For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201111
November 2011

Iran
Turkey
Southern India
Silk Road
Cuba
Contests
French Polynesia
- Nov 19
- Dec 09
- Feb 04
Antarctic
- Many departures!
Voodoo
- Nov 18
Laos
- Nov 24
Sri Lanka
- Dec 01
Vietnam
- Dec 17
Cuba
- Dec 17
Costa Rica
- Dec 19
- Jan 30
Southeast Asia
- Jan 05
Argentina and Chile
- Jan 07
Bangkok to Kunming
- Jan 10
Ethiopia
- Jan 16
Classic India
- Jan 19
 

We are excited to announce that our 2012/2013 catalogue is now being published. Look for an online version in the next few days. For those of you on our mailing list you will be receiving you own copy in the coming weeks. In the meantime there are a number of exciting new announcements to share with you from your friends at ElderTreks.

We are currently offering discounts on the following departures:

A number of our trips have proven so popular this year that we have added additional departure dates:

And for those of you still debating whether or not to sign up for one of our adventures the following departures have limited space remaining, so donít delay:




Iran


Apr 17 - May 7, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Iran is an ancient land filled with bustling bazaars, historic sights, superb architecture, parched deserts and beautiful snow-capped mountains. Few countries can compete with Iran, from the ancient gems of Persepolis and Yazd to the wonderful museums, mosques, mausoleums and impressive ruins. But Iran's greatest attraction is the warmth and generosity of its people, making you feel genuinely welcome in their country. Discovering the culture and traditions of the Iranian people will easily be the highlight of the trip.




Classic Turkey


Apr 09 - 29, 2012 - Guaranteed departure/only 3 places left!

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.




Southern India


Feb 5 - 21, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Marvel at ancient temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Visit national parks, tea factories and cruise backwater canals. Explore southern India's vast cultural heritage, from British, French, Portuguese and Jewish influences, to the ancient capitals of the Chola and Pallva Kings. Explore the highlights of Chennai before heading to Periyar National Park and be on the look out for wildlife by boat and foot. Relax on an overnight houseboat while we explore the small canals, villages and rice fields of the backwaters. This adventure can be combined with Classic India.




Silk Road: Journey to Samarkand
Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, China


Sep 15 - Oct 08, 2012

ElderTreks is excited to bring back one of our most popular trips ever! Explore the ancient trading routes of Northern Pakistan, Northwestern China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Transport yourself back over one thousand years when the legendary Silk Road provided adventurers and traders with a route from the mystique and wealth of China to the developing countries of Europe. Join us and experience ancient cultures, incredible scenery, and rich traditions along the fabled Silk Road.




Cuba



Still our most popular trip of the year! 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 03 - 15, 2011 - Sold out
  • Dec 17 - 29, 2011 - Guaranteed departure
  • Jan 07 - 19, 2012 - Guaranteed departure/2 spaces left!
  • Jan 21 - Feb 02, 2012 - Sold out
  • Feb 11 - 23, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
  • Feb 25 - Mar 08, 2012 - Guaranteed departure/3 spaces left
  • Mar 10 - 22, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Our Cuba program includes visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, old Havana and colonial Trinidad. Experience Cuba's soulful art, and musical rhythms and especially the countless encounters with the extremely friendly, welcoming Cuban people.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest


Congratulations to Robert Rhoads! Robert correctly answered Momatery of Khor Virap, Armenia and Antigua, Guatemala in our last Where on Earth? contest. For his efforts Robert wins $100 towards his next exciting ElderTreks adventure.

Time for our new contest. Our Where on Earth contest will now be on hold for the next few months as we focus on our annual ElderTreks Photo Contest.




ElderTreks 2011 Photo Contest


Oh my, our annual photo contest has been very much neglected this year. With currently only 25 entries we've decided to extend the deadline. You now have until December 31st to enter! Thanks to all who have entered so far. To those who haven't... we need your photos! 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.



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