DEPTHS OF THE DESERT

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JOURNEY DEEP INTO THE HEART OF THE DESERT TO EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC EGYPT BY HORSEBACK

Designed for trail riders and longer hours in the saddle, this 10 day horse riding holiday combines Cairo, Fayoum and Luxor. Enjoy some full days in the saddle exploring the best Egypt has to offer!

Yalla! Your horseback adventure begins 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, you’ll find our stables; home to beautiful Baladi and Arab horses who will guide you on this unforgettable journey through time. See the Great Pyramids of Giza from Horseback and enjoy some thrilling desert riding. 

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. This horse riding holiday 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.

After the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there is no better place to unwind than in the coveted desert oasis of Fayuom. One of Egypts oldest cities, this stunning location is brimming with pristine natural wonders, rich archeological history and world-renowned pottery studios. After an exciting day in the saddle, cool off in Wadi El Rayan’s infamous, color-changing Magic Lake. In the evenings take a stroll through the charming village of Tunis and indulge in classic Egyptian cuisines. Finish off your day of riding and adventure with some rest and relaxation at the traditional guesthouse neighboring the stables.  

Luxor offers a tranquil and laid-back approach to life in Egypt and is best explored by horseback. 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 for an evening. Your stay in Luxor will be laden with home-cooked meals, fishing trips, incredible horse riding and unforgettable sightseeing in some of the Valley of the King’s forgotten tombs. Ride out at dawn to catch that perfect picture of the hot air balloons floating into the golden light – the perfect “between the horses ears” photo!

QUICK FACTS
Cairo, Fayoum & 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, pyramids and oases 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.

Fayoum

Fayoum, founded around 4000 BC, is one of Egypts oldest cities and best hidden treasures. Here you’ll discover a desert oasis flooded with life through waterways fed by the great Nile River. Fayoum hosts a number of rich archeological sites and historic monuments, including the distinctive Pyramid of Hawara.

Located just south of the city, is Wadi El Rayan, a unique nature protectorate, home to the most spectacular waterfall in all of Egypt.

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.

2022/2023 Rates:
valid 01 September 2022 – 31 May 2023

Full Board 10 days/9 Nights
£2 400 PP SHARING + £120 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 GBP120 pp)
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Single supplement (if unwilling to share with another solo-traveller of the same sex) £400
YOUR ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary of the riding and experiences you may have on your trip. Life in Egypt runs on a different type of clock, so expect some changes along the way. The itinerary is fluid any changes will always be made with your best interests at heart – perhaps ticking off extra bucket list moments, finding unique dining locations and discovering places off the beaten track. Itineraries can be adapted to any special interests you might have, so let us know. There are other non-riding activities that can be booked when you arrive such as quad biking, camel rides and local markets. You’ll have a personal guide to show you the secrets of this amazing country!

DAY 1: DAY OF ARRIVAL IN CAIRO

On arrival you will be met at the airport by your driver and transported to your accommodations. The boutique hotel is located on the back streets of Giza, within walking distance of the stables, and just a few hundred metres from the Great Pyramids. The roof terrace offers stunning views of the Sphinx and Pyramids and is the perfect spot to watch Cairo’s Light and Sound show as you enjoy your first dinner in Egypt.

DAY 2: GIZA RIDE & FAYOUM INTRODUCTION

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. Your horses will be adorned with traditional protective necklaces and bridal-wear to set the theme for your authentic Egyptian adventure.

This bucket list trail ride will see you 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 entire area has an indescribable feeling. The horses are privy to the excitement too as they race across the golden sand surrounding these ancient monuments. On arrival to the site, you will have the opportunity to dismount and explore these breath-taking structures and the chambers within.

Lunch today will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, the drivers will take you on your hour and a half transfer to Fayoum. Arrive just in time to hop back in the saddle for a stunning sunset ride through the charming village of Tunis. Enjoy a tasteful dinner and a good nights rest at our desert oasis accommodations.

DAY 3: FULL DAY RIDE TO WADI EL HITANS MAGIC LAKE

A hearty breakfast is a must today, in preparation for a full day of horse riding to the accurately-named Magic Lake. This remote lake got its name thanks to its mesmerizing waters which, colors shift and change several times each day depending on the amount of sunlight it receives. It is also know to house a number of healing minerals. 

Take in the stunning Egyptian landscapes with a thrilling gallop through the vast desert or go for a refreshing swim in Magic Lake. Be sure to take some time to soak in the wonders of Fayoums famous waterfall! After a full day exploring the desert, settle down for a classic Egyptian dinner. Tonight, you’ll have the choice between turning in for the night at the hotel, or for the more adventurous travellers, to sleep out under the stars!

