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Tunisia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041897
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Lonely Planet guides are a must-pack" --Toronto Star, February 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Apart from being home to wonderfully friendly people, Tunisia is a world of ancient cities, idyllic beaches and just about everything in between. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Iain Morley on 27 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Having spent seven days driving throughout Tunisia relying on this guide and a Michelin roadmap, I'd say it makes a very useful companion. The descriptions of landscapes and communities are sensitively handled and sometimes amusing; the sections on the history and geography of the country are intelligently-written and accessible.

As usual with LP guides it is aimed more at those who want to turn their face away from mass tourism and organised tours, and points the reader in the direction of lesser-seen sights, locations and accommodation in addition to those that are already obvious and popular. In some cases we found that hotels had been smartened-up since the writing of the guide, though this had not generally had much effect on price. This was also the case with some roads in the interior (Dorsale Tunisienne) - several were described as unmade in the book but are in fact now asphalted and suitable for all vehicles.

Since this (and other Lonely Planet guides) have traditionally been aimed more at backpackers using public transport than motorists, the town centre maps are sometimes not very useful for navigating by car when arriving, but are good for pedestrian use once you are there.

On the whole a valuable companion on the trip and a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Pike on 9 April 2009
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This guide was much worse than I expected. I only give it two stars because the maps were quite useful. Much of the price information was wrong and one museum which it raved about had been closed for two years when we got there. A friend had the lost planet guide which was better.
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By Vee on 6 Mar. 2014
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Waste of time! Everything you already know written in book form. No wonder it was free as it would never sell
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marshall on 1 Jan. 2010
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The Lonely Plant Guide series are without doubt one the of the finest publications to give you the low-down on the places you are are likely to visit. All of the guides use travellers who know the area thoroughly so they can provide you with all the "mundane" but essential details about the area.

If you are new to a country, there is so much that many of the so called guide books take for granted so when you land you feel all at sea over the simple things like opening hours, trains, buses, local customs, etc.

The Lonely Plant Guides include a fair amount of cultural history as well to give you the perspective and to prevent you from making obvious "gaffs".
The tours they suggest are realistic and enable you to plan some sight-seeing that can be accomplished to add value to your holiday experience.

Even if you have business in a foreign land your time will be precious and the concise directions and sound advice will help you to achieve your outcome in the most efficient way.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good 22 Dec. 2005
By wanderlust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All in all, I was very happy with this guide. It was the right size (not too thick, not too sparse), was very informative, and had great maps. I even liked the recommended routes (since Tunisia is small, it's very possible to "do" the whole country in a month), if one can "do" a country at all without living there.

Two recommendations I had for them. The first is that I did miss the recommended itineraries if you have 4 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc. It would have helped.

The second and more important issue I had was with the authors. Yes, they had a token female author but she reviewed the more women-friendly places such as Sidi Bou Said. The amount of harassment we received wasn't surprising, as I didn't solely rely on Lonely Planet and read up on those issues; but it really wore us down over the three weeks (I was traveling with a female friend and we are both attractive women in our 20s and 30s.)

My friend and I found ourselves in hysterics when the male author

recommended that we sit down with men in a cafe and talk to them about their lives. Yeah right!! I come from Turkey, so I am in no way ignorant about Muslim tradition (although North African culture is obviously different than Turkish), but nearly every single man we talked to hit on us.

That's ok, that's life. But I was infuriated to read that covering our heads would invite ridicule, because finally, in our last week, I started covering my head in Jerba and I felt an IMMEDIATELY positive difference. Yes, if I had been a tall blonde perhaps the reception wouldn't have been the same, but is Lonely Planet only geared towards men and tall blonde women? What about Mediterranean types like myself who can easily pass as native Tunisians? I wish I had known beforehand and would have covered up the whole time (by the way, we dressed EXTREMELY modestly and after seeing how some tourist women acted in Tunisia, we are definitely sympathetic to the stereotypes the men have there towards women like us).

Tunisia is a great place to visit and I still have to admit that this is a good guide but ladies, read up on your own. Or should I write my own guide for women? :)
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Nicely Laid Out and Easy to Use. Useful Maps 27 Sept. 2004
By M. Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's light and compact and has some useful maps. We used the hotel suggestions but in most cases the ratings were off, if it says 3 stars assume 1.5-2 stars. Take ear plugs. Almost all of the hotels were in noisy areas. Many of the suggested eating places were also off the mark. Extensive menus would be met with three or four options available. The guides to sights and towns to visit were very good. We used the walking tours and maps to navigate through the country quite comfortably. Assume you'll be ripped off by every taxi driver and you'll be ok. It's still very inexpensive to travel in Tunisia. And this book is very handy to have along for the ride.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tunisia (Country Guide) 15 July 2008
By Helen Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the few guide books I have read and not had to buy others for the same country by other authors/publishers. A guide book is just that - a "guide", and nothing should be considered set in stone. The content is wide-ranging, appears to be thorough, and covers most of the places I will be visiting in the fall. I am wearing the pages thin from constant reading, and still find it very interesting and informative. Great book!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tunisia Travel Preparations 15 Jun. 2007
By Deborah Filcoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Not too many detailed travel books for travellers to Tunisia - a hidden gem in North Africa. Have not been there in decades, but am planning a trip with three other girlfriends next year and I was so happy that Lonely Planet had a new 'Bible' on Tunisia. They have done their usual super job with it's Tunisia 2007 Edition. We want to avoid travelling there with a group tour and with LP one can plan their trip completely -- know where your small hotel will be located within the cities or with a view; and, as always, complete coverage of historical sites & the really great beaches. I also love the layout of LP -- it's so easy to read & find information! Most of the other travel books are much heavier and the reading layout is annoying!
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