I would like to know if water bottles are available outside these visiting places or should we carry them from our hotels. The paintings here will blow your mind and the burial chamber at the end is pure magic. So, the Theban hills and the peak of Al-Qorn, which has a pyramid-like shape, was chosen as the perfect location. Therefore I appreciate your detailed update. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This was used as a church for a short period of time and it is possible to see Coptic graffiti in this tomb. Seti I is the best tomb to see – expensive yes, but by far the most amazing (I visited all but one tomb of the 10 open in January 2020). If you pay extra to visit KV9 (Rameses V & VI) are you allowed to take photos?, or does this count in the 3 allowed?? You’d assume it would be cold right? The Valley of the Kings is a really popular tourist destination. The Valley of the Kings also have walkways that are like chicken pens, there aren’t any stairs and some are extremely steep. , I’m planning my whole trip as per your suggestions, I love your tips and also how detailed you are about all the locations and sites that I should go see, and the best way to see it. This is £300EGP (£15) and allows photography inside 3 tombs. At the end of the list, I will give you two more recommendations for tombs that were not open during our visit. At the visitation center, there is a list of the tombs which are open; there is the standard 3 tombs & specialty tombs which cost extra … In several tombs, the murals are protected by dehumidifiers and glass screens; while others are now equipped with electric … If you’re not in the mood to buy, just simply ignore it. On one hand, it’s nice to explore on your own and take your time. Then the driver approached me and asked for my ticket for the tram and I should have bought a ticket at the counter! This is a royal burial ground, with exquisitely decorated tombs for the pharaohs who ruled Egypt between 1539 and 1075 BC. I saw many tourists get their camera taken away from them and were ordered to go store them in the photography kiosk. I felt a sense of triumph when I finally bought my tickets, I made it! The artwork alone within the tombs is beyond amazing … Sign Up to Get the Latest Adventures Straight to Your Mailbox! There’s a waiting area and here you’ll see lot’s of tour groups getting an explanation of the tombs before they go inside or after. The 4 Best Tombs in the Valley of the Kings for Photos & 11 Things They Don’t Tell You About Visiting! Here is a list of the best tombs to visit in the Valley of the Kings, ranked from our favorite to our least favorite. Three times and you’re out! I would definitely suggest getting here before 9am to beat the heat and the crowds. Only the Tomb of Ay (out of 16 available tombs) is open to the public. The burial chamber is decorated with vibrantly colored images of the king appearing with Isis, Osiris, Hathor, and Anubis. Of these eight tombs, you can visit three with your entrance ticket. Of these eleven tombs, we visited nine of them. Hi!! A baksheesh or tip can get you a long way in Egypt. Merenptah lacks a lot of the detailed artwork and reliefs that you can see in the other tombs. The Old Kingdom of Egypt saw many kings wanting to be buried in Pyramid style tombs in the old capital of Memphis near Cairo. Add in body heat from all the tourists and it’s like a sauna. There are no vendors here after you’ve left on the tram, so make sure you bring some before you leave or at the market stalls. Although a lot of these excavations were a triumph, they were also a risky business. The reason is for preservation of the tomb itself. Famous kings from this time period include Tutankhamun, Ramses II, Tuthmosis III, and Seti I, as well as Queen Nefertari, powerful nobles, and the wives and children of the pharaohs. This is for both mobile phones and digital/DSLR cameras. Because of the enormous amount of sites to visit, we visited the West Bank twice. I felt like I was cooking in October at the West Bank when I was temple hopping. A regular ticket for the tombs in the Valley of the Kings which allows you into three tombs is £200EGP (£10). Ever since, scientists have had theories such as tomb toxins and bacteria, I mean, anything that’s been locked in a tomb for 3,000 years has got to be mouldy right? In this tomb, you can see the mummified body of King Tut and the burial chamber which contained his gilded shrines. In this tomb, you can also see an unfinished room, with the planned reliefs sketched in red and black ink. The Valley of the Kings, like almost all of Egypt during the pandemic, is practically empty. KV14 – Tausert-Setnakht I didn’t know at the time (and wasn’t told this) but you need to buy your ticket at the counter. When I arrived, I had no idea where to buy tickets, I was told I could only enter three tombs (of a possible 8) and had no clue what they looked like inside to choose. This tomb features a passageway that features low reliefs with the Litany of Ra. It’s extremely hot inside and hard work to walk up and down the tombs, 7. KV8 – Merenptah This includes the options of 8 standard tombs that are open to the public. It’s a workshop where they made genuine produce by hand and you can see them making them. I did have one question which i am trying to figure out, exactly where is the location for the Khan Khalili gateway entrance? The mummy of Merenptah