Expat Explore Tour Leaders
Our tour leaders are trained and experienced professionals who are passionate about travel and sharing the best of our destinations with our travellers. Equipped with first-hand and historical knowledge, our tour leaders will also provide some context into the countries you are visiting. Join us on the road and experience the magic of an Expat Explore tour!
If you are interested in becoming a tour leader for Expat Explore, please click here.
Emma moved from Melbourne to London to work as a travel agent, but after selling so many tours she couldn't resist the urge to get out and do them herself, so she joined Expat Explore as a tour leader. The thing Emma likes most about travelling is being able to try new things and experience new cultures - "travel forces you to get out of your comfort zone whether you like it or not!"
Carl co-founded Expat Explore after his first ever trip to Europe in 1997 inspired him to bring over other expats and show them around Europe. Today Carl is a true explorer in every sense of the word and the mastermind behind our fantastic European itineraries! When he’s not out on the road, he welcomes Expat Explore passengers to the Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens in Wilderswil, Switzerland.
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Half British and half Italian, Gabie travelled on an Expat Explore European tour as a passenger back in 2013. She loved touring Europe (and Expat!) so much that she came back as an Expat Explore tour leader last year! Now in her second full season on the road, Gabie's favourite destinations are Florence, Venice and Jungfrau.
Niall love's travelling; especially if it involves history, culture and food. Since he grew up he has been obsessed with the Romans, the big battles they fought and amazing things they built, and the stories from that time. Niall loves to show people around Europe, combining his passions of history, travel and meeting new people!
Perci first joined Expat Explore back in 2012 as a driver. He has 21 years experience of touring Europe and travelling, having visited more than 35 countries across four continents. Perci loved being on the road so much that he joined and successfully completed our 2017 tour leader training programme!
Mike will be leading our tours of Great Britain this year. Orginally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Mike has a great knowledge of the incredible history of England, Scotland and Wales, so if you're lucky enough to have him as tour leader you'll get to hear plenty of dramatic stories!
Coming from Canada originally, Will lived in Australia before joining Expat Explore, and has been with us since 2014. Will has travelled to many places both near and far but especially loves Australia, Russia, and anywhere where there's a good beach, good food, and good SCUBA diving!
Stacey started at Expat this year, but she has plenty of travel experience having been a tour manager for several other travel companies before joining us. From London, she's bubbly, fun, knowledgeable and adventurous (and always carrying a big bag!); Stacey will help you get stuck in to Europe!
Laura is a qualified scuba diving instructor and zoologist, and has been to over 89 countries! Having spent the last 7 years abroad, Laura's survived an earthquake in Japan, Great White Sharks in South Africa and lions in Zimbabwe. She loves adventure and (as you can see) being outdoors!
Raised in a Bulgarian-Ukrainian family, Nevyana grew up with the crazy stories from her mum who used to be a tour manager in the former USSR, and these tales made her want to pursue the same career. She has been always very excited about the food element of travel and, together with a friend, organised culinary experiences for visitors to Athens, where Nevyana currently lives when she is not out on the road.
Grace is a Brit, and has travelled all over Europe from Scotland down to Spain, blogging about her adventures as she goes! She never goes on tour without her mascot Henry, so look out for him on the road.
Helen has been with us since March 2014, and she has travelled to a truly impressive list of countries. Some of her favourites include the UAE, Egypt, South Africa, the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, Borneo, Singapore and Japan, to name a few!
Born in Chichester, UK, Tim joined us back in July 2012. He's travelled to almost every continent on earth, and he's pretty handy with a camera too! One of Tim's favourite parts of the world is Scandinavia & the Baltics!
Born in South Africa, raised in Canada, and a resident of Australia for a year, Kaeleigh finally moved over to the UK when she joined Expat in 2015. Now in her third season, she has absolutely fallen in love with Great Britain and Ireland (although you can't beat Europe in the summer!). This season you'll be sure to find her lurking around Loch Ness or skulking about Switzerland.
Born in Dover, on the south coast of England, Kevin has been touring Europe for 16 years and has visited almost every country on the continent. One of his biggest passions is trying the local food, so if you want any restaurant recommendations on tour don't hesitate to ask him!
Lithuanian by birth, Roma is based in Rome (how fitting!) and specialises in running our Italian tours. Fluent in English, Russian, Lithuanian and of course Italian, she's full of enthusiasm for Italy, one of her favourite countries - and one of ours too!
The Artful Dodger of tourism, Shabby is a London guide turned European tour leader who has travelled extensively globally and has a particular interest in eating her way around the world. If Shabby is your tour leader and you want to try the local cuisine, you're in for a treat!
An expat Australian, who is now living in Austria, Jamie is one of our specialist Tour Leaders who has loads of experience in leading tours throughout Europe!
