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“A Selection of Good Buys”

If you were to read all the travel books available, you would have no time to take photographs.

How do you pick a few which will help you?

The books listed here have all been read and recommended by visitors to the locations covered in the Places to Photograph section.

They have all helped their readers to find their way around.

The Golden Triangle

This manuscript is, at first, a guide to Rajasthan and India, and it is that but it is also more in that it considers tourism from both an anthropological and sociological level.

Berger begins with statistics on tourism and other aspects of life in Rajasthan and India, and then considers how tourism in India compares with tourism in other important tourism destinations.

Insight Guides, the world's largest visual travel guide series, in association with Discovery Channel, the world's premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provides more insight than ever.

From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, Insight Guides capture the unique character of each culture with an insider's perspective.

The Rough Guide to Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra will guide you through India's most colourful and fascinating region, with reliable practical information and clearly explained cultural background.

Whether you're looking for great places to eat and drink, inspiring accommodation or the most exciting things to see and do, this guide will provide your solution.

Rajasthan is literally the Land of the Kings. Its battle-scarred heritage has bestowed legacies of pride and magnificent palaces and forts, many of which are now hotels and museums.
You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage.

Mont St Michel

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres is a record not of a literal jouney but of a meditative journey across time and space into the medieval imagination.

Using the architecture, sculpture, and stained glass of the two locales as a starting point, Adams breathes life into what others might see merely as monuments of a past civilization.

This 104-page, small pocket-sized book provides a concise overview of the region's key sights, with 15 tours and excursions taking in sights ranging from the Calvados coast to Mont St. Michel; as well as a chapter detailing Normandy's history and culture; and a comprehensive information section packed with hotel and restaurants listings, essential contact addresses and numbers.

"The Rough Guide to Brittany & Normandy" is the ultimate handbook for discovering the region, from the glorious medieval abbey of Mont-St-Michel to Monet's waterlily pond at Giverny, and the ancient Bayeux Tapestry.

You can discover walks and cycle trails through ancient forests and along stunning coastline, and learn more about the defining feature of the Breton landscape.

This is a guide to a popular region, home to St Malo, Honfleur and Mont St Michel three of France's top attractions.

This guide covers not only the beaches but also gives extensive coverage of the smaller villages or rural areas that are great for relaxing day trips; explores the region's food, culture as well as places of historic interest.


A fine, practical walking guide to North Wales, mixing classics with some interesting new routes.

The text for each walk runs to several pages, and is split about equally between directions and background information. The route maps do their job well - though separate topographical maps will be necessary, especially in the mountains.

This attractive and highly informative "Insight Compact Guide" is the ideal companion for your trip.

The top 10 sights are highlighted and colour-coded sections cover everything from history and culture, to entertainment, food and drink in an easy-to-read format.

The Rough Guide to Wales is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions in Wales.

Discover the vibrant regions of Wales from the world-famous Valleys and Welsh male voice choirs to the trendy bars of Cardiff Bay. Savour the gastronomic delights in Wales from regional wine to Welsh Laverbread, explore all corners of Wales on scenic walks.

A totally revamped guide, with new and enticing listings throughout.

Includes comprehensive coverage of Wales' attractions, from Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons and Anglesey, and offers extensive information on the many activities on offer throughout the country, from hiking up Snowdon to coasteering in Pembrokeshire.

Costa Rica

This is the one field guide the novice or experienced birder needs to identify birds in the field in the diverse habitats found in Costa Rica.

It features descriptions and illustrations of more than 820 resident and neotropical migrant species found in Costa Rica, all in a compact, portable design.

Full-color travel guide to the whole of Costa Rica, with comprehensive descriptions of all sights and attractions, and practical information.

This guide covers the whole of this lush land, with full-color photographs and maps throughout. The Features section focuses on Costa Rica’s history and its people and culture.

The Rough Guide to Costa Rica is the ultimate travel guide to this incredible country, offering astute information on everything from its magnificent national parks to its lively cultural festivals.

Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do throughout Costa Rica, whether you want to go turtle-watching in Tortuguero or surfing in Santa Teresa.

Whether it's whitewater rafting down the Reventazon River, sunbathing in laid-back Montezuma, quetzal-spotting in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, or swaying to reggae at an open-air bar in Cahuita, you decide.

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.

Komodo National Park

This colour guide takes the reader to 31 diving and snorkelling sites around Bali, including Lombok, Rinca and Komodo islands.

Details for each site include: depth; visibility; required expertise; bottom terrain; currents; marine life; safety tips; and history, geography and climate.

The guide covers the whole of this fascinating country in depth – from the beaches, festivals and temples of Bali to the spectacular coral reefs of Sulawesi, the ancient culture and cities of Java to the forests of Sumatra and Kalimantan - with full-color photographs and maps throughout.

The Features section focuses on Indonesia’s history, wildlife, cuisine, and culture.

