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Egypt Dreaming: Viking Announce New Nile River Ship

Viking has announced the arrival of a new Nile River ship, set to debut in 2022, building on the cruise line's commitment to Egypt.

Viking has announced the arrival of a new Nile River ship, set to debut in 2022, building on the cruise line’s commitment to Egypt.

Viking has announced an expansion of its Egypt fleet with Viking Aton, a new state-of-the-art river vessel.

Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically to navigate the Nile River, Viking Aton is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut in September 2022.

Sailing on Viking’s popular Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, the new vessel will join 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.

As a special launch offer, travellers can now save up to $2,000 per couple on the 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary uncovering the ancient secrets of Egypt while experiencing the welcoming culture of today.

Prices start from $7,295pp, valid for new bookings made from 27 January – 31 March 2021.

Viking Aton

Viking Egypt
Viking Aton Pool Deck

Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, Viking Aton will be a state-of-the-art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known. 

Viking Aton’s features include all outside staterooms with river views; spacious suites with two full-size rooms and verandas; a pool and sun deck with 360-degree views; 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.

Viking is the first and only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile.

Pharaohs & Pyramids

During the 12-day, Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise and tour itinerary, guests begin with a three-night stay in Cairo, visiting iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

Guests then fly to Luxor, where they visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding a Viking river ship for an eight-day round trip cruise on the Nile River, featuring Privileged Access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, and excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, and a visit to a Nubian village, where guests can experience a traditional elementary school.

Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the ancient city.

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