Hieroglyphics, pyramids, pharaohs--all icons for which Egypt is rightly famous. But with the help of this fully updated guide from Cadogan, travelers will discover that Egypt's living present is just as exciting as its fascinating past. Cairo may be one of the world's finest medieval cities, but it is also a vibrant metropolis, where they can shop at smart designer boutiques as well as bargain for goods in the traditional bazaar. Author Michael Haag's in-depth commentary brings Egypt's history to life as they pass through the Valley of the Kings; examine the Ptolemiac temples at Esna, Edfu, and Kon Ombo; and take in the world's oldest monasteries in the Wadi Naturn. From reef diving and off-road adventures to a trip down the Nile and riding through desert landscapes, this guide contains all the information to make the trip to Egypt an unforgettable experience.