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This is an authentic Egyptian experience! "Captivating Cairo" takes in the sights and sounds of Egypt’s bustling capital city, its museums bursting at the seams with history, hectic "souqs" full of banter and cafés filled with clouds of aromatic shisha, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the seven classic "Wonders of the World" while on horseback.
Ride Egypt offers a choice of two and three-star bed and breakfast hotels, subject to availability. Due to the guesthouses having a smaller capacity than the big generic hotels, Ride Egypt likes to have the freedom to choose and these are the favorites. Giza guesthouses offer stunning views, right in the heart of the action. Standard rooms are included in the packages. If you would like a pyramid view room, Ride Egypt will do their best, so please check at the time of booking.
Set 300 meters away from the Great Sphinx and 1.2 kilometers away from the Giza Pyramids, the Panorama Pyramids Inn features accommodation with free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at the inn are equipped with a seating area and a TV with satellite channels and have a private bathroom with free toiletries, air conditioning, and a desk.
The accommodation offers a terrace and, speaking Arabic and English, the staff are always on hand to help at the 24-hour front desk. Cairo Tower is 14 kilometers from the Panorama Pyramids Inn, while the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is 14 kilometers away. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Cairo!
Located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, just 50 meters from these wonders of the ancient world, this hotel offers unmatched views of the pyramids, sphinx, and the sound and light theater. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property; at the hotel, each room is equipped with a wardrobe, fridge, and a flat-screen TV.
Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while certain rooms at Pyramids Valley also provide guests with a terrace. After dinner, you will be welcome to watch the magnificent sound and light show from your balcony or the top terrace.
The Pyramids View Inn is located in Cairo, 400 meters from the Great Sphinx, and has free bikes and a garden. The property is set 1.1 kilometers away from the Giza Pyramids. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. At the inn, each room includes a wardrobe and a TV. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath, while selected rooms include a kitchen. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Cairo!
Staying in a stunning guesthouse close to and with views of the Pyramids of Giza, you will experience the "Real Egypt", the heartwarming local hospitality of these wonderful people and saddle up for two long but unforgettable rides into the depths of history that Egypt is renowned for. This is a guesthouse-based minibreak and riders should be confident in open spaces.
What better way to start your riding adventures in Cairo than with a stunning trip on horseback to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Giza Pyramids; built to endure an eternity and they have done just that! The monumental tombs are relics of Egypt’s Old Kingdom era and were constructed some 4,500 years ago.
Egypt’s pharaohs expected to become gods in the afterlife; to prepare for the next world, they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves, filled with all the things each ruler would need to guide and sustain himself in the next world. Pharaoh Khufu began the first Giza pyramid project, circa 2550 B.C. His Great Pyramid is the largest in Giza and towers some 481 feet (147 meters) above the plateau. Its estimated 2.3 million stone blocks each weigh an average of 2.5 to 15 tons.
Khufu’s son, Pharaoh Khafre, built the second pyramid at Giza, circa 2520 B.C. His necropolis also included the Sphinx, a mysterious limestone monument with the body of a lion and a pharaoh’s head. The Sphinx may stand sentinel for the pharaoh’s entire tomb complex. The third of the Giza Pyramids is considerably smaller than the first two. Built by Pharaoh Menkaure circa 2490 B.C., it featured a much more complex mortuary temple. Each massive pyramid is but one part of a larger complex, including a palace, temples, solar boat pits, and other features.
On arrival at the pyramids, you will dismount and while the guides tend to the horses, you will have time to explore these breathtaking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried. Additionally, if time permits, you will visit the Solar Boat Museum at the Pyramids where you will dismount and be met by the Egyptology guide.
There you will visit Khufu ship, which is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2,500 BC. The ship is now preserved in the Giza Solar Boat Museum. The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
Like other buried Ancient Egyptian ships, it was apparently part of the extensive grave goods intended for use in the afterlife and contained no bodies, unlike northern European ship burials. After an awe-inspiring morning, you will have lunch at one of the favorite Egyptian restaurants before heading back to the hotel to shower and change.
Your afternoon will be a non-riding tour of the Cairo Museum. Housing 165,000 Egyptian artifacts, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo attracts millions of visitors a year. The highlight for most is the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun; his six gold gilded coffins dominate the main hall, while his magnificent death mask is the must-see item of the day. Your guide will introduce you to the most important pieces before allowing you free time to explore the museum at your own leisure.
Dinner will be served after your ride at a local restaurant overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza where you can watch the light and sound show while enjoying a barbecue dinner; what an introduction to Egypt!
Your morning ride takes you to the Pyramids of Abusir and the Sun Temple. There are a total of 14 pyramids located in Abusir belonging to ancient Egypt’s fourth dynasty. Abusir is located 2.5 kilometers north of Sakkara and about 12 kilometers south of the pyramids of Giza. The most important pyramids at Abusir are of those of Sahure, Niuserre, and Neferirkare.
The Abusir Pyramids Complex rarely gets the recognition it deserves and in fact, many guide books and tour brochures don’t even mention it. Be prepared to be dazzled on horseback as you visit the final resting ground for many pharaohs, nobles and other important officials, and particularly for those who lived during the time of the 5th Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom era.
Unlike Giza, these pyramids are rarely visited by tourists and remain "un-walled", which means you will be able to ride inside, get off, and really explore. You will have a late breakfast or early lunch in the desert close to the Sun Temple before your ride continues onto to Sakkara Pyramids, best known for the "Step Pyramid", the oldest of Egypt’s 97 pyramids built in the Third Dynasty for King Djoser.
Both Sakkara and Abu Sir served as cemeteries for the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis so are bursting with ancient Egyptian history. Ride Egypt aims to finish mid or late afternoon and you will have a few hours to relax and have dinner at your hotel.
Your morning trail ride takes you to the deserts on the outskirts of the Great Pyramids of Giza. This is a fantastic ride where you will be able to enjoy the open ground and freedom you can only experience by horseback! You can prepare to be amazed as the sure-footed horses will take you behind one of the Seven Wonders of the World where you can fly like Laurence of Arabia on your very own majestic horse.
Lunch is served locally before you head back to your hotel to freshen up and then you will head out for your non-riding tour to El Khalili and Muez street which are the oldest parts of Cairo. At the Khan el Khalili bazaar, your guide will give you an introduction to the famous markets which claim to have inspired Christopher Columbus to discover the USA.
Enjoy your free time to stroll through the maze of streets and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir of your trip to Egypt. This is a private tour, allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour. In addition, you can visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish.
Dinner and shisha will be at Fishawy cafe. In 1988, the contemporary writer Naguib Mahfouz became the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and hence, the pride of his country. When in 1989, the Khan Khalili Restaurant and Café, run by the Oberoi chain, opened its doors, the café was dedicated to Naguib Mahfouz and named after him. This is one of the top seven cafes rich in history to be found in Cairo; afterward, the program finishes and then departure.
Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be provided on riding holidays. Soft drinks and alcohol are payable locally. There will also be complimentary water bottles on riding trips.
Cairo International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$43 per person
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI). Transfer from this airport is available for an additional cost of 35 GBP.
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