Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Visit Havana with the NEW Rough Guide to Cuba

The sound of pounding drums, sweet salsa and blasting reggaeton. The smell of handrolled cigars and the sea breeze wafting off the Malecón. Classic cars, vintage furniture and antique shopfronts...this is the heart of Cuba. From sensual Havana to pretty beaches and colourful colonial towns, Cuba is intoxicating, still defined by its communist credentials as it marches into the future. Let this fully updated Rough Guide help you discover the best of Cuba.

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Discover Cuba with this comprehensive, entertaining, ‘tell it like it is’ Rough Guide, packed with comprehensive practical information and our experts’ honest and independent recommendations.

Whether you plan to visit Havana, drive in an old American car along the Malécon, visit a tobacco plantation or loll on a white-sand beach,The Rough Guide to Cuba will help you discover the best places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way.

Cuba Top 10

1. Baracoa's Countryside

2. Jardines Del Rey

3. Trinidad Old Town

4. Museo Presidio Modelo

5. Viñales

6. Villa Clara Northern Cay's

7. Alejandro Robaina Tobacco

8. La Fábrica de Arte Cubano

9. Havana Jazz Festival

10. Hotel Nacional

Swim in the Blue Lagoon with Insight Guides Iceland

Iceland offers not only a wealth of natural wonders, from glaciers to geysers, but also a rich mine of history and literature.

Insight Guides Iceland (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Iceland is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like the Northern Lights, Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon, and cultural gems like Puffin-spotting on the coast at Borgarfjorour-Eystri, Vik and Latrabjarg, the attractive harbour at Heimaey, and the spectacular Geysir, which gave its name to all the world's geysers.

Iceland Top 10

1. Northern Lights

2. Blue Lagoon

3. Reykjavik

4. Heimaey

5. Whale-Watching

6. Puffin-Spotting

7. Geysir and Gullfoss

8. Jökulsárlón

9. Þórsmörk

10. lsafjorour

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ireland - Dublin (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

A small capital with a huge reputation, Dublin’s mix of heritage and hedonism won’t disappoint. Beyond the city limits, County Dublin’s villages have, for the most part, retained their distinct character despite being largely absorbed into the suburban conurbation.

Ireland - Dublin (PDF Chapter)

- take in the Book of Kells and stunning Old Library on the grounds of Trinity College

- maps

- bask in the glow of the magnificent Chester Beatty Collection

- transport

- explore layers of Dublin’s history in the restored Georgian buildings on Henrietta Street

- restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: History, Sights, Activities, Tours, Festivals & Events, Sleeping, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Malahide, Dalkey, Howth.

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Swimming and seafood, art and archipelagos with the New Rough Guide to Croatia

The Rough Guides Croatia travel guide

Foaming waterfalls, Roman architecture, edgy urban culture: Croatia is a country that offers it all. As an increasingly popular destination, Croatia retains an authentic character with its crumbling palaces, idyllic islands and, undoubtedly, the best nightlife in the Adriatic. Plus, there's a plethora of eccentric bars in Dubrovnik and quirky art in Zagreb to take in, too. If rustic cuisine and sailable seas are what you're after, then it's time to start planning your trip with this fully updated Rough Guide.

Croatia travel guide

Discover Croatia with this comprehensive, entertaining, ‘tell it like it is’ Rough Guide, packed with exhaustive practical information and our experts’ honest independent recommendations.
Whether you plan to taste biscuits and sweets in Korcula, take in the maritime panoramas from Vis’s Mount Hum or head to the Museum of Broken Relationships, The Rough Guide to Croatia will show you the perfect places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way.

Croatia Top 10

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park

2. Pula Amphitheatre

3. Sunsets in Zadar

4. Hvar: The Island

5. Museums of Broken Relationships

6. Sea-Kayaking

7. Čigoč

8. Šibenik

9. Walking Dubrovnik's Walls

10. Kornati Islands

Features of The Rough Guide to Croatia:

Detailed regional coverage: provides in-depth practical information for every step of every kind of trip, from intrepid off-the-beaten-track adventures, to chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas. Regions covered include: Zagreb; Inland Croatia; Istria; the Kvarner Gulf; Northern Dalmatia; Split; the south Dalmatia coast; the southern Dalmatian islands; Dubrovnik.

