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Map your adventure

Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow ourrecommended itineraries or mix & match to createyour own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer's Day by Day guides, the choice is yours.

  • 131 self-guided tours with maps that show how to get from place to place

  • Hundreds of photos,plus engaging insights on history and culture

  • Detailed reviews of hotels,restaurants, shopping, and nightlife

Full-sized foldout map of Greece in a handy plastic envelope

110 maps and 131 ways to see the sights

About the Author

Stephen Brewer (chapters 1, 2, 5–7, 9, 10, and 13) is a writer and editor who has worked in magazines, books, radio, and corporate communications for more than 30 years. He stepped off a boat onto the island of Crete 20 years ago, decided he had found his place in the world, and has spent part of each year on the Greek islands and mainland ever since. He is the author of the chapters on the Peloponnese, Crete, the Cyclades, the Northeastern Aegean Islands, the Sporades, and Corfu.

Tania Kollias (chapters 1–4, 8, 11, 12, and 14–16) is a journalist from Vancouver living in Athens, a good and warm base for trips and stories. Her goal in life was to travel, and, after getting a degree, she did, visiting some 32 countries. She has lived in Asia, Australia, and Europe, taking in a range of experiences—from crossing the Arctic Circle in Norway and trekking in Nepal to canoeing the Zambezi River and comparing beaches in India, Thailand, and Zanzibar. She has worked as a writer and editor for 2 decades, drafting reports in Tokyo for an engineering fi rm, producing books, wearing many hats at a newspaper, running a magazine in Athens, and contributing news and travel articles to major newspapers. This is her fi fth work for Frommer's.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better for the Armchair Traveler than for The Tourist Traveler March 22 2012
By W. A. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very attractive guide book to Greece full of good information and wonderful photographs. Reading it at home will make you want to start planning your next vacation there. But when you go, you'll want to take another guidebook.

The book has some rather arbitrary lists of "The Best of Greece" by various categories like Ruins, Museums, and Beaches. The rest of the book is organized by geography and includes basic information on the main things to see. There are lots of restaurant and hotel recommendations. The authors also suggest various itineraries for each region based on how many days you want to spend there, but these read as if they were added just to justify the "Day by Day" title of the book.

The maps are very disappointing. They lack sufficient detail to be useful to the actual traveler. And although the maps have various symbols on them, there is no legend anywhere explaining what they mean.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Good Reference to Start Planning Your Trip May 20 2012
By Stanley Cup - Published on Amazon.com
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Frommer's Greece Day by Day is a good reference book to use as a starting point if you are planning a trip to Greece. The book is packed with a multitude of information and facts about every inch of Greece you could imagine. Each geographical part of the country is broken down by region, so if you are interested in finding information about a particular set of islands, or part of the mainland, the information is easy to access. The photos throughout the book are inspiring and it makes you want to visit the country all the more. I enjoyed reading the chapter about Athens that listed can't miss museums, shopping, Byzantine Athens, Athens with Kids (though I did not find much in that section that would be all that exciting to do with my children), restaurants, and hotels. The Athens section also gave you can't miss itinerary stops if you are only in the city for a certain number of days. You will also find a sufficient section in the back of the book that reviews Greek culture and Greek foods so you can brush up on your dining options prior to your trip. And the Savvy Traveler section was also useful as it covered different holidays observed throughout the year, the weather, and how to get around Greece via different transportation modes. The quality of the book and the paper that was used is also very good--it is a very sturdy book, but a bit heavy to carry with you during your sight seeing excursions.

However, with Greece being such a tourist country, and with every island offering some sort of charm or reason to visit, the book's achilles heel is that it tries to be all things to the country, and ends up with very brief snippets of information because it covers too much material about so many vacation choices. While I appreciated that the book gave you a great overview of where you can visit, it did not give me enough specific information about anything so that I could plan a trip using this book. I would recommend this book as a starting point in your vacation planning, but if you want to find out more about hotels, restaurants, site seeing or entertainment, you will have to consult a travel agent, Google points of interest via the internet, or find a tour book specific to the region you plan to visit. And while the map in the back of the book is a useful tool for Athens, the overall map of the country will not be of much help to you at all. The little maps found throughout the book seemed useless as well. Those maps were small, the print was not easy to read, and the space that each covered was about a 2 mile radius. You would need to do a lot of map flipping and know exactly where you were from one map to another if you hoped to use the book as a navigating tool. The information about hotel options was impractical as well. Again, you would need to take the recommendations this book gives you and search out each one to really understand what you were getting when you book a hotel room, or to know what the true quality of the hotel might be. The same can be true of the restaurant recommendations, which were quite sparse for certain islands, and lacked any real detail about the menus, though I did appreciate the average meal cost they quoted, in Euros, to give you an idea about the expense for each restaurant.

So I will continue to dream about a trip to Greece, and hope that I can visit there one day. But I am no closer to figuring out exactly what part of the country and which islands I want to visit after 706 pages of information in this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lots Of Good Information In A Great Format May 16 2012
By Gregory McMahan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Historic Greece April 27 2012
By Roberto Mattos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, where to eat, where to sleep, etc... when you are visiting Greece. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in sixteen chapters, going from an overview of what is the best of Greece, passing over the best Itineraries for different time length travels and covering different cities and regions, like Athens, Saronic Gulf Islands, Peloponnese, Crete, Cyclades, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Northern Greece, Central and Western Greece, Corfu and Ionian Islands. Then there is a chapter covering Greece's History and Culture, Special Interest Trips and finally The Savvy Traveler.
Each chapter has maps, as well as top tips, best places to eat, best places to drink and best places to shop, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc.
I have never been to Greece, and this guide was an excellent way of awakening my desire to go there. It is full of magnificent photos and so rich in detail that I felt that I had already visited most of the places. Definitely I will include Greece in my plans for future travels.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from two different authors and it was published by Frommer's in March 2011. This is a must have book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Greece some day in the future.

Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.
Plan out your aimless wandering around Greece Dec 27 2012
By Jacques Talbot - Published on Amazon.com
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I lived in Greece for several years and would return at the drop of a hat. I got this book and immediately began plotting my return. What I like most about this book is the way it attempts to organize the incredible wealth of sights and attractions Greece has to offer into a variety of itineraries that cater to different types of travelers, or different themes most travelers will at least touch on in any given vacation: cultural attractions, shopping, etc. It's an interesting way of breaking something big and daunting into smaller, more manageable chunks. I don't read these itineraries so much as a path to follow as a springboard to get your imagination juices flowing. This approach is also helpful in that it gets the reader to think about why they are going where they are going and consider his or her goals and / or intentions are. Don't get me wrong--I feel very strongly that one of the greatest promises of travel is the serendipitous discovery of the unlooked-for. But I've also come to appreciate a helping hand to lend structure as needed, and for both the uninitiated and the repeat visitor to Greece, this guide is as good a starting place as any--and better than the insipid drivel put out by so many travel publishers (Lonely Planet, are you reading this?).

Please note that this guide is definitely directed at a readership that has some disposable income to dispose of. That's not really a criticism, and it's not to say that budget travelers will not get some value out of this book--my comments above apply to any traveler--but budget travelers might find the "Let's Go" equivalent more helpful in terms of practical information and listings.

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