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There is more to Europe than you may think!

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EUROPE IN FOCUS
14th November from 5pm

@ Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Club (In Nowra)

Starting at 5pm on the 14th November join us and Intrepid Travel, Star Clippers, Viva Holidays, Scenic Tours, Insight Vacations, Peregrine Adventures, Collette, Seven Oceans Cruising, Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Bunnik Tours in an evening event to explore all things Europe!

From Budapest to Belfast, from Scottish Castles to Norwegian Ice Hotels, from Reindeer Pulled Sleds in Finland to sailing the azure waters of Turkey – there is something for everyone to discover in Europe, whether you prefer self exploration, private tours, small groups, river and ocean cruising or luxury tours!

Talk to Experts that cover all forms of travel around Europe from Independent Travel to Small Groups. This is your chance to get a different perspective on what can be done in Europe!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TODAY! 

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Or call us on (02) 4421 5577 to secure your entry today!

Down the Mighty Mississippi!

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The presale and the wait is finally over! We have dates, and prices for our 2016 Mississippi Cruise Departure. We will be departing from Atlanta on the 18th May 2016, journeying to Nashville and Memphis where we then board our Mississippi Steamboat where we will all have (at the least) outside cabins, as we cruise down the mighty Mississippi to New Orleans.

From AU$11285 per person share twin (land only) for 14 Days Atlanta to New Orleans. Airfare options available from My Travel Expert.

For a preview of our tour you can take a look at our promo clip on youtube! , or read the daily itinerary here on our site. Please note we hold limited guaranteed spaces – so if you wanted to come now is the time to book aboard My Mississippi Encounter!

My Travel Expert
T : (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

 

 

 

Discovering Egypt with the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters

While the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters has had a fantastic start to things in 2014, and our tour programmes for 2015 are looking great we are already in preparation mode for our 2016 departures and for that .. we will need your help!

If you have ever wanted to travel to Egypt, we are holding a workshop this January, where you can hear where we plan to visit, what we intend to do and to hear what you would like to see and include.

So if you want to Travel To Egypt ..

SIGN UP FOR OUR WORKSHOP HERE!

Maybe though you are not convinced, maybe you think that despite the fact that things ares settling down in the region there isn’t much in Egypt to see or do. Well as someone who has travelled there over half a dozen times, and is always seeing something new let me be the first to tell you that if you wanted to see ALL that Egypt had to offer you would need over 40 days .. and thats being generous!

What can be covered in Egypt inside a two week period is incredible, and even without extending and adding is well worth the time and effort to see .. within a two week period what you would cover are the following basic areas ..

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Cairo – This city while not Egypt’s most attractive is a hub of sights and sounds worth exploring. Its the gateway to the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dashur, as well as being the location from which someone views the Sphinx, the remains of the ancient City of Memphis, the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, the Egyptian Museum, the Aberdeen Palace,  Saladin Mosque, Ben Ezra Synagogue and much much more. Cairo is the melting pot of Egypt with the mix of the Ancient world blending with the Ottoman, Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, English Colonial and others. A fantastic place to get out and get a taste of Egypt.

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Alexandria – This city is often left off many Egypt itineraries which to my reckoning is always a great shame. Alexandria is possibly Egypt’s most metropolitan city with a fantastic Shoreline on the Mediterranean, which the Montazah Palace and Gardens are but a highlight, it is the best place in Egypt to experience the Roman Influence of history in the region, with more being uncovered yearly, and while the Ancient Lighthouse is at the bottom of the sea and the Ancient Library has burned down centuries ago, the new library stands as a reminder for what was there and what they are hoping to re-accomplish. Alexandria also has a fantastic Museum, that is a little more navigable then Cairo, and the walkways, byways and bazaars of Alexandria are well worth a visit. Of interest to Australians Alexandria is also the perfect place to get out and visit the battlefield sites of WW2 including El-Alemein.

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Luxor – This City in Middle Egypt is a highlight of almost any trip featuring the temple complexes of the Karnak and Luxor, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and of course the start of many eoples Nile Cruises. Luxor boasts fantastic Bazaars, fine dining, great museums and some of the finest Alabaster workings in Egypt. For those wishing to venture a bit afield it is also the perfect gateway to visit the Ruins at Dendra and Abydos.

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The Nile – Most Tours will cruise the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, my personal preference is to sail Upstream between Luxor and Aswan rather than downstream from Aswan to Luxor. A Cruise will take in the Highlights of Edfu and Esna as well as the Temple of Sobek, which if you are heading downstream is lit up at night, providing a magnificent hilltop backdrop as you cruise into Port.

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Aswan – Then there is Aswan in the deep South, a fantastic city where old meets new, where one can visit the incredible Aswan Dam, explore the Temple Of Philae, experience Nubian Culture on a ride out past the St Simeon Fortress, encounter the vagaries of the Cataract Islands or spend time enjoying High Tea at the Aswan Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On the Nile.

