thoughts on Guidebook for Jerusalem and for Petra?

Jun 19th, 2005, 06:22 PM
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thoughts on Guidebook for Jerusalem and for Petra?

I'be been browsing on line, not sure if I can tell which is a good choice for one guidebook. I enjoy history, religious as well as secular and I want insights into what I will be seeing on a 9 day trip.
I'm wavering at the moment between Fodors if I can find a recently-published one, or Eyewitness DK.
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Jun 20th, 2005, 03:31 AM
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Unfortunately, with tourism down in Israel since 2000, nobody has recently updated their guidebooks. With that caveat, there are two that I would recommend: Rough Guide and Footprint. In general, I think that the Eyewitness Guides are too superficial, a lot of pictures, but not much practical info. Fodor's is ok, but both of the guides I mention give a lot more information about the "non-major" places.
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Jun 20th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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I've never heard of 'Footprint', I'll take a look
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Jun 20th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Even the Footprint book is a few years old, you're absolutely right, no one seems to have updated their guidebooks in at least a few years.
I have a map, we've hired a guide and the itinerary is set, I've done some pre-trip reading on the history, and may leave it at that. No guidebook--that would be a first!
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If you hired a guide, than you're in good hands. I am sure you can find some good books in Israel. Ask your guide.
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fodor's Israel guidebook is your best bet. I'm here now and it is a big help.
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Jun 25th, 2005, 05:16 PM
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