However, from what I read online and from talking to our guide, Ali, these two tombs are spectacular. It is only New Kingdom, so that “fact” really should not be in here. But can visualise the probems faced. I didn’t have a clue what to buy at all or where to buy it. They really won’t be upset or angry, it’s business. I would definitely suggest getting here before 9am to beat the heat and the crowds. Or also, Ta-sekhet-ma’at (the Great Field).Archaeologists have found that most of the ancient graffiti is located in KV9, which contains just under a thousand of them. In the end, I tipped the tram driver so I didn’t have to wait in the queue again. For many years there was a photography ban in the tombs in the Valley of the Kings but recently, they have lifted this and so you can now take personal photos and videos on your visit. without a tour group) it’s not straightforward, in fact, I was downright confused! Some tombs may close for renovation and another tomb will open to the public. Child tickets are 50% of the adult tickets. Answer 1 of 17: I will be traveling to Egypt in March. Thanks Terry, Hi Terry, the photo pass only allows 3 tombs. Prepare to be ambushed! About the spellings in this article: Spellings of the names of the kings and queens can vary according to the source. Sophie x, Hi Sophie, planning to visit in December 2019,looking really forward to it. Sophie x. You will need to buy a photography permit in order to take photos. It had been on my bucket list for a long time, so I was happy to tick it off and have some epic photos to show for it. This is one of the largest tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The West Valley has only one open tomb, that of Ay, and a separate ticket is needed to visit this tomb as well. Most of the tombs are not open to the public (16 of the tombs can be open, but they are rarely open at the same time), and officials occasionally close those that are open for restoration work. Required fields are marked *. These would have colourful tales of their victorious reign and their passing into the underworld, which can be translated through the hieroglyphic markings inside. I had the tombs of Tausert and Setnakht almost completely to myself, which was kind of creepy in a good way, and very memorable. I always choose, Egypt is a predominantly Islamic country and therefore you will need to dress conservatively to respect the culture. That means that you will enter the tombs alone, without any other tourists. At the time I visited Tut’s tomb, his famous gold covered first anthropoid coffin was missing; it is at this time being repaired & I was told it should be returned late November / early December 2019. Of the eight tombs that are included on the main entrance ticket, we recommend KV2 (Ramesses IV), K11 (Ramesses III), and KV 14 (Tausert and Seknakht). Walk to the exit and turn right. 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). Hieroglyphics inside Ramses IV’s tomb Ramses IV. Wonderful read. The most famous of this legacy can be seen today at the Pyramids of Giza. That looks like amazing shot for sure! The capital city for the New Kingdom had moved to Thebes (modern day Luxor) and so the rulers wanted to be buried on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor. The Old Kingdom of Egypt saw many kings wanting to be buried in Pyramid style tombs in the old capital of Memphis near Cairo. If you’re not in the mood to buy, just simply ignore it. There aren’t any shops when you’re here, so buy or bring water before you take the tram, 10. Although, I tried this and failed lol. That depends. 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. It was a bit of a tongue in cheek point that they are jobsworthy and I totally get that tips seem to become part of the job spec. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. In this tomb, you can see the mummified body of King Tut and the burial chamber which contained his gilded shrines. There is a lot to see in this tomb and it was very uncrowded during our visit. Thanks, Hi Terry, thank you so much for your feedback. There are two tombs that we did not visit, Ramesses VII (KV1) and Siptah (KV47). If you’re heading here on a guided tour from Luxor, A Nile Cruise, or Hurghada, you’ll be taken to the Valley of the Kings by mini bus or coach. When I was here, some of the tombs were blocked off for Egyptologists for scientific study. I don’t see it becoming much better though for now as tourism and the economy isn’t what it was. This tomb features several long, exquisitely decorated passageways and two pillared rooms. I have just returned from my tour of Egypt which included the Valley of the Kings & I have exciting news regarding photography IN the tombs! Read all of our articles about Egypt in our Egypt Destination Guide. Sign Up to Get the Latest Adventures Straight to Your Mailbox! The highlight here is the impressive burial chamber that can be found at the end of the tomb. Your email address will not be published. If one (or both) of these tombs are open during your visit, add them to your list instead of one or two of the other tombs listed on the included ticket. Here are the eight tombs that are available to visit with the main entrance ticket: KV1 – Ramesses VII Photo passes are £300EGP (£15) which allows photos in three tombs. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is another one of t… You’re welcome! It’s amazing how fast things are changing. I think that it is absolutely worth it to spend 100 EGP to visit the tombs of Ramesses V and VI. Only if you wish to take photos with a camera you need a photo pass. The Valley of the Kings is a burial ground for pharaohs who ruled Egypt during the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (the New Kingdom of Egypt). Third Eye Traveller is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk. One for normal tickets and one for extra tickets. Again, use a regular camera, display your photo pass but use your cell phone, no photo pass required when in King Tut’s tomb. The mummy of Merenptah resides inside the Egyptian Museum. It was discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni and is sometimes referred to as “Belzoni’s tomb.”. Your heart would be weighed on a scales against a feather. Unlike the Pyramids, kings of the New Kingdom would build elaborate tombs. King Setnakht usurped Tausert’s tomb, enlarging it and adding several lower passageways and a pillared hall for his burial chamber. Hi WJR, Thanks for this awesome insight. The extra expense for the tomb of Ramesses V and VI is worth every penny. A regular ticket for the tombs in the Valley of the Kings which allows you into three tombs is £200EGP (£10). In February I started a bicycle trip in Luxor, heading to Khartoum in Sudan, and was pretty overwhelmed by all the options in Luxor. Today, only 18 of the valley’s 63 tombs can be visited by the public, and they are rarely open at the same time. It’s a workshop where they made genuine produce by hand and you can see them making them. I didn’t know at the time (and wasn’t told this) but you need to buy your ticket at the counter. The burial chamber is designed in the shape of a large cartouche. There are 63 known tombs in the valley, 26 carved for kings and the others granted to royal family members or the highest of the elite. The road into the Valley of the Kings is a gradual, dry, hot climb, so be prepared, especially if you are riding a bicycle. 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. As we will be going to both Cairo and Luxor as per your suggestions I will also leave a comments in February for any other information that I can help with your blog posting with any updates, and also to the readers like myself. It’s hand-painted by a local painter in blue and gold and it made such a good souvenir to remember this trip! but don’t quote me on that!! Goddess Nut (pronounced Noot), the sky goddess, appears regularly in the rooftops of many tombs and temples throughout Egypt. I was so impressed by the double Goddess Nut painting on the rooftop of the tomb that I bought it on a Papyrus scroll in a shop in Luxor. The Valley of the Kings gets crowded after 10am, 8. 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This was used as a church for a short period of time and it is possible to see Coptic graffiti in this tomb. It actually opens at 6am so if you really wanted it to yourself, the earlier the better. When I visit on my G Adventures tour of Egypt, for example, there are eight general tombs and three special ones that are open. If you don’t have a photo pass, you will be asked to hand your camera into the photography kiosk in a locker which is guarded by a staff member. Buying tickets for the tombs in the Valley of the Kings was a stressful process on my own. There are around 65 tombs that have been excavated so far. This was our favorite tomb that is included on the main ticket to the Valley of the Kings. No tour groups buy tickets, so it can be confusing for independent travellers, 3. Here is a list of the best tombs to visit in the Valley of the Kings, ranked from our favorite to our least favorite. If you’re a history lover, than you should stay at none other than the famous Winter Palace. Unfortunately, the chamber below is very much empty and not much to write home about but the decoration on either side is glorious. There are no fans and some, like Tutankhamun, are climate controlled. The tombs in the Valley of the Kings has been of interest since the Greek and Roman times, when it was discovered for it’s treasure. That is right, if you use your cell phone camera, you do not need a photo pass! Any inputs on this is much appreciated. I should mention as well, it does not matter what type of camera you use, absolutely NO flash photography at all when you are in the tombs! Once again, thanks for taking the time to comment and I will update the post. Did you take it in the Valley of the