HORSE RIDING HOLIDAYS IN EGYPT

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ADVENTURES OF LUXOR AND MAKADI BAY

Riding in Egypt offers a true horseback adventure, with historic temples, and famous landmarks such as the Red Sea and the River Nile. This unique horse riding holiday allows you to explore Egypt’s famous historic sites, such as the site of the ancient Thebes, and the Royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings, whilst having some great hours in the saddle.

The adventure begins in Luxor, on the east bank of the River Nile in southern Egypt; home of the ancient Thebes, the pharaoh’s capital during the 16th – 11th centuries B.C. Alongside exciting and thrilling riding, take a trip along the Nile shore and Gezira village to witness true Arabian village life.

Experience Fort Arabesque, and Makadi Bay in Hurghada, nestled between the stunning desert landscape and picturesque mountain range and located on the red sea. With long stretches of white sand beaches, the terrain is perfect for long free gallops, with the crystal blue waters wizzing past. The golden scenery, contrasting against the turquoise blue sea, makes it one of the most picturesque parts of the red sea.

Each day is unique and with long steady canter’s along sandy deserts, rides through local bedouin villages, faster stretches along the shoreline and adventures into the mountains and wilderness. Rides along the river Nile can even include spotting grazing buffalo. Ride through banana and sugar cane fields, leading to famous temples – unusual views to be seen from a horse. Venture out for a week-long journey which will create unforgettable memories, and is the perfect way to see Egypt and its famous historical landmarks.

Add a 3-night ‘Captivating Cairo’ stop-over which takes in the sights and sounds of Egypt’s bustling capital city. Enjoy the museums rich in history, the bustling ‘souqs’ full of chatter, and of course the opportunity to explore one of the seven classic ‘Wonders of the World’ on horseback. You will Stay in a gorgeous guesthouse with views of the Pyramids of Giza and experience ‘Real Egypt’. Please enquire for more details.

QUICK FACTS
Luxor & Makadi Bay, Egypt
Hurghada International Airport(Hurghada)
Monthly Set Dates
Up to 8 days, 7 nights
Group Size: Max. 10 
Minimum of 2 guests
Novice and Up
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • The chance to swim with your horse in crystal clear waters at Makadi Bay
  • Ride through the Egyptian desert to historical locations such as the Valley of the Kings
  • Horse ride along the famous River Nile and see buffalos grazing nearby
  • Canter along the coastline of the Red Sea
  • Get the chance to swim with Dolphins at Makadi Bay’s Dolphin House
  • Stay in beautiful accommodation in Luxor with rooftop views of ancient temples
THE DESTINATION
Luxor

On arriving into Luxor for the first half of your trip, you will witness its historic beauty. Luxor is known as the “open air museum” because of the vast number of historical artefacts, its iconic homes and the ruins of the temple complexes that stand within the modern city today.

The east bank of Luxor is home to the Luxor temple & Karnak Temple, and the west bank is home to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.

Makadi Bay

For the final days of your trip, you will stay in the beautiful Makadi Bay, a beautiful holiday destination famous for its beautiful beaches and clear waters. On the western coast of the famous Red Sea, between Safaga and Hurghada, Makadi Bay sits between serene desert and the Red Sea mountains.

Cairo Add-ON

Add a 3-night ‘Captivating Cairo’ stop-over which takes in the sights and sounds of Egypt’s bustling capital city. Enjoy the museums rich in history, the bustling ‘souqs’ full of chatter, and of course the opportunity to explore one of the seven classic ‘Wonders of the World’ on horseback.

DATES & RATES

Some set-departures dates are available and many flexible start dates. Please enquire for exact dates and availability. Rides are between October and April each year.

2020 Rates:

Full Board 8 days/7 Nights 
£ 1 379 PP SHARING + £ 50 PP TRANSFER

Based on 2 people sharing accommodation

Includes

  • All riding activities
  • Non-riding activities listed in the itinerary
  • All guiding
  • Delicious food and accommodation
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

  • All alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Entries to some temples and historic sites
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP50 pp)
YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary which may alter slightly due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will always be made with your best interests at heart.

Day 1 - Day of Arrival

Arrival and check in to Nile House, our 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 Hatsheput temple. The grounds offer great relaxation with a flower garden, ‘Bedouin corner’, swimming pool and jacuzzi. The rooms are appropriately named, with ‘Nefertiti’ and ‘Cleopatra’ just two examples. Rooms have air-conditioning, LCD TVs and Wi-Fi. They have private bathrooms. Nile House will be your home from home for the next 4 nights.

