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Pieter Shipster

Pieter Shipster

Pieter Shipster comes from a well-travelled Anglo-Dutch military family and he has had a varied career. After taking a degree in the history of the Near and Middle East at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies he was a teacher in the Sudan, an international banker, and a project worker for Christian Aid. He then took up a career in public health which has taken him to Sierra Leone and to Saudi Arabia and he has worked for many years in the British National Health Service. His life-long interest in T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) led him to join the T.E. Lawrence Society, eventually becoming its Chairman. He was first approached by Noble Caledonia to be a Guest Speaker/ Tour Escort for a specialist tour In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and he has now worked as a Tour Manager for the company since 2008. He has now done a wide variety of tours on land, river and sea. He is especially familiar with many European rivers - Danube, Don, Douro, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone, Vistula, Vltava, and Volga - but he has also done tours on rivers in other continents, the Brahmaputra in India, the Irrawaddy in Myanmar, the Mississippi in the USA, and the Nile in Egypt. He has done a number of European and North African sea-cruises - aboard the Clipper Adventurer, Clipper Odyssey, Island Sky, Serenissima, and the Tere Moana -and he is familiar with many destinations in the Adriatic, Aegean, Baltic, Black Sea, Ionian, Mediterranean, and Tyrrhenian seas. As regards land tours he is especially familiar with Jordan but he has also done land tours in Romania, Hungary, Bhutan and Chile.