For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201112
December 2011

Laos
Burma
Costa Rica
Bhutan
Thailand & Cambodia
The Stans
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
 

In the true spirit of the holidays ElderTreks is pleased to announce our 25th Anniverary Early Bird Savings. Many of our exciting trips in 2012 and 2013 will now have an early bird savings until December 31st. Below is a list of the trips we are offering with a 15 percent discount. And many of these trips are already guaranteed departures! Check back with us often, as ElderTreks will be offering several further incentives to help you share in our 25th anniversary.

Discounted departures:
2012
Jun/Jul
Mongolia Jun 28 - Jul 14, 2012
Mongolia Jul 7 - 22, 2012

Aug
Sumatra Aug 2 - 16, 2012
Java and Bali Aug16 - 29, 2012
China Aug 31 - Sep 17, 2012

Sep
Yunnan Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2012
Uganda Sep 22 - Oct 7, 2012
Morocco Sep 26 - Oct 13, 2012
Classic Turkey Sep 10 - 30, 2012
Transylvania Sep 10 - 28, 2012
Silk Road Sep 15 - Oct 8, 2012
Greece Sep 11 - 27, 2012
Iran Sep 13 - Oct 3, 2012
Lost World of the Mayans Sep 27 - Oct 15, 2012
Peru Hiking Sep 8 - 30, 2012
The Stans of Central Asia Sep 24 - Oct 19, 2012
Zimbabwe Sep 7 - 23, 2012
Brazil Sep 18 - Oct 2, 2012

Oct
Kingdoms of Southern Africa Oct 23 - Nov 12, 2012
Madascar Oct 6 - 23, 2012
Tibet Oct 1 - 17, 2012
Sumatra Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2012
Venezuela Oct 30 - Nov 15, 2012

Nov
Tanzania Nov 3 - 18, 2012
Java and Bali Nov 1 - 14, 2012
Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa Nov 16 - Dec 1, 2012
Classic India Nov 16 - Dec 3, 2012
Patagonia Trekking Nov 1 - 16, 2012
Vietnam Nov 2 - 22, 2012

Dec
Lost World of the Mayans Dec 8 - 26, 2012
Sri Lanka Dec 1 - 17, 2012
Thailand and Cambodia Dec 18, 2012 - Jan 8 , 2013
Vietnam Dec 17, 2012 - Jan 6, 2013


2013
Jan
Lost World of the Mayans Jan 9 - 27, 2013
Great East African Safari Jan 16 - Feb 8, 2013
Grand Southeast Asia Adventure Jan 6 - Feb 6, 2013
Costa Rica Jan 30 - Feb11, 2013
Patagonia Trekking Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2013
Burma Jan 9 - 26, 2013
Ethiopia Jan 16 - Feb 7, 2013
Argentina and Chile Jan 5 - 21, 2013

Feb
Thailand and Cambodia Feb 6 - 27, 2013
New Zealand Feb 11 - 27, 2013
Southern India Feb 3 - 19, 2013
Vietnam Feb 22 - Mar 14, 2013
Loas Feb 9 - 24, 2013

Mar
Tanzania Mar 20 - Apr 4, 2013
Splendors of Southern Africa Mar 15 - Apr 8, 2013
Hidden Treasures of South America Mar 14 - Apr 4, 2013
Borneo Mar 2 - 19, 2013
Brazil Mar 5 - 19,2013
Sumatra Mar 21 - Apr 4, 2013
Sri Lanka Mar 28 - Apr 13, 2013

Apr
Java and Bali Apr 4 - 17, 2013
Madascar Apr 9 - 26, 2013
Eastern Turkey Apr 24 - May 11, 2013
Yunnan Apr 28, May 12, 2013
China Apr 11 - 28, 2013
Zimbabwe Apr 14 - 30, 2013
Classic Turkey Apr 8 - 28, 2013
Adriatic Adventure Apr 30 - May 20, 2013

