Field Report

2015 Circumnavigation of the Black Sea 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 enjoy a welcome dinner in the elegant Grand Pera Hall.

2015 South American Mosaic Field Report

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Belém, Brazil: We converged on the city of Belém at the mouth of the Amazon River, to explore one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet. This incredible river, which discharges more water than any other river in the world, accounts for nearly 1/5 of all river outflow on the planet! The Amazon basin represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

2015 Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback Field Report

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Broome, Australia: Located in the far northwest of Australia, our independent journeys to this remote part of the island-continent finally ended in Broome. Staying at the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort overlooking the Indian Ocean, we met our fellow travelers, renewed old acquaintances, and made new friends over sunset cocktails. At the welcome dinner our Expedition Leader Jeff Gneiser introduced himself and set out the plan for the following day. Dinner over, most of us retired early for some much needed horizontal time!

2014 Wild Alaska with the Aleutian Islands Field Report

Friday, July 11, 2014 - Home / Anchorage, Alaska

Following our independent arrival, we transferred to the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. There, we gathered with our fellow Zegrahm Expeditions and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours travelers for cocktails and a welcome dinner. Expedition Leader Mike Moore introduced us to the staff that would be accompanying us throughout our journey, and gave us our first briefing about the exciting voyage ahead, along the Aleutian Island arc to Kamchatka.

2015 Philippines Field Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - Sandakan, Malaysia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We all converged in the city of Sandakan from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the Philippines. Having gathered the previous night for our welcome cocktail party, we checked out of our hotel this morning and made our way up to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center.

2014 Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 30 & October 1, 2014 - Papeete, Tahiti / Embark Caledonian Sky / Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands: After long flights over the Pacific, we took day rooms at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti for some much-needed rest. Once up, we relished views of the saw-toothed silhouette of the island of Moorea. In Polynesian, the name "Moorea" refers to a yellow lizard found on the island. After brunch, we boarded buses and began our tour of Tahiti.

2014 Faces of Polynesia: Fiji to Tahiti Field Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji / Lautoka / Embark Caledonian Sky: After a long flight across the Pacific, we arrived in Fiji. We enjoyed a morning at leisure, sleeping, strolling, or swimming at our hotel on the beach, the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa. Red-faced parrotbills were quite tame near the pool, hopping in the lawn and eating grass seeds, showing off their emerald and scarlet plumage. After lunch, we set out in buses to explore the island.

2014 Circumnavigation of the Black Sea Field Report

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey: Converging in Istanbul, our flights touched down at the busy Ataturk International Airport from many different parts of the world. Seven different nationalities were brought together for the start of our odyssey around the Black Sea, and a happy buzz filled the opulent Pera Palace Hotel. We enjoyed introductions of our expedition team during dinner, before we all adjourned for a welcome night’s rest, as our exploration of Istanbul was to begin the following morning.

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