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  • Adam Britton

    Adam Britton

    Adam is a British-born zoologist who has lived and worked in northern Australia since 1997. Before arriving in Darwin, Adam studied zoology including a Ph.D. looking at th...

  • Adrian Finnerty

    Adrian Finnerty

    A versatile musician and educator, Adrian Finnerty is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor, pianist, organist and music historian. As ...

  • Agnieszka Hobbs

    Adda Hobbs was born in Warsaw and caught the travel bug after deciding to take a six month work placement onboard the cruise ships working in the Purser's department. Thos...

  • Alan Mason

    Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved the distinct...

  • Alexander Watson

    Alexander Watson

    Dr Alexander Watson is an ecologist who has a special interest in birds and mammals .He currently works for the non-government organisation ‘World Wide Fund for Natu...

  • Alexandra Edwards

    Alexandra Edwards has been carrying out archaeological fieldwork and ethnographic studies in Rapa Nui (a.k.a. Easter Island) and French Polynesia for the past 12 years. Sh...

  • Alexandra Engelbrechmuller

    Alexandra Engelbrechmuller

    Immediately after school, which I attended until my graduation of the High Technical School for Tourism – Modul – in Vienna (where I was born), I started studi...

  • Alison Dean

    Alison is a geologist – or more correctly an igneous petrologist interested in rocks and tectonic processes worldwide. Born and raised in the South Island of New Zea...

  • Andrea Machacek

    Born in Salzburg/Austria Andrea has worked four years as Project Manager organizing events and incentive projects across the world: from Dragon boat competitions in Shangh...

  • Andrea Naegele

    Andrea Naegele

    Andrea brings over 20 years’ experience in Tourism, Hotel Business and onboard luxury cruise ships. Andrea started her career in the Cruise Industry as Tour Leader &...

  • Andrew Joynes

    Andrew Joynes

    Andrew Joynes spent his childhood in Canada and worked as a researcher in Ottawa prior to reading Modern History at Oxford where he took a particular interest in 18th cent...

  • Andrew MacDonald

    Andrew Macdonald

    Andrew traces his interest in geology and love of nature to summers spent in New England, where he hiked in the White Mountains and kayaked in lakes carved by glaciers tho...

  • Andrew Wenzel

    Andrew Wenzel

    Andrew is Canadian and resides in Vancouver British Columbia “the most beautiful city in the world” according to him. His varied naturalist, guiding and photog...

  • Angela Carpenter

    Angela Carpenter

    Born in the beautiful county of Somerset, Angie moved to London when she joined the world of banking in The City, which proved to be an excellent career in the financial w...

  • Ann Clements

    Ann Clements

    Ann Clements read History of Art and English at Manchester University, then worked for the Whitworth Art Gallery and later for the Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art. ...

  • Ann Perry

    Ann Veronica Perry

    Ann was born and brought up in Cardiff. At school she loved geography and learning about the world and its people.  Her father’s business took the family to Jer...

  • Anna Bunney

    Anna is a geographer and wildlife conservationist, who is particularly fascinated with marine mammals.  After finishing her undergraduate degree in Geography and Envi...

  • Anne-Marie Harrison

    Ann Marie Harrison

    Anne-Marie Harrison was born and brought up in Paris but has subsequently lived in many different countries. Originally a linguist, she adapted to the many changes brought...

  • Annette Scheepstra

    Annette Scheepstra

    When Annette visited Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard in 2007 for the first time, she immediately fell in love with the wide landscapes and unique flora and fauna. She has ret...

  • Arthur Cotterell

    Arthur Cotterell

    A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Arthur Cottrell has had a lifelong interest in cultural history, both in Europe and Asia, and has lived and travelled widely in ...

  • Ben Howkins

    Ben Howkins has spent a lifetime career in the wine industry. He has experienced massive changes in how the insular English wine trade has, in many ways, led the internati...

  • Bettina Caspary

    Grown up in North Germany, her first contact to tourism dates back to the end 1980’s, when she was guiding Bavarian groups on coach tours to England and France. Late...

  • Bob Smolik

    Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat who has represented the United States at embassies throughout Europe and at international organisations such as the United Nations, NATO, ...

  • Brenda McLoughlin

    Brenda Mcloughlin

    Brenda is from Lancashire and has worked in the travel and tourism industry for over thirty years in operations, as a Tour Manager and Cruise Director. She was for many ye...

  • Brian Seenan

    Brian Seenan

    Born in Scotland, Brian graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Geology. 

    His first role was diamond exploration in Zaire, with a lot of time spent...

  • Captain Peter Hore RN rtd

    Peter Hore

    Peter Hore served in Royal Navy 1962-2001, spent ten years in the film and television industry and is now a full-time journalist and author.   When not on the Ca...

  • Caroline Aston

    Caroline is a lecturer and regular contributor to the UK’s premier royalty magazine, Majesty’ and she has also written for 'The Daily Telegraph'. She was one o...

  • Caroline Biggs

    Caroline Biggs

    Caroline, who is based in Bournemouth, has been working in travel most of her life. After several years as a Chief Purser for Swan Hellenic sh...

  • Caroline Edmondson

    Caroline Edmonson

    Cassie has spent almost all her life travelling in one form or another. Born to parents with Kenyan routes who had a great love of travelling,...

