Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Cairo
Check in to your hotel (please ask if you require airport transfers or meet and greet services)
Day 2: Giza ride & Cairo museum
Where else could such an epic Egyptian celebration begin other than with a trail ride to the Great Pyramids of Giza! After breakfast overlooking the pyramids we will take a short walk to our stables where our adventures begin.
This is a 2-3 hour introductory trip to meet our teams and horses whilst welcoming you to our home. Once we reach the iconic Pyramids, you will have time to explore these breathtaking 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. Once we return back with the horses we will treat you to a typical Egyptian buffet for lunch.
After lunch you’ll have time to shower and change before we head off to Cairo Museum for a non riding tour! Cairo Museum, home to a host of Egyptian artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. It plays host to more than 120,000 pieces of ancient Egypt.
After an action packed day we will return to the hotel for dinner and see the iconic Light and Sound show on the roof of our hotel.
Day 3: Riding at Abu Sir – Non-Riding Tour of Saqqara and Memphis – Fly to Luxor
We are back in the saddle for our morning ride across the amazing deserts of Abu Sir. This is one of our favourite spots for really letting our horses go wild. With so much space, there really is the opportunity to open up and fly without wings! Our riding trip is around three hours long and after some lunch, we will continue onto our afternoon adventures.
Ride EgyptWe will visit Sakkara by car and with our 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.
Ptah was the local god of the town of Memphis, our next location. He was a patron of artisans and craftsman and was also considered a creator god. Memphis was founded in 2925 BC and the Egyptian king Menes helped to unite upper Egypt and lower Egypt. In fact, it was the capital during the Old Kingdom. Memphis is an open-air museum with many things to see, such as a statue of Rameses II and the famous 80-tonne Sphinx made from one gigantic piece of alabaster.
At some point in the day we will stop for lunch! We can’t say when as we want to spend as many hours in the saddle as we can for our ride and then the non riding side. Rest assured you will be fed but may end up at the airport in your riding clothes as we are off to our next stop late afternoon / early evening… that’s right! It’s time to head to Luxor!
All guests will need to purchase an internal flight between Cairo and Luxor. We will tell you which one. They are cheap and less than an hour flight time. We usually fly at 5-6pm Cairo time to allow us to arrive in time for dinner in Luxor and some time to relax In the evening.
Day 4: Luxor – Prayer Call and Breakfast – Afternoon Trail Ride
Luxor is home to Ride Egypt HQ, the home of many of our staff, their families and our horses. In Luxor we want to show you life off the beaten track… how we live, farm, grow our own food for our horses, and part of that is to learn to eat like an Egyptian!
Today you will attend ‘Eid el Fitr’ prayer and come back to our stable to meet the horses, the team and have breakfast with us at home. Whether you’re Muslim or not, it’s an amazing atmosphere.
You’ll learn to make bread and share local dishes with our Ride Egypt family. Some of the most famous dishes are vegetarian: Foul Medames, Ta’amiyah, Koshari (a mix of rice, pasta, chickpeas, lentils, fried onions, tomato and garlic sauce), Fatta (rice with moistened bread, garlic and tomato sauce) and Molokheyah (you have to try it to know what it’s like), stuffed vine leaves, zucchini (courgette), eggplants (aubergine) and bell peppers. For the sweet tooth Halawa is the treat.
After a morning of traditions, you’ll have a few hours to relax before our first riding trip in the afternoon. Our first ride is a laidback introduction to life here. We will visit the local villages, canter along the Nile and follow sandy trails through banana plantations with mountain views in the background. It’s not a fast-paced ride, but a lovely mix of paces throughout.
Day 5: Non-riding tour day
- Valley of the Kings
- Nobles and workers tombs
- Tutankhamun & Carter’s House
- Hatshepsut Temple
- Lunch on a motorboat crossing the Nile from west to east
- Karnak temple
- Horse drawn carriage
- Markets and shopping
- Avenue of Sphinxes
- Luxor Temple
- Mummification museum
- Luxor museum
As history goes, this has got to be one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring leaps back in time you could ever imagine. Today, we retrace the steps of the Pharaohs throughout the Valley of the Kings Tombs, including those of Tutankhamun and Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.
This is also the location of the tomb of Tutankhamun, where on November 26, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb, discovering an immense collection of gold and treasures. On February 16, 1923, Carter opened the innermost chamber and found the sarcophagus of King Tut. When asked what he could see, Howard Carter wasn’t able to answer: he could barely speak because he was gazing on the most amazing archaeological discovery ever made.
Queen Hatshepsut is distinguished in history for being one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. She was also a woman and is generally regarded as one of the first female historical figures whose exploits are known to modern historians. Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom. The dates of her reign are debated by historians, but she is thought to have ruled Egypt for 22 years from 1470 to 1458 BC.
East Bank of Luxor including Karnak Temple, Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Karnak Temple dates from around 2055 BC to around 100 AD. It is a cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu and is the largest religious building ever constructed.
✅ for those who do not wish to go site seeing, we can offer an alternative full day trail ride with lunch for £125pp.
✅ Alternatively for sailing fans a full day sailing the Nile from £160pp including private crew, lunch and sundowners.
Day 6: Sunrise trail ride – transfer to the Red Sea
Sunrise riding trip with the horses to valley of the kings has become one of our most famous trips!
Watch in awe as the sunrises over valley of the kings whilst hot air balloons light up the sky. We will ride past ramesseum temple, the Cossal of Memnon and the giant statues of Tutankhamuns grandfather. Breakfast will be out with the horses overlooking Habu Temple. You will return to your hotel around 11am.
Ride EgyptAfter showering and changing it’s before starting our drive to the Red Sea and Hurghada. We always aim to arrive for sunset to our enjoy sundowners overlooking the beach. The end to a fun packed day!
Day 7: 4 hour trail ride
You will have the morning off to relax and enjoy the sea or kick back in the pool! After an early lunch we will pick you up 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: Swimming with horses and departure
No trip would be complete without our famous swimming with horses experience. This is the grande finale to an amazing week.
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 our full day boat trip to Dolphin House where you can snorkel in the Red Sea and swim with wild dolphins. This is an extra £150 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.