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April 2013

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Dear Travellers,

In this edition of eNavigator, we're delighted to give you an update on our Tour Leader schedule for the upcoming months in order that you can keep abreast of who's doing what, and when and where they're doing it.

We have a fantastic range of tours filling up for late spring; as you can see below, the Caucasus, Central and Western Europe, Central Asia, the Adriatic and Indonesia are all lined up for May, but the booking deadlines are fast approaching, so reserve your spot without delay to avoid disappointment.

Click on the images or the tour code links for more information and call our Destination Specialists for a completely pressure-free chat about any given tour or destination.

Happy travels!

The Adventures Abroad team

Victor Tour leader

Victor Romagnoli
Education: History and English Literature.
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Turkish, German, Arabic and Greek.
Tours Led: On all seven continents.
Favourite Destination: The next tour I lead, wherever that may be. Who knows what interesting people I might meet on the tour and what fascinating experiences we may have along the way ?

Portuguese Africa

Features: Lake District sightseeing by foot, funicular and boat * Guided tours of all major towns and cities visited * Water taxi ride on Venice canals * Brenta Canal cruise * Extraordinary alpine scenery, Tyrolean villages * Verona of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.


Australia Code VRAU for Australia only.
Code VROZ for Australia & Tasmania.

Features: Ayres Rock & the Red Centre * City tours of Sydney, Perth & Melbourne * Margaret River - famous wine producing region * Kakadu & Cape Le Grand National Parks * Luxury Indian Pacific Train * 7-day Tasmania tour (code VROZ).

Peru Bolivia

Features: Mysterious Machu Picchu * Exploring Cuzco and the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" * Colourful Chinchero & Pisac markets * Venice Simplon Orient-Express "Andean Explorer" train * Floating Islands of Puno * Sacred island of the Sun.


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Features (for code BR6, for example): Rio de Janeiro-'the marvelous city' * Amazon adventures * The Pantanal-South America's wildlife marvel * Thundering Iguacu Falls * Beagle Channel Cruise * Perito Moreno & Uppsala Glaciers * Exploring Torres del Paine National Park.

Tour codes: BR1, BR2, BR3, BR4, BR5, BR6, BR7, AR1, AR3, CL2, CL3

Kenya Tanzania

Features: Daily guided game drives through Africa's best game parks * Meeting local tribal groups * Maasai Mara/Serengeti: endless plains * Visit a Rhino and chimpanzee rescue project * Giraffe Manor overnight stay * Snows of Kilimanjaro from Kenya's Amboseli Park * Ngorongoro Crater: natural wonder * Great Rift Valley.

Pre- and post-tour extensions to Rwanda & Zanzibar also available.


Vietnam, Laos Myanmar

Features: Ho Chi Minh City * Tunnels of Cu Chi * Hanoi city tour * Halong Bay—UNESCO World Heritage Site * Haiphong & rural Vietnam * Pak Ou Caves * Xieng Khouang and the Plain of Jars * Viangchan & Yangon city tours * Bagan, ancient capital * Mandalay * Inle Lake.

Laos Myanmar

Features: Luang Prabang * Mekong River & the Pak Ou Caves * Plain of Jars * Idyllic Vang Vieng, small village surrounded by breathtaking limestone scenery * Viangchan & Pha That Luang, the most important Stupa in the city/country * Yangon, Myanmar & Shwedagon Pagoda * Bagan, Amarapura & Mandalay * Boat excursion to Indein Village * The hidden 'forest of temples' at Kakku.


Jonathan Hodgson leader

Jonathan Hodgson
Education: BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia.
Languages: English; conversational French; improving Spanish, German, Russian, and Laotian. And a decent Scottish accent.
Tours Led: I have led tours in over 60 countries over the last 7 years in all the continents except for Antarctica. Have to work on that one next!
Favourite Destination: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; camel trekking in the Moroccan Sahara; and sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Indonesia

Features: Java, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Sulawesi, and Papua (Irian Jaya) * Toraja Highlands * Orangutan encounter at Tanjung Puting National Park * The remote Baliem Valley and its 'stone age' tribal people * Borobudur: largest stupa-style Buddhist monument in the world * Prambanan: most extensive Hindu temple site in Indonesia * Jakarta City Touring

Laos

Features: Luang Prabang: World Heritage Site * Pak Ou Caves * Viangchan city tour * Khone Phapheng, the biggest waterfall on the Mekong * Xieng Khouang and the Plain of Jars * Yangon city tour * Padogas and temples of Bagan * Mandalay, the 'Golden City' * Ancient capital of Amarapura * Inle Lake *

Scheduled for November 2013. Call for details.


