Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.
Using high-resolution images, color floorplans, detailed site profiles, and informative author tips, our guidebooks take you on an exploration of the history, art, architecture, and culinary traditions of your next destination.
Carved into the hillsides in the 4th-13th centuries in continuation of a rock-cut tradition initiated in India, China's ancient caves — Mogao, Yungang, Longmen and Baodingshan — are treasures of Buddhist art and architecture.
A comprehensive travel guidebook to the best of Morocco's inspiring art and architecture. Explore fantastically-decorated city gates, grand mosques, and jewel box madrasas in Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat.
The palaces of Granada's Alhambra are some of the most impressive surviving structures from the 700 years during which Islamic forces controlled the Iberian peninsula. They represents the final flowering of Islamic art and architecture in Spain.
A massive structure constructed in five stages from 785-988 by the Umayyads, Cordóba's Great Mosque, known as the Mezquita, reveals a unrivaled collection of art and architecture from early Al-Andalus.
Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer civilization in central Cambodia, is one of the most magnificent ancient sites in Southeast Asia. Use the guidebook to explore the art and architecture of its world class temples.
Our Guide to Sushi and Sake is the perfect reference guide for eating and ordering like a local. This guide also includes a special section for travelers to Japan who want to visit Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market.
In Central Java, two massive temples rise as witness to the greatness of two empires –- one Buddhist and one Hindu. Use this guidebook to understand the magnificent temple sites of Borobudur (Buddhist) and Prambanan (Hindu).
Khajuraho is one of the premier sites to witness the North Indian architectural style in its greatest expression. This comprehensive guide profiles all temples and the erotic sculptures for which the complex is known.
Petra, the legendary lost city with its stunning Nabatean architecture, is one of Jordan's most famous sites. We recommend staying at least two nights and exploring the city in the early morning and under the moonlight.
New! The mosques designed by the great 16th century architect Sinan dominate the Istanbul's skyline. Inspired by earlier Islamic prototypes, Hagia Sophia and Italian renaissance churches, they championed an entirely new, inspiring aesthetic.
The iconic Hagia Sophia, which stands regally atop the first hill of Constantinople, redefined religious architecture and served as a source of inspiration for countless religious structures, both Christian and Islamic.
Get this definitive guidebook to the wines of France’s largest and most well-respected region, Bordeaux, the home of France’s powerhouse claret blends and sauvignon blanc-sémillon dry and sweet whites.
Navigating Spanish wine lists can be a bit tricky: they are full of indigenous grape varieties and each region has its distinct offerings. This guidebook explores Spain's wines, region by region, denomination by denomination.
One of the joys of traveling to Italy is experiencing the traditional cuisine, with each region having unique recipes, specialties and culinary traditions. This region-by-region guide provides what you need to order like a local.
The breadth and depth of Australia's wine landscape is enormous, spread out across six regions that run along the southern edge of the country. This guide offers detailed profiles of all of the country's regions, sub-regions, and primary grape varieties.
While high quality, super-intense versions of sauvignon blanc afforded New Zealand international recognition, the wine landscape has quickly diversified and this guide gives what you need to make sense of it all.