Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings
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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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  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, Michigan538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of a kind experience
    This was a really cool experience. There are some very big and beautiful tombs here. The tombs of Ramses pharaohs are particularly beautiful. Despite, how many burial tombs are here, only a few are open. I think we visited 4 but they were stunning. Highly recommend bringing your own tour guide and be mindful of "assistants" in the tombs who offer to guide you, show you things, or take your photos, they expect a tip. I was ok with that for photos but just a heads up.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Kim Sorrelle
    Grand Rapids, Michigan43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience!
    There is so much here! The tombs, including the tombs of several Ramses and King Tut are so well preserved and fascinating to see. It is easy to get in, get there, find your way around, and enjoy your time. Very organized and well done. This is a must see for ancient Egyptian enthusiasts, anyone visiting Luxor, and anyone wanting to see things that are thousands of years old. Thousands!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2023
  • DavidDB60
    Christchurch, New Zealand223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see original decorations
    Great to see original decorations. Went to 5 tombs but had to pay extra for Tutankhamen and Seti. Didn’t think Tutankhamen’s tomb was worth the extra money, enjoyed Sets tomb much more. Can be very hot there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Stephan O
    Enschede, The Netherlands660 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive historical site
    We visit early in the morning (08.00 a.m.). That was perfect. Our guides bought a ticket to visit three graves. For the tomb of Tuth anchorman Amon you had to buy an extra ticket. This graven wad not one of the best the tourguide said but we were very happy that we persisted and bought the ticket for our own. It is the only tomb with the mummy, the other mummys are in the museum of Cairo. The tomb of Tuth Anch Amon was also beautifull. Among the other tombs was the tomb of Ramses 4 the prittiest. All tombs are impressive and make you humble of such dedication and craftmenship. When we got back, the crowd was coming in (25 busses had arrived at the parking).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Thomas Lukose
    New York City, New York30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit to Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt
    Valley of the Kings is not a must see site. This is just my opinion. It is very hot and most of the time crowded and will take some time to visit most of the tombs. With the base ticket you are only allowed to see 3 tombs. None of the tombs have any mummies in there. It is for anyone who likes history and want to visit the valley of the kings for the historical Significance. It is in the middle of the dessert. It was very hot, humid, and couldn't spend more than an hour there. Make sure to take your own drinks as the one store inside there is very expensive.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Razia K
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    It was very interesting to go into the tombs. I enjoyed seeing a part of history that was hidden for a long time. The only problem is the weather during certain months. I could not handle the heat in May and it was not even the hottest.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • rafaelrabello
    Campinas, SP161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see place in Luxor
    The place is surreal. It is difficult to believe that after thousands of years, there is still so much decoration and details in the tombs. Fantastic! Tip: Arrive early in the morning. We arrived 7am and we were alone in all the tombs we entered. Opened tombs June/2023: KV 1 (Ramesses VII), KV 2 ( Ramesses IV), KV6 (Ramesses IX), KV8 (Mereptah), KV11 (Ramesses III), KV14 (Tausert-Setnakht), KV15 (Sety II), KV43 (Ramesses I), KV46 (Thutmose), KV47 (Septah). Extra ticket KV9 (Ramesses V and VI), KV17 (Seti I), KV62 (Tut-Ankh-Amon). From the free tombs, we visited KV2, KV11 and KV14. The KV2 is the best and it is a must see. We enjoyed really a lot also the KV11 and KV14, both are beautiful. Free tombs (included in the general ticket): KV 2 (this is a must) KV14 (there is a beautiful Sekhmet, walls well decorated and a big coffin at the end) KV11 (the most beautiful Osiris from all tombs, also well decorated walls) From the paid tickets we visited KV9 and it is extremely beautiful and worth the price. We didn't enter but a lot of statements saying that KV17 (Seti I) is the most beautiful in the VoK. Do not go in the KV62, it doesn't worth the price. If you take one morning of your time before the trip and read about the gods, you will enjoy much more your visit once you will be able to understand the meaning of the paintings.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Emma C
    Birmingham, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW! Well worth a visit.
    We travelled as part of a day trip to Luxor and this was our final stop, arriving at around 3pm. Our tour guide helped us purchase tickets to go into the tomb of Tutankhamun (which is an additional cost) and we were whisked through the gates without any issues. You can visit 3 tombs on a regular ticket and there is some info about each Pharaoh at the site entrance although our tour guide gave us all the info we needed before leaving us to enter the actual tombs. Each tomb is entered via a walkway or sloping steps and once inside the magic awaits. The colours and sheer size of the tombs is incredible, even after all these years they are so vivid and you can only imagine what they must have been like back in the day. Each tomb is slightly different so worth visiting each one. It wasn't busy in the tombs and we had plenty of time to look around, take photos and soak it all in. It really is an incredible place and well worth a visit. We visited in July, yes it was hot but with plenty of water, hats and sensible clothing it is very manageable, the tombs themselves were cool and there is shade to be found. Don't let the heat put you off from an incredible slice of history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, New York1,170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would make this visit number 2 after the Pyramids at Giza
    We crossed the Nile from Luxor and went to the Valley of the Kings located in the Theban Hills. Pharaohs were buried in rock-cut tombs surrounded by the treasures they would need in the Afterlife. It is here that Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's burial chambers in 1922. We also visited the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, first known female monarch of Egypt.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Gary R
    Liverpool, United Kingdom208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One off the bucket list
    We planned a trip here while staying at the Makadi Gardens (Amazing Hotel). We booked with Tui for this trip. We were picked up at 0500 from hotel reception. It was a 4 hour drive to Luxor. The mini bus was comfortable and had air conditioning. The trip was one place I wanted to tick off my bucket list. We paid the extra to go into Tutankhum tomb. There are men who will take you behind the barriers to show you other parts, but they expect a tip. They will also offer to take pictures for you once again they expect a tip
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
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acorna
Vilnius, Lithuania4,471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
You can read about the Valley many times, even watch movies, but still the impression when arriving there is as if you knew nothing neither about the Valley nor the tombs. Until you visited, it is impossible to imagine the scope of the place, of the underground buildings, of the ancient paintings. It is one of the absolute musts in everyone’s life. Of the practicalities: the general ticket includes the entrance to three tombs which has to be selected. However, several of the tombs are exclusive (e.g., Tutankhamun‘s) and buying separate tickets is required. When buying a ticket, check it at the counter: it isnot unknown that half-price tickets are given for the regular price and if you show this ticket at the entrance, it is not valid, you have lost your money. Photography is in fact forbidden inside, so do not take your cameras unless prepared to pay a considerable photo fee. With phones it may be various. We have visited just before the closure, so the keepers were lenient, but other times it may lead to unpleasantness.
Written January 22, 2020
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tumbuna
Sydney, Australia339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The tombs here are rotated to protect them but the walls are bare allowing people to touch the walls and the paintings which was very surprising. The extra ticket tomb of Ramses was well worth the fee and the murals inside are stunning. The other extra ticket tomb of Seti 1 at $1000LE is stunning but after having been to Queen Nefetari tomb I wouldn't have spent the extra. Tickets for all timbs including the extra ticketed ones need to be purchased at the entrance which is a long way from the tombs themselves if you forget one. Having said this they are a not to be missed site that will give you memories for life.
Written February 17, 2020
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JamesOz22
Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
My friends and I visited the Valley of the Kings as part of a two week itinerary prepared by Botros Travel BTS. The tour was called The Magic OF Egypt Tour, and for my first trip overseas that's what it was. I was able to take a sunrise balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings as an option on the tour, and it was literally out of this world. Arriving in the Valley of the Kings was totally an emotional experience, so desolate but full of ancient history. Just walking in the paths of the ancients was unbelievable

