LUXOR: TRAVEL GUIDES, MAPS AND BOOKS

Here we've reviewed some of the very best travel guides for Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.

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LUXOR / THEBES WEST BANK & THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS / QUEENS

The Valley of the Kings and the Theban Tombs * Guest's Recommendation! THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS AND THE THEBAN TOMBS (Egypt Pocket Guides) by Alberto Siliotti

"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  (Egypt Pocket Guides) * Guest's Recommendation! LUXOR, KARNAK, AND THE THEBAN TEMPLES (Egypt Pocket Guides)
by Alberto Siliotti

"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.

Other Egypt Pocket Guides: COPTIC EGYPT

ATLAS OF THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS (The Theban Mapping Project) by Kent R. Weeks

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.

TUTANKHAMUN EGYPT'S MOST FAMOUS PHAROAH (Pocket Essential) by Bill Price (2007)

THE POCKET BOOK OF TUTANKHAMUN: The Egyptian Museum in Cairo by Abeer El-Shahawy (Author), Farid Atiya (Photographer) (Hardcover, 2006)

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 Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the KingsTHE TREASURES OF LUXOR AND THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS (Art Guides) by Kent R. Weeks

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!

THE TOMB OF TUTANKAMEN by Howard Carter (National Geographic Books, 2003)

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.

National Geographic Traveler Egypt VALLEY OF THE KINGS - The Tombs and the Funerary Temples of Thebes West
by Kent R. Weeks, Suzanne Mubarak and Araldo de Luca

'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)

THEBES IN EGYPT
by Nigel Strudwick and Helen M. Strudwick (Cornell University Press)

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.

NEW!
LOST TREASURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD - ANCIENT EGYPT - DVD (All Regions, 1 disc, 48 mins)
Pegasus Studio

This programme visits, explores and restores such wonders as the Temples at Al Karnak and Luxor, the Temple at Abu Simnel and the Mortuary Temple of Hatsepsut. New footage of historical sites, period images, engraving and sculpture plus 3-D graphics, commentary and analysis by experts. Includes a 'Test Your Knowledge' feature.

see EGYPT / LUXOR TRAVEL DVD / VIDEOS at Amazon



LUXOR EAST BANK / KARNAK

KarnakKARNAK by Elizabeth Blyth

A wonderful book for inquisitive visitors to the vast Karnac Temple. Pointing out fascinating details about the many changes to the temple throughout its long history - from its beginnings as a shrine of an obscure local deity to its glory days as the greatest state temple of ancient Egypt's mighty empire. Includes illustrations, maps, plans and photographs.

LUXOR AND THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS (Treasures of Ancient Egypt) by Alessandro Bongioanni (Hardcover)

Reviews the most important sites and the works of art discovered in the tombs, it described the most recent archaeological discoveries and reconstructs historical events.

THE COMPLETE VALLEY OF THE KINGS: TOMBS AND TREASURES OF EGYPT'S GREATEST PHARAOHS - Jan 2008 by Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson (Paperback)

This is a real guide to The Valley of the Kings - not just a historic introduction (although it does explain everything clearly enough for the unitiniated to grasp). It includes useful plans of tombs, photographs and fascinating detail about what the archaeologists excavated from each tomb. There's lots of background information, but the book also caters for visitors who are short of time, with the authors' top picks of the best tombs for visitors in a hurry.

THE BEST OF CAIRO AND LUXOR - GLOBETROTTER

LUXOR AND THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS (TREASURES OF ANCIENT EGYPT) by Alessandro Bongioanni



TRAVEL IN THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS at Amazon

LUXOR at Amazon

KARNAK at Amazon

ANCIENT THEBES at Amazon



THE NILE

The Nile THE NILE: FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN by Aldo Pavan

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.

Nile NILE by Martha Holmes

For magnificent photography and fascinating detail, you can't beat the book which accompanied the ground breaking BBC series 'Nile'.

more BOOKS ABOUT THE NILE at Amazon

more NILE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS at Amazon

more BOOKS ABOUT RIVERS at Amazon


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LUXOR MAPS

Luxor MAP OF LUXOR (ARAB WORLD MAP LIBRARY)

3Rev Ed edition (30 April 2003)


EGYPT NELLES MAP (Nelles Maps)

4Rev Ed edition (26 Jun 2006)





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