Viking (www.vikingcruises.co.uk) is expanding its Nile fleet with the addition of Viking Aton which is set to launch in September 2022.
Sailing on the 11-night Pharaohs and Pyramids itinerary, the 82-passenger ship will join identical sister vessel Viking Osiris – scheduled to debut later this year – and Viking Ra, which launched in 2018. Viking is the first and only western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile and the vessels feature the distinctive Scandinavian design details found on its larger Longships that sail in Europe.
Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, said:
“Egypt remains a top destination for many of our guests who are inspired to discover the rich history and beauty of the region. We will always maintain our commitment to creating meaningful experiences that are focused on the destination. 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.”
All cabins on Viking Aton will face the river and include suites with a separate bedroom and living area. Public areas include a sun deck with pool, lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and the Aquavit Terrace found on the Longships, which is an indoor and outdoor seating and dining area.
The Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary includes a stay in Cairo followed by a week-long long round-trip cruise on the Nile from Luxor with excursions including visits to the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the temples at Abu Simbel and the High Dam in Aswan and a visit to a Nubian village.
Additional options include a pre-cruise extension in Israel, based in Jerusalem, and post-cruise extension to Jordan with a visit to UNESCO-listed Petra.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of Viking Cruises