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Egypt (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Matthew Firestone , Rafael Wlodarski , Anthony Sattin
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1 May 2008 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Discover Egypt
Find a Cairo coffeehouse to suit your own style; unwind, chat and inhale deeply over a "sheesha"
Forget hot springs: try a hot sand bath in the middle of the desert
Take belly-dancing lessons from the most famous teacher in Egypt
Relax in the soft light of early morning on a Nile cruise
In This Guide:
Five authors, 295 days of research, hundreds of touts and a week-long scuba course
Special chapter on cruising the Nile: choose from timeless feluccas and splendid dahabiyyas, the Rolls Royce of their era
Illustrated Pharaonic Egypt chapter by world-renowned Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher brings the ancient rulers to life
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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 9th Revised edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741043158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741043150
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet--Egypt takes a practical approach to its readers and audience. It steers away from the hippie flavour of The Rough Guide (where the virtues of sleeping on a friendly native's roof are dwelled on at the expense of more mundane information) and adopts a tone that is sensible and thoughtful, though not timid.

The information is thorough and for the most part accurate. Particularly useful are the suggested highlights for every major city, which, though doomed to meet with dissent, generally provide a good foundation for planning an itinerary. The inclusion of good, colour photographs is also a benefit. There are some notable weaknesses. Maps are disjointed and difficult to relate to each other, and there are vital moments where the guide shies away from making specific recommendations or suggesting priorities. This can make choosing which of Cairo's mosques or Luxor's West Bank tombs to visit a slightly hit-and-miss affair, especially if your time is limited.

An early disclaimer wails (justifiably) that "Things change", and there are already some areas where the information is incorrect. However, if you're a tourist, rather than a traveller, with weeks rather than months to spend in Egypt (and you're ready to view a guide book as a guide, rather than as an authority), then this may well be the single best book with which to plan and enjoy your visit. --Richard Kelly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Lonely Planet guides are a must-pack" --Toronto Star, February 2006

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for anyone travelling to Egypt! 14 July 2001
We took this book everywhere! From the suggested sites to visit in each location to the suggestions about how much to pay for a felucca or callesh (and how much baksheesh to give on top of the price), it was informative, accessible and above all accurate.
We took the Rough Guide to Egypt also and that's still in immaculate condition while the Lonely Planet Guide looks like it has been read by every taxi driver in Luxor who's cousin has a felucca!
Definately essential reading!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was my `bible', well worth buying 28 April 2000
By A Customer
I have used two editions of this guide which I found excellent. It is a good read just as a book. The prices quoted are not always accurate but all is negotiable in Egypt even in the more up-market hotels and shops. This is a must for the independent traveller and a great source of information for those on tours.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Insight For 1st Time Visitors! 28 July 2004
By A Customer
We've just come back from honeymoon and used this book when we visited Cairo and particularly the incredible museum... the descriptions are spot on and the book guides you thru' room by room. Our tour guide was saying practically the same things as the book, so its all you need!
Dress codes for women in Cairo aren't as strict as the book makes it out to be, there were loads of girls with string tops and shorts, so long skirts and long sleeved shirts aren't necessarily a must!! Other than that, pretty accurate about local customs and traditions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, entertaining guide 10 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This is everything a guide book should be. The vast, fascinating history of Egypt and the Egyptians is covered in the context of visiting the relevant sites. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is infectious. A very useful guide and an entertaining and informative read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and no longer for travellers 10 Feb 2009
Given that most people race round Egypt in under a month this will be fine, but it's no longer budget focused or useful for those people who want to get to know the country in depth.

They can never be bothered to take public transport, despite it being ridiculously easy and cheap - why not take a $40 taxi instead? One of the hotels they put down as 'Our Choice' is $2,000 a night. Some of my favourite experiences have been written off as 'too dirty'.

Basically, I've had to nip into bookshops to read the Rough Guide a few times to get the information I need (where buses leave from, etc) and a lot of this could have been saved by a line or two in the LP which I surmise isn't there because they were too lazy.

Hopefully they'll get on track for the next book - new editions of both should be due as Upper Egypt has just been fully opened to tourists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful guide. 9 Nov 2008
By Guru
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have just returned from Egypt tour. I had this book and it was a helpful guide. It helped me a lot especially sights description and necessary up-to-date information. But this guide does not explain exactly how we can reach a place, which is very important for a tourist. I do not blame this book, none travel books explain this basic information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but not necessary 16 July 2009
Naturally once you have booked a holiday you want to find out about all the things to do and see, and whilst this book does offer some insight into all of that, it is very limited. There are some useful day-to-day tips and some interesting sections about the main tourist attractions, but I found it much more useful to actually talk to people who have been there. Egypt is a wonderful country with a fascinating history, but I would still have had the same experience had I not bought this book. Also, apart from a few pictures the majority of the book is just text and can be a little off putting. Maybe save your money as most of the hotels give you all the essential information on arrival, and can organise the trips for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Lonely Planet guide book 23 Jun 2013
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I love the Lonely Planet books and this one was no exception. Although I did not travel throughout the country, it gave the guidance and history I required for the few areas I did travel in.
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