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Temples, Tombs and Beaches

Overview

This British-owned and run set-up offers exceptional riding experiences to some of Egypt's most special places. If you are looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday, perhaps combined with some beach and relaxation, then these trips are a dream come true! They have different itineraries t…

Highlights

  • Fast riding on spirited horses
  • See the Pyramids of Giza from horseback
  • Swim in the Red Sea with your horse
  • Guided visit of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor
  • British-owned stables with high welfare standards

Essential Facts

  • 6 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100kg / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

Description

This British-owned and run set-up offers exceptional riding experiences to some of Egypt's most special places. If you are looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday, perhaps combined with some beach and relaxation, then these trips are a dream come true! They have different itineraries to suit different needs, whether you're looking for fast gallops in the open desert, swimming with your horse in the sea or exploring the famous pyramids of Cairo or incredible temples of Luxor. The owner, Emma, is based at their home stables in Luxor and has put together these exciting programmes to combine the best of the country, always riding on horses who are well cared for.

Luxor itself is the site of ancient Thebes, the Pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power during the 16th-11th centuries B.C.E. Today’s city surrounds two huge, surviving temples. The Royal Tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank. Your adventures will take you on a trip through Gezira village to the Nile shore. Pleasure in Luxor comes not only from riding beautiful horses, but also through the opportunity to see true Arabian village life and the splendid nature. There is a wealth of riding options from cantering along the Nile watching buffalo graze along its lush green banks, travelling through the villages on horseback, galloping along the banana and sugar cane fields or visiting the temples on horseback. The horse facilities are located on the West Bank. It’s quirky and it’s real Egypt. The horses have a fabulous life. There are several well-maintained boxes with turnout provided in paddocks with mountain views.

The most popular add-on is to ride in Makadi Bay in Hurghada, located on the Red Sea Riviera and nestled between a desert and a mountain range. Here there is a sister stables with a different set of horses. Makadi Bay has beautiful, white sand beaches and crystal blue water. Each day is unique and includes steady canters along sandy deserts, as well as faster stretches along the shoreline. You will explore the sand dunes, mountains and neighbouring Bedouin villages set high in the wilderness. The bay’s crystal blue waters and golden sand make it one of the most picturesque places in the Red Sea.

Emma also offers the opportunity to ride fit, happy horses between Cairo's famous pyramids. This is truly a special experience and an excellent extension to your riding holiday or a very nice short break in its own right.

Please keep in mind that Egypt has a strong tipping culture and leaving tips is a way of life. We kindly ask that you factor this in to your budget when planning to ride in Egypt, allowing something like USD $ 150 / £120 GBP for a week stay in order to tip hotel staff, porter, tour guides, riding guides, grooms, drivers, camel guides and boat guides. We will of course advise you when you book your riding holiday.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English - you must be able to ride in an English saddle.

Horses

Arab, Baladi (Egyptian breed) and Arab cross

Riding

There are 6 itineraries:

  • Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs is a based ride
  • Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay is a based ride
  • The Story of Ride Egypt is a trail ride
  • Tombs, Dunes & Kingdoms is a based ride
  • Fairytale Fayoum is a based ride
  • Multi-Adventure Mini Break is a based ride

Ages

12 years and must be accompanied by an adult

Health

There are vaccinations required, please check with your doctor.

Weight

100kg / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

These riding holidays include all meals (and bottled water during your rides) but drinks are at own cost.

The unique Egyptian cuisine has been influenced throughout history, particularly by its neighbours from the Middle East. More recently, the foods of other Arabic people in the Middle East such as the Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, as well as some foods from Europe, have affected the Egyptian diet. However, Egyptian cuisine maintains its uniqueness. After thousands of years, rice and bread remain staple foods, and molokhiyya (a spinach-like vegetable) and fulmudammas (cooked, creamy fava beans), a national dish, are nearly as popular as long ago. Other popular dishes include Kebab and Kofta usually of lamb meat, chops and minced meat on skewers grilled on charcoal. Egyptians are famous for stuffing spicy rice in vegetables like green pepper, aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes to make Mahshi.

Special dietary requirements are not usually a problem with advance notice.

Accommodation

Depending on which programme you book, you may be staying in Luxor, Cairo or Hurghada during your riding holiday or perhaps a combination of those locations. Your hosts use several different accommodations in each place and select where you will stay depending on the availability, time of year and the composition of the group as well. All locations are hand-picked by Emma for their location and authenticity as much as possible.

Possibilities may include:

Luxor: Villa Nile House or spend a night on one of Ride Egypt's private boats!

Cairo: Panorama Pyramids Inn, Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel or 3 Pyramids View Inn.

Hurghada: Dawar El Omda (4 star) or Sultan Bey (4 star).

