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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

  • 5 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 198 lbs / 14st 2lbs

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.

Last year Emma added 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 £75 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 and Arab cross

Riding

There are 5 itineraries:

  • Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay is a based ride
  • Depths of the Desert is a based ride
  • Multi-Adventure Mini Break is a based ride
  • Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs is a based ride
  • Fairytale Fayoum 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

90kg / 198 lbs / 14st 2lbs

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

Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay Standard accommodation.

Depths of the Desert Standard accommodation.

Multi-Adventure Mini Break Standard accommodation.

Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs Standard accommodation.

Fairytale Fayoum Luxury 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. Transfers are all at additional cost.

For the best-selling ride, 'Adventures of Luxor and Makadi Bay', guests should arrive into Luxor and fly out of Hurghada, aiming for all flights to be between 8am - 8pm

If your arrival flight is to Hurghada (instead of Luxor) then the drive takes 3.5 hours and costs extra. If you land after 8pm there will be no time to get you to Luxor, so they can book you to a hotel in Hurghada for the night and then a transfer to Luxor the next day.

For itineraries involving Cairo, an airport 'meet and greet' is possible in Cairo for an charge.

Testimonials

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.

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 10
Departure windows

Oct. 1, 2022 - Oct. 8, 2022

At any time during: Oct. 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023  (Other dates available on request, for a minimum of 2 pax, between October and May (subject to availability))

Dec. 28, 2022 - Jan. 4, 2023

Jan. 28, 2023 - Feb. 4, 2023

April 2, 2023 - April 9, 2023

Pricing

2022/2023
Sharing
£1675 $2120 €1970
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on departure day (dinner on arrival day is not included), riding and sightseeing activities as described in the itinerary and road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, Egyptian visa, some local fees at temples, museums and historical sites, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2022 - Christmas/New Year surcharge £100 $126 €118
Paid to Far and Ride
2022 - Hurghada Airport Transfer (on arrival) £65 $82 €76
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on arrival day only; for flights landing strictly between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 3.5 hours.
2022 - Hurghada Airport Transfer (on departure) £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on departure day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
2022 - Hurghada Airport Transfers (Late arrival) £135 $171 €159
Paid to Far and Ride
for flights landing after 8pm. Cost is inclusive of hotel night in Hurghada, airport pick-up in the evening and morning transfer to Luxor the following day. Transfer time to Luxor is approximately 3.5 hours.
2022 - Luxor Airport transfers (on arrival) £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on arrival day only; for flights landing between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
2022 - Single Supplement £350 $440 €410
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.

On arrival you will be met at the airport by your driver and transported to your accommodation - this is a boutique hotel within walking distance of the horses. The hotel is located on the back streets of Giza, just a few 100 metres from the Pyramids. The roof terrace offers stunning views towards the Sphinx and Pyramids. There is a restaurant on the roof, where breakfast and over dinner you can watch the light and sound show at the Pyramids. Dinner this first night is at your own cost.

Day 2 - Giza Ride and Abu Sir to Sakkara

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

After a late breakfast, you’ll head to the stables to meet the horses who will accompany you on an awe-inspiring ride to the 7th Wonder the World - The Giza Pyramids. Once the team have dressed the horses to impress in traditional protection necklaces and bridalwear, we’ll set off across the golden sands towards the Pyramids and Sphynx. With plenty of opportunities to gather a bit of speed, you’ll soon become acquainted with your ride.

Built to endure an eternity, the Pyramids are relics of Egypt’s Old Kingdom era and were constructed some 4,500 years ago. Expecting to become gods in the afterlife, the Pharaohs prepared themselves for the next world by erecting temples for the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves, filled with all the things each ruler would need to guide and sustain himself in the next world. Pharaoh Khufu began the first Giza pyramid project, circa 2550 B.C. His Great Pyramid is the largest in Giza and towers some 481 feet (147 meters) above the plateau. Its estimated 2.3 million stone blocks each weigh an average of 2.5 to 15 tons.

As you cross the desert, you’ll feel the sense of excitement flow through not only you, but your four-legged companion too as you catch your first glimpse of these monumental tombs. On arrival, you will dismount and while the guides tend to the horses you will have time to explore these breath-taking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried.

Lunch today will be in the local country club before you are driven to Abusir. From Abusir, we’ll get back in the saddle to ride the 3-hour trail to Sakkara, taking in the vast openness of the terrain as we take it in turns to race across the desert.

