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Egypt Horse Riding Holiday

Your journey starts in Cairo as riding Arabian stallions at the Great Pyramids of Giza is top of every horse lover’s bucket list! you then head off to Fayoum for 3 days where you will enjoy long riding hours exploring this picturesque area, dining under the stars, and heading out on a 4 x 4 safari! It’s then a quick hop back to Cairo for one last "Yalla" before flying onto Luxor and Ride Egypt’s HQ. In Luxor, you’ll ride more beautiful, well-trained horses, fly in hot air balloons at sunrise over the Valley of the Kings and retrace the steps of Ancient Egypt with guided tours of the temples and tombs.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kg / 221 pounds, unless pre-agreed with Ride Egypt
  • Tack Type: English, you must be able to ride in an English saddle
  • Horse Breed: Arabian and Balady, Ride Egypt's local breed

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Personal ‘meet and greet’ at the airport on arrival
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride in Luxor
  • Domestic flights between Cairo and Luxor (economy)
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All transfers
  • All temple and museum entries
  • All meals with soft drinks

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


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Accommodation

Your accommodations are hand-picked, 5-star hotels with amazing views and private lodges just for the groups and with their own chef.

Cairo - Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids (1 night)

Bringing glamorous ancient history to your doorstep! Indulge in an experience that brings together both authenticity and modernity. Perfectly located a few minutes away from the Great Pyramids of Giza, the hotel offers incredible views and excellent bar, dining, and pool facilities.

  • Room type: Deluxe pyramids view with a private balcony or terrace.

Fayoum – Tzila Private Lodge (2 or 3 nights)

Tzila Lodge is the second oldest building in Tunis Village, now beautifully renovated. Its architectural structure is designed to follow the ancestral Fayoum method of dome construction whilst meeting the requirements of modern-day life, thus adding a spice of culture to your stay.

  • Room type: Eight unique rooms, each designed and beautifully furnished with the element of ancient motifs and traditional techniques reflecting Egypt’s wealth of inspirational culture and heritage. Domes, arches, thick walls, and the absence of cement keep the rooms cool during the summer and warm during the cold winters. The rooms’ layout is spread out in an Omda-style house.

Tzaila Camp 1 night optional

The tents offer a cozy glamping ambiance for those seeking a comfortable desert experience. Each tent provides you with a spacious feel, you’ll have your own seating lounge within your sleeping quarters Designed with maximum flexibility and comfort, each tent is beautifully furnished using simple tools to provide you “homey” feeling.

Marriott Mena House - 1 night

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Marriott Mena House, Cairo Overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza, Marriott Mena House, Cairo is surrounded by 40 acres of green gardens and has a spa, fitness center, and a pool. The rooms are decorated with handcrafted furniture. Dining choices range from Italian specialties at Alfredo Restaurant, while daily buffet breakfast and unforgettable vistas with its cocktails are served at 139 Pavilion.

  • Room type: Deluxe Garden View

Luxor – Djoff Palace (2 nights)

Set next to Banana Island on the West Bank of Luxor, this 5-star luxury Nubian-style hotel offers stunning rooms with Nile views, a swimming pool, and an onsite restaurant serving amazing Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Room type: Deluxe

Al Moudria – Palace in the Desert (1 night)

Al Moudria is a grand, all-suite hotel in an Arabic-style palace with 8-hectare gardens, a spa, and fine dining. The hotel is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and a swimming pool. The restaurant menu is ‘a la carte’.

  • Room type: Deluxe

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

You’ll be met by your ‘meet and greet’ host who will help you with your bags and introduce you to your driver outside the airport terminal building. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Rise and Shine!

Throw open those curtains! It’s truly a ‘pinch yourself moment’ as right outside your window is the most iconic landmark in Egypt, The Great Pyramids of Giza, there to welcome you on the first day of your trip of a lifetime. Next, it’s time to pop down for a delicious, luxury buffet breakfast before heading off on the first ride.

Having talked so much about the Great Pyramids your first ride together could only be there!

This ride is exhilarating due to the scenery, the forward-going horses, and the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities! Ride time is approximately 2 hours.

After your ride, you will visit the mythological and legendary Sphinx, estimated to be approximately 4500 years old – your Egyptology guide will share the secrets of the area with you. We stop off for some lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel to shower, relax and check out before we leave for your road transfer to Fayoum. The drive takes around 1.5 hours. Check-in at your accommodation, dinner, and overnight.

