Lonely Planet knows the magic of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We've walked the lively alleyways in Nazareth and Jerusalem, explored biblical ruins, slept under the starry Negev skies and floated weightless in the Dead Sea. Take your own unforgettable journey with our guidebook's 6th edition.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.
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Day Trips to Petra in Jordan & Sinai in Egypt
Color feature with locals' tips on the best sights and food
Green Index makes responsible travel easier
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Amelia Thomas has contributed to Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra as an author. Amelia Thomas is a British journalist, working in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. She is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, Middle East Times, Lonely Planet and Egypt Today.
Most helpful customer reviews
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful.
Wait til you get there
By O Shepard
The lack of available travel guides to Israel is amazing if you consider the amount of attention the world gives to this tiny state on the western Med. Most that are available are often outdated. Frommer's Israel 5th edition is perhaps the best overall but should have been updated better. Lonely Planet's guide, biased and ill informed, is the worst. Eyewitness's guide is great for background info. Fodor's guide is new and I haven't looked it over yet. If you are visiting Israel, you might be better served to buy guides when you get there. Several I have seen that are area and city specific are a lot better than what is available in generic country guides. If you must purchase ahead of time, or need to research your trip before leaving, Frommer's book will serve you well, not this one however. Lonely Planet's books are often amusing as the editors tend to editorialize a lot in many of there guides. Not here. The editor's prejudices are all too obvious.
66 of 83 people found the following review helpful.
Too little information, too much commentary
I am generally a fan of lonely planet books, and have used them as a guide on other trips. This particular lonely planet guide disappoints. I found this book to provide precious few details about important Jewish sites. Significant space in the book is devoted to the authors' (one-sided) political commentary. The Let's Go guide is more comprehensive and informative (with less political fluff). I recommend skipping this particular lonely planet guide.
56 of 72 people found the following review helpful.
By F. Moghul
As a center for Judaism, Christianity, & Islam I was really excited about reading up on the section on Jerusalem. I'm planning to visit in May but after reading this guidebook, I'm left disheartened. This is the first time I've been disappointed by LP. This book doesn't do a good job of representing the 'Holy Land' traveler. The attitude that the best reason to visit sites with religious significance like the Church of the Ascension & The Mount of Olives are their 'spectacular views' is a let-down. Give me a break! The "Haram Ash-Sharif/Temple Mount" is covered very poorly. And forget about The Dome of the Rock which they didn't cover because it was only open to Muslims that day (probably because it was Friday- so SMART). I was expecting a guidebook on the 'Holy Land' to be a little more sensitive to the religious significance of the sites & would not try to serve as a reader on history tinged with political bias. I was expecting useful info like: what time to go, what is the best entrance, tips & shortcuts. For GOD'S SAKE get an expert to cover their respective sites so that they're adequately & accurately represented. This way pilgrim and the lay traveler will find useful & relevant information. We don't need cut & paste history lessons.