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Looking for something truly special? Ride Egypt’s starlight oasis is the perfect fusion of riding, nature, and being at peace with yourself and the world around you.
During this tour, you will sleep in guesthouses in Cairo, Fayoum, and Bahariya Oasis and camp in White Desert.
This eight-day and seven-night adventure starts in Cairo before taking you onwards to the lush and green oasis of Fayoum, the waterfalls of Wadi Al-Hitan and the Valley of the Whales, the White Desert National Park, camping under the Milky Way, Bahariya Oasis, and back to Cairo again. You will enjoy exhilarating hours in the saddle, camp under the stars with the horses, bathe in natural hot springs, dine on home-cooked organic produce, and, on top of that, you will enjoy daily yoga classes in the deserts and oases, an experience guaranteed to enlighten the senses.
Transfer to the authentic farm guesthouse close to Sakkara Pyramids.
Today, you have two trail rides. In the morning, you will visit one of the remaining ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the Great Pyramids of Giza, on horseback. This is a great ride, not only is the backdrop more than photo-ready but the ride itself offers a mix of paces allowing you to get to know Ride Egypt and their horses, therefore, setting the scene for a Ride Egypt adventure. After a morning in the saddle, you will transfer to the horse farm in Abu Sir where the team will prepare a home-cooked lunch for you whilst you relax and sit in the sun watching the beautiful horses play in their paddocks.
After lunch, you will have a couple of hours of downtime before you saddle up to ride at sunset in the desert. The deserts in this area offer wide-open spaces and plenty of freedom to fly with the horses. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.
After breakfast, you will pack up and transfer by road to El Fayoum. Sensational riding, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, temples, tombs, and the countryside - this is Egypt off the beaten track. On arrival to the village of Tunis, you will check in to your guesthouse and have an early lunch. In the afternoon, it is time to saddle up for a four-hour trail ride through the picturesque golden deserts on the doorstep. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.
Rise and shine, it is the perfect time to ride and explore the stunning deserts of the national park. The scenery is picturesque and goes on as far as the eye can see. It is the place for riders to enjoy plenty of fun canters and gallops. The team will prepare a dinner for your arrival on an open fire. You will watch the sunset and have dinner under the stars before later in the evening returning back to the guesthouse.
The Magic Lake is an obscure but beautiful lake. It got its name because it changes its colors several times each day, depending on the time of day and the amount of sunlight it receives. It is a brilliant place surrounded by desert so you can enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes, go swimming, or enjoy sitting by the amazing waterfall. You will stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Working with a local family-run business, they offer a unique experience and go the extra mile to ensure you will have memories of the desert that will last a lifetime. The people of the oasis, or the Waḥātī people, are the descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the oasis, ancient tribes with connections to western Egypt and eastern Libya.
These people keep having kept the secrets of the desert for generations. You will explore White Desert National Park with camel safari and star-light camping, Black Desert with Crystal Mountain and Agabat Valley, and Bahariya oasis and hot springs. You will return to Cairo in the evening.
You end this adventure in the same way you started, through the eyes of the Pharaohs, with your final ride at Giza Plateau. This last, fast-paced ride sees you flying to the top of the plateau with the pyramids as a backdrop. A barbecue lunch will be served before you ride back in time to shower before checking out and departure. Those continuing the Red Sea will transfer for their internal flight.
The owner and founder of Ride Egypt, Emma, devotes her time to showcasing the best of Egypt to her guests alongside ensuring the first-class welfare of her horses, many of which she has rescued and rehomed. Emma’s team, the Ride Egypt family, know the ins and outs of the local area and will bring the fun factor to your stay in Egypt - in-between looking after the horses of course!
The tour will take place in Egypt.
This is a place that needs very little introduction and where else would you begin an epic Egyptian adventure than with the seventh Wonder of the World - Giza, along with wide-open spaces of the deserts surrounding Abu Sir and Dashur Pyramids.
Thirty-seven million years ago, in the waters of the prehistoric Tethys Ocean, a sinuous, 50-foot-long beast with gaping jaws and jagged teeth died and sank to the seafloor. Over thousands of millennia, a mantle of sediment built up over its bones. The sea receded and as the former seabed became a desert, the wind began to plane away from the sandstone and shale above the bones.
Slowly the world changed. The pharaohs built their pyramids. Rome rose, Rome fell. And all the while the wind continued its patient excavation. Imagine this dry expanse underwater, with whales hunting and diving. Today, visitors to Wadi Al-Hitan walk a stone-lined path to see rocks that hold the fossils of the long-gone sea creatures.
Upon the first glimpse of the 300-square-kilometer national park of the White Desert, you will feel like Alice through the looking glass. 20 kilometers northeast of Farafra, on the east side of the road, blinding-white chalk rock spires sprout almost supernaturally from the ground, each a frost-colored lollipop. White Desert, an outdoor museum of contemporary art. Walking around the White Desert feels like visiting an art museum. The desert was recognized as a Natural Protectorate by the Egyptian government in 2002 so as to keep the area as pristine as possible. You are really in the middle of nature.
Visiting the Black Desert is like stepping onto a different planet - postcard-perfect golden dunes surrounded by fully black powder-covered hills. A start contrast. Crystal Mountain is a large rock made entirely of quartz. It is a special moment to climb to the top of a mountain made of crystal to enjoy panoramic views. Agabat Valley is a spectacular vision of white and gold limestone boulders that decorate an otherwise flat landscape.
During the Middle Kingdom and especially during Roman times, this oasis was a center of agriculture, producing wine sold in the Nile Valley and as far away as Rome. Its strategic location on the Libya-Nile Valley caravan route ensured it prospered into later ages.
In recent years, stunning archaeological finds (such as that of the Golden Mummies) and easy access to the hot springs are one of the main attractions in this verdant area filled with palm trees and fresh fruits. The over 40-degree-Celcius sulfur-scented waters are perceived by many locals and visitors to hold healing properties, as well as offer a pleasurable way to end a long day.
All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water are included in the price throughout the program. Drinks and alcohol are payable locally.
Temples, museums, and historical sites all have local fees. Ride Egypt recommends around 80 USD but of course, this can vary depending on your interest in visits and history.
Cairo International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$44 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI). If you have booked a transfer with Ride Egypt, please EXIT the airport after you have your bags. Their drivers wait outside with a sign for Ride Egypt. Do not wait inside the terminal.
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