through the rocky hills on the West Bank
of Luxor are the tombs of ancient Egypt’s
nobles and high officials. Sites like Qurna,
and Dra Abu el-Naga
contain tombs that span Egyptian history
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.
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)
For ticket prices, see:
Dra Abu el-Naga
Sheikh Abd el-Qurna
the West Bank, opposite Luxor.
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.
BUS: You should be able to rent a minibus
from Luxor; many are
run through hotels
or tour groups.
TAXI: Taxis from Luxor will be more expensive,
but you can ask
to go to Deir
or Dier el-Medina from there, or take
the ferry across to the west bank and
a taxi from the dock.
IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE TOMBS.