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8 Day Palms, Pyramids, and Pharaohs Horse Riding Holiday in Cairo, Luxor, and the Red Sea in Egypt

Ride Egypt - Cairo Accommodation, Cairo, Egypt

Egypt Horse Riding Holiday

If you desire a holiday filled with temples and tombs, pharaohs, and phenomenons, this is the trip for you. Egypt is the land of allure and mystery which is best enjoyed on a multi-adventure week. You’ll ride fabulous horses to explore local Bedouin villages and see temples up close, and, of course, you’ll float down the Nile River for a day enjoying classic Egyptian foods. You’ll visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World by horseback, swim with wild dolphins, go snorkeling, and ride your horse in the Red Sea!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack and Western, Arabian, and Australian trail saddles are subject to availability
  • Horse Breeds: Arabian and Baladi (Local Breed) Horses

Highlights

  • Riding through various terrains
  • Daily riding and non-riding tours
  • Use of horses and tack including saddlebags
  • Services of riding and non-riding guides are included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cairo International Airport (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

Ride Egypt Cairo Accommodation

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.

  • Panorama Pyramids Inn - Giza, Cairo

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!

  • Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel - Giza, 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.

  • 3 Pyramids View Inn - Giza, Cairo

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!

Ride Egypt Luxor Accommodation

  • Luxor Homestay (Included)

Ride Egypt is more than just a riding holiday. You may well arrive as a guest but you will leave as a friend, and more importantly, as part of a family. To make this experience even more personal, Ride Egypt would like to welcome you into their home as part of your stay in Luxor. The Dome House is a welcoming haven in Luxor, with exquisite views of the Valley of the Kings from the roof terrace.

It’s here you will enjoy breakfast each morning and a cold glass of wine in the evening while taking in the tranquil surroundings. Each bedroom has its own dome roof, subtle Bedouin lighting, and traditional Egyptian themes throughout. The house is located just a few minutes from the horses and surrounded by farmland.

From the house, you’ll be able to see farmers tend to their land in this quiet and gentle setting. You will enjoy a host of traditional home-cooked meals and the local chef’s delights will be available each day. There are a small garden and a swimming pool available to use at a neighboring hotel.

  • Villa Nile House, Luxor (Upgrade: 30 GBP extra per person per night including all meals)

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service, built with an oriental style and traditional materials like wood and cob, and comfortably decorated. It has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. When you enter the grounds, you will be delighted by the flower garden, and enjoy the Bedouin corner to relax and drink a mint tea or the traditional Egyptian Karkade.

Yes, you are on holiday! At the back of the garden, the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a hammam are waiting for you. From the patio, you will find the dining room. An open-air stair will lead you to the bedrooms and to the two terraces on the roof. Each of the charming bedrooms celebrates Luxor, find yourself staying in Hathor, Nefertiti, Kheops, Cleopatra, Nefertari, Akhenaton, or Touthankamon to name a few!

Each room is full of character and has air-conditioning, an LCD TV, and Wi-Fi access. Also, each has a private bathroom and an outside sitting area close to the room.

  • Winter Palace (Upgrade: 100 GBP extra per person per night including breakfast)

This isn’t just any hotel! Formerly the winter palace of the Egyptian royal family, where Lord George Herbert Carnarvon and Howard Carter told the world of their astonishing find during their discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb, and where Crime Writer, Agatha Christie, stayed when she wrote her masterpiece “Death on the Nile” (along with Old Cataract in Aswan) in 1937.

From the Nile Terrace, views reach as far as the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Egyptian burial site of pharaohs including Tutankhamun, and the main restaurant is in what was the former master dining room for 125 years. Just a few minutes from the Temple of Luxor, this hotel exudes a timeless splendor and is well-placed for an indulgent stay in this historic city.

In the Victorian Lounge, guests can enjoy afternoon tea and in the main restaurant, La Corniche, a buffet spread fit for royalty, is laid out for breakfast and dinner. For fine French dining, book a table at the stately 1886 Restaurant and choose between the Nile Terrace or the Royal Bar for a nightcap.