Itineraries

Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs Standard accommodation.

Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay Standard accommodation.

The Story of Ride Egypt Standard accommodation.

Tombs, Dunes & Kingdoms Standard accommodation.

Fairytale Fayoum Luxury accommodation.

Multi-Adventure Mini Break Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

Depending on your chosen programme there may already be other activities included. These could be camel-riding, quad biking, boat trips, snorkelling, swimming with wild dolphins, hot air balloon rides or even cookery classes. If these activities are not part of the itinerary you have chosen and you are interested to add them in then please contact us.

Travel

Please do get in touch for help planning your journey as different programmes require flights into/out of Luxor, Hurghada or Cairo. Daytime transfers (with arrival between 8 am and 8 pm) are included in the costs of the trip, but transfers outside of these times will need to be paid for additionally.

Please note that some of our itineraries will require you to fly into one airport and then out of another one. The arrival and departure airports for each programme are listed in the itineraries, but please check with us before booking your flights.

For arrivals in Cairo, an airport 'meet and greet' service is available at an extra charge.

Testimonials

Dewi L., Oct. 24, 2023

This ride was an absolute dream come true. So much to see, riding on great horses and Emma made sure everything was taken care of.


Hanna, Oct. 17, 2023

I loved every minute of it! The schedule was super tight but we knew this in advance. Also this is kind of why we booked this one - we were short on time but wanted to see and experience everything. So so happy! Lovely horses that were well taken care of.


Claire D., Feb. 8, 2023

The adventure of many lifetimes! The Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs tour is the complete survey course into Egyptian culture and the impressive Arabian and Baladi horse. From gallops alongside the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Step Pyramids near Cairo to discovering the treasures of Luxor and the Red Seas, the trip, in itself, creates the most well-balanced pyramid of them all! This three-staged ride has been perfectly coordinated to show an equestrian the very best that Egypt has to offer while simultaneously making you feel at home. The staff's attention to the customers needs and safety unparalleled from any ride I have done before. The horses are impressive and the memories will last a lifetime. Favourite memory? Waking up before sunrise to watch the first light of day illuminate the temples and tombs of Luxor is an unforgettable experience. But my favourite memories were the ones made with the charming and incredible riding teams.


Mandy C., Feb. 8, 2023

An exciting, adventurous and culturally fascinating ride I highly recommend. I thought the holiday was superb. Really superb. It is one of the most fascinating, varied and fun trips I have ever taken (I have taken more than 60 horse riding trips). The riding guides Yousef and Adham were exceptional. They genuinely wanted everyone to be happy and had the perfect balance between making sure everyone was happy and having fun and also feeing comfortable and safe. I was very happy with each of the four horses I rode and thought the equipment and tack used was completely adequate. Favourite memory? Walking and galloping around the pyramids of Giza.


Candice D., Feb. 6, 2023

More than I expected. An excellent balance of riding, seeing aspects of real Egypt far from the tour busses. The highlights of visiting on foot to ancient archaeological sights was spectacular. The guides were attentive to us, our horses and our surroundings. Favourite memory? Two memories especially were the surreal aspect that we were indeed next to the Pyramids of Giza, figuratively in the "sands of time". The second was the first sighting and riding by the Nile in Luxor. Food? It was excellent and fresh the whole time. Beautiful in presentation and taste. I loved the varieties of fresh baked breads, bananas, rices, the aroma of the coffee. Horses? I rode 4 different horses - one stallion, three mares and each of them was different. I'd be happy to bring any of them home. Guides? I would follow these guides to Alaska. Each one an individual but intuitive, capable and pros at getting video and photos. Wonderful.


Jess F., April 28, 2022

Excellent. Exactly as described on the website. Itinerary differed slightly but I was aware this can change and we didn't miss anything out. Unsure how I was ever going to top South Africa and now I don't know how to top Egypt! Cantering along in front of the pyramids is THE money shot - I'd have died happy on day one.


Sheena, March 17, 2020

Fabulous! A magical experience, cantering through the desert towards the pyramids with only horses and camels in sight. The guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. One of my favourite memories - swimming with wild dolphins!


John & Molly, Feb. 18, 2020

Overall, our holiday in Egypt was amazing! Our guide Muhammad was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. The horses were fantastic, and the lodging was super homey and comfortable. The cultural experience and history of Egypt it is something that everyone needs to see. We never felt unsafe while being there, contrary to what many of our friends and family told us. We rode camels through the banana farms while in Luxor, what a unique experience. We lodged at two different hotels. the bed and breakfast in Luxor was fabulous. Our host Costa couldn't have taken better care of us, the food was amazing!


