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Istanbul to Cairo on a Shoestring [Paperback]

A. & Williams, J. Humphreys
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Feb. 1 2000 Lonely Planet Istanbul to Cairo: Classic Overland Route
Istanbul to Cairo is a classic overland route offering an extraordinary range of travel experiences in six of the Middle East's most fascinating countries. With over 75 maps this brand new budget-travellers' guide covers all the essentials and more.

Features: wander through some of the 400 rooms of the harem in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace; explore the fine Roman-era ruins and palm-fringed oasis at Palmyra; retrace the steps of Lawrence of Arabia among the rockscapes of Wadi Rum; dance the night away in Beirut, home to the Middle East's best nightclubs; bob about like a cork on the Dead Sea; be awestruck by the Pyramids of Giza or the Great Temple of Karnak.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, if... Aug. 26 2001
By Wyote
Format:Paperback
This book outlines an excellent journey from Istanbul to Cairo, with all the detail and information we expect from Lonely Planet. The only problem emerges if you want to take a different route than the one they've outlined. They make hardly any allowance for this possibility, and this is the book's fatal flaw. Use it as a suggestion book, as a guide; but consider buying a guide to the Middle East instead, and thus providing yourself with much more information on the places between Istanbul and Cairo, places you may want to visit even though they're "off the beaten track." For instance, with more information I chose to go South through Jordan, ferry to Egypt, and then go back North into Israel, ending in Jerusalem. This made sites such as Petra in Jordan and St. Anthony's Monastery in Egypt fit nicely on the itinerary, and for me ending in Jerusalem provided a more fitting climax. No one trip can fit everyone. Whatever your desires, consider a guidebook that presents more options. Make sure you include Istanbul, Ephesus, Damascus, Baalbek, Beirut, Petra, Jerusalem, Cairo. Strongly consider Nazareth, Haifa, Luxor, and Mt. Sinai. Have fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide... Jan. 1 2002
By A. Gott
Format:Paperback
This is a great and detailed guide to the classic land route, covers the area and the trip in outstanding detail, but at the same time does not try to force you to stay on a certain itenerary. Highly reccomended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, if... Aug. 26 2001
By Wyote
Format:Paperback
This book outlines an excellent journey from Istanbul to Cairo, with all the detail and information we expect from Lonely Planet. The only problem emerges if you want to take a different route than the one they've outlined. They make hardly any allowance for this possibility, and this is the book's fatal flaw. Use it as a suggestion book, as a guide; but consider buying a guide to the Middle East instead, and thus providing yourself with much more information on the places between Istanbul and Cairo, places you may want to visit even though they're "off the beaten track."
For instance, with more information I chose to go south through Jordan, ferry to Egypt, and then go back north into Israel, ending in Jerusalem. This made sites such as Petra in Jordan and St. Anthony's Monastery in Egypt fit nicely on the itinerary, and for me ending in Jerusalem provided a more fitting climax. No one trip can fit everyone. Whatever your desires, consider a guidebook that presents more options.
----UPDATE: I didn't take that trip actually; but I think the principle is still valid! Design your own trip! Lonely Planet's general guide to the Middle East is not bad.
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