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Reviews



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.

Duncan H.
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.

Jess R.
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.

Emily S.
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!

Danielle & Nathan
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! 

Debbie J.
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!

John & Molly
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!

Sheena
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Arab and Arab X

Nature of horses:

Strong, sure footed and well cared and forward-going.

Height of horses:

14.2 hh - 16hh.

Weight limit:

90kg / 14st 2lbs

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride 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.

See Programmes.

 

Food & 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.

Whilst boutique hotels and more traditional options are available in Luxor and Cairo, it's important to note that the accommodations in Hurghada tend to be simpler and more 'touristy'. It is possible to upgrade for those who wish but the hotels are perfectly adequate, they are just a little less personal than those in the other locations.

Possibilities include:

Luxor: home stay accommodation (where your hosts are based), Villa Nile House, Winter Palace, Djorff Palace 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: Elysees Dream Beach Hotel (3.5*), Sunrise Grand Select (adults only, 5*) OR Bel Air Azur (adults only, 4*).

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.

 

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.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Arabic

Health requirements: There are vaccinations required, please check with your doctor.

Age limit: 12 years and must be accompanied by an adult

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, riding and certain activities (depending on programme).

Not included: Flights, insurance, visa, drinks (soft and alcoholic), entrance fees to museums and temples, airport transfers, extra activities such as hot air balloon ride and tips. Please note that Egypt has a strong tipping culture and you should factor this in to your budget.

 

Travel Information

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
Transfer from Luxor airport to Luxor hotel (1hr): £25 GBP
Transfer from Hurghada hotel to Hurghada airport (1hr): £25 GBP

If your arrival flight is to Hurghada (instead of Luxor) then the drive takes 3.5 hours and costs £65 GBP pp. 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 (c. £45 GBP for the hotel, £25 GBP for transfer from airport to hotel and then £65 GBP transfer to Luxor the next day).

For itineraries involving Cairo, airport transfers cost £35 GBP (1.5-2hrs). An airport 'meet and greet' is possible in Cairo for an additional £35 GBP per person.

For itineraries involving Aswan, the airport transfer costs £25 GBP (c. 1hr).

Airport: Hurghada

Alternative Airport: Luxor Airport International

 

Programmes


Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay



A fabulous adventure in Luxor and Makadi Bay riding on beautiful Arab horses along sandy deserts with visits to Bedouin Villages. The itinerary begins with three days in Luxor and then you will head off to Makadi Bay in Hurghada which is nestled between a desert and the mountain range.

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 - Arrival: 

Travel day. Arrival and check in. 

Day 2 - Half Day Non-Riding / Introductory Ride:

We start our day by introducing you to the land of the Pharaohs. This non-riding morning gives insight as to why the Valley of the Kings is so important - the Pyramids of Giza and the Nile Delta were the tombs of choice for pharaohs of Egypt's Old Kingdom but those of the New Kingdom wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south. Consequently they built their crypts in the hills of this barren tract of land which lies west of Luxor, now called the ‘Valley of the Kings’ or the ‘Valley of the Dead’. You will have the chance to visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. Tutankhamun is colloquially known as “King Tut” or “the boy king”. His tomb is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. 

Our morning continues onto the Temple of Hatshepsut, the most famous female in Egyptian history. Hatshepsut was a pharaoh of Egypt from roughly 1479 to 1458 BCE. She not only had the longest reign of any Egyptian female, but is also regarded as one of the most successful rulers in Egyptian history. Under Hatshepsut, Egypt explored, built, and grew. Our trip also will take us to Carters House and 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”. This temple reflects the stunning beauty of these important figures - there are three layered terraces reaching 29.5 metres (97 ft) tall. Each story is articulated by a double colonnade of square piers, with the exception of the northwest corner of the central terrace, which employs proto-Doric columns to house the chapel (the Doric order is a particular type of architecture and this style of column is often associated with Egyptian tombs). The terraces are connected by long ramps which were once surrounded by gardens with foreign plants including frankincense and myrrh trees. To complete the history circle our last stop is at Carters House - this is rarely visited in standard tourist packages and yet is one of the most interesting buildings to be found in Luxor. Although far from glamorous, we never tire of visiting the house where Howard Carter lived during his search for Tutankhamun’s Tomb and his excavation of the Valley of the Kings. It’s a simple but mesmerising piece of history, a step back in time and a house full of actual happenings. You can see the photo lab he used, along with his cameras and other photography equipment. His original desk is still in the house, as is the library he kept and items relating to the excavation of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb which are on display. It’s a very special feature for us in our Luxor itinerary.

