What’s It Like To Cruise Down The Nile On A Felucca?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Discover what it’s like to cruise down the Nile on a Felucca, the traditional wooden sailing boat seen all over the longest river in the world. Not much different than how the Egyptians sailed this river for the past 5,000 years, these voyages allow you to take in the Philae Temple, Luxor, and Cairo at night, all while leisurely gliding down one of the world’s most scenice waterways. The only problem is that you’re stuck on a boat the entire time (never good).

As this article points out, be ready for the good and the bad. The good being the sights and the food (lunches consisting of salads and “accompanying dishes . . . delicious and rich in flavour: garlicky baba ganoush, grainy humus, dense wands of kefta, kebabs and the spiciest mini sausage that convinces you that you really should have just one more”), and the bad (you’re still on a cruise, expect bland entertainment, the occasinal breakdown, and forget about getting lost in the local culture). At least I’m pretty sure you’ll never see any shuffleboard on these boats.

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