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June 2013

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Dear Travellers,

It's once again time to check in with a couple of our tireless Tour Leaders and see what's on the tour roster for the upcoming months. In this edition of 'Follow my Leader,' we are featuring Senior Tour Leaders Jonathan Hodgson and Victor Romagnoli— seasoned veterans and experts at the top of their game.

As they would attest, you never quite know what your next adventure might lead to. Care to find out?

The Adventures Abroad team
Jonathan Tour 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 the Old Town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Tanzania Rwanda

Features: This wildlife safari and gorilla trek combines some of the best attractions that East Africa has to offer. Tanzania is classic Africa — Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley, Maasai homelands and the celebrated game-filled plains of the Serengeti. Combine this with a gorilla trek in Rwanda, offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Africa and one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on Earth.

Tour codes: QTR, QTZ

Southern Africa

Features: Discover astonishing natural beauty and cultural diversity in some of Africa's most rewarding destinations on a full or partial combination tour of South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Untold wildlife safari adventures await in the Okavango Delta and Kruger and Chobe National Parks, while the Cape Winelands and Victoria Falls provide the most spectacular of settings.

Tour codes: QVS, QVK, QVJ

Laos Myanmar

Features: This tour features our popular core northern Laos tour with a sojourn to the much less-visited southern regions. Here can be found the Angkor Empire ruins of Wat Phou at Champasak (without the throngs of visitors encountered at Cambodia's Angkor Wat), the beautiful Bolaven Plateau and Si Phan Don ("Four Thousand Islands"). Myanmar is a destination in the beginnings of the tourism boom and Laos still runs under many travellers' radars — the time to visit is now!

Tour codes: JHLM

Baltic states, Ukraine, Moldova & Belarus

Features: A series that encompasses six former USSR countries, this eastern expedition includes the rural, UNESCO-designated site of the Curonian Spit and a tour of Belarus, a timeless nation largely beyond the reach of mass tourism and one that has returned to the Adventures Abroad tour roster after seven years. The Ukraine segment sees us visit Lviv, Kyiv, the Crimean Peninsula, Odesa and Chernobyl, and we finish in Moldova, with tours of the capital, Chisinau, and exploration of nearby monasteries and wineries.

Tour codes: JHBS, JHBU, JHBF

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 ?

Italy: Lakes & Mountains

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'.

Only 4 spots left


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).

Tour codes: VRAU for Australia only.
VROZ for Australia & Tasmania.

Only 8 spots left

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.

Tour codes: PE2, PE6

Only 6 spots left (BR6)

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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

Only 2 spots left

Kenya Tanzania

Kenya & Tanzania with Rwanda: VRKR
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda & Zanzibar: VREA

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.

Tour codes: VRKT, VREA, VRKR, VREA

Only 7 spots left

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.

Only 7 spots left

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.

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