Friday, 18 August 2017

Dream Week Itinerary: Lonely Planet Kaua'i

Travel itinerary map for Kaua'i

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4 Top itineraries: Kaua'i

1. Po'ipu Beach park to Koke'e State Park (4 Days)
2. Dream Week (8 Days)
3. Wailua to Kilauea (2 Days)
4. Kilauea to Na Pali Coast State Park (3 Days)

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Kaua'i travel guide

Emerald mountains, weeping waterfalls, red-rock canyons, jaw-dropping beaches, clear seas and big waves. Kaua‘i’s natural gifts are unparalleled in Hawaii, the USA, the world.

Kayak through sea caves along the Na Pali Coast, absorb the grand vistas of the Waimea Canyon, or surf the breaks at beautiful Hanalei Bay.

Coverage Includes: Lihu’e, Kapa’a, Hanalei, Po’ipu, Waimea Canyon and more

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5 FREE Japan Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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5 Top itineraries: Japan

1. Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima (2 Weeks)
2. Kyoto, Kanazawa & the Japan Alps (2 Weeks)
3. Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Around (1 Week)
4. The Wilds of Hokkaido (2 Weeks)

5. Kyushu & Okinawa (2 Weeks)


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Japan travel guide

Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Japan, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Japan and begin your journey now!

Coverage Includes: Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Nikko, Narita, Kamakura, Hakone, Nagoya, Gifu, Kanazawa, Nagano, Kyoto, Kansai, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Matsue, Sapporo, Shikoku, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and more


Booking.com: San Francisco Marriott Marquis Union Square


San Francisco Marriott Marquis Union Square

Situated next to the the Moscone Convention Center, this downtown San Francisco hotel offers luxurious rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs. Facilities include a fitness centre.

Rooms at San Francisco Marriott Marquis feature a stylish interior. All rooms have air-conditioning, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Select rooms have panoramic city views.

Located in the hotel lobby, Bin 55 restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with a wine list, while The View Lounge offers small bites, signature cocktails and breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis is just 2 blocks from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and 4 blocks from Union Square.

Union Square is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, city trips and restaurants.


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Thursday, 17 August 2017

4 FREE Iran Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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4 Top itineraries: Iran
1. Classic Iran (2 Weeks)
2. Go West (21 Days)
3. Mashhad (10 Days)

4. Desert Detour (12 Days)

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Iran travel guide

Welcome to what could be the friendliest country on earth. Iran is the jewel in Islam’s crown, combining glorious architecture with a warm-hearted welcome. Hike among the Castles of the Assassins in Alamut Valley, Lose yourself in Esfahan’s historic bazaar, or ski in the Alborz Mountains.

Coverage Includes: Tehran, Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, Kashan, Choqa Zanbil, Takht-e Soleiman, Tabriz, Masuleh, Mashhad, Garmeh, Alamut Valley, Alborz Mountains, Kaluts, Qeshm Island and more

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4 FREE Iceland Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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4 Top itineraries: Iceland
1. Reykjavik Minibreak (4 Days)
2. Best of the West (1 Week)
3. Classic Ring Road (10 Days)

4. The Grand Tour (4 Weeks)

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Iceland travel guide

Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling increasing numbers of visitors – there seems no end to the talents of this breathtaking northern destination.

- inspirational images and recommendations from our expert authors

- planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip

- local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique

- plus Northern Lights Feature, wildlife watching guide, Ring Road planner and hot-pot planning itinerary

Coverage Includes: Planning chapters, Reykjavík, Southwest Iceland, the Golden Circle, West Iceland, The Westfjords, North Iceland, East Iceland, Southeast Iceland, The Highlands, Understand and Survival chapters.

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FREE Hong Kong Lonely Planet: Four Day Itinerary


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Four Day itinerary: Hong Kong
Day One: The Peak & the Northwest * Kowloon 
Day Two: Wan Chai & the Northeast * Kowloon
Day Three: Aberdeen & the South & New Territories
Day Four: Macau 

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Hong Kong city guide

Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, a legendary kitchen, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive.

Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Central, The Peak & the Northwest, Wai Chai & the Northeast, Aberdeen & the South, Kowloon, Macau, New Territories, Outlying Islands, Day Trips, Understand and Survival chapters

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5 FREE Hawaii Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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4 Top itineraries: Hawaii
1. Gold Coast (4 Days)
2. Kona to Hilo Loop (10 Days)
3. Circle Island Tour (2 Weeks)
4. Volcano Watching (5 Days)

5. Small Town Retreat (4 Days)


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Hawai'i, the Big Island travel guide

Indulge your spirit of adventure on the biggest Hawaiian island. It’s still a vast frontier, full of unexpected wonders. Hike trails through smoking craters at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stargaze at the clear skies from Mauna Kea, and snorkel in Kealakekua Bay.

Coverage Includes: Kailua-Kona, Kohala, Waimea, Mauna Kea, Saddle Road, Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley, Hilo, Puna, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Caldera, Kau and more

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Emirates to deploy extra flights for the upcoming Hajj season

Emirates A380. Photo by ebooktravelguides.com
Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah to help facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

Emirates will be operating 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina from 17 August until 11 September to help serve the 2 million pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah. The airline will also be operating its A380 to Medina which will also support the increased demand during this period.

The additional services are available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa.

This year, top inbound destinations Emirates is expecting Hajj pilgrims to come from are Yangon, Manchester, Mauritius, Jakarta, Karachi, Lagos and Nairobi.

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Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2017


From gorging on exceedingly fine architecture, art, food and wine in Unesco-listed Bordeaux, to relaxing in Plaza de la Independencia in the cultural capital Mérida and soaking up the glorious colonial architecture.

Check out Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2017.

1. Bordeaux, France

They used to call her the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, but – though she’s hit the snooze button a few times – Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action.


2. Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s star attraction, but South Africa’s brightest diamond of a city is also blessed with beautiful beaches, bountiful vineyards and a rainbow array of people, cultures and design.


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3. Los Angeles, USA

Despite its reputation as a land of celebrities, health fanatics and all-around superficiality, LA has been gaining steam as a cultural destination while becoming more accessible than ever.

4. Merida, Mexico

On any given day you’ll find a dizzying array of live music, art shows and dance performances, and the booming culinary scene is hotter than a Habanero pepper.

5. Ohrid, Macedonia

Overlooking the extraordinarily blue waters of its eponymous lake, Ohrid enjoys a stunning position that is best viewed from a boat.

6. Pistoia, Italy

People sometimes refer to Pistoia as ‘little Florence’ for its concentration of art and architecture. And yet, despite its charms, this Tuscan town sees just a fraction of Florence’s tourists. That’s set to change in 2017, when the city will take its turn as Italy’s Capital of Culture.

7. Seoul, South Korea

Following on from successful projects such as the Cheonggyecheon, the city will unveil in the latter part of 2017 the Seoul Skygarden.

8. Lisbon, Portugal

It’s got sights, culture and cuisine, yet Lisbon’s rarely mentioned alongside southern European heavyweights such as Barcelona or Rome.

9. Moscow, Russia

Russia may not have revealed all its Revolution-centennial plans, but it’s as clear as a crenellated Kremlin façade that there will be radical changes in Moscow.

10. Portland, Oregon

Portland doesn’t try to impress anyone and so impresses everyone. It’s America’s city of the future: a friendly, sustainable, ethical place that values good living and leisure over acquisitiveness and ambition.

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Lonely Planet's Budapest & Hungary Individual PDF Chapters

Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe’s most exciting city after dark are the major drawcards of Hungary and its capital, Budapest.Take the waters at one of the country’s 300 public thermal hot springs, step back in time in Sopron, or explore the limestone plateau of Castle Hill.

Budapest & Hungary travel guide

Coverage Includes: Budapest, Danube Bend, Western Transdanubia, Lake Balaton, the Great Plain, Northeast Hungary, Northern Uplands and more.

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Plan your trip (5.755Mb)

Budapest (5.98Mb)

The Danube Bend & Western Transdanubia (1.768Mb)

Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia (1.97Mb)

The Great Plain (1.56Mb)

Northern Hungary (1.417Mb)


Understand Budapest & Hungary and Survival Guide (1.956Mb)

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26 things to do in Beijing

Constantly reimagining itself as it races towards the future, yet inextricably linked to its glorious, notorious past, Beijing is as compelling as it is complex.

Beijing city guide

Check out Lonely Planet's 26 top things to do in Beijing.

