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. 

Feb 08  -Feb 28,2020  Laos
Mar 12  -Mar 29,2020  Borneo
Apr 20  -May 03,2020  Malta & Sicily
May 11  -Jun 06,2020  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2020  Mongolia
Sep 14  -Oct 10,2020  The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 26  -Nov 13,2020  Sri Lanka
Jan 06  -Feb 06,2021  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Mar 10  -Mar 27,2021  Borneo
May 05  -May 31,2021  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2021  Mongolia
Sep 08  -Oct 04,2021  The Stans of Central Asia

"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 and Sophia. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. 

Sep 16  -Oct 01,2021  Brazil

"Gafa made our travels flow smoothly and is just a pleasant person to be with."

Jade Lovell - 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. 

Sep 12  -Oct 03,2020  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Sep 04  -Sep 25,2021  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria

"Lajos is caring and flexible when plans have to be changed."

Jurgen Pitsch -
 

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. 

Oct 11  -Oct 31,2020  Peru
Feb 10  -Mar 01,2021  The Guianas
Sep 06  -Sep 24,2021  Colombia
Oct 10  -Oct 30,2021  Peru

"Manuel is a marvelous addition to your crew. He is so caring, so knowledgeable and looks after everyone like a mother hen. What an asset. I am dreaming about my next adventure."

Rita Breton - Argentina & Chile
 

Eric Fengler

Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, Argentina, 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. Since 2012 Eric has also been leading trips for ElderTreks in Asia, Oceania and Europe. He 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. 

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  St. Petersburg & The Baltics
Jul 02  -Jul 22,2020  St. Petersburg & The Baltics
Oct 02  -Oct 21,2020  Sumatra
Oct 21  -Nov 09,2020  Java and Bali
Jan 09  -Jan 25,2021  Argentina & Chile
Jan 28  -Feb 12,2021  Patagonia Trekking
Mar 02  -Mar 23,2021  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09  -Jun 29,2021  St. Petersburg & 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).
 

Mar 22  -Apr 11,2020  Bhutan
Apr 03  -Apr 24,2020  Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
May 03  -May 25,2020  Chinese Silk Road
Aug 13  -Sep 02,2020  Papua New Guinea
Sep 10  -Sep 30,2020  Papua New Guinea
Oct 06  -Oct 21,2020  Tunisia
Oct 26  -Nov 16,2020  Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Feb 04  -Feb 23,2021  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Aug 12  -Sep 01,2021  Papua New Guinea
Sep 09  -Sep 29,2021  Papua New Guinea

"The short version this is that our PNG trip was a huge success and Nitin is a super leader - would definitely travel again with him. He is a definite "keeper" and all your clients will enjoy him. On a scale of 1 to 10, he is definitely a 10!"

Cheryl Chanter - Papua New Guinea
 

David Roth

Born in Canada and having resided in 7 countries, David has spent over 40 years travelling the world - the last 25 working in the travel industry. He has designed and led numerous tours for Eldertreks. With an attention to maximizing the group’s travel experience, David’s personable and often humorous style of tour leading offers his fellow travelers many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures. David has an MA in International Relations, and also speaks German, a bit of Russian, French and Arabic. In his spare time he writes children’s books.  

Sep 10  -Sep 26,2020  Classic China
Sep 26  -Oct 11,2020  Yunnan
Apr 19  -May 02,2021  Malta & Sicily
Sep 14  -Oct 02,2021  Russia and Belarus

"David was excellent. He helped me in many ways. He made many efforts to look after the group."

S. Van Wyck - Iran Highlights
 

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. 

Mar 05  -Mar 26,2020  Egypt
Oct 17  -Nov 07,2020  Egypt
Nov 14  -Dec 05,2020  Egypt
Feb 13  -Mar 06,2021  Egypt
Oct 16  -Nov 06,2021  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 30  -Oct 13,2020  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 15  -May 29,2020  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
May 18  -Jun 01,2021  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. 

Feb 03  -Feb 22,2020  Myanmar (Burma)
Mar 02  -Mar 21,2020  Myanmar (Burma)
Jan 04  -Jan 23,2021  Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 08  -Feb 27,2021  Myanmar (Burma)

"Turin was excellent in his knowledge of the country, in looking after us, and in providing "surprises.""

Bill Abell - 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! 

Jan 10  -Feb 01,2020  Ethiopia
May 12  -May 31,2020  The Caucasus
Sep 08  -Sep 27,2020  The Caucasus
May 11  -May 30,2021  The Caucasus
Sep 07  -Sep 26,2021  The Caucasus

"Always cheerful and kind to all; always had a plan B which if needed was seamlessly implemented. Great attention to individual travelers when needed. Best tour director I have ever experienced, with any company."

