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April 2012

Eastern Europe
Eastern Turkey
Ancient Greece
The Caucasus
Transylvania
China
Yunnan
Contests
Baja California
- Mar 17
French Polynesia
- Apr 07
- Apr 28
- May 19
- Jun 09
Antarctic
- Many departures!
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Classic Turkey
- Apr 09
Madascar
- Apr 11
China
- Apr 11
Cuba
- Apr 14
Iran
- Apr 17
Yunnan
- Apr 28
Greece
- May 02
The Stans
- May 09
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 12
- May 19
- May 20
- May 27
- Jun 06
- Jun 14
Cuba
- May 12
Transylvania
- May 14
Caucuses
- May 20
Alaska
- Jun 03
Iceland
- Jun 15
 

Our April e-newsletter has 7 exciting trips on offer, most of which are guaranteed departures. Already been to these countries? We have so many more fabulous trips and many of which are still on sale. Call today and let us help you find the adventure trip that is just right for you!

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




Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe


Aug 6 - 20, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Eastern Europe is a fascinating place with great history and culture, medieval towns, and picturesque off the beaten track landscapes. On this adventure we see the best of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Highlights include nine hikes through stunning landscapes, 7 Unesco World Heritage Sites, riches of cultural heritage, well preserved architectural monuments, and charming rural villages. Our active adventure begins in the cosmopolitan city of Prague and ends in Krakow, Poland's historical capital.




Eastern Turkey


Sep 26 - Oct 13, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 24 - May 11, 2013 - Guaranteed departure


Imagine a place with ancient, walled cities, palaces, monuments and ruins, hilltop fortresses, cave dwellings and snow capped peaks. Unexplored by tourists, Eastern Turkey has a fascinating Ottoman history and is teaming with friendly and diverse cultures. We explore the sights of Istanbul, hike to the top of Mt Nemrut, explore the scenic hilltop city of Mardin and experience traditional Kurdish lifestyle in the walled city of Diyarbarkir. Eastern Turkey is truly an off the beaten path destination.




Greece


Sep 11 - 27, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

Journey into the realm of the Gods; Athena, Apollo, Hercules, Poseidon and the mighty Zeus. Bring the mythology and legends of ancient Greece to life in an epic adventure taking you from the impressive Parthenon in Athenís Acropolis to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic games, to the stunning islands of Tinos, Naxos, Mykonos and Delos.




The Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia


May 20 - Jun 06, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
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Sep 22 - Oct 09, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
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Sep 29 - Oct 16, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
 ** 2 spaces left


Situated between Russia in the north and Iran and Turkey in the southwest lies the region best known as the Caucasus. Lying on the shores of the Caspian Sea is Baku, Azerbaijan, one of the first oil cities of the world. Visit Georgia whose proud people and strong religion live in the shadow of the mighty Caucasus Mountains. Then continue on to Armenia, exploring cave monasteries and pilgrimage sites with the ever-present Mt Ararat looming on the horizon. The Caucasus is famous for its hospitality, sumptuous foods, fine wines and stunning mountain scenery. Join us on this fascinating journey into a lesser-known region of the world.




Transylvania


May 14 - June 1, 2012 - Guaranteed departure ** only 5 spaces left! Save $400.00 per person
Sep 10 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure


Breathe the fresh air of coniferous forest in the land of Count Dracula. Hike in the Carpathian Mountains; sample the famous wines of Hungary and gaze upon magnificent frescoes. Our trip to Hungary and Romania is an artful blend of culture, exquisite scenery, history and activity. The adventure begins in the famed city of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. Widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, Budapest is a city of spas, 2,000 year-old Roman amphitheaters, 400 year-old Turkish baths, 23 museums and galleries, all situated on the graceful Danube. Sample the region's cuisine while sipping local wines in the ambience of a medieval castle. See the magnificent fortress-town of Sighisoara and walk through the grand square of Brasov. Onward through Transylvania, our destination is Bran Castle, a fortress atop a dramatic rock outcrop. The adventure concludes in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Join us while we explore Europe's last great wilderness, magnificent architecture and ancient European customs.




China


Apr 11 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Aug 31 - Sept 17, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 11 - 28, 2013 - 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.




Yunnan


Sept 17 - Oct 01, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 28 - May 12, 2013 - Guaranteed departure


The diversity of Yunnan's natural wonders includes Himalayan peaks, fertile valleys, tropical rainforests, tranquil lakes and thundering rivers. Snow capped mountains and glaciers feed two of the world's great rivers, the Mekong and the Yangtse. Culturally, the area is a delightful mix of 24 colorful and exotic ethnic groups.

Both of our Yunnan departures in 2012 connect with our Classic China trip and the September date is a guaranteed departure! Why not combine both trips to make an amazing journey through the land once known as the Middle Kingdom?




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




Last months contest didn't receive any correct votes! So we've decided to give everybody a second chance. A lot of entries got one of the image locations correct, but not both. So good luck to all this month! 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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