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Sail through the imposing Nile on a historial Felucca in Aswan, Egypt

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Now you are in a place where history is surrounding you. There are many sites to visit and even more things to learn in here. However, you want this adventure to be relaxing and humbling, so you get away from the luxury that the urban city offers you and you step into the Felucca to take an unforgettable trip across a majestic river filled with historical meaning.

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There is no other river that could conjure up such intriguing pictures from ancient history, folklore and incredible human advancement as the Nile, and there is no better way to learn about it than boarding a felucca, one of Egypt’s conventional cruising ships.

What is a Felucca?

A Felucca boat is a traditional wooden sailboat, it relies on wind and the river currents to move.

Feluccas were once the best option for people to transport products through the Nile, now they are the best option for you to take an adventure in this part of the world through waters loaded with history in all its splendor.

Even though there are of course motorboats and ferries available for navigating the Nile, feluccas are still active and very much recommended for those who want a relaxing trip with beautiful views, while feeling the light warm afternoon breeze caress their skin.

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Far away from the luxuries that you will want to pass on if you want to get a genuine experience from this trip, the life on board the felucca is not the fanciest option out there. You will find only simple kitchens and washrooms. However, the beautiful and unique moments that you will live here offer you a balanced adventure. With the delicate, barely perceptible flow of the Nile beneath you and the rising and setting sun around you, there really aren’t luxuries that you will need. There is no five-star hotel that compares to a sky full of stars above you and a calm stream leading this adventure.

After days of contemplating landscapes that few people can admire, learning things that few people know and living an adventure that many people would love to live, this once in a lifetime experience will have been crossed off the list of things to do before you die.

Where to go

There are many options for you if you want to take a tour or excursion in these majestic lands, like the ones offered in Luxor, where you can admire and study all the beauty and history of this place for an hour. Maybe the most intriguing excursion offered is the one from the southernmost city in Egypt, Aswan, to the north in Kom Ombo. If you take this excursion you will have the chance to witness its majestic landscapes away from the overwhelming Luxor for the next three days, enjoying this calm city and experiencing life along the Nile and learning about all the thousands of years of history that these waters hold.

Felucca Nights

When the night comes on the felucca after you’ve filled your senses with the beautiful and colorful sunset, there is a stop at a certain spot on the waterway bank where you just have to wait for the inventions of the cook working on his small stove to come to you.

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After the meal, you get a chance to stretch your legs on shore and spend some time with people around the pit fire, singing tunes and telling stories. The nightfall sky gradually transforms into a show of astonishing stars, and at that moment you understand why the people that lived here hundreds of years ago were so obsessed with them, stargazing for hours.

Later on and with the water gently washing against the edges of the felucca, it is time to get into your favorite covers or sleep sack to finally have a rest from so much beauty, even though it will probably stay with you in your dreams.

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History everywhere

The Nile is historically related with the nation’s existence and eventual growth. The river overflows yearly and gives all the nurturing sediments that enable harvest to grow along a small riverside strip in the generally unwelcoming desert.

The Nile was worshipped to the point where almost every ancient Egypt’s sanctuary was constructed along its banks, from those at Abu Simbel, south of Aswan, to the immense sanctuaries around Luxor and the pyramids at Cairo.

If the wind is strong enough, you might have the opportunity to go all the way to Edfu, where you will find the great Temple of Horus. This temple dates back from the third century BC, being one of the most exceptional and cared for sanctuaries in Egypt.

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Nonetheless, most three-day ventures end at Kom Ombo, where there is another sanctuary to Horus, and to Sobek, the crocodile god. Regardless of where your adventure ends, every place will teach you about the inspiring culture the Nile created, an appropriate closure to your personal experience with this incredible river.

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