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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$ 52 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
11:30

Luxor Accommodations

Villa Nile House

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service. Built in an oriental style with 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 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 celebrate 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.

Ride Egypt Dahabaya (floating hotel) – sleeps max 6

Imagine being lulled to sleep by the gentle lapping of the waves, only interrupted by the call of a bird. This is night time on a dahabiya! Serene nights; peaceful days; silent sailing; total relaxation; and all available today, as it was almost 100 years ago.

When it comes to River Nile cruises, most people know about the large cruise boats and feluccas, some people know about yachts, but few people know anything about dahabiyas, which take their name from the Arabic word for gold: dahab (the earliest form of this boat was golden coloured). This is rather ironic as the dahabiya was the mode of transport, on the Nile, long before the modern day diesels, or the steamers made famous by Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile”.

The history of the dahabiya goes back to the Pharaonic times: there are inscriptions of very similar boats in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Kings and Nobles. Famous Egyptian leaders, such as King Farouk and President Sadat,

For those looking for a unique and authentic opportunity, we highly recommend our Dahabya instead of a hotel / guest house option. It hosts 3 twin / double cabins all with private bathrooms.

Our Dahabya is docked on the West Bank of the River Nile, you’ll dine on the top deck under the stars with views of Luxor Temple, enjoy a tranquil breakfast with views along the river. The Dahabya comes complete with a small crew and chef to attend to your needs. You will find the perfect balance between privacy and attentive service.

The boat can be hired by one group in any format mixing twin rooms, doubles or single occupancy. It can be hired from 2 people to 6. Our Dahabya is static but can sail on request for sunset drinks or dinner, half or full days.

Red Sea Accommodations

Sultan Bey 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 Infront 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.

Cairo Accommodations

Panorama Pyramids Inn

Set 300 metres away from the Great Sphinx and 1.2km from 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. Speaking Arabic and English, staff are always on hand to help at the 24-hour front desk. Cairo Tower is 14 km from the Panorama Pyramids Inn, while Mosque of Ibn Tulun is 14 km away. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Cairo!

Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel

Located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, just 50m from these wonders of the ancient world, this hotel offers unmatched views of the pyramids, sphinx and the sound and light theatre. Free WIFI 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 & light show from your balcony or the top terrace.

3 Pyramids View Inn

The Pyramids View Inn is located in Cairo, 400 m from the Great Sphinx, and has free bikes and a garden. The property is set 1.1km 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!

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Arrive Cairo, transfer and overnight at hotel. Welcome dinner at 8pm overlooking the pyramids.

Day 2: Giza Pyramids and Museum visit. Late flight to Luxor

We will meet for breakfast at 8.15 to catch up on the plan for today! Departure from the hotel at 9am. A short journey brings us to the horses who wait patiently, eager to take you on your first adventure, an exciting ride across the desert to the pyramids at Giza.

Before we start, there is a safely briefing and we explain the history of horses in the area. These proud horses are in their element out in the sand dunes. Here you will witness first-hand the incredible energy, bravery and stamina of the Egyptian horse as you watch the sun rise above the mighty pyramids, iconic structures synonymous with Egypt and the ancient world. Back to the hotel for breakfast and a quick freshen up before a non-riding tour of the pyramids and the sphinx.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant in town followed by a visit to the Cairo Museum, home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. A short, evening flight will take us down to Luxor, our base for the next four days.

Day 3: Valley of the Kings. Sunset Nile Ride

Today we visit the legendary Valley of the Kings, home to 63 magnificent tombs, along with an Egyptologist whose knowledge will transport you back to the land of the Pharaohs. Here you will marvel at the tombs’ intricate hieroglyphs and the sheer size of these well-preserved catacombs.

The landscape is dramatic; great cavernous cliffs of limestone and sedimentary rock with the imposing Al-Qurn, the peak of the valley, resembling a pyramid, a nod to the Old Kingdom. This site has fascinated archaeologists since the 1900s yet the area is so vast a new tomb chamber was discovered as recently as 2005.

The afternoon sees the beginning of our first horse adventures together. You will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where we will introduce you to our home and our horses. Our Bedouin-style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile boasting several boxes as well as lush plantation fields where we grow our horses’ food. Here you will find our carefree Egyptian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields, almost sparkling in the sunshine against the backdrop of the mountains. Our facility is home to horses, donkeys and camels and very much holds a ‘farm atmosphere’.

You will be given a tour of the stable and horses, we will show you how we grow our own food and use plants and herbs for medical problems. We will enjoy an introductory ride through the bustling streets and river tributaries that make up Luxor’s West Bank finishing up at the Nile. Watch as the feluccas sail calmly by in the late afternoon light. This is also a lovely spot for some photos with your new four-legged friend since the Nile provides such an iconic setting.

