Looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday, combined with some beach and relaxing whilst riding fabulous horses throughout, then this trip is a dream come true! We start our holiday in historical Luxor which has often been called the world’s greatest open-air museum, as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
Visit the site of ancient Thebes, the Pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power during the 16th-11th centuries B.C.E. Today’s city surrounds 2 huge, surviving temples. The Royal Tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank.
Our adventures take a trip through Gezira village to the Nile shore. Pleasure in Luxor comes not only from riding beautiful horses, but also through the opportunity to see true Arabian village life and splendid nature. There is a wealth of riding options from cantering along the Nile watching buffalo graze along its lush green banks, travelling through the villages on horseback, galloping along the banana and sugar cane fields or visiting the Temples on horseback.
Our facilities are located on the West Bank. It’s quirky and it’s real Egypt. The horses have a fabulous life. There are several well-maintained boxes, although most live out in huge, lush, green paddocks with mountain views (and who can blame them!) Meet some of the proud and gracious stallions in the stables, whose skin is shot with copper or steel glitter in the sun. You cannot help but smile while watching funny, cute donkeys, which even follow you checking your pockets in case you have carrots.
After 3 fabulous days in Luxor, we will head to Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay in Hurghada located on the Red Sea Riviera and nestled between a desert and a mountain range, Makadi Bay has beautiful, white sand beaches and crystal blue water. Each day is unique and includes steady canters along sandy deserts, as well as faster stretches along the shoreline and exploring the sand dudes, mountains and neighboring Bedouin villages set high in the wilderness. The bay’s crystal blue waters and golden sand make it one of the most picturesque places in the Red Sea.
Day 1 – Travel Day.
Day 2 – 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 Day 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.
Day 6 – 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. 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.
Day 8 – 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.
Luxor – Villa Nile House
Villa Nile House is a quirky charming guest house with outstanding service. Built in an oriental style with traditional materials like wood and cob, and comfortably decorated. It has two terraces on the roof with views of Luxor temple and Hatshepsut temple. When you enter the grounds, you will be delighted by the flower garden, and enjoy the Bedouin corner to relax and drink a mint tea, or the traditional Egyptian Karkade. Yes, you are on holiday!
At the back of the garden, the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and hammam are waiting for you. From the patio, you will find the dining room. An open-air stair will lead you to the bedrooms and to the two terraces on the roof.Each of the charming bedrooms celebrate Luxor, find yourself staying in Hathor, Nefertiti, Kheops, Cleopatra, Nefertari, Akhenaton or Touthankamon to name a few!
Each room is full of character and has air-conditioning, an LCD TV, and Wi-Fi access. Also, each has a private bathroom and an outside sitting area close to the room.
Makadi Bay – Steigenberger Makadi
You’ll feel like you’ve checked in to paradise when you enter the exclusive 5-star Steigenberger Makadi on the shores of Madinat Makadi: fantastic sea views, an 18-hole championship golf course just around the corner, and the far-reaching Makadi Bay at your fingertips. In addition to activities like diving, snorkelling and sailing, you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach.
83 rooms and 10 Executive Suites await you with tasteful decor. On the terrace or balcony, you can enjoy views of the golf course or the sea. Adding to your comfort, you’ll enjoy the following facilities: independent air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, safe and minibar.
Flights – Flights are available via EasyJet from Gatwick to Hurghada twice a week. Direct flights to Luxor are exceptionally expensive and the drive from Hurghada to Luxor takes around 3 hours through the mountains and is very scenic. Guests are welcome to book a direct flight to Luxor and a return from Hurghada if they wish too (but it will be a premium cost).
We recommend flights to Hurghada for both budget and for the stunning drive. Guests wishing to extend their stays for diving can return around 4 days later with EasyJet’s flight later in the week.
Price – £1279 per person based on 2 sharing accommodation. Single person supplement available on request.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
If miles of unspoilt beaches, reconnecting with nature, plenty of beaching riding, stunning Arabian horses, and all year round sunshine is your dream vacation, look no further!
Looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday, combined with some beach and relaxing whilst riding fabulous horses throughout, then this trip is a dream come true!
After breakfast you will travel by Tuk Tuk to the stables on the West Bank. Our first day is a fabulous introduction to our horses and Bedouin Life.
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