Reviews of guide books
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DK Eyewitness Travel Tunisia *
Eyewitness are one of my favourite guide books and I usually start off with this one if we are visiting a place for the first time. I find that it gives me an overview and flavour of a country and helps clarify ideas about where we want to go , see and do.
The book begins with a short introduction about Tunisia which includes a summary of its history. There are suggestions for accommodation and eating at the back as well as a short section on Travel Information.
The country is divided into six main areas.
There is a reasonable map at the beginning of each section with the main sites identified by numbers for quick easy reference. There are comprehensive descriptions of the main towns and villages as well as Roman sites, with lots of colour pictures. There are also 3D maps of some towns and major sites. Many smaller places not included by the other guide books get a mention.
This is an attractive book and the colour pictures are a nice reminder of the holiday.
Rough Guide to Tunisia * This is a good solid book packed with information. It covers all the basics needed to plan a holiday in Tunisia including historical background and information about the language with some simple vocabulary.
Tunisia is broken up into nine areas and there is a reasonable map at the beginning of each section. Town maps are included for all major towns marking accommodation, eating places and sites.
There is a lot of information about places to go and what to see. The holiday resorts beloved of the sunseekers are covered in more detail than Eyewitness.
There are some colour pictures.
Lonely Planet Tunisia * I borrowed a copy of the 2001 edition from the local library. I'm assuming that later editions will be similar in content.
I’m not a great fan of lonely Planet as in the past I’ve found them a superficial compared to Rough Guide.
This is one of the better Lonely Planet Guides, however doesn’t have the same amount of information as Rough Guide (300 pages compared to rough Guides 500). The descriptive pages are broken up into six areas. There is less information about the towns and what to do and see, although the walking tours given for the major towns are better than Rough Guide. The information about the major Roman remains is good, and at times better and clearer than Rough Guide. There are plenty of clear town plans.
Footprint Tunisia Handbook * This is a bit like the curates egg…. There is a comprehensive Essentials Section at the beginning covering everything needed to plan a holiday and a language section at the back. The section on the history of Tunisia is good. There are reasonable coloured maps covering Tunisia at the back.
Tunisia is split into seven areas.
Descriptions vary from very good to superficial. Town plans are not as clear as those in Rough Guide or Lonely Planet, although some of the small detailed maps of parts of the Roman remains are good.
Borrow this one from the library or else buy a cheap, secondhand copy from Amazon.
Insight Pocket Guide Tunisia * This comes with a reasonable map of Tunisia and a large scale map of Tunis, Sousse and Kairouan. This in itself makes it a good buy.
The book is divided up into 16 itineraries covering the different parts of Tunsia, which are marked on the map. For each itinerary there is a smaller more detailed map marking the route and several pages describing the route and suggestions of what to do and see. There are ideas for eating and a section at the back with suggestions for accommodation.
This is good if you want ideas for individual itineraries covering different parts of Tunisia. However at less than 100 pages detailed information is limited and you may need to buy another guide book to fill in the gaps.
Some travel companies regard Tunisia as part of Europe so Worldwide cover is not needed. Check this out with your travel company as it could save you a bit of money.
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