The Valley Of The Kings is the royal necropolis known in ancient times as "the Place Of Truth." It is located on the Western Bank with the Mountain Of Thebes providing a natural pyramid in the background.
Very few of the tombs are open to the public and the ones that are open are only open on a rotating annual basis to avoid extensive damage from the frequent tourist viewing and restoration work to be done. The tombs were hune out of solid limestone and flint rock.
We traveled by bus to a visitor center and then we were transported by tram to the walkways that led up to the tombs. George was not allowed to use his camera to photograph the inside of the area.
The officer in charge of the area wanted an expensive bribe, fortunately there are lots of street vendors who have images for sale!
We have found that you can arrange any tours of the area after or before you arrive in Cairo by using the hotels concierge services. Usually you can receive more personal tours at a better price by arranging it through the concierge.
We have links on our pages that can arrange all of your air travel and hotels into Cairo and the surrounding areas for you.
The Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) is the busiest airport in Egypt and is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.
Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa with over 65 airlines using the Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2008, the airport served 14,360,175 passengers and it is one of the top 100 airports in the world.
The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.
We suggest flying into Cairo and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring Cairo and the ruins in the surrounding areas.
We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Cairo and several of the best hotels in Cairo.
A second option is to fly directly to Aswan.
The Aswan International Airport (IATA: ASW, ICAO: HESN), also known as Daraw Airport, is the airport located in Aswan, Egypt. You can arrange flights directly to Aswan, If you wish.
A third option is to fly directly to Luxor.
Luxor International Airport (IATA: LXR, ICAO: HELX) is the main airport serving the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is located about four miles (6km) east of the city.
Many charter airlines use the airport, as it is a popular tourist destination for those visiting the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings.
After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this when traveling in Egypt. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!
Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.
|Valley Of The Kings.|
Mountain Of Thebes,
Center Is Tutankhamun.
Left Center Is Ramses VI.
|Trams Into The Valley.||Seti I Tomb Ceiling,|
Divisions Of Sky.
Represented By Divinities.
Ramses II Corridor.
Sarcophagus In Distance.
Tomb Of Ramses IX.
|Tomb Of Tutankhamum.|
Mummy Of Tut
Anubis & Hator.
In An Ankh!
|Detail Ceiling Decor|
Tomb Of Rameses VI.
Sun & Sky Creation.
|Tomb Of Ramses III|
Vases & Ivory Tusks.
Tomb Of Amon-Ofis II.
Mummy Is Now In Cairo.
Pharaoh From 1450-1425 BC.
|Tomb Of Seti I,|
The Greatest Tomb
In Valley Of The Kings.
Detail Of "The Infernal Gods."
Of Thot-Mosis II.
Brought Glory To Egypt
|Thot-Mosis III Tomb Scene|
Rams With Solar Disk.
Full Of Rising Sun, Keps-Ra.
Fourth Hour Of Night,
Boat, Sun God
Cave Of Sokaris!
|King Tut's Mummy.||Goddess Nut
Tomb Ramses VI.
|Tomb Ramses III.
Reigned 1198-1188 BC.
Anubis & Horus.
Osiris In Alcove.