DEPTHS OF THE DESERT

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THIS EPIC RIDE EXPLORES THE WONDERS OF CAIRO AND TAKES YOU FAR INTO THE DESERTS OF LUXOR

Enjoy some full days in the saddle exploring the best Egypt has to offer.

Begin in Cairo; a city bursting with character and history, and home to over 20 million of Egypt’s people! The streets are lined with vibrant souks, bustling bazaars and the clatter of cooking utensils from local restaurants echoes through the air. Away from the city, in two separate locations, you’ll find our stables; home to beautiful Baladi and Arab horses who will guide you on this unforgettable journey through time.

Combining some of the most amazing and well-known sites in Egypt with some that are only found off the beaten track. Our trail rides are long and often arduous so this holiday is only suitable for accomplished riders. The rides will take you deep into the heart of the desert where sprays of golden sand will cloud up behind you as you gallop past ancient ruins and rarely visited temples and tombs.

A stark contrast to Cairo, Luxor offers a far more tranquil and laid-back approach to life in Egypt. The banks of the Nile are a short walk away and, being well known for its healing properties, it’s here you will often find the stable hands bathing our horses before bedding them down of an evening. Your stay in Luxor will be laden with home-cooked meals, fishing trips, incredible riding and unforgettable sightseeing in some of the Valley of the Kind’s forgotten tombs.

Accommodation is a choice of 4-5 Star hotels, subject to availability. We like to have freedom to choose and these are our favourites. Hurghada Hotels are mostly tourist hotels and they will not have the same small intimate feeling as Luxor and Aswan. Hotels are chosen based on the best location and access to the horses and dolphins, plus an opportunity to dine out or shop in the evening.

QUICK FACTS
Cairo & Luxor, Egypt
Arrive Cairo Airport, Depart Luxor Airport
October to May
9 nights 10 day
Group Size: Max. 10
Intermediate and Above
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Designed for more serious trail riders looking to get off the beaten track on a glorious Arabian stallion
  • Ride further afield beyond the tourist hot spots to temples and pyramids deep in the heart of the deserts
  • Visit the 7th wonder of the world at Giza
  • Enjoy home cooked Egyptian meals & cookery lessons, experience authentic home stays and cultured boutique
  • Sip delicious sundowners while sailing down the Nile
THE DESTINATION
Cairo

Cairo is the capital of Egypt, and one of the largest cities on the African continent. The city has stood for more than 1,000 years on the banks of the Nile.

At Cairo’s heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamen artifacts. A stone’s throw from Cairo, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC.

Luxor

Arriving into Luxor you will witness its charming beauty. Everywhere you look you see history – It is often coined an “open air museum”. Famous and historic artifacts litter the city, this iconic historic scenery creates an amazing melting pot when teamed with the modern elements of the city.

The east bank of Luxor is home to the Luxor temple & Karnak Temple, and the west bank is home to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.

DATES & RATES

Some set-departures dates are available and many flexible start dates. The riding season is from October to May – Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2020 / 2021 Rates:

Full Board 10 days/9 Nights
£ 1 850 PP SHARING + £50 transfers

Based on 2 people sharing accommodation (solo travellers welcome)

Includes

  • All riding activities
  • Non-riding activities listed in the itinerary – Other than museum entries (Approximately GBP60pp)
  • All guiding
  • Accommodation (upgrades available at additional cost)
  • Delicious food
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

  • All alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Entries to some temples and historic sites
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP50 pp)
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Single supplement (if unwilling to share with another solo-traveller of the same sex) £400
YOUR ITINERARY

Please note this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. All changes would be made for the guests best interests.

DAY 1: DAY OF ARRIVAL IN CAIRO

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 stables. The hotel is located on the back streets of Giza, just a few hundred metres from the Pyramids. The roof terrace offers stunning views towards the Sphinx and Pyramids and is the perfect spot to watch the light and sound show over the Pyramids as you enjoy your first dinner in Egypt.

