EGYPT: GUIDEBOOKS, MAPS AND GENERAL BOOKS

Egypt travel guides / guidebooks 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.

Also see our special page for . . .

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 . . .

Don't miss our seperate special features - on travel guides / maps for Luxor, Thebes and Karnak and on Egyptology


EGYPT 2010: NEW TRAVEL GUIDES

1400005191 NEW! 21 April 2011 Fodor's Egypt, 4th Edition
by Fodor Travel Publications (Paperback, 21 April 2011)

EGYPT INSIGHT COMPACT GUIDE NEW! 15 Mar 2010 EGYPT INSIGHT COMPACT GUIDE (Insight Compact Guides)
Apa (paperback, 2010)

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.

EGYPT BERLITZ POCKET GUIDE 2010 NEW! 2010 EGYPT BERLITZ POCKET GUIDE 2010
Berlitz (paperback - 2010)

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.

NILE: CAIRO - LUXOR - ASWAN   (Insight Pocket Guide) NEW! 24 Feb 2010 NILE: CAIRO - LUXOR - ASWAN (Insight Pocket Guide) (Paperback - 24 Feb 2010)

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.


EGYPT: RECENT TRAVEL GUIDES

National Geographic Traveler EgyptNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER EGYPT (3rd revised edition, 2009)
by Andrew Humphries (National Geographic Society)

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.

National Geographic: Egypt books
National Geographic: Egypt DVDs
National Geographic: Egypt National Geographic Videos
National Geographic Traveller
National Geographic Explores
National Geographic Investigates
National Geographic World History Biographies

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan: Cities And Ancient Sites Along The Nile (Cadogan Guides 2009) CAIRO, LUXOR, ASWAN: CITIES AND ANCIENT SITES ALONG THE NILE by Michael Haag (Cadogan Guides 2009)

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.

352 pages, in an easy to use layout, two-colour maps throughout and lots of personal restaurant recommendations.

Other Berlitz guides for Egypt include:

CAIRO BERLITZ POCKET GUIDE (2008)

CAIRO BERLITZ POPOUT MAP 2009 (Berlitz Popout Maps)

EGYPT RED SEA COAST BERLITZ POCKET GUIDE 2008

NEW!! Egypt  Footprint Handbook 2008 EGYPT FOOTPRINT HANDBOOK 2008
by Vanessa Betts and Cherine Badawi (Footprint Handbooks)

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!

FROMMER'S EGYPT (1st Ed, 2008)
by Matthew Carrington (John Wiley & Sons)

Americans love this travel series! One blurb reads: "Experience the mystery and adventure of Egypt. Frommer's Egypt covers everything from touring the Pyramids of Giza and Luxor's temples to diving in the Red Sea and navigating the streets of Cairo."
This is a new title - has anyone used it? We'd love you to review it for us . . .

Odyssey Travel Guides EGYPT: LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
(Odyssey Travel Guides)

From exciting Cairo to the quiet, unspoiled Biblical Sinai, the desert nation of Egypt, whose very existence depends on a single river - the Nile - has much more than 'history' to fascinate us. Full of beautiful photography, Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs is a journey through the ages, exploring a land which was ancient even in the eyes of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It features special treasures of its own, presenting literary excerpts you might not have found otherwise, plus information on special topics.

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.

Also see our special page for . . .

Travel Photography: A Guide To Taking Better Pictures Lonely Planet Photography Guides

Lonely Planet EGYPT 9th edition 2008 LONELY PLANET EGYPT 2008 - 9th edition
by Matthew Firestone, Rafael Wlodarski and Anthony Sattin (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

Another revised guide to Egypt.

There are also other Lonely Planet guides to Egypt

Egypt Insight Guide 2008 EGYPT INSIGHT GUIDE (2008)
(APA Insight Guides)

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.

THE BEST OF CAIRO AND LUXOR
by Robin Gauldie (Globetrotter Guide, "The Best of" series, paperback, 2009)

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.

