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Egypt (National Geographic Traveler) [Paperback]

Andrew Humphries

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Book Description

2 Jan 2002 National Geographic Traveler
National Geographic brings 113 years of incomparable travel expertise to today' s sophisticated globe-trotters. Each practical and portable National Geographic Traveler features:

Detailed background and site descriptions plus fascinating vignettes on history, culture, and contemporary life

Mapped walking and driving tours

A complete directory of visitor information, including notable hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping

Foldout end flaps, printed with maps and quick reference information that serve as handy bookmarks

Top-rated travel writers who bring sophisticated, authoritative guidance and a strong, individual voice to each book

Superior photography and artwork


Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books (2 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792278968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792278962
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,561,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds! 24 July 2003
By Leona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have gathered several books on travel to Egypt, Lonely planets, Passport, Travelers Key, DK eyewitness(second fave) and this one I would rate the best. Its got tons of great pictures, some of which I haven't seen in other books, plus its very full on information. Usually with such books its either tons of info and few pictures or vice versa. This one balances both well. It also has some nice maps and diagrams (tomb layouts, pyramid chambers)a section rating hotels and restaurants, a small section on usefull arabic terms, and a book and movie guide with egyptian themes.
The book starts out with an introduction to the history and culture of Egypt, something many travel guides lack and require a second book for. Then it moves on to points of interest in Cairo, around Cairo, The delta and Suez, Alexandria, Western Desert, Middle Egypt, Luxor, South of Luxor, Red sea and Sinai, then the final part of the book is basically travel tips. Lots of great information. I was happy to see they included a section on the rescue of the temple of Abu Simbel. I've heard of how they moved the temple to save it but was having trouble pondering how such a task could be done. This book explains the actual 'why' the temple was in danger, the various ideas of saving it, and the technique used. Just an example of how in debth this book is.
The pages are nice and glossy as well. And though thick for a traveling book(to take along) its still a reasonable size to fit into a travel bag to take with you.
I would say if you were looking to buy one book only, by far, I'd recommend this one. I like the DK eyewitness book too, but this one I rank higher due to more volume of information and pictures. If you want something slimmer and less in debth I'd go with the DK one, which is still a great book on its own.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide! 2 Mar 2007
By Chapati - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I took this book along with me on a recent family trip to Egypt, and I loved it! National Geographic magazine is famed far and wide for its amazing photographs and interesting articles- its travel guides are much the same! The book is written by a British expat living in Cairo, and so you get both the tourist feel and the local bent on travel through Egypt. The guidebook contains a rich historical and cultural section, and then is full of information about places to visit, foods to eat, and things to do.

I especially liked the detailed information about sites of interest- for many of the old temple ruins, such as those at Luxor, Karnak and Abu Simbel, there are pages devoted to describing the ruins in detail. I found this particularly useful to read just before heading off the bus to visit the sites, as then I knew what I was looking for.

Overall, the National Geographic Traveler guide was a great companion on my trip to Egypt- I will definitely be looking for more Traveler guidebooks in my future travels!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars National Geographic Traveler - Egypt 12 May 2007
By Pamela R. Serres - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The only book one needs to take on a tour of Egypt. I found this book informative, up to date and easier to use than those I had previously purchased. I learned of this book when I saw fellow travel companions reading theirs. Since returning from my trip to Egypt I purchased the book to further my research and edit my photographs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most helpful book! 10 July 2007
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has been the most helpful to date for a new visitor to Egypt. Alongside the Michelin guide, it works wondrrs!
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