A must see when visiting Egypt. There are several tombs to go into and it is amazing to see all of the artwork on the walls. They are still excavating the area and finding new things all the time. With your entry ticket you are allowed to go into 3 tombs but there are two that you have to pay extra for. Our tour guide then walked around explaining construction, history, and special views. I can not recommend Egypt enough as a destination and totally recommend booking a tour,  Egypt is not easy to get around or book things. The guys at BTS Botros Travel really did look after us,  the whole itinerary was so well thought out and can't believe how much was in the tour for what we paid... highly recommend!!
Written September 14, 2020
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Travelbug72
Oshawa, Canada40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was my favourite tourist attraction in Luxor
We had a really good tour guide who studied Egyptology and was full of knowledge. We booked this tour through “ I Like Egypt “
We only did 3 tomb visits out of the 64 and that was perfect for our visit
Was about 250-300 Egyptian pounds each
Bring extra cash to use the restrooms and if you ask the people working there to take a picture with your camera they will ask for a tip
You cannot bring video cameras in or big DSLR cameras.
Wear comfortable shoes as it’s gravel and rock paths
Written February 8, 2020
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Ramz
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
It's a must see for sure. Make sure to take am umbrella if you can't handle the heat haha. I would also say please avoid a tour guide by name of 'Mahmoud' he pretends to show you reviews left from other tourists, scams you with inflated costs and then offers a 'secret' discounted entry rate for another tomb for which he splits the costs with the tomb guards. He is tall, big build and even has his own drinks shop there where he will tell you to avoid other drink shops as they have 'inflates prices' when in turn his own prices for water were inflated. Completed ruined our expierance so please avoid your guide 'mahmoud', short hair, tall build.
Written November 6, 2020
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Richard289
Calgary, Canada1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Our guide from Memphis Tours, Yasser, encouraged us to get a move early in the morning, at every site. We arrived at the Valley of the Kings when there were only about 5 buses on site. The three tombs we visited had a range of preservation of colour. The designs and motifs were lovely. You need to pay to take a real camera into the tombs - no charge for a smart phone.
Written March 13, 2020
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,912 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
For the period of 16th to 11th century BC, rock tombs were excavated in a valley near Luxor. The tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. This place is known as the Valley of the Kings even if about only 20 of the tombs actually contain the remains of kings. The other tombs contain favorite nobles as well as the wives and children of both nobles and pharaohs.

