This is NOT a complete guide book like Frommers of Fyodors, but rather an introduction to the landscape, history and cultural traditions. The actual regional chapters are short, just giving you the basics so you will begin to have a firm understanding of what you will be seeing. And the book is loaded with personal photos I have taken in my many travels. It is meant to be a companion that will help you understand the land and its people. But you will still need a traditional guidebook if you want hotel, restaurant, shopping and sightseeing listings.