On arrival at Sakkara, you’ll have the chance to ride around the complex to take in the views of the many different Pyramids. Best known for the ‘Step Pyramid’, the oldest of Egypt’s 97 pyramids built in the Third Dynasty for King Djose, Sakkara served as a cemetery for the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis so it’s bursting with ancient Egyptian history and the perfect spot for a photoshoot with your trusty steed!

In the evening, you’ll be treated to an authentic Egyptian feast and some aromatic shisha from the rooftop restaurant of the hotel while watching the light and sound show at the Pyramids.

Day 3 - Wadi El Rayan and Wadi El HItan

Riding: No riding.

Today, you’ll get to see something truly magical and a real piece of history. You have so much to do today so you’ll have breakfast on the hop from one of the local street food restaurants.

To start the day, you will travel about 2.5 hours by 4×4 from Sakkara to Wadi El Rayan, one of Egypt’s most famous nature reserves. The Wadi El Rayan reserve consists of seven parts; the upper and lower Lakes, El Rayan springs, El Rayan Falls, El Modawara Mountain, El Rayan Mountain and Wadi El Hitan (The Valley of the Whales). All these areas are full of amazing landscapes such as oases, mountains, rock formations and waterfalls. Egyptian wildlife can also be seen in the area including white gazelles, Egyptian gazelles, sand foxes and fennec foxes, as well as rare species of resident birds, migrant birds and various kinds of eagles and falcons.

Next you’ll visit Wadi El Hitan or Whale Valley, home to invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of 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 animal, about 37 million years ago. This is the most important UNESCO site in the world for the demonstration of this stage of evolution.

If the weather is warm enough, you can even take a dip in the magic lake before heading back to Cairo for dinner and to get your head down in readiness for tomorrow’s epic trail ride!

Day 4 - Giza to Abusir Ride

Riding: 6 hours

It’s another early start today as you gear up for a 6-hour trail ride with lunch in the desert. You’ll have plenty of time to pick up some pace across the sand, ‘GoPro’ your adventure and get further acquainted with the speed and dexterity of the horses.

This epic trail ride will see you venture past the four most famous sights in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Sphinx. The whole area has an indescribable feeling to it and it’s easy to feel the horses’ excitement too as they prick their ears forward and prance across the sand surrounded these incredible structures.

The journey takes you out into the desert as Giza city falls behind you and the barren land opens out ahead towards Abusir. You’ll pick up the pace on the flatter stretches of land, going head to head with your riding companions and enjoying the breeze on your face as you race through the warm air.
The Pyramids at Abusir are rarely visited by tourists and remain ‘un-walled’ which means that when you arrive, you’ll be able to ride inside, dismount and really explore.

There are 14 pyramids located here that rarely get the recognition they deserve, and in fact, many guidebooks and tour brochures don’t even mention Abusir. Be prepared to be dazzled on horseback as you visit the final resting ground for many pharaohs, nobles and other important officials, and particularly for those who lived during the time of the 5th Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom era. After an exhausting, but truly memorable day in the saddle, we’ll pack up in readiness for our late flight from Cairo to Luxor (not included).

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, instead of flying to Luxor, why not follow in Joanna Lumley’s footsteps and take the sleeper train? A relaxing but authentic way to travel the length of the Nile from Giza to Luxor.

On arrival, you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation at Ride Egypt’s seven-bedroom Dome House on the West Bank of the River Nile, also known as the Valley of the Dead. The West Bank of Luxor is a residential area and home to many farmers and families stemming back generations.

Day 5 - Luxor Introductory Ride

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

You’ll have the morning at ‘home’ to relax and unwind after your late night travelling whilst your hosts prepare a traditional home-cooked Egyptian lunch for you. Early afternoon, you will travel a short distance by Tuk to the stables to meet the beautiful horses and team. Once you’ve been introduced to everyone, they’ll show you a little about how they look after horses there, about the food they grow and local medicines. They use all-natural produce in Luxor, which is harvested from the local area.

After a tour of the stable it’s time to saddle up for your first introductory ride with Ride Egypt in Luxor and your first taste of Luxor life. This trail is a chance for you to get to know your guides and your horse as they take you on a trip back in time as you ride through sugarcane fields and the local Bedouin villages before arriving at Banana Island. As you ride past banana plantations and wave to the local villagers and children, you’ll get a closer insight into the tranquil way of real Egyptian life and the fantastic people that the team here get to call their friends and neighbours.

