Insight Guide: The Nile
Discovery Channel is now involved in the publishing
of the Insight Guides (from APA publishing), and they
are some of the most interesting and well-illustrated
of the travel books that I end up with for each trip.
Maps in these guides are detailed and referenced consistently
in the text, but I wouldn't want to be relying on
them for complex transport plans. That's not really
much of a complaint -- most of the maps in travel
books are either on such a small scale they simply
show the largest cities; or they are such large scale
maps they show only a few blocks of a city or site.
If you're traveling on your own, make sure you have
a good overall map and don't rely on the ones in travel
books. That said, the maps in the Insight Guide are particularly good.
The photography is, as I've come to expect, fabulous.
A combination of photos and illustrations of woodcuts
and watercolors accompany the text. Information about
the sites is of the generic variety, but certainly
enough to get a good feel for the area and be able
to view the awesome sites of the cities on the Nile
The dozen or so pages of travel tips at the end of the book cover the standard
information -- conversion charts, exchange rates,
postal stuff, hotels and restaurants -- are complete
enough, but certainly not as comprehensive as the
other books. Still, if you're planning on hitting
the major sites and staying in the major places, this
is ok. You won't find the little by-the-way hostels
listed in this book, but that isn't what it's geared
There are three Insight Guides that cover Egypt -
Insight Guide: Egypt, Insight Guide: Cairo, and this
one, Insight Guide: The Nile. All three are worth
a good browse, or worth adding to the bookshelf just
for the great pictures. I used them for planning the
general trip by identifying the specific things that
I wanted to see in person. Once I had done that, I
started in on the true travel guides.