Ute Junker Committed soloist Ute Junker discovers the upside of group touring in the Balkans.
From Istanbul to Budapest, via Bulgaria and Transylvania, Ian Cowie watches the passage of ambition and history.
Margaret Turton takes a river cruise laced with spies, revolution and royalty.
The romance of harvest time in the Valley of Roses lures Benjamin Gilmour to one of Europe's most fragrant festivals.
Comfortable and with great service, Hostel Mostel in Bulgaria must be the finest hostel in Eastern Europe.
Jane E. Fraser How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.
Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.