Eastern Europe (Lonely Planet Multi Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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It covers pretty much all the former socialist countries westwards from Russia, including the Baltic states, Central Europe, the Balkans, Ukraine, and even obscure, very rarely visited Belarus and Moldova.
It already has a separate country chapter for Montenegro, which only became independent in the summer of 2006!
Inside, you will find all the usual details that can be expected from this series: in addition to the usual background info on history and culture as well as listings of recommended sights and activities, LP does provide useful practical details like prices and contact details of accomodation options as well as fares and journey times for public transport. These seemed pretty accurate to me, though are bound to change within the lifespan of this book.
The detail provided about each country described of course can't compete with single-country guides, but is probably sufficient for most people planning to visit several countries in one trip. As a rule, there are enough places described to fill at least 2 weeks in each country. In comparision to LP's "Europe on a Shoestring" guide which covers the whole continent but is more detailed about the more visited Western European countries, this one has about 3 times more info on Eastern European ones.
I would highly recommend this book for both thoe who are still in the planning stages and need info to decide which countries in the region to visit, and for actual use on the road to those planning to visit several countries on one trip.
Of course, if you only want to concentrate on 2-3 countries only, you may find individual country guides more detailed - though right now quite possibly less up to date!Read more ›
Having used the 2005 version of this guide to travel around Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Croatia in March 2006 - this one was much more useful and the writers had gone to great pains to make everything accurate (unlike their Western Balkans guide which was awash with misinformation and inaccuracies, normally regarding telephone numbers etc)
Having also brought the Bradt Albania guide with us (thank god we never relied on this as their pricing information for accommodation was grossly out of date & there was a real laziness in updating vital information) the Lonely Planet was the one that got grubbiest from continual use.
However we did have a few gripes. Having compared the 2005 & 2007 version; the writers appeared to have ommitted certain places to eat in Bucharest for example - this amazing ornate & opulent beer hall didn't appear in the 2007 guide...why not?
Also in Tirana some of the restaurants they recommended as great "sublime experiences" were just plain average with slovenly service.
All in all we felt that this guide provided us with the most accurate information & great cultural & historical context to te region.
They did well in preparing female travellers for the local's reaction to female foreign travellers. It did well in outlining that staring at women travellers for inordinently long periods of time (how they crane their neck round that far is amazing) is the national pastime in Albania and there is nothing you can do to avert their gaze - just get used to it -which was so true!
There was enough to give us confidence and a flavour of the places we were visiting - though occasionally we could have used a bit more guidance.
As camping car travellers we felt that there was stuff missing on the state of the roads (ie the road from Dubrovnik to Kotor is very slow) and in general driving from N.Croatia south wards takes 2-3 times the time that a comparable journey in the UK takes.
We still don't know if we should have registered with the Police in Montenegro, but we did what we could to make it happen if needed.
We didn't want single country guides because we were moving so much and this fitted the bill.
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Handy book to have whilst travelling through eastern Europe. Great service and fantastic delivery time. Would definitely recommend to others. Thumbs upPublished on 4 Aug. 2013 by Stelios Nikolaou
Better to just get a book per country. Too sparse info. Out of date too 2007 ed. Info on Poland and Budapest haven't moved fast enough with the progress in the actual countries. Read morePublished on 12 July 2009 by K-Man
Book was never delivered within the time frame mentioned, e mails were ignored, left without a guide book while traveling!Published on 4 Jun. 2009 by A. Macintyre