FOLLOW YOUR LEADER

 

For those of you who have previously traveled with ElderTreks, you may know one or even several of our tour leaders listed below. Their expertise, commitment and sensitivity to our travelers as well as the people and environments we visit are the reasons we get such great feedback on our guides from our past travelers.

The following is a tentative schedule of our tour leaders upcoming adventures. Please bear in mind that this is only a provisional schedule and while these leaders are scheduled to be on these trips, circumstances beyond our control may change these schedules.

We are proud of all of our first rate tour leaders, but if you have traveled with one and really want to travel on another trip they are leading, we extend to you a formal invitation to "Follow your Leader".

 

Roger Burrows

Roger has led innumerable ElderTreks trips, and as a veteran tour leader, he brings a wealth of experience to his job as all-round trip facilitator. Roger's travels have taken him all over the world, including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. His keen interest in local people and cultures often offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit local homes, orphanages and schools. An avid animal lover, Roger has even been known to bring treats for local cats and dogs. 

Sep 18  -Oct 14,2018  The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 21  -Nov 09,2018  Japan
Jan 06  -Feb 06,2019  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Feb 14  -Mar 07,2019  Thailand & Cambodia
Mar 11  -Mar 28,2019  Borneo
May 14  -Jun 09,2019  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2019  Mongolia
Sep 17  -Oct 13,2019  The Stans of Central Asia
Jan 05  -Feb 05,2020  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2020  Mongolia

"Roger sets the bar pretty high for other guides. He just doesn’t overlook a thing."

Lue Paddack - Papua New Guinea
 

Guilherme (Gafa) Stamato

Guilherme is a native Brazilian (nicknamed "Gafa") and graduated from Sao Paulo University with a degree in Physical Education along with a Black-belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. He lives in Sao Paulo and has two children, Raphael who is 11 years old and Sophia who is 8 years old. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. 

Sep 19  -Oct 08,2018  Brazil
Sep 18  -Oct 03,2019  Brazil
Sep 16  -Oct 06,2020  Brazil

"Gafa was a gem. He was always looking to make our experience rewarding. A very nice person."

Pat Booth - Brazil
 

Lajos Nemeth

Lajos (pronounced Lay-osh) is a proud native Hungarian and, as a biologist, has a formidable knowledge of natural history and the underwater world. Lajos brings a wealth of experience and character to his job and will be outstanding as all-round facilitator on your trip. In addition to travelling extensively in Eastern Europe, he also feels at home around the Mediterranean, as well as having a serious travel passion for many countries in Africa. Lajos loves the great outdoors and sometimes spends several weeks in bush-camps in search of birds, butterflies and wildlife. His other passions include history, politics, photography, rare natural history books, fly-fishing, scuba diving, deep desert exploration and... oh yes, Hungarian wines. 

May 20  -Jun 08,2019  Transylvania
Sep 07  -Sep 28,2019  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria

"Lajos did a great job. Things went smoothly due to his efforts. He was sensitive to our needs. Lajos and the driver added a great deal to the trip."

Carol Crowell - Adriatic Adventure
 

Manuel Velazco

Manuel originally from the Andes of Peru (Cusco), began in the travel business at the tender age of 14. He has a degree as a Professional Tour Guide, specializing in Inca Culture and is one of Peru's most experienced and respected tour leaders. Manuel has been sharing his wonderful sense of humor and love of the mountains with ElderTrekkers for many years and has hiked the Inca Trail over 250 times. He also speaks three different languages, English, Spanish and Qechua (the language of the Incas) and brings plenty of fun and learning to every adventure he guides. 

Sep 17  -Oct 07,2018  Colombia
Oct 11  -Oct 31,2018  Peru
Mar 22  -Apr 12,2019  Hidden Treasures of South America
Sep 09  -Sep 27,2019  Colombia
Oct 06  -Oct 26,2019  Peru
Sep 09  -Sep 27,2020  Colombia

"Manuel was very much in charge of everything – he worked hard and all the details were well covered."

