Valley of the Kings
Ranked #6 in Egypt Tourism
If you are a buff for Egyptian history and the mysteries behind Pharaohs’ ruling power in the ancient times, a trip to the Valley of the Kings will surely delight your inquisitive mind. The Valley of Kings is a royal necropolis that chronicles the grandeur of Egyptian kings of the New Kingdom from the sixteenth to eleventh century BC. Located on the west bank of Nile River across Luxor, it provides shelter to more than 80 tombs of great Pharaohs including Ramesses the Great and the famous boy-king Tutankhamun that was only discovered in 1922. Some of these catacombs, which are also filled with royal treasures and materials that are believed to provide for the royals’ need in the afterlife, remain undiscovered.
Valley of the Kings Tour
Expect a knowledgeable tour guide to make the story of kings come alive. With tomb interiors that greatly illustrate Egyptian architecture, hieroglyphics inside each of the royal catacombs remain intact and colors of paintings and bas reliefs amazingly stood the test of time even after 4000 years. Marvel at how the superb representations of daily life as well as the exploits of the Pharaohs brought the ancient Egyptian world to life. The tours will need entrance tickets to explore a choice of three tombs and a separate one for the renowned Tutankhamun although treasures and antiquities in this young Pharaoh’s tomb can already be found at the Cairo Museum.
There are two components in the Valley of Kings – the East Valley and the West Valley. It is the East Valley which tourists regularly visit since it is where the burial chambers of most New Kingdom Pharaohs lay. In order to really appreciate your tour to the Valley of Kings, your selection of tombs should be well planned. Among the 63 tombs available for viewing, it is recommended that you list ten tombs for possible visits and then narrow it down to three or four whichever are currently open. The tombs of Tuthmose III, Horemheb, Ramesses III and Ramesses IV are among the best burial chambers to explore because of their intricate architecture and fascinating inscriptions.
Be sure to carry water with you since the temperature inside the valley and the tombs themselves can get extremely hot. You can choose to visit early in the morning when there are yet less tourists coming in. Cameras are forbidden inside the tombs but you can purchase a video that shows all the tombs in marvelous detail.