Egypt Desert and Nile Rides

There are several different trips to choose, but all start in Cairo with a ride around the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and the day ride to see the ancient tombs at Sakkara. Tour 1: Desert Ride with Nile Cruise (7 nights) Tour 2: Desert Ride with Red Sea beach time (diving/snorkelling/spa) (7 nights), Tour 3: Sinai Safari. Horse, Camel and Jeep desert safari (11 nights.) Tour 4: The Bedouin Safari (8 nights). Why not join our Sponsored Ride based on Tour 4 and and raise money for the Brooke horse welfare charity, who have been working in Egypt since the owner founded the Charity early last century. Contact us for more details and a sponsorship form.

Tour 1 - Desert Ride with Nile Cruise

This 7 night tour combines the trip to Cairo, the ride around the pyramids and the Sphinx with a NILE CRUISE from Luxor where you can visit the tombs of the Valley of the Kings then sail to Edfu and Aswan for further visits to archaelogical sites. 5 * accommodation, 18 hours of riding.

Day 1: CAIRO Arrival at Cairo airport; our representative will be there to meet and assist you through the airport formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel, which is located in the pyramids area, for check in and overnight.

DAY 2: CAIRO Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel for departure on a full day's tour of Cairo. You will visit the pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx where our horses will be waiting for us to move around the great three pyramids and the sphinx (riding 4 hours). * Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. * Khan El Khalili Bazaars; where you can shop for souvenirs. Optional dinner in an oriental restaurant.

DAY 3: CAIRO After breakfast; we drive to Sakkara area where our horses will be waiting for us to take us in around the amazing Sakkara tombs and statues; it take about 8 hours riding then you will be escorted to the Cairo Railway Station to board the sleeper train to Luxor.

Day 4: Nile cruise. Arrive Luxor, board luxury sailing boat. Lunch, half day sightseeing including Karnak & Luxor Temples.

Day 5: Nile cruise. Full day sightseeing including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Memnon Colossi, sail to Edfu via Esna Lock, visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu , overnight on Board in Edfu. Riding for 3 hours.

Day 6: Nile cruise. Sail to Kom Ombo, visit of the Two Gods Sobek and Haroeris, sail to Aswan, overnight on board in Aswan Riding for 3hours.

Day 7: Nile cruise. Visit of High Dam, Philae Temple and Felucca around Island, then you will be escorted to the Aswan Railway Station to board the sleeper train back to Cairo.

Day 8: Aswan - Cairo. Arrive Cairo, transfer to the airport or hotel according to your flight time for final departure.

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Tour 2 - Desert Riding with beach time (diving/snorkelling/spa) on the Red Sea. Marsa Alam.

7 night tour which combines the trip to Cairo as above with the ride to the Sakkara tombs and statues deep in the desert (about 6 hours riding), then transfer to Marsa Alam in Southern Egypt and the stunning beaches of the RED SEA for a few days of desert riding and relaxing in your 5* hotel on the coast. Includes a 'Jeep safari' , a traditional Bedouin dinner with 1 night desert camp, 13 hours of riding, 4 dives or snorkelling trips by boat.

Day 1 Saturday: CAIRO Arrival at Cairo airport; our representative will be there to meet and assist you through the airport formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel, which is located in the pyramids area, for check in and overnight.

Day 2 Sunday: CAIRO Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel for departure on a full day's tour of Cairo. You will visit the pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx where our horses will be waiting for us to move around the great three pyramids and the sphinx (riding 4 hours). * Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. * Khan El Khalili Bazaars; where you can shop for souvenirs. Optional dinner in an oriental restaurant.

Day 3 Monday: CAIRO After breakfast; we drive to Sakkara area where our horses will be waiting for us to take us in around the amazing Sakkara tombs and statues; it take about 6 hours riding through the desert. Refreshment, shade and breaks provided. Optional extra: Nile cruise dinner and sound and light show at the Pyramids.

Day 4 Tuesday: Marsa Alam. After breakfast, drive to Cairo airport for flight at 2.40 PM to Marsa Alame Arrive at 3.40 PM. On arrival, meet with local representative who will escort you through airport formalities and take you to the hotel.

DAY 5 Wednesday: Marsa Alam Breakfast at hotel. Boat trip on the famous Red Sea. Depart for a full day of diving (includes 2 dives or snorkelling) or spend the day at leisure. In the afternoon go riding in Marsa Alam desert (3 hours riding). Experience a traditional Bedouin dinner in the desert with camping under the stars; a magical, exotic and unforgettable night! Ride back to the hotel in the morning.

