Felucca Sailing on the Nile

The best way to experience the Nile River is to travel along it slowly on board a felucca. A felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat and most Egypt tours feature a felucca trip where you spend one or two nights on board. We spent a very relaxing day sailing along the Nile from Aswan which was one of the many highlights of our time travelling around Egypt.

The felucca

The felucca itself was a lot larger than I had imagined it to be and comprised a rooftop deck, the covered main area and a toilet. Our luggage went under the main area and we just kept a small bag with us with anything we would need for the next 24 hours.

The main area was shaded, with open windows and an enormous mattress that we all slept on. It sounds weird but there was actually plenty of room for everyone. As we were there in summer it was really hot so we didn’t need sleeping bags or blankets, however we were provided with blankets and pillows in case the nights get chilly. I have heard that during winter it can be freezing!

One of the good things about a Nile experience with Intrepid is that the felucca has a toilet on board, many other companies don’t and they need to pull up to shore each time someone needs to go. I’m the sort of person who when doesn’t have access to a loo, feels like I need to go all the time (even if I don’t), so I thought that would cause me more stress than anything.

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