The itinerary

In January 1869, exactly 150 years ago, Miss Riggs joined Thomas Cook’s very first tour to Egypt and the Holy Land. Travelling overland, the journey would take three months, there and back. Miss Riggs kept a diary of her adventure and I am going to be posting from it over the coming weeks. This is day eighteen.


Thursday, 11 February
Daily routine of Commissariat on the BENHA coffee at 8, dejeuner at 10, lunch at 1, table d’hote at 6.30, tea at 8. Passed also last evening the pyramids of Dashoor – Boosh is a thriving place, many Copt Christians and large depot of monks who keep up communication with the Convents of St. Anthony and St. Paul in the eastern desert, supplying them with all they require.

Itinerary of voyage in Upper Egypt
The Azizieh Massriah Company
Stoppages up to 1st Cataract
Beniswaif – 2 hours
Minizeh – 2 hours
Beni Hassan – 3 hours
Assiout – 5 hours
Girgeh – 2 hours
Kenah – 8 hours
Looksor – 3 days
Eshneh – 3 hours
Edfou – 6 hours
Koom Ambou – 2 hours
Assouan – 2 days

Return trip from Assouan, Koom Ambou, Eshneh, Looksor, Kenah and Assiout – 1 hour at each place. So far the itinerary but as nothing is certain in Egypt many changes will no doubt take place.

'Passengers Aboard the Nile Steamer' by Charles Dyce, c.1849

‘Passengers Aboard the Nile Steamer’ by Charles Dyce, c.1849

This schedule was devised by Thomas Cook. He did his homework well and, give or take a few tweaks, this is the itinerary most Nile cruises would stick to until security issues halted sailings between Cairo and Luxor in the early 1990s.

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