Debbie, Dec. 30, 2019

Emma and her team went above and beyond what a standard holiday provides in terms of quality and attention to detail. Her business is ethics led, which means that the horses are well cared for and the stables she partners with maintain that quality. She took the time to get to know each guest and matched them with their perfect horse each time. An incredible experience! What elevated this riding experience from others was Emma’s kindness and adherence to quality! Thank you so much for the memories!


Danielle & Nathan, Dec. 11, 2019

A fantastic holiday! Hosts & guides super friendly and knowledgeable. Exciting rides on fit, healthy and well trained horses. Non-riding activities were fascinating and fun!


Emily S., April 24, 2017

Wow, wow, wow!! The mixture of culture, history and horse riding is fantastic. Luxor has to be seen to be believed! It is a crazy, vibrant, friendly place. Hurghada was a complete contrast with its beaches, sea and desert. I loved both parts of the holiday equally.


Jess R., April 24, 2017

Amazing! Emma is a fabulous hostess. She has beautifully trained, happy, healthy horses and operates from a great location. Every aspect of the trip was perfect. Very impressed with the condition of the horses, every single one was fit and happy and a pleasure to ride. Emma and her team were brilliant.


Duncan H., April 24, 2017

There are many places and countries where one can take a mounted wildlife safari, but there is only one Luxor. This ride is an opportunity to experience rural Egypt and one of the wonders of the ancient world.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

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

Day 2

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

We will meet for breakfast at 8.15 to catch up on the plan for today! Departure from the hotel at approximately 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 safety 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.

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

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

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

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

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 bejewelled 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

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

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

Riding: 3 hours

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

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

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

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

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.

Accommodation

1 nights at a hotel in Cairo, 4 nights at a hotel in Luxor and 2 nights in Hurghada.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

March 22, 2024 - March 29, 2024

March 30, 2024 - April 6, 2024

April 20, 2024 - April 27, 2024

April 28, 2024 - May 5, 2024

Oct. 22, 2024 - Oct. 29, 2024

Nov. 16, 2024 - Nov. 23, 2024

Jan. 11, 2025 - Jan. 18, 2025

March 1, 2025 - March 8, 2025

March 22, 2025 - March 29, 2025

April 5, 2025 - April 12, 2025

April 26, 2025 - May 3, 2025

Pricing

2024
Sharing; September - April
£2195 $2850 €2610
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, riding, guiding, road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included International flights, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor on Day 2, airport transfers, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please make sure your credit card will work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024 - Cairo Airport Transfer £40 $52 €48
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Festive Peak Season Surcharge £200 $255 €235
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Hurghada Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Single Supplement £500 $645 €590
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrival and check in to your guesthouse accommodation close to the River Nile. This lovely guesthouse offers fabulous home cooked local dishes and an excellent service. Dinner this night is at your own cost.

Day 2 - Introductory Day

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

You will start your day with an introducing to the land of the Pharaohs. This morning tour will give an 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 Old Kingdom but those of the New Kingdom wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south. Consequently, these later pharaohs built their crypts in the hills of the barren tract of land which lies west of Luxor, now known as the ‘Valley of the Kings’ or the ‘Valley of the Dead’. You will visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. His tomb is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

You will the continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, the most famous female ruler in Egyptian history. Hatshepsut was pharaoh of Egypt from roughly 1479 to 1458 BCE. She not only had the longest reign of any Egyptian woman but is also regarded as one of the most successful rulers in Egyptian history. Under Hatshepsut, Egypt explored, built, and grew. The trip also will take you to the 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”.

To complete the history circle your final stop is at Carters House - this is rarely visited in standard tourist packages and yet is one of the most interesting buildings in Luxor. Although lacking the glamour of the Queens temples, the house, where Howard Carter lived during his search for Tutankhamun’s Tomb and his excavation of the Valley of the Kings, offers some amazing insights. It’s a simple but mesmerising piece of history, a step back in time. You can see the photo lab Howard Carter 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 the Luxor itinerary.

In the afternoon , you will take your first horse adventure together. Travelling by tuk-tuk to the stables, you will be introduced to your host's home and horses. The Bedouin style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile and houses several loose boxes as well as dedicated turn out for the horses. Here you will find the beautiful Arabian horses grazing happily in the Nile-water fed green fields, against the backdrop of the mountains. The yard is home to horses, donkeys and camels and very much holds a “farm atmosphere”.

Your first ride out will be fairly relaxed and will give you a chance to get to know your hosts, guides and horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day. You will ride through the villages on horseback, under the palm trees and along to the Nile river. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you will see the buffalo grazing along the banks. On return to the stables, you will be transferred back to your hotel in time for dinner at around 8pm. This will be a local Egyptian feast, typically eaten with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions - a must when in Luxor!