DAY 2: GIZA RIDE & ABUSIR TO SAKKARA

After a late breakfast, head to the stables to meet the horses who will take you on an awe-inspiring ride to the 7th Wonder the World – The Giza Pyramids. The horses are adorned with traditional protective necklaces and bridalwear to set the theme for your authentic Egyptian adventure.

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 surrounding these incredible structures. On arrival, 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. Saddle up to ride the 3-hour trail to Sakkara, taking in the vast openness of the desert as you race across the golden sands. On arrival at Sakkara, you’ll have the chance to ride around the complex to take in the views of the many different Pyramids. It served as a cemetery for the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis so it’s bursting with ancient history and the perfect spot for a photoshoot with your trusty steed!

DAY 3: WADI EL RAYAN & WADI EL HLTAN (NON-RIDING DAY)

Grab breakfast on the fly from a local street food restaurant before hoping into a 4×4 which will take you to Wadi El Rayan, one of Egypt’s most famous nature reserves.

This area is full of amazing landscapes such as oases, mountains, rock formations and waterfalls and is home to some of Egypt’s wildlife, including white gazelle, foxes and rare eagles. You can also visit Whale Valley to see the fossil remains of now extinct whales. 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 the next day’s epic trail ride!

DAY 4: GIZA TO ABUSIR RIDE (approximately 6 hours)

It’s another early start today as you gear up for a 6-hour trail ride with picnic lunch in the desert. In the seemingly endless desert, you’ll get fully acquainted with the speed and dexterity of these amazing horses. The journey takes you out into the desert, riding past the pyramids as Giza, the city falling behind you and the barren land opens out ahead towards Abusir. Pick up the pace on the flatter stretches of land, 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. Be prepared to be dazzled on horseback as you visit the final resting ground for many pharaohs, nobles and other important officials. 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 and transferred to your accommodation.

DAY 5: LUXOR INTRODUCTORY RIDE

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-tuk to the stables. 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.

After a tour of the stable it’s time to saddle up and get to know your guides and your horse as they take you on a trip back in time, riding through sugarcane fields and the local Bedouin villages. As you ride past banana plantations, you’ll get a closer insight into the tranquil way of real Egyptian life. Later on, you’ll ride back along the Nile, taking in the magical scenery and tranquil surroundings. Dinner will be prepared and served on the roof terrace with views of the Valley of the Kings.

DAY 6: WORKERS RIDE AND NOBLE 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 the street food cafés.

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, 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. 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. This trip and these tombs are amongst the team’s favourites but are never really visited by tourists.

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

DAY 7: COOKERY LESSON AND PHARAOHS TEMPLES

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, you might even pick up a few words of Arabic!

After lunch, 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. 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. Both Seti I and Ramses II were incredible builders and have temples which have stood the test of time.

DAY 8: VALLEY OF THE KINGS (non-riding) & 4x4 SAFARI

Your morning visit is to the Valley of the Kings; no trip to Luxor would be complete without spending some time here. 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.

You will stop for lunch at a local and have some time to relax before a 4 x 4 trip 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

If you haven’t already, prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with your horses.

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), it will arranged and timed perfectly for you to hover above the Valley of the Kings as the sun rises and casts spectacular shadows over this exquisite piece of history; the perfect grand finale for your stay in Egypt. Then, it’s time to pack and say ma’salama to Egypt…until next time!

THE ACCOMMODATION
ACCOMMODATION IN CAIRO – ONE OF THE BELOW

Panorama Pyramids Inn – Giza, Cairo
Just 300 metres away from the Great Sphinx & 1.2km from Giza Pyramids this hotel has a brilliant location. All guest rooms are equipped with aircon, a comfortable bed, seating area and private bathroom with complimentary free toiletries. The accommodation offers a stunning roof terrace with views of all the top sights in the city.

Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel – Giza, Cairo
Located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, just 50m from these wonders of the ancient world, this hotel offers unmatched views of the pyramids, sphinx and the sound and light theatre. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a private bathroom, while certain rooms at Pyramids Valley also provide guests with a terrace. After dinner you will be welcome to watch the magnificent sound & light show from your balcony or the top terrace.

3 Pyramids View Inn – Giza, Cairo
The Pyramids View Inn is located in Cairo, 400 m from the Great Sphinx, and has free bikes and a garden. Set 1.1km from the Giza Pyramids it features a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. At the inn, each room includes a wardrobe and a TV. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath, while selected rooms include a kitchen.

ACCOMMODATION IN LUXOR

Luxor Homestay
Step into the welcoming haven of this Luxor homestay, and enjoy stunning views of the Valley of the Kings from the roof terrace. Up here each morning a delicious breakfast is served while taking in the tranquil surroundings. The house is a stone’s throw away from the stables and surrounded by farmland. Enjoy a host of traditional home-cooked meals and the relaxing in the small garden. There is a swimming pool available at a neighbouring hotel.

Villa Nile House (£30 extra pppn including all meals)

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service. Built in an oriental style with traditional architecture, it has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. Relax in the picturesque garden complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and even a hammam for massages. An open-air stair will lead you to the bedrooms and to the roof. Each of the charming bedrooms celebrates Luxor, find yourself staying in Hathor, Nefertiti, Kheops, Cleopatra, Nefertari, Akhenaton or Touthankamon to name a few!

QUICK FACTS
Cairo & Luxor, Egypt
Arrive Cairo Airport, Depart Luxor Airport
October to May
 9 Nights, 10 Days
Group Size: Max. 10
Intermediate and Above
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9 Nights: £1 850 pp sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Designed for more serious trail riders looking to get off the beaten track on a glorious Arabian stallion
  • Ride further afield beyond the tourist hot spots to temples and pyramids deep in the heart of the deserts
  • Visit the 7th wonder of the world at Giza
  • Enjoy home cooked Egyptian meals & cookery lessons, experience authentic home stays and cultured boutique
  • Sip delicious sundowners while sailing down the Nile
DATES & RATES

Some set-departures dates are available and many flexible start dates. The riding season is from October to May – Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2020 / 2021 Rates:

Full Board 10 days/9 Nights
£ 1 850 PP SHARING + £50 transfers

Based on 2 people sharing accommodation (solo travellers welcome)

Includes

  • All riding activities
  • Non-riding activities listed in the itinerary – Other than museum entries (Approximately GBP60pp)
  • All guiding
  • Accommodation (upgrades available at additional cost)
  • Delicious food
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

  • All alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Entries to some temples and historic sites
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP50 pp)
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Single supplement (if unwilling to share with another solo-traveller of the same sex) £400
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

My ride in Egypt was absolutely fabulous! I cannot describe in one word. Emma is so cool, we were to awesome places, we did super activities. Emma’s horses are lovely and wonderful, and the team is so kindly. I would definitely recommend going to Egypt! 10 days were too short, I wanted to stay there forever! I would like to thank you for your help, Isabel and Margot It’s my second time with you and not my last!

Elodie FoltzenlogelCairo & Luxor
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses in Egypt are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. The horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Based in Luxor, they are able to grow most of their own horse food, being quinoa, barley and corn.  Quinoa gives is a pure protein so it works the same way as when body-builders have a high protein diet whilst training, great for power and muscle. Corn, known as “fatty power” meaning it’s good for maintaining a healthy weight. Barley locally called Sheerie” is a great all-rounder. All of these local grains are grown and dried on the farm.
  • The stables were purposely built with the horses in mind. They have low walls between each of the horses so they can socialize with each other and large sandy paddocks for grazing and frolicking
  • All tack is purposely bought for each horse, and cleaned and checked daily.
  • All horses are purposely chosen to suit each rider’s preference and riding ability.

Please let us know if you have any more questions about this.

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