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“very worthwhile” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings
Luxor City, Luxor, Egypt
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Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the...
Ranked #4 of 47 Attractions in Luxor
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: This desert valley contains the ancient burial ground of many Egyptian pharaohs. Among over 60 royal tombs is the famous Tomb of Tutankhamen that was found in pristine condition.
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“very worthwhile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

An amazing place to visit although you can't take any photos. Our tour was for 3 tombs without a guide to explain anything which did not include King Tut. You had to pay extra for that which was fine. There's only so many tombs one can see before they all look alike. Certainly not to be missed when visiting Egypt.

Visited December 2012
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“Grave robbery to tourist robbery over 4k years”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Get ready for being rushed through the VotK. You are not allowed to take pictures in the Valley (in the Tombs themselves this makes sense due to to delicate nature of the art). This is the same as going to Times Square, the Eiffel Tower or the Collesium and being told not to take pictures.

The idea is to force the tourist to buy dusty packs of postcards to all the places you haven't visited - the Pyramids, Luxor etc.

No tour guides are allowed in the burial chambers. This is to allow the ticket attendants at each chamber to offer you a torch (which is not needed) and mumble a few comments at you and put their hands out for money. These beggars are supposed to be there to stop this type of thing.

Once you have seen one chamber, without a knowledgable guide, you've pretty well seen them all.

A far better trip is to go to Luxor!

Visited February 2013
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“Choose carefully the tombs you will enter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

For me this is as important as the pyramids. It is worth going, but there are good tips about what tomb to enter. Buy the extra ticket to visit the Ramses VI tomb (beside the Tutankhamon). This is the tomb where the paintings are well preserved. I don't think you have to buy additional ticket to enter in the Tutankhamon one because this tomb has no paintings or writings so nothing to see. Enter also the Ramses III tomb because the depth and corridors are very good (see the deviation that is inside when the builders reached an older tomb). Finally, stay away from the tomb guards. They say 2 words about one of the painting and ask for money. Simply ignore them and enjoy.

Visited February 2013
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“Respect to the ancient Kings and Queens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Our English speaking tour guide brought to life the significance of these ancient tombs. The stories are better than any fairy story I ever heard!

Visited February 2013
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“Impressive empty tombs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Although items of interest (like mummies or burial gifts) have been plundered during the centuries or moved to the museum in Cairo the tombs are well worth visiting. The tombs were not as narrow as I had imagined and more resembled a full size mine with the wide shafts and well lit stairs. The flashlights offered by the personell at the entrance is not needed in my opinion (a "trick" for them to get some extra cash). The valley was more dusty than I had imagined, be prepared that your trousers and shoes will be powdered by fine grained sand. Make sure to do the visit early in the morning or off-season (January/February?), it was already feeling hot when I was there. Bring a bottle of water.

Visited January 2013
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