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Meet the Experts - Theatre Two

Our two Meet the Experts Theatres will be playing host to expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure. 

Click the individual sessions to reveal more about what you can expect.

To view the timetable for the Meet the Experts Theatre One click here.

Below is the 2017 schedule - stay tuned for the 2018 schedule this December!

Meet the Experts Theatre Two Timetable

- 11:30am: Wanderlust Travel Awards

Wanderlust

Each year the readers of Wanderlust magazine and users of Wanderlust.co.uk are asked to rate their travels from the past year. With categories for everything from Top Country to Top Tour Company, the winners are revealed at the Destinations Show.

 


Speaker:

Lyn Hughes, Founder, Wanderlust Magazine

Wanderlust

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:30

- 12:30pm: A Practical Guide to Visiting the Galápagos Islands Responsibly

For those interested in being immersed in natural wonder, the Galápagos is an extraordinary holiday destination. Nowhere else can you experience such close encounters with remarkable animals like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, waved albatross, blue-footed and red-footed boobies, Galápagos penguins and sea lions galore. The sheer amount of wildlife is astounding and even more exceptional is the behaviour of the wildlife, which actually seems oblivious to your presence. This talk offers a practical introduction to exploring the islands responsibly. For instance, is it better to choose a cruise ship or a hotel stay? Which are the best holiday itineraries and why? When is the best time to go and how long should you stay? What wildlife are you likely to see? What effect are the new Galapagos Park regulations having? The talk is presented by Richard and Dawn Furlong, who have escorted numerous tours to the Enchanted Islands. They will be pleased to answer your questions from first-hand experience.

 


Speaker:

Richard Furlong and Dawn Furlong


Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:30

- 1:30pm: Hunting the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten

HURTIGRUTEN LTD

- 2:30pm: Malawi: Africa's Most Complete Destination

Malawi Tourism

In 2015 Malawi embarked on the largest elephant translocation in human history, with a plan to move 500 elephants into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. With the help of Prince Harry, no less, the first phase was completed in August with just over 250 moved, along with an additional 1250 other big game animals. 2016 will see the completion of the 500. Malawi has long been home to stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world, offering a wide variety of activities, experience and cultural interaction. Now, as well as being a dramatic pioneering conservation initiative, these efforts to improve Malawi's wildlife will see the country emerge as one of the most complete destinations in Africa - Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the very highest quality. 

 


Speaker:

Kelly White

Malawi Tourism

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 14:30

- 3:30pm: How To Travel The World With Meaning

Rickshaw Travel

Travel may not be the most environmentally friendly way to preserve our planet, but it certainly makes for a more tolerant, understanding and open-minded global community. Through Meaningful Travel experiences you can immerse yourself in local communities while at the same time preserving and supporting those communities. Meaningful Travel is all about putting people first, both at home and abroad. It’s about getting closer to the country you’re visiting, stepping out of your comfort zone, coming face to face with new cultures, contributing to local economies and minimising disruption. In this session, Jennifer Parker, Meaningful Travel Chief at Rickshaw Travel will take us on a journey through what it means to travel the world with meaning, what to look for when choosing a responsible tour operator and what you can do to contribute to the communities you’re visiting.   

 


Speaker:

Jennifer Parker

Rickshaw Travel

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:30

- 10:30am: Meeting Africa’s Primates – Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Baboons & Lemurs

Rainbow Tours - Africa, Madagascar and Latin America

This Rainbow Tours presentation will cover a number of countries where visitors can come face to face with some of Africa’s most intelligent residents. Rwanda is Africa’s premium Mountain gorilla tracking destination, but it is also possible to spot 13 species of primate here. In Uganda one of the last refugees of the endangered Mountain gorilla can be found and the country also claims the highest number of primate species. Tanzania offers outstanding Chimpanzee Trekking in the remote Mahale Mountains. These mountains are home to one of the last remaining chimp populations in Africa and are relatively easy to spot.  Despite the striking variety of natural life that calls Madagascar home, one creature in particular continually steals the headlines. Over a hundred species of lemur, including the musical Indri, Ring-tailed and Golden bamboo lemurs, reside in Madagascar’s lush rainforest. Several species of these endemic lemurs are critically endangered and Rainbow Tours works with local conservationists to ensure you see the lemurs in their natural habitat while contributing to efforts to help their survival.  Rainbow Tour experts have all travelled to these destinations on several occasions and have extensive knowledge of these destinations. Each specialist will present an area and will be on hand to answer any questions in a Q&A.  

