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Temples, Tombs and Beaches, Egypt





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.

Day 1:

Arrival and check in to your guesthouse accommodation close to the River Nile in Luxor. This lovely guesthouse offers fabulous home cooked local dishes and an excellent service.

Day 2:

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:

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 Eighteenth Dynasty. 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: 

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:

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:

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: Non-riding day – swimming with wild dolphins: 

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:

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.
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: 21-28 December

2021: 16-23 January, 28 February-7 March, 18-26 October.

Other dates available on request, for a minimum of 2 pax, subject to availability - please ask.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

£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.



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 1:

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

Day 2:

Following breakfast this morning you will head out for your first ride, exploring the vast golden deserts and sand dunes that create the backdrop to Hurghada. The Arabian horse is well known for its beauty and immense stamina. These horses are a great example of this and you be able to see for yourself how it is to "fly" with them.

Lunch will be served overlooking the sea.

In the afternoon, you will 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 3:

Today will be a non-riding day, allowing you to head out on a full day 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 4:

Following breakfast today you will enjoy a ride down to the crystal clear shores and 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 take an optional massage (extra cost).

Riding c. 1 hour

Day 5:

An early start to the day will see you head out for a beautiful sunrise ride; watching a new day dawn from horseback as you wind through the majestic mountains. Return to your hotel for breakfast and have the rest of the morning to relax. 

A second ride is scheduled for the afternoon (at c. 3.30pm) in order to watch the sunset (optional). 

You will have the option to join a bedouin family for a traditional dinner this evening.

Riding c. 2 hours in the morning and afternoon

Day 6:

Today will see your final morning ride and last chance for a good gallop through the deserts. After an exhilarating ride, you will head back to your hotel for lunch before setting off 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: 2021: Dates available on request, from a minimum of 2 pax, from May - September, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£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 Cairo – Private transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2:

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: 

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. 

Anther 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:

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.

Today has been set aside for guests to 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:

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:

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:

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£150 per person for this, which includes all meals and an extra night with Check out on Day 9 at 11am. 



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: 2021: 1-8 February, 1-8 April.

Additional dates available on request between October and April, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£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: 27 December - 5 January 2021.

2021: Other dates available on request between October and May, for a minimum of 2 pax, subject to availability - please ask.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

£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
 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.

Riding per day: around 5 – 6 hours.

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

Day 3: 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.

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 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).
 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 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: 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: 17th-22nd December

2021: 6-11 January, 9-14 March, 10-16 November

Other dates available on request for 2 or more riders, between October & May, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

£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 1:

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

Where best to begin this wonderful Egyptian celebration than with a trail ride to the Great Pyramids of Giza! Following breakfast overlooking the pyramids, you will take a short walk to the stables from where your adventure begins. This morning you will take a 2-3-hour riding tour to the pyramids, with plenty of amazing photo opportunities to be had!

After the morning ride, you’ll have a chance to relax, have a cold drink and we take a walk to the famous Sphinx with an Egyptologist guide. Known in Arabic as Abu Al Hol (Father of Terror), this sculpture of a man with the haunches of a lion was dubbed the Sphinx by the ancient Greeks because it resembled their mythical winged monster who set riddles and killed anyone unable to answer them. Geological surveys have shown that the structure is most likely carved from the bedrock of the Nile causeway during Khafre’s reign, so it likely portrays his features. Legends and superstitions about the Sphinx abound, and the mystery surrounding its long-forgotten purpose is almost as intriguing as its appearance.

Once the tour is completed you will stop at a favourite local restaurant for a light, but delicious Egypt buffet lunch and sample freshly prepared lemon and mint juice!

Your second riding tour of the day will take you behind the back of the pyramids with plenty of open ground to really let the horses go. You will be able to watch the sunset from a local Bedouin tea camp before taking a leisurely ride back to the stables. There will be time for a quick shower on return to the hotel, before having dinner on the roof top restaurant and to see the legendary Light and Sound show.

Day 2: 

After breakfast you will be picked up in an air-conditioned bus with our guide. No need to be dressed in riding clothes for this morning’s tours, but please bring them for our ride later in the day.

This morning you will start with a walking tour at Giza Pyramids with your guide. Learn more about the monumental tombs; relics of Egypt’s Old Kingdom era, they were constructed some 4,500 years ago. Egypt’s pharaohs expected to become gods in the afterlife and so to prepare for the next world they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves. These were 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. It is estimated that some 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 to 15 tons, were used to build the pyramid. Khufu’s son, Pharaoh Khafre, built the second pyramid at Giza, circa 2520 B.C. His necropolis also included the Sphinx. The Sphinx may stand sentinel for the pharaoh’s entire tomb complex. The third of the Giza Pyramids is considerably smaller than the first two, built by Pharaoh Menkaure circa 2490 B.C.. It featured a much more complex mortuary temple, however.

