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Lonely Planet June 2019

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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editor’s note

Just as we might give our homes an occasional makeover or (OK, not me!) adopt a new hairstyle, so this issue of Lonely Planet magazine includes some fresh approaches. For the second time in our decade-long history we’ve tweaked our dimensions and, for the first time, we’ve introduced the same paper all the way through. If you’re a regular reader with an eye for such details, you’ll notice this means the paper in our last section is a little smoother and less bulky, and that photos print on it more sharply. Above all, choosing one paper gives us flexibility – for instance, in this issue, that last section has become longer. We’ve often heard how much our readers love taking city breaks, on average at least three times a year,…

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the best ticket in the alps

Turning left on entry to a long-haul flight is an experience that can command a five-figure price tag. Keep that context in mind if you find yourself weighing up the £320 starting rate for the new Excellence Class on the famous Glacier Express. Arguably the most scenic train journey in Europe, this service takes almost eight hours to wind its way through the Swiss Alps between the resorts of St Moritz and Zermatt. Passengers in the second- and first-class carriages can also drink in views such as this one, of the Ruinaulta Gorge. But if you book one of the 20 places in Excellence Class, you’ll be guaranteed a window seat. Other perks include a five-course menu of regional cuisine with matching wines, and exclusive access to the Glacier Bar.…

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a land less travelled

For a country that has long prided itself on international connections, reaching back to the time of ancient Phoenician traders, Lebanon gets fewer visitors than it deserves, most recently on account of the war in neighbouring Syria. A new eight-day Highlights of Lebanon tour aims to show some of what we’ve been missing, from the Roman ruins of Baalbek (pictured) to forests of cedars in mountain valleys blanketed with snow in winter. It’s some tribute to Lebanese resourcefulness that its cuisine has come to symbolise Middle Eastern food in the world’s eyes, even though this is one of the region’s smallest countries. You’ll get to appreciate why over mezze in Beirut, at breakfast in Tyre’s old souq, and during tastings in a winery established in 1857. Keep abreast of current…

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charleston in one hop

Proof that classic styles will always come back into fashion, 349-year-old Charleston, South Carolina, has been repeatedly voted one of America’s favourite small cities in the past decade. Now you can reach it on a direct transatlantic flight for the first time, with British Airways’ nine-hour route from London Heathrow, running until late October. Charleston has preserved its historic architecture better, arguably, than anywhere else in the US, and, these days, visitors are left with a fuller picture of the slavery that once underpinned its wealth. Streetscapes such as Rainbow Row (pictured) decked out in heritage-approved paint schemes are a backdrop to a dining scene that continues to astound, not just with gumbo and other Southern specialities, but also cuisine that draws on cultures further afield. Direct flights twice weekly, from…

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in those shoes?

Getting out on the trails of the Cinque Terre is an ideal way to find fresh perspectives on this stretch of Italy’s Ligurian coast, especially as the namesake five villages experience peak visitor numbers as we move into summer high season. Just make sure you have proper footwear for the trail: this is universal hiking advice in any case, but now local authorities – fed up with having to rescue walkers stranded on precipitous tracks in flip flops – are warning of fines of up to €2,500 (£2,150) for the inadequately shod. Some 75 miles of local paths run along vine-clad, sea-view terraces, or up to hilltop sanctuaries. Although a few routes are currently closed because of rockfalls (including the famous Via dell’Amore – one that might actually be gentle…

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meanwhile, three famous walking trails in the uk are celebrating their golden anniversaries this year…

CLEVELAND WAY The ‘cliff land’ of North Yorkshire is the main attraction on this 109-mile trail. Its western end is the market town of Helmsley at the foot of the heather-clad moors, while its eastern terminus at Filey brings untrammeled beach views. nationaltrail.co.uk/cleveland-way DALES WAY Two national parks get their due in the Dales Way, which runs for 80 miles northwest from Ilkley near Leeds as far as Bowness-on-Windermere. For most of the way it follows river valleys, rather than hill crests, making it a leg-friendly option. dalesway.org OFFA’S DYKE PATH From Prestatyn in the north to the Severn Estuary in the south, this 177-mile route tracks the course of an eighth-century earthwork, crossing the England-Wales border more than 20 times as it passes the Shropshire Hills and the Brecon Beacons. nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path…