Heidi Andre - Peru
 

Claudio Portal

Claudio received his Tour Guide degree in 1985, specializing in Archeology. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and horseback riding. With extensive worldwide travel experience, which includes living on a kibbutz in Israel and spending long periods of time in Europe, Claudio speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek and Italian. His love of the outdoors and love of other cultures will be sure to add fun to your adventure. 

Sep 20  -Sep 29,2018  Camino de Santiago
Oct 16  -Nov 04,2018  Sumatra
Nov 04  -Nov 23,2018  Java and Bali

"Claudio is not only very intelligent, but an outstanding guide. He brings many things to the table – humour, wit, planning, energy."

Jules Peemoeller - Hidden Treasures of South America
 

Eric Fengler

Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, 1,300 km northwest of Buenos Aires moving there in 1992. He has traveled extensively throughout South America and has been guiding tours in Argentina and Chile since 1996 specializing in the Patagonia region. Eric speaks English, German, and Spanish as well as his native Dutch. Eric has worked with ElderTreks for many years and we welcome his local knowledge and international flair. You are in very capable hands with Eric. 

Jul 29  -Aug 11,2018  Hiking in the British Isles
Sep 23  -Oct 19,2018  The Stans of Central Asia
Jan 08  -Jan 24,2019  Argentina & Chile
Jan 27  -Feb 11,2019  Patagonia Trekking
Apr 04  -Apr 23,2019  Sumatra
Apr 23  -May 12,2019  Java and Bali
Jun 09  -Jun 29,2019  The Baltics
Aug 15  -Sep 04,2019  Papua New Guinea
Sep 09  -Sep 29,2019  Papua New Guinea
Oct 03  -Oct 22,2019  Sumatra
Oct 22  -Nov 10,2019  Java and Bali
Jan 10  -Jan 26,2020  Argentina & Chile
Jan 28  -Feb 12,2020  Patagonia Trekking
Mar 21  -Apr 11,2020  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09  -Jun 29,2020  The Baltics

"Eric was a class act. Well organized, always offered alternatives when possible. He was very generous with his time. He is an excellent guide and well informed."

Angela Alvisi - Patagonia Trekking
 

Nitin Dhami

Nitin calls the world his classroom. Traveling extensively throughout India and the world, Nitin offers a unique perspective about the adventures you take with him. He has a wealth of knowledge about the history, the heritage, the cultures and customs of the people of India and a keen understanding of the geography of South Asia. Nitin has led a variety of adventures in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Iran, Papua New Guinea, East and West Africa, Ethiopia, Borneo, Laos and Sri Lanka. Nitin is happiest in the mountains of Northern India and the higher the better, as he is an advanced mountaineering expert having climbed to 19,685 feet twice. Nitin speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and several local Indian dialects. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder (NOLS, California USA).
 

Aug 16  -Sep 05,2018  Papua New Guinea
Sep 13  -Oct 03,2018  Papua New Guinea
Nov 21  -Dec 10,2018  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Jan 08  -Jan 30,2019  Tigers, Temples and Lions of India
May 06  -May 28,2019  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 04  -Sep 26,2019  Chinese Silk Road
Jun 16  -Jul 06,2020  Mountains & Monasteries of Northern India

"I would travel with Nitin again – anywhere!"

Lia LaPiana - Papua New Guinea
 

Abdul Sebak

Abdul Moez is a graduate of the Faculty of Archaeology and is the Director of Egyptology at the Giza Pyramids. He has worked on several important archaelogical digs including Abu Rawash, Worker's Village in Giza, (pre-dynastic period at Saqqara) and currently serves as an advisor for archaelogical digs in and around the Giza area. He also holds a diploma in Tourism/Guiding from the Faculty of Tourism in Egypt and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Tour Leader for ElderTreks. In addition to leading our ElderTreks' groups since 2005, Abdul also had the pleasure of showing the Giza pyramids to former US President Jimmy Carter. 

