Lonely Planet Egypt (Country Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Egypt (Country Travel Guide)

Matthew Firestone, Michael Benanav, Anthony Sattin

Language: English

Pages: 572

ISBN: 1741793149

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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the chapel is hidden by scaffolding, frescoes visible in the right-hand nave suggest the superior quality of this early work. The chapel of the Virgin, across the open court, is a more modern and less interesting structure. To get to the monasteries you’ll have to take a taxi (about E£25 per hour). The satellite town of Akhmim, on Sohag’s east bank, covers the ruins of the ancient Egyptian town of Ipu, itself built over an older predynastic settlement. It was dedicated to Min, a fertility god

worshipped one god only (Aten the solar god), and brought about dramatic changes in art and architecture. The temples in Thebes were closed until his death, but the powerful priesthood was soon after reinstated under Akhenaten’s successor, Tutankhamun (1336–1327 BC), who built very little but became the best-known pharaoh ever when his tomb was discovered full of treasure in 1922. Ramses II (1279–1213 BC) may have exaggerated his military victories, but he too was a great builder and added the

dishes. Lotus (Map; 238 0419, 012 788 7160; www.lotus-restaurantluxor.nl; Sharia as-Souq; mains E£35-65, kids menu E£17-22; 9am-midnight; ) This air-conditioned restaurant in the heart of Luxor serves mainly international cuisine. The chef is Dutch, but Egyptian specials also feature on the menu. 1886 Restaurant (Map; 238 0422; Old Winter Palace Hotel, Corniche an-Nil; starters E£35-122, mains E£60-190; dinner only; ) The 1886 is the gourmet restaurant in town, serving inventive

comes complete with sunken marble baths, walled private courtyards – some with private pools – and panoramic sea views. Justifiably advertised as the most luxurious destination on the Red Sea, the Oberoi is world-class, and guests here are pampered to their hearts’ content. Eating With its diverse expat population and large pool of tourists, Hurghada has a good variety of restaurants. If you’re travelling on a budget, Ad-Dahar has dozens of inexpensive local-style eateries as well as

form a two-volume tour de force describing the search for sources of the Nile. Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour, translated and edited by Francis Steegmuller, includes choice excerpts from Flaubert’s diary as he made his way up the Nile. Detailed descriptions of Upper Egyptian dancing girls and prostitutes spice up his accounts of ancient sites. A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards is a travel classic describing a 19th-century journey from Cairo to Abu Simbel and back on a

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