Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Hurghada
Private transfer to your hotel.
In the morning we head off into the desert to explore the vast golden stretches of sand surrounding Hurghada. The openness of the desert beneath the mountains allows us to do what our horses love to do most, notch it up a gear and fly through the shadows of the gently warming morning sunshine.
Palms, pyramids & pharaohsAfter an hour’s ride, we’ll meander down to the coast and cool off in the ocean with our four-legged friends. Stepping just out of their depth and splashing about in the crystal-clear waters, experience a truly memorable time swimming with our horses in the Red Sea, followed by a delicious lunch on the beach and some time to relax.
As the sun starts to set and the heat of the day begins to fade, we’ll saddle up again for a 2-hour sunset ride late afternoon. As Egypt offers some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever witness, be prepared for a kaleidoscope of colours as the last of the day’s rays dance across the desert and glisten on the lapping waves of the sea.
Day 3: Non-Riding Day
Time for some downtime and a chance to relax as we set sail for some non-riding fun. Get ready to tick yet another box on your bucket list as you explore the underwater beauty of the Red Sea. Armed with a snorkel and mask, lower yourself gently into ‘Dolphin House’ where you are guaranteed to come face-to-face with wild dolphins, colourful fish a plenty and brightly coloured coral.
After a stunning day at sea, sit back and relax as we transfer to Luxor by private car in the evening and settle down for the night at your accommodation, Nile Villa House.
Luxor is a far cry from the golden sands of Hurghada and perfect in its very own way. As we head off in the morning on the horses, you will experience a very relaxed and glorious introduction to Real Egypt as you ride through the traditional villages and sugar cane fields to Banana Island. At Banana Island we will stop for a refreshing cold drink before winding our way back along the River Nile for a spot of lunch at your hotel.
In the afternoon, we will saddle up and ride to the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III – Medinet Habu. This temple is an important New Kingdom period structure on the West Bank of Luxor.
Aside from its size, and architectural and artistic importance, Medinet Habu is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III. The Temple of Rameses III is one of the most well preserved and incredible temples in Luxor. Here you will dismount and explore with a private tour inside, while our guides tend to the horses.
Day 5: Non-riding visit to the land of the pharaohs with your own private car and guide
As history goes, this has got to be one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring leaps back in time you could ever imagine. Today, we retrace the steps of the Pharaohs throughout the Valley of the Kings Tombs, including those of Tutankhamun and Queen Hatshepsut.
The Valley of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut tombs were excavated for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.
This is also the location of the tomb of Tutankhamun, where on November 26, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb, discovering an immense collection of gold and treasures. On February 16, 1923, Carter opened the innermost chamber and found the sarcophagus of King Tut. When asked what he could see, Howard Carter wasn’t able to answer: he could barely speak because he was gazing on the most amazing archaeological discovery ever made.
Queen Hatshepsut is distinguished in history for being one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. She was also a woman and is generally regarded as one of the first female historical figures whose exploits are known to modern historians. Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the New Kingdom. The dates of her reign are debated by historians, but she is thought to have ruled Egypt for 22 years from 1470 to 1458 BC.
After a truly magical morning of history, lunch will be served locally, and you will take a private boat at sunset down the Nile for dinner.
An optional, but highly recommended sunrise balloon tour followed by a fantastic tour of the East Bank of Luxor including Karnak Temple, Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple.
Karnak Temple dates from around 2055 BC to around 100 AD. It is a cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu and is the largest religious building ever constructed. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring. Karnak Temple comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings in Egypt. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom.
From Karnak you will go onto the Avenue of Sphinxes; an avenue of human headed sphinxes of over one and a half miles (3 km), which once connected the temples of Karnak and Luxor. At Luxor temple Amun was magically transformed into Min the god of fertility.
Luxor Temple is why Luxor has earned its nickname, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Museum”. Luxor Temple is built on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes. The temple is one of the best preserved of all the ancient monuments with large amounts of the structure, statuary and relief carvings still intact, making it one of the most impressive visits in the Luxor area and all of Egypt. Adding significantly to its allure is the juxtaposition that its setting provides, the modern city begins on one side and the Nile drifts by on the other.
There are few places in Egypt where one is put so immediately and clearly in touch with the extraordinary length of Egypt’s history.
It’s just an hour’s flight in the evening to Egypt’s capital, Cairo where we head to our accommodation, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx.
Visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World by Horseback. In the morning, we’ll saddle up for a 2-hour trail ride around the Pyramids and the Ancient Sphinx.
Once we reach the iconic Pyramids, you will have time to explore these breath-taking structures and the chambers where the Pharaohs were buried before visiting the mythical Sphinx with its body of a lion and head of a human. A delicious lunch will be provided with views of the pyramids.
No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to Cairo Museum, home to a host of Egyptian artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. It plays host to more than 120,000 pieces of ancient Egypt.
Highlights include Tutankhamun’s famous rooms, the royal mummies and jewellery rooms.