Feb 16  -Mar 09,2019  Egypt
Oct 19  -Nov 09,2019  Egypt
Mar 05  -Mar 26,2020  Egypt

"Abdul was extremely patient - always willing to explain one more time whatever information we needed to know - very kind, thoughtful and always up beat. His passion for archeology, pyramids, pharaohs, and tombs was contagious and inspiring. Very knowledgeable - wonderful sense of humor."

M Twitchell - Egypt
 

Douglas Brisebois

Douglas Brisebois has worked as a tour leader for almost 20 years. His travels have taken him to all parts of the world from Asia to Africa to Antarctica and much more. His knowledge and experience help to make each and every tour he leads an unforgettable memory.

Douglas grew up in Northern Ontario surrounded by beautiful lakes, green forests and breathtaking scenery where he acquired a healthy respect and admiration for his natural surroundings. He spent time working for his parents at the family run resort which was his first introduction to tourism. Although home is in Ontario, Canada, Douglas enjoys escaping to his house in Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific, or visiting his small finca (ranch) in the mountains close to Arenal volcano.

If you have the pleasure of being on a trip lead by Douglas, his charm, energy, knowledge and caring attitude will ensure your trip is truly a unique experience.
 

Sep 16  -Sep 29,2018  Malta & Sicily

"Wherever he goes, I plan to book a trip!"

I. Horvath and B. Peters - Morocco
 

Tomas Havlicek

Tomas, a native Czech, received his University degree in English and American studies as well as philosophy. He has worked as a guide since 2000, specializing in Central Europe. Tomas has a keen interest in history, architecture, and post-communist development of the region. Since he has lived half of his life under the communist rule and the other under democracy, Tomas has a truly unique perspective which he loves to share with those he is travelling with. Tomas will do all that he can to make your travel experience with him most memorable! 

May 14  -May 28,2019  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
May 15  -May 29,2020  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe

"I cannot imagine a better guide."

J. Rigg - Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
 

Turin Tun Maw

Thuyein "Turin" Tunmaw Turin was born, raised and educated in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar) Despite earning a Physics Degree and a Computer diploma, his passion lead him towards history, geography, languages, traveling and meeting people. His Mom was working in Tourism and it seemed like a natural decision to follow in her footsteps. He recieved his guides license in 1994 and has been working as a guide and tour leader ever since. Turin speaks English, Spanish and of course his native Burmese. We know that Turin's knowledge, passion and caring attitude will make any trip to Burma a very special one. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with. We are sure you will agree. 

Nov 05  -Nov 24,2018  Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 04  -Feb 23,2019  Myanmar (Burma)
Nov 04  -Nov 23,2019  Myanmar (Burma)
Jan 06  -Jan 25,2020  Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 03  -Feb 22,2020  Myanmar (Burma)
 

Claire Prest

Claire has lived and worked throughout the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia for the past 10 years, originally from Down Under. Her philosophy of respect for the environment, culture and communities nurtures incredible travel experiences. Her passion for authentic cultural exchange shines through and helps cultivate hands-on experiences that help bridge boundaries and open up a world of possibilities. Through eco-tourism initiatives, Claire ensures positive benefits for local communities while enriching experiences for our travellers as much as local people. A Journey with Claire will surely be a memorable one! 

Sep 11  -Sep 30,2018  The Caucasus
Jan 11  -Feb 02,2019  Ethiopia
May 14  -Jun 02,2019  The Caucasus
Sep 10  -Sep 29,2019  The Caucasus
May 12  -May 31,2020  The Caucasus
Sep 08  -Sep 27,2020  The Caucasus

"I cannot imagine a better guide for India then Claire. She remained calm, cheerful and helpful.She has a great sense of humor and an obvious love of the country. She gave us history and understanding based on personal experience.She moved easily through the group sharing meals and conversation with all of us at different times. She encouraged everyone to get to know each other. She was great. "

J. Dittmer - Classic India
 

Olman Quiros

Olman (Ollie) Quiros is a certified tour guide with more than 20 years experience leading diverse groups in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. General and natural history are two of his interests. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to do white water rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and hiking among other activities. Ollie was a cultural exchange student in Finland and Sweden and has traveled extensively throughout Europe learning about different cultures.