Kerry is our Ireland based Tour Leader and specialises in our 7 day Irish Explorer tour, originally from New Zealand she now lives in Ireland.
Rose originally hails from Bristol in the UK but has spent the last five years leading tours around Europe and Asia. She is a 'foodie' and makes it her mission to hunt down the best local cuisine wherever she goes - so whether you're looking for the best pizza in Rome or the tastiest souvlaki in Athens, she's your girl!
Katy is originally from Manchester, England, and has travelled to over 50 different countries across five continents. Meeting new people and trying new things are her favourite parts of travel. Katy has worked as a tour leader throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, and has recently returned from India, where she trained to be a yoga teacher.
Erin is an Aussie now living in London, and has previous travel experience leading sailing tours around the beautiful coast of Croatia. She's looking forward to taking you on an exploration of all the must-see destinations in Europe!
Originally from Portugal, Gus has been touring Europe for 15 years and has seen pretty much everything there is to see, so if you want any travel advice or tips, he is the man to ask!
Susan loves to travel to France and the rest of Europe, she is very experienced having worked in the industry for many years and can't wait to show you the best Europe has to offer!
This is one of our most handsome tour leaders, Mark. Mark was born in Ireland, grew up in Australia and now has spent the last five years leading tours around Europe. His favourite destinations are Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Mark has travelled across the world, and his passion for travel continues to grow day by day. The places he wants to visit next are India, China & North Korea.
Francine is from the Netherlands and has extensive experience in travel, having worked for airlines and cruise companies. She loves to travel and introduce her Expat Explorers to new cultures, languages and food.
Chris is from Vienna and has previously worked as a tour leader for schools and educational groups. Chris is an adventurous explorer, with a passion for skiing and snowboarding. If you're feeling competitive, challenge Chris to a game of hacky sack!
Leisha was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and worked as a teacher before deciding she wanted to travel the world. She's been a tour leader for six years, and loves being able to share her experiences and knowledge with her tour groups. She always looks forward to meeting new people and making new friends, and can't wait to see you on tour soon!
Peter caught the travel bug when he studied abroad for a semester on Reunion Island (it's close to Madagascar!) and he hasn't found the cure yet. Having lead tours around Europe and South America since 2010 he is most at home on the road. He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as well as some German so you will usually find him in one of those countries!
Rory is originally from Perth, western Australia, and is a qualified teacher who loves to play sport, being in the great outdoors and kayaking. He has enjoyed the last 11 years travelling around the world, including being a tour leader in eastern and southern Africa. Rory is looking forward to being back in Europe, entrenching himself back into the culture, history and food!
Rebecca, or "Beck" is a seasoned traveller, having originated from Australia she loves the outdoors and meeting new people. She loves the Ultimate Europe tour - what could be better than spending a month exploring all over Europe?!
Blake has been tour leading for over four years, and has visited 38 countries in total. Story's are his passion; he loves to read about science and history, so don't be surprised if he gives you an in depth introduction to a destination on tour, or a random scientific fact!
Rachelle first packed her bags and left Australia in 2006 to do a ski season in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The travel bug bit and she has not stopped travelling since. Her favourite travel moments are exploring the back-streets and meeting locals to discover what really makes a place tick. She can mostly be found in any non-English speaking country as she is a language aficionado and aims to speak at least 5 to fluency. Rachelle's all time favourite place is Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps
Dorota is originally from Poland, but has enjoyed the last eight years travelling and living abroad, including in Barcelona and the Austrian Alps. Her favourite places in the world are the Balkans, including Albania, Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Vivien was born and raised in Hungary, and from an early age had a fascination and love for Italy. She later followed in the footsteps of her grandma, who was also a European tour leader. She has now been leading tours for six years, and loves to just wander and explore, and she tries to encourage her travellers to do exactly that.
Shae is originally from Australia and has been travelling around the World since 2004. During that time she has worked and volunteered in Canada, London, Bangkok, Nairobi and of course Europe! Travel is her true passion, and she loves the history, people and cultures of the countries she visits. Shae enjoys guiding and meeting new people to show them around Europe and the places she loves.
John is originally from Liverpool, England, but he left a decade ago for a life in Australia where he worked as a dancer. He decided to give up his boogie boots and return to Europe to embark on a long journey of adventure. He is now in his fifth year of leading tours in Europe. During his off seasons he has backpacked India and volunteered in Colombia. He loves to learn the local dance styles while traveling, from Cali Salsa to Kathak.
Melinda is originally from Slovakia and has a Hungarian background. She started her career as a tour leader in Europe in 2010, doing both summer and winter seasons. After a couple of years living in New Zealand, she returned to Europe in 2015 to continue as a tour leader, where she specialises in taking travellers around Germany, Croatia and other countries in eastern Europe.