  • Carolyn Owen

    Shirley Owen

    I was born in Kingston, Surrey. When I was 13 my parents nearly moved my brother, sister and I to New Zealand….we ended up in Cornwall instead….not quite as ...

  • Cesar Perez

    Cesar Perez

    A Noble Caledonia veteran, Cesar started in the head office at NCL in 1998.  After a number of years learning the administrations of the travel trade and talking to r...

  • Chantal Cookson

    Chantal Cookson

    Chantal was born in Suffolk very near the sea and now lives in Northumberland where her husband farms. Chantal has been associated with Noble Caledonia since the company&n...

  • Chris Harbard

    Chris Harbard

    Chris Harbard has travelled the world in search of birds, from his first trip abroad to Austria to far flung places like Antarctica, Greenland...

  • Chris Lockie

    Chris Lockie

    Chris currently lives in Leeds West Yorkshire, before joining Noble Caledonia Chris served 8 years as a Royal Marine commando and more recently as a private security contr...

  • Christopher P Baker

    Christopher P Baker earned degrees in geography at University College London and Latin American Studies at Liverpool University. Since 1980 he has lived in California and ...

  • Claire Allum

    Claire Allum

    Dr Allum is an archaeologist and anthropologist. Since the 1980’s she has worked in Latin America excavating Maya ruins in the tropical forests of Central America, v...

  • Colin Baird

    Colin Baird

    Colin grew up on the west coast of Canada and developed a love for the sea at an early age, sailing and scuba diving the local waters off Vancouver Island. He spent 10 yea...

  • Colin Munro

    Colin Munro

    Colin is a freelance marine biologist and photographer, with a strong interest in underwater photography.  Originally from the north of Scotland, he now lives in Sout...

  • Conrad Weston Hernandez

    Conrad Weston is a Second Generation costarrican.  Conrad has been involved in ecotourism since 1986 in South and Central America mainly. Diving has been a family tra...

  • Craig Ward

    Craig Ward

    Craig is a marine professional, dive instructor, marine biologist & ship’s captain and studied Zoology at James Cook University, Cairns. For over twelve years he...

  • Crystal Ann Els

    Crystal Els

    Crystal was raised on the eastern coast of South-Africa in a family that makes a living from the sea. Today she is working as a Dive Master, RIB driver, Watersports and Su...

  • Damon Ramsey

    Damon’s personal aim in life is to combine his loves of nature and travel into a career, and experience as much nature and wildlife on our planet as he can. His prof...

  • Daniel Austin

    Daniel is a travel writer, naturalist, photographer and tour lecturer who specialises in the exotic Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. He visits Madagascar every year to e...

  • Daniel Stavert

    Daniel Stavert is a naturalist, historian and outdoor guide from the Blue Mountains, Australia. Working in Australia, Antarctica and now in the Hebrides, he combines a lov...

  • Danny Edmunds

    Danny Edmunds

    In 2003 Danny grew tired of earning a living building databases and living in central London and since then he’s worked as a photographer, diver, travel writer and b...

  • Daphne Joynes

    Daphne Joynes

    Daphne Joynes (BA Hons, F.HEA) is an art historian who worked for The Open University and University of Surrey. She is also a free-lance lecturer with extensive experience...

  • Darek Figa

    Darek Figa

    Born in Poland and lives in Australia, Darek has had rich exposure to culture, travel and wildlife and has worked in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, the animal research ind...

  • David Hunter

    David Hunter

    David went to Germany in 1968 for three months’ work experience abroad in the wine cellars of H Sichel Söhne, and ended up staying with the company for 25 years...

  • David Riordan

    David Riordan

    Dave grew up in the forests of central New York State in the USA, and developed an interest in the great outdoors at an early age.  After earning a degree in Industri...

  • Dmitri Banin

    Dmitri Banin

    Born in Moscow, Russia, Dmitri studied biology at Moscow State University (MSU) where he completed his Ph.D. in Zoology and then continued his work in MSU’s Laborato...

  • Dot Robertson

    Dorothy Robertson

    Born and bred in Melbourne I have always had a love of the outdoors and adventure. Getting out into the wilderness, exploring new places and meeting people from different ...

  • Dr Alan Borg

    Dr Alan Borg

    Alan began his career teaching history of art at Indiana and Princeton Universities. Returning to Britain in 1970, he became Assistant Keeper in the Royal Armouries in the...

  • Dr Alex Cowan

    Alex Cowan

    Born in the UK, Alex studied earth sciences at the University of Cambridge, attending the same college as famous explorer and scientist Edward Wilson. His research history...

  • Dr Candace Weddle

    Candace Weddle

    Candace Weddle is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Anderson University, South Carolina. She holds a PhD in classical Art History from the University of Southern Ca...

  • Dr Chris Edwards

    Chris Edwards

    A native of Scotland, after graduating from the University of Glasgow Chris was employed by the British Antarctic Survey and spent two and a half years in Antarctica as a ...

  • Dr David Cordingly

    David Cordingly

    Dr David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. He read history at Oxford, has a doctorate from Sussex University, and has written ...

  • Dr David Price Williams

    David Price Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine...