His volunteer work includes working with the Costa Rican National Parks Foundation to preserve the Green Turtle and get more acquainted with the different ecosystems in the country. He speaks Spanish and English and understands Finnish and Swedish.
 

Nov 14  -Nov 28,2018  Costa Rica
Jan 13  -Jan 27,2019  Costa Rica
Mar 10  -Mar 24,2019  Costa Rica

"He was indispensable to the enjoyment of the tour.  He was very knowledgeable but also used a reference book if we asked unusual questions.  We always felt that we were getting a correct answer and not just any response he happened to think of.  He also made us laugh a lot."

F. Lokay - Costa Rica
 

Lucas Mhina

Lucas was born and raised at Arusha Tanzania. His parents are from two different tribes (Bondei from coast of Tanzania and Chagga from Mt Kilimanjaro region) . He was educated in London (UK) at East London University (BAîHonsi Hospitality and Tourism), Nairobi Kenya at Strathmore College (Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guide) and received further training in Tour Leading and Guiding as well as First Aid while in South Africa. He has a keen interest in Ecology and truly enjoys being with people so that he can share his knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa. He has been guiding and leading groups in East Africa since 1999. Lucas is married and has two children ( Sylvia and John) and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.  

Oct 31  -Nov 19,2018  Kenya and Tanzania
Mar 04  -Mar 15,2019  Tanzania
Aug 04  -Aug 15,2019  Tanzania
Oct 30  -Nov 18,2019  Kenya and Tanzania
Mar 05  -Mar 16,2020  Tanzania
Oct 31  -Nov 19,2020  Kenya and Tanzania

"I want to thank you so much for making my trip to Kenya/Tanzania the best of my life. It was absolutely amazing!!!"

J. Wilson - Kenya and Tanzania
 

Duane Rankin

Duane is a veteran tour leader with over 20 years of experience. Originally from South Africa, Duane has traveled extensively all over Southern Africa including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Duane and his family live in beautiful Cape Town, truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. You would be hard pressed to find a more competent, enthusiastic, dependable and knowledge tour leader than Duane. 

Oct 05  -Oct 29,2018  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Oct 06  -Oct 30,2019  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Mar 06  -Mar 30,2020  Kingdoms of Southern Africa

"Duane was one of the most knowledgeable guides we've ever had. He gave us running commentary during our long bus rides. He knew the history, tribal cultures, topography, some geology, and the route. He was also very familiar with most of the lodges we were staying at. He never minded answering the blizzard of questions we all threw at him."

A & S Rosenzweig - Kingdoms of Southern Africa
 

Thuy Nghiem Hong

Thuy is a graduate of English at the National University of Hanoi. She has been a national tour guide in Vietnam since 1991 and is well versed in the countries rich history, culture and culinary reputation. Thuy is always eager to share her life experiences, growing up in a rapidly changing Vietnam. Her style of tour leading is a direct reflection of her Buddhist and Confucian beliefs which place an emphasis on responsible tourism and a general respect for all sentient beings. 

Feb 19  -Mar 11,2019  Vietnam

"Thuy was excellent - very informative about her country. She gave me a real insight into Vietnam."

D. Webb - Vietnam
 

Ham Juuko

Ham was born in Western Uganda and grew up on his family's cattle farm. He graduated school with a diploma in Accounting and Customer Care. Ham has put his passionate interest in wildlife and his experience caring for clients together to become a senior tour guide in his homeland. He recently became accredited as a guide for bird-watching groups. 

Jan 14  -Jan 31,2019  Uganda & Rwanda
Jan 17  -Feb 03,2020  Uganda & Rwanda

"Ham was terrific. I can't say enough positive things about him. He was knowledgeable, a keen guide- saw birds so far away I was amazed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and we had many laughs. He is just a complete gem. "

E. Sullivan - Uganda
 

Doyle Cheng

Doyle has traveled to most parts of China but has most of his experience and travels within Yunnan province, which is probably China's most ethnically rich area. His knowledge of Yunnan's ethnicity, culture and history is quite impressive. He was an English major from Hainan University. As a well trained and experienced tour leader. along with his knowledge and enthusiasm, will make Doyle a great person show you the beauty, history and culture of Yunnan, China. 

