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Jordan and Syria: A Travel Survival Kit (Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit) [Paperback]

Hugh Finlay , Damien Simonis
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25 Jun 1993 Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit
Lonely Planet's "Travel Survival Kits" cover one country, or a small group of countries, in depth, with travel and accommodation options to suit a range of budgets. These guides are designed to be easy to use, providing practical travel information in a lively, entertaining style. Features of this series include: cultural and historical background; detailed maps of cities, towns and rural areas; information on getting there and getting around; practical information on every aspect of travel; health and safety advice; information on local cuisine; advice on customs and etiquette; key words, phrases and basic grammar of local languages; and names of places, restaurants and hotels in foreign script where applicable. Rewritten by a new author, this second edition of "Jordan & Syria" features extensive cultural and historical background information, as well as up-to-date practical advice, demonstrating that travel in this region is not only possible, but is safe, easy and rewarding.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864421729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864421722
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,935,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg 30 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The format of this book was a little confusing. It opens with a general section on regional history, culture and general information. The remainder of the book is divided between the two countries. Each country's section opens with a description of its history and culture, which is confusing - I couldn't remember whether the vital piece of information I wanted was in the Jordan section or the general section. There is a HUGE amount of information here - mainly aimed at the independent tourist - but there semed to be lots of useful info missing too. The section on Petra was invaluable, but I could find nothing at all about Little Petra. Lonely Planet might consider granting each country its own volume; each could then be extended to fill some of the gaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information 5 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Some of the world's earliest civilizations thrived in what are now Jordan and Syria, and it is therefore not surprising that hundreds of historical and archaeological sites are to be found in the region. This book offers in-depth coverage of the main sites along with clearly written practical information on everything else travellers need to know about to help them make the most of their visit: historical, cultural, and political notes, a helpful language section, a detailed glossary, maps, photos, and accommodation and restaurant listings. Be sure to read the book before you go, and bring it along with you.
An ideal complement to the above guidebook is Sonia Uvezian's fascinating and highly informative "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan." This landmark volume should be required reading for anyone who plans to travel to the region or who is simply interested in its history, cooking, and culture.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information 5 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the world's earliest civilizations thrived in what are now Jordan and Syria, and it is therefore not surprising that hundreds of historical and archaeological sites are to be found in the region. This book offers in-depth coverage of the main sites along with clearly written practical information on everything else travelers need to know about to help them make the most of their visit: historical, cultural, and political notes, a helpful language section, a detailed glossary, maps, photos, and accommodation and restaurant listings. Be sure to read the book before you go, and bring it along with you.
An ideal complement to the above guidebook is Sonia Uvezian's fascinating and highly informative "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan." This landmark volume should be required reading for anyone who plans to travel to the region or who is simply interested in its history, cooking, and culture.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended 2 Mar 2003
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book gives the basics on where to stay, where to eat and how to get from point A to point B. The background information on the ancient sites is sparse. For better archeological info (out of a guide book) I'd recommend Mathew Teller's "Jordan-The Rough Guide" over this book. It provides more info on Petra and other ancient sites in Jordan, and focuses all its energies on Jordan alone.
Damien Simonis is one of the authors of this LP edition, and I love his other books, so I don't think the reason this book isn't a good choice has to do with the authors... it is simply because it is a small book dedicating itself to two countries... In fact, the Jordan chapter in this book is simply excerpts from the more thorough LP guide, "Jordan". So if you're going to Jordan and Syria, I'd recommend getting LP Jordan and LP Syria separately... Remember, the whole point of a guide book is simply to help you get the most out of your trip and time... it doesn't mean you can't wander off and find things on your own once your there!! Only a fool would think that way!
4.0 out of 5 stars Required for my trip to Jordan & Syria 3 May 2013
By amazon43 - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of helpful information even though not the latest version.
Background info of various sites most helpful.
Did not need for accommodation and restaurants as I guess some were outdated.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars for the ignorant traveler who wants to remain ignorant 24 Mar 2000
By Kitty Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yeah, the guide is full of practical information -- the book is after all for people who are afraid of getting lost or discovering anything for themselves -- but when it comes to informing you accurately and knowledgably on archeology, culture and history, it is a real let down. For the cheapest burger in town, buy this guide; but if you want something intelligent and informed, buy a better guidebook.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is 4 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In general the Lonely Planet series is by far the best travel quide set that I have ever used. You can discover out of the way places or you can go to the places where everyone goes. For those people who truly want to have an adventure and experience the culture of the people and the country, Lonely Planet is the way to go!
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