A complicated but fascinating country with some of the most enduring historical monuments on Earth, Egypt stands as an unforgettable travel destination. In many ways, there are two Egypts. The first is the Egypt of Cairo and the Nile, of bustling medieval bazaars, noseless Sphinxes, river cruises and Agatha Christie-era exoticism. The second, and just as integral to many visitors, is the Egypt of the Red Sea, where a spread of large-scale modern resorts caters to sun-seekers and scuba divers. Sharm el Sheikh, with its world-class diving, high-end hotels and desert adventures, is the best known of them.
Most of the country’s ancient treasures were built during the time of the pharaohs. The Pyramids of Giza (the sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World); the lotus-columned temples of Luxor and Karnak; the Valley of the Kings; Aswan; strung along the Nile, these monuments have drawn visitors for centuries. They represent a lasting legacy of one of the most fabled periods of human history.
Of course, the country is best understood not so much for its great monuments but through its people. Bartering for a bargain in Cairo’s ancient Khan al-Khalili bazaar, taking tea and falling into long conversation with a local, or simply stopping awhile in a remote village, silent but for the chatter of hooves on tarmac, will give a glimpse of a country full of character, color, and fortitude.
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Exploring Siwa Oasis
Arguably our favorite destination, and for good reason, Siwa Oasis is like stepping back in time nearly 500 years. In the tiny village with little more than 1,000 people, Siwa offers a chance to witness the frugal ways of Egyptians' past with mostly-modern amenities. Cruise through the date farms to pick the fruit while it's fresh, see the temple that Alexander the Great once stood in, stop for some tea near Cleopatra's Spring and then head back to the hotel for a relaxing evening with some salt therapy and fresh local cuisine.
Cruising along the Nile River
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Nile River with stops along the way to view some of the most historic sites in Egypt. And what's better than seeing all of these sites? Seeing them with an Egyptologist. As your personal guide, they will explain the finest details and help paint a vivid image for what life during that time in history.
Enjoy a Sunset Dinner on Safari
When the word "safari" is mentioned, most well-traveled folks think of southern Africa and wildlife safari. But here in Egypt, they have a different kind of safari. Head out in a refurbished Land Cruiser and go out into the sand dunes, leaving the nearest town further than the eye can see. Once nicely perched atop a sand dune, enjoy the beautiful sunset while drinking a fine glass of wine. This is the Egypt we dream of.
Discovering Hidden Treasures in Fayoum
Many think of the Pyramids when they think of Egypt. However, there are many extraordinary places that have interesting history. Take Fayoum Oasis for example; they boast some of the oldest historical sites in all of Egypt, like the Medinet el Fayum (formerly Crocodilopolis, or “Crocodile City”), Hawara and the Lahun pyramids. And if that's not enough, Fayoum Oasis also houses one of the only waterfalls in the entire country.
Sand Boarding in the Desert
If adventure and sports are the preferred activities on the itinerary, then we turn your attention to sand boarding. As one of the only board sports in Egypt, it boasts some of the most fun for everyone.
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ADRÈRE AMELLAL | Siwa Oasis
Adrère Amellal is a luxurious eco-lodge radically different from traditional luxury. While there isn't electricity in the suites made, the food comes exclusively from the hotel’s organic garden. The décor of the hotel’s 40 rooms are simple but chic while the furniture and sofas are made of custom carved white limestone. For relaxation, the hotel has a salt spa and a natural spring pool. In the heart of the desert, the Adrere Amellal is proof that luxury can be simple, ecological, and exclusive.
Lazib Inn | Fayoum Oasis
Glamorous yet homey, luxurious yet cozy; the Lazib Inn oasis suites offer the essence of Egyptian comfort and style. Each suite is designed with a unique ambiance & eclectic décor, combining style, charm and exquisite attention to detail with extraordinary views of the surrounding oasis. The suites, combined with fresh, organic meals inspired by the oasis’ local goodness, make the Lazib Inn an incredible destination for any Egypt-bound traveler.
Four Seasons | Cairo
Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence offers comfortable luxury accommodations, taking full advantage of the setting, allowing you to look out on a range of lovely vistas, including the pyramids, botanical gardens and captivating views of the city itself. Inside, you'll be embraced by soothing interiors featuring soft gold, red and green tones and gilded, empire-style furnishings. The addition of authentic fine dining and excellent spa treatments, makes the Four Seasons the ideal luxury hotel.