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Why travel with Burkat Global?

Iris and Howard Burkat’s tour 3000 Years of Jews in India grew out of many trips to India over more than 36 years, and one very special visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and its Cochin synagogue installation. That installation sparked their interest in Jewish India.

400 Years of Jews in South Africa was inspired by 5 visits, nearly two years  and 30,000 k driven in southern Africa, beginning in 2004. 

They have traveled together and separately to more than 80 countries. In 2014, Burkat Global was born out of their passion for travel and their professional marketing and services development experience in New York’s high-end travel, personal finance and entertainment industries.

There is nothing Howard and Iris like better than sharing their discoveries and excitement with other travelers. Between frequent visits to India and South Africa, they continue to explore new destinations – in 2019, they added the Czech Republic, Scotland and Greece to their recent destinations. 


Iris and Howard lived and worked in NYC for many years before they had a son and moved to Westchester County. He, of course, lives in Brooklyn.

More about Iris

Iris developed travel and personal financial services and marketing programs for global corporations, governments, and nonprofits throughout her career. She holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University. Her mother always begged her not to travel but seized every opportunity to remind her that she began running away from home when she was two.

More About Howard

Howard has held senior marketing and communications positions at major media companies. As a consultant, he has researched, analyzed, recommended and implemented communication programs for start-ups, government, and corporate clients throughout the world. Howard holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Communications in a joint program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and the Wharton School.


Iris and Howard met on a Greyhound Bus and began traveling together soon after.

Iris and Howard Burkat, Burkat Global
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