Sep 25  -Oct 10,2019  Yunnan
 

Damla Arslan

Damla Arslan was born in Istanbul and graduated in history from Bogazici University. She also attended the program of Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management at Koç University. Her specialty is the ancient history of Anatolia and she has also been working as an archaeologist in various excavations around the country since 2005. Her latest excavation is in Batman, southeastern Anatolia, and she is working on an upper Mesopotamian mound by the Tigris called Gre Amer. She has her tourist guide license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and has been leading tours all around Turkey with a special interest in Eastern Turkey. Damla's extensive education and desire to share her knowledge of Turkey's history and culture, will be a delight for anyone lucky enough to travel with her. 

Sep 21  -Oct 11,2020  Classic Turkey

"Damla was very knowledgeable about the many aspects of the trip, both historical, cultural and about Turkey itself."

M. J. Matthews - Eastern Turkey
 

Guiper Rosales

Guillermo or 'Guiper' has been leading for eight years and has a passion for the Mayan world - it's history, it's culture and of course the incredible legacy of Mayan sites. You will be impressed by Guiper's knowledge of the Mayan world as well as contemporary knowledge of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Guiper is well certified in the art of guiding and safety and first aid but it just might be his sense of humour and energy that will leave the greatest impression on you. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy Eldertreks' Lost World of the Mayan's with someone as capable and passionate as Guiper. 

Jan 08  -Jan 27,2019  Lost World of the Mayans

"The ratings of excellent for Guiper should, in our opinion, be higher. Extraordinary would be more accurate. Guiper has a social intelligence that is literally off the charts and his natural thoughtfulness and lovely sense of humor make being in his company an absolute delight."

A&G Schwartz - Lost World of the Mayans
 

Suzanne Ivan (Manka)

We are thrilled to welcome back Susanne, (or 'Manka' as she is known) to the ElderTreks family of expert leaders. For many years Manka led our Transylvania and Adriatric Adventures, along with her husband Lajos, and after a hiatus of several years devoting time to their two children, Manka is returning to the job she loves - as a tour leader.

Manka brings not only her great smile and wonderful communication style, but also degrees in biology, marketing and tourism, and most recently, a doctorate in the Evolutionary Psychology of the Roma (gypsy) people. As if this background and expertise weren't impressive enough, did we mention she speaks word-perfect English and German as well as her native tongue? All that's left to mention is her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors, and you'll see why Susanne is everything you could hope for as your guide. In fact, to use the words of one of her clients, “you will be in the best of hands”.
 

Sep 25  -Oct 15,2018  Adriatic Adventure
Apr 02  -Apr 22,2019  Adriatic Adventure
Oct 01  -Oct 21,2019  Adriatic Adventure
 

Helen Tait

If you have a question about anything on your tour, Helen is definitely the woman you want to ask. Not just because she has more than a dozen years of experience as a tour leader in more than 20 countries, but because her degree in library science and resultant high-profile positions in that field make her a true curator of information. You can be sure, if Helen doesnít know the answer, she knows how to find it!

Equally resourceful when it comes to the practical side of life, Helen is always keen to offer up a wealth of day-to-day information on the country she has called home for over 26 years, from historical or cultural information to recommendations for great shopping!

If learning and discovery are what you expect from your tour, expect nothing but the best with Helen to guide you.
 

Feb 02  -Feb 19,2019  New Zealand
Feb 01  -Feb 18,2020  New Zealand

"Helen absolutely made our trip. She worked overtime to give us a fabulous experience and succeeded way above expectations."

G. Haar - New Zealand
 

Sahil Chowfla

Born and raised in the Indian Western Himalayans, Sahil has experience in leading group tours and itineraries at high altitudes and over mountain passes. Highly knowledgeable in Indian geography and Himalayan mountains, he has traveled extensively throughout India, including; Northern India, Ladakh, Kashmir and Andaman island. He's certified in mountaineering and water sport courses and an experienced climber above 6000 meters. Sahil is great with people and loves the opportunity of sharing experiences that tour leading brings.
 