DAY 6 Thursday: Marsa Alam Breakfast at hotel. Depart for a day at sea to visit the reefs where dolphins live (snorkeling trip with kit provided), from 10:00am till 2:00 pm. There is a diving master who will join you in the water. Lunch. Over night at hotel.

DAY 7 Friday: Marsa Alam Breakfast at hotel. Depart for a full day of diving (includes 2 dives or snorkelling) or spend the day at leisure in the luxury 5* hotel on the beach. In the evening "Jeep Safari "; a visit to the Bedouin village by our jeeps; dinner then go back to the hotel. To airport tonight for the flight back to Cairo at 00.30 AM arrive Cairo at 01.45 AM

DAY 8 Saturday: After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.

More about Marsa Alam : Beautiful sandy beaches, warm turquoise sea, and famous for its excellent off-shore coral reefs, it lies 250k south of Hurghada, in the Eastern Desert on the western coast of the red sea. Marsa Alam is number one in the world in diving. It centers on the small fishing village it once was. There is a small harbor and stone quay, with many restaurants, bars and shops along the palm-fringed seafront. The spectacular Elphinstone Reef is legendary in southern Egypt. Sha’ab Samadai, otherwise known as ‘Dolphin House’, is another popular site on the dive itinerary. Marsa Alam is also the perfect spot for deep sea fishing. A marine nature reserve stretches from Marsa Alam to Gebel Elba in the south. We can organize extra excursions to the ancient sites such as the Great Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. Other optional extras (for your non-riding friends) are the jeep safari into the desert, camel trekking, or an authentic Bedouin evening.

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Tour 3 - Sinai Safari. Horse, Camel and Jeep Safari

11 nights. Experience stunning desert landscape on the Sinai Peninsula. The first couple of days are as above then take a jeep safari into the desert to meet the horses. Visit archaelogical sites with overnights in Bedouin camps along the way, then relax at the end of the tour at a famous Red Sea resort. 35 hours of riding. 5* hotels and Bedoiun or modern tents.

Day 1: CAIRO Arrival at Cairo airport; our representative will be there to meet and assist you through the airport formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel, which is located in the pyramids area, for check in and overnight.

DAY 2: CAIRO Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel for departure on a full day's tour of Cairo. You will visit the pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx where our horses will be waiting for us to move around the great three pyramids and the sphinx (riding 4 hours). Afternoon visit to Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Khan El Khalili Bazaars (where you can shop for souvenirs.) Then we go to an oriental restaurant to have dinner before returning to the hotel.

DAY 3: Cairo After breakfast; we take our bus to Sakkara area where our horses will be waiting for us to take us around Sakkara tombs and statues; it take about (5 hours) then you will go back to the hotel and over night. Optional: Nile cruise dinner and sound and light show.

DAY 4 : CAIRO / SARABIT EL KHADEAM. After breakfast; briefing of the local tour leader for the desert, then drive with the Jeeps to Sarabit El Khadem using Ahmad Hamdi Tunnel. Visit Oyun Moussa and Hamam Faraon. Picnic lunch enroute. Upon arrival in Sarabit El Khadem visit Hathour Temple. Overnight and dinner in the Bedouin House – Sarbieat El Khadeam .

DAY 5: SARABIT EL KHADEM/ SHIEKH AWAD After breakfast; drive across Fouga Forest to Wadi Seih and Wadi Maghara. Picnic lunch enroute. Then proceed to El Karam Camp (Sheikh Awad), Overnight and dinner at Sheikh Awad.

DAY 6: SHIEKH AWAD / SANTA CATHERINE Monastery. After breakfast; drive to Wadi Firan, where our horses will be waiting to cross Wadi Firan. Lunch then go up Mount Sinai (Moses Mountain) (8 hours riding) to see Sunset view. After sunset go down and transfer to Hotel. Accommodation and overnight at Hotel (wadi al raha) 4 **** or Morgan land hotel 4**** St. Catherine.

DAY 7: SANTA CATHERINE / NAWAMIS / WADI GAZELLE / ARADA After breakfast; visit St. Catherine Monastery to see the famous ‘burning bush’ and other relics. Then start trip to the “Blue Valley” drive through the desert to Nawamis then to Wadi gazelle (have safari lunch). After lunch; drive to Arada and have dinner (barbecue) in open air. Overnight, camping at open air in Wadi Arada.

