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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 175 countries and territories 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.

 

Coming in 2017

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 in 2016. 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.

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Experiencing the Islands of Indonesia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

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.


A Railway Journey through the Andes in Ecuador


Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

We invite you to a spectacular journey on board an exclusive heritage railway, the “Tren Crucero”, which that is partly covered by restored steam locomotives.

The journey takes passengers from Quito to Guayaquil,  along the majestic Andes, authentic Indigenous communities, pristine cloud forests and the coastal plains of Ecuador, including one of the great railway wonders of the world, the Devil’s Nose zigzag.

 

Impressions of Iran: Travels through Legendary Persia


Wednesday January 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

In the presentation we explore the archaeological sites of ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, enjoy the beauty of Persian Gardens and see cities steeped in ancient traditions. We travel back through the millennia to Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great. Persepolis, a 2,500 year-old reminder of the might of the Persian Empire.

See the masterpieces of Islamic architecture of Esfahan With its winding lanes, forest of badgirs, mud-brick old town and charismatic accommodation, Yazd is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. We continue to Bam, where the Arg-e Bam is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers. We invite you to discover the real Iran, home of a warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture.

 

An African Safari through Magical Kenya

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Kenya is a nature photographer’s dream in terms of wildlife and nature. In this show we will discover the Mara Conservancies, which offer visitors the ultimate safari: the lowest visitor densities; incredible day and night game viewing; and authentic cultural interactions. But above all, these Conservancies are managed according to a model that protects the delicate ecosystem and benefits the landowners themselves - the Masai people.


Impressions of Guatemala: Travelling through the Maya heartland


Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Spanning a mountainous slice of Central America immediately south of Mexico, Guatemala is loaded with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal. As the birthplace and heartland of the ancient Maya, the country is in many ways defined by the legacy of this early civilization. Their rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, but Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands, where traditions and religious rituals, mingled with Catholic practices, endure to form the richest and most distinctive indigenous identity in the hemisphere.

Guatemala today is very much a synthesis of Maya and colonial traditions, fused with the omnipresent influences of twenty-first century Latin and North American culture. Baroque churches dating back to the Spanish Conquest coexist with pagan temples that have been sites of worship for millennia. Highland street markets prosper alongside vast glitzy shopping malls, and pre-Columbian festival dances are performed by teenage hip-hop fans.

 

Impressions of Chile: Travelling from the driest to the wettest points on Earth


Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

A long, narrow sliver of land, clinging to the edge of a continent, Chile has often drawn attention to itself for its wholly implausible shape. Seen in the pages of an atlas, the country’s outline strikes you as aberrant and fantastical; 4300km in length (the equivalent of Norway to Nigeria), and with an average width of just 175km, the very idea of it seems absurd. The Andes, the great mountain range that forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia. The Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru to the north. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia. All this has created a country distinct from the rest of South America and one that defies many people’s expectations of an Andean country. It is developed and relatively affluent. A country of geographical extremes, Chile’s diversity is reflected both in its people, from the alpaca herders of the Altiplano and the gauchos of Patagonia to the businessmen of Santiago.

 

Impressions of Malta & Cyprus: Historical Islands of the Mediterranean


Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Join us and explore the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. We discover some of the most impressive and best preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean, including the temple ruins of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. We explore the capital Valletta and admire its impressive fortifications, bastion walls and imposing churches. We also explore the island of Gozo on some easy and rewarding walks, enjoy wine tasting and visit an olive estate.

We then explore the divided island of Cyprus, where, a succession of empires squabbled over its seaports and mountain fortresses, which guaranteed supremacy over the eastern Mediterranean. Discover ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Crusader castles,and towering mosques and minarets left behind by Ottoman invaders. The interior features beautiful villages full of UNESCO-listed churches in the mountains and the divided capital, Nicosia. Northern Cyprus is more Turkish than Greek, studded with ancient ruins and dramatic Crusader castles. along the coast around Famagusta.

Impressions of Poland


Wednesday March 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Poland has long been a nation steeped in tradition and history, although the past twenty years have witnessed such dizzying economic development that the country is starting to feel more and more like the West. Still, beneath the gleaming surface lies a culture firmly rooted in Eastern hospitality and community values, and fascinating reminders of the turbulent past are everywhere.

Discover Poland's capital, Warsaw, featuring a historic centre, lovingly rebuilt after the Nazi destruction; Krakow, a 13th-century medieval town has Europe's largest market square and Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues, situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. Nearby the Auschwitz Birkenau Extermination Camp is a symbol of humanity's cruelty to its fellow human beings.

Explore Poland's North, featuring the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, the Medieval Town of Toruń and Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea.

Unknown Eastern Europe: A Journey through Romania, Moldova & Transnistria


Wednesday March 22, 2017
at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

There aren’t many countries in Europe where farmers still drive horse-drawn wagons and covered markets dominate over shopping malls, but then Romania isn’t quite like other places. Discover Bucharest, the capital and the charming cities of Braşov, Sibiu and Sighişoara in Transylvania, the land that gave us Dracula. In Maramureş we discover towns and villages that seemingly stepped out of the Middle Ages, complete with hay racks, horse carts and stately wooden churches.

As one of Europe’s least visited countries, Moldova retains a certain Old World charm. We explore its lively capital, Chişinău and Tiraspol in the breakaway republic of Transnistria, where the Soviet Union still reigns supreme. a narrow strip of land on the eastern bank of the Dniestr River, is one of the strangest places in Eastern Europe. It's a mini-state that doesn't officially exist in anyone's eyes but its own.

Impressions of Turkey


Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Peter has just returned from an in-depth journey through Turkey in 2015 & 2016. 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

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Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour of Iran and the Caucasus


Every Tuesday from January 10 to February 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, Room 1900

We explore Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the world's most ancient civilizations and features great achievements in art and architecture, as well as science and engineering. The Caucasus lies on the border of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas. On the peripheries of Turkey, Iran and Russia, it has been an arena for political, military, religious and cultural rivalries for centuries. The Caucasus includes the first nation to adopt Christianity as state religion, Armenia. The region has been ruled by Ottomans, Mongols and Persians. Unified under Soviet rule, the region separated again in 1991 as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia became independent nations. Territorial disputes have continued to the present day. In this virtual tour, we will explore Iran, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia and Azerbaijan. We will view videos that evoke the immense diversity of Iran and the Caucasus countries and discuss geography, history and cultural heritage. Along the way, you will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to the area.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Passage to Persia: Touring today's Iran


Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM - VPL, Alma VanDusen Room

Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the world's most ancient civilizations and features great achievements in art and architecture, as well as science and engineering. Despite all the political developments in the recent past, most of Iran's archaeological and historical sites have been extremely well preserved. Places such as Persepolis, Shiraz, Isfahan,  and Kashan proudly reflect their rich heritage even today. Bestway Tours & Safaris has been operating group and individual tours for Canadians to Iran since 1996. We cordially invite you to find out about Bestway's fascinating journeys through Iran. Discover millenary history, ancient archaeological sites, stunning  architecture and Persian Gardens.

For more information, please visit: Bestway Tours & Safaris

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