Luxor has the greatest concentration of ancient monuments in Egypt. An hour’s flight from Cairo, one can spend a week here, although I was only able to spend a full day.

The remote, barren Valley of the Kings was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. The dramatic corridors and burial chambers are adorned with symbolic accounts of the journey through the underworld and ritual paintings to assist the pharaohs in the afterlife.

Tomb of Merenptah

Tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Ramses IX

Tomb of Ramses IV

Greek and Coptic graffiti on the walls

The Valley of the Queens lies to the southwest of the Valley of the Kings and holds the tombs of many royal wives and children.

Tomb of Amen Khopshef

Tomb of Prince Khaemwast