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The Rough Guide to Egypt (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 2 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 7 edition (2 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537823
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Richardson has authored and co-authored guidebooks to Moscow, St Petersburg, Hungary, Budapest, Romania and Bulgaria.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By C. Frost VINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2007
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Whenever I am going on holiday, one of the most exciting things for me is buying the rough guide before we go. On the rare occasion that I haven't done this i've felt I've gone into things blind and not taken the best choices in terms of trips etc.

This rough guide did prove invaluable on our trip to Sharm el Sheik and a day trip to Cairo, however the one thing I would question, and I find this is generally the case with Rough Guides, is that the prices quoted for meals and, in this case especially, taxis is often way out. We travelled only a month after this book was published, so I would expect it to be much more up to date than it was.

The info on Sharm was pretty basic for our needs (it focuses a lot on diving, which we didn't do), but when it came to Cairo we were able to plan an independent trip to the city, which as two lone women, we probably wouldn't have done without the info in the book. The friend I was travelling with was on a pretty tight budget, and didn't want to pay the £150 each that it would cost to travel with the tour operator. With the help of the book, we managed to find return flights for £45 each. However the taxis cost far more than anticipated. Aside from the £10 each way to Sharm airport, the prices in the book were wildly innacurate. We used taxis in Cairo from the airport to the pyramids, then to the museum and back to the airport. The book claimed we would pay just a few pounds for these trips, but although we tried to haggle we found that no one would give us a ride for less than about a tenner each way. Also, the book says that you can go outside the airport to find cheaper fairs, however, it does not say that it is almost impossible to get out of the complex as a pedestrian without walking about 2 miles and getting run over!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Hazan on 29 Aug. 2007
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Having just returned from backpacking in Egypt, I found that this book was the best of the bunch of guides floating around, specifically the lonely planet, for the following reasons:
1) It is generally much more comprehensive and interesting
2) It is far more accurate and up to date. Somethimes the LP was plain wrong.
3) It is not afraid to tell you if something is boring, uinlike the LP, where everything is amazing
4)Everyone else has the LP, and ends up at exactly the same hotels etc.

Basically, get the Lonely Planet if you want a list of hotels and restaurants. If you actually want something interesting to read, get the Rough Guide
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Damian J. Gillespie on 7 Aug. 2009
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As always from Rough Guides a comprehensive well written book. No hesitation in recommending this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saramis on 1 Nov. 2010
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I found that this guide-book fell between two stools, on the one hand its content is excellent, well-written in a highly accessable and informative style, on the other, at almost 900 pages it is bordering on being a hefty tome, and most impractical to carry and use when you most need it - on site. I hesitated to take it with me when I left for 10 days in Egypt, so heavy is it. An attempt to lighten appears to have been made by printing in a small font size that adds to its impracticality in the field as you have to take off your sunglasses, then fish around for your reading glasses (in my case normally seldom needed) so its weight and legibility rather defeats its main purpose as a provider of information to the tourist. Its good maps with reference numbers in the text are really most relevent on the spot.
The text is excellent, broadly encompassing a diversity of places of interest, much useful, positive, local information. Great book - to read when you get back to the hotel!
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