Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fantastic Field Day


We would like to thank all the ladies for joining us for a great day out this Sunday! Congratulations go out to Irene Thompson who was lucky enough to win our P&O Prize, and to Kelly from our office who again places in Fashionable Fillys (18-35 years)!

Anyone looking to take advantage of our P&O Cruise week specials this week, including On Board Credit and Deposit Discounts, please feel free to contact us at My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters!

Good Luck @ Girls Day Out!

Julie & Leonie with our P&O Prize winner

Julie & Leonie with our 2014 P&O Prize winner

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the races this Sunday – hopefully the weather will clear! Don’t forget to drop by and see us on the day , or (perhaps more importantly) come in and collect your tickets today if you have reserved oneand not collected it yet !

Here is hoping that you all win on your race choices, and that one of our Solo Sisters Members will be lucky enough win the P&O Draw this year!

Girls Day Out, A Day At The Races – Limited Tickets Left


For those looking for a great day out we still have a number of tickets available for our race day on the 24th

Join Us! For “Girls Day Out”At the Races!

When: Sunday 24th May 2015, from 11am
Where: Shoalhaven City Turf Club

We would love to see you there! To reserve your entry ticket please call (02) 4421 5577 or stop by My Travel Expert today!

Experience the Sounds of the South in 2016


In 2016 we are heading off to the USA for a truly unique cultural experience, and while we are waiting for the dates to be set (due to sailings with the American Queen Steamboat Company), now is the best time to secure your space aboard.

From the bustling Modern City of Altanta to New Orleans, the heart of the South, this programme takes in the best of Tennessee and Louisiana, combining the culinary tastes of Cajun, Creole and Classic America with the sounds of Country, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Dixie and Soul.

For over a century the Mississippi and its Tributaries have been a source of life, work, war and culture in the United States. With a combination of Coach Touring and River Cruising this trip takes in the best sights of the Mississippi and surrounds, and covers a wide base of American History, from Slavery to Music, from Mark Twain to the War of Independence.

So if the though of culture, cuisine, history and great music sound appealing, this may just be the trip for you ..

The Sounds of the South Tour is currently in “Pre-sale”, which means we are waiting for dates and prices to be set, but where by placing down a holding deposit of AU$250 per person, you can ensure that when prices launch you will have guaranteed access to the best available prices including companion fares, cabin upgrades and more.

Running this departure in conjunction with the American Steamboat Company and Evergreen Tours, we are able to assure you that we will have one of the most inclusive possible programmes where even the hassle of learning how to handle tipping and gratuities is mostly taken care of.

So read on for a look at what we expect to experience and cover during this 14 day programme.

Pre-Cruise Tour:

Before we head off on the cruise portion of the trip we start by covering a dew places not easily reached within a day tour of the Mississippi and well worth incorporating into a tour based around the musical history of the USA.  This section of the tour starts with an overnight in Atlanta to accommodate guests arriving into the states before it heads out to cover two important music centres of the region ..


Nashville: Home of country music in the USA, we will walk Honkey Tonk Row, take a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, see Studio B, visit the country Music Hall Of Fame and much more.

Memphis: Birthplace and home to music legends, this city is associated with music legends like B.B King and Aretha Franklin to modern day chart toppers like Justin Timberlake. While here we visit the famous Sun Studio, “Gracelands” the home of “the King” Elvis Presley, enjoy time in BB Kings Blues Club, discover Beale Street and more!


The American Queen:

One of the highlights of this tour is the cruise aboard the American Queen, a traditional styled steamboat / paddlesteamer that will take us on our voyage from Memphis to New Orleans. With its decor set to traditional styles its a taste of American history as you cruise the waterways that inspired the tales of Mark Twain. With nightly entertainment reflecting the regional history and culture, fantastic meals daily using local produce to create authentic dishes of local cuisine favorites this is a fantastic way to explore the Mississippi

AQ_OurVessels_Entertainment_680x300The Cruise will cover the musical highlights of Memphis, the historic landmarks of Vicksburg, the traditional plantation lifestyle in the South and more as we cruise on down to New Orleans, a boiling pot of cultural influences with some of the most incredible sights in the USA.

AQ_Dining-Main_680x300The rooms on the Queen of America, start with the Interior cabins on the lower decks working their way up through a variety of cabin types including Outside Cabins with display windows and Verandas to the Deluxe Suites with private Verandahs .. so there is something for everyone in the style of travel.

For a taste, a mere sample, of what the American Queen has to offer,  we suggest that you take a look at the following video from the American Steamboat Company (people receiving this blogpost by e-mail will need to visit our site to view) …

Doesn’t that look incredibly appealing?  At this stage, as mentioned before, we are waiting for dates in 2016 to be set, but on a similar trip with Evergreen in 2015 you would be looking at a cost of AU$8895 plus airfares, based on per person in share twin starting with the interior cabins. So far it is expected that 2016 prices will be similar, with some variance to be allowed for currency fluctuations and possible rate increases.

My Egypt Experience, 6th – 20th January 2016

Aswan - felucca and 2 monuments

We have spoken before about our upcoming trip to Egypt and thought we would stop to again let you know we are gathering numbers for this voyage and would encourage anyone who is thinking of Egypt to join us on this departure. This trip has been prepared by an expert in the local region who has been developing and running tour groups to Egypt for over a decade and who has seen to it that the tour will cover the best of this country!

(If you are unable to see the above video clip we recommend visiting our website or youtube to view the clip directly)

As you can see we will cover the highlights of Cairo from the Pyramids of Giza to the complex at Saqquara, the monuments at Memphis, Saladins Mosque, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, the Egyptian Museum and More. We take in Alexandria including the Roman frescoes, the new library and the Commonwealth War Graves at El Alemain. We cruise the Nile, visiting Luxor and visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, as well as Aswan where we take in the High Dam, Philae and Abu Simbel, and all the major sights in between including Kom Ombo and Edfu.


This tour has been made to ensure you have the best opportunities for sightseeing, travel and experiences on this trip. As examples here are three things tailored into  this tour to bring you the best experiences in Egypt!

1. Cairo Hotels. Our first stay in Cairo is in Giza, so when we head out to sightsee we can spend more time sightseeing and less in traffic, while our second stay is downtown and closer to the attractions we will be visiting on our second stay, and more centralized for your own wanderings in this incredible city

2. Abu Simbel. Many tours have this as an optional, having been there and seen it, we can tell you that after the Pyramids the Temple Complex at Abu Simbel is one of the most incredible sights in Egypt. So we have included it, and rather than wasting over 16 hours by doing it as an overland journey we do it by air, giving more time to enjoy other sights in Egypt then barren rocky roadsides.

3. High Tea. Ok this is one that is hit ans miss with some travellers, but taking High Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile is a great way to get a taste of the old colonial charm that the British Empire brought to Egypt, and watching the sunset over the cataracts while you enjoy a good tea or coffee and light snacks is a fantastic way to end a busy day.

So if Egypt sounds like your “cup of tea”please give us a call on (02) 4421 5577 or email to reserve your space on this departure today!

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