  • Dr Franz Gingele

    Franz Gingele

    Born and raised in the mountains of southern Bavaria, Franz has long been surrounded by rocks and ice. While studying geology, glaciology, and climatology, Franz engaged i...

  • Dr Huw Lewis-Jones

    Huw Lewis

    Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration, culture, photography and the environment, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is...

  • Dr Ian Stone

    Ian Stone

    Dr Ian R Stone has degrees in history, mathematics and geology. He served in the Army after first graduation and became particularly interested in the Crimean War, a much ...

  • Dr Ingrid Visser

    Ingrid Visser

    Ingrid is a whale biologist who completed her doctorate studying orca-whales (killer whales). She is the only person to study these animals in the South Pacific and bases ...

  • Dr Katherine Lack

    Katherine Lack

    Kate originally trained as an agricultural scientist at Oxford, where she took a doctorate in 1985.  More recently she has been a visiting lecturer in medieval and ch...

  • Dr Merel Dalebout

    Merel Dalebout

    After undergraduate studies majoring in Botany, Merel completed her PhD in Ecology and Evolution in 2002, specializing in rare beaked whales (...

  • Dr Sue Thomas

    Sue Thomas

    Dr Sue Thomas lives in the beautiful countryside of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. She developed a keen interest in gardening from the age of five and won her first horticultural ...

  • Dr Susan Currie

    Susan Currie

    Susan was born and brought up in North East England. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Exeter and a Doctoral degree from the...

  • Dr Toby Musgrave

    Toby Musgrave

    Dr Toby Musgrave is one of the UK's leading authorities in garden history and design. He has a degree in horticulture and a PhD in garden history. Since 1994 Toby has purs...

  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Spitzenberger

    Hans-Joachim Spitzenberger

    Ever since 1992, Dr Hans-Joachim Spitzenberger has led many expeditions to Antarctica. As a member of various research projects, this passionate photographer will share hi...

  • Elaine Weddick

    Elaine Weddick

    Elaine was born and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne and still maintains a strong connection with the area, although she has now lived in the South of England for many ye...

  • Elena Myasoedova

    Elena Myasoedova

    Elena Myasoedova was born and raised in the ancient city of Novgorod in Russia. She was educated in Moscow where she majored in history, foreign languages and literature; ...

  • Elena Spiro

    Elena Spiro

    Elena Spiro has worked with Noble Caledonia for many years and is extremely knowledgeable, bringing so much to any visit to St Petersburg because of her enthusiasm, great ...

  • Elizabeth Pierce

    Elizabeth Pierce grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota in the US. De-spite her landlocked origins, she first travelled to Scandinavia dur-ing college to study. After college s...

  • Emmarentia Hansen

    Emma (Emmarentia) Hansen was born and raised in the stunning Lowveld area of Mpumalanga, South Africa, very close to Kruger National Park. Growing up on a farm, wildlife, ...

  • Erin Britton

    Erin Britton

    Erin Britton grew up in the Kimberley region and in the Northern Territory exploring remote and wild places. She studied environmental science at Charles Darwin University...

  • Ernest Rea

    Ernie Rea

    Ernie Rea is one of BBC Radio 4’s leading broadcasters. He has had a long and distinguished career with the BBC as a producer, editor and Head of Department, and lat...

  • Francis Cornish

    Francis Cornish, formerly a diplomat, has spent many years in Southeast Asia and the Far East, working in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei (as High Commissioner) and Hong Kong ...

  • Gary Pearcey

    Gary Pearcey

    Gary served in the Royal Marines Commandos for 22years. Originally from Portsmouth, he now lives in Plymouth.

  • George Hart

    George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the Principal L...

  • Guy Esparon

    Guy Esparon was born in the Seychelles and migrated to Australia in 1971, where he spent 30 years living between many of Australia’s cities and the outback. However,...

  • Hannah Lawson

    Hannah Lawson

    For the past twelve years Hannah has divided her time between working on expedition cruise ships as a wildlife guide, zodiac driver and expedition leader and creating artw...

  • Harry Mount

    Harry Mount

    Harry Mount studied Classics and Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a First. He also received a Masters in architectural history from...

  • Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika was born in Yorkshire, of Anglo-Dutch parentage, and now lives in Hampshire.  Her first career in medical rehabilitation was followed by a BA Hons with the O...

  • Henry Blofeld

    Henry Blofeld

    Henry Blofeld is an English sports journalist whose rich, plummy tones are known and loved worldwide thanks to his extensive cricket commentary career on both television a...

  • Henry Davis

    Henry Davis

    Henry Davis lectured in International & European Studies at the Birkbeck College (University of London) and is Convener of International & European Studies at the ...

  • Hugh Wybrew

    Hugh Wybrew

    Hugh Wybrew was born in Ilford. He spent most of his two years’ National Service in the Royal Air Force learning Russian. Hugh read theology at The Queens College, O...

  • Ian Bullock

    Ian Bullock

    Ian Bullock is a British biologist who lives in St.Davids, Pembrokeshire, on the south-western seaboard of Wales. Since 1978 he has specialised in seabird surveys, habitat...

  • Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen Corrigan served for twenty years in the British Army, retiring in the rank of Major. In 2004 she graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st Class Honours degr...

