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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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Best Snorkeling & Diving Destinations
June 3, 2019
Blog Post

Our Top 10 Picks 

In early 2012, while staying at a glamping resort on a private island off the coast of Panama, my wife and I did a one-day scuba training session.

Within a few hours, we were diving in Coiba National Park, a UNESCO-protected marine reserve that forms part of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor. After years of snorkeling, it was an incredible introduction to scuba diving. We saw massive pods of dolphins and tuna en route...

History of Porto
January 4, 2019
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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
Blog Post

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...

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...

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...

Ultimate Galapagos
May 18, 2020
Blog Post

Lately we've heard a lot about the negative impacts mass tourism has had on beloved destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, and Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for intimate, immersive travel experiences that get them away from the crowds...

Zegrahm Expeditions Sea to Sahara
December 14, 2017
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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...

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