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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 7 edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799361
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Would recommend highly to all travelers.
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Also, it needs a DETAILED main table of contents, not the very high-level overview that it has.
S. Moestl
I expected hidden gems but found touristy, mediocre places.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bucket List Travels on September 4, 2012
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As an old woman, I wasn't sure if I wanted to visit this part of the world. Friends and family wouldn't go with me. After reading the book, I decided this was a trip I COULD do solo. Detailed info on everything I had questions about. I planned on 5 days but added 6 more. After the historic spots I will be sleeping in a hut in the middle of the desert just to see the stars (private bathroom!), snuba (not a typo) in Eilat (see page 325), eating street food and knowing what's inside that sandwich... I will take time to enjoy a reasonably priced spa once in a while. I loved the book--no "canned" tours or cookie cutter hotels for me!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Daniels on July 8, 2013
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I bought this guide as an ebook and have no idea if the paperback version is better or the same. As an ebook being used during a trip to Israel, it proved too dependent on my having Internet access. Without Internet access, the maps were almost useless with details so sparse it repeatedly took me an hour or more to find recommended stops when I my searches originated within 1/4 of a mile of what I was seeking. Very frustrating.

The ebook version contains only a few pictures. And descriptions never went deeper than the detail level the tourist brochures handed out for free or n entry to a site. This guide added next to nothing.

Finally, the Kindle version accessed on an iPad presented a pathetic user interface that only added to the frustration. Towards the end of week 1, I started getting the hang of it which transformed the interface from useless to fixable to the extent I was willing to enter my own index references. Like I had nothing better to do while visiting Jerusalem or Masada.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Moestl on February 18, 2013
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This review is not about the content, but rather the formatting for the Kindle. It's very difficult to find the information you need when you're on the go. The search functionality and table of contents, which is the first place I'd look, is really difficult to use. What it needs is a search where you can tell what the MAIN location for a particular item is (for instance, the Western Wall) as opposed to just one of the many places where it's referenced.
Also, it needs a DETAILED main table of contents, not the very high-level overview that it has.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steveo on February 11, 2013
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I visited Israel for 7 months (August 2012-February 2013) and I have to tell you this is the best mass produced guide book for Israel and Palestine that I have found. I bought several books knowing I was going to be here for a while and wanted to make sure that I saw everything that I could. This book has great descriptions, many of the restaurant suggestions are spot on and I have found that most of the information is very accurate. The other books, Fodors as one example, were lacking in many areas.

Like a previous reviewer stated, this book covers so much and is not limited to religious sites.

I have noticed that Lonely Planet has moved from budget travel and politically neutral to more expensive travel and I have seen some political slant in some of the writing. Even with this slight shift, this book is still the best one on the market. I have used it to travel from the Golan Heights all the way to Elat, Petra and everything in between.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By txcaley on April 15, 2013
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As is the case with all kindle versions of the Lonley Planeyt guides, the info they contain is par none...thourough, extremely helpful and insightful, everything you need to be prepared to get to know a place. Unfortunately, the part of the book you want and need the most, the maps, are completely orthless on the kindle versions. Tiny, non-scaling, unlabled, unreadable maps with about a thousand different things marked on them. I am a huge fam of eboks and the kindle, but travel guides are just not acceptabel yet. they need a new way to do the maps.

until then, do yourself a favor and buy the printed version.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tayalet on October 3, 2012
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Unlike most of the other guides I have, this guide is not Jewish-Christian centric. When I needed more info on which places were still open on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday dusk) I was glad I had this guide in addition to my other ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By astaplet82 on April 4, 2014
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We've had varying levels of success with LP books in multiple trips, but recently they've been pretty poor. I find the explanations of sites to be extremely limited. I think their main problem is that they've chosen to put more things in at the expense of explaining a few things well. They'll tell you the 57 places you can see around Haifa, but for most you get one paragraph. I'm much rather see a page devoted to the top 15 sites. Also frustrating is the fact that there is no real rating system. Aside from their few must-see Top Picks, you can't tell what might be considered a really good site vs a potential let down or, more importantly, which are the things to see only "if you have some extra time".

We also had a Frommer's book which was a little more helpful. I'd say buy that one, but can't say it is exceptional.

I can only hope that future travelers will one day have the luck to have a Rick Steves' guide to locations outside Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liat2768 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2014
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I took a two week trip to Israel with this book as my go to guide and I found that it was way too thin on information to be my only resource. Luckily I had a data plan for my phone and was able to look online for information that this book was lacking. My biggest peeve was that it gives almost no background and story to the places you visit. It touches on most of the highlights but does not point out the details that better guidebooks do. While it tells you opening and closing times, costs to get there and to get in, etc it doesn't go too deep into the history of the places or give you maps and layouts to follow along. The text that it does include is shallow/
For example, for our visit to Ceasera we found the book almost useless. The text seemed to have been taken completely from the pamphlet handed to us upon entry to the site. The same was true for Masada as well. Also, the book comes with a map of Jerusalem when it would have been much more helpful to have a fold out map of the country instead.
The authors have tried very hard to write a book that can work for all religions and they try to touch on sites important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That is a lofty goal but the authors are not clear about which areas might be uncomfortable for tourists of a particular background. I found myself asking people around me whether certain areas were safe or not and was told in no uncertain terms where it would be best not to wander.
I will probably look to other guidebooks for any future trips.
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