LUXOR & MAKADI BAY RIDE 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
Arrive Luxor International Airport, Depart Hurghada International Airport
October to April
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. The riding season is from October to April – Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2020 / 2021Rates:

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

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
  • Accommodation (upgrades available at additional cost)
  • Delicious food
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

  • All alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Entries to some temples and historic sites
  • International flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel & Medical 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

Upon arrival in Luxor, you will be collected for your road transfer to your hotel in Luxor. You can choose an authentic homestay or upgrade to the Villa Nile House, an authentic Egyptian guest house located close to the River Nile. The guest house has been built using traditional materials in an oriental style – it has two roof terraces with views of both Luxor and Hatsheput temple and creates the perfect atmosphere for the beginning of your Egyptian adventure. The grounds offer great relaxation after a long day in the saddle with a flower garden, ‘Bedouin corner’, swimming pool and jacuzzi. The rooms are all unique, with names such as ‘Nefertiti’ and ‘Cleopatra’, each with its own private bathroom. The Nile House will be your home from home for the next 4 nights.

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

You will start your day with an introduction to the land of the Pharaohs. This non-riding morning gives insight as to why the Valley of the Kings is so important – the burial place of the New Kingdom – close to the source of the pharaohs’  dynastic roots in the south.

You will have the chance to visit three amazing historical sights, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Carter House. The Tomb of Tutankhamun or “The Boy King” is considered to be the best-preserved and most intact tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. Hatshepsut is one of the most famous females in Egyptian history and was a pharaoh of Egypt from roughly 1479 to 1458 BC. Her temple reflects her beauty with terraces reaching almost 30m (100 feet) high. The three 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, stop at Carter’s 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. 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.

After lunch, you will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where you will be introduced to the horses. The Bedouin-style yard, crafted by local Egyptians, is based on the West Bank of the Nile boasting several lush plantation fields. Here you will find the carefree horses grazing happily in the green fields against the backdrop of the mountains. The stables is home to horses, donkeys and camels and very much holds a “farm atmosphere”.

The first ride 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’ll ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile, a peaceful place where you can often see buffalo grazing along the banks. On return, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Dinner will be a local Egyptian feast, eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions; a must when in Luxor!

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Visit the Valley of the Queens where the wives of pharaohs we buried in ancient times. Nefertiti’s tomb is considered of the most stunning tombs in Egypt, and although an expensive entry fee, this should not discourage visitors from witnessing such unimaginable beauty so well preserved.

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 eager to please.

Longer trails allow you to experience the traditional country life, and you will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did. By mid-morning you will be amazed by a panoramic view of Luxor as you ride behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before riding past the Colossi of Memnon; two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII and offer an incredible photo opportunity on horseback.  They have stood in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years!

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 early, it takes us about 2 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 fascinating history.

Built as a mortuary temple for Ramses III, 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.

Enjoy a light brunch after your visit, before riding back to the hotel to change for your afternoon adventures and our non-riding tour to the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the incredible Karnak Temple – 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. Your guides will be on hand to show you through the labyrinth and explain the purpose, meaning and history of the amazing ruins of Karnak and the open air museum.

After Karnak, visit Luxor Temple, largely built by the New Kingdom pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramses II. 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. This is your last evening in this region and you will finish our Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and Egyptian BBQ dinner.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS ON REQUEST:

Guided tour and shopping at the souk markets

Sunrise Balloon tour

Private Boat Dinner on the Nile

Day 5 - Travel day to Hurghada

After breakfast, you will have a private road transfer to Hurghada. Your drive gives you a last glimpse of the River Nile before heading into the desert and ends with the shimmering blues of the Red Sea.  Arriving around lunchtime, you will check in to your hotel. Located in Makadi Bay, just a few minutes from the horses and stable and in close proximity to the beach it is the perfect destination for those looking for a quality beach holiday by the Red Sea.  Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 - Makadi Bay Riding

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 that Makadi is famous for. For those who want a full day out in the desert, you will be met by tuk-tuk and enjoy a picnic out in the desert, while the horses take a break and enjoy a snack of their own. 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.  In the evening, take in the breathtaking sunset over the Red Sea.

