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This website features programming information about The Ultimate Traveller presentations. The Ultimate Traveller series is going to inspire the adventure seeker in you! After attending the presentations, you will feel persuaded to find out more about these faraway lands and peoples. Peter Langer has travelled to over 170 countries over the years. As a result of his travels, he has prepared new presentations to share the beauty and cultural heritage of some of the most wonderful places in the world

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

You can also read Peter Langer's letters from the road, filled with impressions, curious anecdotes, frustrations and some of the little secrets place have to offer. You will also find a page featuring a number of carefully selected links to help you with your travel plans. Here we feature a number of travel companies that have actually been used by Peter Langer personally, in addition to travel information links of a practical nature.

 

A Virtual Tour of Iran, Central Asia, India & the Himalayas


VANCOUVER: Vancouver Public Library - Tuesdays at 11:00 AM

The Ultimate Traveller presentations take place in the lower level rooms of the Central Library (Alma VanDusen or Peter Kaye). Local bus routes pass nearby and the Granville, Vancouver City Centre and Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain stations are each within a few blocks of Library Square, located on 350 West Georgia St. in Vancouver, BC. This series is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Admission to each presentation is $15.00 on a first-come-first served basis at the door, payable by cash or credit card.

Series Subscription


Tuesdays at at 11:00 AM, Alma VanDusen Room or Peter Kaye Rooms on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Admission to individual presentations is $15 on a first-come-first served basis at the door. You may buy subscriptions at a cost of $60 for the entire series.  Buying a subscription gets you a 20% discount and guarantees you a seat.

In addition, our generous sponsor, Bestway Tours & Safaris is offering a $100 gift certificate to subscribers, which can be used against any of their 2016-17 published tours, provided these are booked and paid for in full by July 31, 2016.

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$60.00 each (booking fees included).

Impressions of Iran - A new dawn


Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Alma VanDusen Room on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Peter has just returned from an interesting journey through Iran in Fall 2015. He was astonished at the rapid the change the country has undergone in the last decade, in spite of the imposition of sanctions by numerous governments and the UN Security Council. The has been a noticeable change in the attitude of the common people and brand new modern infrastructure throughout the country. Peter went specifically to document many of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the lecture we explore ancient archaeological sites, enjoy the beauty of Persian Gardens, explore cities steeped in ancient traditions and visit the Armenian Monastic Ensembles, located in the North. We will admire masterpieces of Islamic architecture in Ardabil, Tabriz, Yazd, Esfahan and Kashan and take a look at modern Tehran. We invite you to discover the real Iran, home of a warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture.

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS $16.48 on-line each ($15 + $1.48 booking fee).

Travelling through the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Peter Kaye Room on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Peter has just returned from an extraordinary journey through Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in Fall 2015, visiting eight World Heritage Sites. We start in Armenia, see Yerevan, the Monasteries of Haghpat & Sanahin, Lake Sevan, the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin, ancient Zvartnots and the Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley. We explore Georgia, probably one of the most hospitable countries Peter has ever visited. We explore the historic capital Tbilisi, the wine-growing countryside of Kakheti, Vardzia cave-monastery, Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery. An absolute highlight is to see the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta and Upper Svaneti, the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus, which reminded Peter of the inhabited areas of the Himalayas. In Azerbaijan we see the Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, as well as the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

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Travels on the Silk Road: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan & Xinjiang


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Peter Kaye Room on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

The Silk Road was probably the most important development in human history as it brought trade and contact between eastern and western cultures. The Silk Road consisted of several principal routes and has been the meeting point of many cultures and a diversity of people, linking China, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Discover some of the oldest towns in the world, as well as the Silk Road's most important centres and the region's architectural splendours. In the presentation we explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara and Shakhrisab, along with Tashkent and the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan. We then head to Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan features. We conclude our presentation exploring the Pamir Mountains, the mighty Karakoram Range and the amazing market town of Kashgar, where 200,00 people gather every Sunday in Xinjiang, China.

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Impressions of India


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Alma VanDusen Room on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Home of one of the world's oldest civilizations, and several of the world's great religions, India has been changing and re-shaping itself for as long as anywhere on earth, forever producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences. You'll see spectacular carved temples and gleaming marble palaces, lonely Himalayan lamaseries and far-flung dusty villages. The boundaries of modern India, fixed some fifty years ago, are merely the latest in a four-thousand-year sequence of redefinitions that have produced one of the most heterogeneous societies in the world. The land where the Buddha lived and preached, and where the Moghul Muslims erected the Taj Mahal, has recreated itself as both a majority Hindu nation and the world's largest secular democracy, home to almost one thousand million people. We will present India in terms of her diverse regions: The North, the Himalayas, the West, the East, and the Dravidian South.

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Impressions of the Himalayas: Kashmir, Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim & Bhutan


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Alma VanDusen Room on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

We start our Himalayan journey in the Hunza Valley, an area of stunning natural beauty nestled in Pakistan's huge Karakoram Mountains. We then discover Kashmir, which the Mughals aptly called ‘Paradise on Earth’, Ladakh and the Zanskar range as well as Lahaul & Spiti on the Tibetan plateau and Himachal Pradesh in the Trans-Himalayan region of India. We continue in Nepal, home to Buddha's birthplace, where Hinduism and Buddhism overlap, which is clearly reflected in the Kathmandu Valley. Tibet offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world, where the monasteries of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse are set against the majestic backdrop of the mountains. We also discover Sikkim, an isolated, independent Buddhist kingdom until it joined India in 1975 and Bhutan is the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, which makes it one of the rarest and most unique of travel destinations in the world.

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Ferry Building Gallery West Vancouver - Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Impressions of Iran - A new dawn


Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter has just returned from an interesting journey through Iran in Fall 2015. He was astonished at the rapid the change the country has undergone in the last decade, in spite of the imposition of sanctions by numerous governments and the UN Security Council. The has been a noticeable change in the attitude of the common people and brand new modern infrastructure throughout the country. Peter went specifically to document many of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the lecture we explore ancient archaeological sites, enjoy the beauty of Persian Gardens, explore cities steeped in ancient traditions and visit the Armenian Monastic Ensembles, located in the North. We will admire masterpieces of Islamic architecture in Ardabil, Tabriz, Yazd, Esfahan and Kashan and take a look at modern Tehran. We invite you to discover the real Iran, home of a warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture.

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS $15.00 on-line each.

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