 


Speaker:

Derek Schuurman

Rainbow Tours - Africa, Madagascar and Latin America

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 10:30

- 11:30am: Beyond Costa Rica: Volcanoes and Wildlife

Costa Rica, with both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, is well known for the abundance of its nature and wildlife, and offers particularly good value - useful with sterling's weakness. This talk will focus on new hotels and lodges, and new combinations - including the advantages of combining a visit to Costa Rica with neighbouring Nicaragua. With its wild Pacific coast, mighty chain of volcanoes, and charming colonial cities, Nicaragua is a less-visited delight.

 


Speaker:

Nicola Le Rougetel and Sue Morkill


Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30

- 12:30pm: Walk This Way

National Geographic Traveller

The panellists include David Kay from Ramblers, Sally Thompson from MACS Adventure, Daniel Neilson Freelance Travel writer and Glen Mutel, deputy editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), will be moderating the panel. The topics will focus on National Geographic Traveller¹s top five treks, including Patagonia and Nepal.


Speaker:

National Geographic Traveller Travel Geeks

National Geographic Traveller

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:30

- 1:30pm: The Great Indian Adventure

Wild Frontiers

Filled with the colour, majesty and romance of ages past, India is one of the most intoxicating destinations on earth. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas, to the spice scented jungles of the Malabar coast, this is a country of astonishing cultural diversity and scenic grandeur. Here the cultural influences of the Buddha and the British Raj live side by side with the opulent grace of the Moghul emperors and the idyllic backwaters of the Western Ghats. Whilst beyond the bustling streets of Delhi and Lahore lie the hidden mountain kingdoms of the Himalayas, where isolated monasteries and shamanistic beliefs still cling to the sacred peaks as they have for centuries. With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, it is the perfect time to visit and join in the celebrations.  Join Wild Frontiers founder, Jonny Bealby, who fell for the charms of India almost 30 years ago. Taking his first group trip to Ladakh 15 years ago and going on to lead over 30 trips across all corners of India, he now returns regularly to visit friends and check in on the Wild Frontiers Delhi office. To celebrate India’s 70th anniversary, Jonny has designed Wild Frontiers most ambitious tour to India yet. The Great Indian Adventure -  44 days, across 10 colourful and diverse states.  

 


Speaker:

Jonny Bealby

Wild Frontiers

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 13:30

- 2:30pm: Western Australia - Photographing Its Wild Splendour

Wanderlust

Offering epic landscapes, astonishing wildlife, world-class wineries and turquoise waters, Australia's largest state is as varied as it is vast. Its startling beauty, diverse scenery and quality of light make Western Australia a photographer's dream. And, with new direct flights, it is easier to get there than ever. Appropriately enough, the four winners of the 2016 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year won photo commissions to Western Australia, and this session is a showcase of their resulting photographs. Two of the winners, Tony Cowburn and Kasia Nowak, will discuss their trips with Wanderlust editors, revealing their highlights and top tips. 


Speaker:

Phoebe Smith

Wanderlust

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 14:30

- 4:00pm: Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Awards

Wanderlust

- 10:30am: Small Ship Cruising : Cruises for People Who Don't Like Cruising

The Small Cruise Ship Collection

There are many corners of the world that are best reached or seen by boat, and many places that it is the only way to see them.  Whether it is the remote villages on Papua New Guinea, the tiny ports and villages of the Croatian Coastline, searching for Polar bears around Spitsbergen, touring the Galapagos Islands or visiting the penguins colonies of Antarctica, small ships is the only way you can undertake these iconic travels.

