Monthly Archives: July 2014

General Update From The Shoalhaven Solo Sisters


We have a few updates for everyone in regards to our group departures, as well as our classifieds where single travellers have requested we seek out companions for them for specific trips. To start with though let me announce that we have still got a few limited spaces on our 2015 Golfing Tour of New Zealand .. if you were looking to travel you can find details here but spaces are limited so if you want to go contact Julie now on (02) 4421 5577 to secure your Space

​Updated Group Departures Notices

Hong Kong Experience:  SOLD OUT!

We have come to a point where we have to close sales on this trip, it looks to be a fantastic departure and those signed up are incredibly excited – keep an eye on our website towards the end of September and we may post up a happy snap or two from the trip.

Hunter Valley Weekender:  CANCELLED!
We have sadly not made the numbers for our Hunter Getaway. To that end we are cancelling it – for those that have paid deposits we shall be in touch shortly to talk about refunds and alternatives.

Murray River Weekender:  From AU$777 Per Person Share Twin*
At this stage we are still short numbers to confirm this departure – if you have ever wanted to experience a traditional Paddle Steamer this is your chance. Let us know now if you want to come along!

Canada & Alaska: from AU$11,422.50 per person share twin before discounts, subject to Availability.*
We have just passed our 12 Month Early payment special. We do still have a few other special options available and for those booking in August we can still offer our AU$250 early deposit discount. For full payments in August to October we can offer an AU$200 per person early payment discount, or AU$100 per person for payments made between November and January. At this stage you can still have the per person share twin price discounted down to a price starting at AU$10,972.50 per person – so if you want to go this is the time to confirm.  New Flyer Available Here!

Spectacular Europe River Cruise: from AU$10,275 per person share twin before discounts, subject to availability.*
For those wanting to take advantage of the AU$400 per person early payment discount, then now is the time to book as this expires on 30 August.  We are also down to 1 cabin left in Category E – meaning once that goes any cabin price will  start in Category D, an extra AU$295 per person. New Flyer Available Here!

*Terms and Conditions Apply

​Updated Classified Notices

Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos: Lady Seeking Travel Companion 2014/2015 Tour

We have a lady seeking a travel companion for a trip taking in the Wild West of the USA on a Trafalgar experiences programme! Experience a program filled with scenes of the Old West. Experience the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park and get a taste of exciting ranch life at The Ranch at Ucross. Saddle up for a horseback ride and rub shoulders with true wranglers as you discover the unique wildlife of Bear County USA and the majesty of the iconic Mount Rushmore on this Wild West holiday. Please contact us for more details if this sounds like something of interest for you!

China 2015: Lady Seeking Travel Companion, May 2015

We have a lady that is travelling to China and doesn’t mind sharing – so if you would like to go and meet a room-mate before travelling this may be the option for you! 21 Days from Sydney to Sydney, visiting Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, the Yangtze River, Yuangshao, Guilin, Kunming and Lijiang. Covering the best highlights of China from the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors to the Three Gorges and the Stone Forest. A fantastic exploration of this destination. If you are interested in possibly doing this please do not hesitate to contact us!

European River Cruise: Lady Seeking Companion, September 2015

We have a lady joining our European Splendours Cruise who is looking to extend and do the Rhone from Paris to Nice taking in the highlights of Southern France including Beaune, Chalon-Sur-Saone, Tournus, Macon, Lyon, Vienne, Tournon, Vivers, Avignon and Arles enroute. The option is there to join for both cruises, or just on the Rhone. If you are interested please contact us for further details!

Red Hatters Cruise: Lady Seeking Companion, February 2015

For those that have been considering joining the Red Hatters Cruise to Moreton Island we do have a single Lady looking to travel with someone – so if you were wary of a single cabin cost this is your opportunity to save! Just contact us for more details!

Canada & Alaska, May 2015 – Current Specials

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We may have passed our “12 Month Early Payment” time limit for our May 2015 Evergreen Canada and Alaska Tour but there are still plenty of reasons to book aboard our departure and more discounts to still be had!

At the moment the prices start from AU$11,422.50 per person share twin, including flights to and from Australia, rail, cruise and land arrangements.*

By booking and paying a deposit in August we can still offer on that an AU$250 per person discount. By paying in Full between now and October we can offer a further AU$200 per person discount , or for those that pay in full by January an AU$100 per person discount. So that is still a possible saving of up to AU$550 per person (or AU$1100 per couple) that is still available ! 

So why book? What makes this departure so special?

