For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201203
March 2012

Stans of Central Asia
Madagascar
Iran
Polar Bears of Churchill
Mongolia
The Silk Road
Contests
Baja California
- Mar 17
French Polynesia
- Mar 17
- Apr 07
- Apr 28
- May 19
Antarctic
- Many departures!
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Vietnam
- Mar 16
Splendors of Southern Africa
- Mar 16
Classic Turkey
- Apr 09
Madascar
- Apr 11
China
- Apr 11
Cuba
- Apr 14
Iran
- Apr 17
Yunnan
- Apr 28
Greece
- May 02
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 12
- May 19
- May 20
Cuba
- May 12
Transylvania
- May 14
 

There is still plenty of time to book that spring/early summer getaway. With savings as high as $2000.00 per person on select trips now is a great time to book a small-group adventure holiday with us.

This month ElderTrek’s eNewsletter highlights the return of one of our most popular trips ever - travel along the famed Karakoram Highway and along the Silk Road into China and Central Asia. A classic adventure for sure.

Visit Antarctica in 2012/2013. Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond and receive a 25% Early Booking Bonus. Book by April 30, 2012.




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


May 9 - Jun 3, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Sep 24 - Oct 19, 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.




Madagascar


Apr 11 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Oct 6 - 23, 2012 - Guaranteed departure - only 4 spaces left!


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!




Iran


Apr 17 - May 7, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Sep 13 - Oct 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Save $400.00 per person!


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.




Polar Bears of Churchill


Departures available between October 2nd until November 14th 2012

Visit the premier location in the world for getting up close and personal to polar bears. This "enthusiast level" adventure offers a well-rounded program led by an interpretive guide. It combines polar bear viewing, with activities in and around the community of Churchill, Manitoba. Enjoy the very unique experience of viewing wildlife from the comforts of a Tundra Buggy (R) . Experience other activities such as dogsledding, museum visits, cultural programs and slide presentations. Included in this trip is a one year membership to Polar Bears International.




Mongolia


June 28 - July 14, 2012 - Train date**
July 6 - 22, 2012 - Guaranteed departure


Landlocked between China and Russia, Mongolia holds the promise of an exotic culture rarely visited by travelers. The people are an eclectic mix of rugged nomads, Buddhist monks, farmers and merchants. The highlight for many is the famous Naadam Festival. Full of pomp, ceremony and jubilant Mongolians, this celebration is not to be missed. Experience the wonders of the Gobi Desert and the incredible national parks. Visit former royal palaces and museums; savor the sights and sounds of this unique country.

**This departure coincides with the train from Beijing to Ulaanbatar which has yet to be confirmed. Departure date subject to change.




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


Sep 15 - Oct 08, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Save $2,000.00 per person!


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.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




After a short break, we're back with our monthly Where on Earth? 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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