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 and lush plantation fields. Here you will find our carefree Arabian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields and 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”. The first riding trip is relaxed and gives you a chance to get to know us and our horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day.  We ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you can see the buffalo grazing along the banks. On return you will transfer back to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8pm at a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! Riding time 2-3 hours.

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

Your first full day with our horses - prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn and willing to please. Longer trails encourage you to experience our horses and country life. You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. Mid-morning you can prepare to be amazed as our sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes so you can see panoramic views of Luxor. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and our trail home will take us past The Colossi of Memnon (Arabic: el-Colossat or es-Salamat) which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. They have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with the horses. This ride is approx. 6 hours end to end.

Day 4 - Habu Temple and Karnak Temple: 

Rise and shine for a 7am departure, time for another tick off the bucket list for many visitors to Luxor - a visit to Madinet Habu Temple! Leaving the stables around 7.30am, it takes us about 2 hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, we 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 was built on land that was considered to have magical powers by local farmers long before his time. 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 popular of Thebes. 

We will have a light brunch after our visit, around 11am, before riding back in time to change for our afternoon adventures and our 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 and his divine wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. We will be on hand to show you through the labyrinth and explain the purpose, meaning and history of the amazing ruins of Karnak. Many visitors walk right past one of the treasures of Karnak – its Open Air Museum. We will introduce you to some of the architectural wonders which have been re-erected in all their glory in this museum. Enter the Great Hypostyle Hall built by Seti I, father of Ramesses the Great – over 6000 sqm, 134 columns. The 12 which flank the processional way are 23m tall – words, facts and figures can never do justice to the experience that is Karnak. After Karnak we 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. 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. Our finale ends with a tour of Luxor Museum - this wonderful museum has a well-chosen and 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. Riding time approx. 4 -5 hours. This is our last evening in this region and we will finish our Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian BBQ dinner and 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:

Morning departure with arrival at the Red Sea for early afternoon. Check in and relax.

Day 6 - Makadi Bay:

Full day trail ride with our “desert Arabians”. The horses in Hurghada are chosen for their forward-going nature and their ability to gallop endlessly in the deserts. This a superb day of riding including the beach, sea and deserts of Makadi. Lunch is served out and about. Riding time approx 5-6 hours. For less experienced or fit riders 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: Non-riding day – swimming with wild dolphins: 

Today takes us away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where we will spend the day lapping up the sunshine and relaxing. However, this isn’t any old boat trip! Today you will have the opportunity to meet our underwater friends at Dolphin House where you can swim with wild dolphins and stop off at two stunning snorkelling spots. There is an array of underwater beauty 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 on board.

Day 8 - Swimming with horses:

No trip would be complete without swimming with horses in the Red Sea. This is a full morning ride with lots of exhilarating canters along the desert before arriving at the sea. On arrival we will dismount and remove the saddles before entering the sea with your horse. The horses love to swim 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. Riding time 4 hours. Check out is by 12:00 (late check outs on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels. 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Stationary programme but combining half a week in each of two different locations for variety.
Total riding time: Riding on 5 days as described in itinerary
Departure dates: 2020:
12-19 January, 24 April-1 May

Other dates available on request subject to availability - please ask.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1379 per person based on two sharing.

Single Supplement £350.

Surcharge of £100 on Christmas and New Year dates.

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.



Tutankhamun Tales (Luxury Cruise & Riding)



A two centre holiday with three fabulous riding days in Luxor followed by a two day hop on-off Nile cruise taking in the colourful Nubian villages and temples of Aswan. Visit the Valley of Kings, Tutenkhamun's Tomb etc whilst riding through local villages and sugar cane fields. Then relax for a few days on a cruise down a beautiful and wide section of the nile. There is an optional extension mini Makadi Bay for beach lovers and sun worshippers!

Day One:

Arrive in Luxor and be transferred from the airport to your guesthouse on the Nile. No riding today.

Day Two:

Your first morning riding through the West Bank villages to Banana Island, a wonderful introduction to local life and the horses. You can wave at the local children as they run out to say hello to you whilst you ride beneath the shade of the village banana plants and through sugar cane fields. You will stop for fresh juice before riding back for lunch along the Nile. 

