- Eight Four Seasons destinations offer cultural exploration and culinary adventure
From coastlines to cities, medieval villages to royal parks, urban art tours to champagne cellars, luxury hospitality leader Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is launching the latest iteration of its popular Scenic Route – captivating journeys to the heart of eight European destinations. Recalling that life is as much about the journey as the destination, this year’s immersive offerings are inspired by travelers’ desire to make the most of every vacation moment and see every destination through a unique local lens. Designed to be enjoyed on a leisurely day – or as part of a longer getaway – each itinerary can be customized to include bespoke experiences.
“The past few years have reminded us all of the importance of taking the time to pause and notice the details around us,” says Simon Casson, President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This idea of slowing down and enjoying the journey is what inspired the creation of the Scenic Route with Four Seasons, and this latest offering is about celebrating heartfelt connections to the places we visit and the people we meet.”
Casson continues, “Selecting the best insider knowledge from our world-renowned concierges, each itinerary immerses travelers in cultural gems, authentic cuisine, local art, history, and more.
Experience a different pace of life with eight exclusive Four Seasons Scenic Route journeys.
A gastronomic adventure in Paris
Journey to the heart of French heritage and gastronomy with the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Be one of the first to visit Europe’s largest private collection of French Art Nouveau at Maison Belle Époque – the former home of the founders of Perrier-Jouët, opening its doors for the very first time, exclusively to customers of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Travel the longest Loire Valley wine route in France—with vineyards dating back to the Middle Ages—under the tutelage of a Four Seasons vice-sommelier. Sip and taste in the renowned wine districts of Orléans, Meung-sur-Loire and Sully-sur-Loire, or in chef Simone Zanoni’s incredible vegetable garden. Marvel at centuries of history at the Palace of Versailles and the Palace of Fontainebleau, before soaking up the romance of a sunset cruise on the Seine. And with five Michelin stars between the hotel’s three restaurants, there’s plenty to entice travelers to the Four Seasons culinary embrace in the city of love.
A celebration in London
Whether you’re marveling at a private tour of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, or sipping afternoon tea in the verdant Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the tradition and glamor accompany every step between the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane in prestigious Mayfair and the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square in the heart of the bustling city. Soak up centuries in landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Expand your horizons at the Tate Modern. Discover hip bars and fashion at Old Spitalfields Market or stroll down Savile Row. Go foodie at Borough Market, one of the city’s oldest foodie destinations, or take a day trip to the opulent Highclere Castle, made famous by the Downton Abbey TV series and films. At the end of each full day, retreat to a Four Seasons sanctuary for some relaxation away from it all.
An artistic immersion from Madrid to Lisbon
Revel in color, creativity and culture as you discover the Four Seasons Hotel Madrid and the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. In Portugal’s hip capital, cruise the winding streets in a vintage sidecar for a contemporary art tour of the Underdogs Gallery. Learn the skill of Portuguese tile painting at the century-old Viúva Lamego factory-workshop – whose handcrafted tiles can be found in the hotel itself. Join savvy Madrileños for a sizzling flamenco show or master the basics in a private lesson. As you cross the mountainous Iberian Peninsula, discover the medieval majesty of 14th-century Reguengos de Monsaraz, explore the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins of Mérida, and feast on melt-in-your-mouth Iberian ham at its birthplace, Badajoz. From diving deep into the local art scene to exploring the Connecting Peninsula, every itinerary is a fiesta of discovery.
Riverside Grandeur from Prague to Budapest
Traveling is as much backwards as forwards, as revealed by the enchanting castles, haunting music, century-old abbey, winery and botanical herb garden that lie between the picturesque Four Seasons Hotel Prague and the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest. Witness the ancient art of Bohemian crystal glassmaking in Prague—and glassblowing—before exploring modern Czech architecture at Villa Tugendhat. Take in the watery charms of Prague’s Vltava River on a traditional wooden boat or watch the lights of Budapest twinkle with a sunset speedboat ride—James Bond style—on the Danube. Sip exquisite Hungarian wines during a private picnic in lush wine gardens just outside Budapest, then immerse yourself in the city’s contemporary art scene at the trendy Art Factory.
Magic among the minarets in Istanbul
Istanbul’s iconic minarets and towers are home to an abundance of cultural treasures, from a private tour of the antique-filled yalı (waterside house) by world-renowned designer and art historian Serdar Gülgün , to a full body recalibration in a traditional Turkish hammam. Joining the Scenic Route for the first time this year, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus encompasses all the elegance of its waterfront namesake – the scenic strait that connects Europe to Asia. Feast on Turkish delicacies and explore the art galleries of the bustling port district, Karaköy. Soak up the golden light on a private sunset yacht cruise along the Bosphorus. Wander the hidden streets and treasure-filled antique shops of Balat. Head to Galata Tower for sweeping views of the multi-layered city below or take a brightly colored tram along Istiklal Street and soak up the organic delights of Turkey’s most enticing shopping destination.
Take the scenic route and explore with Four Seasons:
- Lisbon and Madrid
- Prague and Budapest
Speak to each hotel’s concierge for more insider tips or to book through the links above.
Travelers are also encouraged to tag their social media adventure photos with #FSScenicRoute for a chance to be featured on the property’s Instagram channels.