  • Imogen Monk

    Imogen Monk

    Born in London and raised in Sussex, Imogen's love of travelling grew out of learning French from an early age and travelling through Europe on family summer holidays.&nbs...

  • Isabel Neves

    Isabel Neves

    Isabel was born on a farm in rural inland Portugal and from a young age she would love to  go out exploring with her grandfather’s flock of sheep...

  • James Cresswell

    James Cresswell

    James is a geotourism professional; with a degree in geology, and a masters in oceanography, and runs his own geotourism company. His passion is to explain scenery, geolog...

  • James Thomson

    James Thomson

    James William Stuart Thomson is named for the first and only all-steel sailing schooner constructed in Canada. The James William, built by J. W. Carmichael, three-masted a...

  • Jamie Watts

    Jamie Watts

    Jamie spends some of his time as a fisheries consultant, researcher and marine life educator, including writing for several magazines. He spends most of the year, though, ...

  • Jane Thomson

    Jane Thomson

    A Nova Scotian “Bluenose”, Jane Sproull Thomson grew up by the sea, learning to swim perforce when her dad threw her off the family sailboat. Until recently sh...

  • Jane Wilson

    Jane Wilson

    Jane was born and raised in Australia. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Environmental Studies. She worked for...

  • Janette Merilion

    Janette Merilion

    Janette Merilion is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. After a career in marketing o...

  • Jannie Cloete

    Jannie Cloete

    Jannie, a native South African, grew up on a farm in the beautiful Mpumalanga Province. After obtaining a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, Jannie traveled exten...

  • Jayne Yates

    Jayne Yates

    Jayne is based in the North West of England and went to sea in 1999. Since then she has worked world wide as a Tour Manager on board cruise ships and river cruises. She ha...

  • Jean-Pierre Els

    Jean-Pierre Els

    Jean-Pierre Els is a qualified Padi Divemaster and Category C vessel skipper who is passionately in love with the ocean and the outdoors. He is now working as a Divemaster...

  • Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black is a prolific historian with specialties in world military history, the history of tourism, and both the 18th and 20th Century. Educated at Cambridge and Oxfo...

  • Jeremy Lewis

    Jeremy Lewis

    Jeremy Lewis worked in publishing for twenty-plus years before becoming a freelance writer in 1989. He has published three volumes of memoirs, and...

  • John Bly

    John Bly

    John Bly is an antiques dealer in a family business founded in 1891. From a background of sailors, horse traders, American Civil War soldiers, priests and architects ...

  • John Callum Thomson

    Callum Thomson

    Callum Thomson was brought up in the British Isles and spent his youth as a crofter, lobster fisherman, expert ditch digger and dairy farm manager before emulating his Hig...

  • John Harwood

    John Harwood

    John was born and raised in central England, where he developed his love of nature, boats, folk music and travel. He studied botany at the University of London and later o...

  • John Kernan

    John Kernan has been working in the expedition cruise industry for the past 25 years as a lecturer, naturalist, Zodiac driver, and expedition leader. He has led trips to a...

  • John Love

    John Love

    Born in Inverness, John Love graduated in zoology at Aberdeen University. In 1975 he went to live on the Isle of Rum where he managed a highly successful project to reintr...

  • John Robson

    John Robson

    John Robson is Map Librarian at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He gained a BSc in Mining Geology at Imperial College London before switching to libraria...

  • Joselyn Fenstermacher

    Joselyn Fenstermacher

    Joselyn’s extensive travels to all seven continents and the long list of various seasonal jobs-- including fire fighter, farmer, and fie...

  • Joseph Cockram

    Joe started birdwatching at the age of 7, and left home to work as a warden and researcher on nature reserves as soon as was legally allowable. He soon developed a passion...

  • Judith Greasley

    Judith Greasley

    Judith has worked in the Travel Industry for 40+ years in many countries and for different companies.  Having escorted coach tours for 25 years, all over Europe, UK, ...

  • Judith La Rocca

    Judith La Rocca

    Judith was born and brought up in rural Buckinghamshire, and after initially toying with the idea of a career in the Law, decided that travel was more exciting.  Afte...

  • Julia Korn

    Julia Korn

    Julia Korn, who was born in St Petersburg, Russia, has been Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St Petersburg for the past 20 years and has published artic...

  • Karin Lundstrom

    Karin Lundstrom

    Born on the west coast of Sweden, travel and adventure has always been the compass of Karin’s life. Her itchy feet have taken her to a variety of different places ar...

  • Kate Garnons Williams

    Kate Garnon-Williams

    Kate Garnons Williams read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Bristol and wrote her MA thesis on the Comedies of the 5th century dramatist, Aristophanes....

  • Kathryn Robinson

    Kathryn Robinson

    Kathryn Robinson is an anthropologist of Asia and the Pacific, now Professor Emerita in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canber...

  • Keith Kirsten

    Keith Kirsten

    Keith Kirsten is one of South Africa’s best known gardeners and  a world-acclaimed horticulturalist. He has informed and inspired gardening enthusiasts for more...

  • Kevin Morgan

    An enthusiastic naturalist with a passion for wildlife enthusiast, Kevin has been a keen birdwatcher since childhood and he has worked on cruise ships from Antarctica to t...

  • Kristin Jameson

    Kristin Jameson along with her two sisters, Andrea and Tara, are the ninth generation direct descendants of John Jameson, whose name is now synonymous with Irish whiskey. ...

