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3 Days Captivating Horse Riding Holiday in Cairo, Egypt

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel, 1 Alexandria Desert Road, 16 Pyramids, Giza, Giza Governorate, 12556, Egypt

Authentic Horse Riding Holiday Egypt

The 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’ on horseback. Staying in a stunning guesthouse close to and with views of the Pyramids of Giza, you will experience ‘Real Egypt’, the heart-warming 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.

Key information

  • Tack Type: English leather GP, Endurance, Treeless, and Western
  • Horse Breed: Arab and Arabian Cross

Highlights

  • 3 horse riding sessions
  • Exciting non-riding tours
  • Visit Khan El Khalili Market
  • Fun trips to historical places
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Restaurant

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is located at the foot of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx making it a fabulous base location, featuring an open-air restaurant and an outdoor pool. All rooms feature contemporary décor, in warm olive green and burgundy shades.

Guests may choose specific rooms with views of the pyramids or lush gardens. (Pyramid rooms are on request with a surcharge). Le Sphinx Roof Restaurant serves oriental cuisine, while the R&J Lounge offers a range of grilled meat dishes, accompanied by Egyptian and French wines.

Program

Day 1: Giza Pyramids, Cairo Museum, Light and Sound Show

What better way to start your riding adventures in Cairo than with a stunning trip on horseback to the seventh Wonder 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 whilst 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 we will visit the Solar Boat Museum at the Pyramids where you will dismount and be met by our Egyptology guide. Here 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 2500 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.

For afternoon activity is 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 are 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 leisure.

Dinner will be served after the ride at a local restaurant overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza where you can watch the light and sound show whilst enjoying a barbeque dinner. What an introduction to Egypt!

Day 2: Abusir, The Sun Temple, and Sakkara Pyramids

The 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 Fifth Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom era. Unlike Giza, these Pyramids are rarely visited by tourists and remain ‘un-walled’ which means you are able to ride inside, get off and really explore.

You will have a late breakfast / early lunch in the desert close to the Sun Temple before our 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.

You aim to finish mid / late afternoon and you will have a few hours to relax and have dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Deserts of Giza and Khan el Khalili Market

The 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 the seventh Wonders of the World where you can fly like Laurence of Arabia on your very own majestic horses.

Lunch is served locally before you head back to your hotel to freshen up and 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 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 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.

Program finishes and departure.

Included excursions

  • Visit the Solar Boat Museum
  • Non-riding tour of Cairo Museum
  • Non-riding tour to El Khalili and Muez street
  • Visit a Papyrus Institute

Location

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is located at the foot of the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, Giza, Egypt.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Restaurant

Services

  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy 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.

What's included

  • 3 horse riding sessions
  • Explore Giza Pyramids
  • Visit the Solar Boat Museum
  • Non-riding tour of Cairo Museum
  • Ride to The Pyramids Of Abusir and the Sun Temple
  • Ride to the deserts of Giza
  • Non-riding tour to El Khalili and Muez street
  • Visit Khan El Khalili Market
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Thursday October 17, 2019
Departure: Saturday October 19, 2019

Additional information

Once the holiday is paid 60 days before arrival, the amount is non refundable.

Ride Egypt takes a tip kitty on day one of the holiday of $100 per person. Egypt is a country that tips are a way of life. $100 covers hotels, porters, guides, horseman guides, grooms, drivers, camel guides and boat guides. 

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