made it bigger and better. Unfortunately - especially for the less famous islands - coverage outside of the main town is often just a brief rundown of destinations, with little detail on what each one is like and what's worth your time.

There is decent advice on how to travel between islands, but not so much for getting around once you're ON the island. It's almost like they just expect you to rent a car (and even then, there's not much island-specific info). On some, walking is a fantastically scenic way to see the island (Tinos comes to mind), but this guide - unlike virtually every other Lonely Planet guide - has very little details on outdoor activities such as hiking. Speaking of which, other Lonely Planet books feature itineraries for DIY walking tours around town... but no such luck here. A shame, since this really is the perfect destination for it.

To be fair, many other books lack this information as well (I've found the Rough Guide's version to be slightly better than most); it's just that Lonely Planet usually exceeds in these departments.
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I am a great fan of Lonely Planet, but I read some negative reviews of this guide (Greek Islands) and was concerned. To my great
relief, this guidebook turned out to be just like any other Lonely Planet guidebooks, very helpful. The reason I like Lonely Planet guidebooks are because it gives me very practical informations like ferry/bus times, prices, length of travel time, etc. I would not travel to any country without reading Lonely Planet guidebooks first and this particular book, Greek Islands is no exception.
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