Travelstick Luxor

Luxor

Luxor is situated on the east bank of the Nile and most of the main sites to visit inside the town are located beside the river. There are a number of budget accommodation options scattered around the town. The train station is located near the town center, less than 1 km from the river bank and an easy walking distance from almost anywhere in town. Seater trains from Luxor run south down to Aswan (51LE, 4USD in 2020) or north to Cairo (195LE, 14USD in 2020).

The Valley of the Queens, like the nearby Valley of Kings, is also an ancient royal necropolis where the wives and sometimes children of the pharaohs were buried. The Valley of the Queens contains around 70 tombs, the most famous being the tomb of Queen Nefetari. One of five wives of Rameses II, Nefertari was his favorite and her tomb is said to be one of the most beautiful in Egypt. The walls inside are decorated with beautiful reliefs, the colours as bright as if they had been painted yesterday.

As with the Valley of the Kings only a limited number of the tombs are open to visitors. The tomb of Queen Nefetari has been closed several times over the years, both to restore and to preserve the paintings. When we visited in 2020 it was open but a separate ticket must be purchased costing around 100USD.

The Valley of the Queens is located on the west bank of Luxor about 5 km from the ferry point and 1.5 km south-west of the Hatshepsut Temple.

Entrance fees (2020)
Standard ticket (for 3 tombs) 100LE
Tomb of Nefetari 1400LE
Photo camera 300LE

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