In-depth coverage of all the sights from Bali's stunning white beaches and temples tothe enigmatic ruins of Java and the jungles of Sumatra. The best places to surf, dive and trek and comprehensive listings of the best-value accommodation and eateries for all budgets.

A detailed section provides the reader with informed background on Indonesia's history, religions, and music.

With a Lonely Planet guidebook you'll get the best out of your Indonesian trip.

This edition of "Indonesia" will take you to the best beaches and bars in Bali, through lush paddy fields in Sumatra, diving with turtles off the Gilis in Lombok and to a traditional dance in Ubud.


Over a five-year period the classical scholar and art historian Nigel McGilchrist visited every corner of this island, exploring by all available means every place of historical and cultural interest.

Enhanced by detailed site plans and maps specially drawn by Nick Hill Design, this unique book will be a must-have possession for everyone who loves this wonderful island.

Large map of Lesvos at 1:75,000 (1 inch = 1.183 mile), suitable for cycling and hiking, sheet size 108 x 77 cm / 42.5 x 30 in. The map is clear and easy to read, with large icons highlighting places of interest.

Topography of the island is shown by relief shading plus spot heights and colouring for woodland. All place names are given in both Greek and Latin alphabet.

This book has provided a genuine and up-to-date Birder's Guide to the Greek island of Lesvos. It starts with short sections about Lesvos culture, history and the like but rapidly builds into a logically-sectioned "where to see what bird" guide with detailed instructions concerning where to turn off the major roads, what areas not to park on, where not to point optics (army bases!), what birds to expect and even pointers to friendly Tavernas.

Each walk starts with an indication of the total distance and walking time. There is then a map with the route, as described in the text, highlighted from the other surrounding paths and tracks. This makes the book very easy to use, especially by those to whom map reading does not come easily.

Where appropriate, indications are given where walks may be combined for a longer day out.


Clear colour-coded sections enable you to locate the information you need easily and include places to go, history of the area and interesting facts, and things to do, including shopping, sports, children's activities, nightlife and much more.

The Top 10 attractions are highlighted, allowing you to set priorities for your stay and ensure you don't miss out on the best Sydney has to offer.

This is the perfect companion when exploring this vibrant and friendly city, revealing its history and cultural flavour through 14 irresistible walks and tours, which link the sights from the iconic

Sydney Harbour to golden Bondi Beach and out into the Blue Mountains. All tours are complete with easy-to-follow maps, places to eat and drink en route and a wealth of practical information.

Sydney's vibrant dining scene listing Sydney restaurants and cafés in up-and-coming neighbourhoods as well as in the ever-changing city centre.

An entire chapter is devoted to Sydney's bars and pubs, while further sections include Kids' Sydney, Shopping in Sydney, and Gay Sydney, where you'll find an overview of the city's legendary Mardi Gras, just one of a year-round calendar of exciting and unusual festivals.

Explore this dazzling city with our insider tips on everything from beautiful bays to the best restaurants.

Wander the atmospheric streets, top sights and local hideaways with nine walking tours.

Tackle the Harbour Bridge and drink in the spectacular views from the top Chow down on the catch of the day at a Darling Harbor waterfront restaurant.


The city's top 10 attractions are conveniently identified on a dedicated double-page spread to help you plan your trip and ensure that you see the very best sights and include Basilica di San Marco, The Grand Canal, The Accademia, Bridge of Sighs and the spectacular Palazzo Ducale. The brand new 'A Perfect Day in Venice' feature is designed to link all the most exclusive experiences that won't fail to inspire you.

This brand new edition provides a comprehensive and highly visual introduction to Venice; over 600 superb photographs capture the history, local people and variety of everyday life in Italy's most magical city. The 'Places' section provides a detailed, district-by-district exploration of all the places to visit and principal sites along the way are clearly cross-referenced by number to the full-colour maps.

Slim, stylish and utterly pocketable, it comes with a full-colour pull-out map to help you find your way around - the only map of its kind to be marked with every single listing from the guide. The easy-to-use Pocket Rough Guide Venice includes brand new itineraries and a Best of Venice section picking out the highlights you won't want to miss, plus detailed listings to guide you to the best the places to eat.

Our new look city guides are now easier to use than ever.

Marble palaces balanced atop wooden poles, commuters crossing the Grand Canal standing in gondolas, prosecco bottles popping in tight quarters: Venice and its surrounding islands defy all common sense, and choose wonder instead.


From a night out in Dublin to souvenir shopping and fishing, from Ireland's rugged landscapes to vibrant cities, it's all found in this new edition Ireland Berlitz Pocket Guide Guide - a new edition in the best-selling Berlitz Pocket Guide range. City plans of Dublin and Belfast are also included in this guide. Small in size and big on content, this guide actually fits into a pocket - perfect for a weekend or longer trip away.

The Insight guide to Ireland features outstanding full-colour photography alongside comprehensive text, with this brand new edition containing over 250 stunning photographs.

The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.

The Rough Guide to Ireland is the definitive guide to this fascinating island with its world-renowned pubs, historical sites, spectacular landscapes and pulsating nightlife.

