Roger Williams has been one of our most versatile guides since 1986, and he shows no sign of stopping. He spent eight years studying Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist iconographics, Himalayan languages, and woodblock art in Nepal, and another two years studying Japanese woodblock art, Japanese language, and Shingon Shu, an esoteric sect of Japanese Buddhism in Japan. If it isn’t the surplus of knowledge Roger brings when he leads a trip that makes him so unique, then it may be his awareness for cultural preservation that keep trip members so loyal to his new adventures. Each year, Roger works with WT to design new trips in fascinating areas. He has led in such far-flung locations as Iran, northern Afghanistan, Kamchatka, Burma, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. When he’s not leading, you can find Roger in Berkeley, California, where he is the director of Snow Lion Graphics/SLG Books, a publishing house specializing in Asian cultures. “There should be a rating higher than excellent for Roger,” one client wrote after her journey with Roger. “His knowledge, energy, planning, and attentiveness are superlative.”
Roger is the leader you want to have. He has done so much background research and work. He cares about the details. If something isn't working, he works hard to get it fixed. I appreciate how much hard work he puts into a trip. He also never lets it seem as though it has all become routine.
Roger's unparalleled knowledge and deep passion for history in that region was inspiring as it reflected the thorough itinerary he created. He provided an extensive foundation to the footprint's of Persia's past and the culture of the people of Iran. The landscape of Iran became alive with stories and endless details that filled my notebook.
Roger was a real pleasure to be with. I will be traveling with him again!
Roger is a lot of fun, as well as being extremely knowledgeable! He goes out of his way to make the trip interesting and comfortable for those traveling with him.
Roger is amazing! His knowledge of the history and culture of the area is extensive and he can recall all sorts of information on any number of subjects. His enthusiasm, kindness, and energy never wane.
Roger is a flexible leader who listens to his travelers and absolutely cannot do enough for people. He looked after us well and programmed as much variety into the trip as possible.
Roger was well organized, with careful planning and terrific knowledge of the culture and religion. His interaction with the group was unlike anything we have experienced on prior trips. He is a real treasure for WT, one of your best.
Roger was nothing short of outstanding as a trip leader...managing people as well as logistics of a 25+ day intensive trip. He has a clear desire to share his knowledge, interest, and excitement about Southeast Asia. We've had a lot of good Trip Leaders and I'd rate Roger as #1 on my list.
Roger is an exceptional trip leader with an historian's grasp of the influences shaping this part of the world.
I'm struck again with the magnitude of the incredible adventure you led us on. I have pretty much traveled the world since that trip, with adventures galore...but nothing has, or ever will, compare to it.
Roger is simply a brilliant organizer and always finds the very best services available. He also brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to anything Asian.
Roger has tremendous skills as a trip leader. He has a real gift with people and his relationship with local guides enriches the areas we visit.
Roger is the best tour leader with lots of experiece and profound knowledge of the subject area. Kudos to him and WT.
There should be a rating higher than excellent for Roger. His knowledge, energy, planning, and attentiveness are superlative.
Roger's extensive travel experience and knowledge of Asian culture and Buddhism greatly enhanced the trip. And all the planning he did before and during the trip ensured an excellent itinerary and made everything run smoothly.
Roger provided a unique and enjoyable travel experience. His knowledge and familiarity with the sites visited and enthusiasm for these countries and peoples made this a great travel experience.
Roger is a wealth of knowledge and very well traveled. He takes his duties as trip leader extremely seriously and goes out of his way to please each client.
Exceptional dedication, passion, and professionalism. Roger has the right personality and attitude for this.
Roger is clearly a well-seasoned professional. He is passionate about India and it shows everyday, whether it is interacting with the locals or talking about the iconographics and sites.
I can understand why Roger has such a big following. He worked all the time to make the trip the best it could be.
Tibet is a place like no other on the planet! Roger’s language skills and knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism opened many doors.
Exceedingly knowledgeable, very caring.
Roger knows how to run a trip. He’s very organized and clearly communicates the daily plan. Also, he's a lot of fun and I was impressed with his expertise on Buddhist iconography.
Roger is remarkable. This trip showed him at his best. We could never have traveled across the roof of the world without his preparation and energy. Thanks for a grand experience!
Roger takes good care of his travelers and we learned a lot about the people, their culture, and history. His love for this part of the world is infectious.
Roger is great! Hard working, knowledgeable, personable. He really makes a difference.