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Reviews



There are many places and countries where one can take a mounted wildlife safari, but there is only one Luxor. This ride is an opportunity to experience rural Egypt and one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Duncan H.
Amazing! Emma is a fabulous hostess. She has beautifully trained, happy, healthy horses and operates from a great location. Every aspect of the trip was perfect. Very impressed with the condition of the horses, every single one was fit and happy and a pleasure to ride. Emma and her team were brilliant.

Jess R.
Wow, wow, wow!! The mixture of culture, history and horse riding is fantastic. Luxor has to be seen to be believed! It is a crazy, vibrant, friendly place. Hurghada was a complete contrast with its beaches, sea and desert. I loved both parts of the holiday equally.

Emily S.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Arab and Arab X

Nature of horses:

Strong, sure footed and well cared and forward going.

Height of horses:

14.2 hh - 16hh.

Weight limit:

90kg / 14st 2lbs

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

This British-owned and run set-up offer exceptional riding experiences to some of Egypt's most special places. If you are looking for the ultimate history and culture holiday, perhaps combined with some beach and relaxation, then these trips are a dream come true! They have different itineraries to suit different needs, whether you're looking for fast gallops in the open desert, swimming with your horse in the sea or exploring the famous pyramids of Cairo or incredible temples of Luxor. The owner, Emma, is based at their home stables in Luxor and has put together these exciting programmes to combine the best of the country, always riding on horses who are well cared for.

Luxor itself is 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 two 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. Your adventures will take you on 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 the 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. The horse 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 with turnout provided in paddocks with mountain views.

The most popular add-on is to ride in Makadi Bay in Hurghada, located on the Red Sea Riviera and nestled between a desert and a mountain range. Here there is a sister stables with a different set of horses. 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. You will explore the sand dunes, mountains and neighbouring 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.

For 2018 Emma has added the opportunity to ride fit, happy horses between Cairo's famous pyramids. This is truly a special experience and an excellent extension to your riding holiday or a very nice short break in its own right.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

In Luxor you will stay on the West Bank at Villa Nile House. Villa Nile House is a charming guesthouse which offers excellent service. The house has been built using traditional materials in an oriental style - it has two roof terraces with views of both Luxor and Hatsheput temple. The grounds offer great relaxation with a flower garden, 'Bedouin corner', swimming pool and jacuzzi. The rooms are appropriately named... 'Nefertiti' and 'Cleopatra' are just two examples. Rooms have air-conditioning, LCD TVs and Wi-Fi. They have private bathrooms.

The location is perfect for those wishing to take an evening stroll, visit one of the charming Bedouin bars or restaurants along the Nile or visit one of the traditional shops offering keepsakes not found in standard tourist shops.

When in Hurghada you will stay at the Harmony Makadi Bay.The hotel is situated on the southern crest of Makadi Bay and facing the Red Sea. All rooms have views of the gardens, pool or sea and come equipped with a balcony/terrace, air conditioning/heating, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, minibar, tea/coffee making equipment, safety deposit box, telephone and access to Wi-Fi.

The unique Egyptian cuisine has been influenced throughout history, particularly by its neighbours from the Middle East. More recently, the foods of other Arabic people in the Middle East such as the Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians, as well as some foods from Europe, have affected the Egyptian diet. However, Egyptian cuisine maintains its uniqueness. After thousands of years, rice and bread remain staple foods, and molokhiyya (a spinach-like vegetable) and fulmudammas (cooked, creamy fava beans), a national dish, are nearly as popular as long ago. Other popular dishes include Kebab and Kofta usually of lamb meat, chops and minced meat on skewers grilled on charcoal. Egyptians are famous for stuffing spicy rice in vegetables like green pepper, aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes to make Mahshi.

Special dietary requirements are not a problem with advance notice.

 

Activities

Diving and sightseeing.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Arabic

Health requirements: There are vaccinations required, please check with your doctor.

Age limit: 12 years and must be accompanied by an adult

Tuition: No

Included: Full board, all riding, an experienced guide, group Hurghada airport transfers (effectively set times).

Not included: Insurance, visa, drinks (soft and alcoholic), entrance fees to museums and temples, flights, private airport transfers, extra activities such as hot air balloon ride.