Later on, you’ll ride back along the Nile, taking in the magical scenery and tranquil surroundings. Dinner will be prepared and served at home while you enjoy a cold glass of wine on the roof terrace with views of the Valley of the Kings.

Day 6 - Workers Ride and Nobles Trail

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today is dedicated to the Workers; the families behind the Pharaohs and their rarely visited tombs. You’ll set off bright and early on this half-day ride to Roy Dra’ Abu al-We and it’s breakfast ‘in the saddle’ this morning as you grab freshly made falafel and sugarcane juice from one of Ride Egypt’s favourite street food cafés. Today is a huge adventure so you’ll need a powerful breakfast like this to keep up with the workers of ancient times.

You are riding to Naja at the northern end of the Theban necropolis, home to the tombs of the workers. It’s a scenic ride so be sure to have your cameras at the ready to get that ‘through the ears’ shot of some of the historical sites and unforgettable landscape. Upon arrival, you’ll tether the horses and head off on foot to explore.

Your first stop is Workers Village, Deir el-Medina, an ancient Egyptian village, which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the 18th to 20th dynasties of the New Kingdom of Egypt (ca. 1550–1080 BCE). You’ll visit a small but charming Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the goddesses Hathor and Maat.

Next, it’s time to get fit as you hike up the side of the mountain to reach the Tombs of the Workers - the walk takes perhaps ten minutes and the tombs are staggered on the way down so there is time to catch your breath. At the time of writing this there are currently four tombs available - you’ll visit the Tomb of Roy and the Tomb of Shuroy as well as Pashedu Tomb before climbing the steps to the Deir El Medina tombs of Sennedjem and Inherkha. You’ll continue along the steep path up the hillside where a guardian will unlock another tomb which is rarely visited by tourists, making it even more of an adventure. After a non-stop morning, you’ll ride home for a filling lunch to refuel for the afternoon’s ride.

Once your lunch has settled, you’ll meet up with the team and sure-footed horses again to ride to the southern hillside of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, the resting place of the high-ranking officials for the Pharaohs known as nobles. This trip and these tombs are amongst the team’s favourites but are never really visited by tourists. The Tomb Complex of Sennefer is quite a walk up but 10000% worth the effort – his role was Mayor of the “Southern City”, Thebes. Discovered around 1830, this incredible tomb is also known as “the Tomb of Vines”.

After a short downhill walk, you will arrive at the tomb of Rekhmire. Rekhmire served as “Governor of the Town” (Thebes) and is noted for constructing a lavishly decorated tomb for himself that contains beautiful, lively and well-preserved scenes of daily life during the Egyptian New Kingdom.

In the evening, we’ll kick back with cocktails at sunset and enjoy dinner on board a traditional Egyptian Felucca on the Nile as we recount the day’s equine adventures!

Day 7 - Cookery Lesson and Pharoahs Temples Trail

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Today is all about real Egypt. After a short tuk-tuk ride (or walk) through the village, you’ll arrive at a local home where you will cook fish in a traditional stone oven. The ladies of the home will also teach you to make bread to accompany your meal This is a relaxed morning with ‘the family’ at their home where you will also learn about the Egyptian way of life, how they grow their own food, why they prefer to build homes from mud instead of concrete and of course the wonderful cooking techniques that stem back thousands of years. You might even pick up a few words of Arabic!

Around 2pm, you’ll get back in the saddle and set off on your afternoon adventure to retrace the steps of two of the most powerful Pharaohs to ever rule; Seti I and his son Ramses II. The ride will take you deep into the Valley of the Kings and with incredible views from horseback, you’re sure to get a feel for the vastness of the Valley. Upon arrival, the team will tether up the horses and wait outside in the shade as you head off to explore the Mortuary Temple of Seti I and Ramesseum.

Both Seti I and Ramses II were incredible builders and have temples which have stood the test of time and still stand today. Seti I was one of Egypt’s greatest rulers and builders, he constructed one of the land’s most magnificent temples at Abydos and the Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak next to Luxor.

The artwork and architecture commissioned during Seti’s rule is rich and no expense was spared - the attention to detail is evident within his mortuary temple. It also includes a royal palace and a chapel for Ramses I. Ramses II like his father was one of the greatest Pharaohs in ancient Egyptian history. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom. His successors and later Egyptians called him the “Great Ancestor”. Dinner that evening will be prepared at home for you by a local chef.

