Felucca Sailing

Updated: 18th January 2019

Nile-Felucca-New-Image

What is Felucca Sailing?

Felucca's are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats, that have plied the mighty Nile since ancient times. Our feluccas are proudly owned and crewed by friendly local sailors and they have been adapted to comfortably carry our travellers.

Being a wind-powered craft with no motor, feluccas are dependent upon the wind to propel them forth. The itinerary is not rigidly defined, for this reason. However, during our cruise, we make plenty of stops at points of interest and ideal places for swimming. The felucca sails during the day, taking in the colourful sights of the Nile village life en-route with various stops, planned or impromptu. The peaceful routine of life aboard allows us to escape the stress of everyday life! Prior to sundown, the anchor is dropped and we moor at the riverside for the night. Nothing beats the experience of sleeping under a blanket of stars!

Felucca sailing on the River Nile, Egypt

What's on board?

Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 persons comfortably and there are also some larger feluccas which can accommodate up to 18. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging and meal area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. Relaxing under the shade of the canopy, you can top up your tan in the sun, share evenings with new found friends, after whiling away another leisurely day.

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 locally a freshly laundered winter warmth blanket for USD$15 (total) for the 2-night stay. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals, though they welcome helpers! The food is simple but there's plenty of it. Water, soft drinks and beer can be purchased aboard at a very reasonable cost, a tally for which is kept. On the last day, everybody pays his or her drinks bill.

To give you more of an idea of what to expect on our feluccas, check out this video by our friends Stephen and Jess at Flying the Nest.

Support boat on River Nile, Egypt

Felucca Support Boat

On all of our Signature range tours we include a support boat which accompanies our sailing feluccas. Our support boat offers two toilets, running hot and cold water and washing facilities. There is also a cosy seating area at the rear of the boat, outfitted with colourful fabrics and cushions and a table offering an alternative location (in addition to the deck on your felucca) to share a meal or cold drink with fellow passengers.

Preserving the natural state and beauty of the Nile basin and in support of reducing environmental damage on board our felucca cruises, we operate a simple yet effective and hygienic waste disposal system. Please ensure that you abide with our request that all toilet paper and sanitary items are deposited in the waste paper baskets provided. Drink cans should be compacted and cigarette ends disposed of responsibly.

Top Egypt Deals
Colossi of Memnon | Luxor | Egypt King Ramses - 13 days Map
16 Nov 2019  2-for-1
King Ramses - 13 days
USD $798
was $1,595
King Tutankhamun - 9 days Map
16 Nov 2019  2-for-1
King Tutankhamun - 9 days
USD $723
was $1,445
Colossi of Memnon | Luxor | Egypt King Ramses with Cruise - 13 days Map
02 Nov 2019  25% off
King Ramses with Cruise - 13 days
USD $1,609
was $2,145
By the coast in Hurghada | Egypt Festive King Ramses with Cruise - 13 days Map
20 Dec 2019  25% off
Festive King Ramses with Cruise - 13 days
USD $2,059
was $2,745
Beach in Hurghada | Egypt Festive King Ramses - 13 days Map
20 Dec 2019  25% off
Festive King Ramses - 13 days
USD $1,421
was $1,895
Camel trekking | The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt Festive King Tut with Cruise - 9 days Map
20 Dec 2019  20% off
Festive King Tut with Cruise - 9 days
USD $1,836
was $2,295
The Sphinx | Giza | Egypt Festive King Tut - 9 days Map
20 Dec 2019  20% off
Festive King Tut - 9 days
USD $1,556
was $1,945
King Tutankhamun with Cruise - 9 days Map
20 Dec 2019  20% off
King Tutankhamun with Cruise - 9 days
USD $1,836
was $2,295
Felucca Explorer - 9 days Map
09 Nov 2019  15% off
Felucca Explorer - 9 days
USD $548
was $645
Traditional felucca boat | Egypt Felucca Explorer to Luxor - 8 day Map
09 Nov 2019  15% off
Felucca Explorer to Luxor - 8 day
USD $404
was $475
5-star Nile Cruise Boat | Egypt Jewel of the Nile  - 10 days Map
15 Nov 2019  15% off
Jewel of the Nile - 10 days
USD $1,738
was $2,045
The Pyramids of Giza and a real highlight of our Egypt tours Egyptian Express for Families - 8 days Map
28 Dec 2019  15% off
Egyptian Express for Families - 8 days
USD $1,041
was $1,225
On The Go Tours group at Queen Hatshepsut Temple | Luxor | Egypt Essential Egypt - 9 days Map
09 Nov 2019  10% off
Essential Egypt - 9 days
USD $626
was $695
Snorkelling in the Red Sea - Dahab | Egypt Felucca Explorer & Red Sea - 13 days Map
07 Dec 2019  10% off
Felucca Explorer & Red Sea - 13 days
USD $1,121
was $1,245
The Monastery | Petra | Jordan Festive Road to Jordan - 16 days Map
20 Dec 2019  10% off
Festive Road to Jordan - 16 days
USD $2,516
was $2,795
Treasures of the Nile - 10 days Map
20 Dec 2019  10% off
Treasures of the Nile - 10 days
USD $2,606
was $2,895
Treasury | Petra | Jordan Road To Jordan - 16 days Map
20 Dec 2019  10% off
Road To Jordan - 16 days
USD $2,516
was $2,795
Karnak Temple | Luxor | Egypt	Egyptian Family Adventure - 9 Days Map
28 Dec 2019  10% off
Egyptian Family Adventure - 9 Days
USD $1,373
was $1,525
Philae Temple | Aswan | Egypt | On The Go Tours  Best of Egypt for Teenagers - 8 days Map
05 Apr 2020  10% off
Best of Egypt for Teenagers - 8 days
USD $896
was $995
At the pyramids on a family holiday Egypt & the Red Sea For Teenagers - 12 days Map
05 Apr 2020  10% off
Egypt & the Red Sea For Teenagers - 12 days
USD $1,481
was $1,645