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.
Paula Swart is an expert on Asian culture
and history, with a special interest in Buddhism, and has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. A popular expert on more than 30 prior National Geographic Expeditions, her travels have taken her to Southeast Asia numerous times. She has recently organized an exhibition on Buddhist art, called Visions of Enlightenment, that included Burmese art. Paula holds degrees in archaeology, Asian art history, and Chinese history. She speaks five languages, including Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula also studied and lectures on artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.
An acclaimed lecturer on the cultural history of
non-Western civilizations, Jack Daulton has been an
expert on trips to more than 50 countries. His academic work has included extensive study of the art and architecture of Asia and Africa, as well as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Jack is also a practicing attorney with a focus on international law relating to the preservation and conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. In a widely reported 1995 federal case, he recovered a 1,000-year-old sculpture that had been stolen from a temple in Myanmar.