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Valley of The Kings in Luxor | Things to do in Luxor

  • 05 16, 2023

Valley of The Kings in Luxor

The Valley of the Kings is one of the most beautiful sites in Luxor which contains the royal tombs of our great kings. The first king to be buried there is king Tutmosis I from the 18th dynasty.It is also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings and is located in the southern part of Egypt. The tombs are rock-cut tombs. After the glory time of the pyramids, the Rulers turned to carving their tombs in Valley for many reasons the most important being robbing the pyramids plus the fall of the deity of the king and that time Thebes or Luxor became the capital of Egypt and we have just started the glory time Valley of the kings

Valley of the kings is a narrow valley of generic, red rock, but it is hidden, under the ground, The Valley of The King's tombs are nearly 70 pharaohs buried, who ruled Egypt during the new kingdom, and the best Tombs to visit in the Valley of the Kings are the famous kings who are well-known as the golden pharaoh Tutankhamen, Ramses II, Ramses VI, Seti I, and many more.

King Seti I

King Seti I


Excavations are in progress until now in some of the tombs, and they are the best preserved in terms of the wall paintings, scenes, and engraving, but most of the royal tombs are open for visits except for two tombs that require an extra ticket. Witnessing the excellent wall paintings and seeing the great method required to build them is well-deserving bearing in mind the time and tools that had been used for such a unique art to visit it at any time of the year even in the highest temperature weather.

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Things to do in Luxor

It was discovered on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor and is considered among the most recommended places for the incomparable collections of tombs and interesting ancient monuments. The location makes it one of the most remarkable places for discovering ancient Egyptian History. Egyptologists have been excavating the area of the Valley of the Kings for centuries, and still surprising us with new findings now!

The most precious discovery in the Valley of the Kings has kept archeologists working for about two centuries. If all of the tombs in the valley of the kings were open to visitors, it would have been very difficult to open them to the big number of history seekers, but fortunately, the chance of such a huge task is excreted for you.

Tourism authorities only open a few of the tombs at a time to allow for the needed frequent sequence of maintenance and repair. to take place. But, there are certainly some notable tombs that are open at any time. You can tell your guide which ones you want to visit and he can assist you immediately.

The most well-known tombs are not sure the most exciting, and a ticket to the Valley of the Kings gives you the possibility to enter three different tombs. A separate ticket is needed to enter Tutankhamun’s tomb, although you may find the site to be like a maze, especially if it needs an extra cost. Enjoy cruising to the Nile River to the west bank of Luxor with our Egypt Nile Cruise Tours.

The Valley of the Kings was the only central burial site for almost all of the royal kings and pharaohs of the New Kingdom’s era of ancient Egyptian history (3539 years ago),. The most well-known famous among them who were buried there are Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II. Also, you will find the tombs of most of the 18th dynasty, 19th dynasty, and 20th dynasty Queens, high priests, and other elites of that period.  

The historic "Valley of the King", in southern Egypt, attracts millions of tourists during the winter season, curious to discover the archaeological monument that reveals part of the ancient Egyptians' vision of tombs and what they believed to be "immortality" after leaving life. Why did the Pharaohs choose this valley? Thutmose I wanted to choose his tomb in a secluded valley behind good rocks to preserve his body and protect it from the hands of thieves who lay in wait for him, so he entrusted the engineer Anini with the task of choosing this spot for him.

Tutankhamen was made famous after the discovery of his tomb not for being a pharaoh with the most remarkable achievements, but because his tomb was the only tomb to be found intact without any loss of the monuments that were buried with the child king, and all of these artifacts are displayed in a special part inside the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo .The Valley of the Kings is one of the most visited sites if you plan any tours to Egypt or from our varieties of tours from Cairo.

And if you intend to visit Luxor or any of its sites you should know more about Karnak temple the largest Egyptian temple where you feel and experience the ancient Egyptian greatness 

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With or without a guide, visitors can stroll through the Valley of the Kings at their own pace. If you do hire a guide, they will provide you with information on each tomb just before you visit it because guides are not authorized inside the actual tombs.


The Valley of the Kings is a renowned archaeological site located on the west bank of the Nile River near Luxor, Egypt. It served as a burial ground for many pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom period (approximately 1550-1070 BCE).


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