Books about United Kingdom

Rick Steves’ Great Britain

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Great Britain.

With this guide, you’ll explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush green fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Wander the sheep-dotted hillsides of the Lake District, and stroll the promenade at the kitschy beach resort of Blackpool. On Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, ask a proud Scot about the local whisky. Trace Britain’s history from prehistoric Stonehenge to Roman Bath, and from tout Welsh castles to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax at a neighborhood pub, sharing a chat and a pint with a friendly local.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in big cities and small villages. You’ll learn how to travel by train, bus, or car and discover which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Lonely Planet Great Britain (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Great Britain is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, explore the many sides of Edinburgh, or try new versions of British pub favourites at a gastropub; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Great Britain and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Great Britain 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 – history, architecture, landscape, wildlife, literature, cinema, television, music, painting, sculpture, theatre, sports, cuisine, politics.
Free, convenient pull-out London map (included in print version), plus over 150 colour maps
Covers London, Canterbury, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Yorkshire, Newcastle, The Lake District, Cardiff, Snowdonia, Glasgow, Argyll, Inverness, Stirling and more

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain is your indispensable guide to England, Scotland, and Wales. This fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, such as Stonehenge and Big Ben.

The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide will help you to discover Great Britain region by region — whether you are most interested in local festivals and markets or day trips around the countryside. Street-by-street maps of key cities and towns will help you get the most out of your trip, and insider tips and essential local information showcases the best of Great Britain’s restaurants, pubs, shops, hotels, and more.

What’s new in DK Eyewitness Travel Guides:

New itineraries based on length of stay, regional destinations, and themes.
Brand-new hotel and restaurants listings including DK’s Choice recommendations.
Restaurant locations plotted on redrawn area maps and listed with sights.
Redesigned and refreshed interiors make the guides even easier to read.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Great Britain truly shows you this destination as no one else can.

Fodor’s London 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of London, including its iconic sights, historic neighborhoods, and the latest restaurants, hotels, boutiques, and galleries. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace
PERFECT HOTELS for every budget
BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes
GORGEOUS FEATURES on the Tower of London and the Thames
VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save
INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts
COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip

Michelin Green Guide Great Britain (Green Guide/Michelin)

New Green Guide Great Britain, completely updated with increased coverage and more photos, features the country’s rich culture, heritage and history. Discover Britain’s three unique countries through Michelin’s driving and walking tours, celebrated star-rating system for attractions and activities, respected maps, full-color photos, and recommendations for places to stay and eat. Explore the British Museum, beach-hop on the Pembrokeshire coast, or discover the Grampian Castles of Aberdeen’s hinterland. With this guide you’ll see the best of Great Britain.

Books about Ukraine

Ukraine, 4th Edition

Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. Evolving rapidly, the country offers visitors an unrivalled combination of old and new. Updated throughout, Ukraine highlights towns and villages well off the beaten track, and goes into greater depth than its competitors, with more detail on the history, culture and sights, and more entertaining reviews of hotels and restaurants. The practical information highlights how to get there by bus, rail and boat. The culture section features new writers of independent Ukraine and the history section has been updated to cover all the events that followed Yanukovych’s election in 2010.

Language and Travel Guide to Ukraine

Just slightly smaller than Texas, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. With its rich dark soil and vast fields of wheat, Ukraine is also known as the bread basket of Europe.
Originally published in 1994, this best-selling guide to a scenic and culturally rich country has been completely revised and updated for its fifth edition. With new color photos, maps and sites of interest, along with details about visas and customs, hotels, travel agents, established restaurants, art galleries, shopping and local traditions.This guide offers a goldmine of information for travellers, and shines a light on unspoiled places, while larger cities such as Lviv, Kiev and Odessa are covered in depth. The language section is designed to cover situations encountered by a newcomer to the country, and includes notes intended specifically for students and businesspeople. This book contains useful advice on everything from planning the trip and appropriate gifts for hosts, to proposing to a Ukrainian should you happen to fall in love. An additional section on items that can confuse even the most seasoned traveller to Ukraine, such as abbreviated signage, rounds out this resourceful guidebook.

Ukraine (Other Places Travel Guide)

Palaces that emerge from the mountains, beaches with names like “New World,” ski resort towns straight out of a Bond film, and clubs where passwords must be whispered to enter – it must be Ukraine. A secret favorite of backpackers for years, Ukraine is finally getting recognized by the outside world for what it is: a can’t miss travel destination.

This unique travel guide provides insight into Ukraine’s vast history in a – dare we say – fun way. Travelers will be eased into this Eastern European country’s cultural norms and introduced to its taboos in order to avoid embarrassing cross-cultural no-no’s. With transliterations of all entries, first-hand reviews and recommendations, and a focus on the country’s must-see places and off-the-beaten-path gems, this guidebook will act like your international chaperone; making falling in love with Ukraine that much easier.

The author, Ashley Hardaway, has lived and worked in Ukraine for over two years; getting to know the culture overtime through the slow-burn of a budding relationship. This isn’t merely a one-off observation – this is true love.