resides inside the Egyptian Museum. Here are the best tombs in the Valley of the Kings. On this trip, we were a group of six, since our mothers, Kathy and Valerie joined us. If you are trying to decide between Seti I and Queen Nefertari, we recommend Queen Nefertari. Hi and thanks so much for these detailed recommendations. Tripods are strictly prohibited. Like this post on the best tombs in Valley of the Kings? They really won’t be upset or angry, it’s business. It should also be mentioned to all your readers, the tombs are constantly changing as to which tombs are open & which are not. I want to see Seti I's tomb...studied it in Art History last year. Of these, fifteen are currently open to the public: Ramesses I, Ramesses III, Ramesses IV, Ramesses V/VI, Ramesses VII, Ramesses IX, Seti II, Siptah, Merenptah, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Mentuherkhepshef, Tausret/Sethnakht, Ay, and Tutankhamun. The number of visitors to KV62 has led to a separate charge for entry into the tomb. Saw them in Feb 19, in a group tour so many problems were solved. You will need present them at the entrance of each tomb you enter and it will be hole punched each time you wish to use it. The things they don’t tell you about visiting the tombs in the Valley of the Kings – that could actually be useful, 1. Hope this helps, have an amazing time and thanks for reading. Just curious. In 2007, Egyptologists removed him from his sarcophagus for testing as he died in mysterious circumstances 3,000 years ago. When you’ve walked through the massive tourist market and through security, you’ll then walk through the information centre. The ceiling is decorated with yellow stars on a dark blue background. The name Ramesses can also be spelled Rameses or Ramses. Most Egyptian tourist sites will have a massive market to walk through when you enter and/or exit. About the spellings in this article: Spellings of the names of the kings and queens can vary according to the source. The number of visitors to KV62 has led to a separate charge for entry into the tomb. Good luck on your cycling trip…that sounds awesome! On most tours, they’ll provide water for you. It was discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni and is sometimes referred to as “Belzoni’s tomb.”. In Luxor and Aswan, we had a van and a private driver which took the hassle out of arranging our transportation. The Valley of the Kings is an incredible place. Take care and thanks for all your great Egypt content. Join 80,000 readers! To the immediate right out the back door is the ticket booth. This can be both a blessing and curse. While you’re in Luxor, I would highly recommend a visit to the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Queens, Madinet Habu, the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak temple, Luxor temple and a hot air balloon ride for sunrise over the West Bank. In case you missed it, here is the link to our guide on how to visit the Valley of the Kings. Answer 1 of 11: Is there a list somewhere on which you can find out which tombs are open to see in the Valley of the Kings? If you are planning a visit to Luxor, don’t miss our. Do they look authentic? Most of the tombs are not open to the public (18 of the tombs can be opened, but they are rarely open at the same time), and officials occasionally close those that are open for restoration work. The guards here are really strict on a lot of things. Sophie x, We are going on a Nile cruise in Feb 2020, and weren’t sure what to see and do at the VOK and at what cost, but your information has been an excellent source of information, and will help us in our choices. Once again, thanks for taking the time to comment and I will update the post. Also, you no longer need a photo permit for cell phones, just needed for actual cameras. Get updates straight to your mailbox. I want to inspire you & turn your wildest travel dreams into a reality through my useful travel guides and tips! I saw lot’s of people with walking sticks to assist them. If you are lucky enough to visit the Valley of the Kings when either of these temples are open, it is worth it to add them to your list. The walls are protected with glass. There are no fans and some, like Tutankhamun, are climate controlled. Super stressful in the heat! I tipped the driver in the end as I was too hot and couldn’t be bothered to get back in the queue :P. At the moment out of the 63 tombs, there are eleven tombs in the Valley of the Kings open to the public. You can sneak in photos and pay a tip but buying a photo pass allows you more freedom to shoot. Sophie x, Your email address will not be published. I didn’t have a clue what to buy at all or where to buy it. There are around 65 tombs that have been excavated so far. My, my! Pro Travel Tip: The tombs that are available to visit change periodically. For example, the name for Tausert, a female ruler during the 19th dynasty, can also be spelled Twosret, Tawosret, and Tausret. How much are Valley of the Kings tickets and photo passes? If not, you’ll be told to hand your camera in at the luggage storage kiosk. It is only New Kingdom, so that “fact” really should not be in here. King Tut himself however is still within his tomb. But, make sure you haggle as taxi drivers/tour guides gain hefty commissions. Whether you think it’s a triumph or glorified grave robbing, it still cannot be argued that Howard Carter and his team