Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Hugh Neighbour

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Hugh Neighbour brings many years of experience as a diplomat for the U.S. and an officer in the U.S. Navy, mostly working overseas.  Specialized in political and economic affairs, he was posted in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Hugh was awarded the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award as well as a number of Department of State awards for distinguished service. 

Since retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2010, Hugh has worked as a consultant in both Washington and overseas, served as an official observer for several elections overseas, and lectured aboard high-end cruise ships. Several times a year, Hugh directs a course in advanced foreign area studies to select groups in the Washington region.  Hugh will offer a fresh, up-to-date perspective on the history, culture, and current affairs of the fascinating peoples and places you will visit.

Upcoming Tours

Exploring Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

17 days | Starting at: $7,995
Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
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The Silk Road: A Journey to Central Asia

17 days | Starting at: $7,995
Oct 6, 2021 - Oct 22, 2021

Featuring the Five “Stans” of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan
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Cruising the Mekong River

16 days
Mar 3, 2022 - Mar 18, 2022

Featuring Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
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