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Lonely Planet Greece 8th Ed.: 8th edition [Paperback]

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<B>Discover Greece</B> Get distracted by Acropolis views watching a startlit film at one of Athens' open-air cinemas Melt into a hot tub and chat to the locals amid the thickly forested Rhodopi Mountains Rope up and scale the monastery-topped sandstone pinnacles of Meteora Discover your very own secret cove on Samos' little-visited eastern coast <B>In This Guide:</B> Six expert authors, over 3000 hours of on-the-ground research, 169 maps, 147 <cite>gyros</cite> devoured New full-colour sections cover the country's top experiences, off-the-beaten-track delights, and architectural highlights Content updated daily: visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews <B>Who We Are</B> At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large. <B>What We Do</B> o We offer travelers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages. o We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are. oWe update our guidebooks by visiting thousands of places in person to get the details right and tell it as it is. o We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent. o We challenge our growing community of travelers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world. o We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travelers; not clouded by any other motive. <B>What We Believe</B> We believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world. "For sheer global reach and dogged research, attention must be paid to Lonely Planet..." (Los Angeles Times)

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For sheer global reach and dogged research, attention must be paid to Lonely Planet...' --Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2003

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed valuable information Oct. 15 2010
By BR
Format:Paperback
I, in general, use Lonely Planet books to plan our trips and have found, in general, the information to be reliable and helpful. I bought the Lonely Planet Greece 9th Edition (2010) to plan for our trip to Greece in Oct 2010. Although this new edition was helpful I found it to missed some valuable information, for example the list of tour companies in Athens was not organized in what they offer to give more clarity to the reader and missed also to mention some big and reliable tour companies like Walking Tours. We wanted to include a visit to the Cyclades Islands, in particular Santorini, and because I have an older edition of Lonely Planet Greek Islands 2000, I was hoping to get some newer information from the 2010 edition. To my surprise, the information provided in both editions about Santorini was very similar, very limited number of places to stay was mentioned, there is no reference to places to stay in Firostefani and Imerovigli, and it is very easy to stay in any of those and to reach Fira and Oia from any of them. There is a beautiful cliff top walkway all the way from Fira to Firostefani to Imerovigli to Oia, very easy to do part of it walking, or all of it, or combine sections of it with a bus ride (which is what we did), the only reference to this pass in the Fira section of the new edition is almost saying `don't do it'. Authors should give the facts, all the facts, and leave the readers to make their decisions based on all the facts provided.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers engaging information and useful tidbits. It's more upscale than "Let's Go," but at 800 pages, offers more complete listings. It includes sets of attractive colored pictures. The maps are in black and white but very detailed. This guide provides practical information designed to get you around Greece. It includes information on ferry time tables and offers a range of places to stay and dine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just OK. Sept. 3 2001
Format:Paperback
This review compares the Lonely Plantet Greece (4th Edition) with the Rough Guide Greece (8th edition). We spent 2.5 weeks in July, 2001 in Greece, our first visit, and these were our guide books.
A relucant 4 stars to each, and a slight preference for RG. We certainly found the books serviceable, and they gave us good ideas of where in Greece we wanted to go. But they were much less valuable in their listings for individual destinations. They were the least valuable compared to the other LP and RG travel books we've used (Portugal, Italy, Thailand, Tokyo).
As usual, they both overstate their hotel rankings which to me make sense only if you've been sleeping out on the beach from necessity, and now have finally scraped some money together for a room. An exagerration, but I've lost patience with gushing praise for facilities which are usually no better than serviceable and sometimes less than that. And, we're not into spending money on fancy accommodations. Occassionaly the books are on the money, but often not.
On the smaller islands RG usually had more accommodation listings, but occassionally LP did. There were at least two instances when LP had none, just saying that rooms were available.
The ferry schedules in the books, pretty much consistent between them, bore little relation to reality, even though we were there in the high season.
I want to complete with my usual gripe about these and other guide books: we don't know which restaurants and hotels were actually visited by the writers (and by which one) and when. To paraphrase from my review of RG Portugal:
LP is out front in saying that its reviewers do not stay at all the hotels or eat at all the restaurants they list. I would like it if the reviews would be initialized by the reviewers with the date.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Liar Aug. 9 2001
By B-Track
Format:Paperback
The Lonely Planet came with me for a 6-week stay in the Corinthia. Overall I found prices to be very outdated. When I turned to the book looking for specific information, most of the time I discovered it was either scant or missing.
In Athens, I stayed in a couple of budget accomodations in Plaka that received glowing reviews from the guide -- both places didn't even come close to the authors' high praise. In Delphi, the phone number provided for the hotel where I wanted to stay actually rang at a completely unrelated pension several blocks away. A description of which bus to take into Athens from Bus Terminal A and B would have been incredibly useful, and saved me an afternoon of wandering.
I also referred to this book many times for information about the towns and sites around Ancient Corinth, only to find it totally useless. Clearly the authors' own distate about places accounts for this gap. For example: "Loutraki: The town was devastated by the 1981 earthquake, and subsequent reconstruction has resulted in its reincarnation as a tacky resort with dozens of modern, characterless hotels along the seafront. Loutraki hardly warrants an overnight stay." That's it.
Color-photo sections are a nice selling feature of the book, but don't help much when you're trying to find your way around Greece. When I referred to this book I often ended up more lost than found. Browsing through some of the comparable guides, such as the Rough Guide or Let's Go, I unfortunately found them to have very similar shortcomings. Lonely Planet forced me to approach more Greeks and ask directions, and to learn how to find my way around on my own -- perhaps something I can thank them for after all. Next time I go to Greece, I'll leave the guidebook at home.
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