The Fabled Adriatic

September 1, 2015 - September 14, 2015
May 30, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

Lia Oprea (Expedition Leader)

Lia Oprea

Part Romanian, Lia gives credit to her Gypsy heritage for her peripatetic nature and love of exploration. This love led her to travel widely around the globe and, quite naturally, to a career in adventure travel, a trade she has plied for more than 20 years. During this time, she has worked in several capacities, including translator, cruise director, and expedition leader. Her passion for travel dovetails nicely with her other interests, such as herpetology, ethnobotany, birding, and Mayan history.

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Kelsey Simmons

Kelsey Simmons

Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Washington Art History program and came to Zegrahm Expeditions with a passion for travel. After graduating from UW in 2006 and studying abroad in Rome, Kelsey spent time traveling in Europe and living in various places along the west coast. Ultimately, her love for the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area where she currently lives, with her Alaskan malamute. By nature Kelsey is very friendly, dedicated, and detail-oriented.  

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Roger Crowley

Roger Crowley

Roger is a UK-based writer and historian and a graduate of Cambridge University. As the child of a naval family, his fascination with the Mediterranean world started early, on the island of Malta. He has lived in Istanbul, walked across much of western Turkey, and traveled widely throughout the region. His particular interests are the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman empires, seafaring, and eyewitness history.

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Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Raised on Vancouver Island, Allan earned a doctorate degree in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught in the University of California system for more than 12 years. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include a book on Hugo Munsterburg, the first film theorist and a picture book, illustrated with his photographs, of the historical architecture of northern Cyprus.

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Susan Langley

Susan Langley

Susan is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary. She is a Dive Safety Officer for the state of Maryland and is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults and advises UNESCO.

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Rich Pagen

Rich Pagen

Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote wetlands where he monitored loon nests.

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Ron Wixman

Ron Wixman

Ron is a specialist in world cultural geography and is well-versed in both the ancient and modern societies of the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Ron is conversant in several languages, including Croatian and Bulgarian. For 20 years, he spent the summers living in shepherds' villages in the Balkans. His extensive knowledge of the region has led to his work as a consultant to the State Department and CIA on ethno-cultural conflict.

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