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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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Bornholm Island, Denmark
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

For centuries, various groups sought dominance over the lucrative trade route in the Baltic region. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, the German-based Hanseatic League established and maintained a trade monopoly in the Baltic and throughout northern Europe, ensuring the safe passage of goods for every member country. On our upcoming Best of the Baltic...

Papeete, Tahiti | Michael Moore
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

In 1976, University of Hawaii professor Ben Finney set out in a traditional Polynesian, twin-hulled canoe on the 2,700-mile-long voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti. His goal: to prove that ancient island seafarers—who, by 1200AD, had ventured across the vast Polynesian Triangle that stretched to Easter Island and New Zealand, and even into southeast Asia—were skilled navigators who used an elaborate nautical system based on the stars, wind, migrating birds, and sea swells.

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Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
December 19, 2016
Blog Post

Viking lore and vivacious cities, opulent palaces and onion-dome churches, fairytale castles and fantastical natural wonders—it’s easy to see why nearly every major cruise line offers a Baltic itinerary. On our upcoming Best of the Baltic expedition, we take more curious travelers beyond the usual ports of call to places oft overlooked, yet equally...

Plov, Uzbekistan
December 19, 2016
Blog Post

A major stop along the ancient Silk Road, Samarkand has emerged as one of the world’s true culinary destinations. The various ethnic groups that have passed through the city all left their delectable mark on Uzbek food, which fuses Turkic, Tajik, Mongolian, Russian, Jewish, and other traditions.

The main ingredients include meat (mostly mutton), vegetables, flour, and plenty of fat. Bread is a staple (known locally as nan, patir, or lepeshka), generally cooked in a...

Tallinn, Estonia
December 19, 2016
Blog Post

For many, a European cruise evokes images of Greco-Roman ruins and sun-soaked rivieras. Yet more adventurous travelers are now turning to the Baltic region, and for good reason. Few destinations boast such a concentration of history, heritage, cultures, and natural phenomena, as evidenced by its vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indeed, among the nine countries that border the Baltic Sea—Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Finland—more than 30...

St. Petersburg, Russia
December 16, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, July 3 & 4, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden / Embark Island Sky

Today we arrived in Stockholm from all corners of the globe to begin our journey together. A brief introduction to the majority of the expedition staff was provided before dinner at the hotel, and guests soon sought the welcome comfort of their beds.

Our city tour of elegant Stockholm commenced at City Hall with its impressive Blue Room, where the Noble...

Japanese Sushi
December 14, 2016
Blog Post

Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University,...

Japanese Tea Ceremony
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University,...

Istanbul, Turkey
December 5, 2016
Field Report

Wednesday & Thursday, October 5 & 6, 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky

Welcome to Istanbul; straddling both Europe and Asia this city was the core of civilization for centuries. The pride of both Christianity and Islam, Istanbul remains a captivating blend of East and West, antique and cosmopolitan. On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly...

Tripe Soup, Romania
November 29, 2016
Blog Post

Situated on the crossroads of East and West, Romania has been conquered and occupied by a variety of different civilizations over the centuries—Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian—while trade with other European countries, such as France, Italy, Poland, and Russia, have also had a profound effect on the language and culture of Romania. Today, this mélange of cultural influences are evident in traditional Romanian food.

On our upcoming expedition,...

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