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Caleches or hantour is a horse and carriage in Luxor.

The drivers don't seem to take care of the horses very well. They are so skinny and you rarely see the horses in shade or drinking water. If you feel you really want to take a carriage ride, try to choose a healthy horse.

You have to bargain the price of the ride, make sure you specify that you are paying in Egyptian pounds otherwise they may say it was English pounds.

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Oct 19, 2013


The caleche (horse-drawn carriage) like in Aswan - is also a popular form of transport and sightseeing in Luxor. I took one from Luxor Temple to Karnak and costs EGP5 one way. They normally overcharge tourists so bargain and agree before you jump onboard one.... and specify your destination, if no shops, just say so, so he won't take you to his "brother's shop".

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Jun 22, 2011

Caleche (Hourse & Carriage) Number 264

My wife & I have just returned from Luxor (Our honeymoon) - We had a great time
and stayed at the Sonesta St George. While there we got to know a Caleche
dreiver Mohamid His carriage number is 264 He has 2 well looked after horses
called Jimmy & Simon. He is a realy great guy who went out of his way to help
& show us the things we wanted to see. For my wife (Kary) he took us to the
old part of the town (souq ?) where the everyday people lived, the traders sold
garments, bedding, veg. and meat - it seems at face value that things have not
changed for hundreds of years there. For me as I have am interest in engineering
he took me to a wheelrights premises and introduced me to the 75 year old owner
and we watched him making the wheels for the caleches later on we visited the
curbside manufacture if the metal chassis, shop front upholstery houses and the
curbside shoeing of the horses.
If you would love some of this ring Mohamid on 010 927 9224 (his mobile)
Go for it! Robert

Apr 04, 2011

Ride in a Caliche

A Caliche is a horse drawn carriage, and in Luxor the Caliche's are very heavily ornamented with either Silver or Brass.

They are a common means of transport, and any visitor to Luxor/Karnak is going to be hassled slightly to ride in one.

If you do, pick a Caliche that has a horse that is in good condition.

There is a move here to educate the drivers on how to look after their horses that appears to be taking effect, please endeavour to keep it going.

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Apr 27, 2010
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While in Egypt you will be constantly asked if you want a Caliche ride, if you do decide to take one please look at the horse first as quite a few of them are in very poor condition and some of them even lame (limping). Also if you do take the ride please tell the driver not to hit the horse with the whip and don't go any faster then a trot...

Take a visit to The Brooke Animal Hospital in Luxor (which is free) for more information and to find out what is being done to help sick working animals.

Oct 16, 2008

Rythmic romantic ride "toko tak toko tak..."

Hantour rides along Luxor's Corniche have always been a tourist favourite.

(Hantour is the Arabic name of such carriage.)

Such romantic convoys give a sort of special pleasure to tourists, mainly in Luxor (Upper Egypt) and Alexadria (North Egypt).

Let me advise you not to miss such experience and enjoy the rythm of the horse steps accompanied by its ornaments.."♫ღToko tak..Toko tak..Toko tak .♫ღ hmmmm

photo: Mohamed El-Hebeishy, Ahram

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Jan 17, 2008


We took a carriage on the first day but no more. The drivers are auful to the horses. They run all day and night from 9am til 2 in the morning. Look a little carefully and you will see the whip marks around their back legs and under the belly. They whip them there so that the tourists dont see the marks. Use the taxis they are cheaper as well.

May 07, 2007

Local Horse and Carriages. Brilliant.

I think that the best way to experience Luxor is definately to hire a local man and his horse. They give a brilliant ride to a certain location or just simply around the city and to tell the truth they are not too expensive if you arrange a price BEFORE you set off. They do look a little Daunting at first as they will shout at you for attention but to be honest, they are definately worth the hassel! There are no setr timetables or real pick-up points so there is no need to worry there.

Nov 23, 2005
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"Two-Thirds of Egypt's Ruins are Here"
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clip clop- take a hantour

Everywhere in Egypt [and Rome and ....] the carriage drivers tout for custom. We always resisted the driver's shouts, but as we were really playing at being tourists , as opposed to being somewhere new because of work, we decided to go all the way and succomb to temptation
We selected our driver carefully. We stopped him, rather than letting one of the louder drivers choose us.
It was fun, clopping along the corniche to the Temple of Luxor.
The drivers decorate their carriages with brasses and other dangling ornaments, and keep the carriages in very good condition. The horses too were not ill treated, in spite of the long whips .
For a once in a life time experience it was good.

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Jun 29, 2005

Find "Ashad" around the Winter Palace

if you can not find Ashad
find a carriage driver you like, then use him during your full stay in Luxor,
Drivers are more then willing to meet you at a specific time and place,
Say "Be back tomorrow at my hotel or be here tomorrow at 2pm", they will be there!
Again Always agree on a price before going anywhere, agree on the price for the next days adventure also

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Mar 14, 2005

The Kaliesh

You can't walk very far in Luxor without being asked "You want Kaliesh ride"? I never took a Kaliesh ride as I prefer to walk and Luxor is not a big town, but sometimes it can be a little trying to keep having to say "No thankyou". The driver will often follow you for five minutes or more trying to persuade you to take a ride. If you do not want to take a ride, don't get anoyed just smile and keep on saying "No thankyou" He will soon spot someone else to hassle

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Mar 13, 2005

Kalesh - Horse carriage

These are horse drawn carriages and are everywhere on the East bank of Luxor. As soon as you leave your hotel you are bound to hear a Kalesh driver shouting for your attention. They can be quite persistant and slow down to catch up with you to try and get you on board, and even if you are walking on the opposite side of the road they still shout out asking if you would like to use their services. They often try to get you to go to the markets with them, where I guess that they have particular stalls they would stop at. If you don’t wish to be bothered tell them that you have already been to all the markets and already purchased all you need. Or, you can always tell them that you have already been on a kalesh several times.

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Dec 18, 2004

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