Viking is increasing its Egypt fleet with Viking Aton. Influenced by the design and style of the Viking Longships and designed especially for the Nile River, Viking Aton is presently beneath development and is scheduled to debut in September 2022. Sailing on Viking’s “Pharaohs & Pyramids” itinerary, the new vessel will be part of Viking’s current Egypt river fleet, which contains its identical sister ship Viking Osiris and Viking’s initially owned and operated ship on the Nile, Viking Ra.
Viking Aton will accommodate 82 company in 41 staterooms—all of which will be outdoors staterooms with river sights (including spacious suites with two full-measurement rooms and verandas). There will also be a pool and solar deck with 360-diploma views, a Viking Lounge with flooring-to-ceiling glass doorways, and Viking’s Aquavit Terrace for al fresco dining and indoor/outside viewing together the Nile River. Viking Aton will join the company’s other ships on the Nile, Viking Osiris, which is set to start this 12 months, and Viking Ra, which debuted in 2018.
Pharaohs & Pyramids
All through the 12-working day, “Pharaohs & Pyramids” cruisetour itinerary, friends begin with a 3-evening remain at lodge in Cairo, the place visitors can check out web sites this kind of as the Fantastic Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Friends then fly to Luxor, exactly where they can stop by the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding a Viking river ship for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River. Highlights involve “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, the temples at Abu Simbel and the Higher Dam in Aswan, and a visit to a Nubian village, in which guests can check out an elementary university. Eventually, the journey concludes with a flight again to Cairo for a ultimate evening in the city.
For company looking to increase their journey, Viking also offers pre- and post-cruise options that give “Privileged Access” to archives and exhibits. Constructing on the results of the “Oxford & Highclere Castle” program—one of Viking’s highest-rated extensions that visits the filming spot of “Downton Abbey”—the organization has applied the similar diploma of “Privileged Access” to a new curated pre-cruise extension that permits company to retrace the actions of the famous Egyptologist Howard Carter and his benefactor, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.
Visitors on the five-working day “British Collections of Ancient Egypt” extension will commence the journey in London, exactly where they will meet their Viking tour director, an specialist Egyptologist, and visit two museums: Initially a private, early early morning take a look at to the Egyptian Collection at the British Museum before it opens to the general general public, and then a visit to the household and own museum of architect Sir John Soane, exactly where the tour will be illuminated by candlelight—a re-enactment of how Soane entertained company and showcased his assortment of Egyptian antiquities, which includes a 3,000-calendar year-old Egyptian sarcophagus. Company will also pay a visit to London’s Petrie Museum, which residences a lot more than 80,000 artifacts from historical Egypt and Sudan. In Oxford, company will take a look at the Ashmolean Museum, just one of the oldest in the planet and dwelling to a different collection of Egyptian mummies and art, then go driving the scenes at Oxford University’s Griffith Institute, wherever they will love a “Privileged Access” take a look at to see Carter’s archives, which element the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Last of all, attendees will have an exceptional take a look at to Highclere Castle—the state seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon—to check out the Earl’s non-public assortment of Egyptian artifacts, as well as archives and displays not usually obtainable to the general public.
Additional offerings include things like a pre-cruise extension in Jerusalem, the place guests will take a look at the heritage and culture of Israel’s capital and a to “Jordan – Petra, Dead Sea & Amman” write-up-cruise extension to check out Roman antiquities at Jerash, Crusader-era castles at Kerak or Shobak and experience the missing metropolis of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Web site.
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