The tomb of Tutankhamun is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Howard’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb reignited the world’s fascination for ancient Egyptian history. Tut’s golden mask and the other artifacts of this tomb can be seen at the Egyptian Museum. The sensational discovery of this tomb is very recent compared to the tomb raiding and ransacking of valuables and mummies that occurred as far back as the 20th Dynasty. Ironically, even during those days tomb raiding was done with disregard for royalty.

Most of the royal tombs were decorated with religious texts and images. The early tombs were decorated with scenes which describes the journey of the sun god through the twelve hours of the night. Fortunately, we had a guide to explain the meaning of these symbols or we would just have been looking at well preserved colorful Egyptian drawings inside the 3 tombs we visited.

Even if we came early, the popular colorful tombs were already crowded with tourists. You need to pay extra to be allowed to take photos. The fee was worth it. There are Egyptian men inside the tombs to watch photographers who did not have the permit.
Written March 5, 2020
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PMFW
Knebworth, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great place. Get there early before the crowds. They open 9 random tombs each day, ticket is good for 3 of those, you can pay extra to see King tuts tomb. Tombs we visited were ramses III, IV and VII, best one was ramses III, massive, artwork incredible, be aware the so called guards offer to take your picture then they want paying!!! Also you are not allowed to take photos with a camera less you pay extra,
But you can use your phone
Written February 2, 2020
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KellMcD
Memphis, TN13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
There are a few signs posted with information but I would recommend either bringing a guidebook or hiring an actual guide for the day. The place is large and you can visit 3 tombs on one ticket. I highly recommend Ramses III as one of them. We didn't pay the extra fee for King Tut simply because I didn't feel the need, but you may be interested as his mummy is still being displayed within the tomb.
Written February 5, 2020
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OnwardTraveller
Southampton, UK1,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a place you could spend days but we had to squeeze into a morning in late August due to part time opening. The upside is entry was half price and we only saw two other visitors given the lack of tourists.

The walk from the ticket booth is only 900m so not much point taking the land train. “Guides” are still around at each of the tombs. They can be useful but if you just want a quiet visit make this clear as you enter the tomb.
Written October 4, 2020
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