Rooms are colonial in feel and design with satin fabrics, marble bathrooms, and superb views of the Nile, the ancient Valley of the Kings, or the botanical gardens. Classic Garden View Rooms look out onto the grounds and are tastefully decorated in regal style, while Classic Nile View Rooms overlook the iconic river.

From Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill to Hillary Clinton, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor has, for almost a century, hosted the world’s biggest celebrities and most powerful leaders. If its walls could speak, it's imagined that they would begin with the tale of Carter and Carnarvon and the hunt for King Tut’s tomb.

November 22, 1922, Luxor, Egypt. After making a small hole in the sealed wall, Howard Carter pushed a candle through it. At first, he could see nothing and then his eyes adjusted to the light. When Lord George Herbert Carnarvon asked, “Can you see anything?” Carter replied, “Yes, wonderful things!” Just a few hours before, this first peek into the golden tomb of King Tutankhamen, Carter and Carnarvon were discussing the find from the veranda of the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor.

As of January 1923, this hotel had become one of the most famous in the world. Celebrities, thrill-seekers, as well as the press, flooded the hotel to attend the daily conferences, where Carter and Carnarvon spoke side by side from the veranda detailing every step of the excavation. The building is constructed around the main hall with a beautiful marble staircase that ascends around a magnificent glass chandelier.

On both sides, the hotel has two large wings that run parallel to the Nile. The ground floor is reserved for service rooms, restaurants, and a ballroom with a 100-year-old rug donated by the Belgian queen. The bar is filled with antiques and century-old furniture and is breathtaking and relaxing to sit in, it feels like at any moment, Lord Carnarvon could enter to smoke his usual cigar and drink his regular whiskey.

While the atmosphere in Luxor has changed since then, the Winter Palace remains largely the same. True, the facilities have been upgraded to meet modern standards and a large heated swimming pool has been installed in the garden, but the place still has an old feel to it. Winter Palace Allows you to take a step back in time whilst offering you unashamed luxury and hosting worthy of a king (or queen).

Ride Egypt Red Sea Accommodation

Ride Egypt offers a choice of three to five-star hotels, subject to availability. Ride Egypt likes to have the freedom to choose and these are the favorites. Hurghada Hotels are mostly tourist hotels and you should consider that they will not have the same small intimate feeling as Luxor and Aswan.

Ride Egypt chooses hotels based on being in the best locations and access to the horses and dolphins, plus an opportunity to dine out or shop in the evening. All hotels offer both beach and swimming pool access and work on a soft all-inclusive basis covering meals, snacks, and soft drinks. Alcohol is payable locally.

  • Elysees Dream Beach Hotel - 3.5-star

The hotel is in the heart of Hurghada. Overlooking the Red Sea, the hotel provides a warm Egyptian hospitality experience. With its special flair of professional staff and its friendly atmosphere, providing 24 hours service in multi-languages. All rooms are spacious and airy with Wi-Fi, a safety deposit box, TV, minibar, and balcony; some feature views to the Red Sea.

A buffet breakfast is offered each morning and the on-site restaurant offers an array of local dishes and refreshing drinks with a sea view; while several regional picks can be found in the surrounding area. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a sun terrace equipped with loungers and parasols.

Guests can also benefit from a 24-hour reception, laundry service, and hairdressers on site. The beach is just moments away, where guests will find loungers and parasols for prime relaxation.

  • Sunrise Grand Select (Adults Only) - 5-star

Sunrise Holidays Resort has a private beach with a lagoon and island. It offers a dive center, health club, and an outdoor pool overlooking the Red Sea. This property offers an array of restaurants, bars, and lounges. Free WIFI is available in the lobby area; with a balcony or terrace with sea or pool views, the air-conditioned rooms have a satellite TV, minibar, and a private bathroom with a bath.

Some rooms feature a lounge area with sofas. Egyptian and international dishes are served at the Nasaya Restaurant and Lounge, El Sol International restaurant, and Arabian Nights restaurant. Snacks and drinks are on offer at the pool and beach bars. Room service and packed lunches can be arranged.

