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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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Food and Wine in The Iberian Peninsula
October 15, 2018
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Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of The Iberian Penninsula

The Iberian Peninsula includes Spain and Portugal, two of the most dynamic countries in Europe. There, centuries of conquests, migrations, and trade have created a cultural diversity like few other places on the continent.

From foggy, rain-swept, and bagpipe-playing Galicia in Northern Spain to steamy Andalucia in the South (where the traces of centuries of Arab domination are still present in...

The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
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It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Indochina
July 2, 2018
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Indochina– the geographical area of Southeast Asia that’s bordered by India to the west and China to the north– offers a melting pot of indigenous cultures.

Comprised of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, this area was deeply influenced by its neighbors, as well as by French colonizers. However, the name of the region didn’t originate until the early 1800s.

When you travel to Indochina today, there are an array of deep and rich cultural,...

Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
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Are you a cultural traveler? Always interested in history, art, architecture, music, and, of course, food?

There’s no better way to delve into a place than through its culture and cuisine. Here are our top 10 foodie travel destinations for cultural connoisseurs:

1. ALASKA

Alaska is known for its deep history and majestic landscapes. The state’s cultural history includes indigenous Alaskans (229 tribes, including the...

travel expeditions for 2019
April 19, 2018
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New and Unique Trips Around The World

Unlike other tour operators, Zegrahm’s calendar of expeditions changes from year to year. 2019 is no different, with 15 brand-new itineraries that have been carefully curated to immerse you in the culture and natural history of each exotic destination.  

We recently caught up with Director of Planning, Jon Nicholson, to find out more about the trip planning process and the exciting new expedition lineup....

Sicily Coastline
April 19, 2018
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Sicily really has everything. You could easily spend months exploring Italy’s largest island, hiking its mountains and volcanoes, exploring beaches and smaller outlying islands. But there would still be plenty left to discover in the layers of history and culture that make Sicily what it is today– a diverse, culturally-rich destination.

Because of Sicily’s position on the edge of the Italian map, only few tourists ever make it this far. Those who do usually only visit...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
January 15, 2018
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Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Nadia Eckhardt has been one of Zegrahm’s most popular expedition leaders since she started working for the company in 1992.

Her outdoor adventures have taken her all around the world, from Africa and Antarctica to Australia and Indonesia. But Cuba has had a special place in her heart ever since her first...

Wild Norway & Svalbard
November 9, 2017
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Hollywood has produced plenty of doomsday films, usually with a scientist-hero concocting some scheme to prevent an existential disaster from destroying the human race. In reality, our survival is based on something much more elemental: seeds.

The Global Seed Vault on Svalbard is a secure storage facility that holds the largest, most diverse collection of food crop seeds on earth. Located in an abandoned coal mine deep within a mountain beneath the permafrost, the...

Sapporo, Japan
October 19, 2017
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Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

Beer’s dominance of the Japanese market begins with the island-nation’s oldest brand, Sapporo. Brewed in its...

Fish Market, Hokkaido, Japan
October 16, 2018
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Welcome to Hokkaido, the wild side of Japan. The northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago is a place where trees outnumber skyscrapers, and you’re more likely to run into a bear than get stuck in a traffic jam. But the island is probably most famous for its delicious Hokkaido seafood, and the many fish markets where you can taste the local catch at its freshest and finest. Here’s a look at some of the major attractions Hokkaido has to offer.

 

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