What bloggers are saying about Marco Polo Guides

Our travel guides are often found in the hands of travel bloggers and who better to put them to the test! Here is what a few of them had to say about Marco Polo Guides:

Heels in My Backpack

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Rome Spiral Guide: “It’s difficult when you’re visiting somewhere for the first time and only have a short amount of time to experience it. How are you meant to prioritise what to do? Should you just hit the big time high profile sights? Try to go off the beaten path?

Well this is the predicament I was in when I visited Rome last month. My Anchored cruise was departing on the Sunday and I decided to fly in on the Friday night so I could enjoy a full Saturday of Rome goodness. So essentially I needed to experience Rome in a day… I mean I know Rome wasn’t built in a day so presumably it would be difficult to see it all in a day, right?

Enter my brand new and shiny Marco Polo Spiral Guide to Rome.

To maximise my time, I thought I’d try out one of their ‘Perfect Day’ itineraries to make sure I was making the most of this glorious day.

And it really was glorious, it was 33 degrees celsius on this particular day. Not the ideal temp for walking around in the boiling sun all day, but hey, I went with it.
There are several day itineraries in the guide but I decided to go for the ‘Ancient City’ variation. Mainly because it included the Colosseum and I’m basic like that. But also because it looked like it had a good mix of the big sights I had heard of and under the radar gems.” See the full post here: heelsinmybackpack.com.

The Sunny Side of This

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Brussels Pocket Guide: “My favorite parts of their guide were the Do’s and Dont’s of Belgium (particularly the driving laws of the city), the useful phrases section both in French and Dutch, and their Discovery Tours suggestions. For this review we did a little bit of a mix and match of their Discovery Tours section, given that we had the baby with us and we wanted to go around by public transportation.

We were also very relieved that the restaurant suggestions all come with the place’s schedules. Restaurants in Brussels are usually not open on Sundays, and only open during lunch time or dinner (ex. 12-2, and 6-9pm). Luckily, the park we visited had a festival that particular weekend and it was filled with food trucks!” Read more on thesunnysideofthis.com.

Sophie’s Suitcase

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London Spiral Guide: “I had a lovely 48 wandering London and used my trusty guide to keep me heading in the right direction and I came across so many lesser known shops, cafes and restaurants because of this. Marco Polo Travel Guide books trump other equivalent maps because each time the book mentions a place, whether it’s a cafe, bar or landmark, it also makes sure it references the map co-ordinates too so that you can find the place super easy. BINGO!” See the full post on sophiessuitcase.com.

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Paris Spiral Guide: “We also sat down with a cup of tea and planned the next 48 hours of our lives, in beautiful Paris! I don’t know why but I hadn’t really asked for tips and tricks from the internet and instead was relying solely on my new Marco Polo Travel Guide to get us from one spot to another.

As we were only going to be in Paris for 48 hours we circled the places we really wanted to visit, and then crossed a few others off the list that we would save for another trip. We mapped out our route for the days and used the book to find out opening times, entry prices and how we would get there.” Read more on sophiessuitcase.com.

Tara Povey – Where is Tara

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Dublin Spiral Guide: “If it’s your first time in Dublin, especially if you’re just visiting for a weekend, you might feel a bit overwhelmed about where to begin and how to really make the most of your time to experience the best that the city has in store. Never fear. Marco Polo and I are here to help you out. Marco Polo, you ask? The famous explorer? Well, kind of – The Marco Polo Dublin guide, stuffed to the gills with useful information. It’s a real gem when it comes to maximizing your time and planning your trip. Each part of the city is handily dealt with in separate sections. It’s easy to see at a glance which attractions are close to each other, how to get to them, and where to find great food without going out of your way. Navigating and finding your way around has never been easier.” Find out more on whereistara.com.

Alice – Teacake Travels

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London Spiral Guide: “There’s just so much to see and do around London! You could spend months and months here without barely scratching the surface. Yet, when time is so short, we need to get to the point!

What if you want to do something different, like that time I set out to discover the street art scene in Shoreditch? What if you want to see a different side of London, hangout in places that you won’t find in most guidebooks, see the city’s charmingly British eccentricity and hit up some of the most weird London attractions?

You could spend hours searching for tidbits online or alternatively arm yourself with my advice and a copy of the Marco Polo London spiral guide.

