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

Villa Nile House, Kornish Al Nile, Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt

Ultimate Horse Riding Holiday Egypt

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Are you looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday combined with some beach and relaxing while riding fabulous horses throughout? Then, this trip is a dream come true! You will start your holiday in historical Luxor which has often been called the world’s greatest Open-Air Museum as indeed, it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. You will also visit the site of ancient Thebes, the Pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power during the 16th to 11th centuries B.C.E. Today’s city surrounds two huge, surviving temples. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank. Join Ride Egypt for the unforgettable ride experience!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Comfortable English leather GP and Western saddles
  • Horse Breed: Arab and Arabian Cross

Highlights

  • Ride along the River Nile
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 6 hours
  • Ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs, Luxor
  • Ride to Hurghada with a sunset ride and an introduction to Arabian desert
  • Morning canter along the Red sea and join the horses for a swim
  • Visits to several historic places and snorkeling day trip by boat
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Arabic, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Hurghada International Airport (US$63 per person)
Airport transfer included: Luxor International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Villa Nile House

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with an outstanding service. The place is built in an oriental style with traditional materials like wood and cob and comfortably decorated.

Jawhara Beach and Sea Lodge

Jawhara Beach and Sea Lodge is a small boutique hotel in Safaga just 10 minutes away from the beach and sea stable, be welcomed to your home away from home! From the moment you walk through the door, you are welcomed by a relaxing and friendly atmosphere where service and looking after their guests is their number one priority, the hotel comprises of 34 rooms with sea views, the bedrooms are very thoughtfully decorated creating a perfect place for a peaceful night’s sleep next to the sea, each with comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows, and super soft duvets with Egyptian cotton linen. The restaurant serves the best Egyptian food freshly prepared daily offering a wide range of culinary delights. The hotel also has a private beach and a wonderful spa which is highly recommended.

Program

On horseback

You will ride through traditional Bedouin villages, sugar cane fields, and plantations. Also, you will gallop across the sand dunes like Laurence of Arabi, swim in the Red Sea on horseback, and enjoy the panoramic views of Valley of the Kings from Mount Thebes.

History and culture

You will explore the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Medina Habu Temple, and other ancient temples and tombs. You will also visit souk markets and sail the Nile.

Real Egypt

You will see the local farmlands and water buffalo grazing, sugar cane fields, and banana plantations. You may also try traditional Egyptian cuisine, watch a belly dancing show, and go on a camel safari.

Swim

You will swim in the Red Sea with your horse. You may also swim with wild dolphins and try a snorkeling day trip by boat.

Practical information

  • Riding level: The holiday is designed for ‘riders’ with specially set travel holidays that see many solo travelers coming together from around the world riding together. You should be confident on a horse at all paces, as a minimum, up to a canter.
  • Group size: The groups comprise a minimum of two riders and a maximum of ten riders.
  • Saddles: Comfortable English leather GP, Endurance, Treeless, and Western are available.
  • Guides: Professional and multilingual guides, hosts, and drivers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Travel day, arrival and check-in.

Day 2 - Half Day Non-Riding and Introductory Ride

You will start your 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 in 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.

Your 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.

The trip also will take you to Carters House and The 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”. 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 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, you will never tire 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 are on display. It’s a very special feature in the Luxor itinerary.

The afternoon sees the beginning of your first horse adventures. 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 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 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 buffaloes grazing along the banks. On 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! Riding time will be 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 your 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.

Day 4 - Habu Temple and Karnak Temple

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 will take about two hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields.

On arrival, 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, 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 – over 6000 square meters with 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 trip 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. Riding time is approximately 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.

Day 5 - Travel to Hurghada

Morning departure with arrival at the Red Sea in the early afternoon. Check-in and relax.

Day 6 - Makadi Bay

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. Riding time is approximately five to six hours. For less experienced or fit riders, there is an option to divide the day, you can ride for two hours in the morning and then ride again in the afternoon, with lunch at your hotel in between.

Day 7 - Non-Riding Day: Swimming with Wild Dolphins

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 snorkeling 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.

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, 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. Riding time is four hours. Checkout is by 12 p.m. (late checkouts are on request at the hotel) and then it’s time for you 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

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Guided tour and shopping at the souk markets - no charge
  • Sunrise balloon tour - 150 USD
  • Private boat dinner on the Nile - Price on request)

What's included

  • 5-day horse riding sessions
  • Half-day tour of the Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut tour
  • Carters House and The Valley of the Queens trips
  • Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Luxor Museum, and Mummification Museum visits
  • Stunning Red Sea visit
  • Snorkeling day trip by boat with a chance to swim with wild dolphins
  • Use of horses and service of guides
  • Shared transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • International and local flights
  • Drinks - payable locally
  • Temple entries payable locally
  • Tips
  • Private rooms and transfers on request

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Luxor International Airport (LXR). The departure airport should be Hurghada International Airport (HRG). In cases of flights arriving into Luxor between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. transfers are free of charge, outside these hours, there is a charge of 15 GBP from Luxor International Airport (LXR) to the hotel.

In the case of flights arriving into Hurghada International Airport (HRG), the transfer to Luxor by car takes three and a half hours and is 50 GBP per person. This cost applies at every flight time. It’s a long transfer and an expensive one so Ride Egypt needs to charge it.

For flights arriving between after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m., early morning and middle of the night arrivals, Ride Egypt will book the customers a hotel for 45 GBP plus a transfer from the airport, 15 GBP. You will be picked up the following morning after breakfast at 9:30 a.m. for a 50 GBP fee. Usually, Hurghada transfers operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Return flights from Hurghada are free inside the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., outside these hours, the charge is 15 GBP.

Airport: Hurghada International Airport Airport transfer available: Hurghada International Airport (US$63 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Luxor International Airport Airport transfer included: Luxor International Airport No additional charges. 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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 Special offer

Ride Egypt offers 10% discount on all holidays booked for travels before 1st June 2019. 

 

Pricing information

  • There is a surcharge for Christmas and New Year dates of 100 GBP per person.

Additional information

Ride Egypt takes a tip kitty on day one of the holiday (100 USD per person). Egypt is a country where tips are a way of life. 100 USD covers hotels, porters, guides, horseman guides, grooms, drivers, camel guides, and boat guides.  

Friday October 11, 2019
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