Each of our specialist Expedition Leaders is handpicked by the owners of Arcadia Expeditions. They are chosen with great care, not only for their academic credentials, but also, just as importantly, for their ability to communicate their area of expertise to our travellers in an entertaining and enriching way.
Their job is not to pass on their wealth of knowledge through formal lectures. Rather, they will enlighten and expand the understanding of our travellers in a more informal way – through fireside chats, leading a discussion over a meal, or one-on-one over a cocktail. Our small group size allows our travellers intimate access to our Expedition Leaders, providing them the perfect environment to share their passion and bring genuine insight and depth to our stories.
Our team of charismatic academics, historians, archaeologists, journalists and authors are quite simply, the best in the business. Click on their profile to find out more about them.
David Adams FRGS
Historian, filmmaker & photojournalist – over the past 30 years he has researched, written and produced numerous documentary films in some of the most remote and difficult places on earth.
Professor Pierre Asselin
A leading authority on Vietnam’s modern history, with over 20 years visiting the country, Pierre is Dwight E. Stanford Chair in the History of US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University.
Professor Jo McDonald
One of Australia’s most distinguished Aboriginal rock art experts, Jo specialises in Indigenous archaeology and is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research & Management at UWA.
A Sufi scholar with specialisations in the history of religion, comparative mysticism, and Islamic literature, Seemi has a special interest in the life and poetry of Rumi.
One of the most experienced Expedition Leaders in East Africa, leading safaris for over 40 years. He has an unmatched knowledge and affinity with the tribal peoples of Ethiopia and Kenya.
A resident of Georgia for more than 20 years, John is an American-born winemaker who has played a major role in the renaissance of the country’s culinary and organic wine scene.
Dr Ben Shaw
An archaeologist with a passion for Pacific cultures and exploration, Ben has undertaken research throughout Papua New Guinea for 14 years and is a lecturer of archaeology at ANU.
Professor Harry Ricketts
Poet, academic and literary scholar with a lifelong interest in Kipling and his work, Harry’s compelling biography of Kipling is considered a definitive work on this master storyteller.
Writer, photographer, adventurer, David is the world’s foremost chronicler of African rock art. He has rediscovered and documented more rock art sites across Africa than any other.
Dr Iain Shearer FRAS
Iain is an archaeologist and lecturer who has worked on sites across the Middle East, North Africa and Sudan, Central Asia, Caucasus, China, India, Pakistan and the Balkans.
Dr John Tidmarsh MBBS, FRACP
An accomplished archaeologist who has conducted excavations in Syria, Jordan, Greece, and Cyprus, John is the Co-Director of Sydney University excavations at Pella in Jordan.
Greg is an internationally renowned cameraman specialising in African wildlife. He is a Wildlife Director of Photography for some of the world’s leading international wildlife outlets.
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn
Margaret is a specialist local guide, anthropologist, environmentalist, writer and award-winning community conservation pioneer for our Namibia expedition.