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No Single Supplement with Avalon


If you are interested in cruising the waterways of Europe and you are a single traveller then now is  the time to go!

Avalon is offering a waiver of the single supplement on 2017 European River Cruises (subject to availability, cruise and T&C’s), which in some cases – such as the Danube Delta to Prague Cruise, could see you saving as much as AU$7301

With a range of Cruise duration’s from 7 nights to 14 nights, and covering sailings on the Maine, the Upper & Lower Danube, the Moselle, the Rhine, the Rhone, the Saone and the Seine there are plenty of options to choose from.

This offer ends on the 4th August 2018, so if a river cruise in 2017 sounds like something you would like do not hesitate to call us today at My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters on (02) 4421 5577 to discuss options!

My European River Cruise (September 2015)


Guess Who has been travelling? Julie has just recently returned from escorting one of our Group Departures along the Danube. A fantastic trip visiting Prague before cruising from Budapest to Amsterdam, then onto Paris for a few days R&R before heading home. If you have been following our blog and website over the past 18 months or so you may have noticed us promoting this upcoming trip from time to time.

In any event the trip seems to have gone off really well with those attending telling us that they had a fantastic time – but don’t just take our word for it, take a look at some of our happy campers and trip highlights below! (Please note this is best viewed as a slideshow on the website and images may not appear on your Email updates)

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I know, there are not a lot of “site photos” but if all we did was show you those what incentive would you have to join us on our departures! In any event there was a lot of fun had, and if you want to join us on a future trip then take a look around the website to see what is on offer!


Still Available In 2015

AyutthayaSometimes, and I am sure you agree, it seems like we are always talking about whats next, and that the dates are getting further and further out. While this is great for those of you who would like to pre-plan your trip to Egypt, or Africa, we would like to point out that we do still have a number of departures for 2015 that can take more travellers or have some availability left.

September 2015: European River Cruise – while the earlybird and fly free deals have ended the cruise-tour from Prague to Paris still has a few cabins available for allocation, so if you ever wanted to journey the scenic Danube in great company this may be your chance. I suggest that you get in touch as soon as possible if you wish to go!

October 2015: We have finalised dates for our Kangaroo Island Escape, a fantastic trip from Sydney to South Australia taking in Kangaroo Island Adelaide and the Barossa .. you can read about it in full here!

November 2015: In November we have another one of our introductory tours available – a perfect mix of free time combined with touring in an often neglected destination, join us as we explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai! More details can be found here on our website!

December 2015: We are also still looking for starters for our Christmas Markets tour, this is a uniquely charming and special time to visit Germany and would love to hear from more of you about going!

So as you can see there is plenty to still attend or travel on in 2015 – if any are of interest please let us know!

2015, Whats Happening!



2015 is here, in fact its first month is over! Can you believe how fast time flies! We can’t! We do have a number of departures lined up for 2015, some like the Canada and Alaska trip in May and the Danube Cruise in September are filled and set to go with extremely limited spaces available, others like our Kangaroo Island/South Australia Escape and Thailand are still seeking numbers, and we for our USA Group departure in October but can still get people away on an individual share basis.

So if one of our 2015 destinations sounds like something you would like to experience please let us know!


My Tour Workshops – A 2015 Tour Update and a 2016 Tour Preview Brief


For those that managed to make it to our 2015 Tour Launch and 2016 Tour preview thanks for a great evening, the group was  the right size to provide us with an intimate evening that allowed us to get a fantastic amount of feedback on what we running, and what we are planning to do. Our thanks.

For those that were unable to make our evening event here is (in brief) what was covered on the night – as well as a few dates for our workshops on upcoming 2016 tour packages.

First Our 2015 Tour Departures ..


11th – 15th February 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$749 per person on a twin share basis.  Prices variable dependant on Cabin Category, Availability and “Spot” Specials from P&O Package includes 4 night cruise from Sydney to Sydney visiting Moreton Island, inclusive of all meals* and included shipboard entertainment. A perfect getaway to trial cruising, to get away over Valentines with a loved one – or just to enjoy some fantastic company!


7th – 14th March 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$2225 per person on a twin share basis. 7 Nights in Queenstown including rounds of Golf at Jacks Point, Kelvin Heights and Millbrook Golf Courses. Package includes flights to Queenstown from Sydney and return, 7 nights 4* accommodation,  breakfast daily, 1 dinner at the Skyline Restaurant, 3 days golfing inclusive of green fees and cart hire, transfers in New Zealand to/from the airport and golf courses


16th May – 8th June 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$11,423 per person on a twin share basis. 15 Day Canadian Rockies Tour and 7 Night Inside Passage Cruise. Package includes flights to Vancouver from Sydney and return, Rockies Tour and Inside Passage Cruise, Oceanview Room on Cruise, Silverleaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer, port taxes and surcharges, all tipping and gratuities, 43 superb meals.

