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A selection of the most highly regarded travel guides for use 'on location' - Lonely Planet - Rough Guides - Insight Pocket Guides - and more. Also featured are the more specialist essential guides beloved of more adventurous travellers - Footprint, Oddessy etc. and some specialist pocket guides - perfect for taking along to ancient sites - written by Egyptologists who not only know their stuff but have managed to present it in an appealing and useful format.
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Travel Photography Books
Beautiful coffee table books are here too, for advance planning, as wonderful souvenirs - or for armchair travellers. Let's make that an Egyptian style coffee . . .
Colour-coded chapters and feature detailed maps (cross-referenced to the main text) - easy to use and ideal for on-the-spot reference. Top 10 sights plus other attractions, pin-pointed throughout; several recommended walking routes clearly plotted on the accompanying maps and great photographs so you can recognise sights and attractions as you go.
Everything from history and culture to food and drink - in brief - for insight into local life. Practical information - transport, accommodation, activities for children etc.
Well organised, and with helpful colour coding, all areas of Egypt are covered in depth with plenty of colour photographs. Full colour fold-out maps are useful for orientation when you arrive in a new place. Content includes: Concise history and 'cultural tips' sections throughout the guide; Leisure activity suggestions from shopping in bazaars to felucca rides along the Nile or diving in the Red Sea; Tips for travelling with children; Event calendar; Local food specialities and listings of good places to eat and drink; info about hotels (all budgets), health, transport, climate and language, travelling in Egypt with disabilities.
You can 'look inside' the 2004 edition of this guide at Amazon whilst you wait for the new edition to arrive (or you can pre-order).
As with all the titles in the Insight Pocket Guide series, the easy to carry format with many photographs and handy maps (11 in the 2004 'Nile' guide) - expecially the detailed pull-out regional map - make this a top choice for real-life travellers.
The 13 itineraries and excursions take in sights ranging from Cairo's Pyramids to Abu Simbel. Background detail on history and culture, leisure-time suggestions and a comprehensive information section are included.
A new edition of this great book was published in Sep 2009. National Geographic Traveller guides include in-depth information, spectacular photography and artwork with both regional and neighborhood maps so you don't get lost.
National Geographic Traveller Egypt has 3-D drawings of the Al-Azhar Mosque and the Pyramids, with detailed floor plans, including one for the Egyptian Museum. Guided walking tours explore daily life. Luxor is one of the 9 regions featured. Detailed information boxes about Egyptian birds, mummies and other topics are scattered through the book.
This guide shows Cairo as ancient, modern and exciting, with its Arabian Nights bazaars, Islamic monuments, shining skyscrapers and awesome pyramids. It revels in Luxor's wealth of age-old temples and magnificent tombs, and introduces Aswan as a dreamy, relaxed, timeless gateway to Abu Simbel and other monuments of Nubia.
Other Berlitz guides for Egypt include:
Aimed at the more adventurous and independent-minded traveller who wants to 'to really experience Egypt'. Thank goodness this indispensible guide is back has at last been updated!
Robert Morkot has enjoyed a distinguised career in Egyptian archaeology, and clearly enjoys travelling to Egypt. This is a practical guide - including the basics of Egyptian food, etiquette and customs, shopping and sports, floorplans of the archaeological sites, and even information about scuba diving in the Red Sea and the Marsa Alam area, a reference section about books, movies, music etc., a chapter on museums / exhibitions, detailed maps, hotel and airline information, and an introduction to the hieroglyphic alphabet. However, some sections may be outdated, as the book is not updated annually as with some guidebooks.
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Lonely Planet Photography Guides
Another revised guide to Egypt.
There are also other Lonely Planet guides to Egypt
Insight Guides are best for reading before you travel - and as souvenirs. The photography is stunning and the essays fascinating, but they are printed on high quality paper with a lot of pages - and are perhaps rather too heavy for most travellers to cart around on their travels. The less frequent updating of the practical information in this series of guide books is probably a tacit acknowledgement of this fact - but the practical listings reference section was updated for 2008 and the book remains a wonderful coffee-table book and souvenir long after your journey has ended.
Concise highlights of the ancient cities of Cairo and Luxor, with fold out maps and a directory of places to stay, eat and shop. Includes travel tips and details of excursions further afield.
The Rough Guides Egyptian Arabic Language materials are excellent - see them (and others) in our Egyptian Arabic Language Learning special feature.
Note: There is also a dedicated Egypt Travelogues page
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DESTINATION EGYPT DVD (PAL, Region 2, 1 disc, 90 minutes)
by Escapi UK
Now - this one is brilliant!
The historic guidebook - written for Thomas Cook by a Victorian archaeologist may sounds unpromising - but proves an irresistable browse! The Oasis of Farafra, you'll be glad to hear, can be reached from Minya on the Nile "in four days on a good camel". And for our comfort, the location of each source of refreshment (village, habitation, oasis or well) - together with and the quality of the food or water available is documented. The village of Kharga, for instance, is "a collection of mud-brick dwellings and its streets ar dark like tunnels; there are neither shop nor bazaars in it, but it possesses 105 wells. The water is always warm and tastes of iron"
Economics features too - palm trees above a certain age were taxed (three and three-quarters pence per year) and each 250 cubic metres of water was taxed 1 farthing a year. . . "there were about 66,000 palm trees upon which taxes were paid in the oasis". And human interest is not forgotten - Budge reflects upon the lives and struggles of the people living in the inhospitable places he is documenting - and notes details such as the road from Asyut which was a route for bringing slaves into Egypt. Hand drawn Egyptian scripts are scattered throughout the text, giving a period feel and an almost decorative quality.
Street Graphics Egypt creates a stunning and offbeat visual impression of Egypt
Farid Atiya is a writer, photographer and publisher; Abeer El-Shahawy is an Egyptian Egyptologist.
Current maps for travellers in Egypt - or for armchair travellers! (Yes, we understand the fascination of daydreaming over a foreign map when life at home seems tame!)
These maps range from those designed for general orientation to some for serious off-road travel - beyond the Farafra Oasis perhaps - (only for people who know what they're doing, or who are travelling with a knowledgable guide). Publishers include Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Michelin and other publishers.
Prints of historical or antique maps will also be added as they become available.
There are detailed plans of the Valley of the Kings and Karnak and a chart of the dynasties of ancient Egypt (but your guidebook might already have those). Going a little further afield, there's a plan of Aswan, a plan of the Philae temple.
The Sinai Peninsula is mapped at 1:250,000. There are indexed street plans for Cairo (1;20,000) and Alexandria (1:35,000) - plus city centre detail for both and a metro network diagram for Cairo. Cairo street plans cover Khan el Khalili Market, the Citadel, the pyramids at Giza, Old Cairo and there are plans of Heliopolis and El Mohandessin. There's also a plan of the Catacombs of Kom el Shukafa (Alexandria)
A ROUGH GUIDE MAP EGYPT Rough Guides Maps, Jul 2003
EGYPT NELLES MAP 2006
EGYPT, GEOCENTER MAPS 19 Dec 2003
CAIRO (POPOUT MAP), Compass Maps 23 Oct 2007
CAIRO CITY MAP, Freytag-Berndt Jul 2007