This month, in a grand ceremony in Aswan, Egypt, Viking proudly presented the Viking Aton, its latest addition to the growing fleet of river ships. The event was graced by the ship’s ceremonial godfather, Richard Riviere, the genius behind Viking’s award-winning fleet designs and a renowned figure in the architectural world. This is not just another ship – it represents the very evolution of maritime traditions that span millennia.

A Visionary Architect Behind the Elegance

Richard Riviere, a founding Principal of the globally celebrated Rottet Studio, has a rich legacy that goes beyond ship design. His name is synonymous with transformative interior architecture, showcasing both human comfort and visually captivating designs. The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Presidential Bungalows, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences at LA Live, and the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago are just a few testaments to his design prowess.

The Viking Aton: Scandinavian Elegance Meets Egyptian Majesty

Viking Aton suites

Hosting a privileged 82 guests across 41 lavish staterooms, the Viking Aton echoes the Nordic aesthetic that Viking’s fleet is celebrated for. As an identical twin to the Viking Osiris, introduced in 2022, the ship boasts distinctive features such as the innovative square bow and the seamless blend of the indoor and outdoor with the Aquavit Terrace. But, the Viking Aton is just the tip of the iceberg. Two more sister ships, the Viking Hathor and the Viking Sobek, are already on the horizon, set to debut in 2024 and 2025.

Embark on a Journey Through Time with Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids Itinerary

The Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary is a 12-day odyssey that starts in Cairo, transporting guests to iconic marvels like the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara, and the historic Mosque of Muhammad Ali. From there, an eight-day Nile River cruise showcases Egypt’s unparalleled ancient wonders, including privileged access to tombs in the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings. The trip culminates with an unforgettable night in Cairo, wrapping up an exploration that’s nothing short of timeless.

Expand Your Horizons with Viking’s Extensions

For those whose thirst for discovery knows no bounds, Viking offers extensions that elevate the experience. The five-day British Collections of Ancient Egypt extension is a deep dive into Egyptian antiquities housed in London’s historic sites, including a candlelit tour of Sir John Soane’s personal museum and exclusive access to Highclere Castle’s treasures. Other extensions present adventures through Istanbul, Jerusalem, and Jordan, each promising unique encounters with history and culture.

Viking’s newest addition, the Viking Aton, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to luxury, design, and unparalleled adventures. As the demand for Egypt itineraries soars, Viking continues to meet it with elegance, class, and a promise of journeys that linger in memories for lifetimes.

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