Your pyramid tour will culminate at the Step Pyramid of Djoser - the world’s oldest major stone structure built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser.

In the afternoon, you will head to Memphis and Saqqara. This is an amazing display of how tomb and pyramid-building progressed; a necropolis containing burials from different dynasties. It includes both royal and non-royal tombs, mastabas and cemeteries. You’ll also visit the Serapeum of Saqqara where you will 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 and was considered a creator god, a patron of artisans and craftsmen.

Memphis was founded in 2925 BC and the Egyptian king Menes helped to unite upper Egypt and lower Egypt. In fact, it was the capital during the Old Kingdom. Memphis is an open-air museum with many ancient artefacts to see, such as a statue of Rameses II and the famous 80-tonne Sphinx made from one gigantic piece of alabaster.

At the end of the day you will finish off with a riding tour from Abu sir (make sure to bring some riding clothes with you!). The area is perfect for riders due to the masses of open ground and wide deserts allowing the horses abs riders plenty of space to fly! Witness the epic sunsets Egypt is known for whilst blasting through the deserts. The end to a perfect day. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Day 3:

After breakfast, your driver and guide will collect you from your hotel in preparation for today’s tour! You will start the day by visiting the world’s most important collections of ancient artefacts located in the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo. Inside the great domed building, you will discover glittering treasures belonging to Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs, alongside the grave goods, mummies, jewellery, eating bowls and toys of everyday ancient Egyptian families. To walk around the museum is to embark on an adventure through time.

After lunch, you will proceed to the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside the Citadel of Salah El Din. Continuing your tour to Coptic Cairo, you will visit the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Church of St. Barbara, Church of Abu Serga. You will finish your tour with a visit to Khalili market, which is particularly vibrant in the evenings; alive with the smell of incense and burning spices against a backdrop of twinkling Bedouin lanterns.

There is a great number of cultural and historic structures in Khan El-Khalili itself, so it’s no surprise that the area has featured in many movies and literary works, such as Naguib Mafhouz‘s famous novel Midaq Alley. Close-By is Muizz Street, which has many examples of medieval Islamic architecture, as well as Al-Hussein Mosque, Wekalet El Ghouri and Al-Azhar market. It’s like stepping back in time to medieval Cairo.

While strolling the market, you may find your eyes becoming lost between the unique mix of merchandise displayed in shops and allies. There are a variety of goods on offer here — from sparkling silverware, gold artefacts and antiques, to stained glass lamps, incense, handmade accessories, ancient Pharaoh souvenirs and Egyptian carpets. The market has a specific districts for gold selling, copper goods and spices.

TOP TIP! Visit El Fishawi cafe: Nestled on a narrow street is this iconic café, strikingly beautiful with its dark wood mashrabeya panelling and yellow ochre walls, it will capture your senses. Delicious, aromatic mint tea is served in dark blue teapots that arrive on large golden trays and is then poured into ornate glasses. Hefty chandeliers and mirrors framed in wood hang inside; it’s nothing short of a visual feast for photographers and aesthetes.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:

Breakfast at your hotel followed by checkout by midday.



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: 2021: 12-16 January, 24-28 February

Other dates available on request, from October - May.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£699 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.



Luxor's Arabian Adventures



Located in the Nile Valley, Luxor is known to many as ‘the world’s largest open-air museum’. Packed with history and cultural authenticity, it is a vast and varied land; ranging from lush green grazing fed by moisture from the Nile, sugarcane plantations that rise high above the land and open desert space ideal for a high-speed race on horseback. Tall date palms line the streets of Luxor providing shade, and banana plantations are plentiful, all shadowed by Mount Thebes in the background. Traditional feluccas travel back and forth quietly along the Nile and life passes by in a simple and peaceful manner.

Discover the region that your host Emma calls home and learn more about Egyptian life; the food, the traditions and the simple, peaceful life amongst the ever-growing family of horses and furry friends. Emma came to Luxor on a whim but soon made it her home; as she says, “once Luxor has your heart you’ll never get it back”. You are sure to have a wonderful adventure, a memorable holiday and to fall in love with Luxor too.

