A Thomas Cook & Son Ticket entitling travel to Jeddah and Bombay in 1886. (Still Image)
A Thomas Cook & Son Ticket entitling travel to Jeddah and Bombay in 1886.
This is a photo of a Thomas Cook & Son ticket entitling travel to Jeddah and back from Bombay and onwards to an undisclosed location during 1886. Although the ticket has not been completed by its holder, there are options to travel by steamboat from Jeddah to Bombay and back. This trip, a pilgrimage to Mecca ('Hajj'), was Thomas Cook's premier package tour back in the late 19th century as they had been appointed the official travel agents for the Hajj by the British colonial government. The ticket of this trip, considered to have formed one of Britain's oldest package holidays, has been discovered by researchers at St John's College, University of Cambridge in 2015.