- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (20 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841623458
- ISBN-13: 978-1841623450
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Armenia: with Nagorno Karabagh (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 20 May 2011
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'Clear and comprehensive guide. Holding is knowledgeable and above all engaging.' The Times Literary Supplement 'The best guidebook.' Times Online 'For anyone planning a visit the Bradt Guide to Armenia should be their first choice of reference.' Suite101.com
About the Author
Author Nicholas Holding died after publication of the second edition of Bradt's Armenia. Deirdre Holding, the author's widow, accompanied him on all previous research trips and shares his passion for the country.
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As the author states in his introduction, the book is aimed at "the general tourist who is interested in seeing the country and understanding something of its long and complex history."
I got the feeling that the author sincerely wants Armenia to be discovered and one advantage of this book over its rivals is that it concentrates solely upon Armenia and Karabakh and therefore it is particularly useful for the traveller who wishes to base themselves here for a while. However, for the fleeting visitor, the book may prove a little too detailed and intricate and I can empathise with the previous reviewer that the more casual backpacker may find this book a little formal, although satisfactory. Maybe if tourism was more developed in Armenia, the author could have aimed for a more specific audience,and I feel that this is a shame for the author , as his knowledge of the region is excellent. Hopefully, in future editions, this will be addressed.
The maps I found to be quite satisfactory. In fact ,they are much more accurate and detailed than any other guides to the area, although I appreciate the dearth of good maps to the region.Read more ›
All in all, this guide was neither good nor bad but just okay.
On the good side:
- As you would expect, all information which is given was up to date
- Also as expected, the whole country is covered
- The book covers many not-much visited places off the beaten track
- In-depth background information about history, culture
On the not so good side:
- Useless information like the chapter "buying property"
- Lacking basic backpacking information (e.g. only schedule of transportation leaving Yerevan, but not for the way back, which makes planning in advance hard; furthermore travel times not given)
- We do not like the price system: Hotels are only rated in classes ($ up to $$$$$, which we think is not convenient; e.g. $$ can be all between £25 or £50), for restaurants there are no prices given at all
- Too few city maps (e.g. Vanadzor, Armenia's second biggest city, or Goris, the "most attractive town in southern Armenia" is missing)
- Descriptions of hotels and restaurants too often not useful, appropriate or just awkward: Europe hotel in Yerevan: "Brochure states hotel is of French design" (so did the author have a look at the hotel at all?). Sherlock Holmes restaurant in Yerevan; "Claims to be English-style. Hmmmmmm...." (what does the author want to say? If it's so bad, why list at all?Read more ›
The guide does offer a sample itinery of places to go and times to do things, but lacks detailed enough maps and if you are driving you will be forced to buy at least one other map. I especially enjoyed it was written by an Electronic Engineer (takes a rational approach to guide writing)... but may I please add.. no matter how interesting he makes the Nuclear Power station sound.. DO NOT try and visit or take photos... it caused me a whole world of grief.. 3 hours of my life and 2 trucks full of soldiers later before I could leave!
You will find plenty information about Armenia (history, culture etc.), many detailed descriptions and maps of monasteries, there are maps of all Armenian provinces etc. But those maps are rather inaccurate, don't use them to estimate distances between two spots. There is no data about the scale, anyway. About towns there are only two maps of Yerevan plus additional two of Echmiadzin and Gyumri. Why are maps of other towns missing? The ones for Sevan, Garni etc. would be more than welcome. And at existing maps there is no mark about spots from where buses and minibuses depart back to Yerevan so you'll have to rely on locals.
The worst part is about something that many backpackers would find most interesting: the public transport. The author only mentions that it's bad (it's not good, indeed) and gives some information in few sentences (BTW, if heading to Geghard, take the bus all the way to Goght, 3 km from the monastery, not to Garni as the book suggests). About major sights it should at least be mentioned that "one bus per day stops at ...., ... km from the sight" and that piece of information should be immediately after the description of a sight or a town, not at the introduction of each province! It's obvious that the author travelled around by a hired car (there are plenty of instructions like "drive 5 km, at a brown house turn left etc.") and hasn't used public transport at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have quoted preliminary review since I did not finished to "study" the bookguide. I will prefer to rate the book after returning from my visit to Armenia. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by RUI Godinho
Excellent. Very usefull information. Quite descriptive. 300 pages for this country it's ok. Several maps I would add some more details on them.Published on 23 May 2013 by Bea
it seems like it is only about monasteries- in fact authors wrote it, that thay are very fond of this but if you are interested in anything else- like nature, mountains ( plenty in... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by bartosz
There is so much to do and see in Armenia.
This is the perfect book to help you plan your trip! Read more
I spent a wonderful two weeks traveling around Armenia with this guide. So far this is the best English-language guide to the country: well-researched, knowledgeable and... Read morePublished on 27 July 2012 by Dmitri
This book contains all the info that I need. Good quality paper although a few more photographs would be good.Published on 22 Jan. 2012 by Gillian
Adding to the other reviews:
The scale of the country map in the beginning of the book is wrong! Which is supposed to be 100 km is at the most 20 km.