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8 Days Adventurous Horse Riding Holiday in Luxor and Makadi Bay, Egypt

Ride Egypt Dome Homestay, Mira Farm, Middle Ring Road, opposite to Moubarak-7, Hurghada, India

Egypt Horse Riding Holiday

Looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday combined with some beach and relaxing whilst riding fabulous horses throughout? Then this trip is a dream come true! You will start the holiday in historical Luxor, often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, where the number and preservation of the monuments around the area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack and Western, Arabian, and Australian trail saddles are subject to availability
  • Horse Breeds: Arabian and Baladi (Local Breed) Horses

Highlights

  • Riding through various terrains
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 6 hours
  • Use of horses and tack including saddlebags
  • Services of riding and non-riding guides are included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Hurghada International Airport (US$83 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Luxor International Airport (US$32 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Spend four nights in Luxor before heading to the Red Sea.

Luxor Homestay (Included)

Ride Egypt is more than just a riding holiday. You may well arrive as a guest but you will leave as a friend, and more importantly, as part of a family. To make this experience even more personal, Ride Egypt would like to welcome you into their home as part of your stay in Luxor. The Dome House is a welcoming haven in Luxor, with exquisite views of the Valley of the Kings from the roof terrace.

It’s here you will enjoy breakfast each morning and a cold glass of wine in the evening while taking in the tranquil surroundings. Each bedroom has its own dome roof, subtle Bedouin lighting, and traditional Egyptian themes throughout. The house is located just a few minutes from the horses and surrounded by farmland.

From the house, you’ll be able to see farmers tend to their land in this quiet and gentle setting. You will enjoy a host of traditional home-cooked meals and the local chef’s delights will be available each day. There are a small garden and a swimming pool available to use at a neighboring hotel.

Villa Nile House, Luxor (Upgrade: 30 GBP extra per person per night including all meals)

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service, built with an oriental style and traditional materials like wood and cob, and comfortably decorated. It has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. When you enter the grounds, you will be delighted by the flower garden, and enjoy the Bedouin corner to relax and drink a mint tea or the traditional Egyptian Karkade.

Yes, you are on holiday! At the back of the garden, the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a hammam are waiting for you. From the patio, you will find the dining room. An open-air stair will lead you to the bedrooms and to the two terraces on the roof. Each of the charming bedrooms celebrates Luxor, find yourself staying in Hathor, Nefertiti, Kheops, Cleopatra, Nefertari, Akhenaton, or Touthankamon to name a few!

Each room is full of character and has air-conditioning, an LCD TV, and Wi-Fi access. Also, each has a private bathroom and an outside sitting area close to the room.

Winter Palace (Upgrade: 100 GBP extra per person per night including breakfast)

This isn’t just any hotel! Formerly the winter palace of the Egyptian royal family, where Lord George Herbert Carnarvon and Howard Carter told the world of their astonishing find during their discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb, and where Crime Writer, Agatha Christie, stayed when she wrote her masterpiece “Death on the Nile” (along with Old Cataract in Aswan) in 1937.

From the Nile Terrace, views reach as far as the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Egyptian burial site of pharaohs including Tutankhamun, and the main restaurant is in what was the former master dining room for 125 years. Just a few minutes from the Temple of Luxor, this hotel exudes a timeless splendor and is well-placed for an indulgent stay in this historic city.

In the Victorian Lounge, guests can enjoy afternoon tea and in the main restaurant, La Corniche, a buffet spread fit for royalty, is laid out for breakfast and dinner. For fine French dining, book a table at the stately 1886 Restaurant and choose between the Nile Terrace or the Royal Bar for a nightcap.

Rooms are colonial in feel and design with satin fabrics, marble bathrooms, and superb views of the Nile, the ancient Valley of the Kings, or the botanical gardens. Classic Garden View Rooms look out onto the grounds and are tastefully decorated in regal style, while Classic Nile View Rooms overlook the iconic river.

From Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill to Hillary Clinton, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor has, for almost a century, hosted the world’s biggest celebrities and most powerful leaders. If its walls could speak, it's imagined that they would begin with the tale of Carter and Carnarvon and the hunt for King Tut’s tomb.

