Valley of the Nobles (Tombs of the Nobles)
There’s a lot to see at Valley of the Nobles, which has more than 400 tombs. Tickets are sold by tomb group, and you’ll need a separate ticket for each group. With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start, so visiting with a tour guide is a good strategy to ensure you find the most interesting sites here. Nearby destinations include the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Artisans, and many tours combine the Valley of the Nobles with other stops on the West Bank.
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Things to know before you go
- The Valley of the Nobles is a must-see for history buffs and anyone interested in ancient Egypt.
- No photography is allowed here, though guards may offer to charge you for tickets.
- Uneven ground and narrow stairs mean this site is not stroller- or wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
The Valley of the Nobles is located on Qesm Al Wahat Al Khargah, on Luxor’s West Bank. If you’re visiting with a tour, transportation will be taken care of. Otherwise, hire a taxi for the 40-minute trip from downtown Luxor. To avoid the long drive to the Luxor Bridge, you can also take the public ferry to the West Bank of the Nile and hire a taxi to take you the rest of the way.
When to get there
Lots of walking and little shade mean that morning is the best time to visit the Valley of the Nobles. Temperatures soar during the summer months of May through September, but the heat keeps crowds away, as well. High season is in winter, and brings with it comfortable temperatures and more visitors.
Which Tombs Should You Visit in the Valley of the Nobles?
Since the tombs in the Valley of the Nobles are divided into groups, you’ll be able to visit more than one with each ticket. In the Tombs of Menna, Nakht, and Amenemope, find vivid wall paintings with images of fish, game, and farms. The Tombs of Khonsu, Userhet, and Benia are known for depictions of feasts and flying ducks. For relief carvings that span two artistic styles, visit the Tombs of Ramose, Userhet, and Khaemhet.
- Deir el-Medina (Valley of the Artisans)
- Tomb of Ramses III
- Tomb of Ramses VI
- Valley of the Kings
- Tomb of Tutankhamun
- Temple of Hatshepsut (at Deir el-Bahari)
- Tomb of Merneptah (Merenptah)
- Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II)
- Medinet Habu (Temple of Ramses III)
- Colossi of Memnon
- Mummification Museum
- Luxor Museum
- Avenue of Sphinxes
- Luxor Temple
- Luxor Cruise Port