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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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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
January 26, 2016
Video

On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, guests explored six countries on two continents, learning about the incredible history of the region. From Istanbul's hippodrome and Trabzon's Sumela Monastery to the art of Turkish coffee, our adventurers learned about the staggering historical dimensions and cultures of Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. 

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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
January 8, 2016
Video

On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea expedition, art historian Allan Langdale took some time to describe the process of preparing traditional Turkish coffee.

The Best Cultural Dive Sites in the World
November 18, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time Zegrahm leader, Susan Langley, is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historic Trust. She is a dive safety officer for the state of Maryland and is a master scuba diver trainer through PADI. Susan teaches classes and seminars on marine archaeology, and recently had a project recognized by President Obama! (...

Cavtat, Croatia
October 19, 2015
Field Report

For more information on our 2016 Fabled Adriatic expedition, visit our trip page

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - Dubrovnik, Croatia: Welcome to Croatia! After checking into the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, we checked in with Cruise Director Kelsey Simmons before setting off to enjoy the amenities...

One of Romania's Top UNESCO Sites: Moldavian Monastery
October 15, 2015
Blog Post

The lovely region of Bucovina, once the medieval principality of the province of Moldavia, nestles into the fir-clad Carpathian foothills in the northeastern corner of Romania. Repeatedly invaded by the Turks during the 14th and 15th centuries, the territory was successfully defended by Stefan the Great who ruled from 1457 until 1504. As thanks to God for his victories, Stefan built a monastery after each battle, and his son, Petru Rares, continued the tradition for another half...

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,...

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...

Plymouth, England
July 23, 2015
Blog Post

Monday, May 18, 2015 - London, England / Plymouth / Dartmoor / Embark Sea Adventurer: Our adventure began in the surroundings of the Hilton Hotel at London’s Paddington Station where we had gathered yesterday to meet our fellow travelers and some of the expedition team. This morning we were shepherded through the rush hour crowds to catch our train which took us through some lovely English countryside and along the...

Sao Miguel, Azores
July 22, 2015
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29, 2015 - Depart USA / Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores: From a diverse array of states and nations, 68 intrepid adventurers set out to celebrate a quarter of a century in the adventure travel industry. All arrived at the charming island of São Miguel in the Azores and checked in at the Hotel Marina Atlantico. In the early evening we joined our fellow travelers for our welcome reception and dinner at the...

June 8, 2015
Blog Post

The collective whisper of an olive grove’s rustling leaves at twilight, the trees seem to exhale after a day beneath the intense Mediterranean sun; soft, rolling hills, dotted with vineyards, lush and fragrant, the vines hang heavy with clusters of the patiently-ripening fruit; the crystalline waters of the sea, alive with fish and fisherman alike, each playing their age-old role in feeding the people of island. The breathtaking beauty of Sicily is reason enough to experience the area...

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