Kings shop? Tombs That Are Open to the Public. I was actually really out of breath when I was going up! I’m making my own list of tombs to visit and this article helped me a lot!! These are $25USD for single entry and you can buy these at the border or order one in advance of travel. Most tombs listed below are usually open. For example, the name for Tausert, a female ruler during the 19th dynasty, can also be spelled Twosret, Tawosret, and Tausret. If you want to see more than three tombs, you will have to purchase an additional ticket. The hallway is long and beautifully detailed. If you’re thinking of seeing Luxor independently, you can check out my 3 day itinerary here which will make sure you see the best of the city. My kids are 4 and 8 years of age. Merenptah is also a good one of a more important figure. Here is the list with the additional price for each tomb. The double tomb of Tausert is better than Ramses IV or Ramses IX, and it for a more important pharoah. They would also leave room for their treasures and bring weapons and statues to embody slaves to take with them to the afterlife. Hey there, I'm Sophie. The ministry of antiquities decided to open the two tombs of the father and wife of Ramses II to public for 1000 Egyptian pounds per person. It's important to note that tombs open and close to the public in rotation in an attempt to help preserve the wall paintings, which have suffered severe degradation from the humidity caused by so many visitors. I’m glad you got to explore 10 tombs, that must of been an amazing experience. It’s only £80EGP extra to enter (£4) which is a total bargain. Join 80,000 readers! The key missing tomb is Smenkaure (the name of Nefertiti when she took the throne upon her husband’s death and prior to Tut). The Valley of the Kings is an incredible place. By far, the prettiest and one of the best tombs in the Valley of the Kings included in the standard entry price is Ramses IV. Some tombs may close for renovation and another tomb will open to the public. You can sneak in photos and pay a tip but buying a photo pass allows you more freedom to shoot. The tomb of Huy, […] This is £300EGP (£15) and allows photography inside 3 tombs. And, even then, never all of them at the same time. The hallway ends at a viewpoint of the burial chamber, which is decorated with a figure of the king and more detailed images. The labeling starts with KV1 (Ramses VII) and goes up to KV65. How much are Valley of the Kings tickets and photo passes? Since you have seen extra tombs could you please suggest. The number of visitors to KV62 has led to a separate charge for entry into the tomb. Guides cannot enter the tombs with you, Enjoy the timeless mystery of the Valley of the Kings. About the spellings in this article: Spellings of the names of the kings and queens can vary according to the source. Make sure you have your entrance tickets and photo pass to hand at all times. 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! Remember you only get to photograph 3 tombs. Or, if you crossed the Nile by boat to the West Bank, it’s a 15 minute drive from there. Thank you! The things they don’t tell you about visiting the tombs in the Valley of the Kings – that could actually be useful, 1. Only the Tomb of Ay (out of 16 available tombs) is open to the public. They haven’t found Cleopatra VII’s tomb because no Ptolomaic era tombs are in the Valley of the Kings. Of the 60+ tombs in the Valley of the Kings, there are only a few that are open to the public. Although there are 63 tombs in total, there are only 18 that are ever open to the public. As dark tourist as it sounds, I thought it was well worth the money. There are shops at Valley of the Kings but the alabaster statues there aren’t genuine and I wouldn’t recommend shopping in those markets. The reason the tombs are open at different times is because Egypt has them on a rotating basis in order to keep humidity and carbon dioxide levels to a minimum. This is one of the deepest tombs in the Valley of the Kings. KV6 is quite plain on the corridor walls compared to the other tombs as you walk in, the carvings are there but there’s not much preserved paint. Ramses IV was buried in a large tomb that features an incredible amount of hieroglyphics and artwork as well as a significant amount of graffiti leftover from the Ancient Greeks and Romans who found the tomb centuries ago. He was a patron of Howard Carter and famously announced the discovery of Tutankhamun from the Winter Palace steps in 1922. With not much info on the tickets or tombs to choose, this is such a beautiful content. In this article, I primarily use the spelling found on the signs at each tomb entrance. From what I read online, this is one of the most spectacular tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Currently, eight tombs are included on the main ticket into the Valley of the Kings. The tomb is also very elaborate, with colorful images that cover the walls and