 

Travel Information

Flights are available via Easyjet from Gatwick to Hurghada twice a week. Direct Luxor flights can be expensive but the drive from Hurghada to Luxor is very scenic and takes you through the mountains. It is a 3 hour drive but very pleasant. Group airport transfers from and to Hurghada are included in the price - private transfers which do not coincide with other arrivals/departures cost extra. Luxor airport transfers also available at additional price.

Airport: Hurghada

Alternative Airport: Luxor Airport International

 

Programmes


Adventures of Luxor & Makadi Bay



A fabulous adventure in Luxor and Makadi Bay riding on beautiful Arab horses along sandy deserts with visits to Bedouin Villages. The itinerary begins with three days in Luxor and then you will head off to Fort Arabesque Makadi Bay in Hurghada which is nestled between a desert and the mountain range.

Sample Itinerary 

Day One:

You will fly to Hurghada and will transferred to Luxor (c.3.5 hours) where you will stay at the guest house on the Nile.

Day Two:

After breakfast you will travel by Tuk Tuk to the stables on the West Bank. The first day is a fabulous introduction to Bedouin Life. You will ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along the River Nile. The Nile is incredibly peaceful and you can see the buffalo grazing along the banks. Lunch will be provided back at the guesthouse.

After lunch you will be treated to a camel ride - this is an amazing way to travel through the villages and along the Nile, with superb high views!  

Dinner will be around 8 pm with a local Egyptian feast and party at the guesthouse. Eating with your hands whilst sitting on the floor on plush cushions is a must when in Luxor! This first day is a true impression of the Egyptian way of life.

Day Three:

Non-riding day. After an early breakfast at around 7 am, you 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 is magnificent with grand architecture which was used for burial places. There are many Kings buried in this valley. The most well known tomb is that of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. This is one of the most popular tourist sites in the world and people flock here in vast numbers.

Your West Bank tour continues to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut - one of the most striking monuments in Egypt. She courageously posed as a male to gain the throne.  Your trip will also take in Carters House and the the Valley of the Queens, where the wives of the Pharaohs were buried. 

After lunch, you cross to the East Bank to tour Karnak Temple. Your guide will introduce you to some of the architectural wonders at the Open Air Museum before you enter the Great Hypostyle Hall built by Seti I, father of Ramesses the Great, where there are 134 columns. 

After Karnak you'll visit Luxor Temple and Museum before finishing at the Mummification Museum.

Day Four:

The ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs. Your morning ride takes you into the countryside surrounding Luxor - the lush, green sugar cane fields are perfect for a canter and the scenery is spectacular. Watch farmers working in their fields as their ancestors did, using old traditions. Mid morning, your horses will take you behind the Valley of Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes for a panoramic view of Luxor.

Lunch is served in a local village before completing your trail by dashing through the sugar cane fields and banana plantations. After c. 6 hours of riding you'll end the day with dinner on a sailing boat - the perfect way to relax. 

Day Five:

Morning departure in order to arrive at the Red Sea by lunchtime. After lunch on the beach and a soak in the pool you meet your desert Arabians and enjoy a sunset ride, where you can discover the forward going nature of your mounts. Have dinner by the sea. Riding c. 3 hours.

Day Six:

Today's riding is split into two halves. Your morning ride will see you flying across the desert with your horses, whilst the afternoon will see you visiting the beautiful Red Sea. Dinner is taken at your hotel.

Day Seven:

Non riding day.

Today takes you away from the land and into the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea where you 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 new 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 Eight:

No trip would be complete without swimming with horses in the Red Sea! After breakfast you will collected from your hotel and taken to the stables. You will enjoy a morning canter along the beach before taking the saddles off the horses and you can join them for a swim. You can enjoy a relaxed lunch on the beach and a few relaxing moments before heading back to the hotel to prepare for your return flight in the evening.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.
Type of ride: Stationary programme but combining half a week in each of two different locations for variety.
Total riding time: Riding on 5 days as described in itinerary
Departure dates: 2018:
17-24 November, 2-9 December, 21-28 December, 28 December - 4 January 2019.

2019:
8-15 January, 26 January - 2 February, 8-15 March, 23-30 March, 30 March-7 April, 6-13 April, 25 May - 1 June, 4-16 October (FULL), 23-30 October, 21-28 December.

