For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201201
January 2012

Papua New Guinea
China
Sri Lanka
Cuba
Madagascar
Splendors of Southern Africa
Contests
Baja California
- Jan 21
- Jan 28
- Feb 04
- Feb 11
- Feb 18
- Feb 25
- Mar 03
- Mar 10
- Mar 17
French Polynesia
- Feb 04
- Feb 25
- Mar 17
Antarctic
- Many departures!
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Costa Rica
- Jan 30
Southern India
- Feb 05
Thailand & Cambodia
- Feb 06
Laos
- Feb 08
Burma
- Feb 12
Cuba
- Feb 25
Borneo
- Mar 06
Vietnam
- Mar 16
Splendors of Southern Africa
- Mar 16
 

From all of us at ElderTreks we would like to wish you a Happy and Healthy 2012. May the New Year bring you many traveling adventures!

We have chosen a few select trips which we would like to continue offering a 25th Anniversary savings on, as well as a few new ones. Click here to view our discounted departures. We will offer these savings until Feb 14th - Valentines Day! And just to show you how romantic we are as a company (there are rumours that companies are people too), we will take an extra $100 off per person for each couple who sign up for a trip before or on Valentine's Day. You MUST be married, dating or in love to qualify. * applies to new bookings only

And just so our single travelers don't feel left out, please make sure to read our February enewsletter with incentives just for YOU!

There are early reports out that Libya may be opening up once again to travelers as soon as the Summer/Fall of 2012. For those intrepid travelers ElderTreks has a scheduled Libya departure in November 2012.




Papua New Guinea


Aug 9 - 29, 2012 - Guaranteed departure Save $500

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. 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.




China


Apr 11 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Aug 31 - Sep 17, 2012 - Guaranteed departure


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.




Sri Lanka


Mar 28 - Apr 13, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Dec 1 - 17, 2012 - Guaranteed departure


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!




Bhutan


Mar 23 - Apr 09, 2012 - Paro Festival - Guaranteed departure
Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2012 - 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.




Cuba


Still 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:
  • Jan 21 - Feb 02, 2012 - sold out
  • Feb 11 - 23, 2012 - sold out
  • Feb 25 - Mar 08, 2012 - 1 space left
  • Mar 10 - 22, 2012 - sold out
  • Apr 14 - 26, 2012 - Save $500
  • May 12 - 24, 2012 - Save $500
  • Aug 11 - 23, 2012 - Save $500

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 wiqth the extremely friendly, welcoming Cuban people.




Madagascar


Apr 11 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Oct 6 - 23, 2012


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!




Splendors of Southern Africa


Mar 16 - Apr 09, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Mar 15 - Apr 8, 2013


This amazing 25-day safari highlights the best of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Meet the fascinating Bushmen, climb the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, enjoy the wildlife of Ethosha National Park, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Elephants, lions, rhinos, and exotic birds comprise some of the fascinating wildlife we see. Our grand adventure is topped off with a visit to magnificent Victoria Falls, known as "The Smoke That Thunders."




ElderTreks 2011 Photo Contest


Our 2011 photo contest has come to a close. There are definitely some great entries this year. Click here to view the Top 25 photos. Vote for your favorites and we'll be posting the Top 10 on January 22nd for voting round #2. We would like to thank everyone who entered the contest. We hope to see all of you in our 2012 photo contest. We will announce the top 3 photos in our February enewsletter.



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