In the afternoon you will ride to Habu Temple which is fascinating for lovers of history and culture and also brings great photo opportunities. You will travel on horseback by the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III who reigned in Egypt during the dynasty XVIII. Habu Temple is one of the best-preserved temples around today. You will be met by a guide at the temples and the horses will wait outside as you are transported back in time. 

The ride home is usually around sunset and takes you on dirt tracks behind the sugar cane plantations, the ideal spot for a long gallop! 

Day Three:

The ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs! Your morning ride takes you into the countryside of Luxor with the lush green fields offering beautiful scenery and the chance for some great canters. You can watch the farmers working the fields just as their ancestors did using traditional methods. Mid-morning the sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes for panoramic views of Luxor. Continue west to the highest peaks in the Theban range where there are a number of unfinished tombs. Lunch today is served in a local village before you ride back mid afternoon.

Dinner is taken in the guesthouse in Luxor. 

Day Four:

West Bank non-riding day. Visit the Valley of the Kings and discover the painted corridors and chambers of the tombs including that of Tutankhamun. Continue to visit the Valley of the Queens where the wives of the pharaohs were buried. Your morning trip also takes you to the home of Howard Carter - a hidden treasure. Your final stop this morning is to Hatshepsut Temple - Egypt's first female pharaoh.

Stop for lunch along the Nile and proceed to the Valley of the Workers at Deir el-Medina, which was home to the artisans and workmen responsible for constructing the tombs. Explore the ruins of this settlement where four tombs are also open for viewing. 

After a fabulous day of sightseeing you board your cruise ship in time for afternoons tea as you sail towards Aswan through the scenery of the Nile valley. On arrival at Esna you cross the lock into higher water. Dinner and overnight on board.

 Day Five:

Wake up call on board with breakfast as you cruise the Nile in Edfu. Visit Edfu temple by horse-drawn carriage - Edfu is a well preserved temple dedicated to the god Horus who was falcon headed. Sail onwards to Kom Ombo with lunch onboard. At Kom Ombo there's a short 10 minute walk on the eastern edge of the Nile to visit the temple which house a room of crocodile mummies! Return to the ship and sail onto Aswan with afternoon tea on the sun deck. Dinner is also on board.

 Day Six: 

After breakfast on the ship you disembark for a day of sightseeing in Aswan including Phillipe Temple and High Dam. After exploring the sights you return to Luxor by car.

Day Seven:

Today you will get back in the saddle with a riding day split into two halves.The morning sees you riding to the gigantic Colossi of Memnon - two massive stone statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III. You then continue to the Ramesseum funery temple of Ramses II before heading back to the hotel to rest.

Your afternoon ride takes you deep into the deserts below the Thebes hills to visit the ancient Coptic Orthodox church. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters and gallops on the open ground. 

In the evening you will have a delicious dinner eaten in the local way, seated on cushions on the floor, before embarking on a shopping adventure! Bring your best haggling skills to barter with the local shopkeepers in the souks. 

*Optional Karnak Sound and Light Show in Luxor this evening - a two hour presentation.

Day Eight: 

Your final non-riding day starts bright and early with a visit to the East Bank. Here you will see Karnak Temple, one of the most beautiful ancient temples in Luxor, and the Avenue of the Sphinx. This connects the vast Karnak Temple in ancient Thebes to the Luxor Temple. The day ends with a visit to Luxor Museum and the Mummification Museum before lunch and check-out. 

*Optional sunrise balloon tour this morning

Suggested optional extensions: 'Captivating Cairo' for history lovers and 'Red Sea Mini Break' for beach lovers. 



Accommodation: 5 nights in VillaNile House in Luxor and two nights on the Nile cruise.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: A combination of riding and then sailing the Nile.
Total riding time: 7 nights, with 3 days of riding on normal programme.
Departure dates: 2020: 5-17 April (FULL)

Additional dates possible on request, October to June.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1399 per person, based on shared accommodation.
Single supplement £550

Price includes 7 nights of accommodation (5 nights in guesthouses, 2 nights on ship), all meals, riding and sightseeing as mentioned.
Drinks and museum/temple entry fees are payable locally.

Hot air balloon flight is NOT included in the price and is an additional £135 per person.
Light and sound show is £30 per person.

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.



