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Horse Riding Holiday in Egypt

Forecasted to be the trip of the new season, Ride Egypt couldn’t be happier to announce this new multi-location adventure. This trip has cherry-picked the best experiences of Cairo, Fayoum, and beloved Luxor, also adding a much-requested optional extension to see Aswan and Abu Simbel. Over the years Ride Egypt has brought the best handmade tour that could only be put together with local teams, knowledge, and feedback. The tours are so much more than a riding holiday. This is their home, and they aim to make you feel as inspired and in love with this beautiful country and her horses as they are. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tombs, dunes, and kingdoms.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Saddle
  • Horse breed: Egyptian horses

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Riding onto the plateau on your beautiful Egyptian horses
  • Explore hidden gem that is the Fayoum Oasis
  • Ride to Magic Lake located in Wadi El Hitan
  • Make your way to Fayoum Pottery School
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on riding holidays

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Cairo International Airport (US$ 52 per person)
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Accommodation

Your accommodation is based at the following locations – more information is available on the pages below:

  • Cairo: Pyramids Edge Hotel
  • Giza: Panoramic views of the pyramids from the hotel rooftop restaurant. 5 minutes walk to the stable.
  • Fayoum: Local guest house next to the stable with a swimming pool and amazing authentic food.
  • Luxor: Nile House. Their beloved authentic guest house in Luxor has over several years will continue to delight customers with its quaint picturesque lodgings, warm hospitality, incredible food, and Nile views.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Cairo and your first meeting it’s at dinner overlooking the magical pyramids.

Day 2: Giza ride, sphinx - desert dinner

Wake to the frenetic sounds of a thriving city. The pyramids at Giza are a must-see for most visiting Cairo, but today you elevate this experience by riding onto the plateau on your beautiful Egyptian horses.

After a traditional breakfast and a briefing from your guides, you will make the short journey to the horses who wait for you at the site. Pure of heart and renowned for their stamina, these horses are the pride of Egypt and a symbol of its strength and fortitude. The open desert allows for fantastic riding at all paces including exhilarating gallops.

After exploring the desert on horseback it is then time for a tour of the Sphinx on foot. Carved from one solid piece of stone this mysterious statue is one of the oldest sculptures from the Old Kingdom and was built during the reign of Khafre.

Your lunch stop is at a local restaurant in town; flatbread, kofte, fragrant rice as well as various delicious salads and dips make up a typical lunch.

Satisfied, you now pack your bags for the transfer to Fayoum, a road trip of approximately 1.5 hours, aiming to arrive late afternoon to enjoy a leisurely sunset ride through the surrounding villages. You finish this glorious first day with dinner in the desert.

Day 3: Full saddle day

A full-day ride to explore the extraordinary hidden gem that is the Fayoum Oasis, considered by many as a time capsule harking back to Egypt’s eminent past. You drive for 20 minutes along with your horses to the centre of the National Park, one of the most magical, off-the-beaten-track places you will visit.

The oasis itself is one of the first areas in Egypt where agriculture took hold. Here you are surrounded by a vast open desert, perfect for fast gallops across the dunes! There will also be time to take in the awe-inspiring rock formations and unspoilt scenery. Dinner is overnight at your guesthouse.

Day 4: Magic Lake Afternoon/Sunset Ride

Today you have a free morning, to soak up the sun, relax by the pool and generally reflect on the adventure so far! After lunch, you will ride to Magic Lake located in Wadi El Hitan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its abundance of fossils including some of the earliest whales. Riding through the sands it will seem like a mirage!

The lake’s name derives from the variety of colours it becomes throughout the course of the day depending on the sunlight it gains and the time of year. It is also said to contain healing minerals for ailments such as rheumatism. The desert is the horses’ playground, vast and open, inviting fast canters and gallops, but here you also have the contrasting peace and serenity that this mystical lake emanates. Famous for its sunsets, you will have the chance to watch the sun fall below the horizon from between your horse’s ears.

Could there be anything more enchanting?

Day 5: Wadi El Hitan - Pottery School - Luxor

A non-riding start this morning with a tour of Wadi El Hitan, also known as Whale Valley. This extraordinary lowland plain contains the fossilised remains of the Archaeoceti, the precursor to today’s whales, at the stage in their evolution where they took to the oceans having previously been land-based mammals. Whale Valley remains the most significant and important example of this stage of whale evolution in the world.