DAY 8: WADI ARDA / EL MESAKAR VALLEY. After breakfast; (horse or camel) SAFARI to Wadi El masaker (the closed valley) and have a bedouin dinner. Safari Lunch included. Overnight, camping under the stars in Wadi El Mesakar

DAY 9: WADI EL MESAKAR / EL NOWAMIS / EL MAKHROUM. After breakfast; explore the desert and go to El Nowamis Area with CAMELS or horse and have safari lunch. After lunch proceed with (camel or horse) safari to gabal el mokhrom and take a dinner (Bedouin food). Camping under the stars in Gabal El Makhroum.

DAY 10: Dahab After breakfast; drive to Ras Abo Galom and have lunch on the beach (sea food) in this laid back beach-side ‘hippy retreat’. After lunch in Ras Abo Galom riding to Blue Hole next the coast and the mountain (about 1 and half hour). In Blue Hole there is time for swimming and snorkelling. Then go by cars to Dahab. Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Dahab (Coralia Club Dahab).

DAY 11: DAHAB / SHARM EL SHEIKH . After breakfast in Dahab hotel visit Ras Mohamed National Park. Then transfer to Sharm el Sheik Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sharm El Sheikh (Savoy 5*).

DAY 12: - SHARM EL SHEIKH Breakfast and free time until your flight from Sharm el Sheikh to connect with your international flight from Cairo.

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Tour 4: Bedouin Riding Safari

8 nights. Ride 255 kilometers across the desert, about 46 hours over 7 days, sleep in traditional Bedouin tents and enjoy campside meals under the stars. Ride to an oasis and relax by the lake, ride to Archaelogical wonders, like the necropolises of Saqqara, Abu Sir and Dahshur- the most stunning monuments of ancient Egypt - with an accompanying Egyptologist. Trip includes souvenir shopping in a traditional Bazaar in Cairo, the ride around the Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza and a tour of one of the Charity projects in Cairo.

Join our Sponsored Ride and raise funds for the Brooke Horse Welfare charity. Raise c. £2000 (including flight), have an unforgettable experience and be part of our fund-raising efforts for a great cause. Please email anna@theridingcompany.com for an info pack.

Day 1 – Cairo (half-board). Arrival at Cairo airport; our representative will be there to meet and assist you through the airport formalities. You will be escorted to your hotel, which is located in the pyramids area, for check in and overnight.

Day 2 – Cairo (half board). Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel for departure on a full day's tour of Cairo. You will visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Great Wonders of the World, and the famous Sphinx on horse back. (riding 4 hours). Afternoon visit to the world famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. End the day with a wander around the bustling and vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaars where you can shop for souvenirs. Dinner in an oriental restaurant. (Included)

Day 3 – Cairo (full board.) After breakfast; Then drive to Sakkara area where your horses will be waiting for you to take you around the amazing half-buried ruins of Sakkara home to the famous ‘Step Pyramid of Zozer’. This is the oldest pyramid in the world and said to be the inspiration for the Giza Pyramids, which is a living archaeology site. Only one third has been uncovered and major discoveries took place as late as 2007 when the 3000 year old mummified remains of a Pharaonic butler was found. Camping in the Sahara sands, dinner in the desert (barbeque dinner) and sleep in camp under the stars.

Day 4 - Dahshur-Karanis (full board). After breakfast ride through wilderness desert from Sakara to Dahshour to see the impressive 4-12th dynasty field of Pyramids. This is way off the tourist beat but the Bent and Red Pyramids are just as impressive as their counterparts in Giza. Enter the red pyramid down 125 very steep steps to see two stunning burial antechambers. Exploring by horseback is perfect as this once magnificent kingdom is vast. Continue to Kaser Qaroun with lunch stop and visit to Karanis on the edge of an oasis on the way. Ancient Karanis was founded in the 3rd century BC by Ptolemy II. Visit to the temples dedicated to the Crocodile gods. Dinner under the stars and camping in Kaser Qaroun, amongst the ruins of ancient Dionysus, once the starting point for camel caravans across the Western Desert.