Honest independent reviews: written with Rough Guides’ trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, and recommendations you can truly trust, our writers will help you get the most from your trip to Croatia.

Meticulous mapping: always full-colour, with clear numbered, colour-coded keys. Find your way around Hvar, Rovinj and many more locations without needing to get online.

Fabulous full-colour photography: features a richness of inspirational colour photography, including Plitvice Lakes National Park’s sequence of foaming waterfalls and turquoise lakes and Zadar’s muddle of architectural styles, from Romanesque churches to Corinthian columns to glass-fronted café-bars.

Things not to miss: Rough Guides’ rundown of Hvar, Istria, Dubrovnik and Zagreb’s best sights and top experiences.

Itineraries: carefully planned routes will help you organise your trip, and inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences.

Basics section: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting there, getting around, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, sports and outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, shopping and more.

Background information: comprehensive Contexts chapter provides fascinating insights into Croatia, with coverage of history, music and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.

– Covers: Zagreb, Inland Croatia, Istria, the Kvarner Gulf, Northern Dalmatia, Split and the south Dalmatian coast, the southern Dalmatian Islands, Dubrovnik and around.

Author: Jonathan Bousfield

Navigate through Rome’s historic treasures with Lonely Planet's NEW Italy travel guide


Home to many of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other. Lonely Planet is your passport to Italy, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

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Navigate through Rome’s countless artistic and historic treasures, travel the skinny streets and waterways of Venice, and tour Tuscany’s undulating landscape of cypress trees and olive groves; all with your trusted travel companion.

Lonely Planet writer Nicola Williams describes why she loves Italy. "Italy won me over many moons ago - and when the nearby shores of Lake Geneva became home a decade ago my heart sang. suddenly, Il Bel Paese was an easy motor from home through the Traforo del Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc Tunnel), ushering in chic ski flits to Courmayeur, city breaks in Venice and Milan, foodie weekends hunting white truffles and exploring fine reds in Piemonte, family road trips with the bambini to tuscany. Umbria, Sicily and Puglia in the hot south...Wildly diverse, soulful, passionate and deeply earth-driven, this country's extraordinary variety never fails to thrill and inspire."

Italy Top 10

1. Eternal Rome

2. Virtuoso Venice

3. Touring Tuscany

4. Ghostly Pompeii

5. Amalfi Coast

6. Murals & Mosaics

7. Tackling the Dolomites

8. Mighty Masterpieces

9. Devouring Emilia-Romagna

10. Neapolitan Street Life

Top 10 World's Best Countries to Travel 2020

Monday, 24 February 2020

Gaze in awe at the Sistine Chapel ceiling with Lonely Planet's NEW Rome city guide


A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities. Lonely Planet is your passport to Rome, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

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Feel the drama at the Colosseum, gaze in awe at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and feel small under the vast dome of the Pantheon; all with your trusted travel companion.

Lonely Planet writer Duncan Garwood describes why he loves Rome. "As much as its obvious beauty, what I love about Rome are its details: the cobbled lanes and hidden corners, the towering pine trees and vivid colours, the aroma of freshly ground coffee wafting out of cafes. the city's streets and piazzaz are an endless source of entertainment to me, even after almost two decades of living here, and I still get a kick out of seeing places I read about as a schoolkid. I'm also a big fan of roman cuisine, and there's little I love more than a long lunch at a favourite trattoria."

Rome Top 10

1. Colosseum

2. Vatican Museums

3. Pantheon

4. Museo e Galleria Borghese

5. St Peter's Basilica

6. Via Appia Antica

7. Trastevere

8. Roman Forum

9. Trevi Fountain

10. Piazza Navona

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Explore the Osa Peninsula with the Insight Guides Costa Rica

Amid the turmoil that often characterizes Central America, Costa Rica is a land more at peace with itself and nature.

Insight Guides Costa Rica (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Costa Rica is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Punta Uva, Manuel Antonio National Park and Tortuguero Canals, and cultural gems like the Osa Peninsula, the remotest and most biodiverse area of the southern Pacific, the Museo del Oro Precolombino, Central America's largest treasury of ancient gold artifacts, and the picture-perfect Arenal Volcano.