  • Kristine Hannon

    Kristine Hannon

    Kristine is a true example of how it is never too late to find the job of your life. She was born and raised on the Belgian Coast and spend most of her professional life w...

  • Lars Maltha Rasmussen

    Lars Rasmussen

    An experienced naturalist and field biologist, Lars began his career where he grew up in the Danish Wadden Sea, a major crossroads for Arctic migrants where shorebirds and...

  • Lea McQuillan

    Lea McQuillan

    Lea McQuillan is a marine biologist who has a keen interest in plants, birds and mammals.  After completing an honours degree in Environm...

  • Lesley Chamberlain

    Lesley Chamberlain

    Lesley has lived and gardened abroad in such diverse countries as Malaysia, Holland as well as North Carolina and Oklahoma before finally returning to England in the 1980&...

  • Liz Teague

    Liz Tegue

    An avid traveler and wildlife enthusiast, Liz's passion for exploring new environments, wildlife and cultures has taken her throughout the 7 continents of the world. She h...

  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music th...

  • Ludmilla Selezneva

    Ludmilla Selezneva

    Professor Ludmilla is a graduate with honours from Rostov State University and received her first doctorate there, in history, in 1982. She attained her second doctorate i...

  • Lydia Bauman

    Lydia Bauman is a Polish born artist and art historian. Educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA in Fine Art) and Court auld Institute of Art, London (MA in A...

  • Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

    Stephen Carr-Smith

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith served throughout much of the Cold War in Europe and then with NATO . On leaving the Army, he worked for a company providing security and ...

  • Major JGH Corrigan MBE

    JGH Corrigan

    Commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1962, Gordon Corrigan was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. He served ...

  • Marieke Egan

    Marieke Egan

    Born in Europe, Marieke grew up among the foothills of the Swiss Alps, learning to cross glaciers before she could tie her own shoelaces. Developing her adventurous spirit...

  • Marjorie Barker

    Marjorie hails from Barrow-in-Furness in South West Cumbria. Barrow is renowned for building fine Ships, Submarines and is currently contracted for the build of Trident Su...

  • Martin Sixsmith

    Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw in the 1980s and 90s and worked as Director of Communications for the&nbs...

  • Mia McKellar-Basset

    Mia MC Kellar-Basset

    Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Mia became involved with her local lifesaving club at a young age where her love for the ocean and outd...

  • Michael Bowen

    Micheal Bowen

    Mike was born in South London, and from an early age wanted to join the Military, at 16 Mike joined the Royal Marines and served for 27 years retiring as a Warrant Officer...

  • Michael Brown

    An all round naturalist and a photographer since his teens, Mick’s particular passion is for sea birds and marine mammals. Originally from Dublin, he has lived in Pe...

  • Michael Hindley

    Micheal Hindley

    Michael Hindley was educated at London University (BA Hons in German and French), Lancaster University (MA in Comparative Cultural Studies), and the Free University of Wes...

  • Michael Michieli

    Michael Michieli

    Michael Michieli is a Gardens Consultant for the Royal Horticultural Society garden holidays. His particular area of expertise is Mediterranean plants and, as the previous...

  • Mike Andrews

    Mike Andrews was educated at Stowe and Cambridge, and has been involved with film, writing and photography for 50 years - specialising in travel, science and wildlife.&nbs...

  • Nadia Monteith

    Nadia Monteith

    Nadia grew up in the Australian Outback and is a true child of nature. Her early life spent outdoors in the rugged Kimberly region of Australia and later near Perth, insti...

  • Natalie Swain

    Natalie Swain

    Natalie has had a fascination with history ever since she was given a book on Tutankhamun at the age of five. However, her interest was not limited to ancient history and,...

  • Nathan Small

    Nathan Small

    Nate has been guiding people on trips throughout the world for the better part of the past decade.  His exploration and desire to share t...

  • Neil James Horrocks

    Neil has been at sea since 2001, a year after he graduated in Pure Maths from the University of Manchester. Working for Fred. Olsen, Celebrity, Saga and Voyages to An...

  • Neil Malan

    Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Neil’s obsession with ships and the sea began with being given his own boat at age 3. During his teens he travelled exten...

  • Neil Taylor

    Neil Taylor

    Neil Taylor studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts of German...

  • Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London as well as running his own boo...

  • Nicholas Southey

    Nicholas Southey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived most of his life in various parts of that country. He is currently based in Pretoria, where he teach...

  • Nicola Hewson

    Nicola Hewson

    Nicola began her career on expedition ships back in 2009, since then she has completed over 60 voyages to Antarctica and 25 trips in the Arcti...

  • Nicole D' Souza

    Nicole De Souza

    Nicki D’Souza grew up in the beautiful region of Bavaria in Germany. After obtaining a degree in languages as translator and interpreter, Nicki travelled extensively...

  • Nigel McGilchrist

    Nigel McGilchrist was a scholar at both Winchester College and at Oxford University. He has lived and worked in the Mediterranean area – Italy, Greece and Turkey &nd...

  • Nigel Redman

    Nigel Redman

    Nigel is an experienced tour leader, author and publisher with a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife. Over the past three decades he has l...

