For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201105
May 2011

Uganda
Turkey
Papua New Guinea
Madagascar
Venezuela
Bangkok to Kunming
Trek Talk
Contests
Arctic
- LOTS of departures!
French Polynesia
- May 14
- Jun 04
- Jun 25
- Jul 16
The Stans of Central Asia
- May 05
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 06
- May 22
- May 31
- Jun 08
- Jun 25
- Jul 02
- Jul 09
- Jul 16
- Jul 24
Ancient Greece
- May 15
Eastern Europe
- May 16
Alaska
- May 29
- Jul 03
Mongolia
- Jul 01
Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
- Jul 06
- Jul 09
- Jul 18
Northern India
- Jul 07
 

ElderTrek’s May e-newsletter is excited to present the following adventures for the upcoming Fall - all of which are guaranteed departures. From the majestic Angel Falls in Venezuela to searching for gorillas in the mountains of Uganda, to experiencing the tribal people of Papua New Guinea. These journey’s-of-a-lifetime are merely one phone call away.




Uganda


Sept 22 - Oct 7, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

A very rare opportunity to spend time with mountain gorillas! Trek with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, view incredible wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park and see tree-climbing lions. Enjoy several boat excursions on the Nile while searching for wildlife and visit with the Pygmies, the shortest people on earth. Uganda offers a superb wildlife experience, cultural riches and the friendliest people in all of Africa.




Classic Turkey


Sept 12 - Oct 2, 2011 - Sold out
Sept 19 - Oct 9, 2011 - Sold out
Sept 26 - Oct 16, 2011 - Guaranteed departure


Turkey, the fabled land that joins the familiar West with the mystery of the East, is a prime destination for the adventure traveler. Our program begins in Istanbul, the great city that links Europe to Asia. Encounter ancient and modern Istanbul with its active bazaars and grand monuments such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. At Ephesus we explore one of the best-preserved classical sites still in existence. Later board a gullet, a traditional Turkish yacht for 3 days of cruising on the Mediterranean. Explore Cappadocia where wind and water have sculpted the volcanic bedrock into bizarre formations, before heading back to Istanbul.




Papua New Guinea


Aug 11 - 31, 2011 - Sold out
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. The tribal people perform with the rhythms of their drums while traditionally dressed in a colorful extravaganza that includes face and body paint, feathers and masks.




Madagascar


Oct 7 - 24, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

Did you know that 80 percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna are found nowhere else on earth? With over 30 different species of lemurs, unusual plant life, a fascinating culture of 17 distinct tribes, plus strong Indo-Malay and French influences, Madagascar is an ideal destination for the adventure traveler.

Visit thermal baths, lush rainforests, tribal villages, secluded beaches and of course, incredible wildlife. See ringtail lemurs, sifakas, nocturnal lemurs and many of the other thirty-plus species of lemurs. Journey to seldom visited Madagascar for some of the world's most incredible scenery and wildlife!




Venezuela


Oct 30 - Nov 15, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

The lost world of Venezuela is a destination offering amazing variety. From the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, abundant wildlife in the Llanos, a beautiful coastline, lush jungle, indigenous tribes, interesting colonial history and friendly South American hospitality. Venezuela’s greatest natural attraction is the world’s highest waterfall, magnificent Angel Falls, which you will experience by foot, by boat and with a scenic flight. Not only is Venezuela one of South America’s undiscovered travel gems, this trip is truly one of ElderTrek’s most epic adventures.




Bangkok to Kunming


Nov 2 - 21, 2011 - Guaranteed departure

From the golden temples, opulent palaces and hustle and bustle of Bangkok, experience a journey northward through ancient ruins and Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand, Northwest Laos and Southern China as we retrace the origins of Thai culture and history. Traverse beautifully terraced rice-fields; meander through colorful local markets; enjoy delicious Asian cuisine; visit and learn about ethnic Hill Tribes; cycle through villages to ancient ruins, explore the Stone Forest of Kunming but most of all experience the smiles and warmth of exotic and beautiful cultures.




Talk Trek Weblog



Have you seen the new addition to our web site yet? Be sure to check out a couple of our latest postings. Bob Perry, one of ElderTreks Country Directors, will be posting from the road as he sets off on our epic, 25 day "The Stans of Central Asia" tour. His first post is pre-tour as he once again sets foot in Istanbul after a 40 year absence. Also be sure to read the "What's in a Name" article, which takes a great background look at the name "ElderTreks".




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




Congratulations to Joyce Kubitz! Joyce correctly answered the Coliseum of El Djem, Tunisia and the traditional attire of Kyrgyzstan in our last Where on Earth? contest. For her efforts Joyce wins $100 towards her next exciting ElderTreks adventure.

Time for our new contest. 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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