Other dates available on request - please ask.
 
Pricing: 2018/19:

£1379 per person based on two sharing.

Single Supplement £250.

Surcharge of £100 on Christmas and New Year dates.



Temples, Tombs & Trails



A two centre holiday with three fabulous riding days in Luxor followed by a two day hop on-off Nile cruise taking in the colourful Nubian villages and temples of Aswan. Visit the Valley of Kings, Tutenkhamun's Tomb etc whilst riding through local villages and sugar cane fields. Then relax for a few days on a cruise down a beautiful and wide section of the nile. There is an optional extension mini Makadi Bay for beach lovers and sun worshippers!

Day One:

Arrive in Luxor and be transferred from the airport to your guesthouse on the Nile. No riding today.

Day Two:

Your first morning riding through the West Bank villages to Banana Island, a wonderful introduction to local life and the horses. You can wave at the local children as they run out to say hello to you whilst you ride beneath the shade of the village banana plants and through sugar cane fields. You will stop for fresh juice before riding back for lunch along the Nile. 

In the afternoon you will ride to Habu Temple which is fascinating for lovers of history and culture and also brings great photo opportunities. You will travel on horseback by the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III who reigned in Egypt during the dynasty XVIII. Habu Temple is one of the best-preserved temples around today. You will be met by a guide at the temples and the horses will wait outside as you are transported back in time. 

The ride home is usually around sunset and takes you on dirt tracks behind the sugar cane plantations, the ideal spot for a long gallop! 

Day Three:

The ultimate trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs! Your morning ride takes you into the countryside of Luxor with the lush green fields offering beautiful scenery and the chance for some great canters. You can watch the farmers working the fields just as their ancestors did using traditional methods. Mid-morning the sure-footed horses will take you behind the Valley of the Kings and to the top of Mount Thebes for panoramic views of Luxor. Continue west to the highest peaks in the Theban range where there are a number of unfinished tombs. Lunch today is served in a local village before you ride back mid afternoon.

Dinner is taken in the guesthouse in Luxor. 

Day Four:

West Bank non-riding day. Visit the Valley of the Kings and discover the painted corridors and chambers of the tombs including that of Tutankhamun. Continue to visit the Valley of the Queens where the wives of the pharaohs were buried. Your morning trip also takes you to the home of Howard Carter - a hidden treasure. Your final stop this morning is to Hatshepsut Temple - Egypt's first female pharaoh.

Stop for lunch along the Nile and proceed to the Valley of the Workers at Deir el-Medina, which was home to the artisans and workmen responsible for constructing the tombs. Explore the ruins of this settlement where four tombs are also open for viewing. 

After a fabulous day of sightseeing you board your cruise ship in time for afternoons tea as you sail towards Aswan through the scenery of the Nile valley. On arrival at Esna you cross the lock into higher water. Dinner and overnight on board.

 Day Five:

Wake up call on board with breakfast as you cruise the Nile in Edfu. Visit Edfu temple by horse-drawn carriage - Edfu is a well preserved temple dedicated to the god Horus who was falcon headed. Sail onwards to Kom Ombo with lunch onboard. At Kom Ombo there's a short 10 minute walk on the eastern edge of the Nile to visit the temple which house a room of crocodile mummies! Return to the ship and sail onto Aswan with afternoon tea on the sun deck. Dinner is also on board.

 Day Six: 

After breakfast on the ship you disembark for a day of sightseeing in Aswan including Phillipe Temple and High Dam. After exploring the sights you return to Luxor by car.

Day Seven:

Today you will get back in the saddle with a riding day split into two halves.The morning sees you riding to the gigantic Colossi of Memnon - two massive stone statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III. You then continue to the Ramesseum funery temple of Ramses II before heading back to the hotel to rest.

Your afternoon ride takes you deep into the deserts below the Thebes hills to visit the ancient Coptic Orthodox church. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters and gallops on the open ground. 

In the evening you will have a delicious dinner eaten in the local way, seated on cushions on the floor, before embarking on a shopping adventure! Bring your best haggling skills to barter with the local shopkeepers in the souks. 

*Optional Karnak Sound and Light Show in Luxor this evening - a two hour presentation.