Costa Rica Top 10

1. Tarrazú Coffee

2. Tarrazú  Uva

3. Manuel Antonio National Park

4. Tortuguero Canals

5. Canopy Tour

6. Osa Peninsula

7. San José Museums

8. Las Pailas Trail

9. Arenal Volcano

10. Resplendent Quetzal

Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with Insight Guides USA: The South

The romance of the south has not gone with the wind - instead, there's a fresh breeze of creativity blowing.

Insight Guides USA: The South (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, Insight Guide USA: The South, is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of the Southeaster States, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like Nashville, Richmond, Carolina, Charleston, Memphis and cultural gems like Civil War sites and NASA centres.

USA: The South Top 10

1. World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta

2. The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Alabama

3. US Space and Rocket Center Museum, Huntsville

4. The Robert Johnson Cross Roads, Mississippi

5. New Orlean's French Quarter

6. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, North Carolina

7. Central High School, Arkansas

8. Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia

9. Beale Street, Memphis

10. The Spoleto Festival, South Carolina

Explore Tierra de Fuego with Insight Guides Chile & Easter Islands

From searing desert heat to sub-antarctic chills, with volcanoes, lakes, and geysers along the way, the natural world makes its presence strongly felt in Chile.

Insight Guides Chile & Easter Islands (Travel Guide eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, Insight Guide Chile and Easter Island, is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of Chile, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like the Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, Easter Island, Tierra de Fuego and the Colchagua Wine Valley, together with hidden cultural gems like the chucrches of Chiloe.

1. Atacama Desert

2. Valparaiso

3. Volcán Villarrica

4. Vorres del Paine

5. Chile's Southern Fjords

6. The Churches of Chiloé

7. The Colchagua Wine Valley

8. Tierra del Fuego

9. Palacio de la Moneda

10. Easter Island

Visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory with Insight Guides Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

Stay a while in the sunny Caribbean and you will discover a rainbow of cultures and a rich and exciting history.

Insight Guides Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles (Travel Guide eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to the Caribbean is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like the Pitons, Harrison's Cave and the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, and cultural gems like the delightful Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Barbuda, the nesting place for thousands of stunningly gorgeous birds, the 17th-century British fort at St Kitts & Nevis, which offers stupendous views from its perch on a volcanic plug, and the unforgettable experience of night-time turtle watching at various sites including Dominica, St Lucia and Trinidad.

Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles Top 10

1. Pitons, St Lucia

2. Harrison's Cave, Barbados

3. Kurá Hulanda Museum, Curaçau

4. Montserrat Volcano Observatory

5. Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda

6. Brimstone Hill Fortress, St Kitts & Nevis

7. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI

8. waitukubuli trail, dominica

9. Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua

10. Night-Time Turtle Watching

Friday, 14 February 2020

See Basilica di San Marco lit by the setting sun with Lonely Planet Venice & the Veneto city guide

Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start. Lonely Planet is your passport to Venice & the Veneto, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

Venice & the Veneto city guide

See Basilica di San Marco lit by the setting sun, feel the drama at Opera at Teatro La Fenice, or shop for creations of Venetian artisans; all with your trusted travel companion.

Lonely Planet writer Paula Hardy describes why she loves Venice & the Veneto. "My love of Venice begins with the lagoon in which it stands. Although often overlooked, this 550-sq-km shallow bowl is as great a marvel of engineering as San Marco's golden domes. Every palace and every person is reflected in its teal-coloured waters, creating the mirage-like double image that lends the city its magical quality. Not only has it inspired the extraordinary physical fabric of the city and countless creative and technological inventions, but it also shapes the unconventional and creative spirit of all who reside here. Therein lie possibilities barely imagined in other cities."

Venice & the Veneto Top 10

1. Basilica di San Marco

2. Palazzo Ducale

3. Tintoretto's Heaven on Earth

4. Opera at Teatro la Fenice

5. Gallerie Dell'Accademia

6. La Biennale di Venezia

7. Basillica di Santa Maria Assunta

8. Venetian Artisans

9. Padua's Scrovegni Chapel

10. Verona

Explore Quebec City with Insight Guides Canada

Charles Dickens once described Canada as a land of "hope and promise" Today it is that and more a land of exuberant cities, breathtaking scenery, and diverse cultures.

