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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.

 

2016 SEASON

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. Peter has just returned from a lengthy exploration of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran & Turkey from September to November 2015. This Winter he will present a number of in-depth presentations sharing some of his amazing personal experiences with you.

SURREY: Surrey Museum

In the Footsteps of the Incas - A Cultural & Photographic Tour of Peru


Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Surrey Museum, Surrey

Peru is often visualized as a mountainous place, many visitors remaining unaware of the splendour of the country's immense desert coastline and its vast tracts of tropical rain-forest. A fantastic land of gold, Peru was sixteenth-century Europe's major source of treasure, and once the home of some of the world’s oldest civilizations, including the Inca Empire. We explore Peru’s capital, Lima, the beautiful colonial city of Arequipa, see condors in the Colca Canyon. Then we head to Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and partake in the traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Cusco.

Discover the lesser visited sites of the Northern Peru's many ancient civilizations. The Moche, Lambayeque and Chimu cultures achieved great sophistication and skill in ceramics, agriculture, architecture, metallurgy and warfare. Discover Chiclayo, Cajamarca and the lovely colonial city of Trujillo. Explore the amazing archaeological finds of Sipan, the imposing Kuelap Fortress of Chachapoyas and Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world.

Isles of Indonesia


Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Surrey Museum, Surrey

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction. The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforest, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries.

This show and lecture we will explore the islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bali, Flores, Komodo and Sulawesi. We conclude our show visiting the legendary Baliem Valley in the highlands of Western New Guinea.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Madagascar Photo Safari


Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Surrey Museum, Surrey

Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and the island’s legendary uniqueness is best reflected by its plethora of amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons, many endemic bird species, and a fascinating array of endemic flora, all of which combine to make for a truly exceptional photo safari. This travel talk provides an excellent introduction to the nature reserves and cultural sights of the south.

On this journey we will travel through the sparkling green highlands and typical villages to Antsirabe. We explore Rainforests of the Atsinanana and the Ranomafana Rainforest, famed for its Golden Bamboo Lemurs (only rediscovered in 1987). Descending from the high plateau to Ranohira, we walk deep into the Isalo National Park - Madagascar's 'Grand Canyon' - to explore bizarre sandstone rocks and weirdly sculptured erosions. We see the tribes live around Tulear on the southwest coast and we'll see their carved and painted tombs, many with aloalo scenes from the life of the deceased.

 

Impressions of the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia


Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Surrey Museum, Surrey

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.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Impressions of Iran


Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Surrey Museum, Surrey

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 19 World Heritage Sites located in the Country. In the lecture we explore archaeological sites of ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, 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.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

WEST VANCOUVER: Ferry Building Gallery

Impressions of Bolivia

Wednesday February 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Owing to its remoteness, Bolivia remains one of South America's least-visited countries despite its myriad attractions. Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannas of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates.

While three centuries of Spanish colonial rule have left their mark on Bolivia's language, religion and architecture, this European influence is essentially no more than a thin veneer overlying indigenous cultural traditions that stretch back long before the conquest.

In this lecture we will explore La Paz, Lake Titicaca and Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes. We witness the Carnival of Oruro, travel on the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, explore the World Heritage Sites of Sucre, Potosi, Samaipata and the exquisite Baroque the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos.

Madagascar Photo Safari


Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and the island’s legendary uniqueness is best reflected by its plethora of amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons, many endemic bird species, and a fascinating array of endemic flora, all of which combine to make for a truly exceptional photo safari. This travel talk provides an excellent introduction to the nature reserves and cultural sights of the south.

On this journey we will travel through the sparkling green highlands and typical villages to Antsirabe. We explore Rainforests of the Atsinanana and the Ranomafana Rainforest, famed for its Golden Bamboo Lemurs (only rediscovered in 1987). Descending from the high plateau to Ranohira, we walk deep into the Isalo National Park - Madagascar's 'Grand Canyon' - to explore bizarre sandstone rocks and weirdly sculptured erosions. We see the tribes live around Tulear on the southwest coast and we'll see their carved and painted tombs, many with aloalo scenes from the life of the deceased.

Impressions of Turkey


Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter has just returned from an in-depth journey through Turkey in Fall 2015.

Turkey is the only country in the world that has an eclectic mix of European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. This journey captures the essence of Turkish culture and heritage: a delightful blend of art and ancient architecture. As we explore these historic lands, we can see why the country has so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through this lecture you will come to appreciate the historical significance Turkey has played to world civilization. Starting in cosmopolitan Istanbul; explore the ancient site of Pergamon and white marble streets of Greco-Roman Ephesus; and continue to the unique landscapes and cave dwellings of Cappadocia’s enchanting valleys. In Eastern Turkey we admire the sunset from the mausoleum of Antiochus on Mount Nemrut and breathtaking views of Lake Van and Mount Ararat.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Impressions of the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia


Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West 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.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Impressions of the Balkans


Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Balkans are a region of stunning landscapes , great ethnic and cultural diversity, which is reflected in a variety of religions, cuisines, colourful costumes and traditions and above all true hospitality.

Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia and Albania, we discover countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history. Against a backdrop of jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines we explore several UNESCO World Heritage cities, fascinating old towns and great cultural diversity. We will discover the legacy left by Greco-Roman Antiquity, various Medieval Kingdoms, the Republic of Venice, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, as well as the Twentieth Century, as we discover Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

Impressions of Iran


Wednesday, March 16, 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 19 World Heritage Sites located in the Country. In the lecture we explore archaeological sites of ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, 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.

This presentation is sponsored by Bestway Tours & Safaris.

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