Day 3 - The ULTIMATE trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs

Riding: 6 hours

Your first full day on the trail - be prepared to fall in love with both the Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses, famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful native breeds have been chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans, their good-nature, quick learning and willingness to please. The longer trail will offer you the experience to truly appreciate these little horses and Egyptian country life. You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. By mid-morning prepare to be amazed as your sure-footed horses carry you across the challenging terrain behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes. From this fantastic vantage point, you will see amazing panoramic views of Luxor. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before you begin the afternoon trail ride home again. The route will take you past The Colossi of Memnon (Arabic: el-Colossat or es-Salamat); 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.

Day 4 - Habu Temple and Karnak Temple:

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today will begin early with a 7 am departure - it's time for another tick off the bucket list for many visitors to Luxor and a visit to Madinet Habu Temple! Mounted up, you will leave the stables at around 7.30am and take a 2 hours ride up to the Habu Temple. On arrival, you can dismount and tether the horses outside in the shade before heading inside this magnificent complex to explore and learn more about its history. Built as a mortuary temple for Ramses III (1186-1155 BC), one of the great pharaohs of ancient Egypt, Habu Temple stands on land that was considered to have magical powers by local farmers. Ramses often lived in the adjacent palace but other deities resided at Medinet Habu permanently. During the Libyan invasions of the late Twentieth Dynasty, Medinet Habu sheltered the entire population of Thebes.

You will have a light brunch after your visit to the temple, at around 11am, before riding back to the stables in time to change for our afternoon adventures. You will head on a non-riding tour to the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the incredible Karnak Temple. Karnak is the largest religious complex on the planet. Forget all you have come to expect in regard to scale and space and be astonished by the Temples of Amun-Ra, his divine wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. Your hosts will be on hand to show you through the labyrinth and to explain the purpose, meaning and history of the amazing ruins at Karnak. Many visitors walk right past one of the treasures of this site – its wonderful Open Air Museum filled with many architectural wonders which have been re-erected in all their glory.

After Karnak, you will visit Luxor Temple, largely built by the New Kingdom pharaohs Amenhotep III (1390–1352 BC) and Ramses II (1279–1213 BC). This temple is a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of the modern town and is also known as the Southern Sanctuary. Its main function was during the annual Opet celebrations when the statues of Amun, Mut and Khonsu were brought from Karnak, along the Avenue of Sphinxes, and reunited here during the inundation. Your tour will culminate at the Luxor Museum - this wonderful museum has a well-chosen, brilliantly displayed and explained collection of antiquities dating from the end of the Old Kingdom right through to the Mamluk period, mostly gathered from the Theban temples and necropolis. This is one of the most rewarding sights in Luxor and one of the best museums in Egypt.

Tonight will be your last evening in this region and you will finish your Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian BBQ dinner with music.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS ON REQUEST:

Guided tour and shopping at the souk markets (no charge)

Sunrise Balloon tour $150

Private Boat Dinner on the Nile (price on request)

Day 5 - Travel to Hurghada

Riding: No riding.

Following breakfast this morning, you will depart from Luxor and head to Hurghada for the second half of your adventure. You will arrive at the Red Sea for early afternoon. Check in at your hotel and time to relax after the long journey.

Day 6 - Makadi Bay

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

This morning will see you take your first horseback ride in Hurghada. A full day trail with these little “desert Arabians” which have been chosen for their forward-going nature and their willingness to gallop seemingly endlessly in the deserts. Today's trail is a superb day of riding which includes a little of the beach, sea and deserts of Makadi. Lunch will be a picnic served out and about on your ride. For less experienced or riders wanting a slightly easier day, there is an option to divide the day, riding two hours in the morning and then riding again in the afternoon with lunch at your hotel in between.

Day 7 - Swimming with wild dolphins

Riding: No riding.

Today will takes you away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where you will spend the day lapping up the sunshine and relaxing. However, this isn’t any old boat trip as today you will have the opportunity to meet some fabulous underwater friends at Dolphin House. This is a location where you have the opportunity to swim with pods of truly wild dolphins, stopping off at two stunning snorkelling spots. Here you will find a huge array of underwater beauties around the reefs of Hurghada and this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Onboard you will also be treated to an exquisite lunch by the wonderful crew.

Day 8 - Swimming with horses

Riding: 4 hours

No trip would be complete without the opportunity to swim with your horses in the Red Sea. This is a full morning ride with lots of exhilarating canters along the desert before arriving at the coast. On arrival you will dismount and remove the saddles before heading into the water with your horse. The horses really do enjoy the chance to cool off in the water too ,so it’s a wonderful trip for both. After your swim you’ll have some time to dry off in the warm sunshine before riding home.

Check out from your hotel will be by 12:00 (late check outs on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels in Egypt.