Sun Festival & Red Sea Adventure



This sightseeing and riding trail combines some of the most captivating sights in Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. Witness the extraordinary biannual Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, explore the vastness of the Valley of Kings and observe the iconic Tombs of Tutankhamun. Available on only two dates each year to coincide with the Sun Festival.

Day 1 - Arrival in Aswan:

Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your accommodation on board our traditional Egyptian sailing boat where a warm Nubian welcome awaits you. Dinner and relaxation. 

Day 2 - Philae Temple and High Dam, Transfer to Abu Simbel (Non-Riding Day):

On our first day wake up to the warmth of the Egyptian sun and the smiles of the locals. Take breakfast on the top deck of our boat with picturesque views of the River Nile. 


Our first morning in Aswan is spent exploring the High Dam and Lake Nasser. This huge freshwater reservoir, formed by the construction of the high Dam at Aswan, provides a relaxing gateway to the south of Aswan to visit the monuments placed along its banks and to enjoy a motorboat ride to The Temple of Isis at Philae. The Temple of Isis at Philae is one of Nubia’s most important monuments and was saved from a watery grave by UNESCO’s rescue project - this transferred the monuments block by block from Philae Island to Agilika Island. We will stop to have lunch at one of the local restaurants before returning to our boat to prepare for our drive to Abu Simbel, ready for the following morning’s biannual spectacle. The drive takes around 3 hours and we aim to arrive to our guesthouse in the early evening, allowing time for dinner and a few hours of rest before the sunrise in the morning. 

Day 3 - Sunrise and the Sun Dance Festival (Non-Riding Day):

Abu Simbel is a complex of two massive rock temples situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC as a lasting monument to himself and his Queen, Nefertari. The main temple really is a sight to behold. Carved high into the face of the mountain with four seated colossi flanking the entrance, and stretching back into the rock itself, the interior consists of a series of halls and rooms extending back a massive 185 feet from the entrance.

The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely positioned so that twice every year, on 22nd February (Ramses II’s ascension to the throne) and 22nd October (his birthday), the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the carved temple to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. This is the Sun Festival! As the early sun rises, slowly tracking into the internal chamber of Ramses II’s temple at Abu Simbel, be prepared for a moment of tranquil astonishment, Egyptian mystery and sheer magic. Be part of the crowd who gather outside to witness the gradual stream of light sneaking through the stone and enlightening the chamber within. Gaze in awe as time stands still while the chamber and the statuettes of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated by the exact alignment of the sun outside. Unbelievably, only the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shade at all times!

After observing this fantastic event at sunrise and exploring the remainder of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site we will return back to our guesthouse in Abu Simble for breakfast and a shower before starting our drive back to Aswan. Transfer time approx 2 hours. 

On return to Aswan we will have the afternoon to relax on the sun deck of a traditional Felucca where dinner will be provided before a quiet evening of relaxation under the stars and a good night’s sleep. There is an option to visit the Nubian Museum in the evening for those who are interested. 

Day 4 - Kom Ombo, Sobek Crocodile Museum, Transfer to Luxor (Non-Riding Day):

Rise and shine for a delicious breakfast on our sailing boat before our departure to Luxor, stopping off along the way, first at the Temple of Kom Ombo which stands on the Nile between Aswan and Edfu. The Kom Ombo Temple, as it is more commonly known, is a unique double temple shared by Sobek and Horus, each having its own gateways and chapels. Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus the Elder, the falcon-headed god, are the two primary gods so the temple was also known as the ‘House of the Crocodile’ (Sobek) and the ‘Castle of the Falcon’ (Horus).

We will aim to arrive in a Luxor for an early dinner at our charming Egyptian guesthouse close to the River Nile where you’ll eat some of the best food in Luxor and experience the best service and hospitality. 


Day 5 - Habu Temple Ride & Karnak Temple:

Rise and shine for a 7am departure, it’s time for another tick off the bucket list for many visitors to Luxor - a visit to Medinet Habu Temple! Leaving the stables around 7.30am, it takes us about 2 hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, we 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 was built on land that was considered to have magical powers by local farmers long before his time. 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 popular of Thebes. 


