on 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!!!
on 28 July 2004
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.
on 10 February 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.
on 9 November 2008
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.
I love Egypt - the heat, people, history, culture, heat, Nile, temples, heat ... Did I mention the heat? Temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees Celsius are not for everyone, particularly if it's a Nile cruise with all the walking around temples but, approached sensibly with the appropriate precautions, it is enjoyable, particularly as there is no humidity. (A lot of this information is in the guide (Pp 17-18, 504-5).
With a Lonely Planet guide, I always have the impression of walking in someone's footsteps, someone had been there before me asking the questions I want to ask, going to places I want to go to, looking for the services I want, telling me about places I did not know about, suggesting ideas I would never have considered with a helpful section on the language. What more could one ask of a guide - being one step ahead? With so much to see, a number of different guides are probably required, e.g. temples, tombs, Valley of the Kings, Cairo museum, etc but, for a general guide, the LPG is excellent.
Ours is now slightly tattered and worn, so useful is the information within its pages, although a few illustrated by colour pictures would have been welcome. It has helpful contents and index sections and finding details is relatively simple, although in places the text is a little small.
For a paperback, it is well produced - sewn sections glued together firmly by copious amounts of glue; this may seem too much detail but for a book that is going to get a lot of use and bending back, it is essential to know, particularly in the Egyptian heat which could dry out the glue. After a few holidays there, ours is still in one piece.
From early dawn to late dusk, it is impossible to ignore the place of Islam in Egypt as the calls to prayer ring out through amplification from the mosques' minarets, some much more harmonious than others. It is important to be respectful as one can encounter dutiful prayers anywhere, e.g. in the car park behind the toilets at dawn on improvised cardboard prayer mats, at the back of Nile cruisers, on rooftops and so on.
The LPG is an excellent companion, highly recommended as is Egypt. (The political situation will settle down and, when it does, I have the telephone number of a very friendly felucca skipper in Luxor on my mobile. I intend to use it and the LPG.)
on 11 January 2011
Have used this book for 2009 holiday and 2010 holiday to Sharm, Dahab, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada. Book was essential in preparing both trips and when actually there. It is now a little worse for wear from over use!
Info basically correct, snorkelling areas in Sinai useful. Maps in all above areas fine, plus great part of Cairo Museum which helped us make the most of the place without a guide which would have been too much info for us. Maps and descriptions-walkthroughs of temples in Luxor,Karnak,Giza,Aswan islands,Valley of Kings, and places between Aswan and Luxor all up to the job.
Will use in future to complete our exploration of Valley of Kings, as much to see!
Probably best Lonely Planet I have ever used (have used 15 plus)
on 5 November 2010
My trip to Egypt was the holiday of a lifetime. This was the place in the world I most wanted to go so booking the trip and getting the right guidebook was no small matter.
Being a long time fan of Lonely Planet I once again bought one of these and I was not dissappointed. It was very informative about places to visit and how to get there.
My copy now looks like a loved, well read book should - dog eared with sticky/ sweaty finger stains.
If you buy only one guide to Egypt, this should be your choice.