Urs Hofmann

Urs Hofmann in Ethiopia with GeoEx

Director for Antarctica, the Arctic, and GeoEx Trains

Urs, born and raised in Switzerland, credits the Jim Knopf (Jim Button to us Anglos) children’s stories with sparking his interest in faraway places. The main character adventured with his friend by steam engine from Europe to China. Perhaps it's no coincidence that Urs now specializes GeoEx's train journeys, in addition to handling the Polar region.

Urs' globetrotting travel career began in the hotel industry, first in Zurich and then in Honolulu. After relocating to San Francisco, he did a stint with airlines and in corporate travel, and, in 2000, joined the GeoEx team. He could regale you for hours—with a delightful Swiss accent and charming dry wit—with travel tales from his journeys across the Middle East, Europe, Russia, Asia, Antarctica, and the Arctic. When not planning travel or dreaming up his next voyage, you'll find Urs gardening and painting.

Simply put, Urs is a big fan of train travel, especially aboard such comfortable hotels on wheels as Golden Eagle trains. "Traveling by train," he says, "is the only way to truly appreciate the enormous distances covered and their astoundingly diverse landscapes, with maximum exposure to local peoples, their arts and crafts, ancient history, culture, and architecture—all without wasting time checking in and out of hotels or languishing in immigration lines at obscure airports with iffy connections."

“Not sure what his tricks are, but wish we could use him to book all our air travel all the time.“ – Fiona W., St. Louis, MO

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