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Feluccas, the traditional the lateen-sail-rigged wooden boats of the Nile, come in several sizes, but big or small, they're wonderfully Egyptian.

You really should take at least a short cruise on the Nile in a felucca. You can even hire a felucca to take you between towns on the Nile, stopping at night to camp along the riverbank.

You'll see them all along the Nile, but one of the best places to take a few hours' cruise is at Aswan, where the graceful boats swoop and weave among the islands in the Nile, gliding by the Botanical Garden and beneath the sandy hills that tower above the western river bank.

Your felucca may seat as few as one or two or as many as 15 or 20 people, and have a crew of one or two men.

As you cast off from the dock, the magic of the felucca becomes evident: there's no noise of a motor, only the whisper of the wind, the flapping of the lateen sail and the creak of the wooden rudder.

A felucca cruise is most fun on days with moderate winds. If the winds drop to a calm, your crew can row you back to the dock, but you certainly lose the sensation of flying across the surface of the Nile.

On a longer voyage, facilities are limited: you use toilets and showers onshore, eat meals in restaurants or prepare simple meals onshore, and sleep in tents.

Primitive? Yes, and that's why intrepid voyagers love feluccas: this is real travel, the way it was a century ago two centuries, ten centuries. You get to know Egypt and its great river as only the adventurous do.

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Feluccas on the Nile, Aswan, Egypt

Felucca on the Nile, Aswan, Egypt