November 22, 1922, Luxor, Egypt. After making a small hole in the sealed wall, Howard Carter pushed a candle through it. At first, he could see nothing and then his eyes adjusted to the light. When Lord George Herbert Carnarvon asked, “Can you see anything?” Carter replied, “Yes, wonderful things!” Just a few hours before, this first peek into the golden tomb of King Tutankhamen, Carter and Carnarvon were discussing the find from the veranda of the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor.

As of January 1923, this hotel had become one of the most famous in the world. Celebrities, thrill-seekers, as well as the press, flooded the hotel to attend the daily conferences, where Carter and Carnarvon spoke side by side from the veranda detailing every step of the excavation. The building is constructed around the main hall with a beautiful marble staircase that ascends around a magnificent glass chandelier.

On both sides, the hotel has two large wings that run parallel to the Nile. The ground floor is reserved for service rooms, restaurants, and a ballroom with a 100-year-old rug donated by the Belgian queen. The bar is filled with antiques and century-old furniture and is breathtaking and relaxing to sit in, it feels like at any moment, Lord Carnarvon could enter to smoke his usual cigar and drink his regular whiskey.

While the atmosphere in Luxor has changed since then, the Winter Palace remains largely the same. True, the facilities have been upgraded to meet modern standards and a large heated swimming pool has been installed in the garden, but the place still has an old feel to it. Winter Palace Allows you to take a step back in time whilst offering you unashamed luxury and hosting worthy of a king (or queen).

Ride Egypt Red Sea Accommodation

Ride Egypt offers a choice of three to five-star hotels, subject to availability. Ride Egypt likes to have the freedom to choose and these are the favorites. Hurghada Hotels are mostly tourist hotels and you should consider that they will not have the same small intimate feeling as Luxor and Aswan.

Ride Egypt chooses hotels based on being in the best locations and access to the horses and dolphins, plus an opportunity to dine out or shop in the evening. All hotels offer both beach and swimming pool access and work on a soft all-inclusive basis covering meals, snacks, and soft drinks. Alcohol is payable locally.

  • Elysees Dream Beach Hotel - 3.5-star

The hotel is in the heart of Hurghada. Overlooking the Red Sea, the hotel provides a warm Egyptian hospitality experience. With its special flair of professional staff and its friendly atmosphere, providing 24 hours service in multi-languages. All rooms are spacious and airy with Wi-Fi, a safety deposit box, TV, minibar, and balcony; some feature views to the Red Sea.

A buffet breakfast is offered each morning and the on-site restaurant offers an array of local dishes and refreshing drinks with a sea view; while several regional picks can be found in the surrounding area. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a sun terrace equipped with loungers and parasols.

Guests can also benefit from a 24-hour reception, laundry service, and hairdressers on site. The beach is just moments away, where guests will find loungers and parasols for prime relaxation.

  • Sunrise Grand Select (Adults Only) - 5-star

Sunrise Holidays Resort has a private beach with a lagoon and island. It offers a dive center, health club, and an outdoor pool overlooking the Red Sea. This property offers an array of restaurants, bars, and lounges. Free WIFI is available in the lobby area; with a balcony or terrace with sea or pool views, the air-conditioned rooms have a satellite TV, minibar, and a private bathroom with a bath.

Some rooms feature a lounge area with sofas. Egyptian and international dishes are served at the Nasaya Restaurant and Lounge, El Sol International restaurant, and Arabian Nights restaurant. Snacks and drinks are on offer at the pool and beach bars. Room service and packed lunches can be arranged.

  • Bel Air Azur (Adults Only) - 4-star

This all-inclusive beach hotel is located along the Red Sea, just three kilometers from the center of Hurghada. It features 800 meters squared of freshwater pools and rooms with balcony and free minibar. There is also a pool bar with a selection of ice creams, and other five bars serving light snacks and drinks.

The contemporary rooms of Bel Air Azur Resort overlook the central pool area. They are all equipped with satellite TV, a small coffee table with wicker chairs, and a hairdryer. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Hurghada!

Program

The facilities are located in the West Bank; it’s quirky and it’s real Egypt. The horses have a fabulous life. There are several well-maintained boxes, although most live out in huge, lush, green paddocks with mountain views (and who can blame them!). After three fabulous days in Luxor, you will head to Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay in Hurghada. Located on the Red Sea Riviera and nestled between a desert and a mountain range, Makadi Bay has beautiful, white sand beaches and crystal blue water.