 


Speaker:

Powell Ettinger

The Small Cruise Ship Collection

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 10:30

- 11:30am: The World’s Greatest Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys

Viewing an ever-changing landscape from the comfort of your seat is surely the finest way to travel. This talk takes you on a tour of the world's greatest rail journeys, from the Iconic Trans-Siberian Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to the heritage railway journeys of a once-in-a-lifetime USA Coast to Coast adventure. Discover some of the world's most breathtaking sights along the way, from the natural beauty of the Northern Lights to the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China and the splendour of the Taj Mahal.

 


Speaker:

Great Rail Journeys

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 11:30

- 12:30pm: Zambia, Let's Explore

There are 22 National Parks in Zambia, some of them well known and highly regarded whilst others are less often explored but hold treasures a plenty.  This presentation will look not only at the large numbers and diversity of game in the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks but also touch on the Liuwa Plains in the remote west of the country and look at the largest mammalian migration on the planet when some 15 million fruit bats arrive into a small patch of woodland in the Kasanka National Park.  Your presenter, Nick Aslin, is a qualified safari guide who has lived in and been promoting tourism to Zambia for 25 years

 


Speaker:

Nick Aslin


Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 12:30

- 1:30pm: Colombia: Tomorrow's Destination Today

Pioneer Expeditions

Already named as Lonely Planet’s second most important destination for 2017, Colombia  pretty much has it all. Five times the size of the UK, it has mountain ranges, snow covered peaks, Amazonian jungles and wildlife, Pacific and Carribean coasts, ancient Indian as well as Spanish colonial vestiges from the past, as well as world class coffee making, more species of birds than any other country, trekking, riding, rafting and biking. Now that peace is finally being delivered the challenge is to work out how to explore this amazing country

 


Speaker:

Philip Beale

Pioneer Expeditions

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 13:30

- 2:30pm: Spitsbergen: The Realm of the Polar Bear

Naturetrek

Spitsbergen is the largest of the five islands that make up the Svalbard Archipelago. It is a dramatic land of huge glaciers, snow-covered mountains and steep sided fjords, separated from the North Pole by a mere 600 miles of frozen ocean. This is the true ‘High Arctic’, an extreme land gripped by ice for over eight months of the year and by darkness for over four. It is also an island of contrast, however, for once winter loosens its grip and the brief Arctic summer takes hold, Spitsbergen is transformed into a land of perpetual daylight, covered by flower-filled tundra, edged by huge glaciers and towering sea-cliffs and surrounded by a crazy paving of pack-ice upon which Polar Bears hunt and Walruses laze. During this beautifully illustrated talk we will bring to life the wonderful polar wildlife, and show you the stunning scenery just waiting to be found once you embark on an expedition aboard an ice-strengthened ship to this remote and beautiful world.

 


Speaker:

Paul Stanbury

Naturetrek

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 14:30

- 3:30pm: Wildlife Photography Safari in Africa

Everyone is a photographer these days which means everyone has the capacity to be a great wildlife photographer too! Toby’s talk will advise and prepare anyone for their first wildlife photo safari in Africa. Where to go, when to go and what to take to get the best results and images!


Speaker:

Toby Jermyn


Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 15:30

- 10:30am: On Foot Among the Giants of Africa

From the gorillas of Rwanda to the elephants of Zimbabwe, Vincent Gesser has been closer than many to these iconic giants, enabling the capture of images with a different perspective. These intimate conditions allow extraordinary encounters, rich in photographic and human teachings.   This talks uses our award winning photography and allows guests to discover an aspect of safaris, wildlife photography, and animal behaviour that is personal, exciting and different from the standard safaris. 