Day 8 - Valley of the Kings (Non-Riding), 4×4 Safari Dinner

Riding: No riding.

Without giving too much away, your morning visit today is to the Valley of the Kings; no trip to Luxor would be complete without spending some time here. However, your hosts have chosen tombs that are rarely visited by tourists.

During Egypt’s New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.), the valley became a royal burial ground for Pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. The tombs are evidence of elaborate preparations for the next world in which humans were promised continuing life and pharaohs were expected to become one with the gods. Mummification was used to preserve the body so that the deceased’s eternal soul would be able to reanimate it in the afterlife.

Throughout the morning, you’ll visit Thutmose II Tomb, which is the earliest tomb constructed in the Valley. You’ll head on to Seti I, whose tomb remains eye-popping and elaborately decorated with rich colours. Next you’ll see KV14 - Tausert - Setnakht, known as the tomb of Tawosret and Setnakht. It’s one of the most unusual tombs in the Valley of the Kings and encompasses two complete burial chambers. It is rumoured Nefatari may be buried here but has not been discovered to date.

Your next stop is the tomb of Ramses VI (KV 9). With some of the broadest corridors, longest shafts (117m) and the greatest variety of decoration, KV 9 is one of the most spectacular tombs in the valley. Started by Ramses V and finished by Ramses VI, it is a feast for the eyes, much of its surface covered with intact hieroglyphs and paintings. The burial chamber has an unfinished pit in the floor and a magnificent figure of Nut and scenes from the Book of the Day and Book of the Night.

The final tomb is in the Valley of the Monkeys - The Tomb of Ay. Ay is the rumoured uncle of Tutankhamun and is the most popular choice when it comes to who murdered young King Tut (booo! Hisss). His tomb is located approx. 2km inside the valley. You will leave the main part of the valley and by car pick up the Guardian of the Tomb along the way. The tomb was rumoured to be built for Tutankhamen originally but instead he was buried in a much smaller tomb due to his early and unplanned death. Ay was a high ranking General during this time. It’s a fairly simple tomb but a very exciting one to visit as it’s so surrounded by mystery.

You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant during the tour and once you have finished, you will return home for a few hours to relax. At 4pm you will be picked up by 4 x 4 and head into the desert. Your guides will show you hidden caves in the desert and fossils in the stones. We advise you wear good hiking shoes so you can watch the sunset from the top of the mountains!

After sunset you will drive a little further into the heart of the desert where local Bedouin friends have been preparing dinner over a fire. The camp is lit up by candlelight and the twinkle of the stars in the night sky. After a wonderful dinner you will leave the desert around 10pm to allow for a good night’s sleep ahead of the following day’s big adventures.

Day 9 - Ultimate Trail Ride to the Land of the Pharaohs

Riding: 6 hours

Prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful mounts are chosen for their ability to form cooperative relationships with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn and willing to please. Longer trails allow you to experience the horses and country life here in more depth. From horseback you will see the farmers working the fields just as their ancestors did.

Mid-morning prepare to be amazed as these sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and guide you to the top of Mount Thebes so that you can see panoramic views of Luxor.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before your trail home takes you past the Colossi of Memnon, 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 nearly 3400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with your horses.

Day 10 - Optional Balloon Tour and Departure

Riding: No riding.

No trip to Luxor would be complete without a sunrise balloon tour. If you’re interested in this optional extra (not included), Ride Egypt will arrange and time it perfectly for you to hover above the Valley of the Kings and the West Bank farms as the sun rises and casts spectacular shadows over this exquisite piece of history in Egypt; the perfect grand finale for your stay in Egypt.

Then it’s time to pack and say ma’salama to Egypt - until next time!

Accommodation

3 nights at a hotel in Cairo & 6 nights at your host's guesthouse in Luxor.

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. 15, 2022 - Jan. 25, 2022

Feb. 12, 2022 - Feb. 22, 2022

At any time during: Oct. 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023  (Dates available on request between October and May, for a minimum of 2 pax, subject to availability - please ask.)

