Friday, 25 May 2018

Great Britain - The Lake District & Cumbria (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Great Britain - The Lake District & Cumbria (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

‘No part of the country is more distinguished by its sublimity’, mused the grand old bard of the lakes, William Wordsworth, and a couple of centuries on his words still ring true. In terms of natural splendour, nowhere in England can compare to the Lake District.

- climb to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain

- spot the inspirations for Beatrix Potter’s tales at Hill Top

- cruise Coniston Water in stately 19th-century style on the Steam Yacht Gondola

Coverage includes: The Lake District, Windermere & Around, Troutbeck, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Elterwater & Great Langdale, Eskdale, Wasdale, Cockermouth, Keswick, Borrowdale, Buttermere, Ullswater & Around, Kendal, Cumbrian Coast, Northern & Eastern Cumbria, Carlisle, Penrith, Cartmel and Elterwater & Great Langdale.

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United Airlines launches seasonal Edinburgh-Washington connection

United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop seasonal service between Edinburgh and its Washington Dulles International Airport hub.

Marking this special occasion, customers, guests, United employees and crew joined Bob Schumacher, United managing director, sales, UK & Ireland, Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport and Keith Brown, Scottish government cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work for a special gate celebration.

The event included a Scottish piper welcoming the first passengers from the United States and a spectacular water cannon salute as United flight 147 departed Edinburgh for Washington.

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Norway - Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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If we could visit only one region of Norway and hope to grasp the essence of the country’s appeal, this would be it. Cool, cultured Bergen is one of the world’s most-beautiful cities, with its streets of whitewashed timber cottages climbing steep hillsides from the harbour.

- soak up the Hanseatic heritage of Norway’s most beautiful harbour in Bergen

- trek up to the edge of the dizzying, sky-topping cliff of Preikestolen

- take a leisurely cruise along the course of the stunning Lysefjord

Coverage includes: Bergen, Voss & Around, Myrkdalen, Stalheim, Hardangerfjord, Norheimsund, Øystese, Ulvik, Eidfjord, Kinsarvik, Lofthus, Utne, Odda, Røldal, Folgefonna National Park, Rosendal, Haugalandet, Haugesund, Karmøy Island, Stavanger, Lysefjord.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

White Nights Festival 2018 - Lonely Planet (PDF) St Petersburg


Visiting St Petersburg this summer? Be prepared for the annual spectacle of the White Nights festival. Inspired by the French cultural festival “Nuit Blanche”, the White Nights festival begins at the end of May with the "Stars of the White Nights" concert at the Mariinsky Theatre and Mariinsky Concert Hall and runs until the 31 July.

At this time of year in the northern hemisphere, it stays light into the night illuminating the buildings for sustained periods in a bright glow. Join an evening river cruise to view the spectacular Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museum in the world, and the breathtaking Winter Palace once home to the Russian tsars.

Held annually in the city since 1993, major highlights of the festival include ballet, opera and music. The Scarlet Sails celebration "Alye Parusa" with spectacular fireworks and a massive show celebrating the end of the school year: A series of carnivals take place during the White Nights Festival, the largest of which is in the Peterhof suburb of St. Petersburg where actors dressed in period costumes from the times of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great perform to the crowds. The Palace Square in St. Petersburg serves as a natural stage for numerous other events and shows, attracting international stars of popular music with performances here in the past by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and the Scorpions.


White Nights Festival: Friday, 01 June 2018 - Tuesday, 31 July 2018

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Lonely Planet launch their first phrasebook for travellers with disabilities


All travellers will get more out of their trip by being able to speak a few words of the local language, but for people with a disability it’s often vital to be able to explain their particular needs. Lonely Planet have gathered together key disability-specific words and phrases and translated them into languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. The Accessible Travel Phrasebook contains easy to use pronunciation guides, a glossary of common conditions and useful vocabularies relating to equipment needs and allergies, and is free to download.

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Qatar Airways launches Gatwick Airport connection




Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha touched down today at London Gatwick Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water salute.

The new double daily service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, makes London Gatwick the award-winning airline’s sixth gateway into the United Kingdom and second gateway to London.

The new route will provide even more flexibility and convenience to passengers travelling to London and will offer enhanced connectivity for passengers flying from the United Kingdom to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 150 destinations.

Over the summer period, flights to London Gatwick will further increase to 16 services per week on the popular route.

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Lonely Planet reveals their pick of the best European destinations to visit in 2018


Lonely Planet have announced their list of the most exciting European destinations to visit this year. Italian food paradise Emilia-Romagna takes the top spot closely followed by the Spanish region of Cantabria and this year’s European Capital of Culture, Friesland in the Netherlands. Closer to home, Dundee - a city reinvigorated in recent years - also makes the top 10.

With the busy holiday season fast approaching, this year's list showcases some of Europe's best hidden gems to beat the crowds over the summer months.

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Create your perfect trip with Lonely Planet's regional guides


What is a Regional Guide?

Heading to a popular region within a country? These guides provide the extra depth and detail you need. Following the same format and style as our Country and Multi-country guides, they help you get under the area’s skin to discover its defining characteristics, like its cuisine, markets, culture and festivals.