We will have a light brunch after our visit, around 11am, before riding back in time to change for our afternoon adventures and our 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 and his divine wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. We will be on hand to show you through the labyrinth and explain the purpose, meaning and history of the amazing ruins of Karnak. Many visitors walk right past one of the treasures of Karnak – its Open Air Museum. We will introduce you to some of the architectural wonders which have been re-erected in all their glory in this museum. Enter the Great Hypostyle Hall built by Seti I, father of Ramesses the Great – over 6000 sqm, 134 columns. The 12 which flank the processional way are 23m tall – words, facts and figures can never do justice to the experience that is Karnak. After Karnak we 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. 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. Our finale ends with a tour of Luxor Museum - this wonderful museum has a well-chosen and 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. Riding time approx. 4-5 hours.

Day 6 - The ULTIMATE trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs:

Your first full day with our horses - prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn and willing to please. Longer trails encourage you to experience our horses and country life. You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. Mid-morning you can prepare to be amazed as our sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes so you can see panoramic views of Luxor. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and our trail home will take us past The Colossi of Memnon (Arabic: el-Colossat or es-Salamat) which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. They have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with the horses. This ride is approx. 6 hours end to end. You will have a couple of hours left of the day to enjoy a well-deserved rest by the pool and we highly recommend one of the fabulous massages available too. 

Day 7 - Valley of the Kings and Sunset Camel Safari:

After yet another delicious breakfast cooked by our friends at Nile House, we will begin to retrace the steps of the pharaohs though the West Bank of Luxor starting with a tour of the Valley of the Kings where you will be able to visit at least four open tombs including that of Tutankhamun - the ‘boy king’. 


We will return to the guest house for lunch and a couple of hours off before experiencing Egypt by camel!  Our camel safari takes you through the villages and along the Nile - the birds eye view also makes a fantastic setting for photos of real Egypt up close and personal, not to mention how beautiful the ride is at sunset along the river. This is our last evening in this region and we will finish our Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian BBQ dinner and music. Riding time 2-3 hours. 

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)

• Massage service at Nile House from £35pp. 

Day 8 - Transfer to Hurghada: 

After breakfast we will depart from Nile House to begin our journey to the Red Sea for our next adventures! There is an optional but highly recommended stop off at Dandra temple on the way. 


We will arrive at the Red Sea by early afternoon. Guests stay at Labranda Makadi Garden which is located in Makadi Bay, just 5 minutes from our horses and stables and in close proximity to the beach. This makes it the perfect destination for those looking for a quality beach holiday by the Red Sea.

Day 9 - Makadi Bay Riding:

Full day trail ride with our “desert Arabians”. The horses in Hurghada are chosen for their forward-going nature and their ability to gallop endlessly in the deserts. This a superb day of riding including the beach, sea and deserts of Makadi. Lunch is served out and about. Riding time approx 5-6 hours. For less experienced or fit riders 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 10 - Swimming with Wild Dolphins (Non-Riding Day): 

Today takes us away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where we will spend the day lapping up the sunshine and relaxing. However, this isn’t any old boat trip! Today you will have the opportunity to meet our underwater friends at Dolphin House where you can swim with wild dolphins and stop off at two stunning snorkelling spots. There is an array of underwater beauty 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 on board.

Day 11 - Swimming with Horses:

No trip would be complete without swimming with horses in the Red Sea. This is a full morning ride with lots of exhilarating canters along the desert before arriving at the sea. On arrival we will dismount and remove the saddles before entering the sea with your horse. The horses love to swim 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. Riding time 4 hours. Check out is by 12:00 (late check outs on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels. 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS ON REQUEST:

• Quad bike safari £30pp 

• Diving & Snorkelling packages on request. 

• Kite Surfing lesson £45pp.

• Cairo day trip by plane £200pp (non-riding).



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Combination of riding and sightseeing
Total riding time: 11 days/10 nights/Riding on 4 days
Departure dates: 2020: 20 February-4 March
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1800 per person sharing
Single supplement: £450

Includes: full board and shared transfers
Excludes: Alcoholic and soft drinks, museum and temple entrance fees, and flight from Cairo to Aswan

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.



Red Sea Mini Break



This is the perfect option for couples, families or friends which include non-riders as there are lots of other activities on offer, such as boat trips, kite surfing, paragliding and of course, diving/snorkelling. There is plenty of relaxing time for riders too, as well as a boat trip to explore the Red Sea.

Day One:

On arrival in Hurghada you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day Two:

After breakfast you head out for your first ride. Today you will be exploring the vast golden deserts and sand dunes that create the backdrop to Hurghada. The Arabian horses are known for their beauty and this will be your first chance to learn to "fly" with them. 