Accommodation

4 nights at a hotel in Luxor and 3 nights at a guesthouse in Hurghada.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Feb. 16, 2024 - Feb. 23, 2024

Oct. 12, 2024 - Oct. 18, 2024

Dec. 21, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Jan. 18, 2025 - Jan. 25, 2025

Pricing

2024
Sharing; October - April
£1895 $2460 €2255
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on day 1 until breakfast on departure day, riding and guiding, and road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included International flights, airport transfers, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please ensure your credit cards work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024 - Christmas/New Year surcharge £150 $195 €178
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Hurghada Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Luxor Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Single Supplement £500 $645 €590
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Upon arrival at Sharm El Sheikh airport, you’ll be greeted and taken on a scenic one-hour road journey to Dahab, a charming old fishing village overlooking the Red Sea. Nestled between majestic mountains and the azure waters of the Red Sea, Dahab is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, its vibrant Bedouin culture, clear turquoise waters, and numerous water sports activities. Your accommodations await at an authentic guest house with breathtaking views of the sea.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Kickstarting your adventure in Dahab, you’ll embark on a full-day ride, with a highlight being a visit to the famous Blue Hole. There, you’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling, exploring the vibrant coral reefs and underwater wonders. Renowned as one of the most spectacular diving spots in the world, the Blue Hole is a captivating sinkhole plunging vertically to depths of around 94 meters (approximately 308 feet) with the ocean floor extending even deeper beyond that point. This area boasts crystal-clear waters teeming with colourful marine life. To recharge, you'll indulge in a delicious lunch amidst picturesque surroundings.

Day 3

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Today begins with a half-day ride through the Wadi Qnai – a picturesque valley characterised by its rugged mountains, winding trails, and lush palm groves. Following this, you will have the chance to unwind by the beach or at the hotel swimming pool during the afternoon.
After dinner, you will embark on a journey from Dahab to St. Catherine, driving to the base of Mount Sinai. You will travel through the late hours of the night in darkness across the Sinai desert to Mount Sinai, the highest peak on the peninsula. Standing at a height of 2.629 m above sea level, you will be at the highest spot in the whole Egypt, a place filled with natural beauty and historical significance.
You will begin the climb before dawn to watch the magic of sunrise from the summit. The ascent isn’t overly steep, although there are around 500 steps to the summit. Before dawn breaks, you will gaze upon the mesmerising Milky Way from the warmth of your sleeping bags, before witnessing the breathtaking sunrise. Legend has it that you will be following the very footsteps of the Prophet Moses who climbed Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God.

Day 4

Riding: No riding.

In the morning, you will descend again to visit St.Catherine, one of the oldest and most famous Christian monasteries in the world and site of the Burning Bush, where you will have breakfast.
The mountain was named in honour of Saint Catherine, a significant figure in Europe’s Christian history, known for her role in spreading Christianity in Egypt. She met a tragic end in Alexandria at the hands of the Romans, but her body mysteriously disappeared. Monks later discovered her body atop the mountain, believing angels had placed it there.
The Burning Bush, also known as the living bush, resides within the Saint Catherine’s Monastery complex in Sinai. According to church tradition, the monks believe it to be the original bush seen by Prophet Moses. You will then return to Dahab in the afternoon to unwind by the pool before your evening flight to Cairo.

Day 5

Riding: 2 hours

The group will meet for breakfast at 8.15 to catch up on the plan for today! Departing from the hotel around 9 am, a short journey brings you 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 you start there is a safety briefing and your hosts will 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.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in town followed by a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum. This newly opened museum, welcoming visitors for the first time in 2024, holds some of the world’s greatest ancient treasures. Its location is just outside Cairo on the Giza Plateau (and next door to the Pyramids). It is not only considered the new crown jewel of Egypt, but is also one of the largest, most modern, and most renowned museums in the entire world. In the evening, you will catch a flight to Luxor to continue your journey.

Day 6

Riding: 2 - 5 hours

Welcome to Luxor and home of Ride Egypt! Today, you will have the choice of a full day in the saddle or a blend of sightseeing and riding. You will have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of Luxor, home to ancient wonders like the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.
Today, you will also have a chance to get acquainted with your new Egyptian steed! While the horses are spirited and forward-going 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. We 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 horses dose in the shade. Should you prefer a shorter ride and some historical sight-seeing you can visit the Valley of the Kings accompanied by an Egyptologist where you will have the opportunity to visit three very different tombs 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 our wonderful hosts.

Day 7

Riding: 2 - 5 hours

Continue your exploration of Luxor with another full-day trail ride or opt for a shorter ride half-day historical tour to delve deeper into the city’s rich cultural heritage. Again, the pool is there for those who need some down time!

