Designed for those wanting to visit Egypt in the summer but looking to beat the heat. This fun adventure covers great riding and the best site seeing in caior Luxor and the Red Sea.
Day 1: Arrive Cairo and overnight at hotel. Dinner on own account.
Day 2: An early start today to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. A short journey brings us to the horses who wait patiently, eager to take you on your first adventure, an exciting ride across the desert to the pyramids at Giza.
These proud horses are in their element out in the sand dunes. Here you will witness first-hand the incredible energy, bravery and stamina of the Egyptian horse as you watch the sun rise above the mighty pyramids, iconic structures synonymous with Egypt and the ancient world. Back to the hotel for breakfast and a quick freshen up before a non-riding tour of the pyramids and the sphinx.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in town followed by a visit to the Cairo Museum, home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. A walking tour of Cairo’s bustling street market scene completes the day, sampling sumptuous, authentic Egyptian cuisine. A short, evening flight will take us down to Luxor, our base for the next two days.
Day 3: Today we visit the legendary Valley of the Kings, home to 63 magnificent tombs, along with an Egyptologist whose knowledge will transport you back to the land of the Pharaohs.
Here you will marvel at the tombs’ intricate hieroglyphs and the sheer size of these well-preserved catacombs. A little further down the valley we will also visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, considered one of the most impressive mortuary temples in all of Egypt.
After lunch there will be the opportunity to ride if the heat allows, followed by a journey down the River Nile by boat to Karnak temple where we will enjoy the evening sound and light show. Karnak’s imposing presence is even more atmospheric by night- a visual experience not to be missed. Dinner on the boat and overnight at hotel.
Day 4: A very special morning. We rise before dawn, making the short journey to the stables in darkness. We mount our horses and ride out into the deserted streets with the sun a mere glow on the horizon. We make our way out into farmland, trotting along rural tracks, until there before us is the Valley of the Kings.
Bathed in the light of the morning sun, scores of hot air balloons rise gracefully into the sky like lanterns. The overall sight is breath-taking, but it is truly unique when enjoyed from the back of a beautiful Egyptian horse. We stop for breakfast overlooking Habu Temple and have time for a fascinating tour of the site before the return ride.
A mid-morning stop at the world famous Luxor temple and museum completes today’s historical sites and we return to the hotel for lunch. After showering we journey north-east to Hurghada on the Red Sea, endeavouring to arrive in time for a spectacular sunset. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: A highlight of our riding holidays is swimming with the horses in the crystal-clear Red Sea. The horses love the cool, refreshing waters and glide effortlessly across the bay, their tails streaming out like banners behind them. This is one of the many fantastic photo opportunities on this riding holiday, and if you fancy turning it up a notch there is the chance to take part in a professional photoshoot in the afternoon (additional cost) complete with hair, make-up and flowing dresses!
We celebrate the end of our spectacular mini break with a trip into Hurghada old town to sample the delights of their extensive fish market. This market is a must for local culture as well as delicious fresh seafood. The colourful marina also offers some last-minute shopping! A perfect end to a wonderful trip, feasting on fresh fish by the sea as the sun sets on our last evening.
Optional Extension – Day 6: Full day swimming and snorkelling with wild dolphins. This is an extra £250 including a hotel on night 5 for a shared room, or £300 for a single. Please message us for more info.