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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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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...

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...

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...

Zodiac cruise
July 20, 2016
Video

We're happy to tell you what a Zegrahm expedition is really like, but why not hear it from our guests? In this video, you'll hear explorers from the Arctic to the Antarctic - and in between! - sharing just some of the incredible highlights of a Zegrahm expedition.

Saffron Tea
June 16, 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 in the...

Agrigento, Sicily
June 8, 2016
Blog Post

Susan Langley 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. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults and advises UNESCO. Below,...

Sumela Monastery
May 17, 2016
Blog Post

Susan Langley 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. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults and advises UNESCO. Below,...

What is the Silk Road?
April 29, 2016
Blog Post

Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.

The spice trade began more than 4,000 years ago, when Middle Eastern merchants obtained such strange substances as cinnamon...

Batumi, Georgia
April 26, 2016
Video

Olga Eggert was born in Crimea, Ukraine. Currently living on the Isle of Man, she has traveled with Zegrahm Expeditions for years as a lecturer, with an emphasis in the Black Sea region. Watch as she describes recent architectural growth in Georgia, and the overwhelming friendliness and positivity of the locals. 

For more information on our upcoming Circumnavigation...

Hagia Sophia, Trabzon, Turkey
February 23, 2016
Video

On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea expedition, marine archaeologist Susan Langley was delighted to share the history of Trabzon's Hagia Sophia church. The third, and youngest, of the Hagia Sophia's in Turkey, it began life as a church but later became a mosque, a museum, and then a church again. Watch this short video to find out more about the unique etchings on the church walls.

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