  • Notburga Mossler

    Burgi Mossler

    Notburga who likes to be called Burgi started travelling shortly after she left the tourism school in Salzburg (Austria).Aged 21 she went to London to improve her English ...

  • Olga Stavrakis

    Olga Stavrakis

    Olga holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology specializing in peoples and cultures of Central America and the Caribbean. She started her graduate career at the fabled site of Tikal i...

  • Olga Stone

    Olga Stone

    Olga Stone is one of the most versatile presenters on a lecturing circuit, combining her skills as concert pianist, historian, art historian and classicist to make her tal...

  • Olle Carlsson

    Olle Carlsson

    Olle was born in Sweden and is currently lives there. Formerly a teacher, he left the profession in order to write, photograph, play jazz and travel. He has travelled exte...

  • Oscar Fredrik Adrian Nordenborg

    Adrian started his epic journey of travelling at the age of 19 where he spent 4 months discovering Turkey and lived in a cave in Cappadocia for a while. To date Adrian has...

  • Pamela Le Noury

    Pamela Le Noury

    Coming from South Africa, Pam is a marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper and sailor, and has worked in and on the ocean just about every day for the past ...

  • Par Skog

    Pär was born and raised in a baker family in Alingsas Sweden. Travel, wildlife and nature has always been a big part of his life. After his military service as Mounta...

  • Patricia Cassim

    Pat Cassim

    Patricia has been travelling & living abroad since childhood owing to her father being a pilot & then she married a man who always used his profession as a pa...

  • Paul Green

    Paul Green (GS)

    Paul Green has always been keen on all aspects of natural history, especially plants. He worked part-time as a botanical leader for Greentours Natural History Holidays fro...

  • Paul Harris

    Paul Harris

    Paul Harris graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Politics and International Relations and currently works as a writer, lecturer and as a consultant on politica...

  • Peter Bellwood

    Peter Bellwood grew up in Leicester, studied archaeology at Cambridge University (King’s College) and emigrated to New Zealand to undertake research on Polynesian mi...

  • Peter Clement

    Peter Clement

    Peter Clement grew up on a sheep ranch in the Falkland Islands and received his formal education in Somerset, England. In 1969, he traveled to Australia and began work in ...

  • Peter Graham

    Peter Graham

    Peter has lived in London and has worked in the travel industry for many years.
    He first went to sea as an entertainer and after 6 months working on a Russian cruise...

  • Peter Harlow

    Peter Harlow

    Peter is an Australian with a passion for terrestrial wildlife and also for the marine world; he is also a keen SCUBA diver and snorkeler.  Not content with marsupial...

  • Peter Ward

    With his father in military service, Peter Ward grew up in different places throughout England, Germany and the Far East. Graduating in English Literature and Religious St...

  • Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick is an economist, historian, author, acknowledged authority on Horatio Nelson and organiser of major commemorative events, who chairs three organisations: The...

  • Phanor H Montoya-Maya

    Phanor H Montoya-Maya is a marine biologist, diving instructor and Coral guru hailing from Colombia. His love for all things oceanic emerged after sighting his first giant...

  • Phil Wickens

    Phil studied biology at Imperial College in London, England. After completing his PhD in plant pathology, he worked for two winters and three summers as a field guide...

  • Philip Airey

    Phil Airey started his career in the travel industry in the early 70’s when, after working in the vineyards near Bordeaux he discovered the joys of meeting different...

  • Philip Blake-Jones

    Philip Blake-Jones

    Studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music.  As a professional opera singer he made his solo debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and was a principle w...

  • Piero Bosco

    Piero Bosco

    Born on April 9 1966 in the tiny and quite village La Morra, in the Italian countryside. Piero soon set out to know more of the world. In 1987 he joined the army elite mou...

  • Pierre Malan

    PIerre Malan

    Pierre is an all round naturalist who trained as an oceanographer and marine biologist and has more than forty years of experience in the field. He lives in Hout Bay, near...

  • Pierre Thomas

    Born in Belgium, Pierre moved to Zaire (the former Belgian Congo) with his family in 1978. They lived just outside Kinshasa, the capital city and he attended the Belgian S...

  • Pieter Shipster

    Pieter Shipster

    Pieter Shipster comes from a well-travelled Anglo-Dutch military family and he has had a varied career. After taking a degree in the history of the Near and Middle East at...

  • Prof Brian Williams

    Prof Brian Williams

    Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and...

  • Prof Geoffrey Hosking

    Geoffrey Hosking

    Geoffrey Alan Hosking is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East Europe...

  • Prof Glen Johnson

    Prof Glen Johnson

    Professor Johnson is the author and co-author of several books and a number of articles on US foreign policy, international human rights, India’s foreign policy and ...

  • Prof Martyn Rady

    Martyn Rady

    Martyn Rady is Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, a part of University College London. He has written books on Germ...

  • Prof. James Floyd

    A native of Scotland, Professor James Floyd, has recently retired as District Geologist after 36 years with the British Geological Survey (NERC) in Edinburgh.  He now...

  • Professor Carole Hillenbrand OBE FBA FRS

    Carol Hillenbrand

    Professor Carole Hillenbrand is Professor Emerita of Islamic History at Edinburgh University and is now Professor of Islamic History at St Andrews University.  