Day 7 - Non-riding day – swimming with wild dolphins

Today we have a special treat for you and a stunning full day’s boat trip on the Red Sea where dolphins can be found swimming in their natural environment. You can jump in, snorkel and swim with these majestic, playful creatures – a truly memorable experience and something that must be crossed off your bucket list! The area is also ideal for snorkeling and offers a chance to see the underwater beauty that hides beneath the surface so, after a delicious seafood lunch, you will have time to explore the stunningly beautiful reefs of the Red Sea.

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’ll dismount and remove your saddle before splashing into the sea with your horse. The horses swimming and it is exhilarating feeling their muscles below you as they swim, plus lots of fun moments as they splash and play.

After your swim you’ll have some time to dry off in the warm sunshine before riding home. 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

A horse riding holiday in Egypt is extremely customizable, with these 2 & 3-star bed and breakfasts chosen to give you the opportunity to experience authentic Egyptian hospitality. Here are a few favourites, but other 3&4-star hotels are available based on your preferences. Please enquire about other upgraded accommodation options (at an extra cost) if you’re seeking a more luxurious adventure.

ACCOMMODATION IN LUXOR

Luxor Home Stay 

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 stables and surrounded by farmland. Enjoy a host of traditional home-cooked meals and the small garden. There is a swimming pool available at a neighbouring hotel.

Villa Nile House (£30 extra pppn including all meals)

Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service. Built in an oriental style with traditional materials, it has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. In the picturesque garden a  swimming pool, Jacuzzi and hammam are waiting for you. 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!

Winter Palace (£100 extra pppn including breakfast)

Formerly the winter palace of the Egyptian royal family, and just a few minutes from the Temple of Luxor, this hotel exudes a timeless splendour and is well-placed for an indulgent stay in this historic city.

ACCOMMODATION IN HURGHARDA

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel 

Sweet Home is a quiet hotel in a green area with a private sandy beach facing the Red Sea. Located next to the beach it is perfectly situated to toss off the flip flops, bury your toes in the sand, and forget about life for a while. Enjoy the pool just in front of the beach and take in the unforgettable sunset in the evening. All 11 rooms have sea views and their own terrace where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Red Sea. Offering warm hospitality and a private beach, it is the perfect spot to relax after a day of adventuring.

Marina Star Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Hurghada New Marina, Marina Star Hotel offers apartment- living with hotel-style service. There is an onsite restaurant serving modern cuisine however the gem of this hotel is its location with numerous existing restaurants with a short walk, we encourage you to go out and explore! The apart-hotel offers a luxury and modern private beach and pool within a few minute’s walk away.

QUICK FACTS
Luxor & Makadi Bay, Egypt
Arrival Luxor International Airport, Departure Hurghada International Airport
October to April
8 days, 7 nights
Group Size: Max. 10 
Novice and Up
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7 Nights: £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. The riding season is from October to April – Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2020 / 2021 Rates:

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

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
  • Accommodation (upgrades available at additional cost)
  • Delicious food
  • Water with all rides and meals

Excludes

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

I recently came back from a week in Egypt and had an amazing time. The trip is split between Luxor and Hurghada and offers a good mix of culture and horse riding. Luxor offers an insight into Egyptian life with the chance to spot water buffalo and a variety of birds whilst riding along the Nile as well as visits to historical sites with an amazing and informative guide. Hurghada by contrast is all about the riding with miles of beaches and desert for some good gallops. Emma and her team were brilliant and were always on hand if I ever needed anything. The horses that I rode were all forward and responsive and really enjoyed their jobs. On the final day there is an option to swim in the sea with the horses, the perfect end to a fantastic week.
I'd definitely recommend this trip for anyone considering Egypt and AHS. Booking was super easy and Isabel was on hand before to talk me through options. As transfers in Egypt were included all I had to do was turn up and enjoy myself.

Rachel WilcoxLuxor & Makadi Bay, 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
  • Based in Luxor, they are able to grow most of their own horse food, being quinoa, barley and corn.  Quinoa gives is a pure protein so it works the same way as when body-builders have a high protein diet whilst training, great for power and muscle. Corn, known as “fatty power” meaning it’s good for maintaining a healthy weight. Barley locally called Sheerie” is a great all-rounder. All of these local grains are grown and dried on the farm.
  • The stables were purposely built with the horses in mind. They have low walls between each of the horses so they can socialize with each other and large sandy paddocks for grazing and frolicking
  • All tack is purposely bought for each horse, and cleaned and checked daily.
  • All horses are purposely chosen to suit each rider’s preference and riding ability.

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

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