Marco Polo Club Tour Directors Among World's Finest
The men and women accompanying Marco Polo Club Invitational Journeys are among the finest Tour Directors in the world. Knowledgeable in local culture and ecology, they are equally adept at detailed planning and spur-of-the-moment improvisation to make your journey a memorable one-of-a-kind adventure.
Karen Mac Cormick
A former clinical nurse specialist in Wisconsin, Karen Mac Cormick married a Scot and moved to Scotland in 1989. She began guiding as a volunteer at St. Giles Church and was selected to train as a Blue Badge Guide. Karen now is a Guardian Angel and Tour Director for A&K. She also teaches Scottish history to local Edinburgh residents through walks and tours of the city and its museums.
Join Karen on Scottish Highlands & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Born to Franco-Polish parents in London, Ladislas began his working life as an agriculturalist and estate manager in France and England; he still manages the family farm on a part-time basis. Now a popular A&K Tour Director, Ladislas’ linguistic gifts (he has English, Polish, Italian, French and German to his credit) and his informed pan-European outlook make him an ideal travelling companion.
Join Ladislas on France: Loire Valley & D-Day 70 Years Later.
A&K’s China Specialist since 1986, Gerald Hatherly travels 150 days a year honing his expertise in both China’s busiest cities and off-the-beaten-path locales. Gerald has been named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Greatest Travel Pros on Earth” for China every year since 2003 and is among the “135 Travel Experts Who Can Change Your Life.”
Ines Abalova’s expertise in leading tours within the ex-USSR states and a keen interest in history help her to relate easily with people of other cultures. Ines proudly led the first luxury train tour of the Uzbek portion of the Silk Road, as well as the first into Kyrgyzstan. Her distinguished client list includes Henry Kissinger, Imelda Markos and HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
Join Ines on Along the Great Silk Road by Private Train.
Sue's experience as a tour guide stemmed from her interest in meeting people from all over the world in order to learn about their diverse cultures and ways of life. She began her career by taking fellow Thai travellers to Oceania, Europe and America. During her 14 years with Abercrombie & Kent, she has introduced numerous foreign travellers to Southeast Asia.
Join Sue on Indochina: Ha Long Bay & the Mekong.
A sense of adventure led Cape Town nativeTony Staadecker to change career direction and pursue his love of travel and nature full-time. For 13 years, he has shared his interest in photography, birding and animals with A&K guests and offers helpful photographic tips. Tony infuses each journey with his encyclopedic knowledge of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Join Tony on Southern Africa by River and Rail.
A native of Nairobi, John Niva was schooled in different parts of the country, contributing to his adaptability, integration and leadership skills. He has 15 years of safari experience and an in-depth knowledge of African culture, East African wildlife, conservation and plant life. John’s passion is working with and supporting deprived children through sports. He also assists one of Kenya’s best soccer teams.
Join John on Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond.
Rio-born Marcella Granatiere is a true carioca who is a passionate enthusiast of Brazil. Since 1994, she has been a local guide in Rio de Janeiro and a Tour Director throughout Brazil and South America and commands expert knowledge of different cultures, architecture, poetry, art and history.
Join Marcella on Brazil: Rainforests to Rio.
Although Gereltuv Dashdoorov was born in Ulaanbaatar, he spent most of his childhood in the Gobi with his relatives. He has been a Tour Director for more than 10 years, leading trekking, horseback riding and overland driving expeditions all across Mongolia. Gereltuv holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Mongolian National University.
Join Gereltuv on Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Gobi Desert.
A tour director and naturalist, Vikram has led many exciting A&K journeys on the Indian subcontinent and throughout the Himalayan countries. His passion for and knowledge of local art, culture and wildlife are contagious. Vikram describes Marco Polo Club members as among his favorite travellers to guide: "They always ask interesting questions, so it's a fun challenge for me to lead them."
Join Vikram on India: Tigers, Taj & Tradition.
Calum Macnaughton was born and raised in Johannesburg. During his youth he travelled extensively with the family-run mobile safari company. In addition to teaching, Calum worked as a freelance writer and completed a Masters Degree in Anglo-American Literature from the University of Madrid. Calum returned to Cape Town in 2005 and began work as a Tour Director. In addition to guiding, he also holds the position of workshop facilitator and language examiner for the British Council.
Join Calum on Southern Africa by River & Rail.
Janet Cameron spent much of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, where her father was a colonial administrator. A chance meeting with the great explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes piqued her interest in travel, bringing her to A&K in 1988. Since then, Janet has led numerous horticultural tours through the lush gardens in the United Kingdom.
Join Janet on English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show.
Born in Moscow in the Soviet years, Marianna has lived through all the new transformations of Russia. A graduate of the Moscow university, she speaks two foreign languages and is interested in history, literature, music, arts, sports and travel. She has worked as a Tour Director with A&K since 1998. Marianna is treasured by her guests as a knowledgeable and personable guide, open to any discussion and having a good sense of humor.
Join Marianna on Russia: From Red Square to White Nights.
Although born in Istanbul, Toplum Biner’s family roots are in Gaziantep, the gastronomic capital of Turkey. Toplum majored in political science and international relations at Bogazici (Bosphorous) University, the first American college established in Istanbul. His love of history and archaeology led to the beginning of his career as a Tour Director in 1990. Toplum’s hobby is collecting old postcards at flea markets in Europe.
Join Toplum on Turkey: Byzantium & the Bosphorus.
A guide with A&K since 1991, Cairo native Hesham Abdullah obtained a business degree before becoming an Egyptologist. He professes a sincere love of Egyptian history, citing Luxor area. He also enjoys taking travellers to Sakkara, noting the quality and intricate details of the Old Kingdom carvings.
Join Hesham on Pharaohs, Pyramids & the Nile.
Andrés Cubillos Rey
Fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, Andrés Cubillos Rey studied modern languages and business management at EAN University in Bogotá. Andrés says, “One of my biggest passions is learning about other cultures and showing all of my country's beauty and unique places to others. I prepare every detail to provide my passengers the best experience during their visit.”
Join Andrés on Colombia's Colonial Charm.