18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2004
This book, which is updated annually, is without doubt the most essential thing you should take with you when island hopping in Greece. Seriously, you'll get by if you somehow forget to pack underwear. You'll survive if you forget your toothbrush. But whatever you do - don't forget this book...
The guide is well structured, thoroughly researched, constantly updated and very readable. Reviews of islands, accomodation, restaurants and bars are without doubt the best of any of the comparable books you can get - the first time I went I ended up binning my Rough Guide because it was so out of date and useless. It also avoids the patronising, overly cautious advice offered by most mainstream guides - Lonely Planet is a particular offender.
However, all of this would simply make it a very good travel guide. What makes it absolutely essential is the level of practical information it contains. Island Hopping is all about the ferries; all about the connections. This book contains full timetables (admittedly for the previous year, but they change little) for all the major ferries. It also has really useful island route guides - showing where you can get to from each island, and how often ferries go. Having this book with you means you can easily plan where to go next on the hoof, or even on the spot. Quite simply it opens up possibilities - you'll discover islands you wouldn't otherwise have visited, and you'll make the most of your time and money.