Day 3: Magic Lake afternoon/sunset ride

Today you have a free morning to take a walk to the pottery school, dip in the pool or just relax. This morning is all yours to do as you wish.

The Magic Lake is an obscure but beautiful lake and the destination of today’s 3-4 hour riding trip. Interestingly it got its name because it changes its colors several times each day, depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight it receives, it’s like a natural kaleidoscope.

As a riding location, it is beautiful! It is surrounded by a desert where you can race your horses and climb sand dunes, you’ll love the way these sure-footed horses explore and enjoy the open landscapes. With relaxing trails and speedy gallops, this place has it all. Overnight at your accommodation.

Day 4: Full-day riding to Wadi El Rayan National Park

Wadi El Rayan is one of Egypt’s most famous nature reserves and you are in the perfect place to ride and explore its breathtaking desert and rock formations. The scenery is picturesque and goes on as far as the eye can see, it’s the place for riders to enjoy plenty of fun canters and gallops.

The day is around 6 hours in the saddle with various paces and includes lunch on the way. Dinner in the desert, for this evening there will be a choice to sleep in a private tent under the stars or return to the lodge.

Day 5: 4 x 4 Safari

Today you are going off-road with a 4 x 4 safari to play on the sand dunes and visit Whale Valley, home to invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution; the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal, about 37 million years ago. This is the most important UNESCO site in the world for the demonstration of this stage of evolution. We will also visit Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls.

The waterfalls in Wadi El Rayan are a natural phenomenon and are considered to be the largest waterfalls in Egypt. Wadi El Rayan is distinguished by its springs in the middle of the desert and small cascades. During the day we will stop for lunch along the way. Sandboarding at sunset ends your adventurous day before we hit the road again and drive back to Cairo. Overnight and dinner at Mena House in Cairo.

Day 6: Last Cairo Adventures

You have a handful of options before your flight to Luxor in the afternoon:

For saddle junkies, ride beautiful horses at Abu Sir stable, a location loved by riders due to the vast amounts of open space, perfect to enjoy the incredible speed of Arabian horses.

For history lovers, a guided tour of Cairo’s new museum, The New Museum of Civilisation, where you’ll have a chance to see the royal mummies up close and personal.

For those who want to relax, enjoy the morning yourself and some pool time and enjoy hotel hotels' luxury facilities.

Afternoon flight to Luxor. Flight time 45 minutes (flight included in the package).

Day 7: Luxor and The Land of the Pharaohs

Due to the popularity of Luxor, Ride Egypt has created two experiences – those for returning guests who do not wish to sightsee again but would rather dedicate their time with them to being in the saddle, and those who are new to Luxor and wish to combine both riding and sightseeing into their stay.

  • Option 1: Non-riding tour of The Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamen followed by lunch and an introductory ride.
  • Alternatively – Option 2: Full-day trail ride with lunch.

In the evening all guests will enjoy dinner and belly dancing lessons at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Land of the Pharaohs Continued

  • Option 1: Non-riding tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum, followed by lunch and a sunset trail ride to the Colossi of Memnon and the desert of Mount Thebes.
  • Alternatively – Option 2: Full-day trail ride

A short transfer to Al Moudria, a palace in the desert which is now a hotel is your grand finale in accommodation. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Hot Air Balloons and Check-Out

Sail high over the famous monuments of Luxor on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You’ll get unmatched aerial views and photo ops as your private guide provides insightful narrative.

You will return to your hotel for breakfast around 9 am, having a few hours to relax and enjoy the facilities and pool before checking out at 12.00. Late checks out are available on request at an extra charge (payable locally).

Information:

  • Paces: Varied. Riders should be fit and be able to canter on a well-trained horse on open ground without assistance.
  • Main language: English. Guests are required to have a good knowledge of the English language and to be able to communicate with us easily. This is a firm and non-negotiable requirement.

Location

Food

All meals and soft drinks are included throughout the trip (hotel or on location). All the food is locally-grown and Ride Egypt caters to all dietary requirements.

Alcoholic, beer, and wine are inclusive on local trip lunches and dinners outside hotels.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals with soft drinks
  • All transfers
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride in Luxor
  • Alcoholic, beer and wine inclusive on local trip lunches and dinners outside hotels

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol in the hotels
  • Tips approximately 200 USD recommended
  • Spa treatments
  • Alcohol inside the hotels

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI). Please note that the departure flight should be at Luxor International Airport (LXR).

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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Wednesday October 9, 2024
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