Lunch will be served overlooking the sea.

In the afternoon, you ride through the desert to the turquoise Red Sea before returning to your hotel for cocktails and dinner. 

Riding c. 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoon

Day Three:

No riding today as you head out on a full days boat trip to discover dolphins in their natural environment. You can jump in, snorkel and swim with these majestic, playful creatures - a memorable experience. This area is also ideal for general snorkelling and offers the chance to discover the beauty beneath the surface. After a delicious seafood lunch there is time to explore the reefs before heading back to shore. 

No riding. Boat trip 8am - 3pm

Day Four:

In the morning (c. 10am) ride down to the crystal clear shores for a chance to unsaddle and splash about with your horse in the sea. Swimming with your horse is an unforgettable experience. After lunch on the beach the afternoon is free for you to relax and perhaps sample an optional massage.

Riding c. 1 hour

Day Five:

An early start today for a sunrise ride, watching a new day dawn as you ride through the majestic mountains. Return to your hotel for breakfast and have the rest of the morning to relax. 

You ride again at c. 3.30pm to watch the sunset. 

Optional Bedouin dinner.

Riding c. 2 hours in the morning and afternoon

Day Six:

Your final morning ride and last chance to gallop through the deserts. After an exhilarating ride, head back to your hotel for lunch before heading to the airport for your flight home. 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Primarily suitable for riders happy to ride at all paces, including gallop, but please contact us if you are less experienced.
Type of ride: Centre based.
Total riding time: 6 days / 5 nights. One full day ride, one half day ride, sunset ride, sunrise ride and swimming ride.
Departure dates: 2020: Dates available on request, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£945 per person sharing
£350 single supplement

All meals are included but drinks are to your own account.

(Different accommodation options are possible - please enquire for suggestions)

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.



Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs



See for yourself the amazing diversity of alluring Egypt! Three incredible destinations in one holiday, guided throughout. You'll meet horses, camels and dolphins, enjoying adventures mixed with the best culture and history. The trip is designed for those who want to understand Egyptian culture, foot and people. Although you'll be travelling on horseback for several days, you will also explore on foot and by tuktuk, harong, camel and boat.

Day 1: Arrive in Hurghada – Private transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2: In the morning head off into the desert to explore the vast golden stretches of sand surrounding Hurghada. The openness of the desert beneath the mountains allows you to do what the horses love to do most – notch it up a gear and fly through the shadows of the gently warming morning sunshine.

After an hour’s ride, meander down to the coast and cool off in the ocean with your four-legged friend. Stepping just out of their depth and splashing about in the crystal-clear waters, experience a truly memorable time swimming with your horse in the Red Sea, followed by a delicious lunch on the beach and some time to relax.

As the sun starts to set and the heat of the day begins to fade, saddle up again for a 2-hour sunset ride late afternoon. As 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.

Day 3: Non-Riding Day

Time for some downtime and a chance to relax as you set sail for some non-riding fun. Get ready to tick yet another box on your bucket list as you explore the underwater beauty of the Red Sea. Armed with a snorkel and mask, lower yourself gently into ‘Dolphin House’ where you are guaranteed to come face-to-face with wild dolphins, colourful fish a plenty and brightly coloured coral.

After a stunning day at sea, sit back and relax as you transfer to Luxor by private car in the evening and settle down for the night at your accommodation Nile Villa House.

Day 4: Luxor is a far cry from the golden sands of Hurghada and perfect in its very own way. As you head off in the morning on the horses, you will experience a very relaxed and glorious introduction to Real Egypt as you ride through the traditional villages and sugar cane fields to Banana Island. At Banana Island you stop for a refreshing cold drink before winding your way back along the River Nile for a spot of lunch at your hotel.

In the afternoon, saddle up and ride to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III - Medinet Habu. This temple is an important New Kingdom period structure on the West Bank of Luxor. Aside from its size, and architectural and artistic importance, Medinet Habu is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III. The Temple of Rameses III is one of the most well preserved and incredible temples in Luxor. Here you will dismount and explore with a private tour inside, while our guides tend to the horses.

Day 5: Non-Riding visit to the land of the pharaohs with your own private car and guide.

As history goes, this has got to be one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring leaps back in time you could ever 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.

