The ideal break for families or groups of intermediate riders who want time to relax pool side or travelling with non riding companions, this destination offers luxury 5 star hotel accommodation alongside beach and desert rides on spirited Arab horses. You'll explore the landscape of the Eastern Desert in the Egyptian hinterland, far from the tourist centres and fit in plenty of beach gallops along the shoreline of the Red Sea. You'll be mainly riding at sunrise or sunset, both of which offer spectacular views. With guaranteed sun year-round, this holiday is perfect for families or those with non-riding companions as a whole host of other activities can be arranged from diving, snorkelling and parasailing to beach volleyball, to fishing and bike tours there's no shortage of activities.

The programme also gives you the chance to try your hand at camel riding and includes both a full day boat trip to the white beach of Mahmya, which offers fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities and a city tour.  Accommodation is provided by a 5-star hotel directly on the beach. The hotel offers a huge array of facilities including 3 restaurants with a large outdoor dining area, various bars, 2 heated outdoor pools, a fully-equipped spa, a gym, various shops, and free WiFi in the lobby and pool area.

As well as riding you can relax on the beach and enjoy the weather or take part in other activities such as diving, fishing or walking. This is the perfect holiday for those who want shorter hours in the saddle, luxury accommodation and the opportunity to take part in other activities or simply relax in the sun.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from SE of Copenhagen K on 28/02/2021

Ride Summary
What was your overall impression of the holiday
Overall impression
Unicorn Trails sales staff

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Additional Comments
Horses and Tack

Additional Comments
Meals

Accommodation

Miscellaneous

Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
I am very happy to have this experience with this stable, the host and her team. True animal lover's paradise, since they dedicate all their resources to make the world a better place for not just horses, but also dogs and cats. I had a dream riding holiday in a very beautiful setting, desert, and by the sea.
Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
Please give more details to explain your response:
I am grateful for all the loving attention I received, felt immediately as part of the "family".
What could we do to improve this ride?
It was perfect for both demanding work-out and relaxing holiday, at the huge resort as base.
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
8
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
the horses are strong and free, the desert endless... so if you are a novice rider, the speed might be intimidating at first, but then it is a wonderful feeling of uniting with the elements and the spirit of the horse.
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
great service, and good to know the stables have been sourced for quality horsemanship and animal rights concerns.
May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
I can truly recommend this stable, keep working with them! <3
Unicorn comments:

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in Hurghada Airport where your hosts will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail and then your holiday begins.

Day 2
Free morning to relax around the pool, after lunch your car will collect you to travel to meet your hosts and the horses at the stables. Enjoy an introductory 2 hrs sunset ride in the desert.

Day 3
A full day ride into the desert through breathtaking scenery. You will visit a Bedouin camp and enjoy a typical Bedouin lunch. After your lunch take a ride on a camel before riding back to the stable (approx. 5 hrs riding).

Day 4
Enjoy a full day trip on a Diving Boat, with 2 stops for snorkelling, 1 hr stop on the beach and enjoy lunch on board the boat (snorkeling equipment, lunch, soft drink, coffee and tea included).

Day 5
Today you will have a morning beach ride with the possibility to swim with horses (weather permitting). After your ride you will be dropped back to the hotel for lunch and the afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 6
Final sunrise desert ride, back to the hotel in time for your last relaxing day.

Day 7
Departure Day. Checkout from hotel & transfer to Hurghada International Airport.

 

Non Rider Options

"Relax" include 7 nights accommodation, full board, airport transfers a full day boat trip.

''Adventure' includes the Relax package plus a Private Wrangler Jeep deep desert ride where you will join your riding partner for a Bedouin lunch and camel ride.

"Bike Extreme" includes the Relax package plus a biking adventure in the desert riding Enduro Bikes suitable for experienced bikers. Includes 2 ½  to 3 hours riding (depending on experience), you will cover 100km in the desert crossing all terrain from soft sand to rocks. 2 drink breaks included. Safety equipment is provided. This will be taken on the riders full ride day.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

You will experience the thrill of riding the fantastic Egyptian corssed Arab horses called "Baladi" which combine warm blood with a more resistant body.  The horses range in size from 145cm to 160cm.

They are docile and patient with beginners as well as always ready to gallop "like the wind" with more experienced riders! Up to three/five hours per day are spent on horseback and the riding takes place either at sunrise or sunset in order to avoid the hottest part of the day.

The guides are European and speak English.

The tack used is English style. 

Riding helmets are compulsory and can be borrowed if required. 

Years of experience and passion for horses has brought our hosts to evolve and become the biggest in the Red Sea. The stable is managed in European style paying special attention to safety. This is one of the reasons why all their activities, from lessons to excursions, are custom-made to suit the clients needs.