May
The Stans of Central Asia May 8 - Jun 2, 2013
Greece May 2 - 18, 2013
Transylvania May 27 - Jun 14, 2013
The Caucasus May 19 - Jun 5, 2013
Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe May 13 - 27, 2013
Tibet May 9 - 25, 2013

Jun/Jul/Aug
Mongolia Jun 30 - Jul 16, 2013
Mongolia Jul 1 - 17, 2013
Uganda Jul 8 - 23, 2013

Sep
Uganda Sep 22 - Oct 7, 2013
Silk Road Aug 31 - Sep 23, 2013




Laos


Feb 8 - 23, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Experience the ancient traditions of a welcoming culture. The traditions of Laos are the least changed of all the Southeast Asian countries and make it a mecca for those searching for a truly exotic adventure. Here you will find ancient temples, exquisite scenery, an eventful history and a delicious cuisine; all within the warm embrace of welcoming people.




Burma


Jan 20 - Feb 6, 2012 - Sold Out / Waitlist Only
Feb 12 - 29, 2012 - Guaranteed departure - 5 seats left!
Jan 9 - 26, 2013 - Guaranteed departure


Join us as we visit this delightful country inhabited by some of the friendliest people on earth. Burma is a vibrant tapestry of culture, history and geography. A mosaic of ethnic groups, graceful Buddhist monasteries, ancient pagodas and the gently flowing Irrawaddy River welcome travelers to this exotic country. Bordering Thailand, Laos, India and China, Burma is at the cultural crossroads of Southeast Asia. Our extensive 18-day itinerary has been designed to explore this country's extraordinary cultural, historical and geographical treasures to the fullest.




Costa Rica


Jan 30 - Feb 11, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Costa Rica is an oasis of natural wonders - volcanoes, rainforests, white sand beaches, coral reefs and wildlife. Join us as we explore this amazing Central American country, which you will experience through an active program of hikes, river safaris and optional horseback rides. The highlight for many is the boat journey through the extensive, wildlife-rich canal system of Tortuguero National Park, making Costa Rica the perfect adventure destination.




Bhutan


Mar 23 - Apr 09, 2012 - Paro Festival - Guaranteed departure

Bhutan is a land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow capped Himalayan peaks. See the famous tea plantations of Darjeeling and meet a traditional Himalayan community in Sikkim before entering into Bhutan. Wander through markets, temples and monasteries in Thimpu and journey along the Duchola Pass with its stunning views of the Himalayas. The March departure also takes in the festival in Paro, where one can encounter Bhutan's gracious people during a time of festivities, parades, ceremonies and dance. Bhutan is the cultural explorer's Philosopher's Stone.




Thailand & Cambodia


Feb 6 - 27, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Discover two of Southeast Asia’s Ancient Kingdoms - Thailand and Cambodia in ElderTrek’s new 22-day program. From the Land of Siam to the Kingdom of the Khmers, these countries will fascinate you and leave you with a sense of astonishment. Visit ancient temples, hike through tropical jungles and meet warm, gracious people from Mae Hong Son, to the Mekong as we visit some of the most amazing sights of South-East Asia.




The Stans of Central Asia
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan


May 9 - Jun 3, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

For thousands of years, lands were sought after and conquered by some of the world's great leaders. Today it is the world's greatest adventure seekers who are drawn to the exotic lands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. These are lands filled with harsh deserts, towering snow capped peaks, ancient cities and fortresses with exotic cultures. Explore the markets, villages and historic cities, which evoke images of caravans traveling across deserts and over mountains, linking the east with the west.




Why not extend your holiday season with these great trips! But act fast as they are almost sold out. We have limited space remaining for the following departures:




ElderTreks 2011 Photo Contest


Attention all you travel photographers. The deadline is quickly approaching for our 2011 photo contest. First prize is $1500.00 towards your next ElderTreks trip. Contest deadline is December 31, 2011 so submit those great photos! Click here for more.



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