Day 2: Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun & Hatshepsut, Introductory Ride

We start our day by introducing you 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.

Our 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 metres (97 ft) 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 our 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, we 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 mesmerising 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 for us in our Luxor itinerary.

 

The afternoon sees the beginning of our first horse adventures together. You will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where we will introduce you to our home and our horses. Our 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 our carefree Arabian horses grazing happily in the glossy green fields and almost sparkling in the sunshine against the backdrop of the mountains. Our 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 us and our horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day. We 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. On return you will transfer back to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8pm at a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! Riding time 2-3 hours.

Day 3 - The ULTIMATE trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs

Your first full day with our 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 our 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 our 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 our trail home will take us 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 approx. 6 hours end to end.

After Karnak we will visit Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.

Day 4: Habu Temple riding and Karnak Temple

Rise and shine for a 7am departure, time for another tick off the bucket list for many visitors to Luxor – a visit to Madinet Habu Temple! Leaving the stables around 7.30am, it takes us about 2 hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, we 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.

We will have a light brunch after our visit, around 11am, before riding back in time to change for our afternoon adventures and our 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. We 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. We will introduce you 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 sqm, 134 columns. The 12 which flank the processional way are 23m tall – words, facts and figures can never do justice to the experience that is Karnak.

After Karnak we 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.

Our 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. Riding time approx. 4 -5 hours. This is our last evening in this region and we will finish our Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian BBQ dinner and music.

Day 5 - Travel day to Hurghada

Morning departure with arrival at the Red Sea for early afternoon. Guests stay at Labranda Makadi Garden is Located in Makadi Bay, just 5 minutes from our horses and stable and in close proximity to the beach making it the perfect destination for those looking for a quality beach holiday by the Red Sea.

Day 6: Makadi Bay Riding

Full day trail ride with our “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 approx 5-6 hours.

For less experienced or 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: Non-riding day – swimming with wild dolphins

Today takes us away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where we 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 our 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 we 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. Riding time 4 hours. Check out is by 12:00 (late check outs on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Villa Nile

Villa Nile is a charming guest house, with authentic oriental design. The house has two rooftop terraces with views of Luxor Temple and Hatshepsut temple. The accommodation also includes;

• Swimming pool
• Jacuzzi
• Wi-fi
• Air Conditioning
• Private Bathroom’s
•  LCD TV
• Gardens
• Sitting area
• Hammam (steam room)

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. This is 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. 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.

QUICK FACTS
Luxor & Makadi Bay, Egypt
Arrival Luxor, Departure Hurghada International Airport(Hurghada)
Monthly Set Dates
Up to 8 days, 7 nights
Group Size: Max. 10 
Minimum of 2 guests
Novice and Up
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from £ 1 379 pp sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • The chance to swim with your horse in crystal clear waters at Makadi Bay
  • Ride through the Egyptian desert to historical locations such as the Valley of the Kings
  • Horse ride along the famous River Nile and see buffalos grazing nearby
  • Canter along the coastline of the Red Sea
  • Get the chance to swim with Dolphins at Makadi Bay’s Dolphin House
  • Stay in beautiful accommodation in Luxor with rooftop views of ancient temples
DATES & RATES

Some set-departures dates are available and many flexible start dates. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates:

Full Board 8 days/7 Nights 
£ 1 379 PP SHARING 

Based on 2 people sharing accommodation

Includes

  • All riding activities
  • Non-riding activities listed in the itinerary – Other than museum entries (Approximately GBP60pp)
  • All guiding
  • Delicious food and accommodation
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

  • All alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Entries to some temples and historic sites
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP50 pp)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

My ride in Egypt was absolutely fabulous! I cannot describe in one word. Emma is so cool, we were to awesome places, we did super activities. Emma’s horses are lovely and wonderful, and the team is so kindly. I would definitely recommend going to Egypt! 10 days were too short, I wanted to stay there forever! I would like to thank you for your help, Isabel and Margot It’s my second time with you and not my last!

Elodie FolzenlogelCairo & Luxor, Egypt
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Ride Egypt are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Saddles are checked regularly and tack cleaned daily
  • Horses have dedicated rest days each week and are on holiday 2 months per year
  • Our horses live out in a herd environment, allowing them to live as naturally as
    possible once they have carried you home safely.

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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