Two Great New Israel Guidebooks


A smart, fresh, up-to-date guidebook is almost as good as having a good friend in a foreign country. The two new guidebooks now on the bookshelves were published by the two biggest U.S. publishing houses and represent a major vote of confidence in response to an increased demand from travelers — tourism to Israel is up and travelers want to know what’s new, what’s fun, and what’s special.

Fodor’s Israel was released this summer, written by a staff of five experienced writers each with different areas of expertise. A fat 400 pages, Fodor’s Israel includes important new information on the Negev and Northern Israel.

Frommer’s Israel, written by Robert Ullian, hit bookstores in last month. Its hefty 519 pages, offers valuable specific suggestions on hotels, restaurants, major and minor sites, archeology updates, and family travel ideas written in collaboration with a savvy, bilingual five-year old Jerusalemite named Lyne!

If the Lonely Planet (Australia) plans a new Israel edition for 2007, can the British Rough Guide and the American Let’s Go: Israel be far behind?

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