    ...
  • Professor Charles Higham

    Professor Charles Higham

    Charles was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Archaeology and Anthropology. In 1966, he became a lecturer in prehistory at the University of Otago, and was a...

  • Professor David Abulafia

    David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.  H...

  • Professor Gareth Morgan

    Prof Gareth G Morgan

    Gareth Morgan has been researching and teaching about wine since 2001 and is an expert on the classic wine regions of Europe, and especially France.

  • Professor Richard Butterwick

    Richard Butterwick

    Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski graduated in History from Cambridge, before obtaining his doctorate from Oxford. He taught European history at Oxford and Queen&rs...

  • Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA

    Robert Hillenbrand

    Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA has long-standing research interests in the Islamic art of North Africa and Spain. An Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Edinburgh Uni...

  • Ragnar Hauksson

    Ragnar Hauksson

    Ragnar is a native of Iceland. He graduated from the University of Iceland in 1981 with Icelandic studies as his main subject and German as by-subject. He speaks English, ...

  • Rainer Sudholter

    Rainer Sudholter

    Rainer considers himself European, born in Germany, living in the South of France and working for a British Company.

    His mother claims that his first word was...

  • Ray Hale

    Ray Hale is a wildlife lecturer, author, photographer and naturalist who is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and the conservation of the world’s enda...

  • Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    John Lippiett had a 36 year career in the Royal Navy serving in a large number of ships from aircraft carriers to minesweepers and deployed to all of the world’s ope...

  • Rev'd Dr Judith Thomas

    Judith Thomas

    Judith has lived and worked in many countries including the USA, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan. Her early work as a Management Training specialist for ...

  • Richard Chamberlain

    Richard Chamberlain

    Richard grew up with a love of water, snorkeling and SCUBA diving from an early age. After an interim period of racing cars in Australia, culminating in a State Championsh...

  • Richard Grundy

    Richard Grundy

    Richard is a geography teacher who lives in rural Somerset, England. He enjoyed a three year post in the remote Tristan da Cunha school during which he acted as a mountain...

  • Richard Price

    Richard Price

    A childhood interest in biology led Rick into a ten year career working as a marine biologist for the British Antarctic Survey. He spent five winters and eight summers on ...

  • Robert Lambert

    Dr Rob Lambert is a multi-disciplinary academic at the University of Nottingham, working in environmental history and tourism & the environment. He holds a MA (Hons) i...

  • Rodica Ghiserel

    Rodica Ghiserel

    Rodica brings over 40 years of experience in the industry of travelling. She worked initially on the Black Sea Coast as a receptionist at the end of 1960s. Then in 1972, a...

  • Rodney Greenberg

    Rodney Greenberg

    Rodney Greenberg graduated with honours at the Music Faculty of Manchester University, specialising in Piano and Composition. He began his broadcasting career in BBC radio...

  • Roger Lord

    Roger Lord

    Roger was born in Warrington, Lancashire. He was educated in Warrington and Altrincham. He then joined the Police Force and served his 2 year probationary period in Kirkby...

  • Roger Preece

    Roger Preece

    Roger’s interest in wine dates from when, whilst working for Stowells of Chelsea, he helped in broadening the company’s portfolio. This led to extensive travel...

  • Ronald Visser

    Ronald Visser

    Raised in the flat northern part of The Netherlands, Ronald has a profound love for wide barren landscapes. Doing fieldwork for the Marine Biology department at the Univer...

  • Rosalind Phipps

    Rosalind Phipps

    Ros lived in Cairo and Luxor for 15 years. She worked for the Egypt Exploration Society in Cairo and arranged tours around the various foreign and British digs in Egypt. S...

  • Rosemary De Simone

    Rosemary De Simone

    With a passion for travelling, Rosemary decided to make her career in the travel industry, starting as an Air Stewardess and moving on to work as a resort manager and Tour...

  • Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons.  Many of his award winning hybrid plants ca...

  • Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres

    Richard Chartres is currently Bishop of London and Dean of HM Chapels Royal. Before ordination he taught Ancient History in the International School in Seville. More recen...

  • Russell Kelaart

    Russel Kelaart

    After purchasing a 4wd vehicle for his first car, Rustys life of camping and adventure began. This then evolved into a paying job where Rusty ...

  • Sally Brown

    Sally Brown

    Sally’s background is nursing, she worked for many years specialising in Accident and Emergency Medicine in a London Hospital. Sally joined Medicines Sans Frontieres...

  • Sasha Guggenheimer

    Sasha Guggenheimer

    Sacha was born in Australia and grew up exploring it's vast wilderness. Her love for the ocean and animals was apparent from an early age, she...

  • Sezgin Patterson

    Sezgin Patterson

    Sezgin Patterson was born in Cyprus and after her initial education on the Island she came to England to further her studies. She graduated from the City University in Lon...

  • Sheila Salmon

    Sheila Salmon

    Hailing originally from Yorkshire, Sheila developed a passion for travel early in her career and, after spending seven years living in Belgium, working as a local guide, s...

  • Sherban Lupu

    Sherban Lupu

    We will be joined onboard by Sherban Lupu, one of the world's leading performers of Romanian composer and virtuoso George Enescu's music. Romanian-born, Lup...

