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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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New Zealand Animals
January 21, 2019
Blog Post

New Zealand’s remote location has made its wildlife exceptional. The outlying sub-Antarctic islands are amongst the wildest, least disturbed, places on Earth.  In fact, the collection of archipelagos remained unsettled by humans (and other mammals) for so long that its native animals often have characteristics unlike any others on the planet.

Because New Zealand stayed free of land-based...

Kamchatka Islands, Kuril Islands
January 7, 2019
Blog Post

Located off the eastern coast of Russia, the Kuril Islands are the definition of the word “untamed.” Stretching 700 nautical miles in an arc from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Sakhalin Oblast province of Russia to Japan’s Hokkaido, this volcanic archipelago is essentially like the Galápagos Islands of the...

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 encompasses a palace, fortress,...

New Zealand Cruise
December 20, 2018
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From Scenic Fjords & Rare Wildlife, To Lush Rainforests and Sub-Antarctic Islands

 

There’s a noticeable difference between regular cruising and expedition-style cruising. If you’ve ever wanted to get a taste of the adventure that the early explorers experienced, an expedition cruise around New Zealand offers a chance to explore pristine wilderness and see species of exotic wildlife many...

travel to the bay of bengal
November 26, 2018
Blog Post

The Sundarbans - A Note From Rich Pagen

"I invite you to join me on an exciting journey through the northern Bay of Bengal, traveling from India to Bangladesh and finally Myanmar. In addition to the transect of diverse cultures we will be immersing ourselves in, I am particularly excited to spend three days visiting and exploring the largest...

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...

Is Myanmar safe for travel?
October 26, 2018
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A Balanced Look at the Realities of Traveling to Myanmar

 

Located east of India in Southern Asia, Myanmar was isolated from the rest of the world for more than half a century. Ruled by a brutal military dictatorship, its borders were permanently closed, and the country was traumatized by one of the longest-running civil wars in modern history. 

In 2011, Myanmar (which was formerly known as Burma) fully embraced democracy. Its borders were...

Transportation in Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is characterized by its punctuality, superb service, and the large numbers of people using it.

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Things To Do In Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

With all the contrasts of this complex culture, what should you see and do on your trip to Japan?

Here are a few places we recommend for first-time travelers.

Tokyo

Meiji Shrine (Tokyo) - Located in the Shibuya neighborhood, the Meiji Shrine honors the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (Japan’s 122nd emperor, who opened Japan to the west...

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