Top 10 Travel Bucket List for 2018

2018 Travel Bucket List

Zegrahm Contributor|April 10, 2018|Blog Post

Where will your travel dreams take you in 2018? Here are just a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences Zegrahm can help you check off your bucket list next year.

Meet Nomads of the Sahara

Our new Sea to Sahara itinerary offers the rare opportunity to visit with the nomadic Sahraoui people, taking part in their time-honored tea ritual amidst the shifting sands of the Sahara Desert. Guests also enjoy the chance to join Zegrahm co-founder Mike Messick, and Zegrahm president Van Perry, on explorations of Cape Verde, UNESCO-designated Timanfaya National Park in the Canary Islands, and magical Marrakech.

Nomads in the Sahara Desert

 

Take the Polar Bear Plunge in Svalbard

Home to more polar bears than people, the remote Svalbard archipelago is one of the best places in the world to observe these incredible creatures. Instead of plunging into the bone-chilling Arctic waters, guests on our Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest expedition travel in comfort aboard the newly refurbished Ocean Adventurer with its ice-strengthened hull and fleet of Zodiacs.

Polar Bear

 

Sip Daiquiris in Cuba

The cocktail was created at El Floridita Bar in Havana, a featured stop on our Circumnavigation of Cuba tour. So too are the Viñales Valley, San Pedro de la Roca Castle in Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Zapata Wetlands—all UNESCO World Heritage Sites—along with a family-run tobacco farm, the marine life-rich waters of Cayo Guillermo, and biodiverse Maria la Gorda.

Havana, Cuba

 

Transit the Panama Canal

This 48-mile-long waterway forever changed the world of travel by connecting the Pacific and Atlantic. Our Canal to Cuba itinerary features an all-daylight transit of this engineering marvel, along with tours of Havana and Cienfuegos, an excursion through the species-rich Tortuguero Canals, and visits with the Kuna Indians of San Blas and the Emberá community in the Darien Province. 

Panama Canal

 

Search for Brazil's Iconic Wildlife

From caiman, giant anteaters, and howler monkeys to jewel-like hummingbirds, colorful macaws, and curious spoonbills, our adventure to Wild Brazil: From Atlantic Forest to the Pantanal will be sure to keep your eyes wide open. There will even be multiple opportunities to search for the elusive jaguar, all while following in the trusted footsteps of long-time Zegrahm expedition leader, Mark Brazil. 

Jaguar

 

Come Face-to-Face with Gorillas

Observing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is a must for any curious traveler! On our Plains to Primates overland adventure to Zambia and Rwanda, you'll get to do just that as you spend two full days trekking in Volcanoes National Park. You'll also hike through Nyungwe Forest National Park to see troops of chimpanzees, and explore Kafue National Park, Zambia's oldest and largest.

Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda

 

Spot Africa’s Big Five in Tanzania

Most African dreams revolve around seeing lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and water buffalo while on safari. Our Remote Tanzania expedition takes you through four of the country's lesser-visited wilderness areas—Selous, Ruaha, Katavi, and Mahale. You'll even stay in comfortable tented camps designed to blend harmoniously into the country's natural surroundings. 

Lion

 

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Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living organism comprises more than 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, stretches for 1,600 miles, and can be seen from space. Our Best of the Great Barrier Reef itinerary affords guests ample opportunities to swim and snorkel amidst the more than 1,500 species of fish, along with turtles, dolphins, sharks, and countless coral formations. 

Best of the Great Barrier Reef

 

Swim with Humpbacks in the South Pacific

The shallow waters of Tonga are a world-renowned breeding ground for humpback whales, and our Samoa & Tonga adventure allows guests the privilege of swimming with these gentle giants. It also offers the chance to make your own tapa cloth, take part in a traditional kava ceremony, and search for fruit bats in America’s only national park south of the equator.

Samoa & Tonga: Swimming with Humpbacks

 

Get the Inside Scoop on Japan

Ideally timed to take in the autumn colors, Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed dives deep into the intricacies of Japanese art, cuisine, customs, and culture. Learn about everything from wasabi, rice, and tea growing to washi paper manufacturing and sake brewing; plus, you'll even get to participate in a traditional drum training session. 

Geisha, Kyoto, Japan

 

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