Divided into sections for different parts of the city, each chapter has a handy map and suggestions on how to maximize your time, leaving you able to discover the different parts of London with ease. There’s also terrific digestible recommendations for places to eat and drink in here, to stop you feeling overwhelmed from all the wonderful dining options in London!” See the full post on teacaketravels.com.

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Marco Polo in Amsterdam

Our guide books have been around the world but this time we got to go with them!

Amsterdam remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and summer is the peak tourist season in this idyllic Dutch metropolis. That is why we decided to take to the streets of Amsterdam and give out exactly one hundred copies of our Marco Polo Amsterdam Pocket Guide.

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

Marco Polo in Amsterdam

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, we parked ourselves outside the beautiful Amsterdam Central Station with a suitcase full of books. The station area is a great place for finding tourists as the train connection between Amsterdam and the airport is the preferred method of getting to the city for many travellers.

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

Marco Polo’s own Hayley and Senja ready to hand out some guides

 

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

A suitcase full of guides

With guide books in our hands we set to the task. Soon we spotted our first travellers who at first couldn’t believe that we were giving the books away just like that, no strings attached! Well lucky them, this time the lunch – or the book as it were – was free. In no time, there were dozens of tourists, ready to explore the city with their new Amsterdam Pocket Guides.

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

How to really experience Amsterdam: on a bike with the Marco Polo Amsterdam Pocket Guide

 

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

We were looking to find as many tourists as we could so we had plopped our suitcase down next to a map of Amsterdam. Of course, it turned out to be a great place to come across tourists as even in this age of smartphones and Google Maps, nothing beats a real map. In our bright yellow Marco Polo shirts, we looked every bit the knowledgeable travel guide and were bombarded with questions. Fortunately, we had some real Amsterdam insiders with us who were more than happy to share their tips on how to best get around the city. The pull-out maps that come with our pocket guides were also welcomed with great enthusiasm.

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

Even in the age of smartphones and Google Maps, nothing beats a map

 

After only a little more than an hour, our suitcase was empty and all of our pocket guides were on their way to exciting Amsterdam adventures with their new owners. We had many lovely encounters with people from all over the world, all excited and ready to enjoy their trip. We hope that our Amsterdam pocket guides came in handy and helped people to experience the city to the max!

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

Flipping through the pages of their new pocket guide

 

Marco Polo Guides Amsterdam

Our Marco Polo team got plenty of attention

 

We had a lovely time in the sunny Amsterdam, and if you wish to see more of our Amsterdam adventure, check out the short video below! 

 

 

Buy the Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Guide.

Amsterdam Marco Polo Guide

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NEW: MY WAY Travel Journals

We are proud to introduce MY WAY Travel Journals! This exciting new series are now available from marco-polo.com and all good retailers! 

MY WAY Travel Journals

Every journey is a unique experience. Everyone travels differently.

Some like it hot, others love the cold. Everyone remembers delicious food, special encounters, favourite places, and secret insider tips in their own way. And none of it should be lost. That’s why Marco Polo has created MY WAY.

With Marco Polo MY WAY Travel Journals every journey becomes unforgettable!

  •  4 cover designs with tactile finish
  • Over 100 stickers to personalise your own travel diary
  • Special pocket at the back of each journal for keepsakes
  • Handy elastic band bookmark
  • Pocket-sized format

If you have ever wished that you had kept a diary of a special trip, not just photographs, ticket stubs and postcards, but a record of your thoughts and emotions throughout, then Marco Polo MY WAY travel journals are for you!

MY WAY Travel Journals

With themed stickers at the back of each book, you can individually arrange and design your own travel record – before, during and after your trip.

MY WAY Travel Journals

You have the opportunity to give special experiences more space or less – depending on what is most important to you.

MY WAY Travel Journals

With four stylish tactile covers to choose from and 160 pages in each journal, there is plenty of space to record everything from your initial travel checklist to travel companions, favourite places, insider tips and most embarrassing moments – turning the finished book into a wonderful memento to treasure forever.

4 cover designs available: 

MY WAY Travel Journals
Jungle cover – 978 3829769488     Buy now!

MY WAY Travel Journals Citymap cover – 978 3829769471     Buy now!

MY WAY Travel Journals
Passport cover – 978 3829769495     Buy now!

MY WAY Travel Journals Beach cover – 978 3829769464     Buy now!

Specification Details
Pub Date: June 2016
RRP: £7.99
Dimensions: 185 x 120mm
Pages: 160

MY WAY Travel Journals

What do you think? Have you ever used a travel journal? If not, is it time to start now?

