The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt contains many of the tombs of pharaohs from the New Kingdom , including Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great . The Valley of the Kings actually has two components - the East Valley and the West Valley.
It is the East Valley which most tourists
visit and in which most of the tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs can be
found. (The West Valley has only one remote tomb open to the public,
that of Ay who was Tutankhamun's successor.)
One of the dilemmas for the normal tourist is trying to decide which
tombs to enter. The normal ticket permits three tombs and that will
probably suffice for one visit. If you rush, you won't appreciate or
remember the details of each tomb. The tomb of Tutankhamun requires a
separate ticket (the mask of Tutankamun can be seen in the Cairo
The Valley of the Kings is purely an awe-inspiring sight seeing day trip
that rivals some of Egypt's other ancient attractions. Outside of
sightseeing there's little else to do. However, vistors to this area
only have ancient history on their mind.