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Valley of the Kings

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Valley of the Kings

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Mariam A wrote a review Jan 5
Cairo, Egypt80 contributions11 helpful votes
As an Egyptian, it’s a huge pity for me to write this review. The place itself is wonderful and in perfect condition, HOWEVER, our visit was ruined by the embarrassing attitude of people working there: 1- taxi drivers save no effort to deceive you. Despite us being “locals” we were chased by taxi drivers trying to sell us INSANELY expensive rides. A simple “no” isn’t enough, they will stalk the hell out of you till you give up and accept their offer or else scream at them. My advice, pretend you do not speak English and never pay any attention to them till you are left alone (same advice works with carriage/boat/souvenirs sellers). 2- the second you pass the gate, you’re again chased by tour guides selling overpriced tours, and trying falsely to convince you that the visit cannot be done without their help. 3- upon entering every tomb, one of the “guards” will offer to take your photo using your own mobile/camera or explain the history of the place (they are not of course being nice but rather trying to squeeze any tips out of you). My advice again, ignore them with a polite “no, thank you”.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alina P wrote a review Jan 4
41 contributions2 helpful votes
It's a must if you visit Egypt. Very interesting and amazing stories and places. On our ticket we had 3 tombs to enter and the guide recommended us Ramses III, Ramses IX and Merenptah. For Tutankhamun we had to pay extra. Since we visited during pandemic times, it was not very crowded. You had to wear mask and also tip the guys from the entrance. Also inside there were guys who would help you take pictures, of course in exchange of tips. It was very interesting
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Free Spirit wrote a review Dec 2020
1,717 contributions531 helpful votes
Luxor highlight.  Go early to avoid all the tourists.  Luxor also gets very hot even in winter.  We started at 08:00 and left by 10:30 when all the tourists arrived.  Wear good shoes as there is a lot of walking and some of the tombs are deep with a lot of steps.  Take a registered guide with or book with a tour company prior to coming.  The guides cannot go inside the tombs but can give you the explanation outside.  I learnt so much.  The detail is phenomenal.  Absolute treasure.  A word of warning (and the reason that the registered guides are probably not allowed inside the tombs), ignore the 'unofficial guides' inside the tombs.  They want money for showing you things and taking photographs.  Don't ask them for anything and politely say no.  You can take photographs inside yourself.  There is a little train that takes you part of the way up and then you must walk.  Three tombs are included in the main ticket but you have to pay an additional fee to see others including Tutankhamun.  I was told that they rotate the opening and close tombs at times to preserve them.  Expect the usual souvenir shops with hungry vendors who need the money now especially more than ever with the pandemic and loss of income.  If you are not interested, politely ignore them or decline. 
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Kadu Carrasco wrote a review Dec 2020
Sao Paulo, SP450 contributions77 helpful votes
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The Valley of the Kings, like almost all of Egypt during the pandemic, is practically empty. That means that you will enter the tombs alone, without any other tourists. At the entrance of each tomb, there will be a man who will punch your ticket (you have the right to visit 03 tombs with the ticket (EGP 240)). Tour guides cannot enter the tombs with you. Okay, so far, so good. But the thing is very simple: as you will probably be the only one going inside (pandemic times), you'll be their target and their great chance for tips ("baksheesh", as Egyptians say). I will explain how they act so that you get prepared. And I’ll also suggest how you should react. You'll give them your ticket upon entry so that they can punch it. And here the adventure begins. hahaha Soon after he gives you back your ticket, he should be sitting in his place, but he will get up and start to explain things to you on the wall as if he were a tour guide. Even if you ignore him, he won't stop. He keeps going down next to you explaining things. It's useless to say "thank you, I don't want it" politely. He will keep doing it. And little by little he'll try to get your attention in other ways. He knows how you're going to escape because he's done that thousands of times in years. Then the questions begin: "Where are you from?", "Is this your first time in Egypt?", "What's your name?" ... Ok, you don't want to be rude, right? You answered. Well, my friend, you've just created a problem. Inside, he will politely ask you for your cell phone to take pictures of you. He will insist until you're embarrassed and until you end up giving him your device. Okay, now forget it: he will take pictures of you where HE thinks he should. And he will keep doing it. When he realizes that someone up there is coming (new chance for tips!), he gives you your phone back and asks for a tip. If you are smart, you will already have the tip in your pocket. Don't be innocent to open your wallet. No, he won't steal you anything, but he'll see your wallet and will keep saying that you should give him more, that he has 3 or 4 children, that his salary is low, and so on. At best, he asks for more politely. But sometimes some of them will be rude to you. Nothing more than that, but it is boring. So here's my recommendation that I wish someone had told me before. You have only two options. 1. If you really DON'T want them to take pictures of you, you need to firmly say it as soon as you see them coming along. Sometimes, you need to be rude. Make them stop as soon as you can, or you won't be in peace inside. Believe me, this is so boring that may take away the pleasure of your visit. 2. If you're going inside thinking about photos and if you don't mind tipping because in the end some photos may look good, have small tips in your pocket before you enter. Tip them ONLY in the end and when you give them the money simply walk away. He will SURELY come after you asking for more. Simply say that this is all you have and keep walking. Don't be afraid, don't be shy or even feel coerced. Be firm and keep walking. You will thank me, I'm sure, and you'll remember my words when you're there. I believe that in normal times when there are queues to get into the tombs, they're not able to stay on your side, but as we're in pandemic times and everything is empty, that will happen ALL THE TIME IN ENTIRE EGYPT. Get used to it. EXTRA-TICKET TOMBS - Tomb of Ramses VI: EGP 100 - Tomb of Tutankhamun: EGP 300 PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERAS You'll have to buy an extra ticket to take a camera along with you (EGP 300). - ATTENTION: Nobody will warn you and even my tour guide didn't know that the EGP 300 photo ticket will also be punched at the entrance of each tomb, which will limit you to take pictures inside 03 tombs only. So after visiting the 03 tombs (general admission) in the tomb of Ramses VI (my 4th tomb - extra ticket) they didn't let me in with my camera, so I had to leave it with our tour guide outside. Our guide tried everything but was unable to solve the problem. TUTANKHAMUN`S TOMB: in Tutankhamun's tomb you won't be allowed to take your camera, only cell phones. The visit to the Valley of the Kings is mandatory. Don't miss it! If you like history a lot, you should consider visiting more tombs (another general admission for more 03 tombs). Enjoy your day! And use sunscreen, because even in November it was very hot and sunny! Questions? Send me a message. I’ll be more than happy to help you to make your trip to Egypt even better!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Grazvydas G wrote a review Dec 2020
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Valley of Nile river and Karnak Temple. The most ancient place where I've been. Authentic paints, avenue of sphynxes and real majesticy of pharaohs. Impressive is efforts of Egyptian Government to restore it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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