On Horseback

Ride through traditional Bedouin villages, sugar cane fields, and plantations, gallop across the sand dunes like Laurence of Arabia, swim in the Red Sea on horseback, and enjoy panoramic views of Valley of the Kings from Mount Thebes

History and Culture

Explore the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Medina Habu Temple, and other ancient temples and tombs; visit souk markets and sail the Nile.

Real Egypt

See the local farmlands and water buffalo grazing, sugar cane fields, and banana plantations, try traditional Egyptian cuisine, watch a belly dancing show, and go on a camel safari

Swim

Swim in the Red Sea with your horse., swim with wild dolphins, and try a snorkeling day trip by boat.

Type of Ride and Paces

This is a two-center-guest-house-based riding holiday; Luxor is about sightseeing, temples, and village life. The paces are walk, trot, canter, and occasional gallops. The Red sea offers wide-open spaces with paces for trot, canter, and optional gallops.

Day 1: Travel Day and Arrival

Arrival and check in to Luxor Homestay, an authentic Egyptian guest house located close to the River Nile. This guest house offers the finest home-cooked local cuisine and excellent service. The house has been built using traditional materials in an oriental style, it has two roof terraces with views of both Luxor and Hatshepsut temple. The grounds offer great relaxation with a flower garden, "Bedouin corner", a swimming pool, and jacuzzi.

The rooms are appropriately named, with "Nefertiti" and "Cleopatra" as examples. The rooms have air-conditioning, LCD TVs, and Wi-Fi. They have private bathrooms and Luxor Homestay will be your home away from home for the next four nights.

Day 2: Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun, and Hatshepsut (Non-Riding Tour and Introductory Ride)

You will start the day by being introduced to the land of the Pharaohs. This non-riding morning gives insight as to why the Valley of the Kings is so important, the Pyramids of Giza and the Nile Delta were the tombs of choice for pharaohs of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, but those of the New Kingdom wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south. Consequently, they built their crypts in the hills of this barren tract of land which lies west of Luxor, now called the "Valley of the Kings" or the "Valley of the Dead".

You will have the chance to visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was discovered on November 1922 by Howard Carter. Tutankhamun is colloquially known as “King Tut” or “the boy king”. His tomb is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

The morning continues onto the Temple of Hatshepsut, the most famous female in Egyptian history. Hatshepsut was a pharaoh of Egypt from roughly 1479 to 1458 BCE. She not only had the longest reign of any Egyptian female but is also regarded as one of the most successful rulers in Egyptian history. Under Hatshepsut, Egypt explored, built, and grew.

This temple reflects the stunning beauty of these important figures, there are three layered terraces reaching 29.5 meters (97 feet) tall. Each story is articulated by a double colonnade of square piers, with the exception of the northwest corner of the central terrace, which employs proto-Doric columns to house the chapel (the Doric order is a particular type of architecture and this style of a column is often associated with Egyptian tombs). The terraces are connected by long ramps which were once surrounded by gardens with foreign plants, including frankincense and myrrh trees.

To complete the history circle, the last stop is at Carters House, this is rarely visited in standard tourist packages and yet is one of the most interesting buildings to be found in Luxor. Although far from glamorous, Ride Egypt never tires of visiting the house where Howard Carter lived during his search for Tutankhamun’s Tomb and his excavation of the Valley of the Kings.

It’s a simple but mesmerizing piece of history, a step back in time and a house full of actual happenings. You can see the photo lab he used, along with his cameras and other photography equipment. His original desk is still in the house, as is the library he kept and items relating to the excavation of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb, which is on display. It’s a very special feature in the Luxor itinerary.

  • Optional Extra ticket: 50 GBP - The trip has an optional extra to visit Valley of the Queens (Arabic: وادي الملكات Wādī al Malekāt) where wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In those days, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning “the place of beauty”. There are few figures from ancient Egypt who have captured imaginations as vividly as Nefertiti. Living in the mid-14th century BCE, Nefertiti was the model of ancient Egyptian beauty and one of the most powerful queens of the ancient world. As the wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti may have helped influence Egypt’s adoption of the monotheistic worship of the sun deity Aten. Traditionally believed to be the stepmother of Tutankhamun, she helped raise the famous boy-king. This is one of the most stunning tombs in all Egypt and although it has an expensive entry fee, this should not discourage visitors from witnessing such unimaginable beauty so well preserved.