Day 8

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

A very special morning. You will rise before dawn, making the short journey to the stables in darkness.You will mount your horses and ride out into the deserted streets with the sun a mere glow on the horizon. You will make your way out into farmland, trotting along rural tracks, until there before you 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. You will stop for breakfast overlooking Habu Temple and have time for a fascinating 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 will visit early morning before the crowds descend so it feels like a well-kept secret!
After returning the horses to their stables, 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, 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 our fabulous extensions.

Accommodation

3 nights Dahab, 1 night Cairo, 3 nights Luxor

Experience Experienced

Fit, strong intermediate and experienced riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and be happy to ride a forward-going horse.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Oct. 5, 2024 - Oct. 12, 2024

Dec. 29, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2024

Feb. 1, 2025 - Feb. 8, 2025

April 19, 2025 - April 26, 2025

Pricing

2024/2025
Per person, sharing
£2000 $2595 €2375
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, riding and guiding.
Not included International and domestic flights, airport transfers, drinks, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please ensure your credit card will work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024/2025 - Luxor Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024/2025 - Sharm el Sheikh Airport Transfer £35 $45 €42
Paid to Far and Ride
2024/2025 - Single Supplement £750 $970 €890
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive Cairo and transfer to hotel in time for dinner overlooking the pyramids.

Day 2

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Wake to the frenetic sounds of a thriving city. The pyramids at Giza are a must-see for most visiting Cairo, but today this experience is elevated by riding onto the plateau on 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 within 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 will now pack your bags for the transfer to Fayoum, a road trip of approximately 1.5hrs, aiming to arrive late afternoon to enjoy a leisurely sunset ride through the surrounding villages. You will finish this glorious first day with dinner at the villa prepared by local chefs.

Day 3

Riding: 5 hours

Begin your day with a leisurely morning to soak in the beauty of the Fayoum Oasis. Following an early lunch, get ready for an incredible trail ride to the enchanting ‘Magic Lake’ -lasting approximately 5 hours (from 1-6pm).
Magic Lake is 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 we also have the contrasting peace and serenity that’s 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.
The evening ends with a delicious dinner under the starlit desert sky.

Day 4

Riding: No riding.

A non-riding day today, starting with a 4x4 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. After lunch, you will head back to Cairo by road. Hotel check in for a few hours to shower and relax and continue to the airport and our domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor.

Day 5

Riding: 3 hours

Welcome to the home of Ride Egypt! Today you have options according to what you feel like doing.
Option 1: A non-riding tour of the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatsheput. Accompanied by an Egyptologist you will have the opportunity to visit different tombs representing the values of the pharaohs to which they belong. In the afternoon, you will embark on a 2-hour sunset mountain trail.
Option 2: For saddle junkies, your hosts also offer a full saddle day, riding from 9-3pm. In the morning, 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 horses 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.
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 our wonderful hosts.

Day 6

Riding: 3 hours

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 (approx. 3 hours). The sight as they all take flight is simply breathtaking. Gliding 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.
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 will visit early morning before the crowds descend so it feels like a well-kept secret!
Ride back to the stables and return to your hotel for a leisurely lunch and an opportunity to unwind by the pool, soaking in the
warmth of the Egyptian sun. For saddle junkies, the option of a full saddle day awaits (riding 9-3pm).

Day 7

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Today you will kick off the day with a scenic 3-hour morning ride. After a laid-back lunch, it's time to unwind before your sunset boat cruise on the Nile. Picture yourself sailing along the river as the sun sets, heading towards Karnak Temple for a captivating light and sound show, all while enjoying a delightful dinner onboard. For saddle junkies: If you're still up for more adventure, there's the option of a full saddle day (9am-3 pm).

Day 8

Riding: 3 hours

Today guests will have the option to embark on a hot air balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings (at extra charge). This will be followed by breakfast at your hotel and relaxing by the pool. Alternatively, guests may enjoy the option of a last morning in the saddle (ride time approximately 3 hours). Lunch & check out at 1pm: After a farewell lunch it is time to say goodbye unless you have booked one of our fabulous extensions:

For those who wish to stay longer, there is the option of adding an Aswan extension from the afternoon of Day 8.

During this extra tour. you will visit many more amazing sites (perfect for those interested in ancient Egyptian history). Horus temple in Edfu and the temple of Sobek Kim ombo; are dedicated to the Crocodile headed God Sobek and the Falcon headed God Horus the Elder.

Aswan is known for its beautiful Nile Valley scenery, significant archaeological sites and peaceful aura. Its weather is warm all year round, which makes it a perfect winter destination. The city provides splendid views and attractions - just imagine yourself sailing quietly along the Nile with a felucca (Egyptian sailboat) watching the world go by.

