For the online version please view www.eldertreks.com/enewsletters/201210
October 2012

Southeast Asia
Laos
Cuba
Bhutan
Burma
Ethiopia
Contests
French Polynesia
- Sep 22
- Oct 13
- Nov 03
- Nov 24
Antarctic
- Many departures!
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Java & Bali
- Nov 01
Vietnam
- Nov 02
Bangkok to Kunming
- Nov 09
Voodoo of West Africa
- Nov 16
Polar Bears of Churchill
- Many Departures in Oct and Nov
Sri Lanka
- Dec 01
Lost World of the Mayans
- Dec 08
Cuba
- Dec 15
Vietnam
- Dec 17
Thailand & Cambodia
- Dec 18
Costa Rica
- Dec 24
 

People often ask our Trip Specialists what our 'most popular' adventures are. The popularity of certain destinations can sometimes change from year to year, but we have seen some interesting trends this year. Three tours in particular have been so popular, we've added several new departures to keep up with demand. Lead by some of our top tour leaders, these trips promise to be experiences of a lifetime. We hope you'll join us and see what makes these trips so popular. They are....

  • Burma
    Jan 9-26/13 (1 seat left), Jan 10-27/13 (2 seats left), Feb 6-23/13 (6 seats left), Mar 6-23/13
  • Bhutan
    Mar 13-30/13 - sold out, Mar 15-Apr 1/13
  • Ethiopia
    Jan 16-Feb 7/13 (2 seats left), Jan 3-25/13




Grand Southeast Asia


Jan 6 - Feb 6/13 - 4 seats left

ElderTreks Grand Southeast Asia Adventure offers the best of Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. In Burma, see the opulent Shwedagon Pagoda before traveling to Mandalay and Pagan with its 2000 ancient temples dotting the countryside. A two-day Mekong River journey takes us to the remote regions of Laos until we reach Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Vietnam explore the warm turquoise waters of Halong Bay and walk the streets of Hoi An - a living museum. See the highlights of Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels and journey down the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh. Finally, we visit the fantastic vast ruin sites of Angkor Wat and enjoy a performance of classical Cambodian dance.




Laos


Feb 9 - 24/13

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.




Cuba


Still holding its own as one of our most popular trips! Find out why everyone is talking about Cuba. Now is the time to visit before major changes occur. Most of these departures are guaranteed:
  • Nov 10 - 22
  • Dec 1 - 13
  • Dec 15 - 27
  • Jan 5 - 17
  • Jan 19 - 31 - 1 seat left
  • Feb 9 - 21
  • Feb 23 - March 7
  • Mar 9 - 21
  • Mar 30 - April 11
  • Apr 13 - 25
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.




Bhutan


Mar 13 - 30/13 - sold out
Mar 15 - Apr 1/13 - 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.




Burma


Jan 9 - 26/13 (1 seat left)
Jan 10 - 27/13 (2 seats left)
Feb 6 - 23/13 (6 seats left)


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.




Ethiopia


Jan 16 - Feb 7/13 (2 seats left)
Jan 3 - 25/13


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.




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest


Unfortunately, nobody guessed last months photo locations correctly. And on that note, we'll be putting the monthly Where on Earth contest on hold for a few months and focusing on...

ElderTreks 2012 Photo Contest

We decided to shorten our submission time frame for our annual contest this year. Instead of running it from January-December we've decided to have it start.. NOW! Once again you have the chance to win up to $1500 (towards your next ElderTreks adventure) just for submitting some of your best travel shots. The deadline for this years submissions are January 15, 2013.



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