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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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Mike Moore
August 22, 2016
Blog Post

The reviews are in: Michael Moore has another hit on his hands.

We’re not speaking of the documentary filmmaker, but rather the charismatic naturalist who leads Zegrahm expeditions around the world. Moore’s most recent, an Alaskan overland adventure this past July, earned enthusiastic praise, particularly for his skills in directing the cast of thousands of iconic critters that...

Vietnamese Market
August 18, 2016
Blog Post

They’ve trained their entire lives for this moment: To lead you on our Vietnam: Culture & Cuisine expedition. The finest in their respective fields, our expert team joins you on a 16-day relay of market tours, museum visits, meetings with locals, and hands-on cooking classes. A few of the competitors:

  • Michael Moore, Team Captain (aka...
Shopping in Vietnam
August 16, 2016
Blog Post

I’ve had the incredible fortune to work at Zegrahm Expeditions for the last 13 years. During that time, I’ve embarked on a number of life-changing adventures from Antarctica to Zanzibar, and many places between. One of my favorite expeditions was a Vietnam cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi; it was so memorable that I decided to recreate the Zegrahm trip in 2016, so my husband could share this phenomenal experience with me, albeit on our own and not with a group.  

It...

Antarctic Peninsula
August 16, 2016
Blog Post

Though the ancient Greeks first hypothesized the existence of a southern landmass, Antarctica remained undiscovered throughout most of human history. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the existence of this mythic land was finally confirmed.

1773

Captain James Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle and circumnavigates Antarctica, though he never actually sights land.

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White-Footed Booby
August 9, 2016
Blog Post

The setting: somewhere in New Mexico. Oil field waste pits have not been properly netted to protect wildlife from their toxic mixture. Migratory birds, mistaking these holding ponds for water, have become trapped and died. The oil companies are in clear violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but Fish and Wildlife Special Agents need help in building their case. How many birds have been affected? How many species? Are any endangered? Time to call Pepper Trail, bird detective....

Valletta, Malta
August 5, 2016
Field Report

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 31 & June 1, 2016 - Valletta, Malta / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Malta, the honey-hued and history-steeped island sitting at the crossroads of the Mediterranean! After checking in with Cruise Director Lynne Greig and into the Grand Hotel Excelsior, we scattered to enjoy the amenities of the hotel’s coastal location or walked into the walled city of Valletta. Evening found us assembling...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
August 4, 2016
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. An accomplished scuba diver, underwater photographer, and experienced boat handler, Brad has a passion for interacting with nature and sharing his knowledge with travelers...

Ancient Roman Sarcophagus, Agrigento
August 4, 2016
Blog Post

Allan Langdale is an art historian and lecturer, who earned his doctorate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include the definitive guidebook to the art and archaeology of northern Cyprus and the travelogue, Palermo: Travels...

African Safari
August 3, 2016
Blog Post

Botswana offers one of Africa’s greatest safari experiences, as wildlife viewing is good year-round. Really, the best time to visit simply depends on your interests. In general, there are two main seasons—the Dry Season and the Wet, or Green, Season. Below, find out the differences between the two, and be sure to read on for more details regarding specific months. And, be sure to visit our Botswana page...

Lisbon, Portugal
July 20, 2016
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, May 12 & 13, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal / Embark Sea Adventurer: We checked into the Intercontinental Lisbon after our various journeys and met for a wine reception in the evening, followed by a welcome dinner. We caught up with old friends from previous Zegrahm trips, and met new acquaintances. Expedition Leader Mike Messick and Cruise Director Kelsey Simmons, welcomed us to Portugal, before we...

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