The Valley of the Kings
What if Tutmose III had not won the Battle of Meggido and Ramses II made peace with the Hitties after the Battle of Kadesh? Would the empowered Hittite Empire have crushed the archaic Greeks and therefore prevented the emergence of Western civilization? What if Tutankhamun had not chosen to revert to the old Gods of Egypt. Would we still build synagogues, churches or mosques for the same God we do today?
When entering the valley, you will get in intimate relations with people whose actions influenced the lives of billions of people until our days.
I have visited the following tombs:
Tomb of Ramses V & VI
Tomb of Ramses IX
Tomb of Seti I
Tomb of Merenptah
Tomb of Tutankchamun
Not all tombs are open to the public at all times - and important measure to keep the damage to the ancient art as low as possible. The humidity that breath, sweat and other evaporations of thousands of visitors bring damages the paintings that have been preserved by the dry desert climate and in the worst case mould fungus destroys priceless art. This is why the tombs open to the public change from time to time. You can be sure
Three tombs are included in the general admission fee. But beware: The Tomb of Tutankhamun and the Tombs of Seti I and Ramses II are not included in the general admission! You can ask your tour guide or your tour operator when booking the trip which tombs are included.
You have to buy and extra ticket for them. The ticket booth is immediately outside of the welcome center on your right hand side. Your tour guide will only buy the general admission tickets and you have to queue up for the extra tickets on your own. It is the first thing you should do before getting into the little golf carts that take you into the valley. Once you are in the valley, you won't be able to buy additional tickets. Most of the people are disappointed when they notice that they are not allowed to visit the Tomb of Tutankhamun or some of the "better" tombs.
Tomb of Tutankhamun EGP 200,00 (ca. EUR 11,00 or 13.00)
Tomb of Seti I EGP 100,00
Tomb of Ramses III EGP 1000,00
If you want to take pictures or film with a camera, you will have to pay an extra fee at the ticket booth. Taking pics of filming with your phone is free of charge. Take that into account if a local wants to extract some baksheesh from you.
Talking of locals