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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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Istanbul, Turkey
October 20, 2009
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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

When we embark on a voyage, we are most often thrilled with the wonderful visuals and intense learning experiences which a new destination affords. Zegrahm's Black Sea voyage has certainly provided all of these things but is also, almost magically, set to music.

While exploring the Gelati Monastery high up in the Caucasus Mountain Range of Georgia we happened upon a service taking place. Looking out over the misty valley, we were...

Caviar and vodka
April 25, 2015
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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2012

After an amazing day spent cruising the Danube River in Romania, we returned to or ship in the late afternoon. Once everyone was back on board, we made our way back down the Delta to the Black Sea. It was a stunning evening, with warm temperatures and a beautiful sunset. The only thing to make it even more perfect….VODKA. We convened on the pool deck for a vodka and caviar tasting. Let’s just say...

January 9, 2014
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We are thrilled to announce our 2015 expedition line-up! Our founders, field directors, and program managers have crafted 39 unique adventures for the 2015 season, with itineraries spanning all seven continents. Not only are we offering 19 overland adventures and 20 small-ship cruises, we'll also be using eight vessels—Caledonian Sky, Isabela II, Island Sky, La Estrella Amazonica, Oceanic Discoverer, Sea Adventurer, Sea Spirit, and Variety Voyager.

By small ship, we are...

Eggplant caponata
September 23, 2013
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It's official: summer is over (at least it is here in our Seattle headquarters). But what better way to celebrate fall than to use up the last of your summer vegetables, as part of a Sicilian menu? Try out this recipe for Eggplant Caponata as a starter; we recommended enjoying it with a glass of fruity white wine and reflecting back on the long, warm days of summer.

Eggplant Caponata
Make 6-8 appetizer servings
Adapted from...
Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides
July 11, 2011
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The name alone should send shivers up and down your spine. As a photo appeared on the screen at Recap for our next adventure, there was a gasp in the crowd...okay, not really. But everyone’s eyes got wide and there were definitely some nervous giggles—and that was from the staff! The Flannan Islands, known for their lighthouse, is a place shrouded in mystery—literally. In December 1900, the three lighthouse keepers simply disappeared. When the crew of a supply ship sent to restock the...

Selinunte, Sicily
June 18, 2012
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Stately Greek temples. Intricate Roman mosaics. Hot sulfurous lava. Cold Italian ices. A verdant green countryside dotted with yellow blossoms bursting from acacia trees. Spring in Sicily is the perfect time to sail its coastline and savor everything about it that delights the senses. Our Zegrahm voyage in 2011 gave us ten perfect days to explore this historic island.

On one of those spectacular, clear, blue-sky days, with cool breezes over the water and warm temperatures on land, we...

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
July 3, 2010
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An excellent way to start the day! Brunch, sunshine, and a full day tour of the stunning archaeology of the Orkney Islands. Of course, I confess to being somewhat biased in my enthusiasm—having spent some 30 years of my life digging in Orkney and discovering its Viking past—but enthusiasm is infectious!

The small capital city of Kirkwall, whose skyline is dominated by the magnificent red and yellow sandstone Cathedral dedicated to St Magnus, the martyr saint of Orkney, positively...

Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides
June 30, 2010
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At 5 a.m., under leaden skies and a lazy, rolling sea, our vessel, the Island Sky, made its way into Village Bay at Hirta, the largest of the seven islets that make up the archipelago of St. Kilda—Britain’s most remote group of islands. No amount of reading could have prepared us for this dramatic scene; sheer mountains that explode from the sea, launched from the ocean depths by wild volcanic explosions, its peaks draped in a soft, gray fog.

As primordial and striking as...

European robin
October 7, 2011
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A palette of white darkening to slate-grey painted the storm clouds around the ship as we steamed in the direction of Yalta, Ukraine. As it turned out, we weren’t the only ones caught out in the driving rain and wind on this particular day in the Black Sea. Some migrant land birds, on their way to wintering grounds far to the south, had found themselves in a bit of a predicament. 

It wasn’t clear if they had made a decision to risk a flight directly across the Black Sea on their way...

Sumela Monastery
October 5, 2011
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We stepped out into the cool crisp air of a shaded streamside valley in northeastern Turkey. The temperature here in the mountains was noticeably different than the Black Sea coast from where we came, some 4,000 feet below us. Imbedded in the cliff face high above our heads sat the spectacular Sumela Monastery, its buff-colored stone glistening in the bright morning sun.

Local vans whisked us up the final bit of narrow winding road, but the last 300 meters to the Monastery could only...

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