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Which guide book is right for you?

Create your perfect trip with Marco Polo Pocket Guides, Spiral Guides  and Travel Handbooks.

What kind of traveller are you? 

Every traveller is different. Different wants, different needs, different interests, different budgets… the list is endless!

Whether you are a planner who enjoys researching in advance, or a time-poor traveller who wants to make the most of every minute, we aim to provide the perfect travel companion for your trip. To help you pick which guide book is right for you, here’s our run down for each of our three guide book series:

 

Marco Polo Pocket Guides

Marco Polo Pocket Guides

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Ideal for travellers who only have a few days to explore
  • Pocket-sized (190 x 110mm)
  • Paperback
  • 120 to 192 pages
  • Includes a street atlas AND pull-out map
  • 110 titles available
  • RRP £6.99

ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • Compact, full-colour guides packed with Insider Tips.
  • Now with NEW Discovery Tours chapter – each guide has 4 to 5 specially tailored tours helping readers to discover hidden gems and get off the beaten track.
  • Insider Tips – from locals who have the inside track on what’s hot and what’s not, including great sights to see for free, what to do if it rains, and places to relax and chill out.
  • Hidden gems – offering a real insight, with personal recommendations for all occasions and moods.
  • A street atlas and pull-out map – taking you straight to the highlights of each destination.

 

MARCO POLO SPIRAL GUIDES

Marco Polo Spiral Guides

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Itinerary-based guides for travellers who have little or no time to prepare for a trip
  • Handbag / rucksack sized (205 x 120mm)
  • Spiral bound
  • 220+ pages
  • Includes a street atlas AND pull-out map
  • 30 titles available
  • RRP £9.99

ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • Unique spiral binding allows the guide to lay completely flat:

Marco Polo Spiral Guides

Ultra-practical itinerary-based guides for those who have little time to prepare for a trip, but don’t want to miss a thing. Practical and easy to use, Spiral Guides offer all the most important things in a nutshell, including:

  • The Magazine – to inform and inspire, setting the scene and getting under the skin of a destination to discover what makes it tick.
  • Finding Your Feet – practical tips to help you have a problem-free trip, from your arrival at the airport to going back home.
  • Don’t Miss the ‘Must Sees’ – Top 10, Don’t Miss and At Your Leisure are dedicated to the sights in each region, quickly letting you choose what you absolutely must (and want to!) see, and telling you what’s less important. Includes a detailed map and a suggested itinerary for a perfect day, and information on restaurants, best spots for shopping and going out in the “Where to…” sections.
  • Walks & Tours – walking, driving and cycling tours that allow you to experience your destination from a completely different perspective.
  • 10 Reasons to Come Back Again – what makes the place magical and why you should plan a return trip.

 

MARCO POLO TRAVEL HANDBOOKS

Marco Polo Travel Handbooks

NEED TO KNOW:

  • Ideal for people who want in-depth coverage and enjoy researching in advance
  • Full-size guide (190 x 125mm)
  • Tactile flexi-cover
  • 400+ pages
  • Includes a large, fully indexed pull-out map
  • 28 titles available by 2016
  • RRP £12.99

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Large, comprehensive travel guides packed with expert advice, cultural information, Insider Tips and unique infographics showing key facts in a fun and accessible way. Aimed at travellers wanting in-depth coverage of a destination. Our Travel Handbooks are the first travel guides to offer infographics – a fun and highly visual way of presenting complex information in and easy to understand way.

Key features include:

  • ‘Do You Feel Like …’ – fun suggestions to help you experience the variety of a destination, whether you are into fantastic views, impressive museums or atmospheric locations.
  • ‘Insider Tips’ – giving you the inside track on what to see and where to go.
  • In-depth information – all the things that make a trip unforgettable from eating & drinking, sightseeing, shopping, museums & galleries, festivals etc.
  • 3D cut outs of key sights on distinctive fold out pages and specially created tours to help you explore a destination on foot, by bicycle, car or public transport.

Made your decision? Go to the Marco Polo Shop

 

Guest Post: USA Road Trip 2015 guide book reviews

Photo credit: Motorhome Planet

Photo credit: Motorhome Planet

By Motorhome Planet

“We were lucky enough to receive review samples of guide books for the areas we were visiting on our USA 2015 trip from both Rough Guide and Marco Polo. Here’s a list of the books we used:

Marco Polo

Rough Guide

  • Pocket Rough Guide Las Vegas
  • Pocket Rough Guide San Francisco

So which guides came out on top? Which were kept in the glovebox and thumbed intensively at each place we visited?

