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“A fascinating insight in to the ancient Egyptian beliefs”

Valley of the Kings
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Private Guided Tour to Valley of the Kings
Ranked #8 of 82 things to do in Luxor
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The tombs in the Valley of the Kings are fascinating. The extensive underground structures and adornments provide a comprehensive record of the ancient Egyptians view of the afterlife and the importance of the death cult. The price includes entrance to 3 tombs excluding Tutankhamun and Ramses II, which are a separate ticket. Recommend K.V. 2, 8 and 11 if they are open. King Tut's tomb is a bit unremarkable although his mummy is inside. Better to see his treasures at the Cairo museum.

Thank Todd B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Saw many tombs of famous kings. The best was king Tut, seeing his mummified corpse. Our tour guide Nermeen was awesome and deserves a raise.

And yes, Egypt is absolutely safe, and the people are super friendly

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Do not miss the tutankamuen. Just in 200 EGP. Although it is a small one but worth it. Not to be missed in Egypt. And do not take photos they will catch you and your phone. Your guide can them bride them for like 4-10 EGP to get it back.

Thank RichaAurSuyog
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Earlier Egyptian royalty were buried in graves with a mastaba, a bench like structure usually of mud bricks placed over it. Mastabas were later replaced by pyramids, huge structures of granite or limestone where the Pharoahs were buried with their worldly possessions and everything they might need in the after life. Over the years the pyramids show phases of their gradual development in shape, size building technique etc. No matter how sturdy the building or how secretively the Pharoah's body and treasures were hidden, it could not keep the grave robbers away and almost everything of value, or supposed value, was looted. Then came the siting of Royal graves in remote and far away places for the safety and security of treasures accompanying the dead Pharoah.
The West Bank of Luxor is believed to have been the site of Royal burials since 2100 BC, but it is the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom - 16th to 11th century BC - who chose this site in the heart of the Theban necropolis as the Valley of the Kings for the burial of royalty. The valley has 63 graves, but only about 20 are of Pharoahs; the rest belong to members of their family and powerful nobles.
The entry ticket to the valley gives access to three of the tombs that are open on that particular day. There is a system of rotation of opening some graves to the public while restoring the others. This is necessary because after the damage by treasure hunters and floods in the past, the tombs are suffering the effects of mass tourism now.
We choose the tombs of Ramses IV, VI and IX as the three tombs to visit. Funerary texts and other scenes such as Pharoahs in the company of gods adorn the walls and corridors of the tombs. The scenes of Egyptian mythology depicted on the walls give clues as to beliefs and funerary rituals of the ancient Egyptians.
Some tombs in the Valley of the Kings require a separate ticket for entry. These are probably the more elaborate and fragile ones. The entry fee is hefty. We chose to see the tomb of Seti at a fee of 1000 Egyptian pounds each. This tomb is much larger than the others we saw. It has a long corridor and a steep uneven flight of stairs that reaches to the burial chamber. Elaborate scenes and hieroglyphics adorn its walls. I had done the Red Pyramid, climbed up to the entrance then down to the burial chambers and returned in one piece. I thought going down to the burial chamber of Seti's tomb would be easy. It was'nt. I found it much tougher than the Red Pyramid and I would not recommend it, if mainly for the price.

Thank Ayub Q
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

photography is not allowed without the proper ticket
you should use the 3 tombs tickets
I recommend Ramses IV, VII and merenbtah

Thank Ahmed-AbdelazizR
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