Monday, December 11, 2023


Experience Elegance and Adventure Along the Nile in the Newest Addition to Viking’s Egypt Fleet.

In a dazzling ceremony against the backdrop of the serene Nile waters, Viking, the world’s premier cruise line, has unveiled its latest masterpiece: the Viking Aton. This luxurious river ship, a triumph of maritime design, was christened by the acclaimed architect and designer Richard Riveire in a celebration that harks back to the ancient naval traditions of Egypt. The Viking Aton stands as a testament to human ingenuity, seamlessly blending modern Scandinavian design with the rich history of the Nile, offering an unforgettable voyage for those who seek to explore the wonders of Egypt.

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Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen and Ghada Shalaby, Vice Minister for Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Arab Republic of Egypt, during the naming of the Viking Aton in Aswan, Egypt.

With a resounding blast of fanfare, the Viking Aton entered the scene, a majestic vessel embodying the epitome of luxury and comfort. This 82-guest ship, a twin to the celebrated Viking Osiris, is meticulously crafted to navigate the meandering waters of the Nile, bringing guests closer to Egypt’s iconic landmarks. The Viking Aton’s design encapsulates the ethos of Viking’s award-winning vessels, and it’s no surprise that its ceremonial godfather, Richard Riveire, blessed the ship with hopes of safe and prosperous voyages.

“I am deeply honoured to stand as the godfather of the Viking Aton and to commemorate the ever-growing Viking fleet,” remarked Richard Riveire. “Collaborating with Tor Hagen, Karine Hagen, and the entire Viking team has been a privilege beyond measure. Our shared vision of infusing the spirit of each destination into the design of every Viking ship has truly come to life.”

Richard Riveire, a visionary architect and a founding Principal of the globally acclaimed Rottet Studio, has dedicated over three decades to redefining interior architecture and design. His innovative approach, focused on melding human comfort and aesthetic allure, has garnered numerous accolades from esteemed institutions like the American Institute of Architects and Interior Design Magazine. Riveire’s signature can be found in renowned projects from Presidential Bungalows at The Beverly Hills Hotel to the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

Setting Sail into History.

The Viking Aton effortlessly accommodates 82 guests across 41 luxurious staterooms, where Viking’s hallmark Scandinavian design philosophy envelops every detail. The ship’s sleek lines and elegant bow pay homage to the legacy of Viking craftsmanship, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity. Like its sister ships, a highlight of the Viking Aton is the enchanting Aquavit Terrace, where guests can bask in the beauty of the Nile’s landscapes while savouring exquisite cuisine.

This triumphant addition to Viking’s Egypt fleet propels the company’s commitment to offering unparalleled experiences. Alongside the Viking Osiris, the Viking Aton is a testament to Viking’s determination to offer its guests the most remarkable and captivating journeys.

A Pharaohs & Pyramids Adventure Awaits.

Embarking on the Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary aboard the Viking Aton promises an immersive and enriching journey through the heart of ancient Egypt. The adventure commences with a three-night stay at a luxurious Cairo hotel, providing privileged access to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara, and the stunning Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The itinerary then transports guests to Luxor, where the Temples of Luxor and Karnak unveil the mysteries of the past.

As the journey continues, guests board the Viking Aton for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River. Exclusive experiences include Privileged Access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. Every stop paints a vivid picture of Egypt’s grandeur from the Temple of Khnum in Esna to the Dendera Temple complex in Qena.

The voyage culminates in Cairo, but Viking’s offerings extend beyond the river. Guests can indulge in Pre and post-extensions, such as the British Collections of Ancient Egypt extension, which grants Privileged Access to London’s renowned museums and historical sites.


Left to right: Alastair Miller, Award-winning British photographer, Harald Seebacher, Viking SVP Passenger Operations, River, Viking Aton Captain Adb El Fattah, Sherif El Bana, Viking Egyptian Partner, Ghada Shalaby, Vice Minister for Tourism at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Arab Republic of Egypt, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen, Mohamed El Bana, Viking Egyptian Partner, Ayman Attya, Board Member, The Arab Contractors, and Richard Riveire.

An Odyssey Beyond Boundaries.

Viking’s commitment to providing unmatched journeys extends to its extensions, offering travellers an array of exciting options. For those captivated by Istanbul’s allure, the three-night Pre-Extension invites exploration of its timeless beauty. Post-cruise wings invite guests to delve into the captivating history of Jerusalem and uncover the treasures of Jordan’s Petra, the Dead Sea, and Amman.

The Viking Aton, a marvel of maritime engineering, now stands proudly as an emblem of luxury and adventure on the Nile. Guided by the vision of Richard Riveire, this ship promises to transport its guests not just across waters but through time itself as they explore the marvels of Egypt’s Pharaohs and Pyramids.

For more information and to embark on your own extraordinary adventure, visit Viking’s Official Website.







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