'Party ascending the Great Pyramid of Gizeh', 1882.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a group of European tourists climbing the Great Pyramid, taken in 1882 by an unknown photographer. The tourists are being helped by local guides. It is interesting to note the woman in the bottom right-hand corner who is about to start her climb despite wearing very inappropriate clothing. By the 1880s travel to Egypt had ceased to be the preserve of explorers and adventurers. Thomas Cook offered his first tour of Palestine and the Nile in 1869 and by the mid-1870s his company was operating a regular passenger steamer service on the Nile.