Sense of Egypt – Cairo, Luxor & Makadi Bay

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Best of Egypt – Luxor & Makgadi Bay with Captivating Cairo

A trail ride to Egypt just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza on horseback! The Luxor and Makadi Bay is our most popular Egypt ride, so why not combine it with a few days in Cairo so you can see the best of Egypt. This itinerary combines the Cairo ride with Luxor and Makadi Bay. Enjoy 3 activity days exploring everything Cairo has to offer.

Start your adventure in the bustling megacity of Cairo. Find yourself immersed in the depth of the fascinating layered history, the wealth of culture all atop a beautiful, fiery Arabian horse. Spend a few days in Cairo, packing in all the must-see sights, visiting the Pyramids of Giza, Abusir, and Sakkara on horseback. Explore other extraordinary sights such as the Cairo Museum, Khal El Khalili  Market and Muez Street on foot with your own personal guide. Enjoy Egyptian hospitality during your stay at a charming guesthouse only a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Pyramids. A truly incredible way to experience a unique city!

From Cairo, either fly or take the more adventurous overnight train journey to Luxor. Often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, it’s hard to describe the magic of this extraordinary place. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes and seeing them from horseback is something out of a dream. Riding through the land of the Pharos, see the Valley of the Kings through the ears of your purebred Arabian before taking some incredible photos in front of the Colossi of Memnon.

End your Egyptian adventure in Makgadi Bay, where the desert sands meet the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea. Gallop across the open desert and along seemingly endless beaches. Enjoy a boat trip out to swim with wild dolphins and end your adventure riding your steed into the warm waters for a horseback swim. Egypt is meant to be discovered on horseback!

QUICK FACTS
Cairo, Luxor & Hurghada, Egypt
Arrive Cairo Airport, Depart Hurghada Airport
October to May
11 Days, 10 Nights
Group Size: Max. 10
Intermediate and Above
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ride further afield beyond the tourist hot spots to temples and pyramids deep in the heart of the Egyptian desert
  • Visit the 7th Wonder of the World on horseback and take epic “between the ears” photos
  • Get to know the real Egypt with a private guide showing you all the best sights of the city and beyond.
  • See the Valley of Kings from a unique perspective
  • Swim on horseback in the crystal clear waters at Makadi Bay
THE DESTINATION

The place Egyptians call Umm Ad Dunya – the “Mother of the World” Cairo is chaotic but beautiful. Staying on the ourskirts of this bustling city, you get to have breakfast overlooking the Great pyramids of Giza. Explore the local souks before diving into history and exploring the museums and tombs that make Egypt so unique.

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 – and the best way to get there is by horseback.

The Red Sea Riviera is a real miracle of nature. Sandy beaches, hot African sun, turquoise sea joining the desert. Egypt is a land of the living and the dead and many secrets, where the past meets the present, the history of the pharaohs is still shrouded in the desert ubiquitous sand. Explore the desert and ocean on this horseback adventure. 

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 12 days/11 Nights 
£1 978 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
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Gratuities
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP100 pp)
YOUR 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. Itineraries can be adapted to any special interests you might have, so let us know. There are other non-riding activities that can be booked when you arrive – you’ll have a personal guide with in-depth knowledge of this amazing country.

Day 1: Arrival in Egypt

On arrival you will be met at the airport by your driver and transported to your accommodation – this is a boutique hotel within walking distance of the stables. The hotel is located on the back streets of Giza, just a few hundred metres from the Pyramids. The roof terrace offers stunning views towards the Sphinx and Pyramids and is the perfect spot to watch the light and sound show over the Pyramids as you enjoy your first dinner in Egypt.

Day 2: Giza Pyramids & Sundowner Ride

On your first day in Cairo you’ll tick off some of the unmissable sights that every visitor to the city must experience! In the morning, meet the heard of beautiful Arabian horses for your first ride to the world famous Pyramids of Giza! Riding across the plains towards the unique skyline is an exhilarating thrill that not many people get to experience. Arriving at one of the 7 Wonders of the World,  you will have the opportunity to dismount and explore, on foot , the breath taking ancient structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried thousands of years before.  Then take a walk on over to the Sphinx and see for yourself the treasures that you have only seen famous pictures of up until now.

After an awe inspiring morning you can relax at lunch to enjoy traditional Egyptian cuisine before heading out again in the afternoon. The second riding tour takes you behind the back of the pyramids with plenty of open ground to fly with the horses. You will watch the sunset from a local Bedouin tea camp before taking a leisurely stroll back with the horses to the stable. There’s time for a quick shower on return before watching the legendary Light and Sound show on the roof of your hotel while enjoying a sumptuous Egyptian meal.

Day 3: Giza, Saqqara, Abu Sir & Memphis

After breakfast you will be picked up in an air-conditioned bus with your guide. You day begins once more at Giza Pyramids and the great Sphinx. From here, head to Memphis and Saqqara. This is an amazing display of how tomb and pyramid-building progressed; a necropolis containing burials from different dynasties. At the Serapeum of Saqqara you will enter a series of tunnels to see the sarcophagi of the Apis bulls, sacred to the god, Ptah. Ptah was the local god of the town of Memphis, your next location. Memphis is an open-air museum with many things to see, such as a statue of Rameses II and the famous 80-tonne Sphinx made from one gigantic piece of alabaster.