2009
EGYPT COUNTRY STUDY GUIDE (A USA International Business Publications World Country Study Guide)
(USA International Business Publications, Paperback - Jan 1, 2009)

We would welcome feedback from anyone who has read this book.

EGYPT: FAVOURITE TRAVEL GUIDES

THE ROUGH GUIDE TO EGYPT (Rough Guide Travel Guides, 2007) by Dan Richardson

Rough Guides are generally extremely useful, but the most recent edition of this reliable guide to Egypt was released in 2007, lagging behind its close competitors (Lonely Planet and the like). Given that prices and opening times are one of the major strengths of these guides, go for one of the more up to date guides instead!

The Rough Guides Egyptian Arabic Language materials are excellent - see them (and others) in our Egyptian Arabic Language Learning special feature.

EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE - EGYPT (Dorling Kindersley, 2007)

Ultra glossy guidebooks famous for showing you everything in more detail - and more vividly - than you could ever see it on location! Quality information combined irrestistably with fantastically labelled illustrations, plans and 3-D cutaways - and glorious photography. Inlcudes a section on deciphering basic hieroglyphics. Beautiful to look at but heavy to carry - another lovely souvenir book - although DK market it as a practical book to carry on your holiday: "Good maps and plenty of hotel and restaurant recommendations make sure your visit is fun and hassle-free."

Egypt Insight Fascinating Earth (Hardcover - 30 Sep 2008) EGYPT INSIGHT - FASCINATING EARTH (Sep 2008)

This 'Egypt' book - from the new 'Insight: Fascinating Earth' series - will definately be worth the wait wait. Insight Guides have a talent for lavish photography and fascinating content - can't wait!

LITERARY GUIDES AND TRAVELOGUES

Note: There is also a dedicated Egypt Travelogues page

THROUGH WRITERS' EYES: EGYPT (Eland, 2007)
by Deborah Manley and Sahar Abdel-Hakim

Herodotus and Julius Caesar were awed by Egypt. So were pilgrims in Sinai, crusaders, Napoleon,the grand tourists of the eighteenth century, and then the package holiday makers travelling with the new Thomas Cook company in the nineteenth century. The book is an eclectic mix - an account of Alexandria by Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt's First Winner of Nobel Prize For Literature, equally at home with an ancient myth recorded on a papyrus or Florence Nightingale describing Abu Simbel, and with thinkers such as Taha Hussein and adventurers such as Lucie Duff-Gordon (who sailed up the Nile) or egyptoglgoists crawling through sand-filled temples.

IN AN ANTIQUE LAND: HISTORY IN THE GUISE OF A TRAVELER'S TALE (Vintage Departures)
by Amitav Ghosh (Granta Books)

In the 1980s Amitav Ghosh moved into a converted chicken coop on the roof of a house in Lataifa, a tiny village in Egypt. Known in the village as the Indian doctor, the uncircumcised, cow-worshipping kaffir who would not convert to Islam, his relationship with the villagers grew very close. By day Amitav researches medieval commerce between India and Cairo - but in the evenings he writes - transforming the eccentric characters and the life of the village into stories.

AMITAV GHOSH at Amazon

GORILLA GUIDES: THE BUSINESS TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO EGYPT (Business Travellers' Handbook)
by James Lawday (Stacey International , 2001)

General travel advice - where to eat etc. is probably out of date, but the information about the courtesies of the local business culture, basic business vocabulary, details of organizations offering support and advice and insights into the major economic and commercial sectors could be useful.

If you use this book please let us know how you get on with it!

EGYPT: TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN

Travelling in Egypt with children is great fun - the main concern is heat and keeping the everyone hydrated, which is largely a matter of awareness. Try some of the books listed here - they have good quality general information, and sometimes Egypt-specific details too. As with many places you'll find that the Egyptians are great with children.

