Viking has unveiled details of a fleet expansion in Egypt, with Viking Aton, a new state-of-the-art river vessel to launch in 2022.
Inspired by the design of the Viking Longships and built specifically to navigate the Nile River, Viking Aton is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut in September 2022.
The new ship will sail on Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, joining Viking’s existing Egypt river fleet, which includes its identical sister ship Viking Osiris and Viking’s first owned and operated ship on the Nile, Viking Ra.
“Egypt remains a top destination for many of our guests who are inspired to discover the rich history and beauty of the region,” Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, said.
“The addition of Viking Aton is a reflection of our continued investment in Egypt; we look forward to introducing the country’s cultural treasures to even more Viking guests in the future.”
With a capacity of 82 guests, Viking Aton will feature an elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known. Viking Aton’s features include all outside staterooms; spacious suites with two full-size rooms and verandas; a pool and sun deck; Viking Lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass doors; and Viking’s revolutionary Aquavit Terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and indoor/outdoor viewing along the Nile River.
The 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise tour begins with three nights in a hotel in Cairo, before flying to Luxor to board their Viking river ship for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River. Included on the voyage is privileged access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings; excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna; the Dendera Temple complex in Qena; the temples at Abu Simbel; and the High Dam in Aswan. Plus, a visit to a colourful Nubian village, where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. The journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night.
Viking also offers Pre- and Post-Cruise Extensions that provide privileged access to archives and exhibits.
Additional offerings include a Pre-Cruise Extension in Jerusalem.
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