Valley of the Queens, Luxor

4.3
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Ruin
Nestled between the western cliffs in a ravine shaped like a Y, Valley of the Queens features over 90 tombs carved out of rock of the wives and children of the pharaohs from 1550-1070 BCE. It has been speculated that this location was chosen because of a sacred grotto at its entrance dedicated to the ancient Egyptian goddess of love, joy, and motherhood. Even though many tombs were ransacked during antiquity, some of them preserve their lavish decorations up to this day. The most prominent example is Queen Nefertari's tomb, which is closed for visitors due to the fragile state of its polychrome reliefs. Reportedly some of the guided tours can acquire a special visiting permit for a considerable fee. Add Valley of the Queens and other attractions to your Luxor trip itinerary using our Luxor trip builder website.
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  • But one has to book tickets to her in advance and they cost about USD 76 (EGP 1,200). Could be bought on-line. Otherwise not a lot to admire. We went there in November, from board our Nile cruise...  more »
  • Head here first since the crowds will start at the Valley of the Kings and then thin out later when you arrive. It will also give you a vantage point for comparison as many think that this Valley...  more »
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  • I found both the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings to be incredible but the tomb walls in the Valley of the Queens were being protected by thick, somewhat dirty glass so the experience of being inside the tombs was a bit less enjoyable for me. They are still worth seeing though and are extremely beautiful. I don't recommend buying a photo ticket for the Valley of the Queens, but I do for the Valley of the Kings. The two photos below show the difference between the glassless tombs in the Valley of the Kings vs the protected tombs here.
  • An entire valley of lesser tombs for the Queens of Egypt. NO pictures allowed but the tombs here are better preserved since the tomb robbers were more interested in the larger caches of gold to be found in the Pharaohs' tombs.

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