Nov 01  -Nov 21,2018  Classic India
Feb 20  -Mar 06,2019  Lions & Tigers of India
Jun 27  -Jul 18,2019  Mountains & Monasteries of Northern India
Sep 28  -Oct 18,2019  Bhutan
Nov 03  -Nov 22,2019  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Feb 06  -Feb 25,2020  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Apr 02  -Apr 21,2020  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Nov 10  -Nov 30,2020  Classic India

"Sahil was just perfect. He made everything run smoothly, was caring, had a good sense of humor, imparted a wealth of knowledge about all we saw and did plus was fun to be with."

D. Henkel - Classic India
 

Sammy Tilahun

Sammy graduated from Hawassa University as well as the Insistute of Tourism in Addis Ababa, specializing in Ethiopian History & Cultures, Agriculture and Tourism. He speaks English, Amharic and Oromifa (the national and local language of Ethiopia). He has lead tours for numerous passengers including journalists, photographers and film crews from all over the world. Sammy has recently been acknowledged in a published novel by Manola Lizy titled "Ethiopian Highlands" and also in an article by Anna Murphy titled "Holy days and Highland Rock Churches of Ethiopia". With Sammy's passion for History, Archaeology, Photography, Anthropology and Birdwatching combined with his incredible guiding experience, you will have an unforgettable adventure! 

Sep 16  -Oct 08,2018  Ethiopia
Jan 15  -Feb 06,2019  Ethiopia
Sep 17  -Oct 09,2019  Ethiopia
Jan 16  -Feb 07,2020  Ethiopia
Sep 16  -Oct 08,2020  Ethiopia
 

Walt Bruwer

Walt was born in Namibia and grew up using Etosha National Park as his playground. His passion for nature, history, tribal cultures and exploring behaviours of animals in the wild persuaded him to choose a career in the tourism industry. Over the past 16 years, Walt has lead numerous tours around Southern and East Africa including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Walt's incredible sense of humor, charm, passion for cooking and first hand extensive knowledge of the region will be sure to make your travel experience memorable. 

Sep 18  -Oct 10,2018  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Sep 18  -Oct 10,2019  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
 

Christos Lepouras

Christos has been guiding tours in Greece for 10+ years. He has excellent communication skills and is very enthusiastic to show people his country. He holds an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) and has recently published two hiking books about Crete and Mount Parnitha. You are in great hands with Christos who always receives rave reviews from clients who have toured with him. 

Sep 07  -Sep 23,2018  Ancient Greece
Sep 07  -Sep 23,2019  Ancient Greece
Sep 09  -Sep 25,2020  Ancient Greece
 

Thilantha Abesinghe

Thilantha Abesinghe has been leading tours since 2008. He has studied tourism at the Ceylon Tourist Board where he earned his accreditation as a National Tour Guide. Thilantha has many interests including eco-adventure travel, ornithology and culinary arts. He also has earned his yellow belt in karate. Thilantha is well versed in English and is always happy to show his home country of Sri Lanka to visitors. 

Oct 30  -Nov 15,2018  Sri Lanka
 

Jeff Zephyrin

Jeff was born in Madagascar and has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years. Jeff fluently speaks English, French; various dialects found in Southern Madagascar, and currently learning Japanese. Jeff's holistic leading approach combined with his caring personality, extensive knowledge and passion for the local culture and wildlife will be sure to make your experience as wonderfully diverse and unique as Madagascar itself. 

