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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Europe off the beaten path
October 7, 2019
Blog Post

15 Beautiful Cities in Europe & Other European Destinations to Visit.

In recent years, summer in Europe has brought the increasingly negative impacts of mass tourism. Every peak European travel season seems to bring more unfortunate issues, increasing the rift between locals and visitors and prompting calls to curb tourist...

Barnacle geese in flight
August 28, 2019
Field Report

Friday, July 5, 2019
Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! Sweden’s capital calls itself “beauty on water” and today also a little under water, but showers could not deter those of us who arrived early from setting off to explore the city’s many offerings. Gathering for a welcome reception and dinner at the Clarion Sign Hotel, we had the opportunity to meet our fellow travelers with Zegrahm Expeditions and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), our...

BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES
August 9, 2019
Blog Post

As an expert on ecotourism, one of the most common questions I get is, “How do I know which tour operators are truly sustainable?” As with choosing green hotels, the answer is fairly complex and generally involves asking a lot of questions.

But over the past 20 years of immersing myself in the responsible travel sphere, I’ve learned a...

solo travel
July 17, 2019
Blog Post

Solo travel is a rapidly growing trend nowadays, as more and more people are discovering the joys of traveling alone.

Some solo travelers love going it alone simply to have the freedom of making their own choices, all day, every day. Some like the opportunities for engaging with locals when they travel, and meeting new people on the road. Others (and women especially) really appreciate the self-...

what to pack for a cruise
June 26, 2019
Blog Post

The Ultimate Cruise Packing List (Including Cold, Hot/Dry, & Tropical Climates) 

Packing for a cruise vacation isn’t always smooth sailing. There are a number of things to consider when deciding what to bring on a cruise, including how long your cruise is, where you’ll be cruising, the climate of your intended destination, and any activities you’ll be taking part in along the way.

Depending on the type of ship and your chosen destination, you...

Boats on the water in front of a hill of buildings
June 19, 2019
Field Report

Sunday, May 5, 2019
London, England / Portsmouth / Embark Ocean Adventurer

After meeting our fellow travelers last night at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, we set out on this bright and sunny morning by coach for Portsmouth on the south coast of England. En route we were excited to be able to take in two of southern England’s most famous historic sites, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. At...

Cathedral of Barcelona
June 3, 2019
Field Report

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain / Embark Ocean Adventurer

During the course of yesterday we had gathered at H1898, a comfortable historic hotel in the heart of Barcelona, where, over cocktails and dinner, we met our fellow travelers and were introduced to our expedition team. Today we set out by bus and on foot, to explore this city, the capital of the Spanish province of...

Istanbul, Turkey
February 12, 2019
Blog Post

 The Black Sea arguably ranks among the world’s most unique bodies of water. This inland sea, which consists of layers of both fresh and salt water, touches the shores of six different countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine).

There is much to see during a Black Sea cruise, from history to natural wonders, food to gold, and art to...

Kamchatka Islands, Kuril Islands
January 7, 2019
Blog Post

Located off the eastern coast of Russia, the Kuril Islands are the definition of the word “untamed.” Stretching 700 nautical miles in an arc from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Sakhalin Oblast province of Russia to Japan’s Hokkaido, this volcanic archipelago is essentially like the Galápagos Islands of the...

History of Porto
January 4, 2019
Blog Post

Founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenicians, the town of Porto, Portugal has a long and fascinating history. Before eventually coming under Castilian oversight, its rulers included the Swabians, Visigoths, Romans, Normans, and Moors.

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is optimally located at the intersection of the sea and the Douro River and has long been a commercial hub for the country. Over the centuries, Porto became known for its rich traditional culture and deliciously...

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