I was very excited to be getting a second chance to visit Egypt. On my first trip, I didn’t get to Aswan and therefore didn’t get to experience felucca sailing. I met up with some people in Dahab who had done the felucca and absolutely loved it, so I knew as soon as I left Egypt it was somewhere I was going to make my way back to.
With that in mind, I was sure to base my next visit around a tour that included overnighting on a felucca boat. I was lucky enough to have my brother join me and definitely thought he would love it too! I chose the 13 day King Ramses tour, to include a felucca and also make it back to Dahab on the Red Sea which I could easily keep going back to!
I was very excited the day we were boarding the felucca to see what it was going to be like having heard tales from other travelers. Armed with my sleeping bag I was ready! The first meal on board was falafel and they were delicious. The good food didn’t stop either; I was amazed at the food they were able to prepare for us with the limited supplies they had. There was plenty of it and we certainly never went hungry! It was simple, home-cooked food – think homemade bread, fava beans, falafel, and the like. The felucca captains all had great personalities. We even enjoyed playing some Bob Marley as we set sail.
It was a very easy life for a couple of days, and I was definitely relaxed by the end of our 2 nights onboard. In previous years there have been no toilets or showers on feluccas. But those days are in the past – much more civilized and to my liking! I am sure you will love it as much as I did. We really got to know the group well in that period while we chilled out and played cards as we sailed along the Nile powered only by the wind. If you are interested in a traditional experience and open to roughing it for a couple of days definitely consider the felucca boat, it was a major highlight of my time in Egypt!