Rideaway Egypt: Luxor and the Red Sea

Africa

RAFLRS

8 days, 7 nights

Intermediate to Advanced

from 1379 GP

Africa     RAFLRS

8 days, 7 nights     Intermediate to Advanced

from 1379 GP

Ride through traditional Bedouin villages, sugar cane fields and plantations. Gallop across the sand dunes like Laurence of Arabia. Swim in the Red Sea with wild dolphins and on horseback.

 This trip is a dream come true!

About The Ride

On this equestrian adventure, you will experience history and culture as you explore Egypt riding fabulous Arabian horses.

We start our holiday in historical Luxor, often called the world’s greatest open-air museum where the number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. You will have the chance to see tombs, and ride through the land of the Pharaohs, whilst experiencing our horses and country life. You will see farmers working their fields just as their ancestors did.

On the fifth day, we change region arriving at the Red Sea. We stay in close proximity to the beach making it the perfect destination for those looking for a quality beach holiday by the Red Sea. You will swim with dolphins and horses.

This ride includes 5 riding days combined - with some non-riding tours - and 3 non-riding days.

 

Cantering on beautiful Arabian horses

The journey

Day 1: Travel day & arrival

Arrival and check in to Nile House, our authentic Egyptian guest house located close to the River Nile. This guest house offers the finest home cooked local cuisine and excellent service.

Nile House will be your home from home for the next 4 nights.

Day 2: Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun & Hatshepsut (Non-Riding tour) and Introductory Ride

We start our day by introducing you to the land of the Pharaohs. This non-riding morning gives insight as to why the Valley of the Kings is so important.

You will have the chance to visit four amazing tombs, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun which was discovered in November 1922 by Howard Carter. His tomb is now considered to be the best-preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

The afternoon sees the beginning of our first horse adventure together. You will travel by tuk-tuk to the stables where we will introduce you to our home and our horses. The first riding trip is relaxed and gives you a chance to get to know us and our horses in preparation for a full day trail ride the following day. We ride through the villages on horseback under the palm trees along to the River Nile. On return, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Dinner will be around 8 pm at a local Egyptian feast!

Riding time 2-3 hours.

Day 3: The ULTIMATE trail ride through the land of the Pharaohs

Your first full day with our horses – prepare to fall in love with both Arabian and Baladi (local breed) horses who are famed for their beauty and endurance. These wonderful breeds are chosen for their ability to form a cooperative relationship with humans and they are good-natured, quick to learn and willing to please. 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.

This ride is approx. 6 hours.

Day 4: Habu Temple riding and Karnak Temple (includes a non-riding afternoon)

Rise and shine for a 7 am departure, time for another tick off the bucket list for many visitors to Luxor – a visit to Madinet Habu Temple! Leaving the stables around 7.30 am, it takes us about 2 hours to ride up to Habu Temple, passing through local villages and sugar cane fields. On arrival, we dismount and tether the horses outside in the shade before heading inside this magnificent complex to explore and learn more about its history. We will have a light brunch after our visit, around 11 am, before riding back.

In the afternoon, we will go on a non-riding tour to the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the incredible Karnak Temple. 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.

Riding time approx. 4 -5 hours.

This is our last evening in this region and we will finish our Luxor adventures with a belly dancing show and an Egyptian BBQ dinner and music.

Day 5: Non-riding day - Travel to Hurghada  

Morning departure with arrival at the Red Sea for early afternoon. Guests stay at Labranda Makadi Garden located in Makadi Bay, just 5 minutes from our horses and stable and in close proximity to the beach making it the perfect destination for those looking for a quality beach holiday by the Red Sea.

Day 6: Makadi Bay Riding

Full day trail ride with our “desert Arabians”. The horses in Hurghada are chosen for their forward-going nature and their ability to gallop endlessly in the deserts. This is a superb day of riding including the beach, sea and deserts of Makadi. Lunch is served out and about.

Riding time approx 5-6 hours.

* 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.

Day 7: Non-riding day – Swimming with wild dolphins

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 can swim with wild dolphins and stop off at two stunning snorkelling spots.

There is an array of underwater beauty around the reefs of Hurghada and this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Onboard you will also be treated to an exquisite lunch by the wonderful crew on board.

Day 8: Swimming with horses

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, we will remove the saddles before entering the sea with your horse. The horses love to swim too so it’s a wonderful trip for both.

After your swim, you’ll have some time to dry off in the warm sunshine before riding home.

Riding time 4 hours.

Check out is by 12:00 (late check out on request at the hotel) and then it’s time to head home or continue with your travels.

 

Dates 2020

  • 4th  – 11th April 2020
  • 24th  April – 1st  May 2020
  • 8th -15th  May 2020
  • 21st -28th December 2020

* Send us an email to confirm availability. Group bookings are welcome.