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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. This trip is designed for those that want to understand Egyptian culture, food, and people. Although you’ll be traveling by horseback for several days, you’ll also explore this mystical place on foot, tuktuk, harong, camel, and boat. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about ancient history while trying new things, Egypt will provide an experience of a lifetime.

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$44 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
11:30

Your accommodation during the trip will be at Cairo Pyramid Edge Hotel, Dawar El Omda Hotel, Sultan Bay Hotel, and Sweet Home Oasis Boutique Hotel.

Dawar El Omda Hotel (4-star)

Designed to transport you to an Upper Egyptian mayor’s mansion, the four-star Dawar El Omda Hotel offers an adult’s only (18+) escape located along the edge of Kafr El Gouna Island’s picturesque lagoons, the hotel’s dual-toned beige façade with wooden accents reflects traditional Egyptian architecture, with its arches and domes adding an authentic touch. Upon entering, guests are greeted by friendly staff wearing traditional attire at the lobby, which hosts a colourful Egyptian seating area, antique furniture and handcrafted décor.

Reflecting the roots of Egyptian culture, Dawar El Omda Hotel’s 66 rooms offer a traditional experience in the midst of luxury. While all the rooms share red and white colour schemes, oriental décor and marble floors, each one offers a unique touch.

Sultan Bay Hotel (4-star)

A peaceful alcove in the lively Downtown area, the four-star Sultan Bey Hotel overlooks the breath-taking lagoons of Kafr El Gouna. Reflecting the culturally rooted Nubian architecture in its beautifully crafted domes and arches, Sultan Bey’s salmon and beige buildings transport you to a traditional Egyptian haven.

Guests can enjoy relaxing strolls through its alleys that lead to the spectacular waterfront, where they are met with a small private beach, a scenic swimming pool and the Pool Bar’s wooden deck that extends above the crystal blue waters. Visible from the pool area, Zeytouna Island is just a shuttle boat away from the hotel, with its available restaurants, bar and sun beds.

Reflecting the roots of Egyptian culture, Dawar El Omda Hotel’s 66 rooms offer a traditional experience in the midst of luxury. While all the rooms share red and white colour schemes, oriental décor and marble floors, each one offers a unique touch.

Sweet Home Oasis Boutique Hotel

Located next to the beach we are perfectly situated to toss off the flip flops , bury your toes in the sand, and forget about life for a while. This hotel has long been a favourite of Ride Egypt, the hotel offers just 12 rooms and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy our pool just in front of the beach and take in an unforgettable sunset in the evening.

Whether you are coming for relaxation, or to reconnect with friends our oasis provides exceptional service, friendly atmosphere, and modern accommodations that puts in the perfect place to do it all.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Check in to your hotel (please ask if you require airport transfers or meet and greet services).

Day 2: Giza ride and Cairo museum

Where else could such an epic Egyptian celebration begin other than with a trail ride to the Great Pyramids of Giza! After breakfast overlooking the pyramids, you will take a short walk to the stables where your adventures begin.

This is a 2-3 hour introductory trip to meet Ride Egypt's teams and horses whilst welcoming you to their home. 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 the body of a lion and the head of a human. Once you return back with the horses, you will be treated to a typical Egyptian buffet for lunch.

After lunch, you’ll have time to shower and change before we head off to Cairo Museum for a non-riding tour! 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. After an action-packed day, you will return to the hotel for dinner and see the iconic Light and Sound show on the roof of your hotel.

Day 3: Riding at Abu Sir - non-riding tour of Saqqara and Memphis - fly to Luxor

You are back in the saddle for a morning ride across the amazing deserts of Abu Sir. This is one of the guests' favorite spots for really letting your horses go wild. With so much space, there really is the opportunity to open up and fly without wings! This riding trip is around three hours long and after some lunch, you will continue onto afternoon adventures.

You will visit Sakkara by car with an Egyptology guide. Saqqara is an amazing display of how tomb and pyramid-building progressed; a necropolis containing burials from different dynasties. It includes both royal and non-royal tombs, mastabas, and cemeteries. You’ll also visit the Serapeum of Saqqara where you will enter a series of tunnels to see the sarcophagi of the Apis bulls, sacred to the god, Ptah.

Ptah was the local god of the town of Memphis, the next location. He was a patron of artisans and craftsmen and was also considered a creator god. Memphis was founded in 2925 BC and the Egyptian king Menes helped to unite upper Egypt and lower Egypt. In fact, it was the capital during the Old Kingdom. Memphis is an open-air museum with many things to see, such as a statue of Rameses II and the famous 80-tonne Sphinx made from one gigantic piece of alabaster.

At some point in the day, you will stop for lunch! The team can’t say when as you want to spend as many hours in the saddle as you can for your ride and then the non-riding side. Rest assured, you will be fed but may end up at the airport in your riding clothes as you are off to the next stop late afternoon / early evening… that’s right! It’s time to head to Luxor!

All guests will need to purchase an internal flight between Cairo and Luxor. Ride Egypt team will tell you which one. They are cheap and less than an hour flight time. They usually fly at 5-6 p.m. Cairo time to allow them to arrive in time for dinner in Luxor and some time to relax In the evening.