had made a mark in history. Such a useful article. This was our favorite tomb that is included on the main ticket to the Valley of the Kings. Initially I was contemplating as to whether or not to go into King Tut’s tomb, but if I’m allowed to take pictures with my cell phone I assume that it will be worth it. The following list, therefore, is only intended as a rough guide and does not include all tombs, and some may even be closed at the time of writing this article. But can visualise the probems faced. You can sneak in photos, ask the guards to take photos for you of places guarded off to the public and even enter an extra tomb. (No Spam, Promise!). I’m so happy you liked the pictures. The tombs I would suggest are the ones mentioned in this article. But, you can also bring the ones from your hotel and refill with filtered water to save plastic waste. Just keep it in your bag and don’t get it out. Also, the extra tombs don’t cost too much apart from SETI I so I would personally recommend them as you only live once :) have a great time in Egypt! When the tombs in the Valley of the Kings were excavated, they had no idea who the person was inside the tomb at that time so they labelled them as KV (standing for Kings Valley). Their selection most probably is based on which three will take least time so they can get it overwith, to proceed to next attraction. Thanks for stopping by. Since you have seen extra tombs could you please suggest. To date, more than 62 tombs have been identified. Thanks! As you make your way around and down to the burial chamber room, you will feel the room heating up! I’m not sure what you mean. If you want to take some creative photos in the tombs and temples, Ali has lots of great ideas. No one ever knows if you have to buy a ticket for the tram, 4. The tombs in Luxor will re-open in a month's time, and tickets will cost EGP 1,000 (approx. Thanks so much for reading! I have even forced my girlfriend to read the (how to take great pics in Egypt post!) A lot of people were surprised when I told them how hot it was inside the tombs. What I loved about Luxor was it was like an open air museum and every day they’re still making new discoveries. Eight of them are included in your standard ticket and you can choose three out of the below; Then the three that require extra tickets are; It’s probably a good time to say that tour guides are not allowed to enter the tombs with you out of respect for the dead, so you’re on your own inside. Walking up and down here can be tough, especially when it’s like an oven inside. In the main valley, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Horemheb, Merenptah, Seti II, Siptah, Tausert and Sethnakht, Ramesses IV, Ramesses VII and Ramesses IX were open when we visited two weeks ago. The lower passageways have less artwork on the walls. Instead, the authorities rotate which ones are open in order to try and mitigate the damaging effects of mass tourism (including increased carbon dioxide levels, friction and humidity). For the last few years, I've been travelling (mostly) solo around the world. The burial chamber is enormous and the astronomical ceiling is decorated with the book of the Heavens, showing the daily regeneration of the solar disc. In all honesty, the tombs get to be repetitive, so visiting three included tombs and the additional extra tombs is all that most visitors will need here. The earliest tombs found to date in the Valley of the Kings exploited naturally occurring faults and clefts in the valley’s limestone cliffs. This post may contain affiliate links. This article includes all of the practical details you need to know to plan your visit, including cost, photography rules, how to get here, what to expect on your visit, and much more. One of the guards asked me to follow him. The passageway ends a large burial chamber. This was my favorite tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Not to mention the fact there are two ticket counters and so I had to wait twice. That looks like amazing shot for sure! So, I was searching for the ticket counter, waiting for my turn, then tour guides would push in to buy tickets and shove money through the window as I was trying to buy! (not now open to the public) The Valley of the Kings, in Thebes, is the burial place of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties. Eight of them are included in your standard ticket and you can choose three out of the below; KV1 – Ramses VII; KV2 – Ramses IV; KV6 – Ramses IX; KV8 – Merenptah KV47 – Siptah. This hotel stands proud on the edge of the Nile with some of the rooms boasting fantastic views of the Theban Hills and you can even see the air balloons rising each day. Thank you very much for the update. The Valley of the Kings is a collection of tombs. I only mentioned Queen Cleopatra as it’s something they are still on the lookout for. The number of tombs open to the public varies from time to time so it is difficult to produce any kind of definitive list. It contains two tombs, the first one for Queen Tausert. This is the largest tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Have an epic time in Egypt, Sophie x, Hi Sophie … Luxor was the most aggressive sales city in Egypt. Which tombs we will see . This makes the tombs really busy, hot and means lot’s of queueing which can make it a bit of a unpleasant experience. 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