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- Create your perfect trip with our planning tools and suggested itineraries

- Lonely Planet's experts uncover hidden gems to make your visit unique

- Packed with inspiring images, walking tours and the best local knowledge

- Detailed listings on everything from top sights and activities to eating, shopping, nightlife and accommodation

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Amsterdam - Western Canal Ring (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Amsterdam - Western Canal Ring (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

This whole area is a Unesco World Heritage site and although the neighbourhood is loaded with high-profile sights, half the charm here is simply soaking up the atmosphere: from the street, from a boat, from a rooftop balcony or from cafe terrace.

- contemplate the amazing life and tragic death of Anne Frank, the most famous Dutch girl in history, in the poignant ‘secret annexe’ of the house where she and her family hid from the Nazis

- browse the speciality shops along the compact and captivating Negen Straatjes criss-crossed by picturesque canals

- scale the bell tower, see the Netherlands’ largest nave and catch a carillon recital in West-erkerk

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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Ireland - Counties Limerick & Tipperary (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Ireland - Counties Limerick & Tipperary (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

County Limerick’s s city streets have a gritty, honest vibrancy, and treasures abound in its lush, green country side. In contrast, Tipperary town is minor, but amid the county’s rolling hills, deep valleys and soaring mountains, it’s a peaceful place for quiet contemplation.

- explore the medieval remains of the Rock of Cashel, an ancient religious stronghold

- journey through tranquil bucolic landscapes and hike to high mountain lakes in the Glen of Aherlow

- discover Bronze Age, Iron Age, medieval and modern art treasures at the Hunt Museum, Limerick city’s top museum

Coverage includes: County Limerick, Limerick City, Adare & Around, Lough Gur, Kilmallock, County Tipperary, Tipperary Town, Glen of Aherlow & Galtee Mountains, Cashel & Around, Cahir, Mitchelstown Caves, Clonmel & Around, Fethard, Nenagh & Around.
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Greece - Ionian Islands (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Greece - Ionian Islands (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

From Corfu Town’s Parisian arcades to Zakynthos’ sea caves and waters that teem with turtles, each island has a distinct landscape and cultural history. The Ionian islands offer something for adventure seekers, food lovers, culture vultures and beach bums alike.

- explore world-class museums, fortresses, restaurants and Venetian, French and British architecture in Corfu Town.

- hop from one gorgeous harbour to another on the tiny pastoral island of Paxi

- savour the flavours in the waterfront restaurants of Kefallonia’s best-preserved historic village, Fiskardo

Coverage includes: Corfu, Corfu Town & Around, Paxi, Gaïos, Loggos, Lakka, Antipaxi, Lefkada, Lefkada Town, Vasiliki, Meganisi, Kefallonia, Argostoli & Around, Paliki Peninsula, Sami & Around, Fiskardo, Ithaki & Around, Vathy, Zakynthos & Around, Zakynthos Town, Kythira & Around, Hora (Kythira), Kapsali, Potamos, Agia Pelagia & Around.

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Sri Lanka - Colombo (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Sri Lanka - Colombo (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

Colombo has emerged as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it’s worth visiting in its own right and makes an ex-cellent start or finish to your trip.

- revel in the restoration of the compelling historic quarter of Fort

- plunge into Pettah’s timeless commercial madness of shops, stalls and markets

- catch a sunset amid families and courting couples on Galle Face Green, Colombo’s front lawn

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

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Great Britain - Stirling & Central Scotland (PDF Chapter) by Lonely Planet

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Great Britain - Stirling & Central Scotland (PDF Chapter)

Anything you ever dreamed about Scotland can be found here: lochs aplenty, from romantic Lomond to the picturesque Trossachs; castles, from royal Glamis to noble Stirling; whiskies, from honeyed Speyside to peaty Islay; and islands, from brooding Jura to emerald Iona.

- explore the lovely lochscapes and accessible walking and cycling routes of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

- pace through the historic birthplace of golf to play the famous Old Course at St An-drews

- admire the views across ancient independence battlefields from the magnificent Stirling Castle

Coverage includes: Best Places to Sleep, Stirling Region, Stirling, Fife, St Andrews, East Neuk, Falkland, Dunfermline, Culross, Dundee & Angus, Dundee, Arbroath, Ab-erdeenshire, Aberdeen, Around Aberdeen, Moray, Elgin, Dufftown & Aberlour, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Callander, Lochs Katrine & Achray, Killin, Argyllshire, Oban, Mull, Iona, Inveraray, Kilmartin Glen, Kintyre, Islay, Jura, Arran, Brodick & Around, Lochranza, West Coast, South Coast, Lamlash, When to Go.

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USA's Best Trips by Lonely Planet

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USA's Best Trips by Lonely Planet

Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet’s USA’s Best Trips. Featuring 52 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can cruise the cliffs along California’s Big Sur coast or roll alongside Appalachian hills, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet’s USA’s Best Trips:

- Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout

- Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests

- Get around easily - 120 easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions

- Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads

- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices

Coverage includes: New York & the Mid-Atlantic, New England, Florida & the South, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest and more

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