Day 4: Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun and Hatshepsut non-riding tour / introductory ride

You start your day by being introduced to the land of the Pharaohs. This non-riding morning gives insight as to why the Valley of the Kings is so important – the Pyramids of Giza and the Nile Delta were the tombs of choice for pharaohs of Egypt’s the Old Kingdom but those of the New Kingdom wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south. Consequently, they built their crypts in the hills of this barren tract of land which lies west of Luxor, now called the ‘Valley of the Kings’ or the ‘Valley of the Dead’.

You will have the chance to visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. Tutankhamun is colloquially known as “King Tut” or “the boy king”. His tomb is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

The morning continues onto the Temple of Hatshepsut, the most famous female in Egyptian history. Hatshepsut was a pharaoh of Egypt from roughly 1479 to 1458 BCE. She not only had the longest reign of any Egyptian female, but is also regarded as one of the most successful rulers in Egyptian history. Under Hatshepsut, Egypt explored, built, and grew. This temple reflects the stunning beauty of these important figures – there are three layered terraces reaching 29.5 meters (97 feet) tall. Each story is articulated by a double colonnade of square piers, with the exception of the northwest corner of the central terrace, which employs proto-Doric columns to house the chapel (the Doric order is a particular type of architecture and this style of the column is often associated with Egyptian tombs). The terraces are connected by long ramps which were once surrounded by gardens with foreign plants including frankincense and myrrh trees.

To complete the history circle, the last stop is at Carters House – this is rarely visited in standard tourist packages and yet is one of the most interesting buildings to be found in Luxor. Although far from glamorous, guests never tire of visiting the house where Howard Carter lived during his search for Tutankhamun’s Tomb and his excavation of the Valley of the Kings. It’s a simple but mesmerizing piece of history, a step back in time, and a house full of actual happenings. You can see the photo lab he used, along with his cameras and other photography equipment. His original desk is still in the house, as is the library he kept and items relating to the excavation of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb which are on display. It’s a very special feature in this Luxor itinerary.

The afternoon sees the beginning of your first horse adventures together. You will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where you will be introduced to your home and your horses. A Bedouin style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile boasting several boxes and lush plantation fields. There, you will find carefree Arabian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields and almost sparkling in the sunshine against the backdrop of the mountains. The facility is home to horses, donkeys and camels and very much holds a “farm atmosphere”.

The first riding trip is relaxed and gives you a chance to get to know your guides and horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day. You ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you can see the buffalo grazing along the banks. On your return, you will transfer back to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8:00 p.m. at a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! Riding time 2-3 hours.

Day 5: The ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs

Your first full day with your horse – prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. Longer trails encourage you to experience your horses and country life.

You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. Mid-morning you can prepare to be amazed as these sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes so you can see panoramic views of Luxor.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and your trail home will take you past The Colossi of Memnon (Arabic: el-Colossat or es-Salamat) which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. They have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with the horses. This ride is approximately 6 hours end to end.

After Karnak, you will visit Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.

Day 6: Sunrise trail ride - transfer to the Red Sea

Sunrise riding trip with the horses to the valley of the kings has become one of the most famous trips! Watch in awe as the sunrises over the valley of the kings whilst hot air balloons light up the sky. You will ride past the Ramesseum temple, the Cossal of Memnon, and the giant statues of Tutankhamun's grandfather. Breakfast will be out with the horses overlooking Habu Temple. You will return to your hotel around 11:00 am.

After showering and changing, it’s before starting the drive to the Red Sea and Hurghada. Arrive for sunset to enjoy sundowners overlooking the beach. The end to a fun-packed day!

Day 7: 4-hour trail ride

You will have the morning off to relax and enjoy the sea or kick back in the pool! After an early lunch, you will be picked up to explore the eastern desert by horseback. 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. Dinner by the sea.

Day 8: Swimming with horses and departure

No trip would be complete without this famous swimming with horses experience. This is the grand finale of an amazing week. Check-out is at 11.30 a.m. Those wishing to stay for lunch or later departure are most welcome to stay on for an extra charge payable locally.

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

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 the 7th Wonder of the World by horseback, swim with wild dolphins, go snorkeling and ride your horse in the Red Sea. 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 are on the river’s west bank. This is a multi-center-based riding holiday covering Cairo, Luxor, and the Red Sea. Riders should be confident to canter in open spaces.

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:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
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)

Visit Valley of the Queens

  • Optional extra ticket: 50 GBP

Your trip has an optional extra to visit Valley of the Queens (Arabic: وادي الملكات Wādī al Malekāt) where wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In those days, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning “the place of beauty”. There are few figures from ancient Egypt who have captured your imaginations as vividly as Nefertiti. Living in the mid-14th century BCE, Nefertiti was the model of ancient Egyptian beauty and one of the most powerful queens of the ancient world. As a wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti may have helped influence Egypt’s adoption of the monotheistic worship of the sun deity Aten. Traditionally believed to be the stepmother of Tutankhamun, she helped raise the famous boy-king. This is one of the most stunning tombs in all of Egypt and although an expensive entry fee, this should not discourage visitors from witnessing such unimaginable beauty so well preserved.

Extra day stay for a full day boat trip to Dolphin House

There is also an option to stay on an extra day and do a full-day boat trip to Dolphin House, where you can snorkel in the Red Sea and swim with wild dolphins. This is an extra 150 GBP per person and includes all meals and an extra night with check out on day 9 at 11:00 a.m. Please ask if you require airport transfers.

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 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.

Airport: Cairo International Airport Airport transfer available: Cairo International Airport (US$44 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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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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