For anyone planning a trip to Cairo, Egypt, a travel guide is a must. Traveling to a foreign country can be made much easier if a travel book is read beforehand so that at least a general idea on what types of sights and activities seem interesting can be accomplished. With a little bit of knowledge about the city and/or country, a tentative itinerary can be planned before arrival.   Also, photography is not allowed inside tombs, museums - esp. of any heirloglyphics - and rather than buy postcards, a well illustrated travel book is ideal - it is also good to flash it at the incessant touts who have incredibly priced travel guides for sale near all attractions!

Here are a couple of recommended travel books on Cairo:

“Cairo: The Practical Guide,” by Claire E. Francy is a highly recommended guide that describes to the reader what life is like in Cairo, so that upon arrival visitors will not be quite as lost in terms of what they should expect to see.   Francy used interviews with local residents to come up with advice and information on how much to expect items to cost, which cultural exhibits should not be missed, and what sorts of goods and services are available in Cairo. 

“Lonely Planet Cairo,” by Andrew Humphreys is a book that talks in detail about the Egyptian pyramids and other historical monuments all over Egypt. The book also contains maps, recommendations on where to shop, eat, and visit in Cairo. Details on the history of Cairo and Egypt are also contained in this book.

"Blue Guide Egypt" is really very helpful, in which you can find information about so many things, daily life, places to eat , see, visit, very good explanation for the archaeological sites and visits that you will like to make. If you could not find the Blue Guide for all Egypt , then try the Blue Guide Cairo, it also has maps and many tips and advice.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Buying junior his own illustrated tour book can be a good way to play "spot King tut... "

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site