Viking Aton

Current itinerary of Viking Aton

Viking Aton current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids. Prices start from USD 7345 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 28 Feb, 2024 and ends on 06 Mar, 2024.

Date / TimePort
28 Feb - 29 Feb    Departing from Luxor, Egypt hotels
01 Mar    Dendera-Qena, Egypt
02 Mar    Esna, Egypt
03 Mar - 04 Mar    Aswan, Egypt
04 Mar    Kom Ombo, Egypt
05 Mar    Edfu, Egypt
05 Mar - 06 Mar    Arriving in Luxor, Egypt hotels

Specifications of Viking Aton

Year of build2023  /  Age: 1
BuilderMaasara Shipyard (Cairo, Egypt)
ClassNile River cruiser
Ferry route / homeportsLuxor-Aswan
Speed20 kn / 37 km/h / 23 mph
Length (LOA)187 m / 614 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage3600 gt
Passengers82
Crew43
Beds82
Decks5
Cabins41
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsViking Osiris, Viking Hathor, Viking Sobek
Christened byRichard Riveire
OwnerViking River Cruises Ltd
OperatorViking River Cruises Egypt

Viking Aton Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jan 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Feb 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8145
2024 May 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 May 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7345
2024 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8145
2024 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8145
2024 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $12145
2024 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6945
2024 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8145
2025 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8145
2025 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $10295
2025 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9095
2025 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 May 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8695
2025 May 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 May 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 May 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7495
2025 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7895
2025 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $9495
2025 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2025 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $8295
2026 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7795
2026 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 06 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 13 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 May 20 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 May 27 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6595
2026 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $6995
2026 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395
2026 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Pharaohs Pyramids Luxor $7395

Viking Aton Review

Review of Viking Aton

The 2023-built MS Viking Aton is a Nile River cruise ship bought by Viking Cruises for cruisetours in Egypt. The riverboat's itinerary program was initially planned to start in September 2022, but was eventually postponed for a year (August 23, 2023/Maiden Voyage). This top-luxury Nile cruiser is named after the ancient Egyptian god of fertility, agriculture, alcohol, life, vegetation, the dead, the afterlife, and resurrection.

Viking Aton's fleetmates in Egypt are Viking Ra (2018) and the sisterships Viking Osiris (2022), Viking Hathor (2024) and Viking Sobek (2025).

Unlike Viking Ra (which is a fully reconstructed old vessel), the sisterships are newbuilds, with deck designs and venues similar to the ones on Viking OCEAN liners.

MS Viking Aton cruise ship (Nile River, Egypt)

The Nile cruiser Viking Aton was launched/floated out from drydock on April 4, 2023, at Massara Shipyard in Cairo. The ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen (Viking Cruises' Chairman) and Sayed Farouk (Chairman of The Arab Contractors/Osman Ahmed Osman & Co).

The boat was officially christened on August 19th (2023) in Aswan. The naming ceremony was led by the godfather Richard Riveire (1960-born architect and designer, founder of the NYC New York-based architecture and design firm Rottet Studio). Rottet Studio's biggest projects include The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills CA), Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton LA Residences (LA LIVE/Los Angeles CA).

Decks and Cabins

Viking Aton staterooms (41 total) are in 4 types/categories, including 12x B-Standard Staterooms (22 m2 / 230 ft2), 21x A-Veranda Staterooms (22 m2 / 240 ft2), 6x AA-Veranda Suites (38 m2 / 410 ft2) and 2x ES-Explorer Suites (49 m2 / 525 ft2). The riverboat has max passenger capacity 82 (all staterooms are with double occupancy).

Veranda Suites and Explorer Suites are with full-size, step-out balconies (off the living room) plus French Balcony (in the bedroom).

The boat has 5 decks, of which 3 are with cabins.

