Monthly Archives: March 2014

Special Offer: Africa



Have you ever wanted to see Gorillas in their natural habitat? How about visit the headwaters of the Nile, go on Safari or visit one of the most spectacular falls in Africa?

We have a limited offer for someone interested in travelling to Africa and seeing the Great Apes, as well as getting in some sightseeing and more generalised Game Viewing.  Based on arrival on the 30th June and departure on the 13th July 2014, this trip covers the best of Uganda  visiting Entebbem Lake Mburo, Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Chimpanzee Forest, Murchison Falls, Junja and Kampala.

We can offer this for AU$6,900 plus Airfare (approximately AU$3,000) which includes a stopover in Johannesburg, All Meet & Greet Services, all transport and transfers in Africa, Accommodation throughout in Quality Hotels, guest houses and Safari Lodges. All meals excluding lunch while in Johannesburg, All park entrance fees and site fees, unlimited game viewing, Gorilla Trekking Permit for Bwindi National Park, Chimpanzee Traking Permit for Kibale National park, bottled drinking water daily, English speaking guide/driver, gratuities for guide/driver in Uganda, 2 lunchtime cruise, and fully escorted ex-Australia.

The land cost alone is thousands cheaper than many similar duration tours  – let alone for a single! So if the Gorillas and Uganda is on your must see list, this may be the trip for you.  Simply give us a call on (02) 4421 5577 or e-mail us an enquiry at  for more information

Updates in Brief:

–          Just a reminder that our Travel Expo is on the 27th March at the Nowra Ex-Servicemans Club between 5pm and 8pm. If you want some great travel deals please feel free to stop by

–          Talking of great deals our offer of an AU$567 discount on the Hong Kong Shopping Tour ends next Monday (31 March) , so if you wanted to join please let us know!

March Travel Expo Deals

Good Morning Friends,

Wow, what a turn out for the Travel Expo last night, a fantastic evening. We do have a number of specials that are available only for the next 7 days or so for those that attended (or wanted to but were prevented by inclement weather) and I will run down those specials in a moment, full details are available on contacting our office for all of them.

Before I do that though just a brief update on the Pre-sale and Discount offers on our Tours please note that:

  • European River Cruise, if you book and pay the $250 per person deposit today (28th March) you will still get the Pre-sale price. From Saturday Morning the price jumps by AU$1130 per person in share twin
  • The Canada and Alaska pre-sale is still ongoing but we do advise that anyone interested make a deposit payment and book in as soon as they can to avoid trying to do so at the last minute when the end of the pre-sale is announced
  • We are extending our discount on the Hong Kong Shopping Tour (AU$576) for another two weeks until April 21, so if you want to book in on this tour we recommend doing so soon.


Now, for all our Travel Expo deals please review the list below this following image ..





We have a number of specials available from our recent Travel Expo for those that attended, and those that wished to but were unable due to inclement weather. These are for limited duration and applicable mostly until the 3rd April, special terms and conditions apply for each and full details can be given by the staff at My Travel Expert.

Scenic Tours

Save $500 per couple,on 2014 European River Cruises and Tours, Russia River Cruises and Tours, France River Cruises and Tours, Canada, Alaska, USA, Africa, South America Tours and 2015 Antarctica Tours

Save $300 per couple, on any 2014 China and Jordan Tours, and any 2014/2015 Burma, Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos and Vietnam Tours

Save $200 per couple, on any 2014 Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania & New Zealand Tours over 11 days duration.

APT Tours

Save AU$400 per couple,  on any APT or Travelmarvel Tour or Cruise of 7 days or More.


Save AU$100 per couple,on any 2014 Globus or Cosmos Tour, Monograms Independent City Stay or 2014 Avalon Waterways European River Cruise.

Insight Vacations:

Save up to AU$200 per couple,on any tour of 14 days of less departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure

Save AU$400 per couple, on any tour of 14 days or over departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure.

Azamara Club Cruises

Select from 85 voyages in 2014-15 and choose 1 of these 3 offers:

  •          Choice 1: US$1,000 onboard credit per stateroom
  •          Choice 2: AU$1,000 Air Credit per couple
  •          Choice 3: Free Upgrade, Interior to Oceanview or Oceanview to Verandah

Captain Cook Cruise

Save 25% on Selected Departure Dates

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, Outside Cabin from AU$1069.25 per person

Normally AU$1645 per person. Departing Monday 1630 from Mannum, South Australia, disembarking  Friday 0900

Selected Dates: 14 April 2014, 05 May 2014, 12 May 2014, 19 May 2014, 26 May 2014

Includes: All meals, An exciting selection of shore-side tours, guided nature walks and eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of Spa & Sauna & Gym, Captain’s Dinner & Cocktail Party, Live Entertainment, 24 hour self-service tea and coffee bar, complimentary scenic coach transfers in Adelaide or car parking in Mannum.