Damon Ciccozzi leader

Damon Ciccozzi
Education: Tourism Management, CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) Lvl 3 Ski Instructor/Coach, Political Science.
Languages: English, French and Spanish.
Tours Led: Cuba, France, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Baltic States, Albania, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Moldova, Peru, Bolivia, Australia and New Zealand.
Favourite Destination: Australia for its unparalleled natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities and an ever changing national fabric.

Switzerland

Features: Scenic train trip to Interlaken * Spectacular Jungfrau day excursion * Lucerne town tour * Panoramic Express train to Montreux * Zermatt and the Matterhorn * Famous Glacier Express to St Moritz.

Poland

Features: Torun, home of Copernicus * Well-preserved Krakow * Wieliczka salt mines tour * Cosmopolitan Riga * Tallinn: one of Europe's best preserved Old Towns * Helsinki: 'Daughter of the Baltic.'


Martin Charlton leader

Martin Charlton
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology.
Languages: English and some French and Spanish.
Tours Led: Over the past 19 years I have led over 175 tours through nearly 90 countries. Everywhere from Albania to Papua New Guinea, Madagascar to Saudi Arabia and Rwanda to Kosovo.
Favourite Destination: Perhaps South Georgia Island, Isfahan in Iran, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

Portuguese Africa

Features: Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome and Cape Verde * Cultural and historical legacies of Portuguese presence in Africa, one of the world's first great empires * Game viewing safaris in some of Africa's most remote and least-visited places * Huge range of landscapes, climates, wildlife, languages and cultures * Great variety in local cuisines, many with intriguing influences from Europe and Africa * Friendly local peoples, as yet unaccustomed to mass tourism


Serra

Serra Hughes
Education: Middle Eastern and Islamic History and English Literature. Languages: English and Mandarin.
Tours Led: India, Greece, China, Silk Road, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malaysia, Gulf States, Israel/Jordan and Egypt.
Favourite Destination: Lalibela, Ethiopia; the vast, supernatural beauty of Wadi Rum, Jordan; the jaw-dropping futuristic skylines of Hong Kong and Shanghai.....and whatever/wherever is next!

Greek Isles

Features: Hikes through fertile olive groves, mountains scenery, picturesque villages * Guided Athens city walking tour * Quiet, authentic Tinos * Spectacular Santorini * Amorgos — 'The Soul of Greece'


Peter Barathan

Peter Barathan
Education: Business and Sports Management.
Languages: English, some French and passable Tok Pisin.
Tours Led: Caucasus, Albania, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Southern Africa, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
Favourite Destination:Papua New Guinea for the breathtaking sites, fascinating culture and amazing people.

The Caucasus

Features: Cosmopolitan Yerevan: city tour * Major Armenian Christian sites * Spectacular views of Mt Ararat (weather permitting) * Tbilisi: City Tour & Mtskhetai, ancient capital * Travelling the Georgian Military Highway to the high Caucasus * Legacies: Russian, Arab, Mongol, early Christian and many more!


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Ondrej Strejcek
Education: Music and History.
Languages: English, Czech, Slovak, Russian; some German, Polish, Italian, and Spanish.
Tours Led: Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Moldova, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Baltic States.
Favourite Destination: Czech Republic-rapidly developing but still very cultural and historical.

Central European Roundup

Features: Prague: one of the world's most magical cites * Exquisite gothic and baroque Cesky Krumlov * Bratislava, including the historic Old Town * Vienna: showpiece of the all-conquering Habsburg dynasty * Budapest—gem of the Danube * Torun, home of Copernicus * Warsaw: Old Town tour * Well-preserved Krakow * Wieliczka salt mines tour * City walking tours * High Tatras


Chris Tripodi

Chris Tripodi
Education: Bachelor of Science, Music Management & Photography. Languages: English, y un poquito de Espanol.
Tours Led: Italy, Spain, Peru, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Bolivia, Ecuador, Russia, India, Nepal, Tibet, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Favourite Destination: The next one.

Croatia Montenegro

Features: Stunning day walks on Croatia's coast * Kotor, Montenegro—UNESCO site * Plitvice Lakes: natural wonder * Fairy-tale Dubrovnik * Hvar & Korcula — town tours and area walks * Walking Dubrovnik's mediaeval walls * Brac Island, the highest and third largest island in the Adriatic * Split historic centre * Mediaeval town of Trogir * Zagreb city tour


Subash Tamang

Subash Tamang
Education: Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Economics).
Languages: Nepali , Hindi and English.
Tours Led: Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kumoan and Rajasthan.
Favourite Destination: Watching the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga from Tonglu in Darjeeling, especially the first rays touching the mountain.

Ladakh

Features: Friendly locals * Gompas & Palaces * Himalayan scenery * Colourful Hemis Festival (Summer date) * Khardung La Pass - highest vehicular pass in the world * McLeod Ganj: home of the Dalai Lama * Golden Temple at Amritsar

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