Insight Guides Canada (Travel Guide eBook): (Travel Guide with free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Canada is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Quebec City, Niagara Falls and Stanley Park, and cultural gems like the Polar Bear Capital, the spectacular Cabot Trail and the biggest rodeo in the world, the Calgary Stampede.

Canada Top 10

1. Québec City

2. Polar Bear Capital

3. Niagara Falls, Ontario

4. Québec City Winter Carnival

5. T. Rex Discovery Centre

6. The Cabot Trail

7. Stanley Park

8. The Aurora Borealis

9. Calgary Stampede (July)

10. Signal Hill, St John's, Newfoundland

Hit boutiques and bars in Gastown with Lonely Planet Vancouver & Victoria city guide

Explorable neighborhoods, drink-and-dine delights, and memorable cultural and outdoor activities framed by striking vistas – there are endless reasons to fall for this ocean-fringed metropolis. Lonely Planet is your passport to Vancouver & Victoria, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.

Vancouver & Victoria city guide

Hit boutiques and bars in Gastown, stroll along tree-fringed Stanley Park Seawall, and stock up on picnic supplies at Granville Island Public Market; all with your trusted travel companion.

Lonely Planet writer John Lee describes why he loves Vancouver & Victoria. "Forest trails, tiny hummingbirds and sunset-hugging beaches framed by ocean and mountain panoramas. I moved here 20 years ago, but I've never taken my eyes off Vancouver's unwavering natural charms. For me, it's this breathtaking backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I'm still an urban lad and I've also enjoyed watching Vancouver become a grown-up city. From adventurous dining to thriving arts and culture, this young West Coast community keeps moving forward - and I don't just mean the delicious craft-beer scene (although, personally, that really helps)."

Vancouver & Victoria Top 10

1. Gastown

2. Stanley Park Seawall

3. Granville Island Public Market

4. Craft Beer

5. Grouse Mountain

6. Capilano Suspension Bridge

7. Chinatown

8. Asian Dining

9. Vancouver Art Gallery

10. Main Street

Visit the Gothic castle of Trakai with Insight Guides Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, each with its own strong individual identity and rich culture, are lands of vibrant capitals, exquisite architecture, pristine beaches and unspoilt rural landscapes.

Insight Guides Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Tallinn Old Town, Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation and Palmse Manor, and cultural gems like the imposing Gothic castle of Trakai, set on Lake Galve, the medieval fortress of Kuressaare on Saaremaa and the extraordinary Amber Musem in Palanga.

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Top 10

1. Tallinn Old Town

2. Palmse Manor

3. Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation

4. Gauja National Park

5. Art Nouveau, Riga

6. Saunas

7. Saaremaa

8. Trakai

9. The Curonian Spit

10. Amber Museum, Palanga

See the iconic landscape of Connemara with Insight Guides Ireland

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Ireland is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like the Giant's Causeway, Glendalough and the Glens of Antrim, and cultural gems like the iconic landscape of Connemara, the ancient tombs and rich flora of the Aran Islands, and the Rock of Cashel, a dramatic cluster of romantically ruined stone buildings dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Insight Guides Ireland (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

Ireland Top 10

1. The Giant's Causeway

2. Glendalough

3. Georgian Dublin

4. The Glens of Antrim

5. The Wild Atlantic Way

6. Connemara

7. Traditional Irish Music

8. The Burren

9. The Aran Islands

10. The Rock of Cashel

Enjoy the Palace of Versailles with Insight Guides France

It's capital may be one of the world's most celebrated cities of culture and a hard act to follow, but France's visitor appeal goes well beyond the charms of pairs.

Insight Guides France (Travel Guide with Free eBook)

From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to France is all you need to plan your perfect trip, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Paris, Mont-St-Michel and the Dordogne, and cultural gems like the extravagant Palace of Versailles, the pretty medieval towns of the Lot valley, and the beautiful Provence region, an inspiration for artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso.

France Top 10

1. Alsace

2. Versailles

3. Champagne

4. Mont-st-Michel

5. The Dordogne

6. Loire Valley Châteaux

7. Medieval Gems

8. Provence

9. Paris

10. French Cuisine