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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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History of Porto
January 4, 2019
Blog Post

Founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenicians, the town of Porto, Portugal has a long and fascinating history. Before eventually coming under Castilian oversight, its rulers included the Swabians, Visigoths, Romans, Normans, and Moors.

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is optimally located at the intersection of the sea and the Douro River and has long been a commercial hub for the country. Over the centuries, Porto became known for its rich traditional culture and deliciously...

Alhambra History
January 4, 2019
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Perched atop a rocky hill along the banks of the River Darro, the high-walled Alhambra complex is a focal point of the city of Granada. It is located just west of the Andalusian city, on about 35 hilly acres in southern Spain.

The mere mention of the Alhambra has evoked history, beauty, and stunning art and architecture for centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this medieval complex...

Oberammergau Bavaria Germany
October 29, 2018
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The life and death of Jesus Christ – the religious leader who was said to be born of a virgin, performed miracles throughout his life, and whom the Romans ultimately crucified for his beliefs – is one of the world’s most widely known stories.

Jesus of Nazareth became the central figure of Christianity, in which he is believed to have been the long-awaited Messiah (Christ) that the Old Testament had prophesied. After his tragic, untimely death, his spiritually driven life inspired...

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,...

Path of the Vikings
September 13, 2018
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Along with the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Samurai warrior caste of Japan, and the Zulus of southern Africa, the Vikings of Scandinavia are widely regarded as one of history’s greatest warrior cultures.

The Viking era has been a staple fodder of popular culture for decades, from films (How to Train Your Dragon, Outlander...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
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From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

Culture, history, and things to do in China
June 18, 2018
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China is home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, and its rich history is a deep well from which to draw.

Chinese farmers have been growing grains and domesticating animals for over 7,000 years now. Artisans have been making distinctive pottery, baskets, and woven hemp cloth for nearly as long. The wheel was actually invented in China, as were paper, gunpowder, compasses, and alcohol. The umbrella. Silk. Cultivated tea. Porcelain. Bronze. The kite. The list goes on…

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Culture of Sri Lanka
May 21, 2018
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Before it was known as Sri Lanka, the country was called Ceylon. Before Ceylon, Arab traders called it Serendip. It’s a lovely name for a beautiful country that is also referred to as, “The pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

Located just south of India, on the path of maritime trading routes that traversed the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has long been exposed to diverse cultural and religious influences. Today,...

worlds best cultural festivals
May 1, 2018
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If you want to get an overview of a destination’s traditions, cultural festivals are often a great place to start.

Whether it’s art, dance, food and wine, music, or religion you’re most interested in, festivals offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. Check out our guide to 10 of the world’s best cultural festivals, from South America and the South Pacific to Africa, Asia, and Europe: 

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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...

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