Egyptian Expedition

Tourism in Egypt is about diversity. From its ancient landmarks, to its remarkably picturesque beaches, you can find any and every activity imaginable. Caught in the cross-hairs of turmoil after revolutionary government reform, the country is recovering, and has renewed its commitment to the tourists that keep this vibrant ecosystem of hotels, restaurants, museums, and cultural sites alive.

   There is no right or wrong way to experience Egypt. One can indulge in the long and rich history of temples, burial grounds, forts, and mummies by day, then hop a quick flight to the Sinai Peninsula for drinks on the beach by night. The narrow allies that radiate like arteries inside the heart of Old Cairo flow with music and food and shopping, while the shore of the Red Sea ebbs and flows with a calmer energy. Diversity: It’s at the heart of Egyptian tourism.

   Couples looking to get their fill of sun and cultural substance will have no shortage of options to consider. The treasures of the ancient world are surrounded by numerous luxury accommodations and restaurants. Egypt does an exceptional job of blurring the line between old and new, treating visitors that seek the ambiance of antiquity, but the convenience of modern amenities, to a seamless experience.   

   Exploring the land of the pharaohs has never been more affordable and more pleasurable than right now. The security is tight, the lines are short, and the locals are eager to welcome you. If making the journey is on your radar, here are a few guiding lights to help you navigate the possibilities.


CAIRO

Cairo © Victor Amos
Cairo © Victor Amos

Where To Stay:

Semiramis InterContinental Hotel Cairo

Situated on the banks of the Nile River, the Four Seasons gives you a breathtaking view of the bustling, cosmopolitan core of Cairo. You are steps away from the Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, and Nile River feluccas. The rooms are spacious and offer all the modern amenities a savvy traveler would require.

What To See:

The Egyptian Museum is a national treasure not to be missed, if not for the King Tut exhibit alone. Cruising down the Nile River in a traditional felucca is a great way to get your sea legs while taking in the sights. The walled streets of Old Cairo are a shopping mecca. You can find all of the souvenirs, clothing, and food your heart desires!


GIZA

Giza © Victor Amos
Giza © Victor Amos

Where To Stay:

Mena House Hotel

The Mena House is a palatial hotel located in the shadows of the Giza Necropolis.  Its luxuriously appointed estate is not only surrounded by the pyramids, but also by 40 acres of winding green gardens. Their plethora of on-campus restaurants round-out the royal offerings you’ll find here.

What To See:

Being only a short drive from Cairo, missing the wonders of Giza is not an option! You can see the last remaining Wonders of the Ancient World at the Giza Necropolis. The pyramids, sphinx, and burial grounds all await you at this historical treasure trove.


LUXOR

Luxor © Victor Amos
Luxor © Victor Amos

Where To Stay:

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

This property, overlooking the Nile River, is the epitome of modern elegance. The minimalist architectural compound features 2 infinity pools, a multi-tier sunbathing deck, 8 bars & restaurants, and a luxury spa.

What To See:

While the Temple of Karnak is fabulous during the day, it is even more spectacular at night. The nightly light and sound show transforms the stone temple into a time portal, complete with projections and an audio recounting of the temple’s history. Luxor is teeming with other historical sites, such as the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple, and other numerous West Bank archeological grounds.


SHARM EL SHEIKH

Sharm El Sheikh © Victor Amos
Sharm El Sheikh © Victor Amos

Where To Stay:

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

This is one of the most spectacular hotels one can visit in the Middle East. The terraced villas cascade down to the shores of the Red Sea, where a beach, water sports, and even snorkeling await you! The sprawling property also offers several restaurants and a full-service spa, which makes escaping reality simple.

What To See:

Sharm El Sheikh is all about the beach. While there are traditional tourist traps like shopping malls in the area, I recommend spending your time exploring the world-class snorkeling and sailing the region is famous for. Also consider venturing to a Bedouin camp for dinner, belly dancing, and even a camel ride!

Victor Amos
Lifestyle Editor at World Bride Magazine.
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