DAY 4: FULL DAY RIDE THROUGH WADI EL RAYAN

After breakfast, the horses will be loaded up, and you will be driven about twenty minutes to the heart of Wadi El Rayan, one of Egypts most famous nature reserves. This area is packed full of gorgeous views, cascading waterfalls and towering rock formations. It is also home to some of Egypts most exclusive wildlife, including white gazelle, foxes and rare eagles. Upon arrival to the preserve, you will saddle up and ride out. Wadi El Rayan is one of the best places for a day of epic horse riding adventure. Enjoy full gallops through the golden sands and long canter stretches through picturesque scenery. 

After a full day in the saddle you’ll drive with the horses back to the stables and head off to a lovely local dinner before turning in for the night.

DAY 5: 4X4 SAFARI AT WADI EL HITAN

Today you will get the opportunity to test out our second favorite mode of transportation; 4 x 4s! Play on the epic sand dunes and cruise all the way to Whale Valley. Whale Valley is one of the worlds most fascinating archeologic sites. Here you can find the ancient, fossilized remains of now extinct whales. These fossils date back as far as 37 million years and outlines one of the worlds major stories of evolution. 

Late afternoon, you will be driven back to Cairo by car. Grab dinner and check into your lovely guesthouse overlooking the pyramids.

DAY 6: GIZA TRAIL AND TRAVEL TO LUXOR

Enjoy your last day in Cairo with a delicious breakfast before spending the morning exploring the Great Pyramids by horseback. Today the trails will take us around the back of these wondrous monuments and onto endless spaces of open ground. Share a thrilling gallop with your horse before a suptious lunch. All guests will fly from Cairo to Luxor around 17:30 (flight not included), arriving to the guest house in time to catch an authentic Egyptian dinner before settling in for the night.

DAY 7: COOKERY LESSON AND PHARAOHS TEMPLES

Today is all about authentic Egypt. Take a short tuk-tuk ride (or walk) through the village where you’ll arrive at a local home. Meet some wonderful local women who will teach you to cook fish and bake bread in a traditional stone oven. This is a relaxed morning with ‘the family’ where you will have the opportunity to 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 breathtaking views from horseback. You’re sure to get a feel for the vastness of the Valley from the unique perspective of your Arab’s saddle. Upon arrival, the team will tether up the horses and wait outside in the shade as you head off to explore the beautiful temples that have stood the ultimate test of time. Seti I was one of Egypt’s greatest rulers and builders, constructing one of the country’s most magnificent temples at Abydos and the Great Hypostyle Hall in Karnak, The artwork and architecture commissioned during Seti’s rule is rich and no expense was spared. You’ll also explore the royal palace and chapel built for Ramses I. Ramses II like his father was one of the greatest Pharaohs in ancient Egyptian history, and regarded as the most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom. His successors and later Egyptians called him the “Great Ancestor”. After a full day of history and culture, settle down at the guest house where a local chef will come to prepare a delicious dinner.

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

A trip to Luxor would not be complete without a sunrise hot air balloon ride! This is an optional add-on that can be arranged at the end of your trip. If you choose to take advantage of this opportunity, plan to get out for an early morning and hover above the stunning Valley of the Kings as the sun rises and casts spectacular shadows over this exquisite piece of history. What better grand finale to end your Egypt adventure?! Upon return to the Earth, head back to your hotel to pack up and say ma’salama to Egypt…until next time!

THE ACCOMMODATION

This horse riding holiday in Egypt offers a number of local, 3-star hotels. We have hand-selected some of our favorites to give you the opportunity to experience the most authentic Egyptian hospitality and culture. Hotels are also selected based on location, to allow access to the horses and attractions, plus an opportunity to dine out or shop in the evening. In Cairo, the hotels give you the best views of the Pyramids and tend to be slightly more touristy. In Luxor we have an intimate guest house nestled along the Nile River and in Fayoum, a luxurious desert oasis.

ACCOMMODATION IN CAIRO – ONE OF THE BELOW

Hotels might only be finalized a few weeks before your trip, but if you have any preferences or want to upgrade to a pyramid view room or more upmarket hotel, please let us know in advance.

Panorama Pyramids Inn 
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 
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
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 FAYOUM

Beit Ain el Haya
Tunis Village, in Fayoum, combines arts, adventure, relaxation, and agriculture in one charming place. Overlooking the serene Lake Qarun, this Egyptian village is home to one of the most famous pottery factories in the world. The accommodation is a charming guest house next to the stables. Relax in the cozy rooms with traditional decorations or go for a refreshing dip in the pool. Visit the on-site restaurant for fabulous local dishes.

ACCOMMODATION IN LUXOR

Villa Nile House
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, Fayoum & 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: £2 400 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, pyramids and oases 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.

2022/2023 Rates:
valid 01 September 2022 – 31 May 2023

Full Board 8 days/9 Nights
£2 400 PP SHARING + £120 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 GBP120 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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