Riders approaching the pyramids in Egypt

Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs

A riding holiday filled with adventure, culture and mystery. You will be riding fabulous Arabian horses, exploring local villages and seeing Egyptian temples up close. Admire the Pyramids of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, gallop across the desert and ride to the Red Sea. During this incredible, culture-packed week you will visit the fascinating city of Cairo, ancient Thebes and the Royal Tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. This holiday is designed for those who want to understand the Egyptian culture, food and people while also travelling on horseback through this mystical land.
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Trail Riding
8 days (3 days riding)
From £1,549
Open to non-riders

From the horse’s mouth

  • Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs
    May 2019 Lisa aged 70
    This trip was a dream come true! The horses, mounted guides and tour guides were wonderful. The museums and temples were spectacular. Food was great. I wish I could bring Sultan (my horse in Luxor) home with me! Thanks for a great time. First mare in Cairo was too much horse for me. (Ex "dancing horse"?) Second mare... Read all
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    A riding holiday you are not soon to forget!



- Discover three incredible destinations in one holiday (Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
- Enjoy a variety of adventures and activities: riding, swimming and exploring on foot.
- Witness the Great Pyramids of Giza and the mythical Sphinx.
- Be immersed in the Egyptian culture, history, food and people.
- Fly across the desert on powerful Arabian horses and take them for a swim in the Red Sea (weather dependent)
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - HURGHADA

    Fly to Hurghada, Egypt (flight not included). You will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the night.

    Flights are available via EasyJet from Gatwick to Hurghada twice a week. Transfers are included between 08:00 am and 8:00 pm, outside these hours a private transfer can be organised at an additional cost (please see "dates and prices")

    Please note: We recommend arrival flights to Hurghada and departure flights from Cairo. If it is more convenient to arrive and depart from the same airport then you can use either Hurghada or Cairo but you will then need a short internal flight from one to the other at the start or end of your holiday. Please contact us and we will be happy to help with your travel arrangements.
  • Day 2 2 : HURGHADA - 3-4 hrs riding

    This morning you will meet the horses and head off into the desert to explore the vast golden stretches of sand that surround Hurghada. The immensity of the desert will allow you to enjoy some lovely canters and possibly the first gallops of the day in the warming morning sunshine.

    After an hour in the saddle, you will head down to the coast and cool off in the sea with the horses (weather dependent). Swimming and splashing around in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea with your horse will be truly a memorable experience, followed by a delicious lunch on the beach and some time to relax.

    As the sun starts to set and the heat begins to fade, you will saddle up again for a 2 hour late afternoon ride.

    Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 3 3 : HURGHADA-LUXOR - 3.5H drive

    Today, get ready to set sail for some non-riding fun exploring the underwater beauty of the Red Sea. With a snorkel and a mask you will lower yourself into "Dolphin House" where you will surely come face-to-face with wild dolphins, colourful fish and coral.

    After a great time under the sea you will be transferred to Luxor. The drive from Hurghada to Luxor is very scenic. In the evening arrive at your accommodation.
  • Day 4 4 : LUXOR - 4-5 hrs riding

    You will find Luxor to be very different from Hurghada, but quaint and fascinating in its very own way. Once you have met the horses you will experience an introduction to "Real Egypt" as you will be riding through traditional villages and sugar cane fields until reaching Banana Island. At Banana Island you will stop for a refreshing drink before winding your way back along the River Nile for lunch at the hotel.

    After lunch you will saddle up and ride to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III - Medinet Habu. This temple located in the West Bank of Luxor was very important during the New Kingdom period because of its size and architecture. In order to explore this well preserved temple, you will leave the horses with the guides and head inside for a private tour.

    Overnight at the guesthouse.
  • Day 5 5 : LUXOR -PRIVATE TOUR AND GUIDE - no riding

    This morning, after breakfast you will be leaping back in time while exploring Egypt's ancient landmarks. You will retrace the steps of the Pharaohs and visit the famous "Valley of the Kings Tombs". There you will encounter the tombs of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutankhamen. For a period of nearly 500 years this Valley was a special place where rock cut tombs were excavated only for Pharaohs and powerful nobles during the New Kingdom period.

    After a very cultural and historical morning, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. There will be time for some rest before the evening activity, a sunset cruise down the Nile for dinner.

    Overnight at the guesthouse.
  • Day 6 6 : LUXOR-CAIRO - No riding

    Today you will need to wake up early if you wish to enjoy a sunrise balloon tour over the city of Luxor (optional but recommended and not included). In the early morning you will be able to tick yet a few boxes off your bucket list: discover the East Bank of Luxor including the Karnak Temple, the Avenue of Sphinxes, the Luxor Museum and the Luxor Temple.

