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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 The Philippines
October 7, 2019
Blog Post

Dear Traveler,

When you think of the Philippines, what usually comes to mind are tropical beaches and offshore reefs, dense jungle, clear blue seas, and an abundance of unique fauna. If you’re historically minded, you may also think of the recent history of the Philippines, which until the middle of the 20th century, was a territory of the United States. Many aspects of the islands’ story in World War II are well known—the evacuation of General Douglas MacArthur by...

June 13, 2017
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Traveling to Iran means immersing yourself in a millenary culture, appreciating some of the finest Islamic architecture on the planet, tasting delicious food, and enjoying heartfelt hospitality.

If you follow a good Iran travel guide, one day you’ll be seeking out hidden gems in the urban jungle of Tehran, then the next you’ll be climbing over sand dunes, touring the ancient ruins of Persepolis, or watching the sunshine stream through the stunning Nasir Ol Molk...

Bay Islands, Honduras
November 22, 2016
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At this time of year, as we join our family and friends and reflect on what we're thankful for, a common thread that unites the staff here at Zegrahm is, of course, travel. Here are just a few of the moments—across all seven continents—we're most grateful for experiencing over the past year: 

 

Sean Koenig | Program Manager

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Iranian Vineyard
July 20, 2016
Blog Post

An ancient Persian tale tells of a beautiful princess who falls out of favor with the mythic King Jamshid. Heartbroken, the young woman tries to poison herself by drinking a jar filled with the juice of spoiled grapes. Instead of death, however, she experiences a rather pleasant, euphoric feeling before falling asleep. Upon waking, she rushes to tell the king of her discovery. Elated, the sovereign welcomes the princess back to his harem and decrees that all grapes grown in Persepolis...

Japanese Sushi
October 16, 2018
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A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian culture. 

The Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan can seem as though they’re worlds apart from each other. Filipinos are...

Taroko National Park, Taiwan
May 2, 2016
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Our expert field staff is getting psyched to set sail on our much-anticipated—and brand-new!—expedition to the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. Here are a few reasons why they're so excited about visiting these isolated islands.

Mark Brazil, Expedition Leader & Ornithologist...

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...

Kayaking in Antarctica
February 22, 2016
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Zegrahm travelers are some of the most adventurous on the planet. Those looking for a spine-tingling, life-changing experience this year will discover it in our new guide, Top 5 Destinations for Adventure in 2016.

We consulted with Zegrahm's team of expert field leaders to find out what's on their radar. Leading the list were perennial favorites...

Persepolis, Iran
May 29, 2015
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In 1931 while on commission for the University of Chicago, professor Ernst Herzfeld led an archaeological expedition about 525 miles south of Iran’s present-day capital, Teheran. There he would uncover a glorious palace complex lying at the foot of Kouh-e Rahmat, the “Mountain of Mercy.”

The ancient Persian capital of Parsa—better known by its Greek name, Persepolis—was shown little mercy by Alexander the Great, who conquered and looted the complex in 330 BC. Plutarch wrote of great...

January 9, 2014
Blog Post

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...

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