  • Bel Air Azur (Adults Only) - 4-star

This all-inclusive beach hotel is located along the Red Sea, just three kilometers from the center of Hurghada. It features 800 meters squared of freshwater pools and rooms with balcony and free minibar. There is also a pool bar with a selection of ice creams, and other five bars serving light snacks and drinks.

The contemporary rooms of Bel Air Azur Resort overlook the central pool area. They are all equipped with satellite TV, a small coffee table with wicker chairs, and a hairdryer. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Hurghada!

Program

During this incredible week, you’ll visit the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient Thebes, and the Royal Tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens on the river’s west bank. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about ancient history while trying new things, Egypt will provide an experience of a lifetime.

This trip is designed for those that want to understand Egyptian culture, food, and people. Although you’ll be traveling by horseback on several days, you’ll also explore this mystical place on foot, tuktuk, harong, camel, and boat. This is multi-center-based riding holiday covering Cairo, Luxor, and the Red Sea. Riders should be confident to canter in open spaces.

Day 1: Arrive in Hurghada

Arrive at the airport and have a private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

In the morning, head off into the desert to explore the vast golden stretches of sand surrounding Hurghada. The openness of the desert beneath the mountains allows doing what horses love to do most; notch it up a gear and fly through the shadows of the gently warming morning sunshine.

After an hour’s ride, meander down to the coast and cool off in the ocean with your four-legged friends. Stepping just out of their depth and splashing about in the crystal-clear waters, experience a truly memorable time swimming with the horses in the Red Sea, followed by a delicious lunch on the beach and some time to relax.

As the sun starts to set and the heat of the day begins to fade, you’ll saddle up again for a two-hour sunset ride late afternoon. As Egypt offers some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever witness, be prepared for a kaleidoscope of colors as the last of the day’s rays dance across the desert and glisten on the lapping waves of the sea.

Day 3: Non-Riding Day

Time for some downtime and a chance to relax as you set sail for some non-riding fun. Get ready to tick yet another box on your bucket list as you explore the underwater beauty of the Red Sea. Armed with a snorkel and mask, lower yourself gently into "Dolphin House" where you are guaranteed to come face-to-face with wild dolphins, colorful fish a-plenty, and brightly colored coral.

After a stunning day at sea, sit back and relax as you transfer to Luxor by private car in the evening and settle down for the night at your accommodation, Nile Villa House.

Day 4

Luxor is a far cry from the golden sands of Hurghada and perfect in its very own way. As you head off in the morning on the horses, you will experience a very relaxed and glorious introduction to the real Egypt as you ride through the traditional villages and sugar cane fields to Banana Island. At Banana Island, you will stop for a refreshing cold drink before winding your way back along the River Nile for a spot of lunch at your hotel.

In the afternoon, saddle up and ride to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III - Medinet Habu. This temple is an important New Kingdom period structure on the West Bank of Luxor. Aside from its size and architectural and artistic importance, Medinet Habu is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III.

The Temple of Rameses III is one of the most well preserved and incredible temples in Luxor; here you will dismount and explore with a private tour inside, while the guides tend to the horses.

Day 5: Non-Riding Visit to the Land of the Pharaohs with Your Own Private Car and Guide

As history goes, this has got to be one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring leaps back in time you could ever imagine. Today, you will retrace the steps of the pharaohs throughout the Valley of the Kings' tombs, including those of Tutankhamun and Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.

This is also the location of the tomb of Tutankhamun, where on November 26, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb, discovering an immense collection of gold and treasures. On February 16, 1923, Carter opened the innermost chamber and found the sarcophagus of King Tut. When asked what he could see, Howard Carter wasn’t able to answer, he could barely speak because he was gazing on the most amazing archaeological discovery ever made.

Queen Hatshepsut is distinguished in history for being one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. She was also a woman and is generally regarded as one of the first female historical figures whose exploits are known to modern historians. Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom. The dates of her reign are debated by historians but she is thought to have ruled Egypt for 22 years from 1470 to 1458 BC. After a truly magical morning of history, lunch will be served locally and you will take a private boat at sunset down the Nile for dinner.

