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May 2012

Iceland
Cuba
Java Bali
Classic India
Ethiopia
Bhutan
Contests
French Polynesia
- May 19
- Jun 09
- Jun 30
- Jul 21
- Aug 11
Arctic
- Many departures!
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 19
- May 20
- May 27
- Jun 06
- Jun 14
- Jun 22
- Jul 07
- Jul 14
- Jul 22
- Jul 29
Cuba
- May 12
- Jun 09
- Jul 14
Transylvania
- May 14
Caucuses
- May 20
Alaska
- Jun 03
- Jun 24
- Jul 01
- Jul 15
- Jul 22
- Jul 29
Northern India
- Jun 14
Iceland
- Jun 15
Mongolia
- Jul 06
Uganda
- Jul 08
Heli-hiking Canadian Rockies
- Jul 12
- Jul 24
- Jul 27
- Jul 30
 

The sizzling days of summer are soon upon us, but at ElderTreks we have some great trips to cool things down! Join us for an exciting 11 day circle island tour of Iceland - the land of the midnight sun. Moderate climate, beautiful scenery and great hikes make this an excellent choice for anyone wanting to escape the summer heat. Trip Specialists Caren and Tine have both been to this delightful island and would be happy to chat with you about it. Or read on for more enticing adventures!




Iceland


Jun 15 - 25, 2012 - just 2 seats left!!

"Land of the Midnight Sun" refers to regions above the Arctic Circle, which includes Iceland. With its puffins, glaciers, fjords, active volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs, you’ll find the perfect blend of nature, culture and history. Certainly not living in the past, Icelanders are proud that they continue to speak the ancient language of the Vikings. Their cherished ancient heritage lives on in harmony with the most exciting innovations from the world of arts and culture today. Learn about European life at the Arctic Circle on this incredible 11-day adventure.




Cuba: All trips guaranteed!


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:
  • June 9 - 21/12
  • July 14 - 26/12
  • Nov 10 - 22/12
  • Dec 1 - 13/12
  • Dec 15 - 27/12
  • Jan, Feb, March, April 2013 guaranteed departures available - call for dates!
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 with the extremely friendly, welcoming Cuban people.




Sumatra


Aug 02 - 16, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2012


Java Bali


Aug 16 - 29, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Nov 1 - 14, 2012 - only 1 seat left


A few years ago Eldertreks brought back Indonesia to our list of destinations we visit and it was a hit with our travelers! The lush island of Sumatra, fifth largest in the world, is one of Indonesia's most important islands and perhaps its most beautiful. It is a truly extraordinary destination offering a variety of tribes, cultures, wildlife reserves, jungles, rivers, spectacular waterfalls and amazing crater lakes. Java & Bali is a journey to islands where volcanoes puff smoke, green rice sways in reflecting paddies, white sand beaches glisten in the sun and where ancient monuments and arts thrive in a contemporary culture. From the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan to the towering presence of Mt Bromo - this is the heart of Indonesia. For those with a passion to explore you can combine both trips to experience the best of Indonesia.




Classic India


Nov 9 - 29, 2012 - Guaranteed departure

India is a land filled with exotic traditions, ancient cultures and magnificent sights. We begin in India's regal capital, New Delhi before traveling to Varanasi to witness the rituals of bathing, prayer and funerals on the Holy Ganges River. We board the train for Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, one of the most sublime structures ever built. Visit Ranthambhore National Park, one of India's most important tiger reserves. Throw in the color of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajistan for a truly wonderful adventure. The November departure includes a visit to the Pushkar Camel Festival, one of India's greatest festivals.




Ethiopia


Sept 17 - Oct 9/12 - Guaranteed departure
Jan 3 - 25, 2013 - new guaranteed departure
Jan 16 - Feb 7, 2013 - 2 seats left


Few places offer such a myriad of experiences for the traveler as Ethiopia. Much of the fascination of this country lies in its many historical sites. Ethiopia has nine national parks, protecting many of its endemic species. The ancient tribal culture compliments the unique history and nature of Ethiopia. Experience tribal cultures such as the Hamer, the Mursi and the Dorze whose traditional lifestyle is a stark contrast to our modern life. Trip Specialist David Roth has journeyed to and lead many trips to Ethiopia. Call ElderTreks office to speak with David about this fascinating country.




Bhutan


Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2012
Mar 13 - 30, 2013 - sold out
Mar 15 - Apr 1, 2013 - new 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.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest




We've decided that our last contest was a bit unfair. Most people correctly guessed the woven shoes from India, however a lot of people guessed Norway or Lapland for the other pair. In fact the other pair are from the Sami people... however they are specifically from the Sami which moved to Alaska and are housed in the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. We decided to gather all votes for the past two months that answered USA or the countries which encompass the Sami region of Europe as correct answers and enter them into our draw to select the random winner.

Congratulations to Sharon Blumberg. For her efforts Sharon wins $100 towards her next exciting ElderTreks adventure.

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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