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Horse Riding Holidays Egypt – Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs


PRICES & DATES top

Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs: Prices 2023

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

  • 7 nights$2,100
    • GBP: 1,880
    • EUR: 2,143
  • Single supplement – $391
    • GBP: 350
    • EUR: 399

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

Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs: Dates 2023

7th – 14th February
7th – 14th March

Included – All riding, English speaking guide, full board accommodation, transfers at set times, sight seeing (some minimal entrance fees payable), water on rides.

Excluded – Flights, Transfers outside set times, drinks, tips

Getting There
The simplest way to get there is to fly in to Cairo where your trip begins and fly out of Hurghada where the trip ends. There is an internal flight on day 3 between Cairo & Luxor.

Transfer
Please ask if you require airport transfers or meet and greet services.

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

This is a holiday filled with temples and tombs, pharaohs and phenomenon. Egypt is the land of allure and mystery which is best enjoyed on a multi-adventure week on horseback.

You’ll ride fabulous horses to explore local Bedouin villages and see temples up close, and of course you’ll float down the Nile River for a day enjoying classic Egyptian foods. You’ll visit the 7th Wonder of the World by horseback, swim with wild dolphins, go snorkelling and ride your horse in the Red Sea.

The ride is 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 under the skin of Egypt and meet the real people and explore the rich cultural landmarks this special place has to offer.

During this incredible week you’ll visit the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient Thebes, and the Royal Tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about ancient history while trying new things, Egypt will provide an experience of a lifetime.

This trip is designed for those that want to understand Egyptian culture, food and people. Although you will be traveling by horseback several days, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore this mystical place on foot, tuk-tuk, harong, camel and boat.

Highlights

  • Ride with your horse in the Red Sea
  • Visit the 7th Wonder of the World on horseback
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Canter along the coastline of the Red Sea

THE RIDING top

Palms Pyramids & Pharaoahs: Horses – Arab & Arab Crosses.

Palms Pyramids & Pharaoahs: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. Riders should be confident to canter in open spaces.

Tack – English, Western, Arabian & Australian Trail.

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

Palms Pyramids & Pharaoahs: Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

Your accommodation in Giza will be guest house style and personally chosen by Emma. All the properties have stunning views and are right in the heart of the action.

In Luxor you will stay on the West Bank at Villa Nile House. Villa Nile House is a charming guesthouse which offers excellent service. The house has been built using traditional materials in an oriental style – it has two roof terraces with views of both Luxor and Hatsheput temple. The grounds offer great relaxation with a flower garden, ‘Bedouin corner’, swimming pool and jacuzzi. The rooms are appropriately named: ‘Nefertiti’ and ‘Cleopatra’ are just two examples. Rooms have air-conditioning, LCD TVs and Wi-Fi. They have private bathrooms.

The location is perfect for those wishing to take an evening stroll, visit one of the charming Bedouin bars or restaurants along the Nile or visit one of the traditional shops offering keep sakes not found in standard tourist shops.

In Hurghada you stay at the Sweet Home Oasis Boutique Hotel right beside the beach where you can relax, feel the sand between your toes and watch some unforgettable sunsets. The hotel has 12 bedrooms offering modern accommodation and a warm & friendly atmosphere. Conveniently, the stables are only next door.

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 – Travel Day

Day 2 – After breakfast overlooking the Pyramids we will take a short walk to the stables to meet the horses and your adventure will begin. You will start your Egyptian journey with a ride to the Great Pyramids of Giza.
This is a 2-3 hour ride to meet the team and horses and give them the chance to introduce you to their home. Once you reach the iconic Pyramids, you will have time to explore these incredible 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. On your return you will be treated to a typical Egyptian buffet style lunch.
After lunch there will be time for a shower and change then head off to the Cairo Museum for a tour of Egyptian artefacts and Pharaonic artefacts.
The evening it is dinner at your hotel followed by the iconic Light & Sound show from the hotel rooftop.