It will guide you through Ireland with reliable information and a clearly explained background on everything from traditional sports and music to the country's history and literature.

Ireland is small country with a big reputation, helped along by a timeless, age-caressed landscape and a fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome. Inside this book -
- New special planning features
- Inspirational photo essays
- Advice on Ireland's wildlife
- Extensive new front-of-book
planning features and tools as well as a special pull-out map of Dublin.

The Lake District

Packed with hundreds of ideas for places to visit and things to do, this is a handy pocket-sized reference to Britain’s most popular lake district destinations.

Discover rural areas, heritage coastline and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Included are recommendations for essential sights and must-visit locations as well as in-depth background histories on towns and villages.

The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, as well as other local points of interest.

All walks are annotated with places to visit along the way: 'While You're There', featuring churches, country houses, museums, villages and towns. Each walk also has refreshment information.

Whether you're looking for a walker's hostel or boutique hotel, cafe or gastro-pub, farmhouse B&B or country-house hotel, this guide has the lowdown on all the best deals.

There's detailed information on the best way to get around by public transport, while special features on the great outdoors focus on local walks, classic hikes, mountain climbs, lake cruises and family adventures.

“Nowhere in Britain can compare to the Lake District.

It’s home to some of the nation’s most breathtaking natural landscapes, as well as its most beloved national park.”

- Oliver Berry, Lonely Planet Writer


Helsinki keeps a big secret and travelers are only now beginning to realize just how much the city has to offer. With a strategic archipelago location, surrounded by the Baltic Sea, the city's cool urban lifestyle mixes seamlessly with its prominent Russian history. Mooch around the numerous museums and galleries, enjoy a classical opera, or join the in-crowd on a tour of the most stylish restaurants, bars, and clubs.

This fully updated new edition features illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 brand new and inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring Finland's people and places to life, at the turn of a page. The top attractions are highlighted in a dedicated, illustrated feature enabling you to plan your trip priorities and ensuring you see the very best Finland has to offer.

The essential companion to this fascinating Scandinavian country with clear maps and coverage of all the best attractions. Packed with stunning photography and colour illustrations, explore the must-see highlights from the best summer and winter activities - including skiing, snowmobiling and reindeer and husky driving - to the remote villages that come to life in the summertime, with lake cruises and island hopping.

Nobody knows Finland like Lonely Planet. Our 6th edition has all you need to make the most of your trip, whether you're marvelling at the aurora borealis in snowy Lapland, admiring cutting-edge design in Helsinki, hiking the stunning Karhunkierros or immersing yourself in the festival spirit at Turku's Ruisrock.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit.

New Zealand

Immerse yourself in Maori culture or in a steamy, bubbling mud pool; surf in the sunshine or raft in cave darkness. New Zealand s North Island has something for everyone!

Lonely Planet authors immerse themselves in the destination, visiting the must-see attractions as well as tracking down the new and undiscovered, leaving no stone unturned to find the best experiences.

Insight Guide New Zealand is the complete full-colour guide to this spectacular destination.

The history, geography and culture of New Zealand are explored in a series of lively features, while our Best of New Zealand section helps you to prioritise which sights to see. Hundreds of inspiring colour photographs bring the extraordinary landscapes to life.

The definitive guide to the world's adventure capital. With expert guidance you won't put a foot wrong when experiencing Maori culture or simply striking out on multi-day hikes. At every point this guide steers you to little-known sights such as secluded hot pools or Wellington's best cafés. Insider tips, planning itineraries and author picks give you the inside scoop on the best accommodation across every price range.

Plucked straight from a film set or a coffee-table book of picture-perfect scenery, New Zealand is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Charles Rawlings-Way, Lonely Planet Writer. You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition.

Inside this book are some Pull-out touring maps.


The unique ‘A to Z Guide to Santorini’ The ‘A to Z’ series are the only travel guides that combine the printed book with the full power of the Internet. Purchase of the book entitles you to free membership of the ‘A to Z Travel Club’, hosted on our website, which offers many benefits totally free including - • Over 40 high quality photographs, videos and panoramas • Discount at many businesses on Santorini, including hotels, restaurants, car hire and entertainment.

This guide includes a chapter detailing the history and culture of the major Aegean Islands, 15 itineraries taking in sights ranging from a caique trip to 2200-year-old Akrotiri, leisure-time suggestions, and a comprehensive information section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Dozens of photographs and maps, including a detailed pull-out map, are featured in the guide.

The Rough Guide Snapshot to the Cyclades guides you through each island in the group with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions from unforgettable sunsets over Santorini and the unspoilt beaches of Milos to the winding lanes of Mykonos Town and the cool mountain trails of Naxos. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible.

Lonely Planet Greek Islands is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Meander down the cobbled alleyways of Rhodes Old Town, unwind on sandy stretches of Greece's remote shores, or catch the Santorini sunset; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Greek Islands and begin your journey now!

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