After a truly magical morning of history, lunch will be served locally, and you will take a private boat at sunset down the Nile for dinner.

Day 6: An optional, but highly recommended sunrise balloon tour (additional cost) followed by a fantastic tour of the East Bank of Luxor including Karnak Temple, Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple.

Karnak Temple dates from around 2055 BC to around 100 AD. It is a cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu and is the largest religious building ever constructed. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring. Karnak Temple comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings in Egypt. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom.

From Karnak you will go onto the Avenue of Sphinxes; an avenue of human headed sphinxes of over one and a half miles (3 km), which once connected the temples of Karnak and Luxor. At Luxor temple Amun was magically transformed into Min the god of fertility.

Luxor Temple is why Luxor has earned its nickname, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum”. Luxor Temple is built on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes. The temple is one of the best preserved of all the ancient monuments with large amounts of the structure, statuary and relief carvings still intact, making it one of the most impressive visits in the Luxor area and all of Egypt. Adding significantly to its allure is the juxtaposition that its setting provides. The modern city begins on one side and the Nile drifts by on the other. There are few places in Egypt where one is put so immediately and clearly in touch with the extraordinary length of Egypt’s history.

It’s just an hour’s flight in the evening to Egypt’s capital, Cairo where you head to your accommodation.

Day 7: Visit one of the 7th Wonders of the World by Horseback. In the morning, saddle up for a 2-hour trail ride around the Pyramids and the Ancient Sphinx. 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. A delicious lunch will be provided with views of the pyramids.

No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to Cairo Museum, 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.

Highlights include Tutankhamun’s famous rooms, the royal mummies and jewellery rooms.

Overnight in Cairo accommodation.

Day 8: Breakfast and departure to airport for travel home. 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Multi-location ride.
Total riding time: 3 days riding.
Departure dates: 2020: 5-12 January, 25 January - 2 February (FULL).

Additional dates available on request, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1399 per person
Single supplement: £350 per person

Luxury version: on request
Surcharge of £100 per person for dates over Christmas/New Year.

NB. Hot air balloon tour is not included in the price.

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.



Depths of the Desert



Your hosts have sidestepped the regular tourist trail on this trip and handpicked some of Egypt's best-hidden and seriously cool sites, teaming all of this with riding incredible horses over the most amazing terrain. You will step back in time to experience history that you've probably never seen or heard of and you'll fly across the desert on horseback, explore forgotten temples and tombs that are rarely visited and, by staying in family homes, learn more about the real way of life of the people of this magnificent country.

Day 1: Arrival and Travel Day

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.

Day 2: Giza Ride and Abu Sir to Sakkara

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 Non-Riding Day

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 (approx. 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

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

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

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

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

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. This ride is approximately 6 hours from end to end.

Day 10: Optional Balloon Tour and Departure

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!



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Multi-location (riding out from different stables).
Total riding time:
Departure dates: 2020: 3 - 13 February, 10 - 20 March (FULL).
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1850 per person
Single supplement: £400 per person


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.



Multi-Adventure Mini Break



Short on time but looking for a big adventure? This one is for you! This is a whirlwind tour of the best of Egypt both in and out the saddle. You start in Cairo then move onto Luxor before ending at the Red Sea. Hold on tight, this is the ride of your life!

Day 1: Travel day. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your guest house in Giza overlooking the Pyramids.

Day 2: 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
 your 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 Saqqara’s 11 major pyramids, while their subjects were buried in the hundreds of smaller tombs. Most of Saqqara, 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, Saqqara, the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis, was an active burial ground for more than 3500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site.

Riding per day: around 5 – 6 hours.

Short internal evening flight to Luxor, ideally around 9pm onwards (not Included – approx cost £50).

Day 3: Wake to the beautiful sound of the prayer call with stunning views of the River Nile from our 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 a a hour or so to relax before you are off again on our second tour of the day but this time by horseback! Your trail ride will show you real Egypt as you ride through the local villages and sugar cane field arriving at the famed temple of Habu Temple. Here you will dismount and while the team tend to your horses 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 and fly in the sunset on your ride back to the stable. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Riding time approx 3-4 hours.

Day 4: Rise and shine! It’s a new day and what better way to start it with sunrise views across Valley of the Kings! This is a 4 hour trail ride with breakfast included. A chance to see mother nature’s beauty at her best! You will return around 11am and have a couple of hours to relax and eat lunch before you are off again. This time it’s a non- riding tour of the East bank to Karnak temple, the Avenue of the Sphinx and Luxor Museum. Transfer to Hurghada in the evening by car (included).
 Riding time approx 4-5 hours.