May 03  -May 20,2019  Madagascar
Oct 07  -Oct 24,2019  Madagascar
May 04  -May 21,2020  Madagascar
Oct 08  -Oct 25,2020  Madagascar
 

Daniel Merino

Daniel was born in (San Luis) “Pinar del Rio” a region known for producing the best tobacco in Cuba. Daniel grew up on a farm helping his family with their crops and livestock. He obtained his degree in foreign languages from the Pedagogical University and speaks Spanish, English, French and German fluently. Daniel was an English professor for junior and senior high schools students as well as in a tourism school for many years before deciding to follow his dream. Danielís passion for nature and the great outdoors brought him to the Biosphere reserve “Las Terrazas” were he has been a nature expert guide for over 12 years. His favourite activities include bird watching, trekking and swimming. Daniel enjoys sharing anecdotes of his personal life as well as his experiences as a Cuban. Daniel will keep you laughing and learning during your adventure. 

Nov 04  -Nov 18,2018  Eastern Cuba
Nov 20  -Dec 02,2018  Classic Cuba
Dec 11  -Dec 23,2018  Classic Cuba
Dec 23,2018  -Jan 06,2019  Eastern Cuba
Jan 15  -Jan 27,2019  Classic Cuba
Jan 27  -Feb 10,2019  Eastern Cuba
Feb 19  -Mar 03,2019  Classic Cuba
Mar 03  -Mar 17,2019  Eastern Cuba
Apr 02  -Apr 14,2019  Classic Cuba
Apr 14  -Apr 28,2019  Eastern Cuba
Jun 04  -Jun 16,2019  Classic Cuba
Jun 16  -Jun 30,2019  Eastern Cuba
 

Sumit Pruthi

Sumit Pruthi graduated from University with a Tourism and Hospitality degree. He has also completed his formal training with the Ministry of Tourism of Oman. Sumit speaks an impressive 5 languages fluently - English, German, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. In 2007, his guide and medical training along with his passion for Arab cultures started Sumit on a path that lead him to lead trips in the Sultanate of Oman. Trekking in the stunning landscapes including rugged mountains and wadis, the smell of frankincense, the taste of fresh lemon mint juice, fascinating markets or souqs, forts dotting the countryside, camel herds in the Empty Quarter and the relaxed and welcoming culture of Oman have acted as a stong magnet. After a decade of leading trips in Oman, his passion and enthusiasm have never wained. Patience, politeness, punctuality as well as a great attitude and a wealth of information makes Sumit nothing short of a superb tour leader! 

Sep 22  -Oct 13,2018  Iran Highlights
Nov 01  -Nov 20,2018  Oman
Sep 21  -Oct 12,2019  Iran Highlights
Nov 07  -Nov 26,2019  Oman

"I have again enjoyed another Eldertreks trip and have more planned upcoming. I just wanted to let you know that in all my years of traveling--and with several different tour companies--I've never had such a good guide as Sumit Pruthi! My friend and I experienced a wonderful tour thanks to his excellent skills. Just wanted to let you know what a jewel you have!!!"

Kay Ward - Oman
 

Janell Pekkain

Janell Pekkain, a native of San Francisco Bay Area, considers herself a citizen of the world. A graduate of International Tour Management Institute in 1996, she's spent 12 years abroad. She lived in Japan for 10 years and traveled extensively throughout Asia, India, Tibet, Nepal, Western Europe, North Africa, South America, and New Zealand. Travel has always been her passion and connecting to people and culture as natural as breathing. She’s thrilled to return to Eldertreks as a trip leader after a long hiatus. 

Apr 10  -Apr 29,2019  Japan
 

Samir Harit el Mir

Samir has been leading ElderTreks Morocco tours for the past 7 years. He studied in Casablanca before attending university and studying tourism in Tangier City. He has been guiding English speaking groups since 1987 and has covered every corner of his country. He specializes in the history of Morocco as well as of Islam and the Arab world. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Japanese. His Moroccan collegues look to Samir for his knowledge and guiding expertise. 

