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Free Stuff: 5 Back Roads Guides

*** NOW CLOSED Thanks to everyone for the great support this giveaway received ***

Hey all, this month’s giveaway is the bomb! It is for all five brand new driving guides from DK Eyewitness Travel called Back Roads and features complete programs for Italy, France, Ireland, Spain and Great Britain. As usual, my unbiased daughter will pick the winner from our newsletter participants. This giveaway ends on 4/15/10. To get involved fill out the innocuous form below, and Read on from the words of the publisher.

Back Roads is the new driving guidebook series from DK Eyewitness Travel, the world’s best-selling travel guidebook publisher. Exploring France, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, and Ireland and from behind the wheel, each guide allows visitors to unearth the true soul of each country.

How often do we fly in and out of a single city without exploring the landscapes and cultures that gave birth to it? Discovering a country through the back roads and byways lets travelers slow down and savor the essence of a place through breathtaking scenery, historical treasures, local hospitality, and regional cuisine.

In each guide, 25 leisurely drives, lasting between one and seven days, cover a remarkable variety of landscapes and themes. While some may take in world-famous cities and sights, others get truly off the beaten track. But whether it’s a 2-day exploration of Umbria’s gourmet villages or a 7-day coast-to-coast drive along the mountain passes of the Pyrenees, every tour is bursting with insider knowledge from DK’s locals-only authors.

Compiled by expert travel writers, based full- or part-time in the countries and regions they write about, DK’s new Back Roads series uses in-depth local knowledge to create driving tours full of original ideas for activities, off-the-beaten-track stops, and authentically ‘native’ places to eat and to stay. Taking travelers off the main roads and into the real life of a country, each title in DK’s new Eyewitness Back Roads series contains up to 25 drive routes lasting from one to seven days. From intimate hotels and guesthouses to the most charming restaurants and bars specializing in seasonal dishes and regional produce, each drive has recommendations for places to spend the night, dine, and sightsee along the route.

A companion series to the Eyewitness Travel Guides, the books can be used in conjunction with existing guides or on their own. Each guide has a pull-out road map for easy navigation between drives and all the practical information you need, from road conditions and the length of the drive to parking information and opening hours of restaurants and attractions.

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  1. please give me a copy.

  2. I would like a copy please.

  3. Love this type of info. I would like a copy please.

  4. Please send me a copy, I love this sort of stuff

  5. You always have such great information on your site and your giveaways are great!

  6. I wanted to get a free copy of the backroads of Italy. It has become such a hassle now, with all the pop-ups, the joining, the confirmation, etc, that now I am sorry I even came here.

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Just one winner this month, but it is a good freebie.

  8. @Donna Babel

    Hi Donna,

    I am sorry you have not had a good experience. There is only supposed to be one pop-up invitation per visitor and only if the visitor is on the page for more than 3 minutes, and again should only happen once and not repeat. If you are experiencing something else please let me know so I can look into it.

    The double opt-in newsletter is designed to make sure you do not receive spam. From personal experience, it is fairly common for all newsletter systems. I would agree it is a bit of a headache, but I think it is the best system available and does protect readers from receiving information that that don’t want.

  9. Please send me your travel guides. DK books are the best!

  10. My son who is homeschooled because of health problems is a atlas nut.I am signing up for not only your contest but your newsletter.This is a real find for us.Travel is hard and scary for those that want to visit places but without a guide or a true travel plan are left to seek and find.Without clues to points of interest that isn’t a tourist nightmare.Stay safe and sign us up.

  11. Hi Eileen,
    I would agree they tend to make a really beautiful and informative product. Good luck.

    Hi Debra,
    I am glad you have found some value here. Also feel free in having your son ask questions. I have had the good fortune of traveling to many places and so have folks who read TWL and ITKT. If I can’t help, I am sure someone here can. Unfortunately, I can’t sign you up, but just fill out the mini form directly above and click the confirmation email link. Best of luck.

  12. I am familiar with Eyewitness Books, but had no idea they made travel guides until today-this is a wonderful addition to their line.

  13. Would love a copy please! Will be in England the month of May.

  14. would love a copy of these please! both my son and daughter are planning on visiting these countries…one for a honeymoon, the other to study there!

  15. Hi Ramona,
    DK has some beautiful guides. Back Roads is the newest line.

    Hi Bren,
    Best of luck and have a great time in England either way.

    Hi Andi,
    Congratulations on the new son or daughter, and a new reason to travel abroad


  16. I’m really not sure you should be giving away bombs. However, if the books meet the usual high DK standards they’d be great to have.

  17. I always choose a DK Eyewitness guide when travelling, these sound great for touring so would love a copy.

  18. I’d love a copy of the back roads of Italy.


  19. It is my dream to travel abroad! I would love to go to England and take a “Beatles” tour. My sons and I are huge Beatles fans and would love to see all the Beatles landmarks.

  20. Happy Travels!

  21. Hey all,
    Best of luck. I will be closing this one tomorrow evening.

    @Tim P, In stead of bombs, how about inspiration explosives?

    .-= Devin Galaudet´s last blog ..In Video: Nepal =-.

  22. Nice prize pack.

  23. I’m really glad to have found your site. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of travel writing for a long time and look forward to learning more. This is an awesome giveaway and of course I hope I win! Thanks!

  24. Great Prizes 🙂

  25. Great prize package thanks for the chance to win

  26. Hi LeeAnn,
    I hope you get those good travel memories down on paper.

    And best of luck to all on this month’s giveaway.
    .-= Devin Galaudet´s last blog ..In Video: Nepal =-.

  27. Just subscribed. We’re planning a trip to Europe and these would be great to have. Thanks so much!

  28. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  29. Thanks for the books

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