Following this fascinating tour you make your way to the Fayoum Pottery School. Founded in the 1970s by Swiss artists it has become a successful business as well as educating people in the local pottery-making traditions. With the help of village craftsmen and local materials, they built their kiln, studio and house. The school lies within a striking mudbrick compound and you will have a tour of the studio with a local guide.

After a day of cultural sightseeing, it is back to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Luxor

Today you give the option of a full day in the saddle or a combination of sightseeing and riding; a non-riding tour of the Valley of the Kings followed by an afternoon ride.

Accompanied by an Egyptologist you will have the opportunity to visit three very different tombs all representing the values of the pharaohs to which they belong. The choice is yours whether you’re a saddle junkie or culture-vulture Luxor has it all! Of course, if you prefer a relaxing morning by the pool combined with an afternoon ride this is also an option, especially for returning guests who have already visited the sites.

Today allows everybody to enjoy what makes them happy, followed by a delicious dinner of typical Egyptian fare cooked by your wonderful hosts.

Day 7: Full Saddle day

A full-day ride today gives you the chance to really get to know your Egyptian steed. Your horses are spirited and forward-going but they are also polite, sensitive and willing to please.

You will notice how they listen to you, receptive to voice and tone. Highly intelligent with expressive eyes and ears it is easy to bond with them and understand their ways. All possess endless enthusiasm for the journey and you will feel this as they carry you effortlessly for hours in the sometimes unforgiving heat. You will head out into the fields where you will see farmers working the land as their forefathers did. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant while the horse's dose in the shade.

You’ll return to the stables via the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, offering fantastic photo opportunities.

After an inspiring day of riding it’s time to freshen up and head by boat to the East Bank for cocktails at the Winter Palace Hotel, made famous by Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’. Built in the 1900s it was designed to accommodate nobility and much of its opulent nature is retained today. Famous guests include Howard Carter and his team, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Post drinks you offer two evening options:

  • Option 1: You sail your way back in time for an alfresco dinner in the courtyard of your hotel and a spot of belly dancing! Lessons and accessories included.
  • Option 2: Take in the delights of historic Karnak at night with its light and sound show followed by dinner on the boat.

Day 8: Sunrise Hot air balloons - Temple of Hatshepsut

You will rise with the morning call to prayer today as you head out for truly a magical experience – a sunrise balloon tour by horseback. The sight as they all take flight is simply breathtaking. Glide through the Valley of the Kings and the farms of the West Bank watching the shadows fall away as the sun fills the sky with colour and light. This is a must-do activity when visiting Luxor. It is also possible to ride the Valley to witness this spectacle from horseback, please enquire.

You will next head to the Temple of Habu for breakfast and a tour of the site. Amun, the god of air, was one of the primordial Egyptian deities famously twinned with Ra the sun god in later times. This memorial temple, built by Rameses III, is said to be the place where Amun first appeared according to ancient belief. It is an imposing structure and boasts some beautifully preserved murals and hieroglyphs. You visit early morning before the crowds descend so it feels like a well-kept secret!

Your final site of the day is the Temple of Hatshepsut, thought to be a masterpiece of the Pharaonic era. It represents not only her devotion to her god Horus, the falcon-headed god but is also a reflection of her peaceful and prosperous reign. It would later become her mortuary temple as the afterlife beckoned her forth. This is a magnificent example of the wealth and master craftsmanship of the time – the paintings are exquisite and the scale of the monument, is truly astonishing – a spectacular finale to your journey through Egypt.

After a farewell lunch, it is time to say goodbye unless you have booked one of your fabulous extensions.

Location

During this tour, you will visit interesting places in Egypt such as Cairo, Giza, Fayoum, and Luxor.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days of horse riding
  • All riding and non-riding tours (guided)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on riding holidays
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips
  • Horses and tack including saddle bags and water for each ride

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Flights: International and local flights are not included
  • All entry fees to sites and museums
  • Tip KItty
  • Personal expenses
  • Aswan extension 899 GBP

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI), transfer from this airport is available at an additional cost of 40 GBP. Please note that the departure flight should be at Luxor International Airport (LXR).

Airport: Cairo International Airport Airport transfer available: Cairo International Airport (US$ 52 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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