Day Eight: 

Your final non-riding day starts bright and early with a visit to the East Bank. Here you will see Karnak Temple, one of the most beautiful ancient temples in Luxor, and the Avenue of the Sphinx. This connects the vast Karnak Temple in ancient Thebes to the Luxor Temple. The day ends with a visit to Luxor Museum and the Mummification Museum before lunch and check-out. 

*Optional sunrise balloon tour this morning

Suggested optional extensions: 'Captivating Cairo' for history lovers and 'Red Sea Mini Break' for beach lovers. 



Accommodation: 5 nights in VillaNile House in Luxor and two nights on the Nile cruise.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.
Type of ride: A combination of riding and then sailing the Nile.
Total riding time: 7 nights, with 3 days of riding on normal programme.
Departure dates: 2019: 21-29 March, 22-29 May

Other dates possible on request
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1299 per person, based on shared accommodation.

Christmas supplement: £250 per person

Price includes 7 nights of accommodation (5 nights in guesthouses, 2 nights on ship), all meals, riding and sightseeing as mentioned.
Drinks and museum/temple entry fees are payable locally.

Hot air balloon flight is NOT included in the price and is an additional £95 per person.
Light and sound show is £25 per person.



Pharaoh Trail and Sun Dance Festival



This sightseeing and riding trail combines some of the most captivating sights in Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada. Witness the extraordinary biannual Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, explore the vastness of the Valley of Kings and observe the iconic Tombs of Nefatari. Available on only two dates each year to coincide with the Sun Festival.

Day One:

Arrive in Aswan after an internal flight from Cairo and be transferred to your accommodation.

Day Two:

Wake to the warmth of the Egyptian sun and enjoy a late breakfast and relaxing morning at your hotel before being collected for your first day of sightseeing. The Temple of Isis at Philae is one of Nubia's most important monument sites saved from a watery grave by UNESCO's rescue project, which transferred the monuments, block by block, from Philae Island to Agilika Island.

Consisting of The First Pylon (the temple entranceway), The Forecourt (the temple’s main courtyard), The Second Pylon (the entry to the inner temple), The Vestibule, The Sanctuary: House of Isis and the Gateway of Hadrian, the imposing buildings that stand today were erected by the Ptolemies in the last two centuries BC and by the Roman Emperors in the first three centuries AD. Even after their move to Agilika Island, the magnificently preserved temples of Philae still retain their power to impress.

After an incredible day of sightseeing, return for a sumptuous Egyptian dinner on the Nile before heading to Abu Simbel at 11pm in readiness for sunrise at the temple.

Day Three:

Abu Simbel is a complex of two massive rock temples situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his Queen, Nefertari. They were built to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Because of their remote location near the Sudanese border in southern Egypt, the temples remained unknown until their discovery in 1813.

The main temple really is a sight to behold. Carved high into the face of the mountain with four seated colossi flanking the entrance, and stretching back into the rock itself, the interior consists of a series of halls and rooms extending back a massive 185 feet from the entrance.

The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely positioned so that twice every year, on 22nd February (Ramses II’s ascension to the throne) and 22nd October (his birthday), the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the carved temple to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. This is the Sun Festival.

As the early sun rises, slowly tracking into the internal chamber of Ramses II’s temple at Abu Simbel, be prepared for a moment of Egyptian mystery and sheer magic. Be part of the crowd who gather outside to witness the gradual stream of light sneaking through the stone and enlightening the chamber within. The statuettes of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated by the exact alignment of the sun outside, whilst the statue of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shade at all times!

After observing this fantastic event at sunrise and exploring the remainder of this  UNESCO World Heritage Site, you transfer back to Aswan visiting the award winning Nubia Museum along the way. Opened in 1997 and designed by Egyptian architect Mahmoud al-Hakim, the Nubia Museum is full of antiquities  recovered from tombs, temples and settlements. The museum is also home to a beautiful garden and an Amphitheatre for local and international music and dance performances.

After a hugely busy day, retire to your evening accommodation on board a traditional Felucca where dinner will be provided before a quiet evening of  relaxation under the stars and a good night’s sleep on your Felucca.