Celebrity Cruises:

Book and Oceanview Stateroom or above on one of our ex-Australia voyages and receive one of the following four amazing perks:

  •          Free Classic Beverage Package for Two
  •          Up to US$300 onboard Credit
  •          Free Gratuities for two
  •          Up to AU$600 Air Savings

Princess Cruises

Receive a 50% reduced deposit and bonus onboard credit for bookings made on any Princess Cruise before 03 April.

AAT Kings:

Limited time Early Bird Specials for New Zealand bookings paid in full by the 28th April 2014 including the Best of New Zealand, New Zealand Vista, Northern Discovery and Southern Spotlight

Bench International

5% off Holidays to South Africa,as featured in the Bench International 2014 Africa Brochure for Travel between March and October 2014.

Essentially South Africa,16 Days from AU$1945 per person share twin, for departures 18 May, 15 Jun , 13 July and 17 August. Full details available from My Travel Expert


Save up to AU$100 per booking, on any bookings made with Contiki for Europe, Asia, Latin America, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Driveaway Holidays

Save 10%, on any bookings made by the 3rd April


Save 10% on the Intrepid Group Tours including:

  •          Vietnam Express Northbound, was AU$937 per person, now AU$844
  •          Best of Morocco, was AU$1046 per person, now AU$942
  •          Sacred Land Of The Incas, was AU42695, now AU$2426

For all brochure departures until 30 November 2014.


Save 10%on any Peregrine tour by booking and paying a deposit by 4 April


For Further information contact:

My Travel Expert
129-131 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW 2541  Telephone: 02 4421 5577 e-mail:

Last Chance – European Cruise PreSale

European Presale Ends 28 March 2015,
Book and deposit before then to guarantee the 2014 prices.

Dear Ladies, this is just a last minute notice to say that the pre-sale for the European River cruise ends at midnight (so in reality at 5pm when our doors close) on the 28th March 2015, so if you wanted to reserve your space at the 2014 presale prices then it is time to act .. especially when you consider that by depositing today or Friday you get the tour at AU$9,145 per person but from Sunday afterwards the price will start at AU$10,275. So if you wanted to join us on this river departure .. book now and ensure you get it at the best price.

Book now and Save AU$1130 per person
Current Price: AU$9,145 per person
Price as of the 29/3/14: AU$10,275 per person




Classifieds: Seeking a Traveller for Antarctica


One area of this site that hasn’t garnered much attention is our classifieds section. So for a while as we get in requests we will do a quick spotlight here on the front page to try and help with some match-ups for trips outside the groups we are operating.

This week we are going to promote a single lady who is looking for someone to join her on a trip to an absolutely incredible destination – ANTARCTICA. Dates are flexible, but keep in mind that the sailing season is generally Mid-November until February and they do sell out fast so this may be for the 2014/2015 season or the 2015/2016 season depending on what can be arranged and what suits both travellers.

These days most of the cruises south to Antartica depart from South America, either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas and head down to the Antarctic Peninsula. Costs will vary based on the cruise line chosen but will generally price between AU$6,000 and AU$13,000 per person in share twin for the cruise.

Depending on the desires of both Travellers, we would suggest that unless a larger South America Trip is desired you combine this with return airfares on Lan Chile (which will start at around AU$2600 per person) and maybe a night or 2 in Ushuaia/Punta Arenas to ensure you don’t have any problems with boarding and disembarking, and if wanted maybe a stopover in Santiago.

So if you have ever thought about travelling to Antarctica, this may be the opportunity for you – simply give us a call on (02) 4421 5577 or e-mail us an enquiry at

Updates in Brief:

  •  Just a reminder that our Travel Expo is on the 27th March at the Nowra Ex-Servicemans Club between 5pm and 8pm. If you want some great travel deals please feel free to stop by
  •  Talking of great deals our offer of an AU$567 discount on the Hong Kong Shopping Tour ends next Monday (31 March), so if you wanted to join please let us know!

Quick Update: Expo, Presale & Specials

Just a quick update on what is on and what is happening on the local scene for Shoalhaven Solo Sisters and My Travel Expert!!!


Travel Expo:  Come and Meet our Industry Partners – Limited time special offers

For those that haven’t seen the notice on facebook  or our other advertising media we are having a Travel Expo on the 27th of March, a number of suppliers including  Scenic and Evergreen –  who are handling our upcoming Alaska Cruise,  Princess Cruises –who we are sailing with to New Zealand,  Bench International, Peregrine, Intrepid, AAT Kings, Globus, Adventure World, APT, Captain Cook Cruises, Wendy Wu Tours, Qantas Holidays, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Insight Vacations, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, Driveway Holidays and Contiki.

They cover a range of destinations, travel types and can provide you with all sorts of information on everything to individual travel to group tours, from specialist touring to ocean cruising. Even better, we will have a number of limited time offers available for travel that will only be available to those who drop by the Expo.

So if you are interested in coming down and getting more information on any of our departures the expo is on this Thursday (27th March) at the Nowra Ex-Servicemans Club (157 Junction Street Nowra) and will be running from 5pm till 8 pm

Canada & Alaska and European River Cruise Tours Pre-Sale!