Day 1:

Transfer to Nile House, an authentic and friendly guest house on the West Bank of Luxor. Its rustic charm will captivate you from the first moment.

Day 2:

In Luxor, you will see how the local people live, farm and grow their own food for their horses. Part of that will be to learn to eat like an Egyptian!

This morning you will have the chance to attend ‘Eid el Fitr’ prayer, the traditional morning prayer. Afterwards, you will head back to the stables, to meet the horses and the team, to have breakfast at their home. Whether you are Muslim or not, the Eid el Fitr offers an amazing atmosphere - a peaceful way to begin the day.

This morning, you will learn to make bread and will share local dishes with your host family. Some of the most famous Egyptian dishes 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 toothed, Halawa is the treat at the end.

Following a morning of traditions, you will have a few hours to relax before your first riding trip takes place in the afternoon. Your first ride is 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 a lovely mix of paces throughout.

Day 3:

Today will be a full day trail ride to discover more fo the area on horseback. You will head to Qurna - a village which grew up around the business of tomb raiding, comprised of a community of people who lived off of the proceeds of artefacts supplied by the ancient graveyards. These communities were also often employed in work connected with official archeological excavations. This is sure to be a fascinating day out in the saddle!

Day 4:

Following breakfast today, you will set sail on the Nile to enjoy a different view of Egypt!

Embarking your hosts own dahabiya, you will spend the day on the water. The name dahabiya comes from the Arabic word for gold “dahab” (the earliest form of this boat was golden coloured). The history of the dahabiya goes back to the Pharaonic times: there are inscriptions of very similar boats in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Kings and Nobles. The dahabiya was the main mode of Nile faring transport long before the modern day diesels or the steamers were made famous by Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’.

The dahabiya is a two-masted sailing boat that relies on wind power: it has no engines except for a generator that makes electricity. This gives it something that is in very short supply nowadays, silence! Sailing on a dahabiya allows you to hear just the sound of the river splashing against the boat, along with the singing of the birds. You can relax and imagine yourself as one of the aristocrats or elite travellers during the days of the monarchy, or even a member of the monarchy, as this is how they used to negotiate the river. This is an indulgent day out and one you are sure to never forget.

Day 5:

Today will be another full day trail ride to explore more of the area. Setting out from al Bharat village you will ride through the sugar cane fields and across the back of the desert to Ashray village. Here you will enjoy a barbecue lunch at a traditional old house overlooking Valley of the Kings. The house actually belongs to your host Emma and so you will be able to enjoy some free time there in the afternoon. There is a swimming pool to have a dip and relax for a couple of hours whilst the horses graze in the shade next to the house.

Day 6:

An early morning start will see you head out on horseback before the sunrise, heading to Mount Thebes. You will pass the Ramesseum temple and The Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Tutankhamuns grandfather, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. The statues have stood in the Theban Necropolis since 1350 BCE. You will return for lunch at the Nile House before a more relaxed afternoon, with the opportunity to watch some traditional weaving demonstrations & take some lessons if you wish. You will enjoy a barbecue dinner in the desert this evening.

Day 7:

Another non-riding tour day today as you will be heading to Aswan to discover more of the historical side of Egypt. 

Once the ancient town of Swenett, Aswan was the southern outpost of the Egyptian lands. It sits on the Nile, the river that has been the lifeblood of Egypt for thousands of years.

At Aswan you will still find traditional dhows and feluccas sailing along the river to the north. Along the riverbanks are the stone cliffs and quarries that provided the Pharaohs with the material for their great monuments. Sights to see in Aswan include the old souk and Kitchener’s Garden - an island in the Nile gifted to Lord Kitchener after the Sudan campaign of 1898 and which is now home to the Aswan Botanical Gardens.

By felucca and camel, you can reach the beautiful abandoned monastery of St. Simeon and the brightly coloured villages of the Nubians that surround Aswan. If time allows, you may also visit Phillae Island by boat in the afternoon as well. The goal will be to attempt to see as many places as possible during the day, before returning in the late evening back to Luxor.

Day 8:

This morning will offer a final opportunity to enjoy an early ride before you check out from the Nile House by 11.30 am. For those who wish to, it is possible to organise a late check out and spend a little more time in the region (additional cost payable locally).



Accommodation: 7 nights at the Nile House in Luxor
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: 2-6 hours
Departure dates: 2021: 20-28 February, 13-20 November

Other dates available on request between October & May, for a minimum of 2 pax, subject to availability - please ask.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£1399 per person sharing
£350 single supplement

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

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.