comfortably fitted up than the others, halts at Dendera and Esneh t<> allow
passengers to pay a brief visit to the temples there. Passengers may also
spend the week between any two voyages at Luxor or Assuan. The voyage
from Nag' Hamadeh to Assuan and back takes 5 days. Return-fare from Cairo
to Luxor 16(., to Assuan 201., including first class on the railway and one
week's hotel accommodation at Luxor or Assuan.
Detailed information as to all these steamers, as well as the dhaha-
biyehs mentioned on p. xxvii, will be found in Cook's Programme, pub¬
lished annually, 60;. post free, and obtainable at any of Cook's offices:
London, Ludgate Circus; Alexandria, Place Mehemet Ali; Cairo, Cook's
Pavilion, next door to Shepheard's Hotel.
The well-equipped steamers of the new Anglo-American Line
and of the Thewfikieh Nile Navigation Co. afford another excellent
means of ascending the Nile. Messrs. Henry Gaze & Son (Lon¬
don, 142 Strand; Cairo, opposite Shepheard's Hotel) are the sole
agents. The steamers Columbia and Mayflower of the Anglo-
American Co., which sail from Jan. to March between Cairo and the
First Cataract, are among the finest on the Nile. The tourist-steamers
Memphis, Shellal, El-Khedevie, and El-Kahireh of the Thewfikieh Co.
leave Cairo every alternate Wed. in Dec. and every Wed. from Jan.
to March, for Assuan and back (21 days; fare 35i.), on conditions
similar to those of Messrs. Cook. Special shorter expeditions are
organized from time to time during the season. Messrs. Gaze & Son
have also arranged a series of sixteen-day tours, starting (by train)
from Cairo approximately every tenth day from the middle of De¬
cember to the end of March, and proceeding by steamer from Nag'
Hamadeh to Assuan and back; fare from Cairo and back, including
4 days' hotel accommodation at Luxor, 221.
Daily Itinerary of Cook's Three-weeks Steamers.
Passengers who prefer to proceed by rail from Cairo to Nag' Hamadeh
(not recommended) are provided on request with a 1st cl. railway ticket
by Messrs. Cook.
1st Day. Leave Cairo at 10 a.m., starting from the landing-
stage above the iron-bridge near Kasr en-Nil. At midday Bedrashln
is reached, where donkeys are in readiness to convey passengers to
the site of Memphis: the Step-Pyramid of Sakkara, Serapeum,
Mastaba of Thy, and Pyramid of Onnos ; in all about 4 hrs. (comp.
pp. 123 et seq.). In the evening the steamer proceeds to Kafr el-
'Aydt (36 M. from Cairo).
2nd Day. Steam to (106 M.) Maghdgha, where there is one of
the largest sugar-factories in Egypt (comp. p. 183), lighted by gas.
3rd Day. Steam to Benihasan (p. 186), whence the Speos Arte-
midos and the tombs of Ameny-Amenemhet and Khnemhotep are
visited (pp. 186-189). — Thence to (182 M.) Rdda.
4th Day. Steam to (250 M.) Assiut (p. 202).
5th Day. Visit Assiut and neighbourhood. In the afternoon
steam to (294 M.) El-Maragha (p. 179).
6th Day. Steam past Belidneh (Abydos is visited on the return
journey) to (388 M.) Deshneh (p. 217).