For the online version please view http://www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201012
December 2010

Southeast Asia
Burma
Argentina & Chile
Cuba
Southern Africa
Libya
Photo Contest
Antarctica
- new season = LOTS of departures! French Polynesia
- Dec 14
- Jan 08
- Feb 19
Cuba
- Dec 18
- Dec 23
- Jan 22
- Feb 1
Galapagos and Ecuador
- Dec 17
Costa Rica
- Dec 19
Grand Souteast Asia
- Jan 06
Ethiopia
- Jan 12
Classic India
- Jan 18
Baja California - Among the Great Whales
- Jan 22
- Jan 29
- Feb 05
- Feb 12
- Feb 26
Costa Rica
- Jan 30
Cultural West Africa
- Feb 01
Southern India
- Feb 04
 

We are now into December and for many of us it seems like a month of endless parties and gatherings with friends and family. Why not treat yourself to the best holiday gift a traveler could ever want - an adventure trip for 2011! There is still plenty of time to take advantage of visiting some amazing destinations that we have available. Current Cuba travel restrictions will open up soon enough. Now is the time to see this unique country. So close, yet so far away! The Northern winter is the prefect time to go to Southeast Asia and our feature trips this month offer a short and long option with either Burma or our Grand Southeast Asia trip. The rugged beauty of Patagonia is another destination that is best experienced in the next few months. And for those of you who want to get a quick jump on other travelers, once-closed Libya is now open for business again. Be one of the first people in many years to re-embrace 2600 years of history, and come away with bragging rights!




Grand Southeast Asia


Jan 6 - Feb 6, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

ElderTreks Grand Southeast Asia Adventure offers the best of Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. In Burma, see the opulent Shwedagon Pagoda before traveling to Mandalay and Pagan with it's 2000 ancient temples dotting the countryside. A two day Mekong River cruise takes us to the remote regions of Laos until we reach Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Vietnam explore the warm turquoise waters of Halong Bay and walk the streets of Hoi An - a living museum. See the highlights of Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels and journey down the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh. Finally, we visit the fantastic vast ruin sites of Angkor Wat and enjoy a performance of classical Cambodian dance.




Burma


Feb 8 - 25, 2011 - new date!
Our popular Burma trip Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2011 is now sold out. We have added a NEW departure date Feb 8 - 25, 2011 and hope you'll join us!




Argentina and Chile


Jan 30 - Feb 15, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

Stunning glaciers,turquoise lakes, extinct volcanoes, Zodiac adventures, wine tasting and tango lessons are just a few of the amazing highlights of this Patagonian adventure. This is a nature lover's delight for its dramatic scenery, and unique fauna. National parks, penguin rookeries, stunning Chilean Lakes and waterfalls are just a few highlights on this incredible adventure. Those looking for more thrills, can add an extension to Easter Islands or Iguazu Falls.




Cuba


Find out why everyone is talking about Cuba. Now is the time to visit before major changes occur. We have guaranteed all of these departures:
  • Dec 18 - 30, 2010 - 6 spaces left
  • Jan 08 - 20, 2011 - Sold Out
  • Jan 22 - Feb 3, 2011 - 1 space left
  • Feb 12 - 24, 2011 - Sold Out
  • Feb 26 - March 10, 2011 - space available
  • Mar 12 - 24, 2011 - space available
  • Aug 8 - 20, 2011
  • Nov 07 - 19, 2011
  • Dec 03 - 15, 2011
  • Dec 17 - 29, 2011
  • Jan 07 - 19, 2012
  • Jan 21 - Feb 02, 2012
  • Feb 11 - 23, 2012
  • Feb 25 - Mar 08, 2012
Call our office today and speak with our Cuba-specialist Maureen Atkinson. Maureen loves everything Cuba and would be happy to share her memories of recent visits there as well as to provide you with first-hand knowledge of this amazing trip. Our Cuba program includes visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, old Havana, colonial Trinidad, Cuba's soulful art, and musical rhythms and especially the countless encounters with the extremely friendly, welcoming Cuban people! Call our office and find out why Cuba is currently our most popular trip.




Splendors of Southern Africa


March 16 - April 9, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
SAVE $1000


This amazing 25-day safari highlights the best of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Meet the fascinating Bushmen, climb the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, enjoy the wildlife of Ethosha National Park, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Elephants, lions, rhinos, and exotic birds comprise some of the fascinating wildlife we see. Our grand adventure is topped off with a visit to magnificent Victoria Falls, known as "The Smoke That Thunders."




Libya


Feb 8 - 25, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
LIBYA IS BACK! Visa are now being issued for Americans!


Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; encounter Berber culture in the villages of the Western Mountains; enjoy the singing and dancing of the desert nomads, the Tuareg; Watch the sun set on the golden Saharan dunes. Experience true adventure with three nights of camping. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Ubari Lakes, stroll through ancient Apollonia, built by the Byzantines over 1,000 years ago and meander through the narrow lanes of the medinas and local souq's. Libya's history and archeology is just a part of the intrigue awaiting the intrepid traveler.




ElderTreks 2010 Photo Contest


Thanks to everyone who entered our photo contest this year. There were many wonderful submissions received. On December 13th the submissions will be narrowed down to the top 25. There is still time to vote for your favorite photos. The top 10 will be chosen on December 22nd and the finalists will be announced in our January eNewsletter. All winners are chosen by you based on the votes the photos receive. Good luck to all those who entered! (For our aspiring photographers, first prize is $1,500, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Each in the form of credit towards a future ElderTreks trip.)Click here for more details.



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