Other Aswan sightseeing could include:

Abu Simbel
Temple of Philae
Unfinished Obelisk. 890. Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
Aswan High Dam.
Nubian Museum (evening opening times)
Nubian Village
Elephantine Island
Cocktails at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract (where Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile)

* please ask us for more information about this special extra programme!

Accommodation

A combination of small guesthouses and hotels with personality which have been chosen for their location and charm. Usually 2-3 stars.

Experience Experienced

This ride is for strong intermediate riders upwards, comfortable and competent at all paces on spirited horses.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 12, 2024 - Jan. 19, 2024

Feb. 8, 2024 - Feb. 15, 2024

April 12, 2024 - April 19, 2024

Oct. 1, 2024 - Oct. 8, 2024

Oct. 20, 2024 - Oct. 27, 2024

Nov. 9, 2024 - Nov. 16, 2024

Dec. 21, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Feb. 22, 2025 - March 1, 2025

Pricing

2024 £2995 $3890 €3560
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day until lunch on departure day, all riding, guiding.
Not included International flights, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor on Day 5, airport transfers, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please ensure your credit card will work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024 - Aswan Extension £1500 $1945 €1780
Paid to Far and Ride
Single supplement for Aswan extension - £300.00
2024 - Cairo Airport Transfer £40 $52 €48
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Festive Peak Season Surcharge £200 $255 €235
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Luxor Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Single Supplement £500 $645 €590
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival in Cairo

Riding: No riding.

On arrival at Cairo airport you'll be met by your "meet and greet" host who will help you with your bags and introduce you to your private driver who will transfer you to your accommodation.

Day 2 - Cairo - Giza Pyramids - Fayoum

Riding: 2 hours

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 your 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 our 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 our ride we will visit the mythological and legendary Sphinx, estimated to be approximately 4500 years old – our 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 our road transfer to Fayoum. The drive takes around 1.5 hours. Check in at our accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Magic Lake

Riding: 5 - 5 hours

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. In the afternoon you will travel to Wadi El Hital, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the destination of today’s 3-4 hour riding trip. Magic Lake is the centre-piece of this ride, it got its name because it changes its colours 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 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. Relaxing trails and speedy gallops, this place has it all. Overnight at our accommodation.

Day 4 - Wadi El Rayan

Riding: 6 hours

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.

Day 5 - 4x4 safari in Wadi El Rayan

Riding: No riding.

Discover four wheels rather than four hooves on this 4x4 safari into the sand dunes to visit Whale Valley which is home to invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct whales, Archaeoceti. 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 mammal about 37 million years ago. This UNESCO site is one of the most important in the world.

You will also visit Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls - a natural phenomenon and 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. Stop for lunch along the way before ending your day by sand-boarding as the sun sets.

As your adventure ends, you are driven by car back to Cairo for dinner and to overnight at your hotel.

Day 6 - Free Day

Riding: No riding.

Morning off to enjoy a late breakfast at your beautiful hotel, some pool and relax time with check out at 12. We will stop for lunch in between visiting as many museums as time permits before our internal flight to Luxor.
Afternoon flight to Luxor. Flight time 45 minutes

Day 7 - Luxor

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Due to the popularity of Luxor we have created two experiences – those for returning guests who do not wish to sightsee again but would rather dedicate their time with us 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 - Luxor

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Again, today guests have a choice of activities to enjoy depending on their tastes and whether or not they are returning riders. 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.
Short transfer to Al Moudria, a palace in the desert which is now a hotel is our grand finale in accommodation. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9 - Sunrise Balloon Ride and Departure

Riding: No riding.

An early start this morning so you can be up whilst its still dark to sail high over the famous monuments of Luxor on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You'll get unmatched aerial views and photo opportunities as your private guide provides insightful narrative.

Return to the hotel for breakfast around 9am and have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the facilities, before checking out at midday and heading to the airport. Late check-outs may be possible for an additional charge.

Accommodation

2 nights at a 5 star hotel in Cairo, 2 (or 3) nights at a luxury boutique hotel in Fayoum, one night (optional) in a glamping tent, 2 nights in a 5 star hotel on the West Bank of Luxor and 1 night in a grand palace hotel in the desert.

Experience Experienced

You should be a capable rider who is fit for long hours in the saddle. There are plenty of opportunities for faster riding.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 26, 2024 - Feb. 3, 2024

March 2, 2024 - March 10, 2024

Pricing

2024
Sharing; October - April
£3795 $4930 €4515
Included Accommodation, all meals with soft drinks, alcohol (beer and wine) with local lunches and dinners outside of hotels, personal meet and greet on arrival at Cairo airport, all transfers, riding as described, sunrise hot air balloon ride in Luxor.
Not included International and domestic flights, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please make sure your credit card will work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement £1200 $1555 €1425
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone in a single room (limited availability).
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Travel day. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your guest house in Giza overlooking the Pyramids. Dinner this night is at your own cost.