City Guides – Rough Guide vs. Marco Polo

Before this trip, we’d never used Marco Polo travel guides before, but that could now change.

Reading and comparing the Las Vegas and San Francisco guides from Rough Guide and Marco Polo, we both preferred the Marco Polo guides.

San Francisco 9783829706872

WHY?

In fairness, both guides are similar and both are well up to the job. Both use a two-column layout and have similar content.

Our preference for the Marco Polo guides was mainly because we preferred the organisation of the content and the more modern formatting of the guide. It seemed more readable and easier to find what you want — e.g. suggested eateries, grouped by budget, or details of casino attractions in each section of the strip.

Both guides included pocket maps of the central areas of each city, but with differences. The Marco Polo maps were physically larger and included more detail. For example, in San Francisco the bus routes were marked on the map. Very useful.

In Las Vegas, the Marco Polo map covered a wider area and was far more useful for driving. As it happens, the Rough Guide pocket map was the best for a walking tour of the main strip area as it was very large scale and showed all the main casinos in enough detail to plan an efficient route.

Summary

There weren’t any bad guides here. The four city guides were all good, but Marco Polo Guides had the edge and I’d now like to try one of their full-size country/region guides.”

Special thanks to our guest blogger, Roland Head, from Motorhome Planet.

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Top 10 travel photos from around the world

Top 10 travel photos from around the world – as chosen by Marco Polo photographer Tim Kelly.

Tim and his faithful camera have been travelling around the world together for over three decades. Well, the camera may have changed over the years – but Tim’s eye for detail certainly hasn’t – capturing the spirit of a destination in one single shot.

Here is Tim’s personal selection of his favourite photos from all around the world:

1. Paddy field worker in Bali

Paddy field - Bali

2.  Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

3. Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

4. Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

5. Inside the glass dome – Reichstag in Berlin

Inside the glass dome - Reichstag in Berlin

6. Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

7. Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

 Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

8. A different view of Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace - Bangkok

9. Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

10. Dubai – the Burj Khalifa at night

Dubai - the Burj Khalifa at night

Which is your favourite?

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Marco Polo Pocket Guides around the world!

Marco Polo Guides have been all around the world… from the sublime to the ridiculous (we’re not saying which are which!) Here’s a selection of our top “I AM MARCO POLO” photos:

BERLIN

Migrant Expats - Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: The Migrant Expats

Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Alison Floutier

Berlin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Chiara Colella

MONTENEGRO

Marco Polo Guide Montenegro

Photo credit: Steph McCall

DUBLIN

Dublin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Carina Watson

ROME

Marco Polo Rome Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Jane W.

LAS VEGAS

Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Katie Bennett

Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock

Las Vegas Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock

LAKE GARDA

Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Ian MacDonald

MALTA

Malta Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

VENICE

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Hannah Shaw

Venice Marco Polo Guide

“I’m gonna have to go into the map.” Photo credit: Hannah Shaw recreating the London map scene by Joey in Friends.

BARCELONA

Barcelona Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Dannii Perrin

MALLORCA

Mallorca Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Bryan Bennion

CRETE

Crete Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Got a Marco Polo picture of your own?

To submit your photo: either email it to us hayley@marcopolouk.com or send it via our social media channels:  Tweet us @marcopologuides upload it to our Facebook wall or send it via Instagram. Please use the hashtag #marcopologuides

(By submitting your photo you are giving us permission to use your image on our website and social media sites.)

So the only question left is… Where to next?

Marco Polo Pocket Guides

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Marco Polo Guides in the Media

We get around round round we get around… 🙂

Since the launch of our two new series this year, we’ve had some great coverage in the print and online media. Here’s an article which just came out in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine September 2015 edition:

Paris guidebooks comparison (click on image to enlarge)

Marco Polo Spiral Guides in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Sept 2015 Edition

Credit: Marco Polo Spiral Guides in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Sept 2015 Edition

The Paris Marco Polo Spiral guide fared pretty well, with the only criticism being that the insider tips were sometimes quite well known.

They didn’t mention our extensive mapping / street atlas / pull-out map but alas you can’t win ’em every time!

If you’d like to get your hands on your own copy, you can buy the Paris Marco Polo Spiral Guidenow!

