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Horse Riding Holiday in Egypt

Discover the hidden gems of Fayoum. Venture out to the desert. Gaze upon vast sand dunes, and watch gorgeous sunsets over the horizon. Take in the beauty of the desert night sky. Revel in the unique experience of being immersed in ancient history at one of the world’s most iconic sites. Enjoy the lively energy and sumptuous cuisine of this fascinating country.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 85 kilograms / 187 pounds
  • Horse breed: Mixed Arabians and local breeds
  • Tack Type: English Tack

Highlights

  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 - 6 hours
  • Ride along the ancient land, and admire the view of the Pyramids
  • Gear up and experience an open space desert
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake and the desert
  • Full-day Jeep safari to Wadi Al Hitan and Magic Lake
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, Hungarian
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cairo International Airport (US$ 40 per person)
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Accommodation

Accommodation in Cairo - Best View Pyramid Inn

The accommodations offer great views of the Pyramids. On the beautiful rooftop terrace, you can enjoy your meal or just have a coffee and wonder about the oldest mystery. The Accommodation is nearby to Great Sphinx and Giza Pyramids. The hotel will offer free W-iFi, air-conditioned rooms, and 24-hour reception.

Accommodation in Fayoum

Desert Dreams offers beautiful authentic places to stay, where you can really understand the welcome of Arabic people. These beautiful places will allow you to disconnect from the busy places and enjoy life in a small village with spectacular scenery of the lake and desert. Your host will make delicious local dishes and of course some tea. Accommodation is subject to change. Would be replaced by a similar choice (would be confirmed closer to the date of the tour).

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

  • Airport transfer (not included)
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation is close to the Pyramids

Arrive at Cairo airport where your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel. Relax until dinner time. Then meet the team from Desert Dreams and your travel partners. Enjoy your local meal with a great view of the Pyramids. One of the most iconic and awe-inspiring sights in the world. Standing tall in the desert sands. These ancient structures have fascinated and captivated people for thousands of years. Tomorrow morning’s adventure will take us to have a close look at it from a back of a horse.

Day 2: Cairo

  • All meals
  • Horse riding for 2 hours
  • Cairo Museum
  • Accommodation close to the Pyramids

Try some local dishes in the morning, have your coffee/tea then get ready for a riding adventure. Your driver will take you to a stable where you will meet the horses for your trip. You will be riding mixed Arabians and local breeds. These horses are known for their courage, power, and intelligence, so easy to fall in love with them. There are so many great stories about how these horses were loyal to their owner.

Horses were so important to the Bedouins; they kept the mares in their tents which explains why these horses connect with humans on a different level.

Ride along the ancient land, and admire the view of the Pyramids. Take fascinating photos, race in the desert, and experience the joy of this trip. After your ride, you will take you back to your hotel where you can freshen up, have your lunch, then get ready for the afternoon tour. It is time for you to discover some antiquities from the olden time in Cairo Museum, your private guide will accompany you for this wonderful expedition. You will discover some important collections from ancient years. Later, get a glimpse of the old town of Cairo. Celebrate this full day with flavorful Egyptian dishes. Wonder about the greatest mystery on the planet while looking at the Pyramids in the night light.

The Giza Pyramid is the largest Egyptian Pyramid, it was made for Pharaoh Khufu from the 4th dynasty around 2550 B.C. The Pharaohs expected to become Gods in their afterlife, therefore they built temples and royal burial grounds for themselves. The 2nd Pyramid of the Giza complex was created by Khufu's son Khafre. His necropolis also included the Sphinx, is a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. The 3rd one was built by Pharaoh Menkaure.

