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Egypt - Fairytale of Fayoum
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Horse Riding Holidays Egypt – Fairytale of Fayoum

PRICES & DATES top

Fairytale of Fayoum: Prices 2024

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

  • 8 nights$4,803
    • GBP: 3,800
    • EUR: 4,442
  • Single supplement – $1,580
    • GBP: 1,250
    • EUR: 1,461

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

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, sunrise hot air balloon trail in Luxor

Excluded – International flights, tips, wine & spirits, attraction entrance tickets, domestic flight between Cairo & Luxor

Fairytale of Fayoum: Dates 2024

26 January – 3 February fully booked
2 – 10 March

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.

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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
Throw open those curtains! It’s truly a ‘pinch yourself moment’ as right outside your window is the most iconic landmark in Egypt, The Great Pyramids of Giza, there to welcome you on your first day of your trip of a lifetime. Next it’s time to pop down for a delicious, luxury buffet breakfast before heading off on the first ride.
Having talked so much about the Great Pyramids our first ride together could only be there! This ride is exhilarating due to the scenery, the forward-going horses and the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities! Ride time is approximately 2 hours.
After our ride we will visit the mythological and legendary Sphinx, estimated to be approximately 4500 years old – our Egyptology guide will share the secrets of the area with you. We stop off for some lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel to shower, relax and check out before we leave for our road transfer to Fayoum. The drive takes around 1.5 hours. Check in at our accommodation, dinner and overnight

Day 3
Today you have a free morning to take a walk to the pottery school, dip in the pool or just relax. This morning is all yours to do as you wish.
The Magic Lake is an obscure but beautiful lake and the destination of today’s 3-4 hour riding trip. Interestingly 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’s like a natural kaleidoscope.
As a riding location it is beautiful! It is surrounded by desert where you can race your horses and climb sand dunes, you’ll love the way these sure-footed horses explore and enjoy the open landscapes. Relaxing trails and speedy gallops, this place has it all. Overnight at our accommodation.

Day 4
Wadi El Rayan is one of Egypt’s most famous nature reserves and you are in the perfect place to ride and explore its breathtaking desert and rock formations. 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.
The day is around 6 hours in the saddle with various paces and includes lunch on the way. Dinner in the desert, for this evening there will be a choice to sleep in a private tent under the stars, or return to the lodge.

Day 5
Today we are going off-road with a 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. 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. We will also visit Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls.
The waterfalls in Wadi El Rayan are a natural phenomenon and are considered to be the largest waterfalls in Egypt. Wadi El Rayan is distinguished by its springs in the middle of the desert and small cascades. During the day we will stop for lunch along the way. Sand-boarding at sunset ends our adventurous day before we hit the road again and drive back to Cairo. Overnight and dinner at Mena House in Cairo.

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 with us to being 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 at a local restaurant.

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

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
Sail high over the famous monuments of Luxor on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You’ll get unmatched aerial views and photo ops as your private guide provides insightful narrative.
You will return to your hotel for breakfast around 9am, having a few hours to relax and enjoy the facilities and pool before checking out at 12.00. Late checks out are available on request at an extra charge (payable locally).

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