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The Frommers Day By Day series of travel guides represents an outstanding value. Each guide consists of sixteen chapters and comes with two maps- one colorful in the front built into the book's front cover and one larger, folded all-color map, including a removable clear plastic pouch, in the back of the book.
In particular, Frommers Greece Day By Day upholds the series tradition for impressive design and layout, lots of colorful, tasteful pictures and best of all, heaps of useful information. Readers should note that this guide is a bit heavier than most (indeed, it weighs in at some 700 pages) and the typical font size- I kid you not- is about four. That's just how much information is packed into this guide, which goes into ample detail, but is somewhat painful on the eyesight.
The first two chapters present what the guide's author feels to be the best of all that Greece has to offer and the best Greece-bound itineraries, respectively. Unlike other guides in the series which gave readers one and two-day itineraries, this one sticks primarily to the major highlights and provides something of an idealized, two-week vacation itinerary. Truthfully, with all that Greece has to offer, even a two-week itinerary is simply too short to take in all of the history, culture, ancient ruins (and good food) that Greece has to offer. Additionally, with several ways to see the country (plane, bus and boat), one could just as easily spend two weeks merely island-hopping around the Aegean and visiting various ports-of-call for example, never once setting foot in the rich Greek heartland (that alas, would be yet another two-week trip).
The next ten or so chapters provide useful nuggets on the major regions of Greece, featuring mostly the Greek islands like Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and whatnot; I found the folded all-color map in the front of the book to be especially useful here, as I could simultaneously open it up, refer to it and pinpoint certain areas as I read the chapter on each island region. For each region, given how much is there to see and do, most of the itineraries presented in the book took a minimum of three days to fully complete. Each chapter gave the low-down on the best places to stay, to visit, and to eat, and most chapters had a "Greece with kids" section in them. Of special note in each chapter is the Spotlight section that imparts a lot of interesting information, usually on something both historical and architectural/archaeological that is unique to the region.
The final three chapters provide a bit of information on Greek culture and history, the best special interest trips in Greece, and some very useful tips on the best ways to travel in Greece. Probably the single of the tips was to, if one can, see Greece by boat, preferably by cruise ship but also by sailboat (time permitting of course). This tip makes very good sense, since most of (but not hardly all of) what Greece has to offer the sojourner lies along its scenic coast and is situation among its many islands.
One minor demerit, at least for me, was the lack of a chapter devoted solely to Greek cuisine, especially food and wine. It would have been nice to read at length about the various types of dates, olives and other agricultural products cultivated there, as well as some of the more popular Epicurean exports, such as feta, gyros and a few other yummy delicacies. In its defense, there was one preciously small section on Greece's signature distilled spirit, Ouzo (also known as Raki- lion's milk in Crete and Turkey) in Chapter 14, but this hardly does true justice to Greek food and drink. Apart from that, the guide did a great job of presenting in a fairly straightforward manner most of what Greece has to offer (and yet, still did not scratch the surface of land's abundant history, culture and go-to destinations).
Overall, I liked this guide, and it has piqued my interest in traveling to Greece, which I think I will do by (sail) boat.