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The tomb of Queen Nefertari, which is located in the Valley of the Queens on the west bank of Luxor, is one of the most spectacular tombs that you can visit in Egypt.

This tomb has a big “wow” factor. The level of detail is amazing and the colors are more vibrant than what we saw in any of the other tombs, temples, and pyramids in Egypt. If you want to get an idea of what the tombs looked like 3,000 years ago, put the tomb of Queen Nefertari on your list.

This tomb has a big price tag, costing 1400 EGP (about $90 USD as of January 2021). So, is it worth it?

We think so. The tomb of Queen Nefertari is extraordinarily beautiful and we all wandered through the tomb in amazement.

You can see for yourself in our photo tour below.

But first, here is a little history about Queen Nefertari and her tomb.

Interesting Facts about Queen Nefertari and Her Tomb

Nefertari was the first queen and the most beloved wife of Ramesses II (also known as Ramesses the Great). Not only does she have one of the most exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, but Ramesses II also honored her by building her a temple, the Small Temple at Abu Simbel.

Her full name, Nefertari Merytmut, means “most beautiful, beloved of the goddess Mut.”

The tomb of Queen Nefertari, QV66, is one of the largest in the Valley of the Queens. It is 520 square meters and it is covered with colorful paintings of Queen Nefertari.

QV66

Her sarcophagus once sat in the middle of the chamber, but tomb raiders stole all of the buried treasure, along with the sarcophagus and Queen Nefertari’s mummy. All that was found, when the tomb was rediscovered in 1904, were the mummified knees of Nefertari. These are now in the Egyptian Museum.

On the walls of the tomb are brilliantly colored pictures of Nefertari. These show her position in the eyes of her husband and how beloved she was. There are also numerous chapters of the Book of the Dead, which are supposed to guide Nefertari on how to transform into a bird in the afterlife.

Since its discovery in 1904, the tomb has been opened and closed to the public numerous times. The tomb of Queen Nefertari underwent restoration work 30 years ago, to restore the paintings from deterioration from water damage, salt formation, and bacterial growth.

Now, the number of visitors is limited, in order to prevent further damage from traffic and the humidity of visitors’ breath. That is the reasoning behind the big ticket price.

Tomb of Queen Nefertari in Photos

Photo rules change frequently. During our visit in December 2019, cellphone photography was allowed, without having to pay for a camera ticket. Photography with cameras (including DSLR’s without a flash), Go Pros, and point-and-shoot cameras were not allowed.

All of the photos in this post were taken with a cellphone, without a flash. The lights in tomb create a yellow haze in the photos. After taking the photos, I adjusted the white balance but I did not increase the saturation of the colors. These paintings really are this vivid.

Tomb of Nefertari Entrance

Nefertari Staircase

Nefertari Tomb in Valley of the Queens

Nefertari Senet

Nefertari playing the game Senet.

 

Inside Nefertari Tomb

Khnoum in Nefertari Tomb

Protectors of the gates to the afterlife.

 

Nefertari Tomb Valley of the Queens

Nefertari Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead.

 

Nefertari and Goddess

Isis offering life to Nefertari.

 

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Nefertari and Thoth, the god of writing and wisdom.

 

Nefertari Tomb

The woman with the wings is Ma’at, the goddess of justice.

 

Book of the Dead Nefertari Tomb

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Nefertari Tomb

Nefertari and Isis

 

Nefertari Tomb Stairs

Tomb Queen Nefertari

West Bank Luxor

Hathor and Ra-Horakhty

 

Earth Trekkers in Nefertari Tomb

Valley of the Queens Tomb

The gods Ra and Osiris in the same body, with Nephthys and Isis.

 

Queen Nefertari

Nefertari and Isis

 

Valley of the Queens

Is the Tomb of Queen Nefertari Worth It?

In our opinion, yes, the tomb of Queen Nefertari is worth the big expense. It is the most beautiful tomb that we saw in Egypt, with its vibrant colors and detailed artwork.

We also went inside the tombs of Seti I and Ramesses V and VI in the Valley of the Kings. These are also very colorful, exquisitely detailed tombs that require an additional fee. However, the tomb of Queen Nefertari was our favorite, by far, and we highly recommend a visit here.

If you are traveling with kids, depending on their age, it is probably not worth paying for them to enter the tomb. There was no discount for kids, so we paid full price for Tyler and Kara. However, they are older (they were 15 and 16 during our visit), old enough to remember this for the rest of their lives.

If you travel all the way to Egypt, it is worth it to spend a little more money to see one of the most breathtaking places in this extraordinary country.

