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Tombs of the Nobles

  • Luxor, Upper Egypt, Egypt

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Last updated: 28 April, 2024

While the Tombs in the Valley of the Kings are decorated with the cryptic texts of the Book of the Dead, the Tombs of the Nobles reflect on the daily life led by their ancient inhabitants in the hope that it would continue in the afterlife.

This is a real find – the tombs here are superbly decorated and, in many ways, more evocative and insightful than those of the pharaohs. It’s thankfully unspoilt compared to the Valley of the Kings, as it rarely features on tour group itineraries.

Don’t miss

One of the most beautiful tombs belonged to Sennofer. Its ceiling is covered with paintings of vines, while the walls show Sennofer close to his wife overseeing his estate.

Rahmose, governor under two pharaohs during the 14th century BC, never lived to finish his tomb, but the beautiful paintings show him with the pharaoh, Akhnaten, and his funeral procession.

Too small for groups, the tombs of Menna and Nakht have well-preserved and beautifully detailed paintings of farming, fishing and daily life. Nakht’s tomb also has a small museum area.

While you’re there

Stop by Deir al Medina, the nearby base for the people who worked in the Valley of the Kings. In their spare time they built and decorated their own tombs.

On the way to the tombs, look out for locals selling small statues. Ignore their claims of antiquity – they are new – but some are surprisingly well crafted, making good souvenirs.

Logistics

Price from: £3
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Many group tours ignore the Nobles’ tombs – there’s too much to see in Luxor. All the better for the independent traveller, arriving by bike, or taxi (you could, of course, arrange a car and guide for a half-day or day and see several sights).

Tickets for these tombs should be bought at the Antiquities Inspectorate office at the crossroads past the Colossi of Memnon. Tickets are sold for groups of two or three tombs.

It’s a climb up the hill to the highest tombs, and down into narrow tomb corridors – not for the claustrophobic.

When to do it

The site is open all year round, seven days a week.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Private Tour to Medinet Habu, Valley of Nobles, Deir el Madina with lunch

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Enjoy visiting Luxor's most popular attractions in one day! Also you will have a professional licensed tour guide who will explain to you Everything plus the secret information about the temples!

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Private tour West Bank Luxor: Valley of the Queens, Nobles, lunch

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If you want to explore the hidden gems of the West Bank of Luxor, don't miss this amazing tour that will take you to some incredible places and reveal their secrets. You will marvel at the Tombs of the Nobles, where the elite of the ancient city were buried in splendid tombs with vivid colors and exquisite paintings. You will also visit Deir el-Medina, the village where the skilled artisans who carved and decorated the tombs in the Valley of the Kings lived and worked. Finally, you will discover the Valley of the Queens, where more than 90 tombs of royal wives and children are located. You can also see the magnificent tomb of Nefertari, the beloved queen of Ramses II, with an extra ticket.

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Tour to Ramesseum, Habu Temples, and the Valley of the Nobles

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Spend five hours on a professionally guided tour through Egypt's past as you visit the Ramesseum temple, Habu temple, as well as the Valley of the Nobles. This private tour includes pickup and drop off, entry fees, water, snacks and a Qualified Egyptologist tour guide services

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