  • Simon Boyes

    Simon Boyes began watching birds in England at the age of 12, and has rarely put his binoculars down since. He has a degree in Classics from Oxford University (useful for ...

  • Simon Cook

    Simon Cook

    Simon shares the same family name as the illustrious 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook. In addition to seeing many of the places visited by Cook, Simon has travell...

  • Simon Doughty

    Simon Doughty

    Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. During his military career he travelled widely and serv...

  • Sipra Bose Johnson

    Sipra Bose Johnson

    Emerita at State University of New YorkSipra Bose Johnson is Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the autho...

  • Sir Michael Burton

    Miacheal Burton

    Michael Burton had a 37 year long career in the Diplomatic Service, and played a prominent part in the closing stages of the Cold War. As the last British Minister in Berl...

  • Sir Roger Tomkys

    Sir Roger Tomkys read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford and entered the Foreign Office in 1960. After Arabic Language training in Lebanon his first diplomatic posting wa...

  • Sir Tony Brenton

    Sir Tony Brenton

    Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and commentator on public affairs issues. He served for over thirty years with the British Foreign Service, including ...

  • Stephanie Martin

    Stephanie Martin

    Stephanie is a marine mammal scientist who began her career studying finback and humpback whales from a small isolated lighthouse island off t...

  • Stephen Phillips

    Stephen Phillips was educated as a classical archaeologist (London and Cambridge) before embarking on a TV career as a reporter/presenter/producer which included the launc...

  • Stephen Weston Hernandez

    Stephen was inspired from a very early age by a family legacy left behind by his grandfather, Julian A. Weston who was probably the person who knew more about Cocos Island...

  • Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart’s home is in Durban, South Africa. He grew up literally in the wilds of Africa and has a good knowledge of the indigenous people and regions of many African c...

  • Sue Flood

    Sue Flood

    Sue Flood is a professional and award-winning wildlife and travel photographer.  Sue has been working in the Polar regions since 1998, although her work increasingly ...

  • Sue Forbes

    Sue has been creating wildlife, landscape and travel photos for 20+ years, traveling to over 80 countries on all 7 continents.  She has combined this passion with an ...

  • Susan McManus

    Sue McManus

    Susan grew up in Harrogate, Yorkshire and then left the UK aged 18 to pursue a life of travel and adventure. For 5 years Susan travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and So...

  • Susan Stampe

    Susan Stampe

    Susan Stampe was born in Kent and when she was sixteen her father was posted to Milan, Italy on business.  Susan and her mother followed shortly and Susan finished he...

  • Ted Creek

    Ted grew up in Surrey, in the heart of London’s commuter belt, and has been working to escape into the wilds ever since. Most of his hol...

  • Tessa Pierre

    Tessa Pierre

    Tessa is from the UK, however, for the last 12 years she has called France her home. After a number of years based in Provence and the Cote d'Azur, she now lives in Britta...

  • Thomas Nilsen

    Thomas Nilsen

    Thomas Nilsen lives in the Norwegian border town of Kirkenes near Russia’s Kola Peninsula. He is editor of BarentsObserver.com, covering Europe’s northernmost ...

  • Thomas Pannkoke

    Thomas Pannkoke

    Grown up in North Germany, his first contact to tourism dates back to the mid 1980’s, when he was guiding youth groups between the twin towns of Yvetot (Normandy), L...

  • Ticu Gamalie

    Ticu Gamalie

    Born in Constanta, Romania, Ticu began his career in the travel industry at a young age, guiding short tours in the Black Sea in his summer holidays. This led to longer to...

  • Tom Hiney

    Thomas Hiney

    Tom is a self-confessed nature geek. His passion was sparked from an early age by being read Gerald Durrell stories at bed time and watching too many wildlife documentarie...

  • Tony Crocker

    Tony Crocker

    Tony has spent many years living and travelling through the length and breadth of Europe, in the course of an extensive career in travel and tourism, including over a year...

  • Valerie Grove

    Valerie Grove

    Valerie Grove has been a Fleet Street journalist for nearly 50 years - writing interviews and reviews for the Evening Standard (1968-86), the Sunday Times (1986-92), and T...

  • Victoria Salem

    Victoria Salem

    Victoria has always been fascinated by the cooler places on our planet and has been travelling in Northern Europe, the Arctic and Antarctica regularly for the past 15 year...

  • Viveka Nordstrom

    Viveka Nordstrom

    With dual French and Swedish nationality, Viveka started travelling at an early age. She has lived more than seventeen years abroad in countries such as France, Italy, Ind...

  • Wayne Brown

    Wayne Brown

    Wayne Brown has worked for small ship expedition cruises for over 19 years. Wayne is a marine biologist with a degree in ecology and environmental biology from the Univers...

  • Wendy Malan

    Wendy Malan

    Wendy trained as a classical ballet dancer and teacher at the University of Cape Town. After dancing professionally for ten years, she taught at the same university before...

  • Will Abbott

    Will is a passionate geologist, glaciologist, naturalist and lover of the great outdoors! When he is not hugging rocks, or delivering thought provoking geology presentatio...

  • Will Evans

    Will Evans

    Growing up in the North Yorkshire town of Skipton surrounded by the countryside Will has always appreciated being outdoors and enjoys a whole array of adventurous activiti...