EGYPT BETWEEN THE EARS
RIDE AND CARE FOR A HORSE IN EGYPT FOR A WEEK
This is a unique holiday opportunity to experience looking after and riding a horse in Egypt for a week. You will need
- to be a group of 1 – 4 people
- to be experienced, a novice or a keen beginner
- to be aged 7 years upwards with a weight of under 95kg
- to have your own hat and boots. (We can provide hats if necessary)
- To bring a basic grooming kit (preloved is fine) a soft body brush, a rubber curry comb, a mane and tail brush, a hoof pick, a sweat scraper
- To have full insurance for your holiday including public liability
- To be over 18 years old if you are not accompanied by an adult
Egypt is a developing country and the role of horses and donkeys is quite different from that in the developed world. We aim to keep our horses in the best possible conditions, with appropriate feeding, shoeing, veterinary attention and freedom of movement. We try to maintain a good balance of work, rest and exercise for each individual horse. We would like to be seen as an example of good practice in Egypt and thus drive the standards of equine welfare up.
In offering our equine based holidays we would like our guests to experience managing and riding their own designated horse for a week, enjoy the wonderful scenery and culture, acquire an insight into daily rural life in Luxor and learn about keeping horses in a different country.
OUR RIDING HOLIDAYS
Our program runs throughout the year and we are not restricted to any particular dates, which means we can fit in with your travel dates.
The main focus of your holiday is riding and caring for your horse, which will be available to you on a part-loan agreement for your stay. Included in the cost of your stay are lunch, some suppers and some excursions in the local area which will enable you to visit some magnificent historic sites and enjoy some quieter leisure time. These are included on the schedule. We will also advise you about other venues and activities which you might like to enjoy at your own expense in your free time. At the start of your stay we will ensure that you have a safety induction and we will explain our program to you. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions and you will be shown around the village and amenities. Our program is flexible and we aim to accommodate the wishes of our customers.
We have many years’ experience in offering rides to customers of all ages and abilities and although we don’t currently offer formal lessons, your guide will instruct you as necessary as you are hacking out. We are happy to accept complete beginners who have a genuine desire to learn about horses and riding. We expect that you have your own properly fitting hat and boots and we request that you bring your own basic grooming equipment during the time of Covid to avoid having to share items. Please see also our Information for Customers, which advises you what else you will need when riding in Egypt.
RIDING WITH US
You will be sent, a Booking Form, which we ask you to complete and return to us before your visit. We are experienced in offering rides to customers of all ages and abilities and this holiday is open to all from the age of 7 years upwards with a weight limit of 95kg. We accept groups of up to 4 people, with some flexibility for a family group. The nature and length of your rides may vary according to your ability as a rider. Our customers rate their riding experience with us as among the best they have had and we have been awarded the Viator Badge of Excellence. You will be asked to sign a Part Loan Agreement for your horse, on your Booking Form, which will be sent to you before your trip on request.
Please ensure that you are fully covered for every aspect of your trip, including public liability. Please also notify us of any medical or health conditions or injuries that you have which might affect your riding ability. We will require proof of insurance.
We will destroy any records containing personal information at the end of your holiday and we will not share it with third parties, except our partner suppliers on a need to know basis.
Prices below are for the riding program and transfers from the airport and are per person.
|Riding plus Transfer||From Hurghada Airport*||From Luxor Airport|
|Adult||870 USD||532 USD|
*If you travel through Hurghada airport it will be necessary to spend the night in a hotel in Hurghada as flights arrive in the evening and travel through the desert is not allowed at night.
The stables are located on the West Bank of Luxor and we recommend that you stay on this side of the river for your convenience during your riding holiday. Our package shows the cost of Half Board and Bed and Breakfast at the Gezira Garden Hotel which is about 7 minutes’ walk from the stables and has a swimming pool.
Gezira Garden Hotel Pricing for 7 nights
|Double or twin room based on 2 people sharing|
|Bed & Breakfast||210 USD|
|Half board||280 USD|
|Single Room per person|
|Bed & Breakfast||154 USD|
|Half board||189 USD|
We accept a deposit of 200 USD per adult and 100 USD per child, which is non-returnable if you cancel within 7 days of your holiday. If you cancel before 8 days, we will refund any monies paid. Please read our Terms & Conditions carefully.