These are the bare basics of what is covered inside a 11 to 14 day trip to Egypt. Then there are the options of what you can do if you want to extend and see more!

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Abu Simbel and Lake Nasser – Admittedly you can do the Massive complex at Abu Simbel as a day trip (and it is something well worth the price in seeing), Alternatively you can choose to explore the lake in depth with a number of cruises regularly sailing between Aswan and Abu Simbel and reverse, offering a uniquely different view of Egypts waterways, the chance to spot Nile Crocodile and the opportunity to see some of the many fantastic monuments that were saved in the relocation process while the damn was being built.

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The Sinai – is the perfect place for those that love Religious History, Diving or National parks with a  range of places from the shores of Sharm El Sheik to the peaks of Mount Sinai to captivate and consume.

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The Western Desert and Oases – are an incredible collection of sights and places ranging from the Temple of the Oracle at Siwa, to the Mushroom Desert to the harsh but bountiful Oases at Dhakala, Kharga and Farafra. This is a trip for those who want to explore a bit more of the local culture alongside the Ancient History of Egypt

As you can see even from this brief introduction on the sites and destinations, there is plenty to see and do in Egypt, for 14 days or well beyond!

 

So if if that has whetted your appetite and you want to learn more about Travel To Egypt ..

SIGN UP FOR OUR WORKSHOP HERE!

 

 

 

One Year On! Past, Present And Future!

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Past ..

It is a little hard to believe that we launched this website a year ago. Since its launch we have had over 600 people follow the blog section of the site via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other bloggers. We have received thousands of visitors from over 67 countries. We have also managed to post 81 posts .. which while not a huge number shows that we are steadily letting you know what we are all up to!

We have managed get away three of our four initial groups, which we feel is fantastic and we love the feedback we have had from our travellers. We have also managed to get away several matched ladies to individual trips and destinations thanks to the Classifieds section all of which have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We have also hosted several events from informational evenings, race days, expos .. all of which had huge turn outs.

So to all our followers, members and other interested parties – we would like to thank you for your support. It has been fantastic and given us a great first year!

Present …

As we head into our 2nd year we are having yet another invitational evening where we as well as some of our industry partners will take a few hours to let you know about the scheduled group departures for 2015, the proposed departures for 2016 and what the plans are for all aspects of Shoalhaven Solo Sisters going into 2015 and onwards. Should you wish to come we will be hosting this at Nowra RSL from 5pm on the 20th October 2014, and would ask that if you intend to come you let us know beforehand so that we can ensure we have enough seating arranged!

For those whom have booked aboard our Dolphin and Whale watching cruise this weekend – if you haven’t been advised the cruise departure time as Huskisson, please be aware that you should be there for boarding between noon and half past twelve, this is slightly amended from the original boarding time due to the tides.

Future..

Just as a teaser of what we will be going over next Monday here is one of our New Programmes for 2015 .. a local Getaway to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, 8 days travelling to Adelaide by the Indian-Pacific then several days touring Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley before we fly back to Sydney. Full details will be unveiled at our Informational Evening but as a proud reader we will let you know that prices will start at AU$2781 per person in share twin

So from all the team at My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters – our thanks for your past and continuing support!

Discover Africa with Peregrine

Just expanding on our last post about Peregrine, and reminding you that they have a number of fantastic programmes out there for the single traveller where they will attempt to share you up with a stranger – and in most (but not all) cases waive the single supplement if they are unable to find you a room-mate.

One of the areas that they handle well is Africa covering the regular tourist routes in the South and East Africa as well those a bit more off the beaten track including Ethiopia, West Africa and the North African Coastline including Algeria, Egypt and Morocco.

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Join us on an incredible Thai Experience

Do you want to get a taste of South East Asia? Feel like experiencing a different culture without the hassle of moving around from city to city on tour? Why not join us on our Thai Experience – 8 days taking in the highlights of Thai Culture, Cuisine, History and activities, with the option to extend to Chiang Mai for 7 days and experience the fantastic north of Thailand. Or if you want some sun and sand we can help you extend for a few days in Phuket.

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 Departs 18 July 2015

7 Nights in the  Bangkok from $2400* per person twin share

This Package showcases the highlights of Bangkok including Wat Trimitr, Temple Of The Golden Buddha, Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, Rice Barge Cruise, Moprning Coking Class, Kanchubari and the River Kwai, the Tiger Temple, Ayutthaya and more

This Package includes: Return Flights with Thai Airways including all taxes & Surcharges, Return Airport Transfers in Bangkok, Accommodation in 4 Star Properties, and touring as detailed in the itinerary. Fully Escorted with a minimum of 10 Travellers

6 Nights Extension to Chiang Mai from $980* per person twin share

This Package showcases the highlights of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rei, including Wat Phra, That Doi Suthep, Mae Sai Elephant Camp, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Hilltibe Village Encounters, the Golden Triangle and more

This Package includes: Return Flights with Thai Airways including all taxes & Surcharges from Bangkok Return Airport Transfers in Chiang Mai, Accommodation in 4 Star Properties, and touring as detailed in the itinerary. Fully Escorted with a minimum of 10 Travellers

For more details visit our tour page via the above menu or click here!

