Encore Explorations

Encore Explorations

Celebrating a Lifetime of Adventure

Together for over 30 years we have been true explorers, ground breakers, and pioneers of modern expedition travel. We’ve packed our final Encore Explorations 2021 line-up with our family of expert explorers, naturalists, archaeologists, anthropologists, marine biologists, historians and ornithologists who provide profound and essential understandings of all 7 continents and seas, many of whom have contributed to our expeditions for decades, some of whom founded our company. Together these talented women and men bring our travelers 1000 + years of expertise in the field.

From famous firsts such as full circumnavigations of South Georgia, Iceland and Baffin Island to celebrating the millennium at the end of the world or being the first expedition company to journey to the Titanic and to dabble in space training.

However, we have decided that we will run our last ever Zegrahm Expedition in February 2022. Unfortunately, in such a crowded marketplace, it's no longer viable to offer our unique, unrepeatable, premium, and handcrafted expeditions. Rather than compromise our principles, we have decided to run one more incredible year, to celebrate the life and times of Zegrahm Expeditions.

Join our bold fellowship of likeminded explorers in one final glorious year of travel – in true Zegrahm style – with world-class properties and ships, delicious cuisine, authentic encounters and unmatched camaraderie. Together we will make more memories of a lifetime and celebrate our everlasting curiosity, genuine spirit for discovery and passion for life.

Fair winds and following seas. We look forward to travelling together soon in 2021 and 2022.

  • Namibia

    Namibia Under Canvas

    April 21May 4, 2021

    Join Safari Guide Chris Stamper in Namibia, where nature rules. This is a land of open spaces, stunning vistas, and unbridled wonder. Photograph breathtaking landscapes of shifting sands, towering dunes, and vast plains.

  • Manta ray

    Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling & Diving Adventure

    April 22May 5, 2021

    Cruise through the lesser-visited southern Maldives aboard the luxurious 26-guest diving live-aboard, Emperor Serenity. Led by Expedition Leader and Marine Biologist Brad Climpson, you’ll search for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and dolphins among the stunning under

  • Signature Botswana

    Signature Botswana

    May 3May 15, 2021

    Join Safari Guide Chris Stamper on this epic journey through virtually untouched Botswana - the “true” Africa. You’ll meet all the major wildlife, from elephants and lions to hippos and cheetahs, by land and in traditional mokoros on the Okavango delta. 

  • Horizontal Falls, Kimberley, Australia

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 4May 18, 2021

    Led by Naturalist Tom Hiney, your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Dubrovnik

    Along the Dalmatian Coast: Croatia & Slovenia

    May 7May 18, 2021

    Explore the stunning coastlines of Croatia and Slovenia with Travel Director Amber Medkiff. Discover the narrow lanes of the medieval-walled city of Dubrovnik, stroll along the crystal-clear lakes of Plitvice National Park, and enjoy a train ride through the stunning caverns of Postojna.

  • Mount Kazbegi, Georgia

    Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

    May 15May 29, 2021

    Accompanied by Expedition Leader and Travel Director Tese Neighbor, visit six amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Haghpat Monastery and Echmaidzin, as well as Georgia's famous cave city on a comprehensive tour through these lesser-traveled countries.

  • Victoria Falls

    Iconic Africa: Zimbabwe & Kenya with Victoria Falls

    June 6June 18, 2021

    If it's wildlife you seek, look no further than this adventure to Zimbabwe and Kenya with Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer, Lex Hes.

  • Denali National Park

    Alaska's National Parks

    June 15June 29, 2021

    Join Alaska resident and Expedition Leader Dan Olsen on an incredible Alaskan adventure—highlights include exploring Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias parks, hiking glaciers, and spotting bald eagles in Prince William Sound.

  • Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    July 18July 31, 2021

    Led by Co-founder, Mike Messick, watch centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. You'll explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.

  • Huli Wigmen, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

    Secret Valleys of New Guinea

    July 28August 13, 2021

    From spectacular lowland rainforests to 15,000-foot-high peaks, New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Join Social Anthropologist Shirley Campbell and explore the fascinating villages along the Karawari River; the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands i

  • Borneo

    Borneo: Land of the Orangutan

    August 6August 21, 2021

    Search for a huge variety of charismatic species, including orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, great argus pheasants, eight species of hornbills, and the bizarre Bornean bristlehead on this classic expedition led by conservation biologist Rich Pagen.

  • Mount Kazbegi, Georgia

    Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

    September 21October 5, 2021

    Accompanied by Expedition Leader and Travel Director Tese Neighbor, visit six amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Haghpat Monastery and Echmaidzin, as well as Georgia's famous cave city on a comprehensive tour through these lesser-traveled countries.

  • Jaguar

    Brazil's Pantanal & Amazon: A Wildlife Safari

    September 26October 6, 2021

    Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, capybara, howler monkey, tapir, giant river otter, and our ultimate goal, the elusive jaguar—on this wildlife adventure with Ornithologist, Mark Brazil. 

  • Miyajima

    Imperial Japan

    September 26October 6, 2021

    Explore Japan's imperial highlights with Travel Director, Amber Medkiff.

  • Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    The Heart of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

    October 5October 17, 2021

    Travel in the company of Expedition Leader Gary Wintz as you follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Silk Road merchants on this journey to the rarely-visited hidden heart of Asia.

  • Gelada baboon, Ethiopia

    Ultimate Ethiopia

    October 20November 1, 2021

    Join Wildlife Photographer and Expedition Leader, Lex Hes, on this journey through Ethiopia. Explore historic churches in Lalibela then marvel at Simien Mountains National Park, where the engaging gelada baboons reside—with an optional post-extension to Bale Mountains National Park. 

  • Luxor

    Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & Jordan

    October 22November 4, 2021

    The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.

  • Wildebeest in Zambia

    Zambia's Great Migrations

    November 5November 19, 2021

    Join this brand-new itinerary, designed and led by renowned wildlife photographer and guide, Lex Hes, to witness some of the largest animal migrations in the world.

  • Best African Safaris

    Remote Tanzania

    November 6November 19, 2021

    With one of the Earth’s largest concentrations of wildlife, from lions and elephants to hundreds of speices of birds, Tanzania is sublime—roam the country’s lesser-known parks in the company of Zegrahm naturalist and ornithologist, Mark Brazil.

  • Bengal Tiger

    India Safari

    November 7November 21, 2021

    Led by Naturalist Rich Pagen, enjoy in-depth explorations of three celebrated national parks—traversing the forested ridges, thick bamboo, and shallow rivers; search for Bengal tiger, wild boar, chital deer, and sambar; and keep an eye out for the varied birdlife.

  • Solar Eclipse

    Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica & South Georgia

    November 25December 13, 2021

    Get ready for the wonder of a Total Solar Eclipse at the bottom of the world with Marine Biologist Dan Olsen!

  • Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 17February 4, 2022

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.