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, and has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Her travels have taken her to Vietnam and Cambodia numerous times, including a rail journey that she led from Beijing to Hanoi in 1994. 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 has enjoyed introducing visitors to Asian culture and history for more than 25 years.
Barry Till is a curator of Asian art with a wide knowledge on culture, history and archaeology. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and lectured on numerous expeditions—including trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar—for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 catalogues (including The Buddhist Arts of Asia), books, and articles on various Asian art topics, and is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. In 2008, Barry received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association. He speaks fluent Chinese, holds degrees in Far Eastern Studies, and studied at Oxford and at Nanjing University in China.