Winter Wonderland – Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Cairo
Transfer to our authentic farm guesthouse close to Sakkara Pyramids.
Day 2: Welcome to the land of the Pharaohs – Riding at Giza and Abu Sir
Today we have two trail rides for you! In the morning we will visit one of the remaining ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the Great Pyramids of Giza, on horseback. This is a great ride, not only is the backdrop more than “photo ready” but the ride itself offers a mix of paces allowing you to get to know us and our horses therefore setting the scene for a Ride Egypt adventure!
After a morning in the saddle we will transfer to our horse farm in Abu Sir where the team will prepare a home-cooked lunch for you whilst you relax and sit in the sun watching the beautiful horses play in their paddocks.
After lunch you’ll have a couple of hours down time before we saddle up to ride at sunset in the desert. The deserts in this area offer wide open spaces and plenty of freedom to fly with the horses. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 3: Fayoum Transfer & Riding
After breakfast we will pack up and transfer by road to El Fayoum. Sensational riding, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, temples, tombs and the countryside – this is Egypt off the beaten track.
On arrival to the village of Tunis we shall check in to our guesthouse and have an early lunch. In the afternoon it’s time to saddle up for a 4 hour trail ride though the picturesque golden deserts on our doorstep. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 4: Full day Riding with desert dinner
Rise and shine, it’s the perfect time to ride and explore the stunning deserts 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.
Our team will prepare a dinner for your arrival on an open fire. You’ll watch the sunset and have dinner under the stars before later in the evening returning back to the guesthouse.
Day 5: Full day trail ride to Wadi El Hitan’s Magic Lake
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 so you can you can also enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes, go swimming or enjoy sitting by the amazing waterfall. Guesthouse stay overnight.
Days 6 & 7: Black & White Desert 4 x 4 safari
Working with a local family-run business, we offer a unique experience and go the extra mile to ensure you will have memories of the desert that will last a life time. The people of the oasis, or the Waḥātī people (meaning “of the oasis” in Arabic), are the descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the oasis, ancient tribes with connections to western Egypt and eastern Libya. These people keep have kept the secrets of the desert for generations.
White Desert National Park, camel safari & star light camping
Upon first glimpse of the 300-sq-km national park of the White Desert, you’ll feel like Alice through the looking-glass. 20km northeast of Farafra, on the east side of the road, blinding-white chalk rock spires sprout almost supernaturally from the ground, each a frost-coloured lollipop. White Desert, an “outdoor museum of contemporary art”. Walking around the White Desert feels like visiting an art museum.
Black Desert : Crystal Mountain : Agabat Valley
Visiting the Black Desert is like stepping onto a different planet – postcard-perfect golden dunes surrounded by fully black powder-covered hills. A stark contrast. Crystal Mountain: This is a large rock made entirely of quartz! It’s a special moment to climb to the top of a mountain made of crystal to enjoy panoramic views. Agabat Valley: A spectacular vision of white and gold limestone boulders that decorate an otherwise flat landscape.
Bahariya Oasis & Hot Springs
During the Middle Kingdom and especially during Roman times, this oasis was a centre of agriculture, producing wine sold in the Nile Valley and as far away as Rome. Its strategic location on the Libya–Nile Valley caravan route ensured it prospered into later ages. In recent years, stunning archaeological finds (such as that of the Golden Mummies) and easy access to the hot springs are one of the main attractions in this verdant area filled with palm trees and fresh fruits. The over 40°C sulphur-scented waters are perceived by many locals and visitors to hold healing properties. Evening Return to Cairo.
Day 8: Cairo Riding and Departure
We end our adventure in the same way we started, through the eyes of the Pharaohs, with our final ride at Giza Plateau. This last, fast-paced ride sees you flying to the top of the plateau with the pyramids as a backdrop. A BBQ lunch will be served before we ride back in time to shower before checking out and departure. Those continuing the Red Sea will transfer for their internal flight.
Optional Extension to Marsa Alam:
Day 9: Abu Dabbab National Park with Turtles
After breakfast you’ll be picked up to head to the National Park of Abu Dabbab where you’ll find white sand and amazing underwater treasures of pristine coral reefs and coloured fish. This area is particularly well known for its wild turtles and dugongs! You’ll be able to snorkel and explore an alien habitat beneath the waves, marvelling at the colours and variety of the sea life. Your day also includes a delicious lunch, freshly prepared and served on Abu Dabbab Beach. Dinner and overnight at your guesthouse.
Day 10: Relax & Ride
Today you’ll have the morning off to relax, with a beautiful 2-3 hour trail ride along the deserts and beach.
Day 11: Satayh Dolphin Reef
Today we are at sea again, just off the shores of Marsa Alam, to visit Satayh (‘Dolphin Reef’) where you’ll be snorkelling with a group of 60 – 80 dolphins. Watch how they play and dance in the water. This is a full day trip with these amazing animals, and you will also enjoy the delicious lunch served on board your boat.
Day 12: Sunrise Beach Trail and check out
We are up bright and early for your last morning to catch the sunrise on horseback. Watch the oranges and pinks over the sea as a new day dawns. Our trip is around 2-3 hours, after which you shall return for breakfast and have a few hours to relax before checking out at lunchtime. Those with later flights can book a late check out on the day locally.