Paris Marco Polo Spiral Guide

We’re famous! Marco Polo stars in ITV’s new series: Travel Guides

WE’RE FAMOUS! Did you see the Marco Polo Tenerife Pocket Guide on ITV on Monday night? “Travel Guides” is a new travel series in which the members of five ordinary British households review holiday destinations and share their reactions. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s like BBC’s Holiday meets Gogglebox!)

Travel Guides ITV Tenerife

Image credit: Travel Guides, ITV

On this week’s episode the families headed out to an all-inclusive resort in Tenerife and the guide was featured and quoted from no less than 4 times during the 1 hour long episode.

Travel Guides ITV: Tenerife Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Image credit: Travel Guides, ITV

If you want to watch it for yourself, Travel Guides is on ITV, Monday nights at 9pm.

Destinations featured so far have been Thailand, Dubai and Tenerife… and who knows where they will end up next week…!

Buy the Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

Did you watch Travel Guides? What did you think?

What bloggers are saying about Marco Polo Pocket Guides

Not to be outdone by our new Spiral Guide series… Marco Polo Pocket Guides have also been tried and tested by bloggers all around the world. Here’s what they thought about our handy little series of Pocket Guides (RRP £6.99):

Gretta Schifano – Mums Do Travel

Mums Do Travel - Athens Guide

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Athens Pocket Guide: “The book is a good size, just right to fit into a handbag. The cover is plasticised so that it’s waterproof and hard-wearing. There’s a handy pull-out map of the city in a plastic wallet inside the back cover as well as a street atlas within the guide.

I found the book easy to navigate. I like the fact that the photos in the guide aren’t just of the tourist sites but also of different aspects of the city such as the flea markets and kids skateboarding. The book is divided into clear sections such as Sightseeing, Food & Drink and Where to Stay. The Travel with Kids section covers the attitude to kids in Athens (apparently they’re given a lot of freedom and are allowed to go out with their parents in the evening) and suggests some attractions which kids will particularly enjoy such as the planetarium and the zoo.

There’s a helpful section called Great Places for Free which gives tips such as which museum is free on Thursdays and where to catch the free buses which serve the harbour area. If you’re in a rush then head to The Perfect Day section which shows you how to see the city’s highlights in just 24 hours. I like the list of Do’s & Don’ts which is placed prominently inside the back cover next to the pull-out map. ” You can find Gretta’s blog at mumsdotravel.com

Jamie Alex Carter – Trav Gear

Tenerife Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Tenerife Pocket Guide: “Insightful insider tips and a handy pull-out road atlas make this pocket-sized guidebook perfect for a short break. Maps a-plenty: you’ll find not only a fold-out map of Tenerife, with all major roads clearly marked, but maps of both major cities (Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz) and a separate pull-out road atlas in a plastic pouch. There are several maps in the back of the book, too, in case you lose the fold-out map.

While some guidebooks recommend only the finest places to stay, this guide includes plenty of budget options, free activities and low-cost places to visit, recognising, perhaps, that Tenerife is a common destination for families. The ‘useful phrases’ section is handy, too; it’s accompanied by a short pronunciation boxout.

Perhaps best of all this guide is peppered with really useful and unexpected Insider Tips. Secret picnic sites, adults-only hotels, restaurants that serve local cuisine (hard to find inTenerife), which rooms to ask for in specific hotels and other practically useful advice is given, and highlighted in yellow. The very best are collected in the front of the book, too, so you get some pre-warning. A handy section in the back lists some apps, websites, blogs and forums where you can pick the brains of locals and frequent visitors. It’s a nice recognition that a guidebook needn’t be an all-in-one resource, just a starting point for a journey.

A good value and compact guidebook packed with enough information and top tips to be of genuine use on any trip to Tenerife, Marco Polo’s decision to include plenty of good quality maps and a separate, foldout road atlas map is crucial to its success. Well researched, well designed and easy to use, Marco Polo guides are colourful alternative to books by Bradt and Lonely Planet.” travgear.com

The Foody Traveller

Foody Traveller Marco Polo Guide Switzerland

Image credit: thefoodytraveller.com

Switzerland Pocket Guide: “As ever with the wonderful Marco Polo Guide Books, the Marco Polo guide to Switzerland gives an excellent overview of this beautiful and fascinating country and comes complete with road atlas and pull out map; plus the oh-so-useful Insider Tips.

