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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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Day 1: Valletta, Malta
December 3, 2019
Field Report

Monday, September 23, 2019
Valletta, Malta

Welcome to Malta! And what a welcome; the beautiful hard, blue skies and sun-warmed streets of the honey-colored limestone for which the island was named, encouraged some early arriving guests to bask away our travel kinks over a cappuccino in a sidewalk café, while more energetic souls explored the ramparts, monuments, and shops of Valletta. While some of us could not resist probing a few layers of this...

Barnacle geese in flight
August 28, 2019
Field Report

Friday, July 5, 2019
Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! Sweden’s capital calls itself “beauty on water” and today also a little under water, but showers could not deter those of us who arrived early from setting off to explore the city’s many offerings. Gathering for a welcome reception and dinner at the Clarion Sign Hotel, we had the opportunity to meet our fellow travelers with Zegrahm Expeditions and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), our...

Cathedral of Barcelona
June 3, 2019
Field Report

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain / Embark Ocean Adventurer

During the course of yesterday we had gathered at H1898, a comfortable historic hotel in the heart of Barcelona, where, over cocktails and dinner, we met our fellow travelers and were introduced to our expedition team. Today we set out by bus and on foot, to explore this city, the capital of the Spanish province of...

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
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
Blog Post

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...

Food and Wine in The Iberian Peninsula
October 15, 2018
Blog Post

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...

Bustling Falmouth Harbor in Cornwall
July 18, 2018
Field Report

Thursday, May 10, 2018 
London, UK

We arrived from all parts of the globe to meet at London's Paddington Station Hilton, a convenient hotel very near the famous Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. As travelers with Zegrahm Expeditions, Stanford Travel/Study, and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, we have come together to explore and experience Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland. We gathered for welcome cocktails, dinner, and conversation with our fellow...

Torre de Belém in Lisbon
July 3, 2018
Field Report

Sunday, April 29, 2018 Lisbon, Portugal

We all converged on the city of Lisbon, at the mouth of the Tagus River, to explore one of the most historically and culturally rich regions on the planet: the coast of western Europe. We all arrived and checked into the Tivoli Lisboa Hotel after our various journeys, and met for a cocktail party in the evening, followed by a welcome...

Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
Blog Post

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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