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Valley Of The Kings: Our 6 Must See Tomb Recommendations UNIQUE PHOTOBLOG

Inside the Tomb of Seti 1 during our vacation to Egypt togetherintransit.nl

Visiting Valley of the Kings was one of the top locations in Luxor Egypt that is a must-see. Our day trip was included with our Nile Valley cruise during our full 16 day tour through Egypt. The Valley Of The Kings is home to 62 tombs in total that we know of, but not all can be visited of course. We visited 6 tombs in total, with Seti 1 KV17 and Tutankhamun KV62 as two of them. 

All photos were taken during our October 2018 vacation.

Valley Of The Kings

The Valley of the Kings is a burial ground for Ancient Egyptian royalty between the 11th and 16th century BC. The Valley Of The Kings has its name from the pharaonic times, built for those who were promised continuing life with the gods. The tombs found were not only burial tombs for the mummified pharaohs, but for their treasure, food and wine, clothes, pets and sacred objects to help the deceased achieve eternal life.

In total as of 2018 there are 62 tombs at the Valley Of The Kings, all discovered before 1922. You cannot visit them all, but worth visiting as many as you can when you go. 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.

You may expect when visiting that the tombs are cold, however don’t be surprised when you enter one and you end up sweating more than outside in the sun!

Valley Of The Kings - The area between the tombs during our 2018 visit

The Six Must See Tombs In Valley Of The Kings

Our day trip was included on our Nile Cruise itinerary. There were three tombs included in total, with another three we had to pay extra for. We thought this was okay and we were willing to pay the extra to see as much as possible during our day trip. We were not planning to visit Egypt any time again soon so we found it well worth it.

The 3 tombs that were included were:

  • Ramesses IV KV2 (4)
  • Ramesses IX KV6 (9)
  • Ramesses III KV 11 (3)

(All three for the price of 160 EGP/€7.70 on a general ticket)

The 3 tombs that we paid extra for were:

  • Tutankhamun KV62 (200 EGP/€9.70)
  • Seti 1 KV17 (1000 EGP/€49)
  • Ramesses KV9 (5 & 6) (90 EGP/€4.40)

Ramesses IV KV2 (4)

Tomb Ramesses the 4th is the first tomb we entered at the Valley of the Kings. You first join the line of other tourists to enter with your tickets. Followed by slowly walking down the wooden steps and ramps into the base of the tomb. Even with the amount of tourists inside you are instantly blown away by the Egyptian carvings and paintings on the walls and ceiling.

The blue ceiling within this tomb was faded in many places, but it really gave you a strong impression of how it would of looked when at its best.

Check out our hotel recommendation on where to stay during a visit to Luxor Egypt! 

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IV KV2 the 4th inside the tomb in 2018

Ramesses IX KV6 (9)

Tomb Ramesses the 9th was the 2nd tomb we visited. I really enjoyed this tomb as there are many animals to be spotted inside. Such as monkeys and a three headed snake photographed below.

Many of the paintings were faded near the entrance and carvings had been damaged by other Pharaohs and tomb raiders over time. But we worth your time to enter.

This tomb was also one that many tour groups entered, so it was at some points queueing inside to see some of the deeper sections and rooms.

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018



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Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018 showing two monkeys

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018 showing a three headed snake

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018 showing Anubis

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018

Ramesses III KV11 (3)

Tomb Ramesses the 3rd was just as interesting as the the 4th and 9th. We have no photos from this one but it was similar and comparable to Rameses 9. There were many extra rooms within this tomb that had stories told through the paintings, with many animals and hieroglyphics too. I loved seeing these hieroglyphics, looking back to another life and language.

Tutankhamen KV62

Tomb Tutankhamen is one of the most visited tombs of the Valley Of The Kings. Discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, it was the smallest tomb we visited during out vacation. By small we really mean one set of wonky wooden stairs to one room. We were expecting a bit more after seeing the others, but that wasn’t the case. All treasure found within this Tomb can be seen at the Egyptian Cairo Museum. You can read more about the museum here!

This was only 200 Egyptian Pound (€9.70) extra to visit. Please be aware that photography is strictly forbidden within the Tutankhamen tomb. However, just like the other tombs we did see some tourists giving a tip to the men at the entrances or those who were walking around so they could take a photo. We didn’t feel the need to do this within the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Valley Of The Kings - Tutankhamen KV62 entrance during our visit in 2018

Check out our hotel recommendation on where to stay during a visit to Luxor Egypt! 

Seti 1 KV17

Tomb Seti 1 was the most impressive and most emptiest of them all. There were no large groups of tourists so we could walk straight in. We believe this was because this costed 1000 Egyptian Pounds (€49) to visit and other tour groups simply didn’t offer this tomb. Being the only ones in the tomb allowed us to enjoy the tomb to the max. Looking at all the small details without having to walk in line at a slow speed. We could walk at our own speed and not stand in the way of anyone.

As well as being the most emptiest, we found it the most colourful with each colour more rich than in the previous tombs. As it if it only completed just a few weeks before. You can see how large the last tomb area was in the first photo, with my 6ft partner standing at the base of the wall.

If out of all of them you had to choose one, we’d highly recommend this tomb to visit!

Valley Of The Kings - Seti 1 KV17 inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Seti 1 KV17 inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Seti 1 KV17 inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Seti 1 KV17 inside the tomb in 2018

Ramesses IX KV6 (5 & 6)

Tomb Ramesses the 5th and 6th was very unique to view and felt different to the rest. It felt more open the more you walk down the wooden walkway. With larger rooms on each sides where the treasure would of been found.