    The Karnak Temple dates back to 2055BC to around 100AD and is the largest religious building ever constructed. This sight is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world, leaving only to imagination what it must have been like back then. Moving to your next destination you will explore the Avenue of Sphinxes, an avenue of human-headed sphinxes stretching for almost 3km that used to connect the temples of Karnak and Luxor.

    Luxor temple is the reason why Luxor earned the nickname "World's Largest Outdoor Museum". This temple was built on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. The temple is very well preserved and you will be able to see a large amount of the structure, statuary and relief carvings still intact. Adding to its allure, you will be able to observe how the modern city begins on one side and the Nile drifts by on the other.

    In the evening you will be transferred to the airport where you will take a short domestic flight to Cairo. Please note this flight is not included but can be booked on request. Once you land in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel or guesthouse for a good night's sleep.
  • Day 7 7 : CAIRO - 2hrs riding

    Meet your horse for the day and head to visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Get in the saddle for a 2-hour trail ride around the Pyramid and the Ancient Sphinx! Once you reach the iconic Pyramids, you will have some time to explore the breathtaking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried. Then you will visit the mythical Sphinx and enjoy lunch with a stunning view of the Pyramids.

    No visit to Cairo can be complete without visiting the Cairo Museum home to countless Egyptian artefacts and the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities.

    Night at a hotel or guesthouse
  • Day 8 8 : CAIRO-EUROPE

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

    Transfers are included between 08:00 am and 8:00 pm, outside these hours a private transfer can be organised at an additional cost (please see "dates and prices".)

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights are not included, but can be booked upon request. Rates are per person and based on two riders sharing a twin or double room.

- The domestic flight to Cairo on day 6 is not included.

- The group is made of 2-15 riders maximum plus local team.

- Single room supplement: £355. Not applicable if willing to share.

- Transfers: not included and invoiced before you go. If flying into Hurghada (between 08:00 am and 08:00 pm) and out of Cairo (between 08:00 am and 08:00 pm) on the last day, this is £120.

- Hot air balloon over Luxor: £135 per person (payable locally)

- Children aged 8+ are welcome on this ride provided they match the riding requirements. Families with children will be offered "family weeks" independent from our normally scheduled weeks that are tailored for adults and solo riders. Please contact us and we will make a plan.

There is a small entry fee to the temples that may feature on your visit. Prices payable locally:

East Bank:

Karnak Temple – 100le
Avenue of Sphinxes – Free
Luxor Museum – 100le
Luxor Temple – 100le
Mummification Museum – 100le

West Bank:

Valley of the Kings – 150le
Seti I Tomb – 1000le
Tutenkamun Tomb – 200le
Carters House – 60le
Hatshepsut Temple – 80le
Colossi of Memnon – Free
Habu Temple – 60le
Stone Factory – Free
Valley of the Queens – 150le
Tomb of Queen Nefertari – 1000le
Nobles Tombs – 80le
Workers Tombs – 80le


Cairo Museum: 60le admission, Royal Mummies Room 100le, and Centennial Gallery 10le.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

English-speaking horse guide


1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 support vehicle
A team of grooms

Inland transport

Land transfers mentioned in the programme


Full board accommodation in guesthouses or hotel
Mineral water

Price doesn't include


Beverages and personal extras
Breakfast and lunch on D1, lunch and dinner on the last day


International flights
Return airport transfers


Tips to the local team - $100 given on the first day to the guide
Entry fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary (around £30-50)
Hot air balloon over Luxor (£135 per person)


Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
Visas and personal purchase. You will have to purchase a tourist visa at the airport (around £20)



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Equestrian info


You will find three types of horses: Arab, Arabian Cross and Baladi. They are renowned for their stamina and are ideal for long distance rides in the Egyptian desert. Each location (Hurghada, Luxor, Cairo) has its own stable so you will be riding different horses during the trip.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You must be a rider of at least an intermediate level, meaning that you must be comfortable on a horse at all paces (walk, trot and canter). You should be used to riding over different types of terrain. The horses are sensible and well mannered but they are fit and forward-going, not suitable for novice riders.

There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs.


The main pace of the trail is the walk, with good opportunities for trots and canters. When riding in Hurghada there will be opportunities for gallops across the desert, whereas the rides in Luxor and Cairo are slower since they will focus on the cultural experience.

Tacking ability and participation

Everyone normally helps looking after the horses and tacking up, although this is not mandatory.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

Having some trail riding experience is a bonus, but this is not mandatory. Reasonable health and fitness levels are required. Please note that some of the days are non-riding days: this holiday is designed for you to embrace the Egyptian culture, their local customs and ancient history.

