Thomas Cook Travelers Egypt/Passport's Illustrated
Guide to Egypt
the different titles, these two books are identical
-- I at first thought that I'd picked up an early
edition (Travelers Egypt) and then a later version
(Passport's version), but a close examination reveals
they have similar publishing schedules. Both are
produced by Thomas Cook, so it must just be a marketing
thing. eBay is a wonderful resource, but I did end
up with a duplicate.
These slim books are well illustrated and designed
as an a-z encyclopedic view of the major sites. They
are surprisingly complete for such small books, even
if the mention is only a paragraph describing the
more out-of-the-way sites. The major sites are covered
quite well in an organized fashion, but the detail
level is such that this book would be useful only
to someone on a guided tour.
Not surprising, I guess, considering that Thomas Cook
has been guiding tours in Egypt for well over a century.
You would need to fill in the gaps of this book with
a good reference tourist guide (like Rough Guide,
or Footprint) in order to do you your own travel planning.
The few pages of logistics and travel tips are almost
I enjoyed the writing, which is succinct. Most of the
photos seem to be stock, however, and I found the
exact same photographs in a number of other books
(not just these twins).
I won't buy either of these published guides for other
trips. They were interesting enough to page through,
but I found a better source for nearly all the information