Our team

We are hiring! If you’re looking to join a fun, committed and inspiring team of travel experts, then please do get in touch! If you are passionate about travel in the Middle East, and you feel our company values of Excellence, Responsibility and Growth, resonate with you, then we would love to hear from you. Please email us: [email protected]

Our team
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    My name is Hannah Blustin and I founded Pomegranate Travel.

    I was born and raised in London. Having been through Oxford and a finance career in the City, I can honestly say I felt pretty wed to England, and London in particular. And then I met and married an Israeli, and was whisked off to the Middle East. Yikes.

    I was not a complete stranger to Israel, having previously visited, nor was I a stranger to adventures abroad, having unleashed my passion for travel at every given opportunity, from backpacking as a student, to copious luxury travel fueled by a City lifestyle. However, I was not prepared for the intensity of my experience in Israel. I fell in love, in a complex, rich kind of way, the intellectual intensity of which was somehow perfectly sweetened by the joie de vivre and sensuality one finds here.

    In Israel, one can’t help but be inspired by the pervading spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism, by people following their dreams rather than a nine to five. So I jumped on the band wagon and set up Pomegranate Travel – my chance to share this little known, endlessly fascinating place where sensual indulgence and intellectual stimulation come magically all wrapped up together.  After some years, I found the Israel business was established, and knew the time was ripe to continue the journey as I had always intended (Pomegranates are endemic to the Middle East, not just Israel!).  Jordan and Egypt border Israel, and are both highly significant in regional relations, and as treasure troves of the ancient world.  Indeed, if we’re being honest, Petra, the Pyramids and the Pharaonic tombs and temples surpass any remains found in Israel.

    Today I am based between London and Israel, with plenty of time in Amman and Cairo, as well as lesser known corners of Jordan and Egypt, and quite a bit of time spent in the USA, and I can honestly say I am living my dream by running Pomegranate Travel – which it turns out is much more exciting than banking!

    Photo copyright – Oded Plotnizki

    Hannah, You are the Goddess of Israel Travel!Deirdre J, NY

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    My name is Ryan and I am the Chief Travel Architect at Pomegranate Travel.

    My name in Ryan and I am originally from South Africa.  My favorite site in Egypt is Nuweibah. It is a small beach enclave about halfway between Tabah and Sharm El Sheikh. There are a few scattered resorts and beach huts there but it absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. There is a family of dolphins who live in the bay. They are not captive and they often don’t appear but once in a while they will come out and swim and play with tourists. A truly magnificent experience.

    My favorite Travel destination on earth is in the mountains of Vietnam in Sapa. This is one of the most ethereal otherworldly places I have ever seen. The combination of the physical challenge of trekking through muddy foothills for days, the incredible hospitality and homesteads of the Black Hnom tripe who inhabit this area and the views that look like they were taken out of a Hollywood movie makes this one of my favorite places on earth. Experiencing this while trekking for three days with my kids aged 8, 10, and 12 was one of the most rewarding and magical travel experiences we as a family have ever experienced.

    Ryan was unbelievable in looking after us before and throughout our trip. Robert S, Miami

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    My name is Gal and I am Pomegranate’s Director of Operations.

    My name is Gal and I am originally from Israel.  My favorite site in the Middle East is Mamshit (Mempsis), the ancient Roman town located in the north east Negev desert. Located at the edge of a cliff above a dry river, these remarkably preserved ruins of the small fortified Roman border town were partly reconstructed and now host periodical theme craft markets or handcraft activities.  They are also perfect background scenery for one of the best and most picturesque camel ride routes in Israel.

    My favorite place on earth is the Greek island of Naxos which is part of the Cycad’s island group. It is large enough not to be considered a small island, but is certainly not densely populated, and contains the best blend of nature, charm and that special Greek Island atmosphere.  Non touristy villages can be accessed not too deep into the heart of the island, which differ from its sandy flat beaches being forested and mountainous. Unlike many of the larger islands which are close to the mainland, Naxos is not connected to the outside world by international flights and high rise hotels are not allowed to be built.

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    My name is Amalia and I am a Journey Consultant at Pomegranate Travel.

    My name is Amalia and I am originally from the US.  My favorite place in the Middle East is the serene Sea of Galilee, which is a significant landmark for both Jews and Christians alike. Besides the natural beauty of this area, it is surrounded by important religious and archeological sites, stunning nature reserves and award winning wineries.

    A place further afield, but close to my heart is Kenya, which is a land of beauty and diversity. It features stunning landscapes, animal and plant life, and fascinating cultures. The locals are friendly and welcome you with open arms

    So helpful, kind and extremely professional.

    Allan F, Toronto

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    My name is Sophie and I am a Tour Consultant at Pomegranate Travel.

    My name is Sophie and I am originally from Belgium.  My favorite site in Israel for a great family vacation Eilat which has the rare combination of sea and the beautiful red coloured Edom mountains.  Whenever I arrive there I disconnect from everyday life and there is an instant feeling of leisure, vacation, sea and sun.  I also love the Negev for the large variety of hiking trails, for me the most beautiful is climbing up the Edom mountains before sunrise to see the magnificent scene of the sun appearing over the Red sea.

    Outside the Middle East, and being French speaking, I love the French Riviera or la cote d’Azur, it has beautiful sceneries, with amazing landscape and history.  Nice has a fond place in my heart, my grandfather had a family resort in there which we loved going to, and the city is stunning and has so much history and art interwoven in it.

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    My name is Yuliya and I am an Operations Manager at Pomegranate.

    My name is Yuliya and I am originally from the Ukraine.

    My most loved travel destination in the Middle East … is the place with the most ideal sunsets ever, where the landscape is so unusual, that you doubt you’re still actually on Earth… It’s where Walt Disney came to shoot the famous The Martian… It is of course the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan.  This is where and when I fell in love with Jordan once and forever.

    Outside the Middle East, I love to travel Europe, especially small towns rather than capitals, places where you can feel the atmosphere, dive into local culture, and watch local life. I love Europe’s unique corners – from tiny Finnish ski resorts to luxury North Italian lake towns, to colorful  Portuguese villages, romantic French Brittany in the west, to my beloved Ukraine on the East. This is what inspires me and no matter what I have been visited already, I can always find a new place on the map of Europe to be explored.

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    My name is Sam and I'm the Finance Manager at Pomegranate Travel.

    My favorite experience in the Middle East was touring the ruins at Luxor, the great temples and ruins of Karnak and Luxor will bring out your Indiana Jones, and combine in a fabulous way with the beauty of the Nile to satisfy your nature spirit.

    While trying to think of my best travel destination I honestly could not come up with just one, though I think Thailand and Portugal would feature very highly!  I have been blessed to have travelled so much that it’s just not possible for me to pick – so I guess it means that I must continue the adventure to find the best destination to blow all the others out of the water.

    Samantha – we are back home now but I wanted to send you an email letting you know what a great job you and your team did while we were in Israel.Terry S, Texas

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    My name is Romy and I am the Office Manager at Pomegranate Travel.

    I am originally from Johannesburg in South Africa and have always had a special affinity with Israel, including being massively inspired by a special Barmitzvah trip to Israel (like the ones we organize at Pomegranate!), which convinced me to seek a greater connection.  Today instead of working in insurance, as I did for many years, I am thrilled to facilitate Israel discovery, engagement and fun!  I still get to use my skills of being super organized, and an office wiz, but all within what is a little bit more of a lively and joyful field.  Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, read books and relax on the beach.

Why Pomegranate?

  • Tailor made itineraries
  • Deep local knowledge
  • Expert guides
  • Outstanding style & service