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Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Travel Guide) Paperback – July 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Multi Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741046092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741046090
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alfred J Toberer on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
"As you wish" is the response to most questions in Syria, making the LP Guide very necessary. It contains excellent information on rarer sites and ruins along with very good historical information about them.
The hotel information was very helpful since good lodging in Syria can be hard to find. The information on the souks is very good for those that like to shop. Finally in the same vain, their food section was very helpful for different budgets.
The LP Guide is more detailed than the new Neos Guide published by Michelin, but unfortunately the maps are awkward to read in the LP guide and the detail maps to some of the less well traveled sites are not very reliable and the directions are poor. (I searched for a specifically described site near Aleppo for over an hour.) Overall though, it contains very detailed information, which is definately necessary in Syria since one is unable to find such information locally without considerable effort. I would recommend the Neos Guide for an overview and quality maps, and the LP guide for more detailed information. Both guides are necessary for a meaningful and hassle free trip.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Achord on November 2, 2009
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Just got back from three weeks in Syria and Lebanon, using this LP guide. I tried to stay at the cheapest possible option for the cities I visited but splurged a few times on the restaurants. Prices are hopelessly out of date... for Syria cheap hostels/hotels 200% higher, restaurants about 50%, taxi fare 200%-up. Lebanon's price disparity wasn't quite as bad and may have been researched more recently. Curiously enough the prices for museums, historical sites, etc. were correct.

City maps are awful, especially for the larger cities. LP doesn't include all the street names and in some cases not even all the streets. Get a local city map before walking around. Smaller maps for museums and sites are useful though.

I did a lot of traveling by public bus and shared taxi. Syria built new bus stations in Damascus, Hama and Aleppo. LP was absolutely useless for logistics as a result.

Now for the positives. Every English-speaking tourist in Syria seemed to have a LP so there doesn't seem to be any good alternative. Food, history, and sightseeing sections were great. I'm not sure about the shopping suggestions. I visited a few places but most offered stuff well out of my price range.

I strongly recommend this book if you are on a guided tour and have hotels and transportation already arranged. It even recommends tea houses and massages where you can relax after a hard day's shopping, lucky you! On the other hand, if you are traveling independantly, go ahead and get this book... but double-check the logistics on the internet or with other travelers when you arrive.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Luca Rebeggiani on June 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've just arriving from a travel to Syria. I've travelled a lot and I've ever used LP guides. This is one of the best. During my travel in Syria sometimes I had asked to myself: where can I find this, that, those...all the answers, the most weird too, are in this book. During my visit to the dead towns (near Aleppo)the guide wared me about wild dogs. So, you can't believe it, I'll find the dog. The guide don't say how can I save my pour legs...but this was a my problem not of the book. Is like to have a friend with you who knows everything about this country
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michal Kucera on December 14, 2008
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I only used a small section of this book, the section on Beirut, but it was a very useful guide that helped me make the most of my limited few days in the city, particularly the recommendations on fantastic hole-in-the-wall restaurants I would not have otherwise found. The only disappointment was that the author wrote that travelers should shun the public beach and head to one of the exclusive private beach clubs, but I found the public beach quite pleasant, particularly when trying to save money because Beirut isn't all that cheap.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben A. Freeman on January 2, 2012
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Good book for those wanting an alternative to the more mundane travel guides. I used it for a trip to Lebanon and was much better prepared than I would have been without it. Good pictures, maps and information, well presented!
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I have now used LPs to travel through over 60 countries around the world and I just cannot go to any other kind of travel book. It is simple, well written and great information to manage the logistics of travelling in countries which are either run-of-the-mill or more on the adventurous side. Do you have ot take the information (at times) with a grain of salt? Yes. Do you have to double check for yourself certain timings and specifics? Yes. But the books are not a 100% spot on guide (things change) - they are however written by passionate people who clearly love the countries they travel in, and this is infused in every page. For the Syria trip being planned, we only have about a week (the following week will be in Jordan) and the book has already assisted in in structuring a high level itinerary, deciding on boarder crossings, confirming we should fly into Damascus and out of Amman and guiding us re: Visa requirements, food, medical shots and relative ease of self travel in the countries. Not bad I say. Keep up the great work LP!!
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