1. Marvel at the might and splendour of the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and the place 24 consecutive emperors of China called home

2. Place yourself at the symbolic heart of the Chinese universe with a visit to Tiān’ānmén Square

3. Lose yourself in the maze-like network of historic hútòng

4. Stroll the incense-filled halls and courtyards of Lama Temple, Beijing’s largest and most impressive Buddhist temple

5. Listen to a drumming performance inside the magnificent ancient Drum Tower, before climbing its equally impressive neighbouring Bell Tower


6. Tour the stunning collection of halls and altars of Temple of Heaven Park, where China’s emperors came to seek divine guidance

7. Feast on Běijīng’s signature dish, Peking Duck, at the restaurants where it originated

8. Step back in time to imperial China by strolling the last remaining stretch of the walls that once surrounded the capital


9. Explore Běihǎi Park, once reserved for emperors only and one of the capital’s most striking imperial parks

10. Escape the city sprawl at Hòuhǎi Lakes, sedate during the day and raucous at night

23 Amazing things to do in Bali & Lombok

The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. And Lombok is only a 20-minute hop from Bali, but it couldn't be more different from its wildly overdeveloped sister island.

Bali & Lombok travel guide

If you're planning to visit these magical Indonesian jewels check out Lonely Planet's top things do before you go.

Let the adventure begin!

1. Rave through the night in the manic clubs and legendary nightlife scene of Kuta

2. Ignore your resolve while shopping in the myriad boutiques and designer outlets of Seminyak

3. Find a perfectly retro-chic place to stay the night in the back lanes of Bingin

4. Surf Bali’s ultimate breaks at the internationally revered swell

5. Feel the rhythm of a traditional Balinese cultural event, one of Ubud’s great night-time pag-eants

6. While away the hours among new friends at a breezy Ubud cafe with excellent locally roasted coffee

7. Refine your batik technique and sambal recipes by taking instruction from one of Ubud’s talented locals

8. Sense Bali’s violent past and proud traditions of sacrifice at Semarapura’s historical site of Kertha Gosa

9. Trek the picture-perfect valley of Sideman

10. Chill with new friends at the mellow cafes and laid-back beaches of Padangbai

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

4 FREE Ethiopia Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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4 Top itineraries: Ethiopia & Djibouti 
1. Ethiopia & Djibouti's Grand Tour (2 Weeks)
2. Southern Ethiopia (3 Weeks)
3. The Wild West (2 Weeks)

4. Historical Circuit (2 Weeks)

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Ethiopia & Djibouti travel guide

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet – a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful peoples.

Explore underground churches in Lalibela, spot rare and beautiful animals in the Bale Mountains, or get to know Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa.

Coverage Includes: Addis Ababa, Northern Ethiopia, Western Ethiopia, Southern Ethiopia, Eastern Ethiopia, Djibouti Southern Ethiopia and more

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5 FREE China Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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Top Itineraries: China

1. Northern Tour (4 Weeks)
2. Yangzi River Tour (4 Weeks)
3. Silk Road Tour (5 Weeks)
4. Coastal China (4 Weeks)
5. Big Ticket Tour (2 Weeks)

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China travel guide

Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of China and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet China:

Colour maps and images throughout
Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, art, religion, cinema, calligraphy, architecture, martial arts, landscapes, cuisine
Free, convenient pull-out Beijing city map (included in print version), plus over 190 maps

Coverage Includes: Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Jilin, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Tibet and more

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4 Day FREE Itinerary: Buenos Aires Lonely Planet


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Four Day Itinerary: Buenos Aires
Day 1: San Telmo * La Boca
Day 2: Palermo  
Day 3: The Center * Puerto Madero * Congreso & Tribunales 

Day 4: Recoleta & Barrio Norte * Retiro

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Buenos Aires city guide

Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Buenos Aires, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

Lonely Planet Buenos Aires is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Catch the historic sights of Plaza de Mayo, get a backstage tour of the Teatro Colon, or immerse yourself in a game of futbol; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Buenos Aires and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Buenos Aires Travel Guide:

- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, religion, art, dance, literature, film, music, architecture, politics, shopping, cuisine
- Free, convenient pull-out Buenos Aires map (included in print version), plus over 25 colour maps.

Coverage Includes: Puerto Madero, Congreso & Tribunales, San Telmo, La Boca, Retiro, Recoleta, Barrio Norte, Palmero, Belgrano, Caballito, Once, Villa Crespo, Montserrat and more

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