Equestrian equipment

English or Endurance tack.
Treeless and Western saddles are also available. No saddlebags.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info


In Hurghada you will be staying in a 3* hotel with wifi, TV and pool. In Luxor you will spend nights at a guesthouse of excellent standards and hospitality. In Cairo you will be offered a 2-3* hotel based on availability.


All meals are provided for on this riding holiday.

Breakfast: Pancakes, juice, bread, cheese and eggs, tea and coffee.
Lunch: salads, falafels, rice, aubergine, grilled chicken.
Dinner: hot meals (tajines with chicken, meat or fish), rice, salads, mussaka

Water and soft drinks are provided.


Hot temperatures are common all year round. Temperatures generally range from 18-25C during winter and spring. This ride does not run in the summer as it is way to hot for riders and horses. Rain is not common, and blue skies with sunshine is the norm every day.

Even though the day temperature is usually very hot during the day, it will become much cooler at night once the sun has set. For this reason we recommend you take some warmer clothes to keep you warm during the evenings and nights.

Guide and local team

Your main guides are Ganun and Emma, accompanied by their team. They speak English and Arabic collectively. Your hosts and drivers all speak English.


Tipping in Egypt is a way of life. It is considered a norm to leave small tips in services you have received, such as restaurants, hotels, drivers, tour guides, etc. A tip envelope of $100 will be given to your guide on day 1 and distributed during the week to cover all of the tips mentioned above. This way you don't have to worry about currency exchange and wondering if you should have tipped or not.

Packing list

- A riding helmet is strongly recommended. We recommend you take your own to ensure the right fit.
- Sun hat when not riding
- Sunglasses-with a cord attached so they don't fly away when galloping.
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust.

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun.
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper.
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent
- Waterproof jacket- rain is difficult to predict, it is better to be prepared.

- Lightweight riding trousers or jodhpurs. We recommend riding in them at home to ensure they won't rub during your holiday.
- Casual clothes for the non-riding days (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermal leggings.
- Swimsuit

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may take long chaps or long boots.
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the non-riding days.
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

- Pyjamas

Our Recommendations

- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- Any liquids in your hold luggage, such as shampoo, moisturizer, over 100ml should be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- In your hand luggage take any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items:

- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in your Check-in Luggage!!!!)

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent - a must in Egypt, please take a high quality spray
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Hand wash gel

- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc. back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- If you prefer travelling light, please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid to do you laundry once in the country

Visa & Health


British passport holders travelling to Egypt normally require a visa.

For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival by cash payment. The visa fee is US$25 at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters. There’s no need to buy a visa from an agent. In many cases agents will charge more than US$25 for a visa. If you’re harassed by an agent, report the incident to the tourist police in the airport terminal.

Alternatively you can get a visa from an Egyptian Consulate outside Egypt before you travel.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Egypt.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade d’Egypte
    56, avenue d'Iéna
    75116 Paris
    Tél. :
    Fax :
  • Ambassade en Egypte
    29 Sharia al-Giza (Gizeh)
    BP 1777 Le Caire
    Tél. : +20(2)570 39 16
    Fax : +20 (2) 571 02 76
  • Ambassade d'Egypte
    Avenue de l'Uruguay 19
    1000 BRUXELLES
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 663 58 00
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 675 58 88
  • Ambassade d'Egypte
    Elfenauweg 61
    3006 Bern
    Tél. : +41 31 352 80 12/13
    Fax : +41 31 352 06 25


Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines available in the UK are considered controlled substances in Egypt and can’t be brought into the country without prior permission from Egypt's Ministry of Health; if you arrive in Egypt without this permission and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the country and you may be prosecuted under Egyptian law; if you're travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate from your GP confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition.

Medical facilities outside Cairo and other major cities and resorts can be basic and in case of emergency you are advised to seek treatment in Cairo or the nearest town/city. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

You can find a list of most commonly used hospitals in Egypt on the British embassy website

In an emergency dial 123 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your travel company and your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

There are reports of some hotel doctors overcharging for treatment and medicines. Examine your bill closely and challenge excessive charges. Pharmacies outside hotels will often supply medication at lower prices.

Access to specialised treatment for psychiatric illness is limited and may not be available outside major cities.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/health


It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.


In Egypt the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. In Egypt the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F (two prongs)

Budget and money

The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt. It is divided into 100 piastres, or ersh

Telephone and jetlag

Time zone: GMT+2
Phone code: +20

Customer reviews

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  • Lisa aged 70 Des Plaines 1 trip
    May 2019
    This trip was a dream come true! The horses, mounted guides and tour guides were wonderful. The museums and temples were spectacular. Food was great. I wish I could bring Sultan (my horse in Luxor) home with me! Thanks for a great time. First mare in Cairo was too much horse for me. (Ex "dancing horse"?) Second mare... Read all
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