GeoEx's Vassi Koutsaftis Named Best Cultural Guide

Longtime and much loved GeoEx guide Vassi Koutsaftis has just been named Best Cultural Guide by Outside magazine in its 2014 Travel Awards. 

In its profile of Vassi, Outside wrote: "Athens-born, U.S.-educated Koutsaftis, 61, started wandering the globe working on cruise ships and freighters at 18. He’s been guiding GeoEx clients to remote and dangerous areas, like Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, for the past 29 years. 'Vassi is famed for his engaging personality, his mountaineering skills, his geographical, cultural, and historical knowledge, his sense of humor, and his ability to talk his group out of any difficulty with soldiers and border officials,' says Don George, editor of GeoEx’s travel blog, Wanderlust. As one client said: 'I’ll never travel with any other leader.' " 

This year Vassi will be leading two trips for GeoEx to Pakistan's extraordinary Hunza Valley. For more information, visit Pakistan's Hunza Valley: Where Three Empires Meet.


Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for and the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, as well as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don is the author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George" and of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing." He has also edited eleven anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad. E-mail him at [email protected].


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