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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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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...

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...

Klaipeda, Lithuania
November 16, 2016
Blog Post

Like silk, amber was once considered so valuable that it earned a namesake trade route. Stretching from the Baltic coast across Bohemia to the Danube—then forking on to Greece, Italy, the Black Sea, and beyond to Asia Minor—the Amber Route dates from the Bronze Age, when merchants exchanged the semi-precious stone for ceramics, glassware, copper, and coins of silver and gold. In turn, amber was used to make jewelry and decorative pieces, perfumes and folkloric potions.

Amber,...

Tallinn, Estonia
November 1, 2016
Blog Post

The news of the day is filled with trade agreements, financial influence, the effects of capitalism, and growing competition from outsiders. Welcome to Northern Europe circa 1400.

During the Middle Ages, trading towns around the Continent developed a burgeoning middle class of merchants, or burghers, and skilled artisans. As these towns grew in wealth and power, many banded together to protect their commodities and crafts against...

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,...

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...

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...

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. 

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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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