Those that keep up with the blog portion of this site will have seen the original notice of the Pre-sale for our Canada & Alaska Departure as well as our European River Cruise. Since that post went up we have actually had a price come in for Canada (which can now also be seen on the old post). As a reminder the pre-sale is the sale of the next years tours, at this years prices. This pre-sale will end as soon as Evergreen and Scenic  release their brochures that cover our travel period – which could be as soon as next week, or as far away as May. So if you want to secure a place at these fantastic prices let us know now!

Deluxe European River Cruise from AU$9145 per person share twin (September 2015) FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE
Spectacular Rockies and Alaskan Cruise from AU$9895 per person share Twin (May 2015) FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE

Hong Kong Discount Deal

Finally just a reminder that our AU$576 discount on our Hong Kong Shopping Tour ends next Monday (31 March) so if you were interested in going now is the time to get in and pay a deposit! For full details of the Hong Kong Tour please click here!

So that is a quick wrap! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us!

Hong Kong Shopping Tour – Limited Time Discount!! Save over $500

Wow, usually when we put together a group price the only changes are generally upwards when currencies fluctuate, to be able to turn to everyone and say hey we can give you the tour cheaper (even if only for a limited time) is unusual, and definitely satisfying!

What am I talking about? We have been given a limited time offer on our Hong Kong Shopping Tour by one of the suppliers. For those already booked, and those that wish to book  simply get in touch with us in the next two weeks, pay your tour deposit and receive a discount of AU$576.00 on your trip. That is  right, instead of paying AU$3969 per person in share twin you will only be paying AU$3393 per person

So if you enjoy shopping and would like to see the best markets, outlets and warehouses of Hong Kong, Shenzen and Macau, if you think you would enjoy a night at the races, a traditional dinner, a harbour cruise and a full day of sightseeing in Hong Kong then get in touch now and reserve your place.

Just remember for any bookings and deposits made between 17th March 2014 and the 31st March 2014 you will receive the AU$576 discount . Full details of the tour available here – otherwise call us to book or for more information!


Pre-Sale Offer: Canada & Alaska and European River Cruise Groups. Limited Time Availability


As many of you know we have 2 special departures coming up in 2015 that have been asked for since we were even in the pre-launch stage of the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters. A European River Cruise up the Danube and a Voyage in Canada taking in the Inside Passage and the Rocky Mountains. At this stage we are technically too far out to confirm group costs .. but after some lengthy talks and discussions we have come up with some fantastic “pre-sale offers”.


So what are the pre-sale offers? For a limited time we have access to an early offer cost, including fly free deals, and other inclusions. These deals are usually a bit better in price than an early-bird, and by booking and depositing whilst the Pre-sale fares are in, you can guarantee your place at those special rates rather than paying “full price”later on.

Deluxe European River Cruise from
AU$9145 per person share twin (September 2015)


Spectacular Rockies and Alaskan Cruise from
AU$9895 per person share Twin (May 2015)


Now the pre-sale is only available until the supplier releases their 2015 product , which is due to come out any time from the next two weeks until early may!

So if you want to visit these destinations NOW is the time to take advantage of these great rates – as we are not likely to see prices like these any time soon in the near future – so if you want to travel to these destinations, and want to take advantage of a spectacular office we suggest that you come via the office in the next two weeks and put down a deposit to secure your place on these departures!!!


Celebrity Century, Weekenders & Booking Weekends!



Well ladies, and those gents that follow, we have the ‘boat full’ of information news and updates for you all today! Well, no more procrastination lets get to the heart of things shall we!

celebritySYD_MEL_ADL_PLO_SYDCelebrity Century Southern Shores

First off Celebrity Cruises are bringing one of their ships down to Australia for a limited time – the Celebrity Century. This Ship will only be in our waters for an extremely limited time so we have snapped up some group allocation which now needs to be filled! We have limited inside, outside and balcony Staterooms for this 22nd October 2014 sailing. For those that enjoy Australian cruising or want a look at this vessel take a look at the itinerary here and then get in touch with us about securing your space. We do have limited space so it will be on a first come first serve.

ATDW_Large_Landscape__9163248_FE58__EMT8036_LRWeekender Madness

We have finally managed to get all our initial weekender packages up online including the Food & Wine Cruise this August, our Shopping Tour of Melbourne in October, the Hunter Valley Weekend Getaway in November, the Australian Open Cruise in January, the Moreton Island Cruise in February and the Murray River  taste in March. Some of these are limited in space. You can find these all under the Weekenders area of  the Upcoming Tours section in the above menu.


We are going to encourage you all to come down between this weekend (March 8th) and Easter (so by the 15th April) to sign up for any of our tour programmes. Right now we need to know who wants to do what for a variety of reasons including : So we can put people in touch with each other so we can match up single, so we can decide if a trip has enough interest to continue promoting, and to see if we need more or less allotment than what we currently hold on any given trip. So if you wish to join any of the following trips:

or any of our other departures, then get yourself down to our office or give us a call so we can tally numbers, match travellers and see what extras we may need!