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Valley of the Queens

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The Valley of the Queens is home to more than 75 royal tombs. You'll find an array of queens, princesses and princes buried here, and one of Egypt's most elaborate tombs – the tomb of Nefertari (No. 66) – resides within this valley. Though most of the tombs have been ransacked throughout the years, many still feature bright paintings on their walls.

Although some past travelers said this attraction is worth skipping if you're on a tight schedule, many noted the tombs' decor as a reason to check out the site. Like other Egyptian tombs, photography is forbidden on the property. Also, keep in mind the famous tomb of Nefertari is not open to the public (though special arrangements can be made for an additional fee).

The Valley of the Queens can be found a few miles south of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Artisans on the West Bank side of Luxor. The attraction is accessible by car, taxi and bicycle. Private tours of the site (including access into Nefertari's tomb) can also be arranged, but extra charges will apply. Restrooms and a free parking lot with a small marketplace are located on-site. The property is open daily between 6 a.m. and 5 or 7 p.m. depending on the season, and tickets cost 50 Egyptian pounds (or $6) for adults and 25 Egyptian pounds ($3) for students. All tickets include access to three tombs – the tombs of Amunherkhepshef (No. 55), Khaemwaset (No. 44) and Titi (No. 52).

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#1 Temple of Hatshepsut

Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its grand architecture and jaw-dropping landscape. Situated at the base of limestone cliffs in Deir el-Bahri, this funerary temple features three tiers of porticos with statues, pillars and hieroglyphs. You'll also find two chapels inside, plus two ramps that connect the lower terrace to the upper terrace.

Although some elements of this historic structure were damaged from vandalism, many past travelers said this sight is well-preserved and worthy of a visit. To avoid the region's notoriously high temperatures, plan on arriving at opening or just before close. And remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking at this attraction.

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