Nefertari Tomb Painting

Planning Your Visit

Ticket Price

Valley of the Queens: 100 EGP
Additional Fee for the Tomb of Queen Nefertari: 1400 EGP

You will pay 100 EGP to enter the Valley of the Queens, bringing the grand total to 1500 EGP to see the tomb of Queen Nefertari. However, with your entry fee, you also get to see three more tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

Pro Travel Tip: Purchase the Luxor Premium Pass for 2000 EGP. If you visit the tomb of Queen Nefertari and the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings (which costs 1000 EGP), you will already save 400 EGP. The pass is good for several days and all of your other visits in Luxor are now “free,” including Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, and the west bank sites, of which there are many more to visit. Learn more here.

Hours of Operation

Winter: 6 am to 4 pm
Summer: 6 am to 5 pm

There is a 10-minute time limit to the length of time that you are permitted to stay in the tomb.


If you have any questions about visiting the tomb of Queen Nefertari, or if you want to comment on whether or not a visit is worth it, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Egypt:

Read all of our articles about Egypt in our Egypt Destination Guide.

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Comments 24

  1. Loved your article. My husband and I are going to Egypt in March 2022. On the day that we have the West Bank of the Nile tour, we currently have 5 places on the list but need to eliminate one, due to time constraints. The five are Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Deir el Bahari (Hatshepsut), Nobles tombs, and Medinet Habu. I am leaning toward eliminating Nobles tombs. But, having been there, which would YOU recommend eliminating?

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      I agree with eliminating the Nobles Tombs. They are good but everything you listed is more impressive/interesting in my opinion. Cheers, Julie

  2. In a word ..WOW! Totally worth it. The other tombs in the Valley of the Queens was worth it. Less crowded than Valley of the Kings. Love this site. Your pictures are almost as good as mine! One of the best places I have ever been.

  3. I’m now 57, but have wanted to visit Egypt since a toddler. Fingers crossed that I will get there one day. But I was almost there with these lovely photos. Thank you for sharing

  4. Thanks so much for all the photos! I’m trying to plan a trip for next month and wondering how the logistics work for the “premium” tombs? Since only a certain number of visitors are allowed in each day, do you have to reserve in advance, arrive early, or is it pretty easy to get into as long as you have the (more expensive of the two) Luxor Pass? Thanks again for all the details!

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      We were in Egypt in December 2019, when tourism was doing quite well and crowds were larger than they had been in years. Even so, it didn’t seem very crowded to me. They say that they limit the number of people in these tombs and they limit the amount of time you can stay in them. However, this was not enforced during our visit, but maybe that’s just because they weren’t at max capacity yet. If you are planning to visit in the next year, I imagine that crowds will still be light. If anything, you will line up outside and await your turn but I think that you will be permitted to walk right in and take your time, but that is just my assumption based on crowd levels right now. And to clarify, you do not have to make a reservation in advance. We didn’t have the Luxor Pass and we walked right in (with a normal ticket). Cheers, Julie

  5. Thank you very much for sharing your fabulous photos. How wonderful to have your entire family there together to see these historic sights. I love Egypt, but have not been back there since the early 1990’s. This will be my first major trip in 2022 (since COVID). I’m so looking forward to see it all again. I am also very excited about the new museum.
    Thank you and your family again for bringing it all back in your great photos. God bless on your future travels. Robin Parker

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  6. I.have studied about Egypt science school days ..even made a mummy as a project for my accelerated student classes lol I still remember how the mix of spices smelled .so I envy you ..keep the pics n memories coming

  7. WOW!!! Beautiful pictures you shared. Thank you so much. Hard to believe that they are thousands of years old and are still so breathtakingly beautiful.

    Thanks again for sharing and I’m sure your teenagers will always remember that wonderful trip!

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  8. The pics I took are breath taking n oh so beautiful I hope to see more of ur journeys, it’s awesome that u were able to be there with ur beautiful family thank u so much for showing those incredible pics to those of us that are unable to make the trip God bless you

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  9. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! FOR ALL THESE WONDERFUL AND BREATH-TAKING PICS THAT YOU HAVE SHARED WITH ME AND OTHERS. I HAVE BEEN FASCINATED WITH EGYPT SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND HAVE SEEN HUNDREDS OF PICTURES AND DOCUMENTARIES ON TV, BUT NEVER DID I SEE ANYTHING LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF THE TOMB OF QUEEN NEFERTARI. I WAS GASPING IN AWE THE WHOLE TIME AND WILL ARCHIVE THIS ARTICLE TO READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THIS ARTICLE AND YOUR WRITINGS. GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY WELL………LORETTA IN PHOENIX

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      Hello Loretta in Phoenix. You are very welcome!! By the way, I’m not too far from you right now…I am answering this from Sedona. What a beautiful state you get to call home. Cheers, Julie

  10. We were there in 06 & 08 , but no photos were permitted in the tombs at either time. Its so great they’re allowing it now.

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      Yes, I think so too. Not only to share them here, so others can see them, but to also relive past trips with photos. Cheers, Julie

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      Yes, they just started allowing photography very recently, within the past year, I believe. Since our visit just 3 months ago, you can now enter the Step Pyramid in Saqqara. Every year there is more and more to do. Cheers, Julie

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