Day 5: 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 are 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 you’ll also get 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 for the horses & 3 hours for the quad bikes. You will finish the day with dinner in the desert and a belly dancing show.

Day 6: Breakfast and departure.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Multi-centre stay.
Total riding time: 5 riding days of varying lengths.
Departure dates: 2020: 4th - 10th March (ESCORTED BY HOLLY), 21st - 26th March, 7th - 12th April (FULL), 29th October - 4th November, 1st - 6th December (FULL).

Other dates available on request for 2 or more riders, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£899 per person based on two sharing.
Single supplement £350

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.



Captivating Cairo Short Break



Take in the sights and sounds of Egypt's bustling capital and explore one of the classic Wonders of the World on horseback. Enjoy two long, but unforgettable rides into the depths of history. An ideal addition to a longer itinerary elsewhere in Egypt.

Day One:

We recommend that you arrive the day before as this first day starts at 8am. We can book this extra night if you wish.

Your riding adventure in Cairo starts with a stunning trip to the 7th Wonder of the World - the Giza Pyramids - built to endure an eternity and they have done just that. 

These monumental tombs were constructed 4,500 years ago. Egypt's pharoahs expected to bedome Gods in the afterlife and to prepare for the next world they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves, filled with all the things a ruler would need to guide and sustain him in the next world. Pharaoh Khufu began the first pyramid project c. 2550BC and his great pyramid is the largest in Giza, towering 147 meters above the plateau.

On arrival at the pyramids you will dismount and whilst your guides tend to the horses you can explore these breathtaking structures and the chambers where the pharaohs were buried. 

If time permits you can also visit the Solar Boat Museum at the pyramids where an Egyptology guide will take you to the Khufu ship - an intact vessel which was sealed into a pit in the Giza complex and has been preserved. 

After an awe-inspiring morning you have lunch in a restaurant before heading back to your hotel to shower and change. The afternoon offers a non-riding tour of the Cairo Museum which houses 165,000 Egyptian artifacts. The highlights are the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun - his 6 gilded coffins dominate the main hall whilst his magnificent death mask is the must-see item of the day. There is time for you to explore the museum at your leisure.

Dinner is served at a local restaurant overlooking the pyramids where you can watch a light and sound show whilst enjoying a BBQ dinner.

Day Two:

Your morning rides takes you to the pyramids of Abusir and the Sun Temple. There are 14 pyramids in Abusir which is 2.5km north of Sakkara and about 12km from Giza. The most important pyramids of Abusir are those of Sahure, Niuserre and Neferirkare. The Abusir complex rarely gets the recognition it deserves and many guide books don't even mention it, so you are able to ride inside, dismount and really explore the area.

After an early lunch close to the Sun Temple, your ride continues onto the Sakkara pyramids, best known for the Step Pyramid - the oldest of Egypt's 97 pyramids. Your ride ends in the mid to late afternoon so that you have time to relax for a few hours before dinner at your hotel.

Day Three:

Your morning trail rides takes you to the deserts on the outskirts of the Great Pyramids of Giza. This is a fantastic ride where you can enjoy the open ground and freedom of being on horseback. Your sure-footed horses will take you behind this wonder of the world so that you can fly across the sands!

Lunch is served locally before you head back to your hotel to freshen up for a non-riding tour to El Khalili and Muez street, some of the oldest parts of Cairo. At the Khan el Khalili bazaar your guide will introduce you to the famous markets where you can try your luck bargaining for souvenirs. This is a private tour so you can take as long as you like. It may also be possible to visit a Papyrus institute to learn how this artwork is made. 

Dinner and shisha at Fishawy cafe, one of the top 7 cafes in Cairo before your departure. If you plan to fly home tonight then you will need a late flight. Alternatively you may wish to add an extra hotel night so that you can depart at your leisure tomorrow - remember that although the airport is only 35km, it can take 2-3 hours to drive on a bad day with heavy traffic.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Centre based
Total riding time: 2 days of riding
Departure dates: 2020: 17 - 20 Feb.

Other dates available on request, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£799 per person sharing
Single supplement £250

Includes all meals and riding as described. Drinks are payable locally.

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.