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Here we've reviewed some of the very best travel guides for Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.
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"The Valley of the Kings and the Theban Tombs"was recommended to us by some of our first Traditional Egypt guests!
They were really pleased to have discovered this slim, highly portable photographic guide The Valley of the Kings and the Theban Tombs - it satisfied the husband's desire for plenty of accurate historic detail, and the wife's desite for something she could dip in and out of for a quick easy read when she was getting tired and needed a bit more inspiration!
The books in the Egypt Pocket Guides series are all certainly a useful combination of historic detail and practical orientation for visitors.
"Luxor, Karnak, And The Theban Temples" is also recommended by the same guests. They thoroughly enjoyed these two books, both on location and as souvenirs. They are slim volumes - very easy to carry around, and very easy to use.
Every significant and accessible tomb in the Valley Of The Kings is mapped in this atlas - the result of 20 years of work.
This one-volume study atlas gives detailed 1:125 plans, sections and three-dimensional isometric drawings of each tomb, along with larger-scale maps of the entire Valley and background information of the Theban Mapping Project and its surveying techniques.
The companion to the Pocket Book of the Egyptian Museum, this mini-guide features images and descriptions of the than 1,400 artifacts unearthed in Howard Carter's astonishing discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
The author works on the Theban Mapping Project and here he sets out to make sure you 'get it' when you visit the sites of Luxor (so 'read up' before setting out). Plans and drawings help you to plan your visits, and for each site there's an explanation (words and pictures) of the history and how to get the most from your visit. The book suggests the scale of monuments better than most other guidebooks. Top pick - the walk over the hills to visit the house of Sennedjem at Deir El Medina. No prices or other 'practical' information - but lavish photography!
A firsthand description of the remarkable events surrounding the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt's Valley of Kings and of the unique and priceless treasures that were found there.
'Thebes West' should perhaps not be relegated to the sub-title, because this book covers not only tombs from the Valley of the Kings, but also - as is truly deserved - from the Valley of the Queens and the Nobles burial grounds. The excellent photography includes some that are truly out of the ordinary.
(One reader notes that the labelling of the tomb locations on the plan is muddled in the English version of the book)
A comprehensive introduction for both tourists and armchair travellers, from the late Old Kingdom to the peak of its power in the New Kingdom and through its gradual decline in the Greco-Roman period to the later influences of Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic culture. We are introduced to both the topography of the site and the archaeological research carried out there.
A superb photographic journey through many countries. The timeless quality of Nile-side life contrasts starkly with realities of modern conflicts and unrest in the area. Seperate chapters for the Nile Valley in Egypt, the Nile Delta and the Western Desert and the Oases of Egypt will delight visitors to Egypt - and the Sudan section features the stone pyramids of Meroe and the temples of Abu Simbel. The pictures of the monuments and of the river itself are spectacular, but even better are the portraits of people living and working on and in the Nile - Egypt's lifeline.