Peter Alberti - The Caucasus
 

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.
 

Dec 02  -Dec 16,2019  Costa Rica
Jan 12  -Jan 26,2020  Costa Rica
Feb 15  -Feb 29,2020  Costa Rica
Apr 19  -May 03,2020  Costa Rica
Dec 01  -Dec 15,2020  Costa Rica
Jan 10  -Jan 24,2021  Costa Rica
Feb 16  -Mar 02,2021  Costa Rica
Apr 06  -Apr 20,2021  Costa Rica
Dec 01  -Dec 15,2021  Costa Rica

"Ollie did an outstanding job. He was enthusiastic, passionate, and fun to travel with. He seemed to really enjoy our group; I thought he tried very hard to make sure we all had a good experience!"

Chuck Lawrence - 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.  

Mar 05  -Mar 16,2020  Tanzania
Oct 31  -Nov 19,2020  Kenya and Tanzania
Oct 30  -Nov 18,2021  Kenya and Tanzania

"Lucas did everything he could possibly do for us. He was a wonderful fit for our group."

J. Boring - Tanzania
 

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 17  -Mar 08,2020  Vietnam
Feb 19  -Mar 11,2021  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 17  -Feb 03,2020  Uganda & Rwanda
Jan 18  -Feb 04,2021  Uganda & Rwanda

"Ham is surely one of the very best guides I have ever had (I have traveled internationally on at least 15 trips catering to wildlife observation). He was knowledgeable (knows and names and even tells the sex) of hundreds of Ugandan birds, an expert sighter (could see a lion about a mile away!!), was always polite, had a great sense of humor, put up with 4 woman old enough to be his mother, ... I could go on and on. He was absolutely wonderful and made the trip one of the most memorable experiences of my life. "

D. Schultz - Uganda
 

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 20  -Oct 10,2021  Classic Turkey

"Damla is a world class guide with a superior knowledge of the ancient history of Asia Minor and modern day turkey. She should have a show on the History Channel."

Vance Boelts - Classic 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 14  -Feb 02,2020  Lost World of the Mayans
Jan 12  -Jan 31,2021  Lost World of the Mayans

"Guiper was enthusiastic, energetic, always available and sensitive to everyone's needs. He has a great sense of humour. His knowledge is impressive and, as well as giving us information, he was always open to learning from others."

B. Tresidder - Lost World of the Mayans
 

Kamel Boukari

As a professional guide, Kamel graduated from the Tunisian College of Tourism with a focus on history, both modern and ancient including the second world war. He is well educated and his extensive expertise at historic sites and museums is almost taken for granted but very impressive. He is fluent in English, French and German and has enjoyed showing people from all over the world the treasures that one can find in Tunisia. However, what makes Kamel special as a tour leader is that he is immensely helpful, caring, respectful, flexible and really wants to look after his guests. Despite his weath of knowledge, Kamel feels he learns just as much from the guest he is looking after. With his endearing sense of humility, knowledge and caring attitude, Kamel will show you a Tunisian experience you will not soon forget! 

Mar 02  -Mar 17,2021  Tunisia
 

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”.
 

May 25  -Jun 13,2020  Transylvania
Oct 06  -Oct 26,2020  Adriatic Adventure
May 17  -Jun 05,2021  Transylvania
Sep 28  -Oct 18,2021  Adriatic Adventure

"This was a very active itinerary and Manka helped me through a couple challenging parts. I might still be trying to struggle my way down the Paklenica Gorge Trail were it not for her. She knows her history, and her English is very good. She is VERY personable and has a knack for knowing different personalities and how to communicate with them and get the best out of them while making sure they are getting the best experience she can provide. She was on top of every detail at all times and has an amazing memory. I absolutely love her."

Alice Luella (Lue) Paddack - 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 16,2021  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.
 

Feb 06  -Feb 25,2020  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Jun 16  -Jul 07,2020  Mountains & Monasteries of Northern India
Nov 10  -Nov 30,2020  Classic India
Oct 03  -Oct 23,2021  Bhutan

"He was always helpful, cheerful and considerate and had a great sense of humor and his knowledge of the country was excellent!"

B. Gamm - 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! 

Jan 16  -Feb 07,2020  Ethiopia
Sep 16  -Oct 08,2020  Ethiopia
Jan 15  -Feb 06,2021  Ethiopia
Sep 16  -Oct 08,2021  Ethiopia

"No doubt Sammy has the fluency skills and organizational skills along with knowledge of Ethiopian history to be athe skillful tour leader he is. His organizational skills were flawless!!! His ability to be mindful of safety and watchful of all his clients at ALL times was impressive. His interactions with his drivers was one of respect and commraderie. Sammy can be hard to follow when sharing details as he uses lots of words to convey his message. I was lucky to have Sammy as my guide and would not have wished for another."

