National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Yuval Ben-Ami
Educator, Author

Author, journalist, and cultural critic Yuval Ben-Ami writes for the Hebrew edition of National Geographic magazine and has published a monthly column in the Hebrew edition of National Geographic Traveler. Born in Jerusalem, Yuval later moved to the United States and began writing for Israeli and international publications, among them Haaretz and the Boston Globe. His books include Susanna, Don’t You Cry—a travelogue of the American South—and two travel books about Israel: Wonderland and A Day on the Town. Yuval's work in conflict resolution began in 2000 at Jerusalem's Youth Center of World Cultures, where he introduced Jewish high school students to Palestinian culture. He currently leads cultural travel experiences, bringing individuals into areas they would not normally visit: Israelis into Hebron, Palestinians to Tel-Aviv, secular Jews to Meah Shearim, and so on, creating unique encounters.

Departure Dates
  • Apr 21 - May 01, 2018
  • Oct 06 - 16, 2018
  • Oct 20 - 30, 2018
  • Nov 03 - 13, 2018
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019

Aziz Abu Sarah
Author, Educator

Named a 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his groundbreaking work as a cultural educator, Aziz Abu Sarah has dedicated his life to bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to find common ground, build mutual understanding, and forge lasting relationships. He has spoken in hundreds of churches, synagogues, and mosques, before both the European Parliament and the United Nations, and at many universities on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, peace, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue. He is co-executive director of George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.

Departure Dates
  • May 05 - 15, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 20, 2018