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In Upper Egypt especially, if you wish to take a felucca trip, be very careful before committing to the journey. Some, and only some, felucca captains will agree a price, only to renege on this agreement once you have reached the half-way point, insisting that the deal was for a one-way trip only: meaning you have to pay for the return leg as well. Please ensure the price quoted is the price you want for the whole trip. Again, your hotel’s reception desk will often be able to point you towards a reliable felucca captain that they deal with, even getting him to meet you at the hotel.

Some felucca captains will also offer you the opportunity of a sail between Aswan and Luxor, or vice versa. This is a popular pastime for budget travellers, but please be aware that you will be sleeping rough, though some captains do carry a canvas, and the food will be of a low standard. Also it is not a secure way of travel, your personal belongings and finances will be at risk.

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