Rhonda Weilet - Ethiopia
 

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 09  -Sep 25,2020  Ancient Greece
Sep 10  -Sep 26,2021  Ancient Greece

"Christos was a joy, a warm personality, encouraging, did every thing in his power to make sure we each had a great experience, a culinary expert when ordering meals. You are fortunate to have him!"

Carol Hoyt - Ancient Greece
 

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 04  -May 21,2020  Madagascar
Oct 08  -Oct 25,2020  Madagascar
Oct 03  -Oct 20,2021  Madagascar

"Jeff demonstrated a deep affection for his country. He was knowledgeable of the flora, fauna, history, culture and politics and gave us a wonderful overview of everything. He made sure we saw everything we were promised, but was flexible in giving us spontaneous experiences. He was kind, thoughtful and concerned about everyone's well-being. He also had a good perspective and sense of humor."

Kris Otis - 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. 

Jan 07  -Jan 19,2020  Classic Cuba
Jan 19  -Feb 02,2020  Eastern Cuba
Mar 03  -Mar 15,2020  Classic Cuba
May 05  -May 17,2020  Classic Cuba
Jun 02  -Jun 14,2020  Classic Cuba
Nov 24  -Dec 06,2020  Classic Cuba
Dec 08  -Dec 20,2020  Classic Cuba
Jan 12  -Jan 24,2021  Classic Cuba
Jan 25  -Feb 08,2021  Eastern Cuba
Feb 02  -Feb 14,2021  Classic Cuba
Feb 15  -Mar 01,2021  Eastern Cuba
Mar 02  -Mar 14,2021  Classic Cuba
Apr 06  -Apr 18,2021  Classic Cuba
Apr 19  -May 03,2021  Eastern Cuba
May 04  -May 16,2021  Classic Cuba
Jun 01  -Jun 13,2021  Classic Cuba

"Danny was an excellent trip leader. He generously shared his knowledge and personal experiences. He was always calm and upbeat even when things didn’t go quite as planned. A true professional but also a very kind sweet person."

Sandy Sverdloff - Classic 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! 

Apr 12  -May 03,2020  Iran Highlights
Jul 05  -Jul 21,2020  Mongolia
Sep 12  -Oct 03,2020  Iran Highlights
Nov 05  -Nov 24,2020  Oman
May 08  -May 29,2021  Iran Highlights
Oct 16  -Nov 06,2021  Iran Highlights
Nov 04  -Nov 23,2021  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
 

Samir Harit el Mir

Samir Harit el Mir 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. 

Apr 05  -Apr 22,2020  Morocco
Oct 08  -Oct 25,2020  Morocco
Mar 18  -Apr 04,2021  Morocco

"Samir was the best: knowledgeable, organized, pleasant, non-flappable. "

Elizabeth Bradner - Morocco
 

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 06  -Nov 25,2020  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Oct 30  -Nov 19,2021  Classic India
 

Ruwan Balasuriya

Ruwan Balasuriya has been leading tours in his native Sri Lanka for more than 7 years highlighting its history, culture, wildlife and of course, the people. After having toured the country with Ruwan, you will leave with the lasting impression of having visited the real Sri Lanka. 

Oct 25  -Nov 12,2021  Sri Lanka

"Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, good at working with people, just a few, mostly minor organizational glitches. We strongly recommend him!!"

Ruth Dawson - Sri Lanka
 

Abel Pena

Abel was born and raised in Havana where he currently resides with his wife and 2 children. A graduate of Pedagogical University, he studied tourism & civil law has worked in various facets of the tourism industry as well as for the Turkish, Belgian, and Austrian Embassies in Havana. Abel has been a tour leader for the last 15 years for some major tour operators in Europe and North America. Abel has a passion for tourism and a desire to promote his home country of Cuba and even guided ElderTreks's president on a private tour around Cuba. 

Feb 04  -Feb 16,2020  Classic Cuba
Apr 07  -Apr 19,2020  Classic Cuba
Apr 19  -May 03,2020  Eastern Cuba

"He was extremely attentive and took very good care of her. He worked very hard and did a good job."

