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Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

The Basics

The tombs in the Valley of the Kings offer a variety of experiences, and only a small number of the tombs are open on any given day. King Tut’s tomb is filled with bright, colorful wall paintings and also contains his linen-wrapped mummy in a glass display case, although many treasures from the tomb have been removed and are now displayed in the Egyptian Museum.

Tickets to the Valley of the Kings include entry to three tombs of your choice (depending on which are open to the public on the day). The Tomb of King Tutankhamun requires a separate ticket. Some tours combine a visit to the Valley of the Kings with a trip to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari), the Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II), the Valley of the Nobles, or other destinations in Luxor.

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Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
Private Tour: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple
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$107.88 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Breathtaking Temples and Tombs
Descend into the places where Pharaohs entered the afterlife. See the decorated walls in close-up splendor. Our guide was great, knew her stuff and presented it well. Nicely, she left us alone for a while to let us explore on our own.
roberteA6674PS, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Luxor

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Unforgettable tour to West Bank Luxor
Nagwan_E, Dec 2021
Luxor Private Tour : West Bank - Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon
The tour was perfectly tailored to our needs. We were a group of granny, parents and grandkids, speaking English & Arabic and with various walking speed! but our kind guide Roushdi had managed to explain & answer all our questions in both languages. We been to the valley of the kings and the impressive Hatshepsut temple. The van was modern & clean. The driver is very polite. Thank you so much & best wishes.
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Excellent tour, definitely recommend
Mariano_O, Dec 2021
Luxor Full Day Tour: Valley of Kings & Queens - Hatchepsut Temples And More
Great tour for an introduction to Luxor, our guide Hasan was super knowledgeable, helpful, was very well prepared and brought us to a great restaurant for lunch. The car was new and clean and the driver brought us safely and comfortably around. I definitely recommend it to all travellers, inclusive families! (we had a 1 yo and a 5 yo with us!)
star-5
Great tour!
PRISCILA_C, Sep 2021
2-Day Tour: Karnak & Luxor Temples Valley of the Kings Hatshepsut Temple &Memnon
It was great to split the sightseeing in Luxor in two days, having more time to understand all the history of this special place and also leaving free time to spend at our hotel pool. The agency staff was very attentive, the cars were good and clean and our guide Roshid had a great understanding of the places and ancient Egypt, making our visits even more interesting.
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Great experience!
Brooklyn_K, Aug 2021
Enjoy Hot Air Balloon, Kings Valley, Sailing Felucca,City tour & Camel Ride
Incredible service and experience. The manager was very accommodating and helpful. Great communication and very polite. The driver was great, pickup was prompt and on time. Really enjoyed the felucca ride and the hot air balloon. Egyptologist was informative and very friendly. Car was clean and comfortable. Lunch on banana island was really good! Would definitely recommend, great service and memories!
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Luxor in a Day
Tiffani_B, Jul 2021
Enjoy Hot Air Balloon,Valley of the kings,Hatshepsut temple in Luxor
This was an Amazing experience, our guides were patient, kind and helpful. We were able to explore and buy things that were authentic. Post COVID is almost of solicitation keep kindly saying no thank you
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Amazing!
Jinzi_Q, Jan 2022
4-Hours private Tour Valley Kings & Queen Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor with Lunch
We chose the only driver option and our driver is amazing! He speaks great English and arranged everything perfectly. We needed to catch a bus after the tour and only had about 4 hours, but we were able to visit 3places and we enjoyed them all. :-D
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Amazing
MarieEve_B, Jan 2022
4-Hours private Tour Valley Kings & Queen Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor with Lunch
This tour was amazing. Jacob our guide was the best and so thoughtful. He knew what he was talking about and was very interesting. Highly recommend. We had Jacob the next and last day inLuxor as he suggest to visit the Luxor temple and Karnac.
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Excellent Valley of the Kings & Queens and Temple tour
Susan_M, Dec 2021
Luxor Full Day Tour: Valley of Kings & Queens - Hatchepsut Temples And More
We had a wonderful private day tour till 2 pm of the Valley of Kings & Queens and Temples. Our tour guide and driver were excellent and modified the tour according to our physical abilities to accommodate our handicaps. Thank you much.
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Yousef was good...
Scott_N, Nov 2021
Luxor Private Tour : West Bank - Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon
Yousef was good explaining the beautiful ancient Egyptian way of life. The driver was a great driver.
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Fun experience
Julie_D, Sep 2021
Private Valley of the Kings and Temples Tour in Luxor + lunch
Let me start off by saying that Luxor had so much history and our tour guide Saber was extremely knowledgeable, welcoming, and attentive to all our needs and questions. The food given in the tour by the chef was amazing! The baba ghanoush was by far the most delicious food I ate in Egypt. Would highly recommend.
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A must do in Luxor!
Ashley_H, Sep 2021
Enjoy Hot Air Balloon,Valley of the kings,Hatshepsut temple in Luxor
Great half day experience with hot air balloon, 8 balloons went up, boat ride and snacks. Breathtaking views. Shaimaa was tour guide, private tour with private bus. Great guide, friendly, hospitable and genuine.
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Ghada - family
Shaun_Sunflower, Sep 2021
Enjoy Hot Air Balloon, Kings Valley, Sailing Felucca,City tour & Camel Ride
I went on a trip with Ghada as my guide, she was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and patient when we took longer around the sites. She is so friendly and flexible. My favorite part of the trip was riding the felucca to banana island. She even taught me a lot of her language! From the balloon ride to the tombs to the camel ride, Ghada made our experience very pleasant. Thank you Ghada!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Valley of the Kings is a must-visit spot for travelers interested in ancient Egyptian history and archaeology.

  • The site is very sunny, so bring plenty of sun protection and wear protective clothing.

  • You must purchase passes to take pictures inside the tombs.

  • The site’s rough ground and steep stairs make the site unsuitable for visitors in wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

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How to Get There

The Valley of the Kings is located on Kings Valley Road on the West Bank of the Nile, a roughly 40-minute drive from downtown Luxor. Guided tours of the site include transportation, and you can also hire a taxi to take you to the site and wait for you while you see the tombs; before leaving, you should agree on the price and duration of your trip.

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When to Get There

The Valley of the Kings is most comfortable in the early morning, before temperatures soar. Only some tombs are open on any given day, and the site does not post a regular schedule for the openings and closings.

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Visiting the Valley of the Nobles

While many of Egypt’s pharaohs were interred at the Valley of the Kings, the elites were laid to rest in the nearby Valley of the Nobles. Visit these tombs to see vivid wall paintings depicting daily life in ancient Egypt, including images of grand feasts, colorful animals, and artisans at work. Due to its proximity to the Valley of the Kings, the two valleys are often seen together, along with the nearby Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahari).

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