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Egypt is a fascinating country but sometimes it isn’t the easiest country to get around. Visiting Egypt can be more than a bit overwhelming. It is not just the hustle and bustle of a busy country. There are lots of fellow tourists, things work differently than what we are used to and there is an immense number of different activities to choose from. With large crowds and too many options available, you will have to make choices. We highly recommend properly planning your visit to Egypt. The travel books and travel guides in this post are here to help you on your way. We have hand-picked all of these books and used several!

We are a big fan of Lonely Planet! We use Lonely Planet Travel Guides for basically every destination that we visit. This book comes with the colour maps, highlights and itineraries that we are used to from our favourite travel book brand. What is especially useful about Lonely Planet are the reviews for different budgets. The book covers all major destinations within Egypt.

Lonely Planet’s Egypt is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Discover the pyramids of Giza, cruise the Nile, and dive in the Red Sea; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Egypt and begin your journey now!

Moon always delivers quality travel guides. This travel guide has been recently updated (May 2022) and includes everything that has changed due to the pandemic, including helpful tips. Some highlights of Moon Egypt:

  • The top historic sights: Wander in the shadows of kings at Luxor’s Karnak Temple and stroll the Avenue of Sphinxes. Marvel at the magnificent temple of Queen Hatshepsut, travel back in time at the Egyptian Museum, or wind your way through colorful backstreet markets in search of the perfect handmade souvenir
  • Outdoor adventures: Summit historic Mt. Sinai at dawn or spend an evening horseback riding near the Great Pyramid of Giza. Escape the crowds of Cairo on a felucca boat cruise or bike through the City of the Dead. Kayak the Nile and camp under the stars in the White Desert.

The Nile equals life in Egypt. Everything you want to visit and experience is scattered on the east and west bank of this mighty river. We recommend seeing the main sights on the river and reading all about this.

In this book, you explore the Nile from the south of Egypt to the North: from upper Egypt to lower Egypt.

The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First Nile Cataract, close to the modern city of Aswan. From there, Wilkinson guides us through the illustrious nation birthed by this great river.

We see Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple. We visit the fertile Fayum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and finally, the pulsing city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the water. Along the way, Wilkinson introduces us to the gods, pharaohs, and emperors who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; and to the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. Peerlessly erudite, vividly told, The Nile brings the course of this enduring river into stunning view.

Whether you want to cruise the Nile, explore the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, or see the Pyramids of Giza, the local Fodor’s travel experts in Egypt are here to help! Fodor’s Essential Egypt guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time. This new edition has been fully-redesigned with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos.

By reading up on history of our travel destinations we can better understand the behaviour of those living in the places that we visit. Every place that we visit has its own unique history. Egypt has a long and rich history. Although the country’s history is too extensive to cover in a single book, this book does a good job of summarizing centuries of history in an easy-to-read accessible book.

In this highly appraised book, one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its absorption into the Roman Empire. 

In all our overviews of travel guides, we include a travel book that is made for children. This Egypt for Kids Travel Book is easy to use for children and will be really entertaining for kids making the life of parents much easier, even on longer trips. The book includes:

  • All the important facts about the rich history of ancient Egypt written in a simple to understand language
  • Fun, colorful accompanying pictures that will help drive the point home and give your child a visual idea of what they will learn while reading
  • Each page comes in a unique theme and contains unique images, all ancient Egypt related
  • The book comes in a story-book vibe so that your child can enjoy reading it without feeling like they are reading a history book
  • The book also comes in strong and durable paper and cover for durability

Just because you are traveling to Egypt on a budget does not mean that you should have to miss out on all this amazing country has to offer. You can safely and enjoyably visit Egypt while not breaking the bank. In fact, I would venture to guess that the most expensive part for you would be the actual plane ticket, and even then, you can find deals and steals if you look in the right place.

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