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.
For 30 years, National Geographic editor at large Cathy Newman has traveled the world in search of the stories that lie embedded among the people and places she visits. Her recent feature articles for the magazine include "Russian Summer" and "Crimea: A Jewel in Two Crowns." She has also covered such diverse subjects as the Shakers, trout, the enigma of beauty, the English Channel Tunnel, poison, and Australia's Cape York Peninsula. In search of stories, Cathy has traveled through the Australian outback, fly-fished in England, toured the great fashion and fragrance houses of Europe, and taken a course in how to drive a race car. She has published three critically acclaimed books for National Geographic: Perfume: The Art and Science of Scent), Women Photographers at National Geographic, and Fashion.
George Munro, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, has lived and studied in the former Soviet Union and travels to Russia regularly to pursue his research. A Fulbright fellow, George is the author of five books, including The Most Intentional City: St Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great. He has written more than 200 articles about the region, has lectured widely, and has received numerous fellowships and distinguished service awards.