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August 2013

Voodoo: West Africa
The Caucasus
Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Adriatic Adventure
Cuba
Patagonia Trekking
Where on Earth?
French Polynesia
- Aug 31
- Sep 21
- Oct 12
- Nov 02
Galapagos
- weekly departures!
Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
- Aug 20
- Aug 23
- Aug 29
Queen Charlotte Islands
- Aug 19
Silk Road
- Aug 31
Ancient Greece
- Sep 12
Iran
- Sep 12
Tibet
- Sep 15
Splendors of Southern Africa
- Sep 20
Caucasus
- Sep 21
Brazil
- Sep 23
Stans of Central Asia
- Sep 23
Eastern Turkey
- Sep 25
Lost World of the Mayans
- Sep 27
Bhutan
- Sep 29
Adriatic
- Oct 01
Polar Bears of Churchill
- Oct 01
- Oct 13
- Oct 16
- Oct 18
- Oct 20
- Oct 22
- Oct 25
- Oct 29
- Nov 06
Peru
- Oct 05
Tunisia
- Oct 10
Morocco
- Oct 13
Sumatra
- Oct 17
Kingdoms of Southern Africa
- Oct 22
Egypt
- Oct 26
Venezuela
- Oct 30
Java & Bali
- Oct 31
Kenya & Tanzania
- Nov 01
Libya
- Nov 01
 

Voodoo

Voodoo... a word that conjours up images of sitcking needles into voodoo dolls or even of human sacrifice. Hockus-pockus, magic and witchcraft could easily be used in the same breath. Hollywood, fabricated stories, misinformation and simply a lack of education/understanding have all contributed to the mystery and sometimes even fear associated with Voodoo.

Today, it is practiced predominently in Haiti and parts of West Africa, the birthplace of Voodoo. It is easily one of the most misunderstood religions on earth. ElderTreks' Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa trip takes you to another place and and time. Journey to Niger, Benin, Togo and Ghana to learn about the mysterious beliefs and even visit temples and shrines to witness a Voodoo ceremony including the practices of chanting, drumming and the resulting trance. Your adventure also includes visits to national parks, fascinating tribal cultures, stunning landscapes as well as UNESCO sites including the haunting Slave Castles of Cape Coast and Elmina.

Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa
Togo, Niger, Ghana and Benin


Nov 15 - Dec 06, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Nov 14 - Dec 05, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
Nov 13 - Dec 04, 2015

Calling the truly adventurous!! This is probably ElderTreks’ most off the beaten track trip - journey to Niger, Benin, Togo and Ghana - the birthplace of Voodoo. Travel to another place and time on this 22-day adventure and learn about the mysterious beliefs from fetish markets, temples, ceremonies and encounters with Voodoo followers and priests. Journey in search of the last wild giraffes in West Africa, visit historic slave castles, encounter tribal villages, and explore local markets for a truly remote and adventurous journey in West Africa.

Highlights from ElderTreks 22 day, Voodoo tour include:

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Lose yourself in the Ayorou tribal market
  • Visit the Giraffe Reserve
  • Learn about Voodoo; visit fetish markets
  • Enjoy the lush central plateau of Togo
  • Visit the haunting Cape Coast and Elmina
  • Explore Kakum National Park including canopy walk
  • Visit the Ashanti people of Ghana
  • Enjoy the Volta river safari and Ewe Tribal village



The Caucasus


May 20 - Jun 07, 2014 - Guaranteed departure


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 and 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.



Kingdoms of Southern Africa


Oct 22 - Nov 11, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Feb 17 - Mar 13, 2014
  **new 25 day itinerary in 2014


Superb game viewing, fascinating tribal cultures, stunning scenery and visits to four southern African countries make this journey a truly unique adventure. Learn about the Swazi, Zulu and Basotho tribes. Travel through South Africa, Mozambique, and the Kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho. Visit South Africa's most famous national parks teaming with wildlife and experience the incredible cultural diversity of the people who inhabit these areas.




Adriatic Adventure


Oct 01 - 21, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Apr 29 - May 19, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
Sep 30 - Oct 20, 2014
Apr 28 - May 18, 2015
Sep 29 - Oct 19, 2015


Journey to one of the most diverse regions of Europe, along the Adriatic coast as we explore Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. Slovenia's natural parks are brimming with unforgettable waterfalls, impressive caves, giant underground waterfalls and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In Croatia, visit seaside towns with roots dating from the Middle Ages and visit Dubrovnik, also known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. In Italy travel along the canals of Venice and explore 13th century frescoes and Roman ruins in Trieste on this grand adventure through a lesser-known part of Europe.




Cuba


Still our most popular trip! Find out why everyone is talking about Cuba. Now is the time to visit before major changes occur. Many of our departures are also guaranteed:
  • Nov 09 - 21, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
  • Dec 07 - 19, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
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  • Dec 21, 2013 - Jan 02, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Jan 04 - 16, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Jan 18 - 30, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
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  • Feb 08 - 20, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Feb 22 - Mar 06, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Mar 15 - 27, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Apr 12 - 24, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • May 10 - 22, 2014
  • Jun 07 - 19, 2014
  • Jul 12 - 24, 2014
  • Aug 09 - 21, 2014
  • Nov 08 - 20, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Dec 06 - 18, 2014 - Guaranteed departure
  • Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 01, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Jan 03 - 15, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Jan 17 - 29, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Feb 07 - 19, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Feb 21 - Mar 05, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Mar 14 - 26, 2015 - Guaranteed departure
  • Apr 11 - 23, 2015
  • May 09 - 21, 2015
  • Jun 06 - 18, 2015
  • Jul 11 - 23, 2015
  • Aug 08 - 20, 2015
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.




Patagonia Trekking


Nov 07 - 22, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Jan 23 - Feb 07, 2014
Nov 06 - 21, 2014
Jan 22 - Feb 06, 2015


Travel to the end of the world and experience the most stunning panoramas on earth - snow-capped peaks, arid plateaus, crashing glaciers and turquoise lakes. We begin in sophisticated Buenos Aires, before spending 3 days hiking in Fitzroy National Park. Explore Glacier National Park and spend a full day along the edge of Perito Moreno Glacier. Breathe the cleanest air in the world at Torres Del Paine National Park and take in the awesome granite spires of the Blue Towers. Join us as we travel through one of the planet's wildest spaces!




ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest


Congratulations to Deborah Day! Deborah correctly answered the San Agustin archaeological park and the Castillo de San Felipe, both in Colombia, in our last Where on Earth? contest. For her efforts Deborah 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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