Day 3 – Morning ride across the amazing deserts of Abu Sir. This is a fabulous spot for fast riding in open space and you will be in the saddle for around 3 hours.
After lunch travel to Sakkara by car and with your Egyptology guide. Saqqara 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. We’ll also visit the Serapeum of Saqqara where we will enter a series of tunnels to see the sarcophagi of the Apis bulls, sacred to the god, Ptah.
It is then time to travel to the airport (you might need to go in your riding gear depending on time), for the internal flight to Luxor.
Arrive in Luxor in time for dinner and relax in the evening.

Day 4 – No riding this morning, instead you will be introduced to the land of the Pharaohs and given an insight in to why the Valley of the Kings is so important. Visit 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, they built their crypts in the hills of this barren tract of land which lies west of Luxor, now called the ‘Valley of the Kings’ or the ‘Valley of the Dead’. You will have the chance to visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.
Your morning continues onto the Temple of Hatshepsut, the most famous female in Egyptian history. She not only had the longest reign of any Egyptian female, but is also regarded as one of the most successful rulers in Egyptian history. Under Hatshepsut, Egypt explored, built, and grew. This temple reflects the stunning beauty of these important figures – there are three layered terraces reaching 29.5 metres (97 ft) tall. The terraces are connected by long ramps which were once surrounded by gardens with foreign plants including frankincense and myrrh trees.
To complete the history circle your last stop is at Carters House (who discovered Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the 1990’s) – this is rarely visited in standard tourist packages and yet is one of the most interesting buildings to be found in Luxor. It’s a simple but mesmerising piece of history, a step back in time and a house full of actual happenings. You can see the photo lab he 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 for us in our Luxor itinerary.

Optional Extra ticket: £50 Our trip has an optional extra to visit Valley of the Queens (where wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times). In those days it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning “the place of beauty”. There are few figures from ancient Egypt who have captured our imaginations as vividly as Nefertiti. Living in the mid-14th century BCE, Nefertiti was the model of ancient Egyptian beauty and a one of the most powerful queens of the ancient world. As wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti may have helped influence Egypt’s adoption of the monotheistic worship of the sun deity Aten. Traditionally believed to be the stepmother of Tutankhamun, she helped raise the famous boy-king. This is one of the most stunning tombs in all Egypt and although an expensive entry fee, this should not discourage visitors from witnessing such unimaginable beauty so well preserved.
After lunch you will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables and introduced to the horses. The Bedouin style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile boasting several boxes and lush plantation fields. Here you will find Arabian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields and almost sparkling in the sunshine against the backdrop of the mountains. The yard is home to horses, donkeys and camels and very much holds a ‘farm atmosphere’.
The first riding trip is relaxed and gives you a chance to get to know the team and horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day. Ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you can see the buffalo grazing along the banks. You will ride for 2-3 hours then return to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8pm at a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor!

Day 5 – Enjoy the ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs. This is a full day of riding (expect to be in the saddle for 6 hours) and please prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with their riders and they are good-natured, quick to learn and willing to please.
You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. Mid-morning you will learn how sure-footed the horses are as you ride behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes with panoramic views of Luxor.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and the ride home will take you past The Colossi of Memnon are 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 the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with the horses.
After Karnak visit Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.

Day 6 – Today is a special sunrise riding trip with the horses to the Valley of the Kings. Watch in awe as the sunrises over the Valley of the Kings whilst hot air balloons light up the sky. Ride past Ramesseum temple, the Cossai of Memnon and the giant statues of Tutankhamun’s grandfather. Breakfast will be out with the horses overlooking Habu Temple. You will return to your hotel around 11am.
After showering and changing it’s before starting our drive to the Red Sea and Hurghada. The aim is to arrive for sunset to enjoy sundowners overlooking the beach. The end to a fun packed day!

Day 7 – You will have the morning off to relax and enjoy the sea or kick back in the pool! After an early lunch it is time to explore the eastern desert by 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 trip would be complete without a not to be missed swimming with horses experience. This is the grand finale to an amazing week! Ride time is around 3 hours.
Check out is at 11.30am. For those wishing to stay for lunch or later departure are most welcome to stay on for an extra charge payable locally.
There is also an option to stay on an extra day and do a full day boat trip to Dolphin House where you can snorkel in the Red Sea and swim with wild dolphins. This is an extra £200 per person and includes all meals and an extra night with check out on day 9 at 11am. Please ask if you require airport transfers.

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