Saturday 22 November 2014

Lonely Planet's Great Journeys

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Lonely Planet's brand new book Great Journeys compiles the world's most iconic journeys from historic pilgrimages to classic train journeys. Featuring everything from journeys you can take today to journeys that have shaped history, Great Journeys includes 78 incredible journeys by road, rail, sea, river, plane and on foot.
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The Silk Road
Containing as many strands as silk itself, the 'Silk Road' was no single road but rather a fragile network of shifting intercontinental caravan tracks that threaded through some of Asia's highest mountains and bleakest deserts.
The Silk Road Credit: Lonely Planet Images/Jane Sweeney
The Trans Siberian Railway
A journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway is among the ultimate travel experiences: Moscow’s Red Square, Beijing's Forbidden City, the Great Wall, icy Lake Baikal, Mongolia's steppes. And then there's the on-board experience, swapping stories and slinging back vodka.
The Trans-Siberian Railway, credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Martin Moos
Italy's Literary Landmarks
Italy has had a deep impact on writers, and this journey joins the dots for those seeking knowledge of this history. Learn what Rome did for Keats, Hawthorne and Shelley; why Florence captivated the Brownings; and why Venice inspired Melville, Mann and Hemingway.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Izzet Keribar
Salt train in the Sahara
At its peak, caravans of more than 100 camels would navigate the nearly 800km north from Timbuktu up and over massive dunes, through sandstorms, and in spite of wild fluctuations in temperature, eventually reach the salt mines of Taoudenni. They were discovered in the 12th century, a time when West Africa was flush with gold but in dire need of salt. Suddenly the Sahara became vitally important and soon trails bloomed from Timbuktu in all directions, connecting present day Mali with West and southern Africa, Morocco and Europe, Ethiopia, Egypt and Arabia.
Credit: Lonely Planet/ Johnny Haglund
North Cape to Gibraltar
From Europe's northernmost point, Lapland's North Cape, to its southernmost, Gibraltar, it is over 5000km. This is one of earth's great cycling routes, as many have discovered, reporting back with thrilling tales of biking through Europe's greatest landscapes.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Karl Lehmann
Route 66
This is it: the Granpappy of all road trips. Nothing beats the 'Mother Road', as novelist John Steinbeck dubbed it in The Grapes of Wrath. It's like a time-tunnel into retro America: think diners, soda fountains and motor courts.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Witold Skrypczak
The Hippy Trail
This is the Rosetta Stone - the journey upon which Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler cut their teeth. It's the notorious 'hippy trail', the overland route through Asia, where in the early 1970s 'hippies' travelled overland, seemingly en masse, from Europe to southern Asia through Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Turkey and Iran.
Credit: Planet Images/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Grand Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the pretty, bright young things of the 17th and 18th centuries, who travelled around Europe to gain worldly knowledge and who enjoyed just as much hedonistic partying as many tourists today.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Richard I'Anson
The Nile
Sailing boat or time machine? The world's longest river feels like it's the oldest, and to board a vessel on the Nile is to peel back millennia and slow down to river speed as ancient temples, oxcarts and palm trees - unaltered since Pharaohs ruled the roost - pass by.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ John Borthwick

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