Rider requirements

Riders must be confident and secure at all paces and have experience of riding out. The horses are lively and forward going and some are of a young age. Riders should be comfortable both sitting and standing at all paces (rising in trot). Horses will be groomed and tacked up but riders are welcome to groom and tack up if they wish.
Riding helmets are compulsory, we recommend you bring your own but there are some on site to borrow although these may not be of the same standard.
Children from 12 years old are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

You'll be staying in a 5 star hotel on an all inclusive board (local alchool included).

Located on the southern tip of Hurghada, the hotel features its own private beach and a diving club. It has 20 swimming pools, 3 aqua parks and a number of restaurants and bars. Rooms include luxury bedding, and large floor to ceiling windows and come equipped with a TV and minibar. Family rooms include a separate living area with sofas. Some rooms offer panoramic sea views or pool views.

Feel light and beautiful with the Mividaspa, which includes offers reviving and reinvigorating treatments, water therapies, massages, relaxation programs and beauty services at an extra charge.

The hotel has a diving centre and is the ideal place from which to explore Hurghada's coral reef. Beach volleyball and deep sea fishing are also available for guests.

 


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

British and most European passport holders travelling to Egypt normally require a visa. Visas can be obtained from an Egyptian Consulate outside Egypt or on arrival by payment in Sterling or USD, for stays of up to a month
On arrival at Cairo, before clearing passport control you will find some bank booths. Go to one of them (there is usually no queue) and ask for a visa stamp. They cost the equivalent of US$25 in 2019 and you can present payment in GBP/US$/€ and change will be given in Egyptian pounds. It's cheaper and easier to do it at the airport on arrival than from the Egyptian Embassy predeparture. After buying the stamps you should go to the immigration desk where they will stamp your passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months.

The British Embassy in Cairo can be found:
British Embassy
7 Ahmed Ragheb Street
Garden City
Cairo
Egypt

Opening hours are GMT:
Sun-Wed: 0500-1230
Thurs: 0500-1100
Local Time:
Sun-Wed: 0800-1530
Thurs: 0800-1400

There is also a Consular General in Luxor:
Gaddis Hotel
Khaled Ibn El Walid Street
Luxor
Telephone: (20) (95) 382838 (Consulate and Office) Fax: (20) (95) 380814/382837

In the UK, the Egyptian Embassy can be found:
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
26 South Street
London W1K 1DWA
Main switchboard: (020) 7499 3304/2401

Climate Summary

In Hurghada, the climate is subtropical desert, with mild winters and hot summers. The average temperature ranges from 16 °C (61 °F) in January and February to 31 °C (88 °F) in July and August. Precipitation is very low, and amounts to a few millimetres per year: in practice it never rains. In winter, the temperatures are very mild, and the sky is usually clear. The rains are very rare also in this season. Every now and then, a bit of cold air can comes in the area, lowering the night temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F), from December to February and more rarely in March. Spring is pleasantly warm at the beginning, ie in March, it becomes hot in April, when it's similar to the Mediterranean summer, while by May the heat is intense. Summer, from mid-May to September, is very hot, with high temperatures and the sun always shining. It's true that this season is windy enough, and the air is usually dry, especially on hotter days, but the heat is felt, and sometimes the temperature exceeds 40 °C (104 °F), with peaks of 45 °C (113 °F). Autumn, in October and November, is warm and sunny; sometimes in early October the heat is still intense, then the temperature decreases gradually. In Hurghada, clear skies are the norm, so the sun shines all year round. However, at times the sun can be obscured by sandstorms, while cloud banks can sometimes pass over the area between November and February.

Climate Chart

Health

You are advised to consult your healthcare professional or NHS Direct (0845 46 47) for advice.
There are no mandatory vaccinations for Egypt, but you are recommended to vaccinate against against Polio, Hepatitis A and B and typhoid. Rabies is also a risk so travellers are advised to avoid contact with wild animals. Malaria is not a risk but mosquitos are present at certain times of year and bites can be annoying - take an insect repellent containing DEET for your comfort.

Tap water is NOT considered safe to drink, bottled water is widely available and reasonably priced. Bilharzia and water-borne parasites are rife in the canals and under no circumstances should guests bathe or swim in the canals or rivers.
Travellers should come prepared for heat particularly from April to October. High Factor sunscreen should be worn at all times and rehydration salts should taken and taken daily as a precaution.

Medical facilities around Cairo are good. Outside Cairo they can be basic and in case of emergency you are advised to travel to Cairo. You should ensure that your medical insurance covers the cost of local hospitalisation and medical repatriation to your country of residence.

Health (ride specific)

The heat may be a problem for guests in the summer expecially and every effort should be taken to avoid sunstroke. Rehydration salts should be taken if required and more water than usual consumed, even if you don't feel thirsty. Try to ensure a good volume of urine is produced at least 4X daily and that it is a light colour (not concentrated). This is a far better measure of hydration status than thirst.

