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Lonely Planet Iran (Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

Lonely Planet , Andrew Burke , Virginia Maxwell , Iain Shearer
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Book Description

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Iran is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the lavishly decorated Ali Qapu Palace, explore the covered bazaars of Yazd, or try a variety of Iranian kababs; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Iran and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Iran Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, poetry, cinema, music, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 48 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Visas & Planning, and Travelling in Iran
  • Coverage of Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Qeshm Island, Garmeh, Mashhad, Masuleh, Tabriz, Soltaniyeh, Bisotun, Choqa Zanbil, Gorgan, Semnan, Damghan, Chalus, and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices)

  • Zoom-in maps and images bring it all up close and in greater detail
  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps let you stay offline to avoid roaming and data charges
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Easily navigate and jump effortlessly between maps and reviews
  • Speedy search capabilities get you to what you need and want to see
  • Use bookmarks to help you shoot back to key pages in a flash
  • Visit the websites of our recommendations by touching embedded links
  • Adding notes with the tap of a finger offers a way to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Inbuilt dictionary to translate unfamiliar languages and decode site-specific local terms

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Iran, our most comprehensive guide to Iran, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Middle East guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Andrew Burke, Virginia Maxwell, and Iain Shearer.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.



Product Details

  • File Size: 9622 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743213204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743213209
  • ASIN: B008BO65S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By brh1976
Format:Paperback
The 2012 version of this book is some 60 pages shorter than the previous 2008 version (368 pages as compared to 428 pages--a difference that is actually much larger than it appears when you strip away sections on culture, history, and language and only focus on the travel guide sections--276 pages of travel coverage in 2008 to 205 pages in the new version), and in many instances the loss in coverage is substantial.

Take the city of Qeshm, for example: in the 2008 version LP lists 7 hotels, 2 restaurants, and a money changer (very important as you get a 20% better rate than banks offer); in the 2012 version (page 271, viewable in Amazon's "look inside" feature), however, there is only one hotel, one restaurant, and no money changers or banks listed. The rest of the information on Qeshm island is clearly based almost exclusively on tourism information provided by a local tourist/development organization (the Avaye Tabiate Paydar Institute), which may be very helpful but doesn't really meet the standard of truly unbiased, honest, and independently-researched advice I expect from LP. This is a major downgrade, but rather typical. The story in nearby Bandar-Abbas is similar: there is no information on where the inter-city bus station is located, and no notation on the map as to where it might be... even though the 2008 edition clearly showed this information. Arriving at a bus station at 6 in the morning and having no idea where the station is relative to the rest of the city is not fun, but it's especially frustrating when you later discover having the previous edition of the guidebook would have solved this problem. These examples are quite typical, and the removal of such important information is difficult to justify.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful January 8, 2014
By Xu Nuo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have just come back from my two weeks trip in IRAN. This is the worst lonely planet I have used, and I cannot refrain from making some complaints. This book is abusing the legacy of lonely planet.
- Too much mistaken information. I have encountered a dozen of mistakes during my short trip. For example, this book said Tochal telecabin closed on Mondays, but actually it is Sundays; it said Vank cathedral closed on Friday mornings, but it is Friday afternoons; it said Shiraz to Kerman took 12 hours bus, but it is 8 hours. Indeed, Iran is a changing country for travelers, such as in tickets price, but I checked with local people, many points in this guide have been wrong since 2011.
- There are minor mistakes in editing and grammar, which I have not seen in any other lonely planet guides before. For example, on the same page, Khomeini has two different dates of death: 3 June and 4 June. Much information is only copied and pasted from earlier version, but has not been kept consistent with the latest update.
- USD labeling simply inflates the price of everything. Despite IRR depreciation, many hotels recommended by this guide use the USD price consistent with this book, while inflation in Iran has not been so significant. You can find many low key accommodations and restaurants at much lower price, as long as they are not recommended by lonely planet.
- Its country insight and background information are very fluffy. It does not look into the reality of Iran and somehow worsen the misunderstanding. Neither have I found any interesting articles and columns as I have found in other lonely country guides. I think Wikipedia and wikitravel work much better.

If you are making a trip in Iran, I hope you can exercise some caution in using this book. Also, Iranians are among the most friendly on earth, if you need more accurate information, check with the locals.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good hints, bad maps October 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
Where does the bazaari take lunch? Where do the locals buy ice cream and rice cream (bastani and faludeh)? What's the best time of day to see the stained-glass windows at the mosque? These and thousands of other questions are reliably answered in the Lonely Planet Iran. The book opens up the country to the independent traveler and helps enormously in exploring Iran without tour groups or guides. It has good hints for visa extensions, means of transport, and I also liked the suggestions for hotels and restaurants. For these parts the book easily earns five stars, especially as the Bradt Guide, by comparison, disappoints thoroughly. But the Lonely Planets gathers weak points as well:

The new 2012 graphic design in the introductory part looks more magazine-like, more colourful - and certainly less organized. The newly designed city maps are a desaster: Earlier Lonely Planet guides had city maps that gave you easy orientation in any city you arrived; the new maps remind of conductor paths drawn with a trembling hand; you can't even guess the exact location of hotels or sights. The map for Yazd is unusable, for instance, but other maps aren't much better. Nobody at the publisher ever considered the re-designed maps with a practical traveler's eye. I suggest using offline maps in your mobile phone or using the online maps service by Iranian mobile phone companies - and you'll never get lost again, not even when stumbling out of the Bazar-e Bozorg at a gate you've never seen before.

Very unusual: Because of the Iranian currency's drastic decline, most prices in the country are considerably lower than quoted in the guide book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read on Iran
I needed a book that would give me an idea of this country and it was great. The book gives a lot of useful tips while visiting as well as advice on safety. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nicole Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 months ago by Century Benefits Group
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good highlights around the country
Published 4 months ago by Maurice Ane Casagrande
2.0 out of 5 stars Old and not particularly reliable
I bought this guide just in case even if it is outdated and I opened it a couple of times to try to integrate information on hotels and restaurants found on the Bradt and I could... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura G. Marcantoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We haven't been ti Iran yet but I went thriugh he pages and it looks satsfactory
Published 9 months ago by H. Erkan
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and spot on!
I am here now and refer to the book everyday to plan and it has not let me down once!
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Held
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs updating - badly
I had read bad reviews of this guide before my trip to Iran, but when I found it in a bookstore in Iran for $7 in 2014, I bought it for the brief historical and sightseeing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ukiyo-e
5.0 out of 5 stars Iran Guide - Kindle version
Excellent coverage with a good interactive facility to move from index to specific chapters to specific places and sites at the touch of a button. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jill Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Iran
Lonely Planet has done it again with this informative guide. It provides a good overview of what to see in the country as a whole and the nuts-and-bolts info that all travelers... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sharon Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone making the journey to Iran
One can really tell that the authors of this book have experienced more of Iran than most people ever will. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pkmaguire
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