 


Speaker:

Dr Vincent Gesser


Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 10:30

- 11:30am: Journey Through Sri Lanka: North to South

The Earth Trip

Sri Lanka is known as island like no other. It is a destination for all kinds of travellers. This small tropical island is re-emerging after 30 years civil war with new roads, rail networks and domestic flights. World Health Organisation declared Sri Lanka is a Malaria free country in 2016. North & East is firmly on the tourist map now and make it easier for the travellers to explore this colourful region. Recently opened national parks in the north and east are perfect for wildlife viewing.  Colombo is rapidly emerging as a destination in its own right as Sri Lanka aiming to be the Indian Ocean hub. It has amazing wildlife, 2000 year old history, ancient temples and monuments, tea plantations in the hill country, rainforests and golden sandy beaches. 

 


Speaker:

Aleem Raheem

The Earth Trip

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:30

- 12:30pm: Which Arctic or Antarctic Expedition Cruise Is Right For Me?

You’ve seen the incredible pictures of Penguins and Polar Bears and decided visiting the Arctic or Antarctic is on your bucket list. Perhaps even both! But with all the different ships, operators, itineraries, cabins and dates available, how do you even begin planning your own adventure? Join director of Polar Routes, Martin Johnson, for a fun and informative session where he will help you clear a path to find the right adventure for you. From expedition cruising in 5* luxury to the smallest ships focused on maximising your time on the ice, by the end of this session you will be on course for knowing which expedition cruise is the best option for you. Expect some great polar photography along the way too!

 


Speaker:

Martin Johnson


Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 12:30

- 1:30pm: Adventure to the Secret Mountain: Holy Mt Kailash, Tibet

Badri was born in a village close to Langtang Himalaya region of Nepal.  He holds 17  years of experience in the Mountain,  leading trips to Mount Kailash Tibet over 40 times, besides that he  have been  leading trip to Mt Kilimanjaro, Lhe,& Ladhak, Everest Base Camp, Bhutan, Vietnam Cambodia, Laos, and many other  most beautiful and adventurous parts of the Himalayan region. After the divested earthquake in Nepal last year he have been actively involved in rebuilding schools in different part of Nepal. Hi wil be talking baout Holy Mt. Kailash, 6,740 mt. high peak situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet.  A Perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bonpo.

 


Speaker:

Badri Gajurel


Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 13:30

- 2:30pm: Revealing the Best of Chile: A Land of Contrasting Landscapes and Beauty

Revealed Travel

With newly launched direct flights from British Airways - Chile has just become a whole lot easier to visit; and has begun to feature on the travel media’s ‘What’s Hot for 2017’ lists. From the Andes, wildlife and glaciers of Patagonia, through the serene vistas of the Lake District,  to unique and fascinating Easter Island plus the stunning beauty of the Atacama Desert and its’ amazing clear starry sky - Chile is a land of contrasting beauty and stunning landscapes. You can combine all this with cosmopolitan Santiago and Valparaiso, not to mention the appeal and gastronomy of the winelands. Chile meets and beats the expectation of all who visit. This talk is for those wanting to go see for themselves.  

 


Speaker:

David Gilmour

Revealed Travel

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 14:30

- 3:30pm: Oceania Cruises - Your World, Your Way

Oceania Cruises

Premium Luxury Cruising, travelling globally.  6 mid-size ships offering elegant casual voyages.  Open seating dining, complimentary speciality dining.   Trademark - "The Finest Cuisine at Sea" . Offering an alternative option to mainstream and ultra luxury cruising. Launched O Life Choice - giving guests the option to tailor added value benefits such as ship board credits, drinks packages or shore excursion packages - an alternative to all Inclusive.    Luxuriously appointed staterooms & suites, including the first beam-to-beam suite. Market tours with the executive chef or cooking class combined with wine tasting at vineyards.   Or just relax and enjoy the turquoise waters of Polynesia & the Indian Ocean.  Itineraries ranging from 7 days to a 180 day world cruise

 


Speaker:

Louise Craddock

Oceania Cruises

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 15:30