From £599 per person based on 2 sharing

Our authentic Egyptian experience, ‘Captivating Cairo’ takes in the sights and sounds of Egypt’s bustling capital city – its museums bursting at the seams with history, hectic ‘souqs’ full of banter and cafés filled with clouds of aromatic shisha, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the seven classic ‘Wonders of the World’ on horseback.

Staying in a stunning guesthouse close to and with views of the Pyramids of Giza, you will experience ‘Real Egypt’, the heart-warming local hospitality of these wonderful people and saddle up for two long, but unforgettable rides into the depths of history that Egypt is renowned for.

Day 1 – What better way to start out adventures in Cairo then with a stunning 2 hour ride to the 7th Wonder the World – the Great Pyramids of Giza. You will ride to the pyramids and dismount, and whilst the guides tend to the horses you will have time to explore these breathtaking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried, before riding to the mythical Sphinx with its body of a lion and head of a human.

A delicious lunch will be provided before we head back to the hotel to shower and change ready for our afternoons sunset desert ride, where you can fly with your horse in the desert with the Great Pyramids of Egypt in the backdrop. Awe inspiring!

Day 2 – Non riding morning. Immerse yourself further into Egypt’s history as your own private guide leads the way with an unmissable visit to the famous Egyptian Museum. Follow this with a stroll through Khan el-Khalili bazaar and a visit to Cairo’s most popular Islamic attraction – the Alabaster Mosque.

Housing 165,000 Egyptian artifacts, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo attracts millions of visitors a year. The highlight for most are the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun. His 6 gold gilded coffins dominate the main hall, while his magnificent death mask is the must-see item of the day.

Your guide will introduce you to the most important pieces before allowing you free time to explore the museum at leisure.

The Alabaster Mosque at the Citadel of Salah el-Din sits atop a limestone hill overlooking Cairo and is the most important mosque in the city.

Still used as a place of worship today by the Muslims of Cairo, the architectural masterpiece opens its doors to visitors of all faiths. The lower part of the Mosque is clad inside and out with Alabaster, while the top part is constructed from the limestone cladding removed from the Pyramids of Giza.Inside the mosque your guide will introduce you to the basics of the beliefs of Islam, including a translation of the most common prayers.

Continuing to Khan el Khalili bazaar, your guide will give you an introduction to the famous markets which claim to have inspired Christopher Columbus to discover the USA.

Enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir of your trip to Egypt.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites during the tour. In addition you will have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish.

Day 3 – takes us on a magical 6 hour trail ride starting early in the morning. Our first stop will be Abu Sir Pyramids.

Unlike Giza, these Pyramids are rarely visited by tourists and remain ‘un-walled’ which means we are able to ride inside, get off and really explore. Here we will also have a refreshing ‘cuppa’ or ‘shay’ as it is known in Arabic, with the local ‘Boab’ before heading off for late breakfast which is provided at nearby restaurant.

Our ride takes us to Sakkara Pyramids, best known for the ‘Step Pyramid’, the oldest of Egypt’s 97 pyramids built in the Third Dynasty for Kind Djoser. Both Sakkara and Abu Sir served as cemeteries for the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis so are bursting with ancient Egyptian history.

Our trail ride finishes early afternoon allowing late check out at your hotel and evening flights home after your incredible adventures!

Accommodation

£599 per person based on 2 sharing our comfort rooms at Best View Pyramids Hotel (Bed and Breakfast). There’s an optional upgrade to the luxurious Mena House for £899 (half board).

Meals are included, but payable locally are drinks (soft and alcoholic), museum & temple entry fees, and tips.

Mena House, Cairo

The tranquility and fresh, sweet breezes have attracted royalty, the rich and famous to this magical location for 150 years, offering an irresistible escape from the bustling city of Cairo just 45 minutes away.

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