First off we have a fantastic programme taking in the best of the Rocky Mountains and the Inside Passage, travelling from Vancouver to Seattle, with stops at Lake Louise, Kamloops, Banff, Juneau and much more. The programme itself covers a fantastic array of sites without feeling rushed spending an average of 2 nights in most of our ports of call.

Secondly we are experiencing everything you would on an APT or Scenic Tour – the Fairmont Châteaux at Lake Louise,  the Rocky Mountaineer train journey, an Inside Passage Cruise with Holland America. Experiencing, but at a much lessened cost thanks to taking in a few more realistic options – silver leaf service on the train, non-lake facing rooms at the Châteaux and so on.

Thirdly (and possibly most importantly) the company! By joining this departure you will be travelling with similarly minded travellers, mostly from your local region, travellers who will give you a common point of interest as well as understanding. More to the point, if enough of our locals head off we will personally escort you all the way from Sydney, lending the experienced insights and options that our decades in the travel industry have brought us, making for an exceptionally unique experience.

So if you are still interested in coming to Canada then get in touch with us today, either give us a call on (02) 4421 5577 or  email us on


*Special Terms and  Conditions apply to all costings, and all prices are subject to availability


A Few Solo Specials With APT

APT lock-up hiteEvery day we keep our eyes open for any specials and deals that may work out well for our Single Travellers. This week we have a few limited specials that have come in from APT, a 5 star Tour operator who have a few “No single supplement” special on European River Cruises, Antartica Cruising and Luxury Small Ships. These deals are available only for a limited time, so if you want information on any then please contact us at My Travel Expert / Shoalhaven Solo Sisters very soon on (02) 4421 5577





The First To Know, My Travel Expo

We thought that we would like all you single travelling ladies and gents be the first to know that we are holding another travel expo this September!  We will be hosting this on the evening of the 25th September at the Nowra RSL, and will have over fifteen of our closest industry partners there to let you know what is great to do around the globe! So feel free to spread the word and let people know that this is upcoming because there will be plenty of destinations to peruse, and deals to be struck.



As usual there will be a number of limited time offers available at our Travel Expo, most of these will require a commitment within a week of the Expo. If we have any idea of what these are before the expo we may be able to let you know here, so that when you come then you will know whom you most want to speak with!


Bring A Friend, Or Bring A Few …


Here are 5 reasons to look at coming along on our Moreton Island Cruise this 11 February aside from taking a look at one of the Islands of Queensland.

1. Try Out Your Sea Legs!
There are a lot of travellers out there unsure how they will cope with a cruise, a short duration cruise like our Moreton Island Trip is a perfect way to see how well you can handle the Ocean Swells without commiting to a cruise of over a week.

2. A Perfect Chance To Celebrate!
Having a special anniversary in 2014? Perhaps a 50th Birthday or a 30th wedding anniversary for an example? Cruising is a fantastic way to mark the occassion in a way you won’t forget.

3. Fantastic Get-Together!
Better yet everyone enjoys getting out with their friends and mates and having a great time, a short cruise is the perfect way to get out and celebrate with friends and family with less clean up and preperation.

4. Solo Sisters Trial Run
If you have been considering joining the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters and have a lady that you have been considering going on tour with a short cruise is the perfect way to see if you are compatable before you embark on a month long journey

5. Relax and Rewind
Finally a cruise is the perfect way to relax and rewind, no work, no cooking, just you, the sea and a few days of being catered to. The perfect way to kick back and simply enjoy yourself.

So if you want to join us on the 11th February, sailing from Sydney to Moreton Bay and Back over 4 nights on the Pacific Jewel,
we have cabins available from AU$749 per person twin share in an Inside Cabin and rom AU$819 per person share twin in an outside cabin.

For more details please don’t hesitate to contact us on (02) 4421 5577


Worlds First “Bowling Bus”

My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters are proud to announce that we have the world’s first Bowling Bus stopping by on the 4th August, details are as below, if you would like to come and take a look, then please let us know!


My Wine & Cheese In Review…

What a fantastic weekend! We were thrilled with the turnout and the response and hope that you all enjoyed sampling the flavours of the Shoalhaven as much as we did!

We have a few ladies looking for partners on our Hong Kong Trip and our Evergreen Europe Cruise – if you were thinking of joining these trips please let us know!

Classifieds Update: We have a lady heading for China in May for 21 days, if you wanted to travel with someone and relieve the cost of paying a single supplement, and would like to meet your room-mate prior to travelling – then give us a call and we can introduce you! If the match is suitable we can then help you organise your trip to join them in China! We also have a lady looking to find a partner for a Mediterranean Cruise and some time in Sicily and Malta in 2015, if you are interested in seeing this area in the new year than  please let us know!