ceiling. Researchers state that the quality of the rock in the Valley is quite inconsistent, ranging from finely grained to coarse stone. But, the New Dynasty of kings favoured a different burial. Also, I love the fact that new tombs are open for the public to explore. It’s extremely hot inside and hard work to walk up and down the tombs, 7. Hi Max, that’s amazing that you’re heading to Egypt. But, you can also bring the ones from your hotel and refill with filtered water to save plastic waste. In total as of 2018 there are 62 tombs at the Valley Of The Kings, all discovered before 1922. Here is the list of open tombs that are included on your entrance ticket into the Valley of the Kings. , 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 includes the options of 8 standard tombs that are open to the public. In this tomb, you can also see an unfinished room, with the planned reliefs sketched in red and black ink. Of these eleven tombs, we visited nine of them. Their selection most probably is based on which three will take least time so they can get it overwith, to proceed to next attraction. Always make sure you buy when you’re there as I don’t want you to get scammed online. Sophie x. Hi, are you able to take photos outside as you like? 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. I paid around £500EGP (£20) for a half day morning tour by car. We chose Egypt Tailor Made based on their impeccable reviews on Trip Advisor. Seti I is worth it if you have the money to spend. For many people, this is a huge splurge. Just thought you would like to know …, Hello Sophie … The tomb of Ramesses IX (KV6) is also very nice. I highly recommend Egypt Tailor Made if you want personalized service for your trip to Egypt. All rights reserved © Earth Trekkers. With a super cool model of the whole complex by the way, including all the tombs underground! The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities opened three tombs in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings to the public for the first time on Thursday. It is decided by the Tour agents. Hi there Janarthanan, thanks so much for the lovely feedback! Best Tombs to Visit in the Valley of the Kings. If you’re travelling here independently (i.e. It’s cheap. When I went, the guards were confiscating phones so it’s great to see that yuo can use them free of charge now. Currently, eight tombs are included on the main ticket into the Valley of the Kings. You could buy two photo passes but it’s really costly and then you’d need to buy two tomb entry tickets to make it worth it! Is the tomb of Seti I worth 1000 EGP? 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. There are two counters to buy tickets. I mean, you’re only here once right?! King Tut himself however is still within his tomb. There are over 60 tombs in this small area, although only a handful are open to public. I want to see Seti I's tomb...studied it in Art History last year. I’ve been reading about this update from other sites but I was not exactly sure. You cannot visit them all, but worth visiting as many as you can when you go. 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. At the end of the list, I will give you two more recommendations for tombs that were not open during our visit. You can’t take photos inside, but the legends and fame that surround King Tut’s death and discovery is well worth every penny to take a peek. Remember, this is a place of the dead and it’s important to be respectful. I only mentioned Queen Cleopatra as it’s something they are still on the lookout for. If you don’t have a photo pass, you must hand your camera in, 5. I’m not sure what you mean. Old Winter Palace Luxor – 7 Reasons Why it’s the Perfect Hotel for History Lovers! For our visit to Luxor (and for many of the places we visited in Egypt), we hired the company Egypt Tailor Made. If you are planning a visit to Luxor, don’t miss our Guide to the Valley of the Kings. However, it has not been open in years. If you are planning a visit to Luxor, don’t miss our. (No Spam, Promise!). You enter and exit through a rather aggressive gift shop, 2. The passageway ends at the massive burial chamber that is adorned with colorful scenes on the walls and an astronomical scene on the ceiling. If it weighed lighter than the feather, it meant you were good and you would enter the Kingdom of Osiris. Take your pick from 50 of the world's best travel adventures. There’s usually a queue to head down there and it can get stifling. complete guide of how to get a visa for Egypt as a UK citizen here, Howard Carters house which is now a museum. Earth Trekkers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising & linking to Amazon.com. 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. 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. However, the tomb is nothing special and you can see better preserved mummies at the Egyptian Museum. 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