In the UK there has always been an affinity with Egypt, despite some political disagreements.
Cleopatra’s needle in London was erected in 1878 and stands as one of a pair; the other situated in Paris. Egyptian treasures have been found in England by various means, but Cleopatra’s needle was granted permission to remain in our country by the ruler of Egypt and Sudan in 1819. This act was to commemorate the victories at the battle of Alexandra and the Battle of the Nile.
Sir William Wilson was the affluent individual who paid for this object to be transported to the United Kingdom in 1877. However, transportation proved difficult. The needle was encased in a specially built cage and towed behind the ship ‘Olga.’ Bad weather around the stormy Bay of Biscay separated the needle and it was almost lost at sea. Luckily, a merchant ship collected the needle and it landed on our shores in early 1878.
Cleopatra’s needle is now flanked by two large Egyptian lions and looks impressive to visitors to our country.
Travelling in Egypt on a Nile cruise has never been easier, especially for people living in the UK. Although the affinity remains, Egypt could not be more contrasting to the UK, which is a noted benefit for UK residents looking for an exotic change in culture, climate and history.
At One Small Step Travel, we can tailor a Nile cruise deal for someone looking for a couple of weeks or relaxation, immersion in foreign culture or even playing tennis and sport on one of our Nile cruise holidays. Whichever you decide is the best Nile cruise deal for you, our wonderful staff will guarantee that you will enjoy your time on our luxury Nile ship.