Valley of the Nobles
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Scattered through the rocky hills on the West Bank of Luxor are the tombs of ancient Egypt’s nobles and high officials. Sites like Qurna, Assasif, Khokha, and Dra Abu el-Naga contain tombs that span Egyptian history from the Old Kingdom onward, with the majority dating from the New Kingdom, the Golden Age of Thebes. Decorated with scenes illustrating the official lives, funerals, and ideal afterlives of their owners, the chapels of these tombs provide us with a wealth of information about life and religious beliefs in ancient Egypt. Their beauty also attests to the skill and creativity of the ancient Egyptian artisans.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily.
1 May – Ramadan: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(last ticket: 6:00 PM)
Ramadan – 30 April: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(last ticket: 4:00 PM)

TICKET COST:
For ticket prices, see:
Khokha
Dra Abu el-Naga
Assassif
Sheikh Abd el-Qurna

LOCATION:
On the West Bank, opposite Luxor.

DIRECTIONS:
BY FERRY: From Luxor, there is a local ferry that runs from the Corniche, which is labeled “National Ferryboat.” You will have to catch a taxi once you reach the west bank.

BY BUS: You should be able to rent a minibus from Luxor; many are run through hotels or tour groups.

BY TAXI: Taxis from Luxor will be more expensive, but you can ask to go to Deir el-Bahiri or Dier el-Medina from there, or take the ferry across to the west bank and catch a taxi from the dock.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE TOMBS.

The tombs of the Valley of the Nobles honeycomb the rocky hills on the West Bank at Luxor (Sandro Vannini)

 

Mourners at the funeral of Ramose (Sandro Vannini)