Egypt (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!!!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Ms. K. A. Sharman
Another good travel guide from Lonely Planet. Full of good information to make your visit more pleasurable and less traumaticPublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Anon
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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. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2011 by Timmy
When I bought the book, put the state of the book was excellent, however, when the shipment arrived, the book covers were broken. Of course, the interior is spotless.Published on 9 Nov. 2010 by juanmaab
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