Sailing in the River Nile in Felucca

Felucca is the traditional sailboat used for sailing along the Nile in Egypt. Felucca Nile Cruise is a wide riverboat with a flat, open deck covered with soft mattresses and has a canopy which provides shade from the sun. A felucca sail boat gives you with a glimpse of people, culture and lifestyles of Egypt which makes Egypt one of the most fascinating countries.
Egypt is blessed with southerly wind that pushes sailboats upriver, while allowing them to return on its current downstream. The felucca Nile Cruise has remained, over the centuries, the primary transportation of the Nile Egypt.
They are usually able to board ten passengers and the crew consists of two or three people. Despite being made obsolete by motorboats and ferries, feluccas are still in active use as a means of transport in Nile-adjacent cities like Aswan orLuxor. They are especially popular among tourists who can enjoy a quieter and calmer mood than motorboats have to offer.
Felucca is the traditional sailboats of Egypt’s Nile. Egyptians and foreigners alike enjoy a relaxing felucca ride, as they are perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night, for brisker sails the rest of the year and watching the sunset anytime. They are ideal for an impromptu party after work, a romantic evening, and for soothing the tots on the weekends. It is not unusual for friends to get together and rent a felucca for an hour or two for a small social gathering. Such gatherings, frequently after sunset, may not do much sailing at all, but simply sit in a quiet cove where everyone can enjoy the lights on the banks and the river traffic.
Some of the craft today are used to carry tourists who wish to enjoy an eternally peaceful journey carried along by the gentle breeze and the currents of the river. In fact, a felucca ride is very often included in many standard tours. Some feluccas even carry passengers for longer voyages of several days, but only the most adventurous tourists usually take part in these, as the accommodations are rather primitive.
Few feluccas are now made entirely of wood, but the basic layout has barely changed. They don’t have a keel as such, but a heavy center plate which can be raised in the shallows. The sails are seriously low tech affairs made of native cotton and other natural fibers.
Feluccas are usually furnished with cushions around the circumference and a table fixed in the middle; where one can surely enjoy picnic style lunch or dinner while enjoying a different view of the metropolis. Your captain tucks his Galabeya(tradition Egyptian male dress) about his waist and steers with his feet, while busily drawing and letting the sail to and fro as the vessel tacks up and down the Nile.
To the people of Egypt, the Nile is everything. They drink it, wash in it, cook with it, fish in it, water their animals, and use it for irrigation and transportation. Life along the river has changed very little since biblical times. That is why the captains seem to have an intimate relationship with their feluccas.
A large tiller is used for steering and you can also find a large amount of storage space under the deck.
The crew members provide you with Nubian foods and can have breakfast, lunch and dinner while enjoying the true beauty of the Nile In Egypt and also, you can get flavors of Egyptian tea and Nubian cake.
Feluccas are run by locals whom called Nubians and the ships were also filled with Nubian culture and all the meals prepared on the ship by the hostes beside we watch rural Egyptian life while passing down the Nile. Whether you are looking for something cultural, or just a relaxing time on the water so the Felucca consider the best ride in Egypt to feel it.
All the historical and cultural destinations are located along the banks of the Nile River and going on a sight-seeing by the felucca is an experience worth cherishing.
During evening you can spend time watching the magnificent Egyptian sunsets,and take a good sleep under the stars which is the most romantic time when you can relax while enjoying the sunset.
This is the perfect short trip if you want to enjoy the best of adventure tour in Egypt, Felucca rides can be enjoyed in Luxor & Aswan where there are easy to find the main riverfront streets.
Feluccas Egypt are interesting because they sail throughout the waters in the heart of the Nile and the scenery become nice during evening.