At some point you will stop for lunch. Don’t worry, you’ll be fed and watered!

Finish the day with a riding tour from Abu sir. The area is perfect for riders due to the masses of open ground and wide deserts allowing the horses and riders plenty of space to fly! Witness the epic sunsets Egypt is known for whilst blasting through the deserts. The end to a perfect day. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner and well-earned sleep.

Day 4: Cairo City, Khan El Khalili Market & Islamic Tour (Non-Riding)

After breakfast, your driver and guide collect you. Your first stop is one of the world’s most important collections of ancient artifacts, the Egyptian Museum in Downtown Cairo. Inside the great domed building, the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun lie alongside the goods, mummies, jewelry, eating bowls and toys of Egyptians whose names we will never know. Step back in time as you wonder through this fascinating museum.

There are many fabulous local restaurants to stop at before visiting the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside the Citadel of Salah El Din. Continue the tour to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Church of St. Barbara, Church of Abu Serga.

You city tour finale is the Khalili market – A firm favourite! This bustling market comes into its own in the evenings with the smell of incense and a backdrop of twinkling Bedouin lanterns.

Vibrant, and home to a great number of cultural and historic structures, it’s no surprise that the area has featured in many movies and literary works. For example, Naguib Mafhouz‘s famous novel Midaq Alley. Time spent here, is like stepping back into medieval Cairo. While strolling the market, you may find your eyes becoming lost between the unique mix of merchandise displayed in shops and allies. There is a variety of goods — from sparkling silverware, gold, antiques, to beautiful stained glass lamps.

Another highlight is visiting El Fishawi cafe. This hidden gem is located on a narrow street with yellow ochre walls and stunning dark wood mashrabeya panelling. Delight your senses with delicious, aromatic mint tea is served in dark blue teapots from large golden trays. Large chandeliers and mirrors framed in wood hang inside; it’s nothing short of a visual feast for photographers and aesthetes.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Travel Day

Enjoy a last leisurely breakfast in Cairo and a slow 12 noon check-out. A lovely breather after 3 day’s of activity.

Lunch in Cairo at your own leisure (Not included).

Head to Cairo airport in time for your flight to Luxor. There is a 5:30pm flight – You must arrive at least 2 hours beforehand and account for any Cairo traffic. (Flight not included – Usually around £65 – £100 per person)

Arrive in Luxor and meet your transfer. Head to the hotel in time for dinner.

 

 

Day 6: Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun & Hatshepsut

After a late-night flight, 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.  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 7: 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 8: Ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs

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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Horseback swim and departure

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 CAIRO – ONE OF THE BELOW

Panorama Pyramids Inn – Giza, Cairo
Just 300 metres away from the Great Sphinx & 1.2km from Giza Pyramids this hotel has a brilliant location. All guest rooms are equipped with aircon, a comfortable bed, seating area and private bathroom with complimentary free toiletries. The accommodation offers a stunning roof terrace with views of all the top sights in the city.

Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel – Giza, Cairo
Located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, just 50m from these wonders of the ancient world, this hotel offers unmatched views of the pyramids, sphinx and the sound and light theatre. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a private bathroom, while certain rooms at Pyramids Valley also provide guests with a terrace. After dinner you will be welcome to watch the magnificent sound & light show from your balcony or the top terrace.

3 Pyramids View Inn – Giza, Cairo
The Pyramids View Inn is located in Cairo, 400 m from the Great Sphinx, and has free bikes and a garden. Set 1.1km from the Giza Pyramids it features a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. At the inn, each room includes a wardrobe and a TV. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath, while selected rooms include a kitchen.

ACCOMMODATION IN LUXOR – ONE OF THE BELOW

Luxor Homestay
Step into the welcoming haven of this Luxor homestay, and enjoy stunning views of the Valley of the Kings from the roof terrace. Up here each morning a delicious breakfast is served while taking in the tranquil surroundings. The house is a stone’s throw away from the stables and surrounded by farmland. Enjoy a host of traditional home-cooked meals and the relaxing in 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 architecture, it has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. Relax in the picturesque garden complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and even a hammam for massages. An open-air stair will lead you to the bedrooms and to 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!

ACCOMMODATION IN HURGHADA – ONE OF THE BELOW

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
Cairo, Luxor & Hurghada, Egypt
Arrive Cairo Airport, Depart Hurghada Airport 
October to May
12 Days, 11 Nights
Group Size: Max. 10
Intermediate and Above
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ride further afield beyond the tourist hot spots to temples and pyramids deep in the heart of the Egyptian desert
  • Visit the 7th Wonder of the World on horseback and take epic “between the ears” photos
  • Get to know the real Egypt with a private guide showing you all the best sights of the city and beyond.
  • See the Valley of Kings from a unique perspective
  • Swim on horseback in the crystal clear waters at Makadi Bay
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 
£1 978 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
  • Flights from Cairo to Luxor
  • Gratuities
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Transfers (approximately GBP60 pp)
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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 in Egypt are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • 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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