Day 2

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Start your ride with a trail to the majestic Great Pyramids of Giza with your own guide to lead the way on horseback. You’ll enjoy personalised attention on your private tour of these famous symbols of Egypt’s ancient civilisation. The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx date back over 3,000 years. While there are actually over 100 pyramids in Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza are by far the most famous and are the last of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will provide a fascinating introduction to each of the three pyramids: Cheops, Khafre and Menakaure. You will have free time to enter one of the smaller pyramids while
 the grooms tend to your horses outside.

After visiting the pyramids, you’ll then continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background. A short ride later finds you standing at the feet of the Sphinx, for thousands of years the enigmatic symbol of Egypt. The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a king, and is surrounded in mystery.

After a jam packed morning you will take lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the pyramids. After lunch you will transfer by car to the fabulous stables right next to Abu Sir. Surrounded by sand dunes, the pyramids of Abu Sir form the necropolis of the 5th dynasty (2494–2345 BC). The location is incredible, a bliss to enjoy a moment of peace at the humble ruins, and revel in the serene desolation of the surrounding desert also offering riders a real opportunity to stretch out and fly with the horses.

From Abu Sir you will ride onto Sakkara Pyramids where in the Old Kingdom pharaohs were buried within Sakkara’s 11 major pyramids, while their subjects were buried in the hundreds of smaller tombs. Most of Sakkara, except for the Step Pyramid, was buried in sand until the mid-19th century, when the great French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette uncovered the Serapeum. Covering a 7km stretch of the Western Desert, Sakkara, the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis, was an active burial ground for more than 3500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site.

* Short internal evening flight to Luxor (not included – approx. extra cost £50).

Day 3

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Wake to the beautiful sound of the prayer call with stunning views of the River Nile from a local guesthouse in Luxor on the West Bank. Your morning starts with a non-riding tour and an introduction to the land of the Pharaohs. You’ll visit Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun and the temple of Hatshepsut. After a fabulous morning site seeing you’ll return to your guest house for lunch and an hour or so to relax before you are off again on your second tour of the day - but this time on horseback! Your trail ride will show you the real Egypt as you ride through the local villages and sugar cane fields arriving at the famed Habu Temple. Here you will dismount and your local guide will take you inside to explore one of the most stunningly preserved temples in Egypt. After your temple tour you will take the route via the banana plantations where the horses can open up in the sunset on your ride back to the stable. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Day 4

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Rise and shine! It’s a new day and what better way to start it with sunrise views across the Valley of the Kings! Today will be a 4 hour trail ride with breakfast included. A chance to see mother nature’s beauty at her best! You will return at around 11am and have a couple of hours to relax and eat lunch before you are off again. This time, a non-riding tour of the East Bank to the Karnak temple, the Avenue of the Sphinx and Luxor Museum. Transfer to Hurghada in the evening by car (included).

Day 5

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Swimming with horses has to be this stables' number one requested trip when visiting the Red Sea. You will take a morning trip through the desert to the beach where you will remove the saddles and swim through the tranquil, crystal clear water bareback with your horse before riding back in time for lunch.

After this you will head off to explore the Eastern deserts on quad bikes! The trip starts around 2pm and you’ll zoom through the deserts, meet your hosts' favourite snake man and have tea with the Bedouins. You’ll enjoy a fast pace drive back in time for sunset and maybe even have time to ride a camel!

This is a fun packed afternoon and a great way to experience many of the multiple adventures of Egypt in just a few short hours. Riding time approx 3-4 hours on horseback & 3 hours for the quad bikes. You will finish the day with dinner in the desert and a belly dancing show.

Day 6

Riding: No riding.

Breakfast and departure.

Accommodation

1 night in Cairo, 2 nights in Luxor and the final 2 nights in Hurghada.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Jan. 22, 2024 - Jan. 27, 2024

Feb. 26, 2024 - March 2, 2024

March 18, 2024 - March 23, 2024

April 28, 2024 - May 3, 2024

Pricing

2024
Sharing; October - April
£1445 $1880 €1720
Included 5 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, riding and guiding, road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included International flights, internal flight from Cairo to Luxor on Day 2, airport transfers, site entry fees (the Egyptian Government's new rules state that ticket entry payments must be made by card by the actual ticket holder - please make sure your credit card will work abroad), personal travel insurance, Egyptian visa, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2024 - Cairo Airport Transfer £40 $52 €48
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Hurghada Airport Transfer £30 $39 €36
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Single Supplement £350 $450 €415
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.