Nov. 26, 2022 - Dec. 6, 2022

Pricing

2022/2023
Sharing
£2145 $2710 €2520
Included 9 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on departure day (dinner on arrival day is not included), riding and sightseeing activities as described in the itinerary.
Not included International flights, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, Egyptian visa, some local fees at temples, museums and historical sites, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2022 - Cairo Airport Transfer (on arrival) £35 $44 €41
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on arrival day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm.
2022 - Cairo Airport Transfers on arrival (Meet & Greet) £70 $89 €82
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way and includes being met a member of the transport team in Cairo airport arrivals.
2022 - Luxor Airport transfers (on departure) £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on departure day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
2022 - Single Supplement £400 $505 €470
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.

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

Sept. 16, 2022 - Sept. 21, 2022  (+ optional extension to the 22nd September, to swim with wild dolphins.)

At any time during: Oct. 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023  (Additional dates available on request for a minimum of 2 pax, between October and May.)

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 21, 2022  (+ optional extension to the 23rd October, to swim with wild dolphins.)

Jan. 21, 2023 - Jan. 26, 2023

Feb. 1, 2023 - Feb. 6, 2023

March 1, 2023 - March 6, 2023

March 21, 2023 - March 27, 2023

Pricing

2022/2023
Sharing
£1045 $1325 €1230
Included 5 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on departure day (dinner on arrival day is not included), riding and sightseeing activities as described in the itinerary and road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included International flights, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, Egyptian visa, some local fees at temples, museums and historical sites, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2022 - Cairo Airport Transfers £35 $44 €41
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm.
2022 - Cairo Airport Transfers on arrival (Meet & Greet) £70 $89 €82
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way and includes being met a member of the transport team in Cairo airport arrivals.
2022 - Hurghada Airport Transfer (on departure) £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, for flights between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour each way.
2022 - Luxor Airport transfers £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on departure day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
2022 - Single Supplement £350 $440 €410
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 in Cairo and transfer to your hotel (additional charge). Dinner this first night is at your own cost.

Day 2

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

Where else would you begin such an epic celebration of Egypt than with a trail ride to the Great Pyramids of Giza!

After breakfast at your hotel, overlooking the pyramids, you will take a short walk to the stables from where your adventure begins. This morning's ride will be a 2-3 hour introductory trip to meet the team and horses whilst welcomed to wonderful Egypt. Once you reach the iconic Pyramids, you will have time to explore these breath-taking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried before visiting the mythical Sphinx with its body of a lion and head of a human. Once you return back with the horses you will treat to a typical Egyptian buffet lunch.

Following lunch you’ll have time to shower and change before heading to Cairo Museum for a non riding tour! The museum is home to a host of Egyptian artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. It plays host to more than 120,000 pieces of ancient Egypt.

At the end of an action packed day you will return to your hotel for dinner and to watch the iconic Light and Sound show from the roof of the hotel.

Day 3

Riding: 3 hours

Back in the saddle this morning for an early ride across the amazing deserts of Abu Sir. This is one of the favourite spots for really letting your horses go and feeling the speed they can get up to. With so much space, there is a great opportunity to open up and fly without wings! You will ride for around three hours in total.

In the afternoon, you will visit the necropolis at Saqqara - an amazing display of how tomb and pyramid-building progressed. The necropolis contains burials from several different dynasties, including both royal and non-royal tombs, mastabas and cemeteries. You’ll also visit the Serapeum of Saqqara where you can enter a series of tunnels to see the sarcophagi of the Apis bulls, sacred to the god Ptah.

Ptah was the local god of the town of Memphis, your next location. He was a patron of artisans and craftsman and was also considered a creator god. Memphis was founded in 2925 BC and was the capital of the old Kingdom of Egypt. It is now an "open-air museum" with many interesting and historical artefacts to see, such as the statue of Rameses II and the famous Sphinx made from one gigantic piece of alabaster and weighing a phenomenal 80 tonnes.

Another action packed day will see you arrive at Cairo airport in the late afternoon or early evening - potentially still in your riding clothes! It’s now time to head to your next stop; Luxor!

* All guests will need to purchase an internal flight between Cairo and Luxor. * Please ask us which flights you will need to take for this before booking - They are usually cheap tickets and less than an hour flight time. You can generally expect to depart between 5-6pm from Cairo, which will allow you to arrive in time for dinner in Luxor, as well as enjoy some time to relax in the evening.

Day 4

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Luxor is where your hosts are officially based and the home of many of the staff, their families and the horses. In Luxor you will be shown life off the beaten track… how the locals live, farm, grow their own food for the horses and how to eat like an Egyptian!

