For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201003
March 2010

Mongolia
The Stans
Transylvania
Eastern Europe
Yunnan
Iceland
Contests
Antarctica
- Many!
French Polynesia
- Mar 13
- Apr 03
- Apr 24
- May 15
S. America
- Mar 15
Galapagos & Ecuador
- Mar 18
Bhutan
- Mar 19
Baja
- Mar 20
China
- Mar 29
Galapagos
- Apr 5
Tunisia
- Apr 7
Yunnan
- Apr 13
Eastern Turkey
- Apr 28
Adriatic
- Apr 30
Greece
- May 02
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 07
- May 23
Alaska
- May 13
 

Welcome to the March edition of the ElderTreks eNewsletter! In this newsletter we are excited to share some feedback from our first few Cuba departures as well as some exciting last minute trips.

ElderTreks sent 4 groups to Cuba this winter and we thought we'd share some highlights from our travelers who participated in this exciting adventure. If you've been dreaming of visiting this fascinating island, the next departure to Cuba is May 22 - June 3, 2010.

Other departures include:

  • Aug 28 - Sept 9/10
  • Dec 4 - 16/10
  • Dec 18 - 30/10
  • Jan 8 - 20/11
  • Jan 22 - Feb 3/11
  • Feb 12 - 24/11
  • Feb 26 - March 10/11

Here's what our travelers say. We hope you'll join us!

"I think I learned more about a country on this trip than any other. Part of it was that I was so in the dark about Cuba." C.A. Idaho

"I have nothing but praise for the local guide and his knowledge, honesty and forthrightness. He gave us an excellent insight to the hearts and minds of the warm Cuban people." A.S. California

"Opportunities to visit the school, the clinic, the senior day care center and the farmer. Loved traveling with a culturally sensitive group of Americans and Canadians." JL, Wisconsin



Mongolia


June 28 - July 14 - SOLD OUT
June 30 - July 16 - NEW DEPARTURE!
July 6 - 22 - 1 SEAT LEFT


Landlocked between China and Russia, Mongolia holds the promise of an exotic culture rarely visited by travelers. The people are an eclectic mix of rugged nomads, Buddhist monks, farmers and merchants. The highlight for many is the famous Naadam Festival. Full of pomp, ceremony and jubilant Mongolians, this celebration is not to be missed. Experience the wonders of the Gobi Desert and the incredible national parks. Visit former royal palaces and museums; savor the sights and sounds of this unique country.




The Stans of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan


May 21 - June 14, 2010 - Final day to sign up - Thurs March 4, due to visa's
Oct 2 - 26, 2010


For thousands of years, lands were sought after and conquered by some of the world's great leaders. Today it is the world's greatest adventure seekers who are drawn to the exotic lands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. These are lands filled with harsh deserts, towering snow capped peaks, ancient cities and fortresses with exotic cultures. Explore the markets, villages and historic cities which evoke images of caravans traveling across deserts and over mountains, linking the east with the west.




Translyvania


May 24 - June 7, 2010 - guaranteed depature
Oct 4 - 18, 2010


Breathe the fresh air of coniferous forest in the land of Count Dracula. Hike in the Carpathian Mountains; sample the famous wines of Hungary and gaze upon magnificent frescoes. Our trip to Hungary and Romania is an artful blend of culture, exquisite scenery, history and activity. The adventure begins in the famed city of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. Widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, Budapest is a city of spas, 2,000 year-old Roman amphitheaters, 400 year-old Turkish baths, 23 museums and galleries, all situated on the graceful Danube. Sample the region's cuisine while sipping local wines in the ambience of a medieval castle. See the magnificent fortress-town of Sighisoara and walk through the grand square of Brasov. Onward through Transylvania, our destination is Bran Castle, a fortress atop a dramatic rock outcrop. The adventure concludes in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Join us while we explore Europe's last great wilderness, magnificent architecture and ancient European customs.



Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe


June 7 - 21, 2010 - guaranteed departure
Aug 16 - 30, 2010


Eastern Europe is a fascinating place with great history and culture, medieval towns, and picturesque off the beaten track landscapes. On this adventure we see the best of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Highlights include nine hikes through stunning landscapes, 7 Unesco World Heritage Sites, riches of cultural heritage, well preserved architectural monuments, and charming rural villages. Our active adventure begins in the cosmopolitan city of Prague and ends in Krakow, Poland's historical capital.



Yunnan


April 13 - 27, 2010 - guaranteed departure
Sept 28 - Oct 12, 2010


The Diversity of Yunnan's natural wonders include Himalayan peaks, fertile valleys, tropical rainforests, tranquil lakes and thundering rivers. Snow capped mountains and glaciers feed two of the world's great rivers, the Mekong and the Yangtse. Culturally, the area is a delightful mix of 24 colorful and exotic ethnic groups. This adventure can be combined with China and Tibet departures as well.



Iceland


June 15 - 25, 2010

"Land of the Midnight Sun" refers to regions above the Arctic Circle, which includes Iceland. With its puffins, glaciers, fjords, active volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs, you'll find the perfect blend of nature, culture and history. Certainly not living in the past, Icelanders are proud that they continue to speak the ancient language of the Vikings. Their cherished ancient heritage lives on in harmony with the most exciting innovations from the world of arts and culture today. Learn about European life at the Arctic Circle on this incredible 11-day adventure.



ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




Congratulations to Jim Swain! He was selected randomly from a long list of correct entries in last months contest. Jim correctly answered Mt. Popa, Myanmar/Burma and Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand in our last Where on Earth? contest. Jim wins $100 towards his next exciting ElderTreks adventure.

Time for our new contest. This time with a bit of a twist. Click the images to enlarge. If you enter the correct location of both photos your name will be entered for a chance to win $100 towards your next ElderTreks adventure. The winner will be chosen randomly from the list of correct entries and will be announced in our following eNewsletter. Good luck to all those who enter.



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