Definition: Cook’s Tour

A Cook’s Tour is a guided but cursory tour of the major features of a place or an area.

Broadly, a Cook’s tour is a rapid but extensive glance or survey of a subject matter.

'Thomas Cook: 150 Years of Popular Tourism' by Piers Brendon (ISBN 0436199939) According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the phrase has its origin in Thomas Cook & Son, the prominent British travel agency, and precursor to the present-day global travel company Thomas Cook Group plc. The first known use of the phrase Cook’s Tour was around circa 1909. Thomas Cook & Son was started in 1872 as a partnership by Thomas Cook and his son, John A Mason Cook.

Recommended Reading: Thomas Cook: 150 Years of Popular Tourism by Piers Brendon.

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