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Private Guided Tour to Valley of the Kings

Tour Details

Detailed program

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in central Luxor or harbor by an air-conditioned vehicle for a full guided trip of about 4 hours. First you will be transported to the Necropolis of Thebes, the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of Luxor. This ancient necropolis is a must-see for Luxor travelers. There you visit four royal tombs, including the Tomb of Ramesses lll, and the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

PLEASE NOTE: With your general admission ticket you can visit 3 tombs from the list of open tombs (find the full list below)
Another 4 tombs are open to the public with an additional ticket (find the complete list below)

If this is your first visit, the tombs you can't miss are those of Ramesses III, Ramesses IX, Merenptah and Tutankhamun!

Tomb of Ramesses III, KV11
The tomb of Ramesses III, designated as KV 11, is a complex system in the Valley of the Kings. It has been known since antiquity, the wonderful decorations include colourful painted sunken reliefs featuring the traditional ritual texts (Litany of Ra, Book of Gates etc) and Ramesses before the gods. Unusual here are the secular scenes, in the small side rooms of the entrance corridor, showing foreign tributes, such as highly detailed pottery imported from the Aegean, the royal armoury, boats and, in the last of these side chambers, the blind harpists that gave the tomb one of its alternative names: ‘Tomb of the Harpers’

Tomb of Ramesses IX, KV6
The tomb has so much colour and detail even in the ceiling above the sarcophagus with its goddess Nut stretching across the space. The sarcophagus is one of the largest in the valley, even though some of the paintings have deteriorated this is one of the most decorated.

Tomb of Merenptah, KV8
In Egyptian mythology, Ptah is the demiurge of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects. In the or simply in its falcon form of the new deity, began to be placed in tombs to accompany and protect the dead on their journey to the West of Luxor .Tomb 8, was the burial place of the Pharaoh Merenptah a son of Ramesses II and Queen Isis-Nefertari. The tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1903. Of course there is a material decrease in the number of lateral rooms, and a dramatic increase in the height of the corridors and rooms. He did away with the jogged axis used since the time of Horemheb and instead built the entire tomb on a single axis. Also, for the first time, the entrance was made considerably wider than earlier tombs .

Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), KV62
Entrance fees to the tomb of Tutankhamun (600 EGP) (optional)
King Tutankhamun, the most famous king in the world. This young king from the New Kingdom was around 10 years old when he ascended the throne and died when he was only 19. You will get the chance to be face to face with his royal mummy in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

General entrance ticket price for 2024 is 600 EGP and gives you access to 3 of the open tombs

Open tombs list
KV1 - Ramesses VII
KV2 - Ramesses IV
KV6 - Ramesses IX
KV8 - Merenptah
KV11 - Ramesses III
KV14 - Tausert-Setnakht
KV15 - Sety II
KV16 - Ramesses I
KV43 - Thutmose IV
KV47 - Siptah

Additional tombs with extra tickets list and prices
KV9 - Ramesses V and VI - 180 EGP
KV17 - Seti I - 1,800 EGP
KV62 - Tutankhamun - 500 EGP
KV23 - Tomb of Ay (also known as WV23, West Valley) - 150 EGP

Program includes

- Private tour with a Qualified Egyptologist guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Program excludes

- Kings Valley General Entrance Ticket (required)
- Access to Additional tombs with extra tickets (optional)
- Any extras not mentioned
- Any optional sight or optional tour
- Gratuities (recommended)

Know before you go

Not wheelchair accessible
Not stroller accessible
Not suitable for pets
No public transportation nearby
Infants must not sit on laps
Infant seats unavailable
Transport is wheelchair accessible, however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Entrance tickets to the archaeological sites not included (can be paid only with Card)
(Optional) If you wish to add a hot air balloon to your Luxor tour, we can do so for you. The price must be asked on arrival.
(Optional) Airport pick up: check General Info Page.
TRAVEL TIP: Due to very low wages, "Baksheesh" or tips/gratuities are an integral part of life in Egypt. It is useful to carry small notes with you at all times. If you are unsure who, or how much to tip, please do not hesitate to ask your tour guide for guidance.

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