For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201108
August 2011

Bangkok to Kunming
Indonedia
Cuba
Classic India
Sri Lanka
East Africa
Contests
French Polynesia
- Aug 06
Queen Charlotte Islands
- Aug 15
Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
- Aug 11
- Aug 17
- Aug 20
- Aug 23
Alaska
- Aug 07
Cuba
- Aug 07
 

Looking for an exotic travel idea? Always dreamed of going somewhere off-the-beaten-path? ElderTreks offers a variety of adventures departing this fall and into the winter/spring of 2012 that are sure to excite. Discover other cultures and experience some amazing places on our small-group adventures.

Check out these limited time offers*:

  • Vietnam - Nov 2011 - SAVE $600
  • Sri Lanka - Dec 2011 - SAVE $500
  • Patagonia - Nov 2011 & Jan 2012 - SAVE $500
  • Costa Rica - Dec 2011 - SAVE $500
  • Great East Africa - Jan 2012 - SAVE $1000
  • Thailand - Feb 2012 - SAVE $500
  • Iceland - June 2012 - SAVE $500
* applies to new bookings only




Bangkok to Kunming


Nov 2 - 21, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
Jan 10 - 29, 2012 - 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.




The Best of Indonesia

Sumatra


Oct 18 - Nov 2, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
Mar 23 - Apr 7, 2012


Java & Bali


Nov 2 - 15, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 7 - 20, 2012


Last year Eldertreks brought back Indonesia to our list of destinations we visit and it was a hit with our travelers! The lush island of Sumatra, fifth largest in the world, is one of Indonesia's most important islands and perhaps its most beautiful. It is a truly extraordinary destination offering a variety of tribes, cultures, wildlife reserves, jungles, rivers, spectacular waterfalls and amazing crater lakes. Java & Bali is a journey to islands where volcanoes puff smoke, green rice sways in reflecting paddies, white-sand beaches glisten in the sun and where ancient monuments and arts thrive in a contemporary culture. From the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan to the towering presence of Mt Bromo - this is the heart of Indonesia. For those with a passion to explore you can combine both trips to experience the best of Indonesia.




Cuba


Still currently our most popular trip! 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:
  • Oct 22 - Nov 03, 2011
  • Nov 06 - 18, 2011 - sold out
  • 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

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.




Classic India


Oct 29 - Nov 15, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
* Oct departure includes the Pushkar Camel Fair *
Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2012


India is a land filled with exotic traditions, ancient cultures and magnificent sights. We begin in India's regal capital, New Delhi before traveling to Varanasi to witness the rituals of bathing, prayer and funerals on the Holy Ganges River. We board the train for Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, one of the most sublime structures ever built. Visit Ranthambhore National Park, one of India's most important tiger reserves. Throw in the color of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajistan for a truly wonderful adventure. The October departure includes a visit to the Pushkar Camel Festival, one of India's greatest festivals.




Sri Lanka


Dec 1 - 17, 2011 - Guaranteed departure - Save $500
Mar 28 - Apr 13, 2012


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!




Great East Africa


Jan 16 - Feb 6, 2012 - Guaranteed departure - Save $1000

This is the ultimate East African adventure! The great parks of east Africa - the Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Bwindi offer a unique and incredible wildlife safari. Home to the greatest wildlife migration on earth, millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles endure the challenge of survival to reach greener pastures. Bwindi National Park offers a rare opportunity to come into close quarters with a gorilla family. Meet the Pygmies, the shortest people on earth and the fiercely proud and traditional Maasai. Conclude your adventure in Kilimanjaro and view Africa's highest mountain.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




Unfortunately nobody was able to correctly answer both of the locations in the contest last month. The caves of Kandovan, Iran and Ua Pou, French Polynesia.

Time for our new contest. Since the one last month was a bit difficult, we thought we'd make this one more "middle of the road". Click the images to enlarge. If you enter the correct location of both photos your name will be entered for a chance to win $200 (last months unclaimed winnings get added to the pot), 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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