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Sail in a felucca on the Nile, Aswan

  • Aswan, Upper Egypt, Egypt

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

One of the best ways to experience the magic of the Nile – and to see a glimpse of the authentic Egypt away from the tourist trail – is to go sailing in a traditional felucca (sailing boat).

Sit back on cushions as the single sail pushes you upriver alongside farmland and villages, past grazing water buffaloes and camels – landscapes unchanged for thousands of years. Boatmen will offer drinks and may bring a drum and sing.

Logistics

Price from: £8
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 1-2 hours

Getting there & doing it

You will find feluccas near the Aswan Moon restaurant and the ferry to Elephantine village. Rent by the hour and arrange the price and duration with the boat captain. Baksheesh (tips) will be expected at the end.

If the wind blows upriver, go south of Aswan, past the ruins of Elephantine Island and the botanical garden on Kitchener’s Island and then around smaller bird-inhabited granite islands.

When the sun is out, it can be hot – take sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Autumn and winter can be cold on the river in the morning, so take warm clothing. Take your own drinks and snacks.

When to do it

Feluccas are available for hire all year round, at all times of the day. They are usually not allowed to sail at night.