From Antarctica and the Amazon to Victoria Falls and the Great Wall of China, Lonely Planet’s Wonders of the World showcases 101 spectacular sights – and how to experience them on any budget.
Published this month, Lonely Planet’s Wonders of the World is both inspiring and practical, with expert advice, best-value itineraries, beautiful photography, and local secrets.
New Zealand is represented by Stewart Island and Milford Sound.
The book features a number of well-known man-made wonders, such as the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat. But Lonely Planet’s destination experts have also selected less famous sights that are equally captivating: the entwined tree bridges of Meghalaya in India, the intricate Islamic architecture of Naqsh-e Jahan in Iran, and the massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur in central Java. Museums with remarkable collections have also been included, such as the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands and the British Museum in London.
The natural wonders chosen for the book are no less impressive: giant trees in California, cascading lakes in Croatia, multi-coloured hills in China, great waterfalls, the world’s biggest cave, and such natural phenomena as the wave of cherry blossom (sakura) that sweeps across Japan each spring, and the light show of the auroras across the planet’s northern and southern extremities.
Thanks to Lonely Planet’s network of travel experts and 45 years of experience, the book also includes guides to each of these wonders, with recommendations on the best times to visit, how to get there, and where to stay and eat – however deep your pockets. Two sample itineraries cover short and longer trips to allow travellers to make plans based on the time and funds they have available.