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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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Sandakan, Malaysia
May 15, 2015
Field Report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - Sandakan, Malaysia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We all converged in the city of Sandakan from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the Philippines. Having gathered the previous night for our welcome cocktail party, we checked out of our hotel this morning and made our way up to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. We watched...

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
November 15, 2014
Field Report

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey: Converging in Istanbul, our flights touched down at the busy Ataturk International Airport from many different parts of the world. Seven different nationalities were brought together for the start of our odyssey around the Black Sea, and a happy buzz filled the opulent Pera Palace Hotel. We enjoyed introductions of our expedition team during dinner, before we all adjourned for a welcome night’s rest, as our exploration...

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
November 1, 2013
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly renovated landmark. Others chose to relax at a nearby hamman, the ultimate Turkish bath experience, or to set out to explore the city. In the evening we gathered to meet our fellow travelers, some arriving from a pre-extension to Cappadocia in...

Kyoto, Japan
July 1, 2013
Field Report

Monday, May 6, 2013 - Osaka, Honshu, Japan / Kyoto: Upon arriving at Kansai Airport Osaka, we transferred to Kyoto where we checked in to the elegant Kyoto Hotel Okura.

Tuesday, May 7 - Kyoto: Founded in the 8th century, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the Emperors’ residence for more than one thousand years. Our wonderful guides—Cheikosan, Mineko-san, and Akiko-san, who would be with us throughout our time in Japan—began our tour at the...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
March 30, 2014
Field Report

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Belize City, Belize / Lamanai Ruins / Embark Island Sky: Our adventure began with a visit to the beautiful ancient Mayan site of Lamanai. Leaving our hotel early, we headed north toward Orange Walk where we climbed into powerful motorboats for the exciting 24-mile cruise up the New River.

Lamanai, which means ‘submerged crocodile,’ was first settled around 1500 B.C. Once home to over 20,000 people, the cleared and reconstructed...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
May 15, 2013
Field Report

Friday, March 8, 2013 - Belize City, Belize: For most of us arriving from colder climates, the weather provided a warm welcome to Belize at our hotel in the historic district, the Radisson Fort George and Marina Hotel. With an afternoon at leisure, some of us settled in and relaxed while other intrepid souls headed off to explore the town. As the sun set we assembled for drinks and hors d’oeuvres hosted by Zegrahm Expeditions and Stanford Travel/Study, and we met some...

Lamanai Ruins, Belize
February 22, 2010
Field Report

Sunday, January 3, 2010 - Belize City, Belize: Welcome to Belize! As we exited the airport and wound our way through the narrow streets of the older parts of Belize City, our first impression was that of moldering wooden shanties lining the streets. Upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that these merely reflect a tropical existence on a hurricane-prone coast.

When we reached our hotel in the historic district, the Radisson Fort George and Marina Hotel,...

Santa Ana Island
May 10, 2013
Field Report

Monday, March 25, 2013 - En Route / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: We all converged on the city of Port Moresby from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Melanesia. We gathered at the Airways Hotel, where we met our fellow adventurers at the welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner.

Tuesday, March 26 - Port Moresby / Embark Clipper Odyssey:...

Quito, Ecuador
December 1, 2013
Field Report

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador: Wherever you were coming from, or where your flight originated, it’s a safe bet that when your plane made its descent into Quito, it didn’t have to descend as far as it originally climbed. This is because Quito sits at 9,350 feet, on the lower slopes of the volcano Pichincha. If you were near a window during that descent, your first image of Quito was of a whitewashed colonial-style city with few tall buildings, sprawling across...

Baa Atoll, Maldives
February 17, 2012
Field Report

Monday, December 19, 2011 - Chennai (Madras), India: Time to hit the ground running! Arriving into the Chennai Airport, one has no other option than to immediately give in and acclimate to the beautiful organized chaos that is INDIA. We convened at the gorgeous Taj Coromandel Hotel, before embarking on a tour of Chennai that included the National Art Gallery, introducing us to bronze statues of Hindu gods Pavarti, Shiva, Ganish, created in 10AD. From there we visited...

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