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September 2012

West Africa Voodoo
Kenya & Tanzania
Sri Lanka
Bangkok to Kunming
French Polynesia
- Sep 22
- Oct 13
- Nov 03
- Nov 24
- Many departures!
- weekly departures!
Silk Road
- Sep 15
- Sep 17
- Sep 17
Greenland and Labrador
- Sep 19
- Sep 22
Stans of Central Asia
- Sep 24
- Sep 26
Eastern Turkey
- Sep 26
- Sep 29
- Oct 01
Adriatic Adventure
- Oct 02
- Oct 06
- Oct 15
Java and Bali
- Nov 01
- Nov 02
Bangkok to Kunming
- Nov 09
Voodoo of West Africa
- Nov 16
Polar Bears of Churchill
- Many Departures in Oct and Nov

September can often bring a sense of change and rejuvination as the summer winds down and we start making plans for the future. We are now putting the final touches on our new 2013/2014 brochure, which you will automatically receive if you are on our mailing list, and an on-line version will soon be available on our website. Many of our current and new trips have already been guaranteed and a list of these can also be found on We hope to welcome you on one of our adventures soon!

Lost World of the Mayans

Dec 8 - 26, 2012 - Guaranteed departure - 2 spots left!
Apr 24 - May 12, 2013
Sep 28 - Oct 16, 2013

ElderTreks’ 19-day journey to the Lost World of the Mayans is probably the most exhilarating Mayan trip you will ever encounter. This fantastic adventure includes the great Mayan cities of Tikal (Guatemala), Copan (Honduras), Caracol (Belize), Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum and the seldom-visited Calakmul (Mexico). Travel by helicopter (Dec 2012 date only) to the almost inaccessible El Mirador, which boasts having the largest pyramid in the world (by area). This trip includes so much more than Mayan ruins as we visit colonial cities, colorful markets, seaside fortresses and explore lagoons and rivers teeming with wildlife.

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

Nov 16 - Dec 7, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Nov 15 - Dec 6, 2013 - Guaranteed departure

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.

Kenya & Tanzania - NEW!

Mar 20 - Apr 7, 2013 - Guaranteed departure
Sep 21 - Oct 9, 2013

The great parks of east Africa - the Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater offer a unique and overwhelming wildlife safari experience. The Maasai Mara and Serengeti are arguably the most famous game parks in the world, and home to the greatest wildlife migration on earth. Millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles cross crocodile- infested rivers and are tracked by lions, leopards and cheetahs in a spectacle of survival to reach greener pastures. The views of Ngorongoro Crater are simply unforgettable. Enjoy tribal encounters with the Maasai and the nomadic bushman, before heading to Stone Town, Zanzibar where we conclude our journey.

Sri Lanka

Dec 1 - 17, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Mar 28 - Apr 13, 2013 - Guaranteed departure

Encounter the magic of Sri Lanka - the island nation formerly known as Ceylon. Beach-fringed coastlines, magnificent archeological sites, tea plantations and spice markets make this destination an exotic dream. Visit an elephant orphanage, search for leopards on game safaris, and listen to the delightful sounds from the exotic birds on our nature walks. The people of Sri Lanka are welcoming, vibrant and eager to show you their way of life. Come a little closer, the air is fragrant with the scent of jasmine and temple flowers. Mysterious and exotic Sri Lanka awaits you!

Bangkok to Kunming

Nov 9 - 28, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Mar 1 - 20, 2013

From the golden temples, opulent palaces and hustle and bustle of Bangkok, experience a journey northward through ancient ruins and Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand, Northwest Laos and Southern China as we retrace the origins of Thai culture and history. Traverse beautifully terraced rice-fields; meander through colorful local markets; enjoy delicious Asian cuisine; visit and learn about ethnic Hill Tribes; cycle through villages to ancient ruins, explore the Stone Forest of Kunming but most of all experience the smiles and warmth of exotic and beautiful cultures.


Sep 29 - Oct 20, 2012 - Guaranteed departure
Feb 23 - March 17, 2013 - Guaranteed departure

Experience the wonders of the ancient world in the land of the Pharohs. The great pyramids of Giza guarded by the Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, and the great Temples of Abu Simbel, Karnak and Luxor. Explore the ancient sites, cruise the Nile, reflect on the calming beauty of the Black and White Deserts, the Siwa Oasis and the cosmopolitan cities of Cairo and Alexandria. An early morning balloon adventure over the Valley of Kings gives an incredible perspective over this ancient land.

ElderTreks "Where on Earth?" Contest

Congratulations to Del Sweeney! Del correctly answered Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran and The Tropicana in Havana, Cuba in our last Where on Earth? contest. For her efforts Del 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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