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Felucca Boat Cruise ToursDiscover the river Nile on a traditional felucca boat

Felucca Cruises

Immerse yourself in real Egyptian culture by taking a cruise along the Nile in a traditional felucca. Our feluccas mainly depart from Aswan and sail along, disembarking just south of Luxor. However, some of our cruises travel in the opposite way. Sail along in comfort with our fully decked out feluccas, complete with shady canopies and extra plush cushions to make sure your ride in comfort. Spend the days topping up your tan, enjoying the cool breeze and watching the sun set over the Nile.

What is a Felucca?

A Felucca boat

A felucca is a traditional Egyptian boat that has sailed the Nile for centuries. They are relatively small, wind powered boats that offer a calming experience when compared to modern motorboats. Cruise the Nile in style by choosing a traditional felucca boat, enjoy the calming sounds of the waves as you sail slowly along taking in the gorgeous scenery of one of the worlds most famous rivers.

Please be aware that feluccas are wind-powered, thus it is impossible to guarantee our itinerary to the letter. There are also no WC facilities on-board, however a support boat accompanies our feluccas offering two toilets, running water and washing facilities. Furthermore, the felucca only sails during the day and is moored at sundown where it remains stationary throughout the night. Roughly 10-12 people will fit in the boat and the main deck is kitted out with plush cushions for the ultimate comfort experience. A canopy has been installed as well, offering some respite from the fierce Egyptian heat. You need to bring a towel with you and can opt to bring a sleeping bag/sleeping sheet if you wish, though we suggest hiring a freshly laundered blanket for your stay.

Felucca boat tours and cruises

We offer multiple tours that include a felucca cruise. Whether you’re looking for a historical adventure or looking to enjoy the Egyptian sun on a sandy beach, we have felucca tours that encompass everything you’re looking for in an Egyptian getaway. Spend your time swimming in the Nile or relaxing in the deck before setting off to one of many wonderful destinations on one of our felucca cruises.

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What to expect on a felucca boat ride

When taking a felucca cruise down the Nile expect to be immersed in traditional Egyptian culture. Enjoy the soft breeze and rhythmic lapping of the waves against the hull. Take in the gorgeous scenery and ancient temples that line the riverbanks as you calmly sail along the famous river. Since feluccas are wind powered you can enjoy the sounds of local wildlife and the waves that you wouldn’t get to hear if you were traveling on a motorboat. Enjoy a calming journey along the river immersing yourself in the slower paced side of Egyptian life.

What to do on a felucca cruise

A felucca boat docked on the bank of the Nile with people enjoying swimming in the river.
Enjoying a dip in the Nile

Take a Swim

During our felucca cruise why not take a moment for a quick swim. Enjoy the cool water and take a break from the Egyptian sun. Rest up on the sandy banks of the river Nile and take a dip in the shallow water by the bank before carrying on to our next destination. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Kom Ombo Temple
Kom Ombo Temple

Visit Kom Ombo

The temple of Kom Ombo is a uniquely symmetrical temple dedicated to the gods Horus and Sobek. The temple is located just off the bank of the Nile, making a felucca cruise the best way to get to it. Enjoy the relaxing waves on your journey towards the temple, once we dock it is only a short trip to the temple where you can explore the ancient ruins and marvel at the famous temple and its remaining artifacts.

a felucca boat with people walking around the deck
People on the deck

Relax on the deck

One of the best things to do when taking a felucca cruise is to simply relax on the deck! Feel your stress melt away as you sit leisurely on the plush cushions of the boat. Feel the wind run over you, a refreshing break from the hot Egyptian sun, and listen to the calming sounds of the waves gently beat against the hull of the boat. Enjoy a delicious meal and scenic views on our Nile felucca cruises.

Frequently asked questions

What exactly is a felucca?

A felucca is a traditional wooden sailing boat that has been used on the Nile River for centuries. It usually has one or two lateen sails.

Is it safe to go on a felucca ride?

Are there restroom facilities on the felucca?

When is the best time to go on a felucca cruise?

The best time to go on a Nile felucca cruise is during the cooler months, around October to April, this is when the weather is warm but not too hot making the ride a very pleasant experience.

Conclusion

Felucca cruises are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery of Egypt. Sailing on these traditional boats you will see sights from majestic temples to rural villages, all while feeling the gentle breeze and basking in the warm sun. Truly the best way to travel around Egypt and a must do for all visitors.

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