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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Santa Cruz Island
August 31, 2015
Field Report

Our Ultimate Galapagos expedition earlier this year was an incredible success; enjoy some of our favorite images from Las...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
Blog Post

Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

Ushuaia, Argentina
August 18, 2015
Field Report

Sunday & Monday, February 22 & 23, 2015 - Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Sea Spirit: Having spent a full day (or more!) traveling to the southernmost city of the world, many of us took time to enjoy the lovely Arakur Resort & Spa and its amenities, or rode into Ushuaia to explore the tiny town. After a welcome dinner at the hotel, we headed off to bed to prepare for our upcoming journey.

The next...

Warm Welcomes in the Philippines
August 21, 2015
Blog Post

Earlier this year, we embarked on a brand-new journey to the Philippines. It was one of my absolute favorite trips so far and I can’t wait to return in 2016! To get you as excited as I am, here are my top 10 favorite experiences from the Philippines:

  1. Every single thing about Sibuyan Island. From the greeting as we stepped off the ship, to the experience in the rice fields—including planting rice and riding water buffalo!—this island was the...
Bergen, Norway
August 13, 2015
Field Report

Monday, June 1, 2015 - Bergen, Norway / Embark Sea Adventurer: A gray, rainy morning failed to dampen our spirits as we gathered for our tour of Norway’s attractive and historic second city. This took us past the leaning gabled buildings and narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the old, Hanseatic, part of town, and on to Troldhaugen, the charming summer home of composer Edvard Grieg from 1885 to 1907. Here, in the turf-roofed Troldsdal...

Kapitan Khlebnikov
August 5, 2015
Blog Post

For over 25 years, Zegrahm has taken inquisitive guests to the ends of the Earth. One of the most revered vessels in our fleet during this quarter-century of exploration was Kapitan Khlebnikov, the 110-guest, polar-class icebreaker.

This powerful ship (think: 24,000 horsepower engine and advanced ice-breaking technology) was originally designed to escort scientists and miners in Northern Siberia, but was converted to a passenger ship in 1990. She not only takes explorers to...

Bogota, Colombia
August 4, 2015
Blog Post

Our Colombia expedition is underway! The journey has begun in Bogota; at an elevation of 8,500 feet, the cool, thin air is in sharp contrast to what I have been experiencing on our recent Galápagos sojourn. Our first day in Colombia’s capital city included the largest gold museum in the world with 35,000 pieces on display. We also paid a visit to the Botero Art Gallery and Museum. Next up, Lake Guatavita and the El Dorado legend!

Cappadocia
July 29, 2015
Blog Post

In some ways the truly ancient history of Asia Minor resides in the plains of central Anatolia and the mountain ranges of Eastern Turkey. Here ruled the great civilizations of the Hittites and Urartians, followed by Greeks, Commageneans, Romans, Byzantines, Armenians, Selçuks, Ilkhanids, Karmanids, and many other dynasties. It is in eastern Turkey that one gets an authentic sense of Asia Minor as a crossroads of empires. Villages and towns unspoiled by tourism still exist,...

San Cristobal Island
July 28, 2015
Field Report

Our Wild Galapagos expedition earlier this year was an incredible success; enjoy some of our favorite images from Las Ilas Encantadas. 

Istanbul, Turkey
July 27, 2015
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 2 & 3, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Variety Voyager: Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly renovated landmark, while others chose to relax at a nearby hamman, the ultimate Turkish bath experience, or to set out to explore the city. In the evening we gathered to meet our fellow travelers and...

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