The afternoon sees the beginning of your first horse adventure. You will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where you will be introduced to Ride Egypt's home and horses. The Bedouin-style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile, boasting several boxes and lush plantation fields.

Here you will find the carefree Arabian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields and almost sparkling in the sunshine against the backdrop of the mountains. The facility is home to horses, donkeys, and camels and very much holds a “farm atmosphere”. The first riding trip is relaxed and gives you a chance to get to know Ride Egypt and the horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day.

You will ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you can see the buffalo grazing along the banks. Upon your return, you will transfer back to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8 p.m. with a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! The riding time will be about two to three hours.

Day 3: The Ultimate Trail Ride through the Land of the Pharaohs

Your first full day with the horses, prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please. Longer trails encourage you to experience horses and country life.

You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. Mid-morning, you can prepare to be amazed as the sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes so you can see panoramic views of Luxor.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and the trail home will take you past the Colossi of Memnon (Arabic: el-Colossat or es-Salamat), which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. They have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC)! This is a wonderful opportunity for photos together with the horses. This ride is approximately six hours, from end to end. After Karnak, you will visit the Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.

Day 4: Habu Temple (Riding) and Karnak Temple (Non-Riding)

Rise and shine for a 7 a.m. departure, it will be time for another tick-off-the-bucket-list for many visitors to Luxor, a visit to Madinet Habu Temple! Leaving the stables around 7:30 a.m., it takes about two hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, you will dismount and tether the horses outside in the shade before heading inside this magnificent complex to explore and learn more about its history.

Built as a mortuary temple for Ramses III (1186-1155 BC), one of the great pharaohs of ancient Egypt, Habu Temple was built on land that was considered to have magical powers by local farmers long before his time. Ramses often lived in the adjacent palace but other deities resided at Medinet Habu permanently. During the Libyan invasions of the late Twentieth Dynasty, Medinet Habu sheltered the entire popular of Thebes.

You will have a light brunch after your visit at around 11 a.m. before riding back in time to change for your afternoon adventures and your non-riding tour to the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the incredible Karnak Temple. Karnak is the largest religious complex on the planet. Forget all you have come to expect in regard to scale and space and be astonished by the Temples of Amun-Ra and his divine wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu.

Ride Egypt will be on hand to show you through the labyrinth and explain the purpose, meaning, and history of the amazing ruins of Karnak. Many visitors walk right past one of the treasures of Karnak, its Open-Air Museum. You will be introduced to some of the architectural wonders which have been re-erected in all their glory in this museum.

Enter the Great Hypostyle Hall built by Seti I, father of Ramesses the Great, with over 6000 square meters and 134 columns; the 12, which flank the processional way, are 23 meters tall; words, facts, and figures can never do justice to the experience that is Karnak. After Karnak, you will visit Luxor Temple, largely built by the New Kingdom pharaohs, Amenhotep III (1390–1352 BC) and Ramses II (1279–1213 BC).

This temple is a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of the modern town. Also known as the Southern Sanctuary, its main function was during the annual Opet celebrations when the statues of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu were brought from Karnak, along the Avenue of Sphinxes, and reunited here during the inundation.

The finale ends with a tour of Luxor Museum, this wonderful museum has a well-chosen and brilliantly displayed and explained collection of antiquities dating from the end of the Old Kingdom right through to the Mamluk period, mostly gathered from the Theban temples and necropolis. This is one of the most rewarding sights in Luxor and one of the best museums in Egypt.

The total riding time is approx. four to five hours. This will be your last evening in this region and you will finish your Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian barbecue dinner and music. These are some of the optional extras on request:

  • Guided tour and shopping at the souk markets (No charge)
  • Sunrise Balloon Tour (150 USD)
  • Private Boat Dinner on the Nile (Price on request)

Day 5: Travel to Hurghada

Morning departure with arrival at the Red Sea for early afternoon. This a non-riding day.

