A barren valley, hiding such gems. A highlight of our time in Egypt. Tour guides are a wealth of information, but they are not allowed in the tombs themselves. There are maps and notes at the entrance of the tombs explaining who's tomb it is etc. We went with Trafalgar which included our guide and a Security Officer, and we had much less hassle than individual tourists.
General Tickets allow a visit to 3 tombs which rotate for preservation of the sites. Tutankhamun and Rameses V and VI tombs are an extra fee.
The souvenir area and restrooms are near the main visitors center. You have to walk the gauntlet of hawkers at every Egyption tourist site. It can become tedious as they are an insistant bunch.
There is a small electric train to take you up from the entrance to the site. It's very quick.
Photography is prohibited unless your purchase an expensive permit at the entrance. Absolutely no flash photography. Even after thousands of years, the colours inside the tombs are incredible and they want to preserve it, hence no flash photography. Numerous books and photo sets can be purchased.
There are stairs or ramps down into the tombs. Some passages are long and rather steep. Be prepared if you have mobility issues. Crowding can be a problem with large tour groups going in all at once.
Being a desert the temperature can soar and there is limited shade outside, though the temperature in the tombs is pleasant. Make sure you take water with you.
King Tut’s tomb is very small, it was done in a rush,and there is no treasure in it, it's all at the now new Cairo Museum. He was so young, died at 18 yrs and quite a small lad. Though his reign was short, he has truly fired peoples imaginations.
The atmosphere in The Valley is just wonderful to absorb.
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