Colleen Shea - Eastern Cuba
 

Martin Hrouzek

Martin lives with his wife and young family on the Czech-Slovak border. He has been guiding hiking and wildlife tours professionally since 1996 and is an excellent all-round naturalist with a particular knowledge of birds, butterflies and plants. He specializes in trips to those few remaining unspoiled and seldom visited ‘hidden corners’ that have been disappearing fast in Eastern Europe. Martin has a degree in Forestry and speaks an impressive 5 languages (English, Czech, Slovak, German, and Russian). Martin's passions include: Macro photography, watching hockey, and playing soccer & floor ball. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with and will make sure you leave this Hiking trip full of knowledge. 

Sep 09  -Sep 25,2020  Hiking in the the Carpathians
Sep 08  -Sep 24,2021  Hiking in the the Carpathians

"Martin is a very qualified leader. His thoughtfulness and helpfulness were exemplary"

Nell Exner - Hiking in the the Carpathians
 

Joel Verimuje

Joël is born and bred in Namibia. He has an outgoing personality and has been in the tourism industry for the past 9 years. He grew up in the northern part of Namibia that is also where he completed primary and secondary school and then moved to capital city. While in Windhoek he completed a diploma in tourism management from The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK via distance study. After Joel obtained his diploma, he started tour guiding courses with NATH while working as a camp assistant for a tour operator. Joel was later promoted to senior tour guide, thereafter he started taking on various tours as a freelance guide. His interests include hiking, wildlife, birds, flora, geology, astronomy, and Namibian culture. He speaks Nama-Damara, Oshiwambo, English and Afrikaans. 

Jun 08  -Jun 30,2020  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Jun 07  -Jun 29,2021  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

"Joel was excellent...all the information he has, organized skills with people and the information book we got at the start...wished more companies would do that"

Bette-Jean McElroy - Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
 

Andrew Davies

Andrew has been out roaming the mountains since a very young age. He enjoys the great outdoors and showing others the beauty of the country where he grew up. With his passion for hiking, and encouraging others to learn about nature and wildlife, he is an amazing guide to explore the wilderness with.

 

Jun 04  -Jun 17,2020  Hiking in the British Isles
Jun 03  -Jun 16,2021  Hiking in the British Isles

"Andrew was a wonderful guide. Cheery, helpful, and always interested in the clients interests. One of the best!!"

Laurie Campbell - Hiking in the British Isles
 

Karl Johannsson

Karl has a degree in Marketing and a background in diverse activity apart from being an Iceland guide. He also takes Icelanders on guided tours all over the world during winter. Among his interests are the Icelandic Sagas and the geology of Iceland. 

Jun 22  -Jul 01,2020  Iceland
Jun 20  -Jul 02,2021  Iceland

"Karl continuously went above and beyond everyone's expectations! He was informative, witty, never boring, helpful, kind and full of surprises! I would gladly travel with him again!!!"

Debbie Serra - Iceland
 

Eddi Novra

For over 30 years, Eddi Novra has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and South America leading tours and training other tour leaders in the industry. He has such an amazing passion and excitement for seeing the world and sharing his wealth of knowledge with our guests. When it comes to his home country of Indonesia, Eddi is a specialist in geography, geology, culture, customs, history, foods.. and more! Traveling with Eddi will be a wonderful experience that you’ll be sure to enjoy. 

May 06  -May 25,2021  Sumatra
May 25  -Jun 13,2021  Java and Bali
Oct 01  -Oct 20,2021  Sumatra
Oct 20  -Nov 08,2021  Java and Bali
 

Dylan Lees

Born in Johannesburg, Dylan spent his childhood years traveling with family all around Southern Africa. Moving to the Wild Coast he developed a love of nature, which led to a career in tourism. Early trips included overland camping tours through Southern and East Africa which evenatually expanded to 11 countries in Africa. Dylan enjoys showing the amazing sights of Southern Africa to his clients while at the same time focusing on ways to increase the environmental and sustainability of tourism for the future of the region. 

Sep 04  -Sep 28,2020  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Sep 23  -Oct 17,2021  Kingdoms of Southern Africa

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Margaret Squires - Kingdoms of Southern Africa
 

Our Other Departures

Sep 02  -Sep 24,2020  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 26  -Oct 15,2020  Japan
Oct 14  -Nov 01,2020  Nepal
Jan 11  -Feb 02,2021  Ethiopia
Sep 11  -Sep 27,2021  Classic China
Sep 06  -Sep 28,2021  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 21  -Oct 01,2021  Camino de Santiago
Sep 27  -Oct 12,2021  Yunnan
Sep 25  -Oct 14,2021  Japan
Oct 13  -Oct 31,2021  Nepal
Nov 16  -Nov 28,2021  Classic Cuba
Dec 07  -Dec 19,2021  Classic Cuba
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