Day Four:

After breakfast it's time to depart to Luxor, but before leaving Aswan you head to Kom Ombo, which stands on the Nile between Aswan and Edfu. The Kom Ombo Temple is a unique double temple shared by Sobek and Horus, each having its own gateways and chapels. Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus the Elder, the falcon-headed god, are the two primary gods so the temple was also known as the ‘House of the Crocodile’ (Sobek) and the ‘Castle of the Falcon’ (Horus). The Temple is quite different to many of the temples found in this area, steeped in history and home to a fair few mummified crocodiles too!

Dinner and overnight in Luxor.

Day Five:

After breakfast, saddle up and head out on horseback along the West Bank of the Nile, through the local villages and within the sugarcane fields. Have your camera at the ready to capture the smiles of the locals, the beautiful scenery and the authentic scenes of real Luxorian life. A light Egyptian buffet lunch is served back at your guesthouse. In the afternoon you'll discover a faster paced ride into the desert and along Mount Thebes. An evening BBQ at the guesthouse ends your first full day in Luxor.

Day Six:

A full day of riding as you head into the countryside surrounding Luxor, where lush, green sugar cane fields are perfect for canters and the scenery is spectacular. Watch farmers working in their fields using traditional methods. Mid morning you ride behind the Valley of the Kings to the top of Mount Thebes for panoramic views of Luxor. Stop for lunch in a local village before completing your trail by dashing through the sugar cane fields and banana plantations. After c. 6 hours of riding you have dinner on a sailing boat - the perfect way to relax. 

Day Seven:

After a delicious breakfast you set out on camel for a camel safari through the villages. This birds eye view offers great photo opportunities as your guide leads you through the back streets. After lunch at your hotel you can relax by the pool through the afternoon, or take advantage of a massage (payable locally).

Day Eight:

No trip to Luxor is complete without a visit to the unforgettable and awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings. During Egypt's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.), the valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs such as Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th  and 20th dynasties.

It was at the Valley of the Kings that Howard Carter discovered the resting place of a boy king called Tutankhamun. On 26 November 1922, with Lord Carnarvon and his daughter in attendance, and using a chisel given to him by his grandmother for his 17th birthday, Carter made a ‘tiny breach in the top left hand corner’ of the doorway to the Tomb revealing the many gold and ebony treasures that remained in place and a promising sealed doorway between two sentinel statues. When Carnarvon asked, ‘Can you see anything?” Carter replied with the famous words: ‘Yes, wonderful things!’

After a light lunch you set off on horseback to Habu, passing local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, tether the horses and head into this magnificent complex to explore and learn about the history. Your guide will be on hand to assist you and offer cold drinks before you ride back at sunset.

Day Nine:

Today marks departure day from Luxor Airport if your trip ends here. Alternatively, you can add on a 3-day extension in Hurghada.

Optional extension to Makadi Bay: Instead of transferring to Luxor airport you transfer to Makadi Bay in the afternoon and your comfortable hotel.

Day Ten:

Saddle up for a full day of riding across the vast golden deserts and sand dunes that form a backdrop to Hurghada. Away from the crowds you have plenty of space to push your horses to the limits and fly over the sands. Return to your hotel for dinner and cocktails.

Day Eleven:

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to a local marina where you set sail for Dolphin House where wild dolphins can be found swimming in their natural environment. You can jump in, snorkel and swim with these playful creatures - a memorable experience on many peoples bucket list. After a delicious seafood lunch you can continue snorkelling the underwater beauty of the Red Sea reefs before returning to shore.

Day Twelve:

For your final morning you ride down to the crystal clear shores for a chance to unsaddle and splash through the waters bareback. After a final lunch on the beach, under the shade of palm-clad umbrellas, you shower and change at your hotel before heading to the airport for your return flight.



Accommodation: 6 nights hotels, one night Felucca, one night at Abu Simbel Sun festival
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.
Type of ride: Combination of riding and sightseeing
Total riding time: 9 days/8 nights/Riding on 3 days
Departure dates: 2019: 20-28 February, 20-28 October
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1379 per person sharing
Single supplement: on request

Includes: full board and shared transfers
Excludes: Alcoholic and soft drinks, museum and temple entrance fees, and flight from Cairo to Aswan

Hughada Extension: £399 per person sharing



Makadi Mini Break



This is the perfect option for couples, families or friends which include non-riders as there are lots of other activities on offer, such as boat trips, kite surfing, paragliding and of course, diving/snorkelling. There is plenty of relaxing time for riders too, as well as a boat trip to explore the Red Sea.

