No one knows Egypt like Lonely Planet. Our 10th edition will take you from the dusty streets of Cairo to the wondrous Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor. To wash off the dust, go diving in the Red Sea before boarding a felucca for a breezy cruise along the Nile. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts to get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Diving chapter takes you beneath one of the Underwater Wonders of the World, the Red Sea. Ancient Egypt decoded by nenowned Egyptologist, Dr. Joann Fletcher. Green Index highlights the best ecofriendly options.
A land of magnificent World Heritage Sites and a thousand tourist clichés, Egypt was enticing visitors millennia before Thomas Cook sailed his steamers up the Nile. It was here that the Holy Family sheltered, Alexander conquered and Mark Antony flirted. Napoleon stopped long enough to pilfer a few obelisks, the Ottomans paused to prop up the great and barbarous pasha Mohammed Ali, and the British stayed around to get the train system running and furnish every spare nook of the British Museum. And all this was long after Menes united the two states of Upper and Lower Egypt, and set the stage for the greatest civilisation the world has ever known.One of the many reasons why Egypt remains such a fascinating tourist destination is that it is very much a country in flux. Egypt may be famous the world over for the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings, but these ancient monuments are just part of the equation.