Day 4: Luxor Saddle Day

A full day in the saddle today and a great opportunity to really bond with your horse as you canter happily along long, dusty farm tracks surrounded by verdant farmland. See the farmers in the fields, working the earth as their ancestors did. Horses are revered in Egypt so they always bring a smile to people’s faces as we pass through the Bedouin villages and the local children love the spectacle of our bejeweled steeds prancing proudly through the streets.

As you get to know your horse’s personality you will be amazed at how kind-hearted and generous they are despite their hot-blooded natures. Sensitive and inquisitive they are also incredibly brave; nothing phases them in these bustling environments and this stems from their strong sense of self. We will stop for lunch at a villa while the horses dose in the shade. In the heat of the day we can enjoy the pool and unwind before heading home to the stables, a ride of approximately 1 hour bringing us back to our hotel for mid afternoon.

Around 5pm, we will reconvene for sundowners cruising down the Nile watching the sun set on the calm waters. To complete this epic day we will be joined by a professional belly dancer after dinner who will teach us all about her art as well as give us some moves to take home with us!

Day 5: Karnak Temple and Afternoon Mountain trail ride

A morning of sight-seeing awaits us today. We cross the river to the East Bank, along with our guide, first making our way to the world-famous Karnak Temple. Dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut and Khosu, Karnak is said to be the largest religious monument ever built and it took over 2000 years to complete. Our Egyptologist guide will talk us through key elements of its history and structure bringing it to life before our eyes.

From here we will walk to the Mummification Museum, a small but well-curated museum dedicated to the art of mummification, which aims to provide an understanding of the ancient Egyptian belief system as well as the process itself.

Finally, we visit Luxor Temple, a breath-taking structure steeped in history, the entrance alone is over 200ft wide! Unlike many temples constructed to honour the gods, Luxor Temple was built in dedication to the rejuvenation of kingship. It is one of the many projects commissioned by Rameses II during his long, successful reign.

Sailing back across the Nile we will enjoy an alfresco lunch back at the hotel before setting off for a late afternoon ride into the desert. We will ride up the escarpment to mount Thebes, looking down over the city, to take in the glorious colours of sunset shimmering over the surrounding sands. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Sunrise Trail Ride to Habu Temple, Hatshepsut and transfer to the Red Sea

A very special morning. We rise before dawn, making the short journey to the stables in darkness. We mount our horses and ride out into the deserted streets with the sun a mere glow on the horizon. We make our way out into farmland, trotting along rural tracks, until there before us is the Valley of the Kings. Bathed in the light of the morning sun, scores of hot air balloons rise gracefully into the sky like lanterns. The overall sight is breath-taking, but it is truly unique when enjoyed from the back of a beautiful Egyptian horse. We stop for breakfast overlooking Habu Temple and have time for a fascinating tour of the site before the return ride.

From here, we will be collected for a tour of the Temple of Hatshepsut, considered one of the most impressive mortuary temples in all of Egypt. It represents not only her devotion to her god, Horus, but is also a reflection of her peaceful and prosperous reign. Set against the backdrop of a striking red cliff face it is a dramatic sight to behold. After lunch and showering we will journey north-east to Hurghada on the Red Sea, endeavouring to arrive in time for a spectacular sunset. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Hurghada Multi Options

A variety of options are open to us this morning. A relaxing lie-in, late breakfast and some downtime by the pool is a popular one! But if you prefer to tag on something unique and memorable to your trip we offer amazing professional photoshoots complete with hair, make-up and flowing dresses; choose from a beach or a desert setting and strike a pose with your horse! Please enquire for prices.Alternatively, for the restless adrenaline junkies, we offer an exhilarating quad bike safari across the dunes.

Lunch will be at the hotel before we don our riding clothes once again for an exciting ride across the Eastern desert. Known as ‘yalla country’, the desert’s vast open plains allow us to really let our horses go and revel in their speed and endurance, could there be anything more joyful? As the sun sets on another glorious day we ride home together, content, reflective and grateful as ever for the gift in life that is the horse.

After a freshen up we will head down to the marina at Hurghada. Once a typical fishing village it has become famous for its extensive fish market. Our final evening will be spent sampling a feast from the sea, dining on fresh produce straight out of the morning’s catch. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Swimming in the Red Sea with the horses. Check out.

A highlight of our riding holidays is swimming with the horses in the crystal-clear Red Sea. The horses love the cool, refreshing waters and glide effortlessly across the bay, their tails streaming out like banners behind them. This is also one of the many fantastic photo opportunities on this riding holiday. After final cuddles with your horses, it is time to thank them and to say farewell.

Check out 11am. Optional extensions include an additional day swimming with dolphins, please enquire for more information.

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 250 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.

Photo shoot

Optional photo shoot from 300 USD.

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 (150 USD)
  • Temples, museums, and historical sites local fees (around 80 USD)
  • Accommodation upgrades in Luxor

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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$ 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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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 , 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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