Nile felucca cruise in Egypt

“A stunning cruise down the Nile on a traditional felucca, guided by local experts and tailor made for 4 or 6 days. Starting from Elaphantine Island. ”

Highlights

4 or 6 day Nile felucca cruise | Elaphantine Island | Kom Ombo temple | Daraw camel market | Wadi el Chott | Edfou | Esna | Gebel Silsila

Description of Nile felucca cruise in Egypt

This felucca Nile cruise can be taken as a four or six day holiday, starting at our guesthouse on Elaphantine Island, where our guesthouse is at the heart of its Nubian community. With room for seven passengers maximum, our felucca cruises are perfect for families and other small groups, and we offer great value too, with all guiding, meals, cabins and historical site visits included in the price of the cruise.

A tailor made itinerary, we recommend either a four or six day journey, finishing at Edfou for the shorter trip and Esna for the longer one. Some of the highlights that we recommend en route include the camel market at Daraw, a hike through Wadi el- Chott and visit to ancient temples and tombs such as at Kom Ombo all of which we endeavour to visit outside busy tourist times.
Every day is different on board the felucca, as you pass by riverside and island life, gain perspective of Egypt from the water and enjoy the company of your friendly crew, all of whom are committed to environmental and social responsibility, real cultural engagement as well as good fun in our tourism venture.

As a tailor made trip, we can extend your stay on land if you wish, either on Elaphantine Island, or further afield in Luxor, for example.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Nile felucca cruise in Egypt

Environment

We are particularly careful to ensure that there are no negative ecological impacts.We use no fossil energy, the feluccas travel exclusively on wind power.As a consequence the banks of the Nile and its wildlife undergo no degradation caused by us in contrast to that inflicted by the larger cruise boats which produce serious damage and erosion due to the waves they create. Moreover the animal life and especially the birds are not frightened or disturbed by the noise of the engines and our guest can see them very close.
We undertake the organization of cleaning up not only after ourselves but of less scrupulous tourists or local people in the areas where we spend the night During the cruise, all the rubbish is kept and put in a proper place.
We create the opportunity to exchange ideas and mutual understanding about ecological behavioursi in a country where Ecology is not the first concern.

Community

Our aim is to propose and promote individual holidays that are environmentally and socially respectful. We endeavour to provide our clients the opportunity to have a clear and precise insight into the characteristics of local life whilst minimizing the negative impact generally associated with mass tourism. We are particularly careful to ensure a fair distribution of the money generated by our activity so that the main beneficiaries are egyptian families.
The felucca owned by our company remains entirely at the disposition of the family of our egyptian associates at Luxor. Cruises departing from Aswan are aboard another felucca hired for the purpose so as not to interrupt the regular work schedule of the boat based at Luxor. All the people who organize the cruises and accompany visitors (captain, mousse, cook) are egyptian .All purchases relative to the holidays are made locally (food, transport, equipment)
Since the “Arab Spring” tourism has diminished substantially and is struggling to restart. With our initiative we wish to support local communities and to bring them a mean to restore confidence in their own future without relying too much on the only egyptian government.

Reviews of Nile felucca cruise in Egypt

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Waking up as the sun rose over the milky waters of the Nile was pretty incredible. Walking on the sandy banks and washing as the fishermen and farmers arrived for their work was truly magical.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring some mosquito repellent and a sheet or sleeping bag liner. The blankets provider are warm but you'd want something between you and them.
Wake up for sunrise.
Be prepared for plans to change slightly as wind and currents are your masters.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


You only need to watch the huge cruisers pass you by to realise how lucky you are to be sailing with no engine, no other tourists and local sailors/guides.
Food is fresh and bought at markets as you travel. The money is going straight to the staff.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The felucca part of our Egypt trip was a definite highlight. I could have camped on the Nile for many more days, aimlessly drifting and relaxing.

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