Day 3: Arrival in Fayoum

  • All meals
  • Transfer to Fayoum
  • Full-day Jeep Safari to Wadi El Hitan.
  • Camping 

Wake up to a lovely morning, and try some local food for breakfast before the adventure begins. We will make our way to Fayoum. We are going to drive into the desert, be ready for a full-day desert tour by a 4x4 vehicle. During the day visit Wadi Al Hitan also known as the Valley of the Whales. This is an incredible open-air museum for whale fossils. This area used to be underwater 40 million years ago. After spending some time here and discovering some museum pieces, we will drive to Magic Lake, the water is surrounded by sand dunes. Take off your shoes and let your bare feet touch the warm soft sand. Lunch will be served in the desert. A full day of beautiful landscapes. Also, great fun driving over big sand dunes while driving to your night camp, here you will spend the night enjoying your meal. Watch the sun go to sleep. Sunsets are special already, but have you seen one in Egypt? You can sense the magic around you when it happens. Relax by the fire, allow yourself to disconnect, and watch out for shooing starts. Stargazing is a way of discovering ancient

methods of navigation. There is a unique sense of peace at night. Drift off to sleep to the sound of burning embers.

Day 4: Fayoum

  • All meals
  • Pottery factory visit.
  • Horse riding (2 hours).
  • Accommodation in Fayoum.

Get up to the sound of dawn, have your tasty breakfast, and drive back to Fayoum where we are going to stay in an authentic guesthouse. Upon arrival you will understand the welcome of the Arabic people, they will make you feel like you are at home, and you will never get hungry or not drink enough tea. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake and the desert. Your hosts will spoil you with gorgeously plated dishes. When our lunch break is finished, we are going to visit a pottery factory run by a family, here you can see and practice how to make plates, mugs, and decorations from clay. Later on the afternoon we will saddle up and ride around the village. Closing of this day will be a delicious dinner at your guesthouse.

Day 5: Fayoum

  • All meals
  • Transfer back to Fayoum
  • Horse riding around Magic Lake (4 hours)
  • Accommodation in a guesthouse.

Another delightful morning. The sun has risen slowly on the endless desert. What a view while enjoying your breakfast. Get ready to drive back to Fayoum, on the way back you have one more chance to catch sight of the beautiful area and swim in the lake. Lunch will be served at the guesthouse, then the riding adventure begins. Ride through the village, there are beautiful paintings on the houses, and local people living their daily life, catch a glimpse of the village life. Take the road to the desert where strong palm trees make the land look finer. Watch a beautiful sunset as it melts across the horizon. Fall in love with the colors of sundown. Return back from the tour and have your dinner with spices used in the traditional cuisine of Egypt.

Day 6: Fayoum/Cairo

  • All meals
  • Full-day horse riding (5 - 6 hours) in the desert of Fayoum
  • Transfer back to Cairo
  • Accommodation close to Giza Pyramids

Enjoy your breakfast in your authentic guesthouse. Listen to the bird song, and feel the air warming up slowly as the sun wakes up. After a beautiful morning get into your riding gears to conquer the desert. This ride will be a special one to remember! Spend the day in the dunes enjoy your lunch break with spectacular views, then race with your horses while the sun sets. After the breathtaking scenery you have encountered during your ride, you will make your way back to Cairo and have dinner.

Day 7: Cairo departure

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the airport (not included)

Wake up for the view of the Pyramids. Enjoy your Egyptian breakfast with the sight of the olden time before checking out.

As you say goodbye to Egypt, remember the new friendships you’ve made and the cultural experiences that have enriched your life. Take a moment to look back on your photographs and souvenirs, which will remind you of the incredible adventures you’ve had. Hopefully, they will see you for another adventure.

Difficulty level

The holidays are designed for intermediate and advanced riders, however, Desert Dreams can adjust the program for beginner riders (fewer hours in the saddle with a private guide), but this has to be confirmed prior to booking.

Location

During this tour, you will visit various destinations around Cairo and Fayoum.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 - 6 hours
  • Full-day jeep safari tour
  • Guided horse riding and non-riding tours as stated in the itinerary
  • Transfers between Cairo and Fayoum

What's not included

  • Insurance
  • Beverages, and alcoholic beverages
  • International flights
  • Entrance fees (museums, temples, etc.)
  • Transfer on arrival day and departure day
  • Visa
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (75 EUR / week)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Cairo International Airport Airport transfer available: Cairo International Airport (US$ 40 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Wednesday September 25, 2024
(7 days / 6 nights)

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