The Travel Tips for Switzerland are particularly helpful: reminding us that the Swiss currency is Swiss francs (not euros) – along with an approximate currency converter; explaining the workings of the very useful Swiss Card and Swiss Pass; and, bearing in mind that French, German and Italian are all spoken in Switzerland , useful phrases in each language.

We were somewhat concerned on seeing an orange footnote containing the word ‘cholera’ on one of the pages – until we realised that it refers to a predominately vegetable, pie. Evidently this dish was created during a cholera epidemic when people did not dare leave their homes so cooked whatever they had in their larders!” Read more at thefoodytraveller.com

Hannah Walter – Suitcase & Sandals

Suitcase and Sandals

Photo credit: twitter.com/suitcasesandals

Zakynthos (Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas) Pocket Guide: “Although my holiday to Kefalonia was mainly a relaxing one, I wanted to see a little more of the local area around Skala too. Luckily, we had our Marco Polo guide with us, which we found a lot better than the Berlitz one we had bought previously. There was more detail!

The first thing we did, that we found in the guide book, was to learn a little more about the history of the area. I liked that the guide gave us some background information.

I think the Marco Polo guide books are fantastic. I’ll definitely be using them again. They are so good because they go beyond just the history of the city and the details of the places. There is a map at the end of the guide which would have been so helpful if we had been in a city without any accessible wifi to use to help us to navigate!” You can read more on Hannah’s blog at suitcaseandsandals.blogspot.co.uk

Heels in My Backpack

Heels in my backpack

Photo credit: heelsinmybackpack.com

Berlin Pocket Guide: “….trying out a new guide series is always tricky. I mean, is this guide going to know what I like? Is it going to show me maps of the locations and give me good restaurant recommendations? Well, Marco Polo did a pretty good job. I used their Berlin guide on my recent trip to Germany and it definitely exceeded my expectations.

For a start, it has those ‘summary’ type pages at the start of the guide that I always miss from the guides tailored more towards backpackers. I like to see in a snapshot what the place I’m visiting has to offer. But don’t worry, backpackers are most definitely catered for by Marco Polo, with hostel recommendations as well as budget restaurant advice. The Berlin guide in particular will advise on the best place to get that €2.50 currywurst hit. Furthermore it even has a page dedicated to things you can do in the city for free! Always a winner.

Another plus is that much like the DK guide series, the book is in colour with pretty photos. Which I realise is not the most essential quality you’re looking for in a travel guide, but I just think it helps you get a vibe for the different areas and narrow down what you want to do. Also, the Top Tips are also super handy as they seem more like tips you would read on a blog or hear from a fellow traveller rather than be published in a travel guide.

My favourite part of the Marco Polo guide however is the street atlas in the back of the book. I’ve realised from years of travelling that I am in fact a map geek. I just love them. I like getting my bearings in a new city and knowing my way around. And although my trusty Lonely Planet has mini maps of each destination, it pales in comparison to this in-depth colour street atlas. And the fact that this guide comes with a pull out map as well, just so I don’t have to lug around a book, is the cherry on top really.

Heels in my backpack

Photo credit: heelsinmybackpack.com

Although a drawback for backpackers travelling Europe is that obviously a guide for just one city isn’t very efficient. I think I would go for a travel guide covering more areas for a big trip. However, for a city break or a trip stopping at 2 or 3  locations, I think Marco Polo have given Lonely Planet and Rough Guide a run for their money…” heelsinmybackpack.com

Munich Greeter

Munch Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Munich Pocket Guide: “A lightweight which fits into every handbag. The categories: Sightseeing, Eating  & Drinking, Shopping, Nightlife and Hotels cover everything a tourist has to know to get around town.

The writing is brief, entertaining and concise. The information on every location is complete – directions to the location, phone number, email address etc. are especially useful. It comes with a foldout plan of the entire city area so you won’t miss the proposed places. Also informative are the brief chapters of certain topics such as “Fine dining in Munich” or “Eating out on a low budget”. These overviews include short assessments of the listed locations. The assessments are to the point and describe shops and locations which actually are frequented by Munich inhabitants.

Last but not least, there are some funny texts on the town and its atmosphere, mentality, culture and clichés. Most of them hit the mark and tune you in on your visit! The photos illustrate the words very adequately and have good recognition value. Of course, most of them were taken when the weather was really nice, but looking at them will whet your appetite for a trip to Munich.

Conclusion: Lightweight and easy to carry around, this travel guide gives all necessary information and up-to-date tips for first time and experienced visitors alike.” munichgreeter.de

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