Oct 08  -Oct 25,2018  Morocco
Apr 08  -Apr 25,2019  Morocco
Oct 07  -Oct 24,2019  Morocco
Apr 09  -Apr 26,2020  Morocco
Oct 08  -Oct 25,2020  Morocco
 

Dagoberto (Dago) Amaya Simón

Dagoberto (Dago) Amaya Simón was born and raised in Cuba. He graduated the University of Havana with a degree in biochemistry and furthered his education with post-graduate degrees in the Arts. Dago speaks an impressive five languages; English, French, Italian, Portuguese and his native Spanish. He has been guiding groups for the last 17 years and has a passion for the arts, science and Creole cuisine. He also gives lectures focusing on Cuban art, architecture, and music; in addition to training local tour guides. His vast expertise and love for his country will certainly make your trip to Cuba a memorable & knowledgeable one. 

Dec 04  -Dec 16,2018  Classic Cuba
Jan 08  -Jan 20,2019  Classic Cuba
Jan 20  -Feb 03,2019  Eastern Cuba
Feb 05  -Feb 17,2019  Classic Cuba
Feb 17  -Mar 03,2019  Eastern Cuba
Mar 05  -Mar 17,2019  Classic Cuba
Mar 17  -Mar 31,2019  Eastern Cuba
Apr 30  -May 12,2019  Classic Cuba
May 12  -May 26,2019  Eastern Cuba
 

Tatana Zavrelova

Tatana studied English at Masaryk University and had plans to become a teacher, but she was caught by the traveling bug. She started tour leading in 2006 after completing a course in tourism and mountain guiding. She specializes in European countries such as Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland, Sardinia, Corsica, France and her home country, the Czech Republic. Tatana's travels have also taken her to Asia. In her leisure time, she also enjoys outdoor sports activities, yoga, music and teaches the Czech language to foreigners. Tatana's knowledge, experience and passion will surely be a pleasure for all who travel with her. 

Aug 26  -Sep 11,2019  The Carpathians
Jun 02  -Jun 18,2020  The Carpathians
 

Vivek Paliwal

Vivek is a terrific tour leader with 11 years leading experience for companies like Intrepid, Exodus, Peregrine, Geckos and Cox and Kings, delivering high quality customer experience. Motivated, strong work ethic and positive attitude will give anyone travelling with Vivek memorable tour. A graduate from MCRPV University, his enthusiastic, high energy, resourceful and determination will add to his excellent leadership to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. He loves to pass on his knowledge and passion for the countries he leads in to visitors, ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the best of that country has to offer in safety and comfort; and to promote sustainable, environmentally friendly tourism with enthusiasm and in a way that connects with as many people as possible. 

Nov 03  -Nov 23,2018  Classic India
Oct 23  -Nov 12,2019  Classic India
Nov 06  -Nov 25,2020  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
 

Our Other Departures

Sep 10  -Sep 26,2018  Classic China
Sep 16  -Sep 29,2018  Hiking in the British Isles
Sep 26  -Oct 11,2018  Yunnan
Jan 06  -Jan 26,2019  Laos
Mar 14  -Apr 04,2019  Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Apr 29  -May 12,2019  Malta & Sicily
May 13  -Jun 01,2019  Japan
Jun 02  -Jun 15,2019  Hiking in the British Isles
Jul 02  -Jul 11,2019  Iceland
Sep 09  -Sep 25,2019  Classic China
Sep 19  -Sep 29,2019  Camino de Santiago
Sep 15  -Oct 04,2019  Japan
Sep 16  -Oct 06,2019  Classic Turkey
Oct 01  -Oct 14,2019  Malta & Sicily
Oct 04  -Oct 25,2019  Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Jan 07  -Jan 27,2020  Laos
May 07  -May 29,2020  Chinese Silk Road
May 16  -May 30,2020  Azores
May 11  -Jun 06,2020  The Stans of Central Asia
May 25  -Jun 13,2020  Transylvania
Jun 22  -Jul 01,2020  Iceland
Jul 03  -Jul 23,2020  Adriatic Adventure
Aug 16  -Sep 05,2020  Papua New Guinea
Sep 03  -Sep 25,2020  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 20  -Sep 30,2020  Camino de Santiago
Sep 12  -Oct 03,2020  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Sep 13  -Oct 03,2020  Papua New Guinea
Sep 14  -Oct 10,2020  The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 06  -Oct 27,2020  Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
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