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Horse Riding Holidays Egypt – Fairytale of Fayoum

PRICES & DATES top

Fairytale of Fayoum: Prices 2023

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Rates are quoted per person sharing. All trips are fixed departure dates with some flexibility.

  • 8 nights$2,904
    • GBP: 2,600
    • EUR: 2,964
  • Single supplement – $782
    • GBP: 700
    • EUR: 798

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Fairytale of Fayoum: Dates 2023

25th February – 4th March

Included – All riding, English speaking guide, full board accommodation, all meals, soft drinks & local beer,  all transfers, personal meet & greet at airport on arrival in Cairo, sight seeing (some minimal entrance fees payable), sunrise hot air balloon trail in Luxor, domestic flight between Cairo & Luxor.

Excluded – International flights, tips, wine & spirits

Getting There
Arrival airport Cairo & departure airport Luxor

Transfer
All airport transfers are included. You will be met by your driver on arrival at Cairo airport.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Discover Fayoum, a place of picturesque landscapes where you can ride uninterrupted for miles and miles. This new ride “Fairytale Fayoum” is focused on the beautiful and unspoilt destination ending with time in Luxor.

Run by British woman Emma Jane Levin who has made Egypt her home and combines great riding on fabulous horses with fantastic cultural days. Like many of our trips you will get experience the authentic Egyptian hospitality, food and accommodation.

The adventure begins in Cairo where you will experience an exhilarating ride in the open desert to see the Pyramids and visit the Sphinx. After lunch at a local restaurant, it is back to your hotel to get ready to leave for Fayoum by road. The drive takes around an hour and a half. Spend the night in a gorgeous guest house in Tunis Village will a real Egyptian feel.

Explore Fayoum on horseback and swim with your horse in the Magic Lake (so called as it changes colour several times a day). Surrounded by desert you can enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes, there will be plenty of long canters and gallops – expect an epic time in the saddle!

Glamp in the desert staying in luxury tents or igloos and dine under the stars.

You will also enjoy a 4×4 safari at Wadi El Hitan, play on the sand tunes and visit Whale Valley, home to invaluable fossil remains.

It is then back to Cairo and you will have options to ride around the Pyramids or take a non-riding guided tour of Cairo’s new museum and a chance to see the royal mummies up close.

Your last few days will be spent in Luxor staying in 5-star accommodation. You have options spend more time in the saddle or take in cultural sites such as the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple.

Visit the Colossi of Memnon and the desert of Mount Thebes on a beautiful sunset ride.

Last day and it is a special one! Rise before sunrise and saddle up in the dark before heading out to the desert to witness the kaleidoscope of colours across the horizon as day breaks and the hot air balloons fly over the desert.

Highlights

  • Ride around the Pyramids.
  • Explore Fayoum on Horseback & swim with your horse in the Magic Lake.
  • 4×4 safari at Wadi El Hitan.
  • Sunset ride to the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Get the chance to swim with Dolphins at Makadi Bay’s Dolphin House.
  • Sunrise hot air balloon trail

THE RIDING top

Fairytale Fayoum: Horses – Arab, Arab Crosses & Balady (local breed)

Fairytale Fayoum: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. Lots of long canters and gallops in open space.

Tack – English style GP, endurance, treeless & Western saddles available.

Weight Restriction – 15 stones / 100 kg / 220 lbs.

Fairytale Fayoum: Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

Your arrival night in Cairo will be spent at the Marriott Mena House.  A frequent stop for dignitaries and celebrities, this 5-star hotel offers travellers a taste of modern luxury. Inside, relax in upscale hotel rooms with indulgent bedding, marble bathrooms and private balconies with fantastic views of the pool, gardens or the Pyramids. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, work out in the 24-hour gym, heal in the spa and indulge at the restaurants.

In Fayoum you will have 2 nights in an authentic guest house in Tunis village. Stay with the local villagers in this gorgeous accommodation and experience life in Real Egypt.

Remal el Rayan is your luxury glamping accommodation, indulge yourself in this one-of-a-kind glamping experience. Set in the heart of the desert the camp offers luxury accommodation and panoramic views of the national park.

In Luxor you will stay in the Luxor Djoff Palace and the Al Moudria hotel. Both are five-star opulent hotels offering the finest in luxury accommodation, facilities and food.

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.

Horse Riding Holidays on the Luxor and Makadi Bay Adventure are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding holidays Australia.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1 – You’ll be met by your private driver inside the airport who will take you to your luxury accommodation overlooking the majestic pyramids.

Day 2 – Pick up around 10am and you will make the short transfer to Giza pyramids for your first ride. This ride is exhilarating due to the scenery and the varied paces to be enjoyed across the open desert. After riding visit the Sphinx with a guide before dining at a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch you’ll return to your hotel to shower and change before transferring by road to Fayoum. The drive takes around 1.5 hours. Check in at your luxury accommodation overnight.

Day 3 – The Magic Lake is an obscure but beautiful lake – it got its name because it changes its colours several times each day, depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight it receives. It is a brilliant place surrounded by desert where you can enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes and go swimming with the horses in the lake. This is a half day ride and spend the afternoon relaxing back at your hotel.

Day 4 – You are in the perfect place to ride and explore the stunning desert and its rock formations. You will drive for around 20 minutes with the horses to start your trip in the heart of the national park! The scenery is picturesque and goes on as far as the eye can see, it’s THE place for riders to enjoy plenty of fun canters and gallops. This really is an epic day in the saddle and expect to ride for around 6 hours. Tonight, you will dine under the stars and sleep in luxury tents or igloos.

Day 5 – Today you are going off-road by 4 x 4 safari to play on the sand dunes and visit 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. Late afternoon you will drive by car back to Cairo. Overnight at your hotel Mena house for a cocktail and dinner.

Day 6 –Enjoy a relaxing morning and breakfast. There are a few options before your flight to Luxor in the afternoon:

  • For saddle junkies, another speedy spin around the pyramids.
  • For history lovers a guided tour of Cairos new stunning museum and a chance to see the royal mummies up close and personal.
  • For those who want to relax, enjoy the morning to yourself and some pool time.

Day 7 – Due to the popularity of Luxor we have created two experiences – those for returning guests who do not wish to sightsee again but would rather dedicate their time in the saddle, and those who are new to Luxor and wish to combine both riding and sightseeing into their stay. In the evening all guests will enjoy dinner and belly dancing lessons on the Nile.

  • Option 1: Non-riding tour of The Valley of the Kings followed by lunch and an introductory ride.
  • Option 2: Full day trail ride.


Day 8
– Option 1: Non-riding tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum, followed by lunch and a sunset trail ride to the Colossi of Memnon and the desert of Mount Thebes.
Alternatively – Option 2: Full day trail ride.

Day 9 – The sunrise balloon trail is an iconic trip and even if you have done it once you will relish the chance to do it again! Rise just before sunrise when it’s dark, saddle up and head to the desert to witness the kaleidoscope of colours across the horizon as the day breaks and the hot air balloons fly over the desert. Return to the guesthouse for breakfast and a couple of hours to relax before checking out at 11.30. Late checks out are available on request at a small extra charge.

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All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

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