Meet Our Expert
Knowledgeable experts from renowned organizations will accompany you throughout the trip and enrich your experiences with insights into the sights, cultures and people we encounter in each destination.
Paula Swart is an art historian, curator and lecturer. A seasoned traveller, Paula has led and lectured on well over 70 expeditions by train, ship or private jet for various institutions and organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, the National Trust, and Smithsonian, including 35 expeditions for National Geographic. Her travels have inspired many articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures published in the Arts of Asia magazine, covering a wide range of topics from discussing restitution issues in Cambodia, discovering the “Clive of India” Mughal wine flask in Qatar, to her most recent article on the last shogun of Japan. Her travels have been integral to her lecture courses which explore various topics such as her latest course at UBC highlighting the succession of empires, and exploring the exchange of ideas and technology along the Silk Road. Paula holds degrees from the University of Leiden and Amsterdam, and spent two years studying Chinese history and archaeology at Nanjing University travelling to school from the Netherlands on the Trans-Siberian railway. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia and enjoys collecting stories, contemplating the beauty of nature, rowing and the challenge of learning languages.