TRAVEL IN EGYPT - CHILDREN at Amazon

NEW!
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO TRAVEL WITH BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN 1st ed. (2008)
by Fawzia Rasheed de Francisco (Rough Guides)

WORLDTREK: A FAMILY ODYSSEY
by Russell Fisher and Carla Fisher (Rainbow Books, 2007)

FOOTPRINT TRAVEL GUIDES at Amazon
ODYSSEY TRAVEL GUIDES at Amazon
LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDES at Amazon

TRAVEL WITH KIDS (Footprint Handbooks)
by William Gray (Paperback, 1st Edition, 2007)

A whopping 384 pages covering the world - read it before you go and make notes! There's a section dedicated to Egypt - and specifically mentions Luxor.

Egypt: Audio-visual

NEW!
DISCOVERING EGYPT DVD-Video (2001) (1 disc, All Regions, 120 minutes)

Take a tour of the pyramids, run through the streets of Cairo, and visit the wargrounds of El Alamein. Egypt is a country whose culture runs deep.

Seven Wonders Of Ancient Egypt - Valley Of The Kings, DVD "SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT EGYPT - VALLEY OF THE KINGS" DVD
by Green Umbrella Productions featuring John Shrapnel

Also see:
DESTINATION EGYPT DVD DESTINATION EGYPT DVD (PAL, Region 2, 1 disc, 90 minutes)
by Escapi UK

HISTORIC TRAVEL IN EGYPT

Don't dismiss the original traveller's guides - they have a wonderfully different perspective on Egypt!

COOK'S HANDBOOK FOR EGYPT & THE SUDAN VOL. 2 (1906): v. 2
by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

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.

NILE: NOTES FOR TRAVELERS IN EGYPT 1901
by Earnest Wallis Budge

Budge understands which unusual details will capture our interest - he reports on the inscriptions found on the stele of an Ethiopian conqueror of Egypt, which recount the rage of Piankhe who, when claiming the treasury of Nimhert (Nimrod), discovered that the horses had been kept short of food: "to have kept my horses hungry is more heinous in my sight than any other offence thou hast committed against me!"

E. A. WALLIS BUDGE at Amazon



ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

NEW!
ALEXANDRIA: THE SUBMERGED ROYAL QUARTERS
by Franck Goddio, Andre Bernand, Etienne Bernand, and Ibrahim Darwish (Leather Bound, 1 Jan 1998)



AN UNUSUAL LOOK AT EGYPT

street-graphics-egyptSTREET GRAPHICS EGYPT

(Street Graphics / Street Art) by Barry Dawson
The ancients carved a pictorial history of Pharaonic culture on their temples, tombs and monuments. Today, Egypt's developing coastal resorts have generated modern images of beach and party lifestyles. Barry Dawson's colourful photographs record show an amazing diversity of street images - ancient Egyptian designs, the developing Western international style and traditional Arabic calligraphy.

Street Graphics Egypt creates a stunning and offbeat visual impression of Egypt

STREET GRAPHICS WORLDWIDE at Amazon




EGYPT: MULTIMEDIA

SOFTWARE: EGYPT TRAVEL / LEISURE GUIDES



EGYPT: VOYAGE TO THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (DVD ROM) (Linux, Macintosh, Unix, Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / Me / NT) DISCOVER EGYPT (Windows 95 / 98) EGYPT: VOYAGE TO THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (Windows 95 / 98 / NT) 5 stars

TRAVEL / LEISURE GUIDES SOFTWARE at Amazon

DVD: EGYPT TRAVEL at Amazon
VHS VIDEO: EGYPT TRAVEL at Amazon

DVD: EGYPT

NEW!!
Amazing Planet Earth: From Egypt To Israel  (DVD - 2008) AMAZING PLANET EARTH: FROM EGYPT TO ISRAEL (DVD - 2008)
QUESTAR, All Regions

Amazing Planet Earth leads viewers on a guided tour of Egypt, starting with a cruise on the Nile. You visit the Valley of the Kings - and many other splendours of Egypt - before moving to Israel via Suez Canal to the Sinai Desert, the top of Mount Sinai, the bottom of the Red Sea and on to Israel. We live in an amazing world!



