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for their circumnavigations of some of the world ’s more obscure archipelagos, announces their first-ever expedition around the M editerranean’s largest island, Sicily, departing April 4, 2011. This 13-day Medi terranean cruise combines visits to the isle’s amazing archaeological wonders wi th a tasty immersion into the region’s famed viticulture and cuisine. Seattle, WA, July 07, 2010 -- Zegrahm Expeditions, well-known for their circumna vigations of some of the world’s more obscure archipelagos, announces their firs t-ever expedition around the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily, departing A pril 4, 2011. This 13-day Mediterranean cruise combines visits to the isle’s ama zing archaeological wonders with a tasty immersion into the region’s famed vitic ulture and cuisine. Beginning in Malta, this Mediterranean cruise explores the 5,000-year-old Tarxie n Temples at Hgar Q’im and the architectural wonders of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, board the intimate 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey and follo w ancient trade routes to land on Sicily’s shores at Licata. As you trace the sc enic coastline, stops include Phoenician settlements near Marsala, and the Greek temples of Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, and Morgantina. Tour the Roman theate rs and villas of Taormina, Piazza Amerina, and Lipari and discover the ornate ar chitecture of Norman-Arab castles and cathedrals in Cefalu, Palermo, and Monreal e. In addition to exploring Sicily’s amazing archaeological legacy, the gastronomic al culture here is sure to impress, as well. With a wealth of coastal ingredient s and savory array of sun-ripened produce, it’s no wonder that there is a moveme nt presently afoot to protect Mediterranean cuisine under UNESCO. To better appr eciate the local flavors, this Mediterranean cruise provides travelers the oppor tunity to stop at several vineyards for wine tastings, sample olive oil straight from the press, visit local outdoor markets, and relish the wonderful cuisine a t traditional restaurants throughout the voyage. “While a bit of a departure from our more remote destinations and natural histor y-focused itineraries, we believe this Mediterranean cruise presents a perfect b alance: with most mornings spent visiting historic sites and free time in the ev enings to explore or dine on your own in picturesque coastal towns. It fills a n iche for our growing contingent of travelers interested in archaeology and/or fo od and wine-inspired trips,” says Jon Nicholson, Zegrahm’s President. Enlightening travelers throughout this Mediterranean cruise are an esteemed grou p of leaders with both professional and personal interests in this region, inclu ding a native Sicilian with a Ph.D. in Italian literature and a passion for gast ronomy literary works; an archaeologist who has directed over 30 years worth of excavations in Sicily and beyond (and an alter ego as the “Time-Traveling Gourme t”); host and archaeologist for an international TV documentary series; a travel photographer with a Ph.D. in art history; and a professor of world cultural geo graphy with a focus on the ancient and modern societies of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss this opportunity to circle Sicily while savoring the Mediterranean’s rich culinary traditions and exquisite Roman architecture in the company of expe rt leaders on this first-ever voyage with Zegrahm Expeditions; visit http://www. zeco.com to learn more. Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Lead by expert guides a nd lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, featu
re deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents. For more informat ion, please access http://www.zeco.com. Press Contact: Carmin Arnot Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. Seattle, WA 206.285.4000 CarminA@zeco.com http://www.zeco.com