 

A Sneek Peek at 2015 & 2016

We thought we would let you ladies and gentleman have a bit of a sneak peak and advance warning of what we will be putting together for you for 2015 and 2016 – and wow do we have a number of fantastic programmes coming for you solo travellers (and couples are always welcome of course).

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Experience Programmes

In July next year we will be launching the third of we are now terming our “Experience” programmes, these will be journeys to a great destination with a number of days activities but plenty of free time for the travllers to get out and experience their own desires whether those desires are shopping, art galleries , sport events or otherwise. Our 2015 Experience Programmes will see us journey to Bangkok in July and then Hawaii in November, in 2016 we visit Lord Howe Island in February, Singapore in March and then Dubai and the UAE in October.

Special Interest and Events

For those that are seeking something different we have three special programmes in the works for 2015 starting with a Golfing tour in March to New Zealand, this is followed by a fantastic indulgence package in February taking in a cruise, some wineries and a spa-cation, then in December we are off to Germany to take in the incredible Christmas Markets and Romantic Road.

General Tour Programmes

Then we have our true travel gems – our dedicated group departures. If you’ve been following this site you would have seen what we have in the works for Canada and Alaska in May and for Europe in September 2015, and there are still spaces on both these departures with some fantastic discount offers still in play. In addition to those we have some fantastic tours that will start appearing here in the near future. The first is an  American Mid-west in October 2016 taking in San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Lake and Yosemite. We then have a fantastic tour of Egypt in the works for January 2016 taking in the highlights of Cairo a Nile River Cruise , Abu Simbel and Alexandria. In April 2016 we journey to Italy to take in Rome, Florence, Venice and the true highlights of this fantastic destination. July 2016 sees us headed to East Africa as we set out on Safari in Kenya and Tanzania – a perfect trip for people of all ages. In September 2016 we travel to visit two countries linked through centuries of combined history – Morocco and Spain. Then in December 2016 we head out to visit one of the gems of south east Asia aas we journey through Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

So keep your eyes peeled as we prepare to launch our 2015 and 2016 Group Schedule

Cruise With Julie Goodwin!

Have you ever desired to cruise the Murray?  Ever wanted to meet a celebrity chef and see how they do what they do? Well Captain Cook Cruises have a fantastic special available – if anyone would like to join the basic details are below, simply contact us for any further details or to book aboard!

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Shoalhaven Solo Sisters, Not Just For The Ladies

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Although the initial purpose of the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters initiative was to match up single female travelers for groups, these tours and programmes  – indeed the entire initiative, is not just for our single ladies, but for single travellers.  

With the successful launch of the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters programmes and the overwhelming response from the ladies of the Shoalhaven we are extending our Solo Service – to the Gentlemen that have the same concerns.

So if you are a Solo Gentleman (or know a solo Gentleman), either because you are a long term bachelor, recently widowed, or have a partner or spouse who just doesn’t like travel, then the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters is the thing for you!

We have several group departures in the works that the fellas are more than welcome to join, and can as always try and match people up for the individual trip

So if you or someone you know, wishes to join our initiative – and this is a shout out to the guys –  let us know!

 

Europe, the USA & Beyond …

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Get Away with Trafalgar & Insight

These days there are a number of tour operators that are beginning to realise that there is a need to match up single travellers – because nobody wants to pay a huge chunk of cash to do what everyone else is doing simply because they are on their own.

Two of those tour operators are Trafalgar Tours and Insight Vacations. These are two names that many of you would recognise, running set departure tours throughout Europe, the USA and most recently Asia and South America. Both companies have a “match up” policy where they attempt to match you up with another single traveller on their tours, it does help you save and if they can’t find a match they will usually allow you to travel anyway without paying a single supplement!

So if you have considered a trip around Europe to see the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Eiffel Tower or more than there are options. If you wanted to travel the Rocky Mountains, see the Grand Canyon or explore the wonders of Canada and the USA then we may have something for you! All you need to do is let us know you would like some information and we can get something to you.

Wine & Cheese Weekend

Just a last reminder that if you were thinking of joining us at the Nowra RSL on the 12th July for some Cheese and Wine Tasting then please RSVP by the 1st July.

Murray River Getaway & Hunter Valley Wine Weekend

We have about half the numbers we need for the Murray Valley Getaway – so if you were wanting to experience a few days aboard a traditional Paddlesteamer than now is the time to  reserve your spot. We also need quite a few more travellers to confirm our Hunter Valley Weekend – so we encourage those who want to come to let us know!