RICK STEVES: GREECE, TURKEY, ISRAEL, AND EGYPT
(DVD, 2007) All Regions

GLOBAL TREASURES: LUXOR EGYPT (DVD, 2007)
Global Television, TravelVideoStore

History's most protected monuments - experience the Historical Monuments that make up our world's Cultural and Natural Heritage

DISCOVERING EGYPT
All Regions (DVD 2001)

Visit the land where culture runs deep and the sun always shines! This exciting travelogue explores the ancient and mystical country - how about starting with a tour of the pyramids? And perhaps a run through the streets of Cairo and visit to the wargrounds of El Alamein . . .

BBC DVD - EGYPT : REDISCOVERING A LOST WORLD - 3 Disc Box Set
Includes Bonus Disk "PYRAMID" - Olegar Fedoro (DVD 2005)

This dramatised documentary series - focusing on three of the most important discoveries from the world of the ancient Egyptians: the Great Belzoni's discoveries - Champollion's race to achieve the code-cracking of hieroglyphics (without which the full secrets could never be revealed) - and Howard Carter's discovery of Tutenkhamen's Tomb and gold treasures beyond the wildest imaginings. See their struggles as they unlock the secrets of a long lost world - then travel even further back, to the amazing period of Egyptian history unveiled by their astounding work.

SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT EGYPT - VALLEY OF THE KINGS DVD
John Shrapnel (Green Umbrella Productions) (Region 2)

Uncovers the mysteries of Ancient Egypt's Pharaohs and experience the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, Karnak, Abu Simbel, Mount Sinai, Sphynx and The Pyramids of Giza from the viewpoint of the Ancient Egyptians.




EGYPT: MUSEUM GUIDES / CATALOGUES

NEW!
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM IN CAIRO: A WALK THROUGH THE ALLEYS OF ANCIENT EGYPT
by Farid Atiya and Abeer El-Shahawy (Hardcover, American University in Cairo Press, 2005)

Cairo's Egyptian Museum exhibits 150,000 pieces — with another 30,000 held in storerooms. It's the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. The Egyptian Museum In Cairo: A Walk Through The Alleys Of Ancient Egypt shows many of these masterpieces of ancient art in full colour — from decorated predynastic vases, flint knives and palettes and magnificent pharaonic artifacts right through to the beautiful tempera portraits of the Roman period.

Farid Atiya is a writer, photographer and publisher; Abeer El-Shahawy is an Egyptian Egyptologist.



EGYPT: MAPS

MAPS OF EGYPT at Amazon

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.

NEW!
MICHELIN EGYPT COUNTRY MAP 1:1,000,000: Cartographia Map Collection (2 Jan 2008)

NEW!
EGYPT (GLOBETROTTER TRAVEL MAP) Jan 2008EGYPT (GLOBETROTTER TRAVEL MAP) Jan 2008


EGYPT TRAVELLERS MAP SET (Macmillan)



A set of several folding maps aimed at visitors travelling to mutiple locations and interested in Egypt's history. The main map - of the Nile Valley from the Mediterranean to Aswan, mapped at 1:1,000,000 with elevation colouring and spot heights - is illustrated with symbols and drawings of places of interest (including the less visited gems such as Tell el Amarna, Abydos, Dendera, Edfu etc.)

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)

Also see:

A ROUGH GUIDE MAP EGYPT Rough Guides Maps, Jul 2003

EGYPT NELLES MAP 2006

MICHELIN VALLEY OF THE KINGS MAP, LA VALLEE DES ROIS (Michelin Historical Maps) Dec 1997

MICHELIN MAP NO.745 AFRICA / NE Including Egypt & Arabia Jan 2001

EGYPT, GEOCENTER MAPS 19 Dec 2003

CAIRO: THE PRACTICAL GUIDE MAPS by American University in Cario Press 15 Dec 2006

CAIRO (POPOUT MAP), Compass Maps 23 Oct 2007

CAIRO CITY MAP, Freytag-Berndt Jul 2007




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