All Viking Aton cabins offer (as standard) the following complimentary amenities and services:

Panoramic riverviews (large windows), most of which are floor-ceiling and opening to a French Balcony. Hotel-style double beds (79x63 inches / 200x160 cm, with under-bed storage for suitcases), luxury Egyptian bedding sets (linens, sheets, duvets), deluxe pillows, bedside tables/cabinets, wall-mounted reading lamps. Optional twin-beds (2 separate lower beds) configurations (plus 1 sofabed) are also available. Each cabin has a large lounge area (furnished with a low table, comfortable sofa/not sofabed, comfortable club chairs, mirrored vanity (writing desk) with a chair, wardrobe (wooden hangers). The en-suite bathrooms are with glass-enclosed shower cubicle, double-sink vanity, anti-fog LED mirror, WC-toilet, undersink storage, premium brand bath toiletries (Freyja), luxury bathrobes. Slippers are provided complimentary upon request.

Other complimentary in-cabin amenities include daily-replenished bottled water, dedicated cabin steward, twice-daily housekeeping service, 40-inch smart HDTV (infotainment system, satellite reception, on-demand movies), multiple USB ports, refrigerator / mini-bar, electronic safe box (in the closet), phone, hairdryer, 110/220 V power outlets, individual air-conditioning.

The riverboat's largest passenger accommodations (both Explorer Suites) additionally offer/as bonus amenities two HDTVs, binoculars, coffee machine, complimentary beverage package (Silver Spirits), Viking Air Plus (VIP services), private airport transfers, free laundry, room service (Breakfast-only), shoeshine service, free replenished daily in-cabin/minibar drinks (Sparkling wine; wines, beers, soft drinks), fruit basket (delivered daily).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Viking's cruise ship Aton has an indoor Bar Lounge, Aquavit Terrace/outdoor lounge, Restaurant, wellness complex (spa, massage rooms, beauty salon with hairdresser-barber services).

The 3-story-high Atrium is a panoramic midship area (on decks 2-3-4) with an open-floor design and supported by eight columns. Floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows (mounted portside and starboard on decks 2-3-4) as well as a SkyLight (glass roof cover on deck 5) allow natural light into the area.

Atrium's lower level (on Middle Deck) houses the Lobby Hall with the Reception/Guest Services Desk (24-hour assistance, cashier services, cruisetour information) and a small portside seating area with comfortable furniture.

Atrium's mid-level (on Upper Deck) houses a seating area (portside), the starboard Shop (selling mainly gifts and souvenirs, as well as Viking Cruises-logoed merchandise, clothing, jewelry, books) and Public Restrooms.

Atrium's upper level (on Pool Deck) houses the Library (a starboard seating area with shelved books and magazines) and the portside PC Corner (desks with Internet-connected computers).

Viking Cruises Egypt (Nile River) ship Atrium

Onboard public areas are spacious and generously sized. The new Viking Cruises Egypt ships' interiors are designed by the company's Longships designers. The interior blends Viking's traditional Scandinavian design with traditional Egyptian design elements, including Arabic geometric patterns and terrazzo flooring.

Middle Deck (2nd floor) is the boat's boarding deck, with two midship entrances (slide-opening glass doors positioned portside and starboard) facilitating passenger and crew embarkation/disembarkation process.

Aft on Pool Deck (4th floor) is the swimming pool (aft-facing infinity pool) with a sunbathing area with premium garden furniture (padded sunloungers and low tables). The aft sundeck is adjacent to the Aquavit Terrace - an outdoor lounge/shaded seating area fitted with comfortable sofas, tables and chairs.

Forward on Pool Deck is the Salon/indoor Bar Lounge connected (via glass doors) with an open-air Promenade (outdoor bow-facing viewing area).

The Sun Deck (top deck/5th floor) features a large fore-located sunbathing area with deluxe sun loungers and a shaded seating area (covered with sail-like shades) furnished with sofas, chairs and tables.

One Lift (passenger elevator) connects all cabin decks.

All decks are interconnected via stairs (forward, midship, and aft stairways).

Viking Nile River cruise itineraries in Egypt

Previously, Viking Cruises Egypt operated Nile River and Lake Nasser cruisetour itineraries with two chartered ships (Steigenberger Omar El Khayam and Mayfair). These riverboats were later replaced with the newbuilds (launched in 2018-2025) which only cruise on the Nile portion (roundtrip from Luxor) with fly-cruise packages inclusive of two flights (Cairo-Luxor-Cairo).

Viking's Nile River cruisetour is themed "Pharaohs and Pyramids".

