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Newsletter March 2010

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Special 25% Off for Utah trips - in Wild Horse country
Last minute Special Offer for your camping rides in Utah - San Rafel Swell.  You will ride through breathtaking scenery and into Wild Horse Country.
Special rates are offered for the April 28 and thye May 4 trips.

2010 Brochure
Blame it on the Flu ! Not sure how you are all doing, but everyone in the office has been hit by the Flu - and it is a Flu that really puts you out of commission for 2 to 3 weeks. I have been out for pretty much 10 days recently. Therefore our brochure that was supposed to be finished in March, will not be ready until sometime in late April. Sorry about that !
On the other hand - if you have our 2009 brochure - there will be little new in the upcoming one. The 196 page Equestrian booklet (valid for 3 years- available in April), will not have actual rates and dates ... these are all updated on our website ... but will be more of a picture book. More pictures, less detailed text. If you need details - check out our website. There you will find detailed day to day itineraries, dates, rates, slide shows, videos, trip reports, travel stories and more.
There will also be $4.95 cost of the brochure (refundable with a booking - Free for VIP clients) and a "Shipping and Handling Fee" ( $7 for inside the US and Canada and $12 for overseas) .
We will do a mail out as soon as the brochure is available and you can then order it online.
Don't forget - you can also print your own brochure from our website ! It is easy and fast ! Give it a try.

Hidden Trails Blog
Hidden Trails entered era of the "Blog" . It is still a work in progress, but we have now online our "Travel Stories" , the Bulletin Board with frequent updates re any type of related new ... that may affect our clients. There is a section that talks about how to get fit, stay in shape or prepare for your trip, another section with all of our videos for trips worldwide. There is even "Buddy Finder" where you can hook up with other travelers to join and save on Single room supplements, transfers etc., a section where you can "Suggest a Trip" - we are always looking for new inspiring rides, you will be able to upload your travel images and share them with your friends and the Hidden Trails followers, etc etc. All in one place. Check it out at www.blog.hiddentrails.com 

Special Offers
as always we have a special page for "Special Offers" - there are some excellent deals available if you act quickly ... they will not last.
Have a look at: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tripfinder/specials.aspx 

Here are some excellent trips we would like to Highlight:

Coast to Coast Trail   in Sicily Sicily, Italy
Special NEW reduced rate + a 10% discount for bookings made before March 30, 2010
 8 days / 7 nights, was $2,310 now $1,595
Dates : May to Oct  
As you ride your horse across the beautiful Sicilian landscape and the wind rustles through the forest, you catch sight of winding rivers and perhaps a glimpse of a herd of wild boars that roam undisturbed through these lands. Along the winding paths fruit trees grow, giving riders a chance for a snack along the way.

Cowboy Adventure in Colorado CO, USA
Special 15% OFF for these weeks: July 18, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
 7 days / 6 nights, regular rate $1,899
Dates : May to Oct
Head on out to Colorado and the wild, wild west and experience life on a real Colorado cattle ranch. Fulfill your cowboy dream, live the life and experience the magic! At this ranch you have the opportunity to become a cowboy in a true western adventure. We don't just recreate life on a ranch, we live it! Saddle up and ride with us for the cowboy adventure of a lifetime.

Just added - Exciting new trips:
We recently added a few more new exciting trips to our program - a full list can be found on our website at:

Here are some of the latest ones that I would like to introduce to you:

Sindbad and the Arabian Nights Sultannate Oman
9 days / 8 nights, regular rate $4,760 Dates : October to February
The Sultanate of Oman is certainly one of the areas that has remained the most secret of the Arab peninsula. Following the traces of such renowned travellers as Marco Polo or Ahmed Ibn Battuta, we are drawn by the fascination for unknown regions and as lovers of desert horses we are always seeking them further afield. It is impossible to try to describe this great country in a few sentences. Quite...

Mozambique Coastal Paradise Holiday  Coast, Mozambique
5 days / 4 nights, regular rate $1,525 Dates : Available all Year
Come and join us on a custom-made horse safari along the Vilanculos coast and on Benguerra Island in Mozambique - the world's premier beach horse riding holiday. This area is world renowned for its superb variety of white sand beaches, alluring golden sunsets and tall palm trees. The beach stretches for tens of kilometres allowing riders plenty of opportunities for exhilarating canters and lo...

Okavango Big Five Safari  Okavango Delta, Botswana
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $4,125 Dates : March to Nov
A remote and exciting horseback riding safari into the Okavango Delta The Okavango Delta is undoubtedly the most outstanding of Botswana’s natural wonders, a 15,000-square kilometre wilderness of floodplain and forest interlaced with lagoons and waterways, and teeming with game and birds. A riding safari through this spectacular wetland sanctuary is an exciting and memorable experience. Botswana i...

Great Namibian Canyon Trail  Namibia, Namibia
12 days / 11 nights, regular rate $5,045 Dates : April, June
Imagine - the second largest Canyon in the world combined with African game, wild horses and vast desert plains! The Canyon Ride combines dramatic canyon landscapes, spacious desert plains and the mighty Orange River. It offers the opportunity to experience both inaccessible countryside and real wilderness areas, as well as riding without limitations. The trail takes you right up to the canyon ri...

Cumbria Lake District Trails  Cumbria, England
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,970 Dates : May to Oct  
With mountains, lakes, wide open beaches and a wealth of flora and fauna, Cumbria is rich and unique. This new point to point horseback riding vacation through the lake district will inspire you - from dramatic fells to sleepy shores, this nature is at its most inventive. Unexpected pleasures lie hidden, like a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Patagonia Estancias and Endurance Race Patagonia, Chile
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $3,250 Dates : May
Experience the unique thrill of endurance riding in Torres del Paine! Join the fabulous Patagonia Endurance Race and compete against the local gauchos in races of 27km or 57km. Canter across the wide-open pampas with the most incredible mountain views. Feast on succulent lamb, roasted gaucho-style and on the local salmon as you enjoy the post race party and celebration!
Online Brochure
Check it out - it pretty cool. While you are looking at one of the tours - just click on "Add to Brochure". It will save the trip to a "printing cart". Once you have all the trips you want to include in your brochure, just click on "Click here to print brochure". This will bring you to the final stage. At this time you can still add more trips if you like by selecting them from a list of trips - just click on "Add more Tours" -- or just go ahead and finish by clicking on "Generate Brochure". You can include images, or just plain text (faster) and it will give you all the details with rates and dates for 2010. The brochure will be in a PDF format that you can safe to your computer for printing and viewing.

Getting ready for your trip
To ensure that you are in the best possible shape for your vacation, Hidden Trails has partnered with Fit for Trips to offer fitness programs crafted specifically for your itinerary. Regardless of your fitness level, ‘Fit for Trips’ easy to use step-by-step fitness programs will help you make the most out of the trip that you have booked or just to get in shape anyways. Have a look – there are some really good options and as a Hidden Trails customer you will get an automatic 8% off when you mention this Newsletter from Hidden Trails:  http://blog.hiddentrails.com/Categories_List.aspx?cat=Trip-Preparation

Media Center
Our new Media Center is a great place to brose though our trips with an emphasis on
--> Slide Shows, Online Videos, Trip Ratings and Travel Stories ... have a look at the visually exciting section of our website at:

Social Networks
Your can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter .. or stay in touch with the latest updates and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

We look forward to hearing from you again.
Have a great day !
Kind regards,

 Ryan Schmidt
 Hidden Trails

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