Inside you can spot Roman and Greek graffiti on the tomb walls. The yellow and deep blue painted ceiling of the burial chamber shows a scene from the Book of Night with jackals and Nut riding a ship into the afterlife.

This was only 90 Egyptian Pound extra to visit and it was just as empty as the tomb of Seti 1 (no large groups).

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses V / VI KV9 the 5th and 6th inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses V / VI KV9 the 5th and 6th inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses V / VI KV9 the 5th and 6th inside the tomb in 2018



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Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses V / VI KV9 the 5th and 6th inside the tomb in 2018

Unfinished Tomb Paintings

Within all tombs you can see sections of the carvings and paintings to be incomplete. This can be spotted by either the red or black outlined characters.

If you see red outlined drawings, this was the first stage of the drawing process. If you see black outlined drawings, this was the second stage where they went over the red lines for the final painting.

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018 showing the unfinished paintings

Check out our hotel recommendation on where to stay during a visit to Luxor Egypt! 

The Enemies of the Pharaohs

In many, if not all of the tombs we visited, you can find drawings of the enemies. Enemies of the Pharaohs that we have spotted in the tombs were either:

  • standing upright, beheaded and arms tied behind their backs
  • beheaded and drawn upside down
  • upside down with their arms tied behind their backs

At some of the temples we visited during our 2 week Egypt vacation included enemies with their hands tied but beheaded and legless too!

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018

Valley Of The Kings - Ramesses IX KV6 the 9th inside the tomb in 2018 showing the enemies

Photography at the Tombs

Keep in mind you need to buy a photography ticket to take photos inside, which costs 300 Egyptian Pounds. This photography ticket will be hole punched at the entrances of each tomb, and only allowed to be hole punched 3 times. So when visiting more than 3, some may expect money in return instead. Keep this in mind, else do your research before hand and only take photos in the 3 that you wish without any hassle. We ended up giving some money to the one of the Egyptian guys inside Tomb Seti 1 as it was the most impressive for photos.

P.S this counts for DSLR cameras to your phone camera.

And like I said above, you cannot take photos within the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Read more of our Egypt posts!

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Where To Stay In Egypt: Giza, Luxor, Nile Cruise, Aswan and Hurghada

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Egyptian Exhibition At The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Valley Of The Kings Must See Tombs

Snorkeling in Hurghada and Dolphin Spotting

Summary Valley Of The Kings

Apart from it being one of the hottest days we experienced in Egypt, it was also one of the most fascinating. Being able to walk into these tombs felt so unique. Even with the hundreds of other tour groups and tourists.

We feel that our favourite and most impressive was Seti 1 – and were completely surprised that it was also one of the most emptiest tombs during out trip. We believe this was because of the price (1000 Egyptian Pounds) as it was the most expensive. But well worth it!

In total we paid 1750 Egyptian Pounds each (€85 per person) for the tombs:

  • General entry ticket (3 tombs Rameses 3, 9 and 4): 160 EGP (€7.70)
  • Rameses 5th & Rameses 6th: 90 EGP (€4.40)
  • Tutankhamun: 200 EGP (€9.70)
  • Seti 1: 1000 EGP (€49)
  • Photography Ticket: 300 EGP (€14.60)

Maybe when you are planning to visit the Valley of the Kings, they will discover the undiscovered tomb of pharaoh Ramses VIII. Which is still believed to be hidden within the valley.

Tips:

  • Take plenty of water with you, it can get very hot in the valley.
  • Most tombs have steps inside, so watch your step as you enter and walk around
  • You don’t have to do all the tombs that are open, but well worth it!

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Have you been to the Valley of the Kings before? We’d love to hear what you thought in the comments! 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Louise
    12th January 2019 at 11:16 am

    Lovely post! Pictures are amazing! Defo a place I need to visit soon, Thanks for sharing

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      Togetherintransit
      12th January 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Louise!

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    Loredana
    12th January 2019 at 11:53 am

    The Valley of the Kings is one of the places that I want to visit 🙂 I wanted that ever since I started to discover the ancient Egyptian civilization. Now, I am waiting for my son to be a bit older so that we can take the trip as a family – and help him learn more about Egypt and its kings and culture. WOnderful photos and recommendations!

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    Michelle
    12th January 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Wow this place looks absolutely amazing! I always wonder why one can take photos in some places and not in others. A good reminder that Egypt is like nothing else and we need to get there!

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    Jyoti
    12th January 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Love your pictures! You make me want to go to Egypt even more! There are so many hidden stories in the ancient monuments… like how they treated their enemies and rulers 🙂

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      12th January 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you! It truly is fascinating what has been found there, and what will still be uncovered in the future!

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    Christina
    12th January 2019 at 4:50 pm

    This post made me so happy! When I was a kid, I wanted more than anything to visit the Valley of the Kings to discover King Tut’s tomb! Then someone beat me to it! haha I would still love to go there and see this in person, it is stunning!

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    Amy | Bedlam & Daisies
    12th January 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Oh wow! The history held here is just phenomenal! I’ve always wanted to see the tombs. You’ve captured so many amazing details. This definitely needs to go on my bucket list.

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      Togetherintransit
      12th January 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you Amy! I think it should definitely be on yours and many others’ bucket lists for this year. Truly interesting!

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    Rachel
    13th January 2019 at 12:27 am

    Amazing photos, what an incredible experience. So much history, my Grandma is fascinated with Egypt and has been to the valley of the kings many of times. I’d love to go one day! xo

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      14th January 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Your Grandma sounds great if shes visited a few times! Lucky woman. I’d love to go back, but I do feel I have managed to see all that we could during our day trip. Would be fun to return if there are new discoveries!

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