Viking Cruises Nile River itinerary map (Egypt)

The 12-day itinerary incorporates 7-day cruising on Nile River and starts with a 3-night hotel stay in Cairo and tours to iconic attractions like Grand Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramids of Giza, Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Cruise tourists then fly to Luxor to visit Karnak and the Temples of Luxor before boarding the Viking cruise ship for a 7-night Nile cruise to Aswan and back.

The next table shows the 7-day roundtrip itinerary as a ports sequence.

Date / TimePort
DAY 1-2 (overnight)Departing from Luxor
DAY 3Dendera/Qena
DAY 4Esna
DAY 5Aswan
DAY 6Kom Ombo, Aswan
DAY 7Luxor, Edfu
DAY 8Arriving in Luxor

Tours include a private visit to Nefertari's tomb (Valley of the Queens) and excursions to Khnum Temple (Esna) and Dendera Temple complex (Qena). A visit to a Nubian village is also included.

Most Nile River cruise boats (from a total of ~200 vessels) are marketed as 5-star - but most of them are definitely not premium. The onboard food is buffet-style and far away from gourmet. The major advantage of the Egyptian river cruises are that they are way cheaper in comparison to the European inland cruises. Viking's Nile tours surely bring the luxurious style (generally associated with the Viking brand) to Egypt, along with higher cruise fares.

 

Viking Aton ship cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 11 Egypt excursions (led by a local professional guide) with headsets for guests being provided
  • Complimentary onboard Internet and beverages (beers, wines, soft beverages) during lunches and dinners)
  • All Government taxes and fees in ports of call
  • Domestic flights (in Egypt) between Cairo and Luxor; and between Aswan and Cairo
  • Airport transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation dates) - only if flights are purchased through Viking Cruises' "Viking Air" flight program.

Viking's Nile cruisetour features:

  • 7-night Nile River cruising portion
  • 12-day itinerary visiting 1 country, 6 ports, 1 city (by land, 3-night hotel stay (Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, 1-night hotel stay (InterContinental Cairo Hotel).
  • The cruise tour visits 4 UNESCO sites in Egypt, as well as the Dendera Temple complex (Hathor).
  • Onboard Culture Curriculum (enrichment program) with an expert Egyptologist (also leading all shore excursions). Lectures onboard are also themed on women's roles in Egypt and on the country's current political events.
  • Passengers also visit a private home in an authentic Nubian village (from Aswan).
  • Onboard and ashore dining/meals that are cruise price inclusive include 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners. Onboard meals include Egyptian specialties. but American classic dishes are always available.

Signature onboard (formal) events are the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the Farewell Dinner.

Viking Cruises Egypt tour packages (optional hotel+land travel)

In 2023-2024, Viking Cruises Egypt introduced pre- and post-cruise packages as optional extensions of the brand's premium Nile River voyages.

The 3-night Pre-Istanbul Package (priced from US$1400 pp) is inclusive of 3 hotel nights in Istanbul (at Westin Istanbul Nisantasi Hotel or similar), 3 meals (breakfasts), 2 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Istanbul Old City Tour, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace), flight from Istanbul to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Pre-Jerusalem Israel Package (priced from US$2400 pp) is inclusive of 4 hotel nights in Orient Jerusalem Hotel (or similar), 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner), 3 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Bethlehem Walking Tour, Jerusalem City Tour, Israel Museum Tour), a flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Pre-British Collections of Ancient Egypt package (priced from US$3700 pp) is inclusive of 2 hotel nights in London (Rosewood Hotel), 2 hotel nights in Oxford (Old Bank Hotel), 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches), 4 Privileged Access visits (British Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Griffith Institute, Highclere Castle), 3 3 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Petrie Museum, Oxford Walking Tour, Ashmolean Museum), flight from London to Cairo, as well as all transfers.

The 4-night Post-Petra Jordan, Dead Sea and Amman Package (priced from US$2200 pp) is inclusive of 1 flight from Cairo to Amman, 4 nights (1x at Dead Sea, 2x in Petra, 1x in Amman), 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners), 4 guided/Viking Host-escorted tours (Ancient Town of Madaba; Dead Sea Museum, Petra, Amman, Jerash), as well as all transfers. The home flight (from Amman) costs extra.

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