Day 5 - Kaser Qaroun (full board). After breakfast in Kaser Qaroun ride to Qaroun Lake - it takes about 2.5 hours then time to relax by the lake, often called ‘the world’s most ancient lake’. Lunch on the beach. The lake is 45 m below sea level and has become a major nesting ground for birds. Look out for the large colony of flamingoes. After lunch ride 3 hours to Wadi Rayyan national park. Overnight and dinner in the desert under the stars.

Day 6 - Wadi Rayyan (full board) . Early start today from Wadi Rayyan. Lunch en route. Dinner under the stars and over night camping in Wadi al Rayyan

Day 7 - Hawara (full board) . After breakfast in Wadi al Rayan continue riding to Hawara to visit the mud-brick Hawara pyramid, built by Amenemhat III. This was once a 3000-room labyrinth which fascinated archaeologists with its sophisticated interiors although the last person to go inside was in 1882. Romans and Greeks also used the area as a burial ground and even mummified their dead. Have lunch in the desert. Camping in Hawara and dinner.

Day 8: Meidoum- Cairo (full board) . After breakfast ride to Meidoum for lunch and visit Pharaoh Huni’s Meidoum pyramids, built for his son 2000 years before Christ. You may descend 75 metres down some steps into an empty burial chamber. Here we leave our horses behind and take our airconditioned bus back to Cairo. Arrive back in Cairo in the 5* hotel to relax by the pool or in the Spa before a celebratary farewell dinner. You will have deserved it !

Day 9: Cairo (breakfast) Breakfast in the hotel. Optional visit to a Brooke horse welfare project in Cairo. Transfer to the airport according to your flight time for final departure.

Riding ability: You should be confident at riding at all three paces and be fit enough to do your selected tour.

Visas: These are obtained at 'passport control' on arrival at Cairo Airport. $25, no photo required. Visas are included in the tour price. For Tours 4 and 5, photocopies of passports are required at least one month before departure to organise the special permits.

Arrival day: Tour 1. The Nile Cruise has certain departure dates so you should arrive in Cairo on Wednesday to board the 5* sailing boat on Saturday. There is another boat we use with a Monday sailing day which would mean arriving in Cairo on Friday. The other tours have flexible arrival dates.

Minimum numbers: Tour 3 and 4 can only run with a minimum number of 8 participants.

Getting There: Fly to Cairo with www.flybmi.com . Fly one way and return from Marsa Alam (Tour 2) with www.firstchoice.co.uk or Sharm El Sheik (Trip 3) with www.easyjet.co.uk to various UK airports. For Tour 2 to Marsa Alam. You may fly into Cairo with a one way ticket and fly out of Marsa Alam as there are direct flights to London Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool and Stansted.

On Tours 2 and 3, there is a discount of £50 per person if you do not need the internal return flight back to Cairo (because you are flying back home direct from Marsa Alam or Sharm El Sheikh.)

When to go: It's Summer, all year round ! Cairo, the capital and largest city in Egypt, has a desert climate consisting of hot days and cool nights.

SEPTEMBER – MARCH This period is the time of the year when Cairo revels in its nicest weather. The months either side of winter are particularly enjoyable as the average temperature is around 15°C to 25°C which is an ideal climate to partake in the various tourist activities. From September to November there is very little rain and average temperatures sit at 27 degrees in September falling to 20 degrees in November. Mid- November to Feb are the winter months, with temperatures sitting at an average high of 12°C-15°C during the day and 7-8°C at night. February and March are the best months to visit, with average temperatures of 15°C and 18°C respectively. This time also falls just after the period of time where Cairo receives the most rain, and just prior to April and May which is when the city is hit by strong winds and sandstorms.

MARCH- APRIL This period of the year is subject to strong winds which can often create sandstorms.

MAY- AUGUST June, July and August are very hot in Cairo with temperatures soaring to daily highs of 35°C- 38°C. However, the low humidity makes the heat almost bearable. During this time there is often zero rainfall which means there is little break from the hot desert sun. The benefit of travelling to Cairo in this time is that flights and accommodation are much cheaper, so if you want to endure the heat you can reap the benefits of cheaper travel.

Helping the local community: 'Stuff Your Rucksack' is a fantastic website which encourages people to stuff a few extra things into thier rucksacks which are really needed by local communities. Visit www.stuffyourrucksack.com to find out what is needed where you are visiting. In Cairo for example, there is an orphanage desperately in need of any sports kit and school equipment.