From the Classics and to the Eclectic, the River Nile to the Mediterranean and Red Seas, Four Seasons Leads the Way in Egypt.
Cairo, Alexandria, and Sharm El Sheikh – these iconic Egyptian destinations have always enticed travellers from around the globe. With its rich architectural wonders, historical significance, and a new wave of cultural immersion, Egypt has become a favoured hotspot for those seeking an extraordinary adventure. This summer, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, and Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh invite travellers to embark on an unforgettable journey through centuries of history, culture, and excitement.
“The incredible thing about Egypt is that there’s always more – from exciting archaeological finds and newly restored landmarks to its recent emergence as a playground for desert and sea adventures, and the many exciting new attractions just waiting to be experienced,” says Simon Casson, President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa at Four Seasons. “With the insider knowledge and genuine care that only Four Seasons can provide, a truly memorable experience will leave guests with only one question: when are we coming back again?”
With a strong presence in Egypt for over two decades, Four Seasons offers tailored holiday experiences for families, couples, and friends. Whether exploring one, two, or multiple destinations, guests can expect personalized itineraries, trusted local guides, and seamless travel arrangements. After an adventure-filled day, unwind in luxurious accommodations and cherish every moment of your extraordinary journey.
Unveiling Ancient Wonders in Cairo
At the top of every visitor’s list is the highly anticipated opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Cairo. The largest archaeological museum in the world, it welcomes guests with a colossal 11-meter statue of Ramses II providing a glimpse into the treasures unearthed from King Tut’s tomb and spanning over 7,000 years of Egyptian history and culture. Although partially open, the grand opening of GEM is scheduled for later this year.
Cairo offers a myriad of experiences for history enthusiasts. Beyond the iconic Pyramids of Giza, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a private dinner under the stars, surrounded by the majesty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. For a lesser-known gem, the Step Pyramid at Djoser offers a fascinating glimpse into an ancient tomb complex that predates the Pyramids of Giza by several hundred years, recently reopened after a 14-year restoration.
Luxor, a paradise city on the banks of the Nile, beckons travellers to immerse themselves in deeper historical exploration. Four Seasons provides an all-inclusive experience, from limo transfers and a dedicated escort through the airport to a guided tour of Luxor’s renowned open-air museum, where new treasures continue to be unearthed.
Culture enthusiasts staying in Cairo will be spoiled for choice. Restored palaces, performing arts centres, contemporary art galleries, and numerous museums await exploration. The Cairo Opera House, a hub of international and local musical performances, offers first-class productions of ballet, opera, and symphonic works.
No visit to Cairo is complete without a stroll through the Moez area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to Khan El Khalili, the bustling 1,000-year-old markets, offering artisanal crafts and souvenirs. As the sun sets, a leisurely cruise on the Nile in a traditional felucca offers picturesque views of the Cairo Opera House, Cairo Tower, Cairo Yacht Club, and enchanting palaces, while savouring Bedouin-style mint tea.
Alexandria: The Jewel of the Mediterranean
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria boasts a youthful charm infused with cross-cultural influences from its vibrant history. Pompey’s Pillar, a tribute to the Roman Emperor Diocletian, stands tall as a testament to the city’s rich past. While climbing the pillar is prohibited, its intriguing stories and historical significance make it a fascinating landmark to explore.
A visit to the Roman Amphitheatre takes visitors on a journey through the remains of ancient Alexandria during the Roman Period. The Citadel Qaitbay, where the legendary Pharos Lighthouse once stood, now houses a naval museum with lookout towers and a captivating collection of weapons.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a major cultural centre, is a must-see landmark with space for millions of books and a magnificent main reading room. With four museums, fifteen permanent art galleries, a planetarium, and a manuscript restoration laboratory, this complex is a treasure trove of knowledge.
For a truly enchanting experience, Four Seasons can arrange expert-guided tours of the opulent Royal Jewelry Museum, showcasing priceless treasures including gold objects and jewellery once worn by Egypt’s royal family. The palace offers an exquisite setting for a romantic proposal or a celebration of enduring love, followed by a dinner and live music in the Royal Gardens.
To embrace modern Alexandria, a visit to the stunning Alexandria Opera House is a must. This architectural marvel hosts captivating performances of music, ballet, opera, and more.
Sharm El Sheikh: An Oasis for Adventurers
For those seeking exhilarating adventures in a vast wilderness, Egypt’s Peninsula is a paradise waiting to be explored. The Red Sea surrounding the southern tip of the peninsula is a haven for divers and snorkellers, boasting vibrant marine life and captivating shipwrecks. Begin your underwater journey at the new dive centre at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, where professional training and glimpses of colourful aquatic life await in the resort’s private reef.
Embark on escorted trips and yacht charters to the area’s 76 recognized dive sites, and don’t miss the enchanting experience of night diving, where the moonlit waters offer a stunning view of bioluminescent plankton.
Beyond the underwater wonders, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh offers an expanded array of amenities, including numerous pools, twelve diverse culinary experiences, a new spa and fitness centre, and tennis and squash courts. For those seeking adventure in the desert, quad biking the dunes, a sunset camel safari, or a romantic Bedouin-style dinner under the stars are just a few options to choose from.
Historic sites like Mount Sinai, believed to be the place where God appeared to Moses, offer an overnight climb rewarded by the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise over the Red Sea. The region is also home to Saint Catherine’s Monastery, one of the world’s oldest working monasteries, built in the sixth century and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a glimpse of modern Sharm El Sheikh, visit the Heavenly Cathedral with its intricate ceiling paintings, stained glass windows, and Biblical illustrations. The Al Sahaba Mosque, with its striking minarets, is another architectural gem worth exploring. Both landmarks were built in the 21st century and are conveniently located near the Old Market, where you can find souvenirs, spices, and local handicrafts.
With Four Seasons as your guide, the timeless allure of Egypt awaits, offering a remarkable blend of history, culture, and adventure. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Egypt, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
In conclusion, Egypt presents a diverse tapestry of historical wonders, cultural immersion, and exhilarating adventures. With Four Seasons’ expertise and personalized services, travellers can embark on tailored journeys that cater to their individual preferences and desires. Whether exploring Cairo’s secrets, immersing oneself in Alexandria’s cross-cultural influences, or embracing the adventurous spirit of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt promises a truly unforgettable experience. Begin your journey today and unlock the captivating treasures of this remarkable destination.