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BLUE GUIDES

Started in 1918, Blue Guides have enjoyed a long-enduring reputation among travel lovers as authoritative guidebooks written by experts. Almost universally acclaimed by travel writers as the most comprehensive, detailed, and authoritative cultural guides available, the series today is published in England by Somerset Books.

Passionate sightseers won't miss a thing with these scholarly and information-packed volumes. The guides include background essays on history and culture, and give practical advice on transportation, currency, cuisine and language. Most of each book is organized around precise but flexible itineraries whether by region or within towns and cities, and finally, minutely detailed walks through museums and other important sights.

While these are largely sightseeing guides noted for their serious coverage of history and culture, and in the past were sketchy on current, practical matters such as hotels and restaurants, more recent editions provide more comprehensive information on hotels, restaurants and other practical matters.

Here's what Rick Steves has to say about them:

Blue Guides: Known for a dry and scholarly approach, these guides are ideal if you want a deep dive into history, art, architecture, and culture. With the Blue Guide to Greece, I had all the information I needed about any sight and never needed to hire a guide. Scholarly types actually find a faint but endearing personality hiding between the sheets of their Blue Guides.

Features at a glance:

  • detailed descriptions of sights
  • comprehensive art, architecture, history, literature, and music background
  • hotel and restaurant suggestions
  • travel advice
  • maps of regions and itineraries
  • maps of cultural sites
BLUE GUIDES: THE AMERICAS
New York City        
$24.95
       
BLUE GUIDES: EUROPE
S.W. France Paris      
$28.95
$29.95
     
Greece:
the Mainland
Greece
the Aegean Islands
Crete    
$32.95
$29.95
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$24.95
   
Italy  (concise)    Central Italy with Rome & Florence Southern Italy Sicily Tuscany
$24.95
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$24.95
Florence Rome Museums & Galleries of London    
$24.95
$29.95
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BLUE GUIDES: AFRICA & ASIA
India Istanbul      
$29.95
$24.95
     
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