– Explore the “secret-city” of Balaclava and tour its hidden nuclear submarine base.
– Blaze new trails in hidden ski towns where military-grade vehicles serve as impromptu ski-lifts.
– Uncover the odd bars of Lviv, its speakeasies and how to get in.
– Sleep in the grandiose apartments of past oligarchs in Odessa.
– Drink horilka with the locals and learn to toast with the best of them.
– Have an existential crisis while touring the deserted town of Prypiat in Chernobyl.
– Learn why Ukrainians fear “the draft,” why not to whistle indoors, and what is meant by a flick of the neck.

Lonely Planet Ukraine (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Ukraine 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. Descend into catacombs to see mummies in Kyiv, hike to Ukraine’s highest peak – Mt. Hoverla, or watch the old Soviet-era trams rumble past in Lviv; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ukraine and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Ukraine Travel Guide:

Colour maps and images throughout
Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including customs, history, Chernobyl, art, literature, sport, music, architecture, politics, and cuisine
Over 45 maps
Coverage of Kyiv, Crimea, Lviv, Odesa, Yalta, Kamyanets-Podilsky, Chernihiv, Uman, Poltava, Transcarpathia, Podillya, Polissya, Ternopil, Kolomyya, Bakhchysaray, Sudak, Ploshcha Rynok, Andriyivsky Uzviz, Bukovyna, Lutsk, Southern Bessarabia, and more

Ukraine – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

This revised and updated edition of Culture Smart! Ukraine reveals a country in the throes of change. The euphoria of the famous Orange Revolution has vanished. The momentum for reform has been checked and the forces of authoritarianism have returned. Even so, modernization continues apace and people are eager to be seen as European.

The recent political instability highlights the contradictions of Ukrainian society. Ukrainians are proud of their roots, and reticent about the traumas of their past; the country participates in international space programs and produces the world’s largest aircraft, but still lives in a world of superstitions.

The Ukrainian way of life is intertwined with ancient customs, the old Soviet legacy, and the search for a new European identity.
What strikes visitors to this fascinating and important country is the heady mix of ancient history and youthful energy, the resilience of the people, and their generosity of spirit. For the twentieth anniversary of its independence, Ukraine received quite a present—hosting the key matches of Euro 2012. Now it has a game of its own: to show the world that it is a serious player.

This new edition of Culture Smart! Ukraine will enable you to visit the country with open eyes. It describes the history that has shaped the Ukrainian psyche, explains present-day values and attitudes, and offers practical advice on what to expect and how to behave. It aims to make you feel at ease, whether you are shopping in a market, dining out, or attending a business meeting.

Books about Turkey

Lonely Planet Turkey (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Turkey is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia’s honeycomb landscapes, walk amid the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or soak in a hamam in Antalya’s atmospheric old quarter; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Turkey and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Turkey 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 customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine
Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus over 100 colour maps
Covers Istanbul, Thrace, Marmara, Gallipoli Peninsula, Izmir, Ephesus, Bodrum, Anatolia, Pammukale, Antalya, Ankara, Cappadocia, Aegean Coast, Turquoise Coast, Mediterranean Coast, Black Sea Coast, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Turkey, our most comprehensive guide to Turkey, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Looking for just the highlights? Check out Lonely Planet’s Discover Turkey, a photo-rich guide to the country’s most popular attractions.
Looking for a guide focused on Istanbul? Check out Lonely Planet’s Istanbul guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; Discover Istanbul, a photo-rich guide to the city’s most popular attractions; or Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. This fully updated guidebook includes 3-D cutaway illustrations, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of Turkey’s major cities and towns.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey will help you to discover this country region-by-region — from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops for all budgets, and practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus, or car.

With hundreds of photographs, illustrations, and maps, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Turkey shows you what others only tell you.

Rick Steves’ Istanbul

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Istanbul.

Following Rick’s self-guided tours, you’ll experience the wonders of East and West in this fascinating city—the capital of two great empires. Explore one of the world’s largest domed churches, haggle with merchants in the exotic Grand Bazaar, and discover the secrets of the sultan’s harem in Topkapi Palace. Wander through monumental mosques, shop along sophisticated avenues, and watch whirling dervishes in action. Cruise the Bosphorus for a quick trip to Asia, and end the day relaxing in a Turkish bath.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You’ll learn how to get around on the city’s trams and ferries, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Insight Guides: Turkey

Insight Guide Turkey is a comprehensive full-colour guide to the culture, history and people of this varied and youthful country. Be inspired by our Best of Turkey section highlighting unmissable sights and experiences and lavish Photo Features on topics such as Turkish cafés, carpets and kilims and the great outdoors. A detailed Places section, with stunning travel photography and full-colour maps, shows you where to go and what to do, from from the bright lights of Istanbul to ancient monuments, amazing landscapes and characterful old towns – making sure you don’t miss anything. A comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the travel advice you need to plan your trip, with our selective, independent reviews to guide you to the most authentic hotels and restaurants.

