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May 2013

Uganda & Rwanda
Papua New Guinea
Eastern Europe
Iran
Turkey
Splendors of Southern Africa
Where on Earth?
French Polynesia
- May 18
- Jun 08
- Jun 29
- Jul 20
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
- Jul 15
- Jul 30
- Aug 02
- Aug 05
Queen Charlotte Islands
- May 19
- May 27
- Jun 04
- Jun 05
- Jun 13
- Jun 21
- Jun 29
- Jul 06
- Jul 13
- Jul 20
- Jul 28
- Aug 04
Cuba
- Jun 08
- Jul 13
Eastern Europe
- May 20
Adriatic Adventure
- May 21
Alaska Sailing
- May 26
- Jun 02
- Jun 09
- Jun 16
- Jun 23
- Jun 30
- Jul 07
- Jul 14
- Jul 21
- Jul 28
- Aug 04
Northern India
- Jun 03
Iceland
- Jun 15
Mongolia
- Jul 03
Uganda
- Jul 07
Yukon & Alaska
- Jul 31
 

Why 'Now' could be the perfect time to visit Egypt!


Last month I returned home from my second exploration of Egypt. My first visit was in 1986.

A few things really struck a chord with me. The first is just how vast the historic legacy of ancient Egypt is. The second is the incredible lack of tourists in Egypt at the moment.

I traveled with 3 family members, including my 10 year old niece. During our visit to the pyramids in Giza we had the grounds practically to ourselves. We walked through Tahrir square and talked openly with the friendly locals. On our journey to the oasis of Siwa we saw virtually no one. At the Valley of the Whales (UNESCO; 40 million year old whale fossils with 4 obsolete legs which theorizes that whales were once mammals which lived on land and returned to the sea) we explored the landscape and fossils without another person to be seen. We found tourism to still be alive from Luxor to Aswan but, even here, tourism was down 70 percent.

With the exception of some aggressive street vendors, I found everyone we met to be polite and welcoming. When talking to other travelers, they all expressed the same sentiment. "What a great time to come to Egypt!" No one we met had the slightest trepidation about being in a country which has been so inaccurately portrayed by news networks regarding current safety. Surprisingly, even the normally over-cautious US State Department does not have any travel warnings for Egypt. To put things in perspective, the only real concern for safety on our travels were crossing some streets and navigating through the congested and hectic Egyptian traffic. Granted, that's a common, courageous experience in many developing nations.

For anyone interested in traveling to Egypt, you may want to consider traveling on our October 26 - Nov 16, 2013 departure to see the magnificent sites, minus the hustle and bustle of crowds of tourists. To add an extra incentive, ElderTreks will be using Mena House hotel for 5 nights in Giza (formerly 1 of the top 10 hotels in the world), a former sultan's palace, with views directly in front of the pyramids. If you've ever dreamed of discovering this great country, 2013 may be the perfect time to visit Egypt!

Speak to one of our travel specialists or ask to speak to ElderTreks's president Gary Murtagh about his recent trip and any safety concerns that you may have.

Gary Murtagh, ElderTreks owner and CEO

Be sure to take a look at Gary's Egypt photo gallery on Facebook.

Egypt


Oct 26 - Nov 16, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Feb 22 - Mar 15, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
Oct 25 - Nov 16, 2014 - Guaranteed departure

Highlights from ElderTreks 22 day, Egypt - Land of the Pharaohs tour include:

  • Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
  • 4x4 Desert Adventure to the Great Sand Sea, Valley of the Mummies and Valley of the Whales
  • 3 day Nile River cruise
  • The Valley of the Kings - King Tut's Tomb
  • Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak Temples
  • The remote Oasis of Siwa



Uganda and Rwanda


Jan 16 - Feb 2, 2014 - Guaranteed departure

We have now combined our very popular Uganda program with Rwanda affording you another unique experience of trekking with the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. Also trek with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, view incredible wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park and see tree-climbing lions. Enjoy several boat excursions on the Nile while searching for wildlife and visit with the Pygmies, the shortest people on earth. Uganda offers a superb wildlife experience, cultural riches and the friendliest people in all of Africa while Rwanda has emerged from its turbulent past to offer its own unique attractions and warm, inviting people set in the land of a thousand hills.

Uganda


Jul 7 - 22, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Jul 7 - 22, 2014
Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2014




Papua New Guinea


Aug 08 - 28, 2013 - Save $500.00 per person!
   4 spaces left, Guaranteed departure
Aug 07 - 27, 2014 - Guaranteed departure


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 tribal people perform with the rhythms of their drums.




Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe


Aug 05 - 19, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
May 12 - 26, 2014 - 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 the 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.




Iran


Sept 12 - Oct 2, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 15 -May 5, 2014 - Guaranteed departure


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.




Turkey


ElderTreks is offering a 21 day Classic Turkey adventure and an 18 day Eastern Turkey adventure. Classic Turkey includes Ephesus, Cappadocia, a three day coastal journey by gulet ( traditional yacht) and the mysterious giant, stone heads of Mt. Nemrut. Seldom visited Eastern Turkey includes ancient walled cities and cave dwellings, snow capped peaks including Mt. Ararat, palaces and hilltop monasteries and fortifications.

Classic Turkey


Sep 09 - 29, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Sep 30 - Oct 20, 2013 - new departure
Apr 7 - 27, 2014 - Guaranteed departure

Eastern Turkey


Sep 25 - Oct 12, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 23 - May 10, 2014




Splendors of Southern Africa


Save $500 on the following departures!
Sept 20 - Oct 14, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Mar 14 - Apr 07, 2014 - Guaranteed departure


This amazing 25-day safari highlights the best of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Meet the fascinating Himba tribe and the 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 "Where on Earth?" Contest




Congratulations to Eloah Giacomelli! Eloah correctly answered Lago de los Tres, Argentina and Dancers, Bali, Indonesia in our last Where on Earth? contest. For her efforts Eloah wins $100 towards her next exciting ElderTreks adventure.

Time for our new 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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