In the morning you will be able to attend ‘Eid el Fitr’ prayer before returning to the stables to meet the horses, the team and have breakfast at home. Whether you are Muslim or not, Eid el Fitr offers an amazing atmosphere that is quite unique and well worth experiencing at least once. At the home stables you’ll learn to make bread and share local dishes with your host family. Some of the most famous dishes of this region are vegetarian: Foul Medames, Ta’amiyah, Koshari (a mix of rice, pasta, chickpeas, lentils, fried onions, tomato and garlic sauce), Fatta (rice with moistened bread, garlic and tomato sauce) and Molokheyah (you have to try it to know what it’s like), stuffed vine leaves, zucchini (courgette), eggplants (aubergine) and bell peppers. For the sweet tooth Halawa is the treat served at the end of the meal.

After a morning of traditions, you’ll have a few hours to relax before your first Luxorian riding trip in the afternoon. This first ride will be a laidback introduction to life in this region. You will visit the local villages, canter along the Nile and follow sandy trails through banana plantations with mountain views in the background. It’s not a fast-paced ride, but still a lovely mix of paces throughout.

Day 5 - Non-riding tour day

Riding: No riding.

Today has been set aside for guests oi be able to explore more of what Egypt has to offer. The itinerary has been filled with many interesting and diverse activities for you to enjoy and for a real action packed day even without spending any time in the saddle! Your day will look something like this;

Visit to the Valley of the Kings,
The Nobles and workers tombs
Tutankhamun & Carter’s House
Hatshepsut Temple
Lunch on a motorboat crossing the Nile from west to east.
Karnak temple
Horse drawn carriage
Markets and shopping
Avenue of Sphinxes
Luxor Temple
Mummification museum.
Luxor museum.

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

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

Queen Hatshepsut is distinguished in history for being one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. She was also a woman and is generally regarded as one of the first female historical figures whose exploits are known to modern historians. Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom. The dates of her reign are debated by historians, but she is thought to have ruled Egypt for 22 years from 1470 to 1458 BC.

* For those who do not wish to go site seeing, we can offer an alternative full day trail ride with lunch for GB£125pp.

* Alternatively for sailing fans a full day sailing the Nile from GB£160pp including private crew, lunch and sundowners.

Day 6

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

This morning you will rise early to enjoy a sunrise trip with the horses to Valley of the Kings - this has understandably become one of the favourite rides offered by our partners! You will be able to watch in awe as the sun rises over valley whilst hot air balloons light up the sky. You will ride past Ramesseum temple, the Cossal of Memnon and the giant statues of Tutankhamuns grandfather. Breakfast will be out with the horses overlooking Habu Temple. You will return to your hotel for around 11am.

After time for showering and changing you will then begin the drive to the Red Sea and Hurghada. The team will always aim to arrive for sunset in order to enjoy sundowners overlooking the beach - a fab end to a fun packed day!

Day 7

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Following a long drive yesterday, you will have the morning free today to relax and enjoy the sea or kick back in the pool!

Following an early lunch you will be collected from your hotel and taken to explore the eastern desert on horseback. Egypt offers some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever witness, be prepared for a kaleidoscope of colours as the last of the day’s rays dance across the desert and glisten on the lapping waves of the sea.

Dinner by the sea.

Day 8

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

No seaside trip would be complete without the opportunity to go swimming with your horses. This truly is the grand finale to what will surely be an amazing week. You will set off early to enjoy as much time as possible in the sea, before returning to your hotel in time for check out at 11.30am.

* Those wishing to stay for lunch or to depart later, then you are most welcome to stay on. There is a small extra charge payable locally for this. There is also the option to stay on an extra day and do a full day boat trip to Dolphin House. Here you can snorkel in the Red Sea and swim with wild dolphins. There is an extra charge of GB£200 per person sharing / GB£250 per person single for this, which includes all meals and an extra night with Check out on Day 9 at 11am.

Accommodation

2 nights at a hotel in Cairo, 3 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 10
Departure windows

At any time during: Oct. 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023  (Additional dates available on request for a minimum of 2 pax.)

