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Lonely Planet Greek Islands (Country Guide) (Regional Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

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Experience the best of the Greek Islands with Lonely Planet. With our 6th edition you'll find relaxing beaches on laid-back Ikaria, indulge in fine dining on fashionable Mykonos, glide past dolphins on a diving trip Hydra and explore ancient Crete at the Minoan palace of Knossos. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Full-color chapters showcase the highlights of the Greek Islands. Outdoors chapter with detailed information on island activities. Unique Green Index to help make your travels ecofriendly.

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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005

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Product Details

  • File Size: 24047 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M4TY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the Greek islands! September 2, 2005
Like its companion book (Lonely Planet Greece), this is an excellent guide (but just to the islands)! It is concise, reads very easily, and gives good common-sense recommendations on what to see and where to stay. It is as up-to-date as you can reasonably expect with changing prices and euro/dollar fluctuations. A very, very practical guide from the budget tourist to middle class. Excellent pictures, very good maps, a fine job! It reminds me, in a way, of the Michelin guides to Europe. Having said that, Lonely Planet Greece gives you basically the same information on the islands, plus mainland Greece, for just a few dollars more. So unless you are flying into Athens and going only to the islands, you are probably better off with the parent book.

Reviewed by David Lundberg, author of Olympic Wandering: Time Travel Through Greece
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a Lonely Planet book! July 19, 2005
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I own a LOT of Lonely Planet travel guides and have always been happy with the insider information they provide. This book, however, is lacking in MANY ways. First of all, there are hardly any photos. Secondly, it seems like the same island description has been pasted onto each island. It goes something like this, " This is one of the most beautiful islands....". Lastly, it falls way short in hotel listing. In Mykonos, for example, the book only list 3 hotels in budget, 3 in medium price range, and 3 deluxe hotels. You've got to be kidding! All that's listed as far as excursions in Mykonos is the number of a travel agent and a gay cruise. Sorry,..not either!! I want descriptions and suggestions. Did Lonely Planet really ever visit all of these islands? VERY disappointing!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book but not great February 14, 2005
I really felt like this book should get just three stars, but compared to most other travel guides about the Greek Islands it is definitely one of the best ones. However, I was disappointed that it lacks the kind of detail and good street maps that many other Lonely Planet guides offer. There must be something about the Lonely Planet guides for Greece because the one for Crete is really substandard. And since this book contains the same kind of information about Crete but in a condensed format, it means you really get short-changed on that island. Like I said, this is definitely one of the better guides about the Greek Islands, but I have to say I think the Eyewitness Travel Guide for the Greek Islands edges it out slightly. I should point out that I do not typically use travel books to find hotels and restaurants because those subjects always leave out tons of other options and are often outdated. I find the web more useful instead. This book does include a lot of that information, which I essentially ignored. If you like that kind of information in a book then you might prefer this one over the Eyewitness Travel Guide.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use Let's Go Greece June 16, 2005
By Alex
I used this book for Crete and Santorini and it just didn't get the job done. Fortunately, I had Let's Go Greece 2005 with me as well. It had much more accurate and useful information, at least for the the two aformentioned islands.

LP Greek Islands is useful for keeping your Athens cafe table from wobbling, though. So, it has that going for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars maybe they didn't really go there September 28, 2008
By zdevil
The media has recently reported that many travel books are now written by people who don't actually travel to the places they review. While using this book in Greece I had the nagging suspicion I must have bought one of those books.

For example, the book reviews several beaches on Patmos but doesn't mention a single hotel around Grikos Beach, even though there are at least half a dozen places to stay. Also, I'd expect a book to do more than just list the beaches on an island--but to let us know which ones are crowded, which are nearly inaccessible, and which beaches are hidden "gems". The books gives no such information, leaving you to waste time finding it all out yourself.

Also, the book doesn't indicate which beaches can be walked to and which require your own wheels or some other form of transport.

The book's information regarding ferries and connections was completely inadequate, making it impossible for us to plan a ferry trip before reaching the place we planned to leave from.

Finally--don't bother with this book if you already have LP Greece. The islands book is just a shorter version of Greece w/o the mainland--literally word-for-word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greek Islands April 17, 2011
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This book was okay, but I really wanted a book that had more information on Santorini. A more detailed map of the different areas, places to see in those areas, actual restaurants and their menu, transportation availability and locations would have been more helpful. This book only skimmed the information I wanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly disappointing May 16, 2008
In general, while I find that Lonely Planet produces far and away the best country guides, their city-, region-, and continent guides have a tendency to be surprisingly light on actual information. (One would expect city guides to have, say, _more_ information, but sadly no.) The same is true for LP Greek Islands, which uses the same stock descriptions to talk about virtually every island, really giving very little sense of how the flavor and atmosphere is different in the different places, and with very few photos to give you a sense of what each island looks like. Ferry information is minimal but sufficient, but if you're looking for information on alternative lifestyles, look elsewhere. Even the section on Mykonos, a famous gay retreat, barely acknowledges it as such!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping & great product
Fast shipping & great product
Published 3 months ago by vanessa craveiro
4.0 out of 5 stars good description of the islands
This book is good to use, but not as useful as Let's Go or Rick Steve's. Accomodation/restaurant recommendations need work..
Published on January 30, 2013 by Gregory B. Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource For Traveling to Greece
I find this book very helpful in planning our trip. I especially like the information about the important sights to see and the transportation information (e.g. Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Stephanie Zimmermann
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I needed for this cruise
I usually find Lonely Planet guides very helpful but not this time. Our cruise stopped at seven ports in Greece and I had hoped to use this as a self-guide to avoid the exorbitant... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by kathyincostarica
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
We are in the fifties and twenty years ago we spent hours reading Lonely Planet guides in their heyday (Tony Wheeler & Co with their 'shoestrings'). Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Pades
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It has been very helpful in planning my trip. I especially appreciate the straightforward advice on accommodations, and the information on travel between the islands. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Kathryn N. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Islands-Lonely planet
Elaborate & all important info,one needs to know is available in this book.Wished it had more pictures of pertinent places.
Published on April 16, 2009 by Sachin N. Kamath
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy another. Disappointing
Lack of information is the big feature of this guide. Where to eat and stay is the worst thing in this book. So if you think to choose a hotel or restaurant forget it! Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Jose Ramada
2.0 out of 5 stars Did LP even try? Go with "Greek Island Hopping"
I took Lonely Planet Greek Islands and Greek Island Hopping on a recent trip to the Greek isles and Athens, and by the end of the trip I opened LP only for its eating... Read more
Published on September 17, 2008 by C. E. Stevens
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapoint for this book
I read the recommendation from Amazon, who recommend reader to buy "Lonely planet island" and "Lonely Planet Greece" together. Read more
Published on May 22, 2007 by Wang Wei
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