You agree that we are not liable for any loss or damage suffered if it is necessary to change or cancel your booking or any other associated travel expenses due to events or circumstances beyond our control, including, but not limited to,political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural disasters, fire, epidemic or health risks, act of God, adverse weather and any similar events.
It is customary to tip the guides in Egypt and to tip the staff of hotels. Please tip the guides in person at the end of your stay. It is customary to tip the hotel staff at the end of your stay.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
The cost of your holiday includes all of the activities listed on the programme except for the Hurghada trip, for which there is a surcharge of 460 USD. Please be aware that the timing of activities is approximate and that routines and riding excursions will vary according to the time of year. The best riding weather is from late September until the end of April. Daytime temperatures from May to August can be very high so riding at this time of year will start at about 6am.
|DAY 1||Arrive , settle into accommodation, lunch at hotel||Stables, introduction to your guides, induction safety talk about stable based activities and riding in the area. Introduction to your horse. Ride 1½ hours Nile and Village Tour*(*see below) Return, untack, sponge off , turn horses out||Walk around Gezira village and point out ATMs, bank, pharmacies, shops, hotels and restaurants. Cross the river and visit the Souq|
|DAY 2||paddock cleaning (optional half hour). Groom, tack up. Sugar Cane and Banana Plantation Ride* 3 hours Return, turn horses out. Lunch at Sunflower Restaurant||shower horses. Talk about keeping horses in Egypt and other countries. Routines, feeding, accommodation, veterinary, shoeing (possible demonstration from local farrier)||Egyptian Cooking Experience*|
|DAY 3||Prepare horses. Desert Sunrise Ride* includes brunch||Free time||Desert quad bike ride and supper in the desert|
|DAY 4||Bring horses in, groom. Felucca or boat ride. Lunch at Banana Island||3 – 4 hour sunset ride Habu Temple and Desert Sunset Experience*||Free time|
|DAY 5||Bring horses in and groom. Walk around local farms. Watch or help make sun bread. Light lunch at the Amon Hotel||4 – 5 hour Countryside and Mountain Adventure*||Free time|
|DAY 6||EITHER Bring horses in and groom. Final ride, free choice of route. Lunch at Wolf restaurant||Learn about keeping camels. 2 hour camel ride in the local area||Final Supper, Egyptian Evening , and Farewell|
|Or ( There is an extra charge for this trip) Travel by private car to Hurghada (4 hours). Ride in the Red Sealunch||Return to Luxor by private car (4 hours)|
OUR RIDING TRIPS
Nile and Village Tour*
A gentle ride through the villages and palm trees along the west bank of the River Nile. This will give you the opportunity to get to know your horse and to observe the wildlife and get a true feeling for Egyptian village life.
Sugar Cane and Banana Plantation Ride*
A ride through the sugar cane fields, farmland and countryside. See the farmers tilling the fields in the same way as their forefathers in the time of the Pharaohs! Observe the beauty of Mount Thebes in the distance!
Habu Temple and Desert Sunset Experience*
A more adventurous trip but suitable for all types of rider. This trip will take you through villages, fields and farmland into the desert. Ride past the magnificent temple of Medinet Habu and the Christian monastery at the foot of Mount Thebes, passing the Ramesseum and tombs of the West Bank, enjoying the tranquillity away from the tourist crowds. Enjoy a romantic sunset in the desert from the top of a sand dune!
Desert Sunrise Ride*
Enjoy a really peaceful ride up to the desert and watch the sunrise over Luxor.
Countryside and Mountain Adventure*
Our four hour secret mountain ride will take you from the stables through the tranquil banana and sugar cane fields, through the villages of ancient mud-brick houses up to Mount Thebes. From here you will find the panoramic view of Luxor and the West Bank truly breath-taking! You will pass by secret valleys and caves that are well off the beaten track. You will return through the small town of New Gurna, past the delightful temple of Seti 1 and back through the fields to the stables
Egyptian Cooking Experience*
Prepare, cook and eat your Egyptian meal with the family in the family home.
For an additional charge we can arrange any of the following activities or visits for you in your free time.
- Dawn Balloon Ride
- Visit Brooke and ACE animal hospitals. These are on the East Bank
- Habu Temple
- Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Tombs of the Nobles
- Dier el Medina (worker’s village)
- Luxor Temple
- Karnak Temple Sound and Light
- Howard Carter House