Luxor

8 Days
DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

USD 5,000

What does it feel to gallop on the Egyptian deserts loaded with history and in the extraordinary waters of the Red Sea?

The land where the most important pharaohs are buried, and the rays of sun batter the desert is the perfect place to be explored on Arabic horses. This is not just cultural and historic enrichment over the most important temples and chambers in the world, but also a matter of ancient connection. Relaxing in the Red Sea and outrageous gallops along the desert.

Location

Egypt

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Season

October - May

Horses

Arabian

The Riding

4 – 6 hours per day

Package specifications

Travel cancellation insurance

Breakfast and dinner included

Health care included

Services NOT included

Lunch not included in the package

Baggage protection insurance

Day by day

Day 1. Welcome to Luxor.

We arrive to the guest house, a great Egyptian inn near the Nile. It has gardens, a jacuzzi and a terrace with a panoramic view to the Luxor and Hatsheput temples. We stay in this house for the following 4 nights, and its homemade food is true to the Egyptian spirit.

Day 2. The land of pharaohs.

We meet the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs from the New Egypt were buried. We visit 4 incredible tombs, including the tomb of Tutankhamun, discovered on November 1922 by Howard Carter. This tomb is considered the best well-conserved pharaoh tomb ever found. Our morning continues towards the temple of Hatsheput, the most famous female pharaoh in the Egyptian history. We complete the round of history by stopping at the Carters House, the place where Howard Carter lived while excavating to find the tomb of Tutankhamu. This place is rarely visit in standard touristic tours. We also go to the Valley of the Queens, where ten pharaohs of ancient ages were buried. In the afternoon, we embark on the first ride on an Arabic horse, a relaxed journey to bond with our partner. We tour the town with our horses under the palm trees until we reach the Nile river. Dinner will take place in an Egyptian dinner party: eating with our hands sitting on the floor over plush pillows is essential when being in Luxor.

Day 3. A connection with the most atavistic traits of humanity.

Our first entire day on a horse: we confirm that the beauty and resistance of Arabic and Baladi horses (the latter being a local race) are real. These races are colossal, really colossal: chosen for their capacity of creating a cooperative relationship with humans. They are kind-hearted creatures, fast learners and are always willing to please. The longest paths allow us to experiment with our horses and watch the life in the farms, farmers working in the same way their ancestors did. Our visit to Egypt is, in the end, a journey that encompasses not only space but also time: it is a connection with what it is the most atavistic traits of humanity. In the middle of the morning, we ride our horses behind the Valley of Kings, and then, we gallop until we reach the top of Mount Thebes to contemplate the panoramic views of Luxor.

Day 4. The biggest religious temple in the world.

We get up early in the morning and head to the Madinet Habu temple, which implies going around sugar cane farms and local villages. When we arrive there, we tie the horses in the shade before entering to explore. After our visit, we will have a light brunch. In the afternoon, we go across the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the incredible Karnak Temple, the biggest religious complex in the world. The best thing about this description right now is that you do not search for photographs of this place. Let yourself get impressed by the here and now, by the immensity of the temples and the legendary aura that radiates from them. Even if you look for pictures right now, while reading this, everything would be in vain: the more you want to capture the essence, the more frustrating the search. This experience is non-transferrable and, therefore, unforgettable. At last, we visit the Luxor museum.

Day 5. The Red Sea will open before us.

We head to the sea whose waters opened before Moises, the sea that according to the biblical tale, was divided to free the people from Israel: the Red Sea. We stay at the Labranda Makadi Garden, located at the Makadi bay, five minutes from our horses and the stable, and near the beach. In other words, is the perfect destiny to those that search for quality vacations in the beach near one of the more legendary seas of the world.

Day 6. Untie, saddle up and ride all day long with the Arabs in the desert.

A full day excursion with our “desert Arabs”: the horses of Hurghada are the chosen ones for their capacity to gallop non-stop in the desert. An extraordinary day, ideal, unbeatable. This cavalcade day includes going to the beach, the sea and the deserts of Makadi. But, as the saying goes, nothing is for free. The pleasure to be enjoyed in this journey is paid with strength, endurance, effort, bravery to ride under the Egyptian sun which rays multiply in the hot sun. Riding term: approximately 5 to 6 hours. For less experimented riders or out of shape riders, there is an option to divide the day, riding for two hours at the morning, and again in the afternoon, having lunch in the hotel in the middle.

Day 7. A subaquatic experience.

Today we let our horses rest. We, in turn, explore from within the extraordinary Red Sea: we get on a boat and swim with dolphins and dive in two ideal place to get to know the subaquatic fauna. We will see the sea from within the sea, the nature from within nature.

Day 8. Swimming with horses.

The journey would not be completed if we could not swim with our horses. They, true to their Arabic nature, also like water, so we get into the water together and let ourselves be splashed by the drops of the Red Sea. We then get relaxed, we dry ourselves and soak in the Egyptian sun for the last time, the rays that, with no doubt, shone over our trip. This is, no doubt, an unforgettable trip.

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