Oct. 7, 2022 - Oct. 15, 2022  (Includes extra dolphin day)

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 25, 2022

Oct. 24, 2022 - Nov. 1, 2022

Nov. 12, 2022 - Nov. 19, 2022

Dec. 11, 2022 - Dec. 18, 2022

Dec. 21, 2022 - Dec. 28, 2022

Feb. 7, 2023 - Feb. 14, 2023

March 7, 2023 - March 14, 2023

Pricing

2022/2023
Sharing
£1695 $2145 €1995
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on departure day (dinner on arrival day is not included), riding and sightseeing activities as described in the itinerary and road transfers between Luxor and Hurghada.
Not included International flights, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, Egyptian visa, some local fees at temples, museums and historical sites, drinks, tips (expected) and any personal expenses or additional activities.

Extras

2022 - Cairo Airport Transfer (on arrival) £35 $44 €41
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on arrival day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm.
2022 - Cairo Airport Transfers on arrival (Meet & Greet) £70 $89 €82
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way and includes being met a member of the transport team in Cairo airport arrivals.
2022 - Christmas/New Year surcharge £100 $126 €118
Paid to Far and Ride
2022 - Hurghada Airport Transfer (on departure) £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per way, applicable on departure day only; for flights taking off between 8am and 8pm. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
2022 - Single Supplement £350 $440 €410
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 private driver and transferred to your luxury accommodation overlooking the majestic pyramids.

Day 2 - Cairo - Giza Pyramids - Fayoum

Riding: 2 hours

Have a relaxing buffet breakfast and depart at c. 10am for your first ride to the Giza pyramids. This is an exhilarating ride due to the scenery and the varied paces you can enjoy across the open desert. After your ride, stop off to visit the Sphinx with a guide before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, return to your hotel to freshen up and change before transferring by road to Fayoum - the drive takes c. 1.5 hours. Check into your luxury accommodation to overnight.

Day 3 - Magic Lake

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Half day ride to Magic Lake which got its name because it changes colours several times each day depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight it receives. It is a brilliantly beautiful place surrounded by desert where you can enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes before taking your horse into the lake for a swim.

Return to your hotel to rest and overnight.

Day 4 - Full day Ride

Riding: 6 hours

Set off by vehicle with the horses for about 20 minutes to start your ride into the national park to explore the stunning desert and its rock formations. The scenery is picturesque and goes on as far as the eye can see - it's an amazing place for plenty of fun canters and gallops.

After an epic day in the saddle you dine under the stars and sleep in luxury tents or igloos at your glamping site.

Day 5 - 4x4 safari to Wadi El Hitan

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.

Late afternoon you are driven by car back to Cairo to overnight at your hotel.

Day 6 - Free Day

Riding: No riding.

After a relaxing breakfast you have a few options to fill your morning before your afternoon flight to Luxor. Speed junkies can take another pacy ride around the pyramids; history lovers can take a guided tour of Cairos new museum with the chance to see mummies up close and personal; or you can simply relax and enjoy the pool.

Day 7 - Luxor

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Today has two itinerary options - one for returning guests who have already visited Luxor and would prefer a full day in the saddle, and another for first-time visitors which combines riding and sightseeing.

New visitors will have a non-riding tour of the Valley of the Kings in the morning, followed by lunch and an introductory ride. Repeat guests can join a full day trail ride.

In the evening all guests enjoy dinner and belly dancing lessons on the Nile.

Day 8 - Luxor

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Another day of options.

New visitors will enjoy a non-riding tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum, followed by lunch and a sunset ride to the Colossi of Memnon and the desert of Mount Thebes.
Return guests will be offered a full day of trail riding.

Day 9 - Sunrise Balloon Trail and Departure

Riding: 2 hours

An early start this morning so you can be up whilst its still dark to saddle up and head out into the desert to witness the kaleidoscope of colours across the horizon as day breaks and the hot air balloons fly over the desert. It's an iconic ride and one that even return visitors long to repeat.

Return to the guesthouse for breakfast and a couple of hours to relax before checking out at 11.30am 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 nights at a luxury boutique hotel in Fayoum, one night in a giant glamping dome tent, and 3 nights in a grand palace hotel in Luxor.

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 10
Departure windows

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 24, 2022

Pricing

2022
Rider, sharing
£2750 $3475 €3230
Included Accommodation, all meals with soft drinks, local wine and beer, all temple and museum entrance fees, personal meet and greet on arrival at the airport, all transfers, riding as described, internal flight between Cairo and Luxor (economy class)
Not included International flights, visas, insurance, personal expenses, additional bar drinks, tips

Extras

2022 - Single Supplement £700 $885 €820
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone in a single room.
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.