Adventures of Luxor and Makadi Bay – Itinerary
Day 1: Travel day
After breakfast you will travel by Tuk Tuk to the stables on the West Bank. Our first day is a fabulous introduction to Bedouin Life. 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. Lunch will be provided at our guest house.
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a camel safari. This is an amazing way to travel through the villages and along the Nile with super high views! Dinner will be around 8pm at a local Egyptian feast and party at our guesthouse. Eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! The first day is a true impression of the “Egyptian way of life”. Approx 5 hours in the saddle.
Day 3: Non-riding day
After an early breakfast at around 7am, we will start with a half-day tour of the Valley of the Kings, the last resting-place of the ancient Pharaohs. The Valley of the Kings Tutankhamen; Ramesses I; Tuthmosis III; Tawsert/Sethnakt; Siptah; Ramesses III; Ramesses VI, IX & IV – usually at least eight tombs are open!
Our West Bank tour continues to 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. Our trip also will take us to Carters House, and The Valley of the Queens (Arabic: وادي الملكات Wādī al Malekāt) which is a place in Egypt where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In ancient times, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning “the place of beauty”.
After lunch we will cross cross to the East Bank and do a tour of Karnak Temple. We start our day by catching a ride on hantours (traditional horse-drawn buggies) and set out up the Corniche a kilometre or two to Karnak. Karnak! 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 were re-used as fill by later generations of Egyptian architects but 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 and Luxor Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.
Day 4: The ULTIMATE trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs
Our morning takes us into the countryside of Luxor. The lush green sugar cane fields are perfect for a good canter and the scenery is spectacular! Watch the farmers working in their fields just as their ancestors did using old traditions. 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 is served in a local village before completing our trial dashing through the sugar cane fields and banana plantations. This is approx 6 hours end to end. In the evening we will have dinner on a sailing boat, the perfect way to relax after a long ride.
Day 5: Travel to Hurghada
Morning departure arriving at the Red Sea for lunchtime. After lunch on the beach and a soak in the pool we will introduce you to our “desert Arabians”. The horses in hurghaga are chosen for their forward going nature and their ability to gallop endlessly in the deserts. We will enjoy a sunset ride before retiring for dinner by the sea. Riding time 3 hours.
Today’s riding is split into 2 halves. Our morning trip will see us fly in the desert with our horses and after a lunch break we will visit the stunning Red Sea. Dinner is at our hotel. Riding time 6 hours.
Day 7: Non riding day
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 will have the chance to swim with wild dolphins and stop off at 2 stunning snorkelling spots to see an array of underwater beauty around the reefs of Hurghada – a truly once in a lifetime experience.
Not only that, you will also be treated to an exquisite seafood lunch by the wonderful crew on board.
No trip would be complete without swimming with horses in the Red Sea! After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to our facilities. We will enjoy a morning canter along the sea before stripping the horses of their saddles and joining them for a swim. Enjoy a relaxed lunch on the beach and some down time before heading back to the hotel to prepare for your return flight in the evening. Riding time 3 hours.