Day 6

For this day, have an optional but highly recommended sunrise balloon tour followed by a fantastic tour of the East Bank of Luxor including Karnak Temple, Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Museum, and Luxor Temple.

Karnak Temple dates from around 2055 BC to around 100 AD. It is a cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and is the largest religious building ever constructed. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring. Karnak Temple comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings in Egypt. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom.

From Karnak, you will go onto the Avenue of Sphinxes, an avenue of human-headed sphinxes of over one and a half miles (3 kilometers), which once connected the temples of Karnak and Luxor. At Luxor Temple, Amun has magically transformed into Min, the god of fertility. Luxor Temple is why Luxor has earned its nickname, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum”.

Luxor Temple is built on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes. The temple is one of the best-preserved of all the ancient monuments with large amounts of the structure, statuary, and relief carvings still intact, making it one of the most impressive visits in the Luxor area and all of Egypt.

Adding significantly to its allure is the juxtaposition that its setting provides, the modern city begins on one side and the Nile drifts by on the other. There are few places in Egypt where one is put so immediately and clearly in touch with the extraordinary length of Egypt’s history. It’s just an hour’s flight in the evening to Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

Day 7

Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World by horseback. In the morning, you’ll saddle up for a two-hour trail ride around the pyramids and the ancient Sphinx. Once you reach the iconic pyramids, you will have time to explore these breathtaking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried before visiting the mythical Sphinx with its body of a lion and head of a human. A delicious lunch will be provided with views of the pyramids.

No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to the Cairo Museum, home to a host of Egyptian artifacts and the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities. It plays host to more than 120,000 pieces of ancient Egypt; highlights include Tutankhamun’s famous rooms, the royal mummies, and jewelry rooms.

Day 8

Have your breakfast before departure.

Included excursions

See the amazing diversity of alluring Egypt for yourself! Visit three incredible destinations in one holiday; guided throughout with horses, camels, and dolphins! Have an adventure mixed with the best culture and history!

On Horseback

  • Witness the Great Pyramids of Giza and the mythical Sphinx
  • Epic trail ride to Abu Sir Pyramids
  • Explore traditional Egyptian villages
  • Swim in the Red Sea on horseback
  • Gallop across Mount Thebes
  • Visit historic monuments on horseback

Cultural and Real Egypt

  • Explore the Pyramids of Cairo, Cairo Museum, Karnak Temple, Medina Habu Temple, and other ancient mosques, temples, and tombs
  • Visit souk markets
  • Khan el Khalili market
  • Banana plantations, farmlands, and water buffalo
  • The great deserts of Egypt
  • Traditional cuisine

Location

Food

You will be served daily meals and water bottles included in the price. Soft and alcoholic drinks are payable locally.

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

  • All riding and non-riding tours
  • Services of riding and non-riding guides
  • Use of horses and tack including saddlebags and water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • International and local flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip kitty (100 USD or 75 GBP)
  • Temples, museums, and historical sites local fees (Around 80 USD)
  • Accommodation upgrades in Luxor

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 for an additional cost of 35 GBP.

Airport: Cairo International Airport Airport transfer available: Cairo International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Monday February 1, 2021
Departure: Monday February 8, 2021

Pricing information

Please keep in mind that Egypt has a strong tipping culture and leaving tips is a way of life. You are kindly asked to factor this into your budget: 100 USD or 75 GBP, to be paid on the first day of arrival. This goes into a tipping kitty in order to tip hotel staff, porter, tour guides, riding guides, grooms, drivers, camel guides, and boat guides for the week. This rate is quoted pro-rata so if you have a longer holiday than a week or over several locations, please budget accordingly. Ride Egypt will be happy to help if you need further assistance in budgeting. Temples, museums, and historical sites all have local fees, you are recommended to budget around 80 USD but of course, this can vary depending on the client's interest in visits and history.

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