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Geographically, there's a reason Peter Jackson chose this location to shoot the Lord of the Rings movies, and not just because New Zealand is his own backyard. This 'backyard' boasts incredibly beautiful and diverse geography in a relatively small area, where you can find alpine, tropical, temperate and maritime landscapes within miles of each other on the two main island landmasses that make up the country. The south island is the larger of the two islands, and is split down the centre by the Southern Alps which has 18 peaks over 9,000 feet, deep fiords and glaciers.
The north island has fewer mountains, but is home to volcanoes and the country's largest lake, formed in the caldera of one of the world's most active supervolcanoes.
The geography is spectacular, worthy of any shutterbug's tripod, or adventure lover's adrenaline rush. (Not to mention the wildlife spotting in those rainforests, marine habitats and inland waterways.)
What do Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – known as the Baltics – all have in common? Besides sharing the same coastline on the Baltic Sea, and a common history dating back to the 13th century, all 3 capitals are also UNESCO-designated sites. But that's where the similarities end, as each of these neighbouring countries are unique in its own way, whether geographically, linguistically or architecturally. Here you can explore everything from small rural villages and medieval castles to Art Nouveau buildings – and you'll do it all on this tour. Read more.
Chinese Silk Road
It was 4000 miles long, and derived its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk that was exported from China and carried through Central Asia and eventually to the European markets in the West. But it carried much more than precious silks, including knowledge, philosophy and technology. Our tour begins where it all began in ancient times, in Xian, the imperial capital, and the same place known for its storied Terra Cotta Warriors. And over the next 23 days, you'll discover more ancient sites, fascinating cultures and much more Learn more here.
Kingdoms of Southern Africa
This 25-day tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho is not your typical African safari, but we're sure it will be one you'll never forget. Of course there are game drives, including ones in famed Kruger National Park, as well as a tour of the marine ecosystem on South Africa's coast, but you will also visit a traditional Zulu homestead, see dinosaur footprints, explore Cape Dutch architecture in charming towns, and get spectacular views from – and of – Cape Town's Table Mountain. Learn more.
5-Country Adriatic Adventure
This tour includes 5 countries that call this part of the Mediterraean home (Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Bosnia and Montenegro) and will give you a little of everything you want: nature, culture and history. You'll explore ancient Roman towns that line the coast of Bosnia and Montenegro, head inland in Croatia to see impressive waterfalls and hike stunning landscapes, and admire 15th century frescoes and Byzantine churches in Slovenia. There's even a few days in Italy, if you're craving a little pasta! Bring your hiking shoes, your camera, and your appetite! Learn more.
Where on Earth? Contest
Congratualations to Bette Adelman, the random winner selected from many, many correct entries to our last contest. Bette correctly answered Komodo Island and Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bette wins $100 towards a future ElderTreks tour.
Now for two new photos this month. Think you know where these photos were taken? Test your knowledge and if you identify the location of both photos correctly, you could WIN $100 towards any ElderTreks tour. 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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