Day One:

On arrival in Hurghada you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day Two:

After breakfast you head out for your first ride. Today you will be exploring the vast golden deserts and sand dunes that create the backdrop to Hurghada. The Arabian horses are known for their beauty and this will be your first chance to learn to "fly" with them. 

Lunch will be served overlooking the sea.

In the afternoon, you ride through the desert to the turquoise Red Sea before returning to your hotel for cocktails and dinner. 

Riding c. 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoon

Day Three:

No riding today as you head out on a full days boat trip to discover dolphins in their natural environment. You can jump in, snorkel and swim with these majestic, playful creatures - a memorable experience. This area is also ideal for general snorkelling and offers the chance to discover the beauty beneath the surface. After a delicious seafood lunch there is time to explore the reefs before heading back to shore. 

No riding. Boat trip 8am - 3pm

Day Four:

In the morning (c. 10am) ride down to the crystal clear shores for a chance to unsaddle and splash about with your horse in the sea. Swimming with your horse is an unforgettable experience. After lunch on the beach the afternoon is free for you to relax and perhaps sample an optional massage.

Riding c. 1 hour

Day Five:

An early start today for a sunrise ride, watching a new day dawn as you ride through the majestic mountains. Return to your hotel for breakfast and have the rest of the morning to relax. 

You ride again at c. 3.30pm to watch the sunset. 

Optional Bedouin dinner.

Riding c. 2 hours in the morning and afternoon

Day Six:

Your final morning ride and last chance to gallop through the deserts. After an exhilarating ride, head back to your hotel for lunch before heading to the airport for your flight home. 



Accommodation: Guests usually stay in Panorama Bungalows Resort. The spacious guestrooms and bungalows face the lagoon beach or golf course.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Primarily suitable for riders happy to ride at all paces, including gallop, but please contact us if you are less experienced.
Type of ride: Centre based.
Total riding time: 6 days / 5 nights. One full day ride, one half day ride, sunset ride, sunrise ride and swimming ride.
Departure dates: 2018/19:
13-18 November 2018

Other dates available on request.
 
Pricing: 2018/9:

£795 per person sharing
£150 single supplement

Non-riders £499 per person sharing

All meals are included but drinks are to your own account.



Palms, Pyramids and Pharaohs



See for yourself the amazing diversity of alluring Egypt! Three incredible destinations in one holiday, guided throughout. You'll meet horses, camels and dolphins, enjoying adventures mixed with the best culture and history. The trip is designed for those who want to understand Egyptian culture, foot and people. Although you'll be travelling on horseback for several days, you will also explore on foot and by tuktuk, harong, camel and boat.

Day 1: Arrive in Hurghada – Private transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2: In the morning head off into the desert to explore the vast golden stretches of sand surrounding Hurghada. The openness of the desert beneath the mountains allows you to do what the horses love to do most – notch it up a gear and fly through the shadows of the gently warming morning sunshine.

After an hour’s ride, meander down to the coast and cool off in the ocean with your four-legged friend. Stepping just out of their depth and splashing about in the crystal-clear waters, experience a truly memorable time swimming with your horse 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, 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 you 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 you transfer to Luxor by private car in the evening and settle down for the night at your accommodation Nile Villa House.

Day 4: Luxor is a far cry from the golden sands of Hurghada and perfect in its very own way. As you 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 you stop for a refreshing cold drink before winding your way back along the River Nile for a spot of lunch at your hotel.

In the afternoon, 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, you 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.

Day 6: 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 you head to your accommodation.

Day 7: Visit one of the 7th Wonders of the World by Horseback. In the morning, saddle up for a 2-hour trail ride around the Pyramids and the Ancient Sphinx. Once you 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.

Overnight in Cairo accommodation.

Day 8: Breakfast and departure to airport for travel home. 



