Thursday, 17 August 2017

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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2 FREE Budapest Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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Top Itineraries:
1. Budapest in Four Days
2. Essential Hungary (10 Days)

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Budapest & Hungary - Budapest

There’s no other city in Hungary like Budapest; everything of importance either starts or ends here. But it is the beauty of Budapest that makes it stand apart. See why unique, passionate, vibrant Budapest remains so unmissable.

- take in the views of the Danube and the rest of the city from Fishermen’s Bastion

- soak the afternoon away at Rudas Baths, a thermal bath dating from the days of the Turkish occupation

- ogle the sinuous curves and asymmetrical forms of the city’s incomparable art nouveau architecture at Royal Postal Savings Bank

Coverage includes: History, Sights, Activities, Courses, Tours, Festivals & Events, Sleeping, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Around Budapest, Gö-döllő.

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5 FREE Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet Top Itineraries


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Top Itineraries:
1. A Taste of the North (2 Weeks)
2. Essential Botswana & Victoria Falls (3 Weeks)
3. Secrets of Kalahari (2 Weeks)
4. Namibia All Over (3 Weeks)
5. Caprivi to Kaokoveld (2 Weeks)

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Botswana & Namibia - Botswana

Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa. There are more elephants in Botswana than anywhere on earth, the big cats roam free, and there’s abundant birdlife at every turn.

- enjoy the ultimate safari at Moremi Game Reserve, with some of the best wildlife-watching on earth

- glide gently through the vast unspoiled wilderness of Okavango Delta in a wooden mokoro (dugout canoe)

- get up close and personal with Africa’s largest elephant herds at Chobe National Park

Coverage includes: Gaborone & Around, Matsieng Rock Carvings, Mo-chudi, Gabane, Manyana, Thamaga, Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Otse, Kanye, Eastern Botswana, Palapye, Serowe, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Tswapong Hills, Francistown, Tuli Block, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans, Nata, Gweta, Sowa Pan, Ntwetwe Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Nxai Pans National Park, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Chobe Riverfront, Nogatsaa/Tchinga Area, Savuti, Linyanti Marshes, Okavango Delta, Maun, Shorobe, Eastern Delta, Inner Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Panhandle, Northwestern Botswana, Tsodilo Hills, Lake Ngami, Aha Hills, Gcwihaba (Drotsky’s Cave), Kalahari, Ghanzi, D’kar, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Khutse Game Reserve, Kang, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Understand Botswana, Botswana Today, History, People of Botswana, Religion, Arts & Crafts, Architecture, Dance, Literature, Music, Botswana Cuisine, Environment, National Parks & Reserves.

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7 FREE Bali & Lombok Lonely Planet Top Itineraries

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7 Itineraries covering: Bali & the Gilis (2 Weeks) * Total Bali & Lombok (3 Weeks) * Bali at a Slow Pace (3 Weeks) * Best of Bali (1 Week) * Bali Day Trips (1 Week) * Lombok Two Weeks * Gili Islands in One Week

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Bali & Lombok - Plan your trip (PDF Chapter)

Your journey to Bali & Lombok starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on the islands' hidden gems.

Coverage includes: Welcome to Bali & Lombok, Bali & Lombok’s Top 20, Need to Know, What’s New, If You Like…, Month by Month, Itineraries, Bali & Lombok Outdoors Travel with Children, and Regions at a Glance.

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FREE Beijing Lonely Planet Top Itineraries

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Day One: Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South * Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central
Day Two: Drum Tower & Dongcheng North * Beihai Park & Xicheng North
Day Three: The Great Wall * Sanlitun & Chaoyang
Day Four: Summer Palace & Haidian * Dashilar & Xicheng South

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Beijing city guide

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.

Coverage includes: Plan Your Trip, Neighbourhoods at a Glance, Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central, Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North, Temple of Heaven Park & Dōngchéng South, Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North, Dashilar & Xīchéng South, Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng, Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn, Day Trips from Běijīng, Sleeping, Understand Běijīng and Survival Guide.

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A museum dedicated to the artist Yayoi Kusama is opening in Tokyo in October

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibitions draw in crowds eager to admire her incredible kaleidoscopic pieces, polka-dotted pumpkins and reflecting infinity rooms. Now, the prolific 88-year-old will open her own museum in Tokyo in October, where guests can immerse themselves in her unique works.

A new website dedicated to the museum says that it will open on 1 October. The inaugural exhibition is entitled ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’ and will run until 25 February, 2018.

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Tokyo city guide

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Best of Barcelona 2018 city guide

Gaze in wonder at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, stroll along La Rambla and the ancient streets of the Barri Gotic, and take your pick of tapas joints.

Best of Barcelona 2018 city guide

Inside Lonely Planet’s Best of Barcelona Travel Guide:

- Zoom-in maps and images
- Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing
- 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 – cuisine, history, art, music, architecture, Catalan culture, politics.
- Free, convenient pull-out Barcelona map (included in print version), plus over 35 colour maps

Coverage Includes: Barri Gotic, La Rambla, La Ribera, La Sagrada Familia & L’Eixample, Parc Guell, El Raval, Barceloneta & the Waterfront, and more

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airBaltic announces host of new destinations for summer 2018

airBaltic has revealed its first destinations for the summer season of 2018, with Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Split (Croatia), Bordeaux (France) and Gdansk (Poland) added to the route map.

The new season starts on March 27th, 2018, with additional new destinations to be announced in future.

Wolfgang Reuss, senior vice president of network management at airBaltic, said: “So far 2017 has been an excellent year for airBaltic - already seven brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft have successfully joined our fleet as we are serving a growing family of customers.

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Best of London 2018 city guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Best of London is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.

Best of London 2017 city guide

Gallery hop along the Thames, explore dark history and glittering crown jewels in the Tower of London and sample real ale in historic pubs.

Inside Lonely Planet’s Best of London Travel Guide:

- Zoom-in maps and images
- Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing
- 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 – history, art, music, architecture, food & drink, literature, politics.
- Free, convenient pull-out London map (included in print version), plus over 39 colour maps

Coverage Includes: Westminster, the West End, the City, the South Bank, Camden, Islington, Notting Hill, Kensington, Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields, East London and more

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