Now for that which I am sure you have been looking forward to seeing .. a few shots showing the ladies and gents who attended our Flavours of the Shoalhaven Gathering to sample local produce, listen to what Uniworld does in Europe and to mix and mingle with other travellers!

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Shoalhaven Delights – Uniworld Informational

We still have limited space available for our social event this weekend, so if you have a hankering to met other single travellers, to try out the local produce of the Shoalhaven or hear Uniworld talk about their fantastic cruises give us a call today to secure your space!



Cruise The Ring Of Fire!


Cruise the “Ring Of Fire”with L’Austral from Petropavlovsk in Russia to Maizuru in Japan, 16 days from AU$7,900 per person share twin, departing 01 October. On this departure we are excited to let you know that there is no Single Supplement ! Space is of course subject to availability at the time of booking!

We invite you to join us aboard L’AUSTRAL to discover the origins of the world, a part of our planet that is still unknown to most, where Ocean and Fire have fashioned a wild, free and almost forgotten paradise.  You will reach the Kuril Islands, a true “Ring of Fire” where a string of more than 32 volcanoes stretch across the Bering Sea between Russia and Japan. A unique environment with an air of infinity. Geysers, primary  forests, wild nature, the sight of brown bears fishing for salmon, colourful taiga, and much more.

Cruise Highlights :
• The cliffs filled with birds and otters in Lovushki
• Onekotan and its two caldera from the pre‐glacier age
• Atlasova and its volcano, the highest in the Kurils
• Daily excursions in Zodiac® dinghies, an expedition atmosphere
• Flying over the Valley of Geysers in a helicopter (must be pre‐booked)

Cruise Visits: Petropavlovsk, Atlasova, Paramushir, Shumshu, Onekotan, Shiashikotani – Dgrotoyy Point, Lovushi, Matua, Yankicha-Shimushir, Chirpoy, Tulenyi, Korsakov, Otaru, Kanzawa and Maizuru

Cruises Rates include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo.
• Optional Open bar package (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada) to be booked exclusively prior departure

Cruise exclude the following:
• Port and safety taxes
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise & Flights” package and for which details are available upon request.
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Gratuities
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

1st – 16th October 2014, from AU$7900 per person Share Twin aboard the L’Austral
If you are interested in seeing the Ring Of Fire let us know today!

Other Cruise Specials available with no single supplement* include:

  •  Expedition to Cape Verde, From Madeira to Dakar, from AU$7260 per person share twin, 11th – 25th October 2014
  •  Between East and West, From Piraeus to Limassol, from US$5499 per person share twin, 18th – 25th October 2014
  •  A Cruise Through Millennia, From Limassol to Piraeus, from US$5400 per person share twin, 25th October – 4th November 2014
  •  Ancient Relics and Mediterranean Life, From  Piraeus to Lisbon, from AU$5990 per person share twin, 3rd – 16th November 2014
  •  The Antarctic Peninsula, from USD7395 per person, From Ushuai to Ushuia, 12 Days. Single Supplements waived on 27th November 2014, 17th December 2014,  24th January 2015 sailings
  •  Chilean Fjords, from AU$5976 per person, from Ushuai to Valparasio, From 27th February 2015 t0 12th March 2015
  •  The Indonesian Archipelago, AU$6442 per person, from Darwin to Hong Kong, From 4th – 20th March 2015
  •  In The Wake Of The Incas, from AU$4724 per person, from Valparaiso to Guayaquil, from 12th – 24th March 2015
  •  In the Heart Of China, from AU$3628 per person, from Honk Kong to Tianjin, from 20th-29th March 2015
  •  Central America’s Secrets,from AU$3146 per person, from Guayaquil to Caldera, from 24th March 2015 to 1st April 2015
  •  Grenadine Islands, from AU$2582 per person, from Curacao to Fort de France


Castles Along The Rhine 2015, Exclusive Offer!

When one thinks of river cruising in Europe, they tend to immediately think of the Danube, there are a number of rivers in Europe that have incredible voyages including the Volga, the Rhone, the Rhine and the Moselle. My Travel Experts and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters are proud to present an exclusive discounted deal for the 19th August 2015 Rhine River special “Castles Along The Rhine”. Terms and conditions do apply, and the pricing is based on a minimum number of travellers. Should you wish to experience the Rhine then please let us know!

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