Accommodation: Hurghada: Panorama Bungalows Resort
Luxor: Villa Nile House.
Cairo: Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx OR Barcelo Cairo Pyramids OR Mena House (luxury option).
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.
Type of ride: Multi-location ride.
Total riding time: 3 days riding.
Departure dates: 2019:
15-25 February (FULL), 19-26 April

Additional dates available on request for 2 or more riders.
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1299 per person
Single supplement: £300 per person

Luxury version: on request
Surcharge of £100 per person for dates over Christmas/New Year.



Captivating Cairo Short Break



Take in the sights and sounds of Egypt's bustling capital and explore one of the classic Wonders of the World on horseback. Enjoy two long, but unforgettable rides into the depths of history. An ideal addition to a longer itinerary elsewhere in Egypt.

Day One:

We recommend that you arrive the day before as this first day starts at 8am. We can book this extra night if you wish.

Your riding adventure in Cairo starts with a stunning trip to the 7th Wonder of the World - the Giza Pyramids - built to endure an eternity and they have done just that. 

These monumental tombs were constructed 4,500 years ago. Egypt's pharoahs expected to bedome Gods in the afterlife and to prepare for the next world they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves, filled with all the things a ruler would need to guide and sustain him in the next world. Pharaoh Khufu began the first pyramid project c. 2550BC and his great pyramid is the largest in Giza, towering 147 meters above the plateau.

On arrival at the pyramids you will dismount and whilst your guides tend to the horses you can explore these breathtaking structures and the chambers where the pharaohs were buried. 

If time permits you can also visit the Solar Boat Museum at the pyramids where an Egyptology guide will take you to the Khufu ship - an intact vessel which was sealed into a pit in the Giza complex and has been preserved. 

After an awe-inspiring morning you have lunch in a restaurant before heading back to your hotel to shower and change. The afternoon offers a non-riding tour of the Cairo Museum which houses 165,000 Egyptian artifacts. The highlights are the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun - his 6 gilded coffins dominate the main hall whilst his magnificent death mask is the must-see item of the day. There is time for you to explore the museum at your leisure.

Dinner is served at a local restaurant overlooking the pyramids where you can watch a light and sound show whilst enjoying a BBQ dinner.

Day Two:

Your morning rides takes you to the pyramids of Abusir and the Sun Temple. There are 14 pyramids in Abusir which is 2.5km north of Sakkara and about 12km from Giza. The most important pyramids of Abusir are those of Sahure, Niuserre and Neferirkare. The Abusir complex rarely gets the recognition it deserves and many guide books don't even mention it, so you are able to ride inside, dismount and really explore the area.

After an early lunch close to the Sun Temple, your ride continues onto the Sakkara pyramids, best known for the Step Pyramid - the oldest of Egypt's 97 pyramids. Your ride ends in the mid to late afternoon so that you have time to relax for a few hours before dinner at your hotel.

Day Three:

Your morning trail rides takes you to the deserts on the outskirts of the Great Pyramids of Giza. This is a fantastic ride where you can enjoy the open ground and freedom of being on horseback. Your sure-footed horses will take you behind this wonder of the world so that you can fly across the sands!

Lunch is served locally before you head back to your hotel to freshen up for a non-riding tour to El Khalili and Muez street, some of the oldest parts of Cairo. At the Khan el Khalili bazaar your guide will introduce you to the famous markets where you can try your luck bargaining for souvenirs. This is a private tour so you can take as long as you like. It may also be possible to visit a Papyrus institute to learn how this artwork is made. 

Dinner and shisha at Fishawy cafe, one of the top 7 cafes in Cairo before your departure. If you plan to fly home tonight then you will need a late flight. Alternatively you may wish to add an extra hotel night so that you can depart at your leisure tomorrow - remember that although the airport is only 35km, it can take 2-3 hours to drive on a bad day with heavy traffic.



Accommodation: Two nights at Barcelo Cairo Pyramids hotel
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit intermediate+ riders - you should be able to canter and gallop comfortably in open countryside in an English saddle and happy to ride a forward-going horse.
Type of ride: Centre based
Total riding time: 2 days of riding
Departure dates: 2018/19:

17-20 December 2018, 17-20 February 2019, 17-20 October 2019

Additional dates can be requested.
 
Pricing: 2018/19:

£599 per person sharing

Includes Bed and Breakfast accommodation and riding as described. Other meals and drinks are payable locally.