Viking is expanding its Egypt options next year with the launch of a second ship on the Nile and two new land packages offering special access to British exhibits on Egyptian history.

The Viking Osiris will debut in September 2020, joining the Viking Ra, which launched in 2018.

Viking's five-day pre-cruise extensions are designed to retrace the steps of archaeologist Howard Carter and his benefactor George Herbert, the 5th earl of Carnarvon. Carter achieved fame for discovering the intact tomb of King Tut in 1922.

The "British Collections of Ancient Egypt" extension includes a private, early morning visit to the Egyptian Collection at the British Museum, followed by a visit to the home and personal Egyptian antiquities museum of world-renowned architect John Soane. Guests will also visit London's Petrie Museum, which houses more than 80,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt and Sudan. 

The "King Tut & the UK's Egyptian Collections" package includes a visit to the Ashmolean Museum, which is home to a varied collection of Egyptian mummies and art, and behind-the-scenes access to Oxford University's Griffith Institute, which houses the archives detailing Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. Guests will also visit Highclere Castle, the country seat of the earl and countess of Carnarvon, to view the earl's private collection of Egyptian artifacts.

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