Turkey – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Standing astride two continents and stretching from Europe to the Middle East, Turkey is both feared by the West and wooed by it. Travelers have always been drawn to its glorious cultural heritage and heroic landscapes, and today, thanks to its burgeoning economy, growing geo-political importance, and young population, it is attracting more foreign visitors than ever.

This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Turkey reveals a nation in transition. Over the last two decades living conditons have improved greatly and Turkey is now classified as a developed country with an emerging market economy. Viewed by many as a model for outward-looking Islam, it is a country with laws to protect against religious paternalism, where restaurants are open during the fast of Ramadan, and where headscarves or no scarves can be worn in universities, schools, and public offices. Turkey continues to seek EU membership, but the road to accession has been full of twists and turns and the outcome is uncertain.

The country is rapidly modernizing. The cities are being transformed with skyscrapers and gated communities. Politically, Turkey has changed dramatically over the past decade and today society is polarized between secularists and traditionalists. While Turkey is in many ways Western and modern, Islamic tendencies are strong. The situation can vary widely between, and even within, different parts of society, and, across the board, there are still forms of behaviour that are taboo. One thing is certain. Turkey’s culture and social life are changing.

Culture Smart! Turkey is an invaluable guide to the intricate ins and outs of a rich and complex society. Whether you are planning a vacation or traveling on business, it is vital to be aware of appropriate behavior in different situations, and if you show a genuine interest in their culture and respect for their values, you will win the lasting friendship of your hosts.

Books about Switzerland

Rick Steves’ Switzerland

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Switzerland.

This book guides you through bustling Zürich and charming Luzern, colorful with flower-bedecked bridges. Crisscross the mountains on cable cars, trains, and hiking paths. Find an alpine retreat in the cliff-hanging village of Gimmelwald. Marvel at the Matterhorn, relax in Lugano, and take an unforgettable swim in Bern. Cruise Lake Geneva and savor the cozy small-town atmosphere of Appenzell. After a day of sightseeing and hiking the Alps, treat yourself to a glass of local wine, cheese fondue, and delicious Swiss chocolate.

Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in cities, villages, and resort towns. You’ll learn how to plan scenic rail journeys, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Lonely Planet Switzerland (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Switzerland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ski through fresh powder in the Swiss Alps, listen to cowbells while enjoying a picnic in a mountain meadow, or feast on fondue in Gruyeres; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Switzerland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Switzerland Travel Guide:

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 customs, history, art, literature, cinema, alpine villages, architecture, sports, landscapes, cuisine, wine, and more
Over 70 local maps
Covers Geneva, Lake Geneva, Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Jura, Basel, Aargau, Mittelland, Bernese Oberland, Valais, Central Switzerland, Zurich, Northeastern Switzerland, Ticino, Liechtenstein, Graubunden, and more

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photography, and illustrations of any guide.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland is your in-depth guide to the very best of Switzerland.

Whether you’re on the hunt for alpine scenery, folklore and music, or local festivals and markets, our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide will be your partner on an unforgettable visit to Switzerland. Take day trips around the countryside; enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or snowboarding; or simply take in the idyllic countryside and stunning views of Lake Geneva. Packed with insider tips, our guide to Switzerland includes the best hotels for every budget and the most fun places to take children and experience the best that Switzerland has to offer.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland

Detailed itineraries and “don’t miss” destination highlights at a glance.
Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
Area maps marked with sights.
Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Switzerland truly shows you Switzerland as no one else can.

Fodor’s Switzerland (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Switzerland, including the majestic Swiss Alps, charming villages and lakeside vistas, and Zürich’s cultural riches. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Lake Geneva to the Matterhorn
PERFECT HOTELS for every budget
BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes
GORGEOUS FEATURES on train rides, hiking, and fondue
VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save
INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts
COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip

National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland

From bustling Zurich to the Swiss capital of Bern, from the Matterhorn in Zermatt to the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the south, National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland guides you to the better- and lesser-known sights of this pristine European country. In between, you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures–including hundreds of museums, architectural masterpieces, parks, and lakes–Switzerland has to offer.

Among the special features of National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland are sidebars detailing experiences throughout the country, to make sure that you get to know the culture, and the people, inside and out. You can learn about Swiss watchmaking in Biel, for example, make your own Swiss chocolate at a culinary workshop, and find the best local designers’ clothing in Zurich. Insider tips, in addition, provided by an array of National Geographic experts–photographers, writers, and grantees who have spent significant time in Switzerland–direct you to favorite restaurants, festivals, and other information that only locals know. Guided walks and drives are always a popular feature in our guides, and in National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland, these include a drive across the famous Great St. Bernard Pass, a hike through Appenzellerland and the Lake Constance region, and a walk from Sugiez to Môtier through the countryside during grape harvest.

To top it off, an extensive Travelwise section at the back of the guide provides hand-picked hotels and restaurants, tour recommendations, and a glossary that covers must-know words.