Heading to Egypt? Be Sure to Felucca Your Way Down the Nile


Felucca Boat in Egypt

One of the primary objectives of my trip to Egypt was to sail the Nile on a traditional boat known as a felucca, an activity that had been recommended to me by a friend. And sailing on a felucca did not, as you’re about to see, disappoint.

If you’re also in Egypt (or will be there soon) and want to take a felucca trip, you have two options for doing so: Booking a trip in advance, in Cairo or Aswan; or simply turning up at the docks in Aswan, and speaking to a felucca captain to see if he’s got room. (The latter option can be tricky though, especially if you don’t know what a felucca looks like!)

For now, no matter your past, present or future felucca plans, enjoy these photos of my journey up the Nile via felucca.

Looking back on Aswan after the felucca set sails –Goodbye!

Our patriotic felucca captain – not all Egyptians hate Americans!

Some beaches along the southern Nile are home to traditional Nubian-style villages

Other Nile beaches, on the other hand, are more serene and unspoiled

Lunch onboard the felucca is simple but delicious, not to mention relaxing

Sleeping quarters onboard the felucca

Watching sunset from the felucca is worth the price of admission alone

Robert Schrader
Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who's been roaming the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as "CNNGo" and "Shanghaiist" along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, provides a mix of travel advice, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.
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