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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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.

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What bloggers are saying about Marco Polo Spiral Guides


We have launched not one, but TWO new series this year… bringing our total to three guidebook series! Marco Polo Pocket Guides (RRP £6.99) Marco Polo Spiral Guides (RRP £9.99) and Marco Polo Travel Handbooks (RRP £12.99).

Having three different guidebook series means we can provide the perfect companion to each and every trip! Whether you are a planner who enjoys researching in advance and likes in-depth, highly visual coverage of each destination; the type who likes to live like a native and experience local haunts, or a time-poor traveller who only has a few days and doesn’t want to miss a thing, Marco Polo has the guide for you.

We have been road-testing our Spiral Guides with travel bloggers from all over the world… and here’s what they think:

Jessica McDonnell – Forever Miss Vanity

Forever Miss Vanity - Paris Guide

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Paris and Amsterdam Spiral Guides: “Marco Polo Spiral Guides are a new selection of high quality, travel sized, colourful travel guides with insider tips on places all over the world. The books feature everything from where to eat, places to stay, things to visit, unusual experiences and even hidden gem recommendations from other travellers and locals. The books cost a mere £9.99 each and include a street atlas, a separate pull-out map for easy navigation and they also feature a section in the book of cultural traditions ensuring you stay out of trouble and in the know during your visit.”

Forever Miss Vanity - Amsterdam Guide

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“These guides have been very useful when writing our itineraries and thinking of places to visit. We will be booking a trip to Amsterdam for October and plan on potentially going to Paris in February so we will be making use of all the street maps and hints and tips when we go. I always believe in carrying around a map and guidebook because you never know when your phone battery will die and they can be so handy in an emergency. With their compact size and small price tag, these books are definitely an item that belongs in your carry on.” Visit Jessica’s blog at forevermissvanity.com

Viktoria Urbanek – Chronic Wanderlust 

Chronic Wanderlust

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Budapest Spiral Guide: “The spiral travel guide is perfect for the independent traveller, who loves to explore but also wants to see the basics. The spiral the guide lays flat on the table when planning your trip and makes it foldable at whatever page you want it to be folded.

Street maps are found at the end of the guide book and an additional pull-out map makes navigating the city even easier!  There is also a small plastic pocket so you can store tickets and other useful papers.

I love independent guides, which are flexible, can be used several times and don’t show how much they were used.” You can visit Viki’s blog at chronic-wanderlust.com

Alice Hassall – Life as Alice

Alice Hassall - Life As Alice

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London Spiral Guide: “Marco Polo pride themselves on their ‘Insider Knowledge’ and so it is the perfect guide for a London geek like me.

My personal favourite bits of the guides are the insider tips and the Do’s and Don’ts section. I am more the ‘oooo I didn’t know that?!?!’ and a ‘that’s soooo random, I love it’ type of travel book reader. The stranger the fact, the more excited I get.

All in all, I love these guides. The fact this is handbag sized makes it all the easier to travel with for me but the quick to read nature of the facts and tips makes it also easier to digest too. I find the conversational language in which it is written a much better on the go read, than those old school travel guides with pages of blurb about one particular attraction. I’m happier with nuggets of info to digest than an entire essay.” Visit Alice’s blog at  lifeasalice.com

Mari’s World

Mari's World

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London, Rome and Venice Spiral Guides: “First thing to mention is I LOVE the fact it is spiral bound. This prevents cracking the spine and the possible loss of pages over lots of use, the cover also has large flaps on both sides which work as marvelous bookmarks. At the back of the guide is a plastic pocket, also spiral bound, which holds a perfect sized pocket map.

The guide is divided into five areas, it starts with The Magazine. This is a brilliant idea as it is a collection of articles written to inform and inspire you, perfect bedtime reading or for the train/plane.

I love the suggested ‘Perfect Day’ with times and indications of what to do and see. It’s a perfect guide to follow taking in the major monuments and places of interest of each area then giving a couple of other ideas too. I’m really pleased to see Harry’s Bar mentioned (in the Venice Guide) which was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bars and home of the Bellini, a delicious mix of peach juice and prosecco.” Read more of Mari’s blog at marisworld.co.uk

The Globe Getter

The Globe Getter - New York Guide

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New York Spiral Guide: “How to Be a Tourist in Your Own City! You may be thinking, why do I need a guide to explore my own city? I already know what to do. Well, maybe you do, but I bet you don’t know everything. While perusing my New York Marco Polo Travel guide, I learned so many interesting tidbits about my home of 11 years. For example, did you know the first battery-driven taxis appeared in New York in the 1890s? Today, there are more than 13,000 taxis in the city. This was fascinating news to me! Another great thing about this particular travel guide is that it shows you what you can do if you’re on a budget and, if you don’t want to carry the entire guide around, you can use the pull-out map at the back of the book.

What I love about the Marco Polo Spiral Guide is that it highlights some lesser known attractions and venues in New York City for me to explore. Regardless of where you live, it’s possible to do the same. That’s what a good guidebook is for! There is likely information on a place that you did not know existed, so take the time to check out the not-so-popular spots because you may find a new place you hadn’t expected to love but do.” Visit theglobegetter.com

Gretta Schifano – Mums Do Travel

Mums Do Travel - Amsterdam Guide

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Amsterdam Spiral Guide:  “The books have plasticized covers to protect them and they’re just the right size to fit into a handbag. The important sights are organised geographically and there are detailed maps and suggested itineraries for a ‘Perfect Day’ in each area.

The magazine section of the guide has some fascinating articles. I particularly like the feature about Jewish Amsterdam which explains how the city was a place of refuge for Jewish people as far back as the sixteenth century. The ‘Finding your feet’ section is packed with useful tips some of which I already knew about – such as the excellent iamsterdam City Card which covers public transport and admission to the major museums – and some of which I was unaware – such as the free ferries from behind Central Station.

I particularly like the ‘Perfect Day’ itineraries and would definitely use them to help me to plan my time in the city. Another great feature is the ‘Insider Tip’ label which pops up throughout the book. It signals some quirky and unusual things to do such as the Kinderkookcafé where children can prepare and decorate their own food.

The guide is well-written (as you’d expect with authors such as Simon Calder on the writing team) and thorough. It’s practical, easy to navigate and interesting to read and I’ll definitely be taking it with me when I go to Amsterdam.” You can read more of Gretta’s blog at mumsdotravel.com

The following Marco Polo Spiral Guides are available now:

AmsterdamAndalucia, Barcelona, Budapest, Florence, Florida, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ireland, London, Malta, Marrakesh, New York, Paris, Rome, Sicily, Tenerife, Thailand, Tuscany, and Venice.

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