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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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winter vacation ideas
January 3, 2020
Blog Post

The Best Winter Vacation Ideas

As the weather gets gloomier, most people start craving sunlight and warmth, even if just for a few weeks.

Luckily, there are plenty of easily-accessible winter vacation destinations that can fit anyone’s taste. It’s just a matter of coming up with winter vacation ideas that are the right fit.

So, in this article, we’ll explore some of the...

Zegrahm Expeditions Sea to Sahara
December 14, 2017
Blog Post

On our special Sea to Sahara journey, Zegrahm president Van Perry and co-founder Mike Messick lead guests to amazing discoveries across the west coast of Africa. In fact, five itinerary highlights have received UNESCO status:

 

Cidade Velha

Cape Verde’s former capital...

Berber Drummer, Morocco
October 26, 2017
Blog Post

It’s tough to know where to start when you’re talking to a guy with a resumé like that of Zegrahm’s cultural geography expert, Ron Wixman.

Do you ask about his 20 years living in tiny villages in the Balkans, which made him an expert on the region? Do you talk about his time as a student in Leningrad, or as a Cultural Geography professor at the University of...

La Gomera, Canary Islands
August 29, 2017
Video

Watch as Director of Operations Jon Nicholson and Cruise Director Kelsey Simmons, talk about our brand-new expedition, Sea to Sahara, that explores Cape Verde, the Sahara Desert, the Canary Islands, and Morocco.

 

[FULL TRANSCRIPT]

Jon Nicholson, Director of Operations: The Sea to Sahara trip is all about diversity, natural history, culture, and visiting places that probably, most of our guests have not been to. I think the number one...

Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands, Spain
August 7, 2017
Blog Post

From lush forests to daunting volcanoes, Canary Islands holidays offer unexpected variety and dramatic, dynamic landscapes.

While their seaside resorts might get the most attention from international travelers, delving deeper into the Canary Islands allows you to discover a fascinating history of both culture...

Tenerife Blue Chaffinch
July 5, 2017
Blog Post

Located 62 miles west of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago revered around the world for its beautiful beaches and unspoiled natural attractions. It’s comprised of 13 islands and islets, including tourism hotspots such as Tenerife, Gran...

Cape Verde
May 1, 2017
Video

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco expedition. Along with him for the ride are conservation biologist Rich Pagen and ornithologist Mark Brazil. Find out why they can't wait to explore this region in our...

Cape Verde
April 17, 2017
Blog Post

In ancient times, the world was believed to end at the Strait of Gibraltar. The Atlantic was a wild, threatening expanse of waves, monsters, and mysteries; few seafarers dared sail its waters. But by the late Middle Ages, European ships began crossing regularly, eventually encountering the largely uninhabited islands of Macaronesia.

Macaronesia (derived from the Greek words for “Islands of the fortunate”) consists of...

Sapporo, Japan
November 3, 2016
Blog Post

This election season, we at Zegrahm vote for a straight ticket to adventure with this informal ballot of top expeditions for 2018. It’s a competitive race, stretching across three continents with a referendum on nature and new cultural experiences.

Here’s a look at our 2018 candidates:

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands
May 13, 2011
Blog Post

Today started off with inspiring lectures by the Peter’s—Harrison and Zika. As we landed on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, we split into groups of three. The intrepid birders followed Peter H.; a second group visited the city of Teguise; and the rest of us opted for the volcano tour at Timanfaya National Park including a camel ride, followed by a winery visit. With ongoing lectures by geologist Tom Sharpe, we learned all about the lava surrounding us and saw lava-cicles, former lava tubes...

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