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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Ankara, Turkey
April 25, 2015
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Distinctive Turkey, 2008

Our time in Turkey is flying... In Ankara, The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations was fantastic; the exhibits are so well done and transport you through the different time periods and cultures. We had a wonderful lunch at an old Ottoman home within the ancient Citadel in the heart of the city, then had a rare chance to visit rooms not usually open to the public in the Mausoleum of Ataturk, thanks to our great guide, Yasar.

In addition...

Coral Reef
January 15, 2007
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Coral reefs are tropical underwater wonders that have been on earth for millions of years. Not only are they the most complex, productive, and genetically diverse ecosystems on the planet, they are also among the most fragile, and therefore among the most easily degraded or imperiled.

A reef is made up of colonies of tiny coral animals related to jellyfish and sea anemones. The polyps live in extremely large colonies, and their interconnected calcium carbonate skeletons build layer...

Bengal Tiger
April 25, 2015
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To see a tiger requires infinite patience and perseverance, but the sight of your first tiger is one of life’s great moments. They are the essence of power and beauty portrayed in an unhurried, silent walk or a charge towards a herd of chital.

In recent times the tiger has become a symbol of India’s wilderness, a striped ambassador that, sadly, is in serious decline. At the turn of the 19th century, there were thought to be over 40,000 tigers in India alone; by 1972, they numbered...
Antarctic Continent landing!
April 25, 2015
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Zegrahm Expeditions is traveling to the Antarctic twice in early 2017; view our expedition pages for Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkand Islands and the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand for more...

Island Sky
April 25, 2015
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India has captivated travelers for centuries, but venturing to this cultural melting-pot can be a logistical challenge on your own. Zegrahm Expeditions believes the best way for explorers to immerse themselves in this diverse country—and with minimal distractions and inconveniences—is by small ship. Here are 10 reasons why:

  • See it all—from bustling cities and sleepy fishing villages to gilded temples and lush jungle retreats, and everything in between.
  • Beat the heat: the...
Esfahan, Iran
April 25, 2015
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We in the West have heard a lot about the culture of Iran over the years. We've heard about extravagant kings and radical clerics. We've had the images of Persian carpets and exotic trade goods from all over the Orient, but perhaps the most glaring omission in our understanding turns out to be one of the pillars of Iranian culture. It was also our most common experience as we traveled though the heart of the country—Persian hospitality. It was inescapable.

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Esfahan, Iran
April 25, 2015
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Iran: Wonders of Persia, 2011

W
e love to hear about our travelers’ experiences and were delighted to receive a thought-provoking journal from Doug Norberg, who traveled on our March 2011, Iran: Wonders of Persia expedition. Having an overwhelmingly positive experience, Doug returned with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this enigmatic country. Following is a brief excerpt:

Each of our fellow travelers had come to Iran despite great...

South Georgia pipit
November 11, 2015
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Update | November, 2015: 
Our recent Circumnavigation of South Georgia expedition has returned with great news—the island may be rodent free for the first time in centuries! South Georgia pipits were flying in abundance, and several South Georgia pintails made appearances as well, both species thought to be previously near extinction. We've long assisted the South Georgia Heritage Trust, as have our guests, and this time was no different; our travelers raised $7,000 in...
South Georgia pintail
April 25, 2015
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October, 2012

With the largest concentrations of penguins, seals, and albatross to be found anywhere on the planet, South Georgia has been dubbed, “The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.” And, while large birdlife usually takes center stage on South Georgia, the island was once a thriving small-bird community as well, comprised of storm petrels, prions, blue petrels, and pipits. However, with the introduction of rats by whalers and sealers, the small-bird population is being devastated...

Faces of Polynesia
April 25, 2004
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Mike Messick was raised in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break from college. He graduated in 1985 from Skidmore College with a degree in bio/psychology. Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduation and has since visited more than 170 countries around the world. He is a member of The Explorers Club, holds a US Coast...

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