An early start as it gets hot where we are going. This is going to be fairly strenuous and it is important that everyone has enough water with them.
The Great and Majestic Necropolis of Millions of Years of the Pharaoh, better known as the Valley of the Kings is one of the highlights of anyone’s visit to the Two Lands. With the Luxor Pass we can go in any tombs that are open at no extra cost.
The valley has been a tourist destination as far back as Roman times, as can be witnessed by some of the graffiti in some of the tombs, so we are in good company, but it was really just over two hundred years ago that excavation began. We will begin our exploration of the valley with the most famous of all the tombs here, KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun. Currently open to the public are the tombs of Ramses II, IV, VII, IX, Seti II, Twosret/Sethnakht, Merenptah, Saptah, Sety I and TuTankhamun. Not all the tombs are open all time.
Leaving the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, it would be criminal not to stop off at the house of the man who bought so much fame to not only the Valley of the Kings, but also ignited the flame of Egyptology that has captivated so many of us. Welcome to the Howard Carter House. It is only by visiting Carter’s house that we can get some kind of idea of just how challenging living and working in Egypt a hundred years ago was. And of course, there is the replica of KV62, Tutankhamun’s tomb for those extra photo opportunities.
After lunch, we shall head back up the Valley of the Kings road, but take the turn off into the Western Valley to see the tomb of Ay, and also, possibly, the current excavations happening under the watchful eye of Dr Zahi Hawass.