Day 6: Makadi Bay Riding

You will have a full day trail ride with the “desert Arabians”. The horses in Hurghada are chosen for their forward-going nature and their ability to gallop endlessly in the deserts. This a superb day of riding including the beach, sea, and deserts of Makadi. Lunch is served out and about and the riding time is approximately five to six hours.

For less experienced or less fit riders, there is an option to divide the day, riding two hours in the morning and then riding again in the afternoon with lunch at your hotel in between.

Day 7: Swimming with wild dolphins (Non-Riding Day)

Today takes you away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where you will spend the day lapping up the sunshine and relaxing. However, this isn’t any old boat trip! Today, you will have the opportunity to meet underwater friends at Dolphin House where you can swim with wild dolphins and stop off at two stunning snorkelling spots.

There is an array of underwater beauty around the reefs of Hurghada and this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Onboard, you will also be treated to an exquisite lunch by the wonderful crew on board.

Day 8: Swimming with Horses

No trip would be complete without swimming with horses in the Red Sea. This is a full morning ride with lots of exhilarating canters along the desert before arriving at the sea. On arrival, you will dismount and remove the saddles before entering the sea with your horse. The horses love to swim too so it’s a wonderful trip for both.

After your swim, you’ll have some time to dry off in the warm sunshine before riding home. The riding time is four hours and you have to check out by 12 noon (late check outs are available on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Luxor and Hurghada Red Sea in Egypt.

Luxor

Luxor offers numerous riding opportunities and cultural trips on horseback from galloping through the desert at dusk to splashing through the shallows of the River Nile. Days can be spent riding through traditional villages and under the shade of palm trees. You are almost certain to see water buffalo wallowing in the River Nile and you will marvel at Royal Ibis fearlessly dunking themselves in alongside.

Longer trails encourage you to experience country life and see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did before continuing into the desert to experience the mystic and ancient atmosphere at the Temple of Rameses III at Medinet Habu under the shadows of the Mountains of Thebes.

Here, you can watch sensational sunsets from the top of a sand dune before riding back past the ancient temples of the West Bank. There are no words to truly describe how beautiful Luxor is. It’s something that has to be experienced personally and what better way to do it than on horseback.

Makadi Bay - Hurghada

Makadi Bay has a laid back feel to it, having once been a quiet fishing village and the views are quite astounding. On the western coast of the Red Sea nestled gently between serene desert sand dunes, it also boasts long stunning stretches of gently sloping white sand, translucent waters, and inshore reefs that are home to exquisite marine life. This tranquil destination is ideal for lovers of snorkeling, divers, and horse riders alike and is ideal for one of our most popular excursions, swimming with horses.

Food

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be provided on riding holidays. Soft drinks and alcohol are payable locally. There will also be complimentary water bottles on riding trips.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All riding and non-riding tours
  • Services of riding and non-riding guides
  • Use of horses and tack including saddlebags and water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Complimentary water bottles on riding trips

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • International and local flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip kitty (100 USD or 75 GBP)
  • Temples, museums, and historical sites local fees (Around 80 USD)
  • Accommodation upgrades in Luxor

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Ride Egypt provides transfers to and from the following airports at additional costs:

  • Luxor International Airport (LXR) to/from Luxor hotels - Approximately 1 hour: 25 GBP
  • Hurghada International Airport (HRG) to Luxor - Approximately 3.5 hours: 65 GBP
  • Hurghada hotels to Hurghada International Airport (HRG) - Approximately 1 hour: 25 GBP
Airport: Hurghada International Airport Airport transfer available: Hurghada International Airport (US$83 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Luxor International Airport Airport transfer available: Luxor International Airport (US$32 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Please keep in mind that Egypt has a strong tipping culture and leaving tips is a way of life. You are kindly asked to factor this into your budget: 100 USD or 75 GBP, to be paid on the first day of arrival. This goes into a tipping kitty in order to tip hotel staff, porter, tour guides, riding guides, grooms, drivers, camel guides, and boat guides for the week. This rate is quoted pro-rata so if you have a longer holiday than a week or over several locations, please budget accordingly. Ride Egypt will be happy to help if you need further assistance in budgeting. Temples, museums, and historical sites all have local fees, you are recommended to budget around 80 USD but of course, this can vary depending on the client's interest in visits and history.

Special Discount

The September 22 – 29, 2019 dates have a special package price. Please send Ride Egypt an inquiry for more information.

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