A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Award-winning travel writer and speaker Don George is an Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and a popular expert for National Geographic Expeditions. A fervent Francophile, Don has written for Traveler about how living in France after college changed his life; he has also penned articles about cuisine in Nice, art in Paris, and tracing Joan of Arc’s route in Champagne. Over four decades as a travel writer and editor, Don has traveled throughout France, but he is especially passionate about Bordeaux for its wine, cuisine, culture, and history. Don is the author of How to Be a Travel Writer and The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for National Geographic, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine. On assignment he has traveled from the highest peaks in the Andes to the depths of the deepest cave in the world. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. For the past two years, he photographed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Microsoft Smartphones (nationalgeographic.com/Microsoft/SevenWonders). His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Saturday Morning. Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commenter on how new photographic technology is changing the world.