For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201102
February 2011

Papua New Guinea
Eastern Europe
Greece
Iceland
Sri Lanka
China & Yunnan
Contests
Antarctica
- LOTS of departures!
Cuba
- Feb 26
- Mar 12
- Apr 30
Baja California - Among the Great Whales
- Feb 26
- Mar 05
- Mar 12
French Polynesia
- Feb 19
- Mar 12
- Apr 02
- Apr 23
Vietnam
- Feb 23
Egpyt
- Feb 26
Brazil
- Mar 1
Borneo
- Mar 5
Bhutan
- Mar 6
Galapagos
- Mar 7
Treasures of South America
- Mar 14
Splendors of Southern Africa
- Mar 16
Sri Lanka
- Mar 21
Syria
- Mar 28
Morocco
- Apr 06
Turkey
- Apr 11
China
- Apr 11
Madagascar
- Apr 11
Iran
- Apr 17
Adriatic Adventure
- Apr 22
Yunnan
- Apr 28
 

As many of us dig out of the snows of 2011 our attention has been drawn to recent events in Tunisia and Egypt. As fellow travelers we can only watch with keen interest as things unfold, hoping that the people of North Africa can peacefully change their governments and that conditions will soon improve. Check our new weblog Trek Talk for our take on events in North Africa and other helpful travel advice. For those of you looking to plan a trip for the spring or summer of 2011 we are pleased to present a number of featured trips for February, many which are guaranteed departures.




Papua New Guinea


Aug 11 - 31, 2011 - 1 seat left
Sept 9 - 29, 2011 - guaranteed departure


Papua New Guinea is culturally rich and geographically remote with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere and like no other place on earth. Meet and learn about the many tribal groups including the Asaro Mudmen, the Wangi, the Simbu, the Kaguel and the fascinating Trobriand Islanders. Come and celebrate during the Singsing Festival at Mt Hagen in August or the Goroka Festival in September. The Singsing festival is filled with tribal displays of the song and dance from more than 80 tribes. Traditionally dressed in a colorful extravaganza that includes face and body paint, feathers and masks, as the tribes people perform with the rhythms of their drums.




Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe


May 16 - 30, 2011 - guaranteed departure
Aug 1 - 15, 2011


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.




Greece


May 15 - 31, 2011 - guaranteed departure
Sept 13 - 29, 2011


Journey into the realm of the Gods; Athena, Apollo, Hercules, Poseidon and the mighty Zeus. Bring the mythology and legends of ancient Greece to life in an epic adventure taking you from the impressive Parthenon in Athen's Acropolis to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games, to the stunning islands of Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos and Delos.




Iceland


June 14 - 24, 2011 - Summer Solstice departure

"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.




Sri Lanka


Mar 21 - Apr 05, 2011 - only 4 spaces left
Dec 1 - 16, 2011


Encounter the magic of Sri Lanka - the island nation formerly known as Ceylon. Beach-fringed coastlines, magnificent archeological sites, tea plantations and spice markets make this destination an exotic dream. Visit an elephant orphanage, search for leopards on game safaris, and listen to the delightful sounds from the exotic birds on our nature walks. The people of Sri Lanka are welcoming, vibrant and eager to show you their way of life. Come a little closer, the air is fragrant with the scent of jasmine and temple flowers. Mysterious and exotic Sri Lanka awaits you!




China


Apr 11 - 28, 2011- guaranteed departure
Aug 31 - Sept 17, 2011


Imagine walking through the Forbidden City, along China's Great Wall or marveling at the wonder of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Picture yourself traveling down the Yangtse River through the spectacular Three Gorges and visiting the beautiful limestone peaks surrounding Guilin. Our Classic China adventure shows you the highlights of this country's incredible cultural and natural sites before ending in Hong Kong.

This adventure can be combined with either of our Yunnan departures in 2011 making it an amazing journey through the land once known as the Middle Kingdom.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




We're back once again with our monthly Where on Earth? contest. Just enter the correct location of both photos and 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. Click the images to enlarge. Good luck to all those who enter.



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