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Frommer's Greek Islands (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – February 21, 2012

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Climb to the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes in the Dodecanese for sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. See chapter 9.

  • Easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

Find news, deals, apps, expert advice,and travel forums at Frommers.com

About the Author

John S. Bowman has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 45 years. He specializes in nonfiction ranging from archaeology to zoology, baseball to biography. He first visited Greece in 1956 and has traveled and lived there over the years. He is the author of numerous guides to various regions in Greece; for several decades, his Travellers' Guide to Crete was the premier guide to that island. He currently resides in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sherry Marker majored in classical Greek at Harvard, studied archaeology at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and did graduate work in ancient history at the University of California at Berkeley. The author of a number of guides to Greece, she has also written for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and Hampshire Life. When not in Greece, she lives in Massachusetts and London.

Peter Kerasiotis, a native Athenian, currently lives in New York City where he works as a web developer and editor. A newcomer to Frommer's, he hopes to continue a career of travel- and screenwriting.

Heidi Sarna is a freelance writer who has crisscrossed the world by ship for nearly 20 years, often with her twin sons and lucky husband in tow. Coauthor of Frommer's Cruises & Ports of Call from US and Canadian Homeports and Frommer's Singapore Day by Day, she has also contributed to several other guidebooks and writes regular travel columns for Frommers. com and Porthole magazine. She's written for many magazines, newspapers, and websites, including CNN.com, the International Herald Tribune, Condé Nast Traveller, Brides, the Straits Times, Expat Living, and Travel Weekly.

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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 7 edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118096029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118096024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Lundberg on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The principal difference between this book and "Frommer's Greece" is that this one covers the option of selecting a cruise of the islands, and that section is very good. So, if a major concern is choosing a cruise line (or ship) for your Greek vacation, take a look at this guide. Otherwise, "Frommer's Greece" covers all the mainland (and all the islands) for the same price. Frommer's stands out for clear writing, logical indexing, and especially for running the gamut from budget tourism to the more affluent. His starred system with comments for value or attractiveness to family is understandable with good common sense. Studying Frommer's helps me make the decisions I personally want to make. It will save you many times the price of the book and make your stay much more enjoyable.

Reviewed by David Lundberg, author of Olympic Wandering: Time Travel Through Greece
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Unfortunately this book lacks much of the detail and thoroughness that some other guides to the Greek Islands offer (such as the Eyewitness travel guide). Although the major islands are covered in some detail, this book almost entirely ignores a lot of other islands, even some that are quite large. This is a real disappointment because the true wonder of the Greek Island experience is that you can travel to all kinds of places, some very small but no less significant. A good travel guide for the Greek Islands therefore needs to include just as much detail about these less-visited islands as it does about the more well-traveled ones. This book also lacks a lot of the photograps that other books include, which I think is important because the Greek Islands are so diverse. It really does help to see pictures of the islands to help you decide which ones to visit. If you're planning a trip to the Greek Islands you can do much better than this book for a travel guide.
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I usually LOVE Frommer's books. Their book on Costa Rica is outstanding and so is their Europe on $50 a day. However, I was a little disappointed with this one. My husband and I are about to travel to the Greek Islands and we wanted to at least see a one page per island description -- even if the description just says "uninhibited, don't travel here.' This one only goes through the main islands. I'm sure it's still a good guide but we wanted to see at least a listing of all the islands. It does give good tips and stuff and I'm sure we'll find them all helpful.
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By A Customer on May 19, 2000
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I went traveling in Greece 2 years ago and found other travel books to lack info on the Greek Islands and had to struggle my way through the islands. As I am planning to return this summer, I have found this book to be a good reference to prepare, and one that I will bring with me. When most of us think of Greece, the Greek Isles are the place most of us invision. This book gave me a good reference as to where to go, where to stay and what there was to do. I would reccommend this book to others.
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We just got back from a Greek isles trip and this book was a big disappointment. Overall it was a blah assessment of the islands that did not differentiate good sites from bad. It also appeared to us that the Crete section had not been updated in several years as we found restaurants and hotels that the locals told us had been closed for a while but were given stellar reviews. It's too bad Rick Steve's doesn't have a Greek Islands book!
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what, no map of Hydra or Hydra Town?????

I am going to exactly one island, Hydra.

I was shocked that there is not even a sketch of the outline of this island which is of cultural importance.

I have found it is difficult to find any map of Hydra anywhere on the Internet. I thought the book would offer something in this area.

To be fair the text is well written in these Frommer guides. Just thought the lack of hiking maps on this no-car island is unforgivable.
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We used the Frommers Guide (an older copy) on our trip to Rhodes and it helped us find so many little treasures we wouldn't have been aware of otherwise. We stayed in a beautiful resort up in the hills with a beautiful view of the sea. Our room had a huge patio overlooking the ships traveling through the sea. We probably spent more time out on this private patio then we did in our room itself. We enjoyed sitting out on the patio each evening as the perfect, relaxing end to our perfect sight-seeing day. One day, we took our Frommers Guide and rented a car so we could travel all over the island. We drove to the ancient acropolis and it was a sight to see. It was hard to believe how far back the ruins dated when you come from America and a pretty young country. Before we got up to the acropolis, local women were selling all kinds of hand-made things. We bought some beautiful tablecloths for ourselves and to take back as gifts for our family. We followed the maps in the Frommers book and just traveled around from town to town and would stop at the different bays along the way to go swimming when we got too hot. We saw a lot but it was also relaxing at the same time. A lot of the towns were little fishing villages where the local fishermen would hang their squid and octopus up on the fence to dry. That's something we weren't used to seeing back at home. The people here were so warm and friendly and olive orchards were everywhere, along with goats roaming freely through the hillsides. We stopped several times to get our picture with the free-range goats but they didn't seem too interested in any of our photo ops. Oh well. It was pretty surreal for us to visit the port area where the apostle Paul also visited many centuries before. That was one of the highlights about the island we definitely didn't want to miss out on. We enjoyed using this guide to travel around Greece on our visit and hope to use it again when we return to visit other Greek islands one day too.
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