EgyptBook - 2011
Berlitz Handbook Egypt is the ultimate practical, inspirational guide to this fascinating destination, with 304 pages combining authoritative narrative detail and stunning color photography. What sets the guide apart is the illuminating Unique Experiences section, packed full of practical advice on how to make the most of all the opportunities unique to Egypt - from exploring chaotic Cairo to venturing into the desert on a safari or diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea.
The guide starts with a rundown of Egypt's Top 25 Attractions, ranging from the magnificent Pyramids and Tutankhamun's gold mask to the pleasures of drifting down the Nile on a cruise ship. In the Trip Planner you'll find itineraries outlining how best to maximise your time in Egypt, whether you're embarking on a week's tour of the temples and pyramids or a month of sporting activities.
The Places Section covers Egypt's most significant regions, starting with the capital, Cairo and the Great Pyramids, heading along the Nile to the great temples in the Valley of the Kings, on to the Sinai and Red Sea resorts, and ending in the oases of the desert. Each chapter is color-coded for easy reference, and features everything you'll need to know about the sights and attractions in the area as well as maps to help you get around and carefully chosen listings of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, and get active. The Places section is interspersed with fully mapped tours, suggesting a classic walking route such as a tour of Islamic Cairo or a walk round the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, and Cultural Spreads that give a striking insight into an element of Egypt's culture, from belly dancing in Cairo to hieroglyphs and Ramadan.
Further practical advice is provided in a chapter dedicated to accommodations, transportation, health and safety, money and budgeting, responsible travel, and family holidays. The Setting the Scene chapter is devoted to Egypt's historical and cultural background, plus information on the country's cuisine.
Finally, a handy 8-page Phrasebook section provides a wealth of language expertise for which the Berlitz brand is famous.