Electricity

Egypt uses European 220V 50Hz supply and plug sockets accept European plugs with two round pins. Adaptors are easily available in the UK and at airports.

Film and Camera Equipment

As this is a hotel-based ride, electricity is readibly available for charging equipment such as cameras and mobile phones. Please check with your network supplier for coverage (normally very good and also 4G). To call Egypt from the UK you should dial 00 + 20 + area code + number. To ring the UK from Egypt, you should dial 00 44 before omitting the first 0 of the area code. WiFi is available in the public areas of the hotel (lounge and pool side).

Packing List

We have put together a suggested packing list for your trip. This should be used as a guideline as requirements may very according to your preferences.

• Riding Helmet - we strongly recommend that you wear a properly fitted riding helmet of the current standard which is PAS015 or BSEN1384. Helmets are available at the stables if you do not have your own but may not be to the same standard.
• Jodhpurs - jodhpurs, breeches or other comfortable trousers (jeans may rub and can also be quite hot)
• Riding Boots - it is important to have correct shoes or boots for horse riding. Jodhpur or ankle boots with a rubber sole are recommended but sturdy shoes with a definite heel are acceptable (such as walking boots)
• Half Chaps - these are great when worn with ankle boots and help prevent the stirrup leathers rubbing against your legs
• T-shirts and Long-sleeved Shirts
• Sunhat
• Sunglasses
• Fleece - Although the weather is generally very warm, the evenings can be a bit cooler
• Casual Clothes - for when out of the saddle
• Water Bottle - it's very important to drink a lot of water when it's hot, especially when doing physical activities
• Swimwear and Beach Towel
• Raincoat - although it rains very rarely it may be a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof
• Personal Items - toiletries, any medicines you require and please be sure to take inset repellent and plenty of sun cream
• Camera and Spare Batteries/Charger - It is also a good idea to take a camera case you can strap around your waist or onto a belt for whilst you are riding.

Programmes

This is an 7 day/6 night programme available on request all year round with any day arrival.

Departure Dates

2021: Dates available on request year round.

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20217d/6n4double pp1,085
20217d/6n4single supplement per night (hotel only)14
20217d/6n4Non Rider Relax 825
20217d/6n4Non Rider Adventure889
20217d/6n4Non Rider Bike Extreme975
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20217d/6n4double pp1,219
20217d/6n4single supplement per night (hotel only)15
20217d/6n4Non Rider Relax 929
20217d/6n4Non Rider Adventure999
20217d/6n4Non Rider Bike Extreme1,099
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20217d/6n4double pp1,559
20217d/6n4single supplement per night (hotel only)20
20217d/6n4Non Rider Relax 1,189
20217d/6n4Non Rider Adventure1,279
20217d/6n4Non Rider Bike Extreme1,405
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20217d/6n4double pp12,585
20217d/6n4single supplement per night (hotel only)155
20217d/6n4Non Rider Relax 9,595
20217d/6n4Non Rider Adventure10,295
20217d/6n4Non Rider Bike Extreme11,325
Recommended Reading

- The Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. This is a series of murder mysteries set in the 1880 - 1920s in Egypt.

- The Complete Pyramids by Dr Mark Lehner 

- Tombs, Temples and Hieroglyphics by Barbara Mertz


Other Country Information

Egypt is 90% muslim (mostly Sunni) and 9% Coptic.The type of Islam practised is far more moderate than in the gulf states and very accepting of other religions. There is no requirement for women to cover up or wear the veil. Having said that it is a conservative society and both women and men should dress modestly, keeping upper arms and legs covered. We recommend loose fitting T-shirts with short sleeves (to just above the elbow), no low cut necklines or shorts, trousers and skirts ending below the knee. Public displays of affection are frowned upon. What may be acceptable in the tourist resort areas may be frowned upon in other areas. Drinking alcohol in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar is not allowed.

Apart from visits to "must see" tourist sights much of the itinerary is off the beaten track. This means you will be welcomed and treated as an honoured guests by most villagers you encounter and be far safer than the average tourist. The Muslim relision commands its followers to honour and protect visitors and this is taken seriously in the countryside where hospitality is without strings.
At mass tourism sights you will often be besieged by guides asking you to visit a shop, and consider souvenirs to buy. Most guides make their money, not from their job as a guide, but from the commissions they earn when you buy something. Should you not wish to buy anything it is worth explaining to your guide that he will receive a good tip but it will be in inverse proportion to how much you are hasseled to buy things. In any event decline politely.
The dialling code is +20.
The time difference is GMT +2
The crime rate in Egypt is low and mostly consists of petty theft/pickpocketing in crowded areas. You should safeguard valuables including your passport and money. You should carry some form of photographic ID at all times. A copy of your passport is sufficient.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Hurghada International Airport (HRG)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point.
Flight Guide:
London to Hurghada (HRG) from £267 return
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