kangaro island

17th – 24th June 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$2,781 per person on a twin share basis. 8 Days visiting Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and Barossa Valley. Package includes Indian-Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide in Gold Class, 4 Nights in Adelaide and 3 on Kangaroo Island, touring daily, breakfast daily, some dinners, flight Adelaide to Sydney. Operated & Escorted based on 16 Travellers – dates subject to change


5th – 25th September 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$10,570 per person on a twin share basis. A magnificent 14 day Danube cruise with 3 days in Prague and 3 days in Paris. Package includes International airfares from Sydney to Europe and return, Accommodation in Prague and Paris, Danube Cruise, Port taxes and surcharges, touring and sightseeing, tipping and gratuities, 49 superb meals, Escorted Ex-Australia


21st October – 7th November 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$5359  per person on a twin share basis. A Fantastic 18 Day Programme taking in the highlights of Western USA – San Francisco, Vegas, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and more! Package includes International airfares from Sydney to LA and return, Accommodation throughout, sightseeing as detailed, some entry fees, local tour director, air-conditioned coach transport, some meals, transfers in LA


7th – 14th November 2015. Sydney to Sydney. From AU$2400 per person on a twin share basis. A fantastic Introduction to Thailand, covering the highlights of Bangkok and surrounds. Package includes International airfares from Sydney to Bangkok and Return, 4 Star Accommodation, Transfers in Bangkok, Sightseeing, Breakfast daily and more. Chiang Mai Extension Available (14th – 20th November 2014) from $980 per person in twin share


Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Est. Cost From AU$5000 per person in twin share. An incredible European Journey taking in the wintery festivities of Germany. Fine Food, Beautiful Beverages, Spectacular Shopping and more. Highlights includes Closing of the gates with a traditional lantern lit walk in Rothenburg, the Christmas Markets of Wurzburg, Choral Concert at Amorbach’s Bennedictine Abbey, The Christkidlesmarkt and much, much more!

Then we have what we are looking at for 2016 and beyond!


Egypt – January 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Cairo including the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqquara, Memphis, Khan El-Khalili, Egyptian Museum, Mosque of Saladin and More.  Alexandria including Pompeii’s Pillar, the Montazah Gardens, the New Library, Kom ash-Shuqqafa and more. Nile Cruise Covering Aswan, Luxor, Edfu, Esna and Kom Ombo and their sites including the Valley of Kings and the Temple Of Karnak. Optional Extras including Abu Simbel & King Tuts Tomb


Singapore – April 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : This tour is built for those looking to get a taste of Asia, or for the New Traveller. One Week in Singapore, mix of scheduled tours and free days. Uniquely Singapore Tours including Breakfast with the Orang-Utans and High Tea at the Raffles. Option to Extend the trip and Cruise back to Sydney with Royal Caribbean via the Top end and Queensland


Italy – May 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Venice Dogge’s Palace, Glassmaking, The Grand Canal and more. Hills and villages of Cinque Terre. Pisa and Florence, including the Duomo, Leaning Tower, Galleria dellÁccademia. Perugia and Spello as you visit the beautiful Umbria Region. Rome, including the Pantheon and Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, St Peters Basillica, Vatican City and more.


East Africa – July 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Serengeti National Park including Ngorongoro Crater. Permanent Tented Camps. 4×4 Vehicles for use on Game Drives. Opportunity to spot the “Big 5”- Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino & Elephant. Annual Migration is usually moving between Serenget and Masai Mara in July


Spain & Morocco – September 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest Highlights includes : Combined tour of Spain and Morocco. Highlights of Southern Spain including Seville, Grazalema, Granada, Ronda and Malaga. Imperial Cities of Morocco including Casablanca, Rabat, Mekenes, Volubilis, Fez and Marrakech. Depending on feedback we may run this as two tours (one to Spain and one to Morocco) that can be combined back to back


Dubai & UAE – Late October 2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Highlights of Dubai including a desert safari , dhow cruise dinner, the Modern Wonders and the Old Souks. Highlights of Abu Dhabi including Ferrari World and the Falcon Rehabilitation Centre. Exploratory trip of the UAE’s Wadis, Mountains, Deserts and the Old Spice Route including Fujeirah, Musandum, Hatta and Al Ain. Option will be available to extend and discover Oman


Vietnam – November2016, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Hanoi including the Old Quarter, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum. Highlights of North Vietnam such as the Hill Tribes and a Halong Bay Junk Cruise. The Imperial City of Hue, the original capital of Vietnam and Hoian. Resort Towns of Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) including Cu Chi Tunnels, Reunification Palace, French Quarter and more.


South America – 2017, Sydney to Sydney
Now Taking Expressions Of Interest. Highlights includes : Return International Airfare and Regional Connections. Highlights of Peru & Bolivia – Machu Picchu, Ollyantambo, Lake Titicaca. Highlights of Argentina and Brazil including Buenos Aires, Iguasu and Rio De Janeiro. Torres del Pine National Park – a chance to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. Option to Extend and do Galapagos or Easter Islands



We are holding a number of fantastic Workshops and Seminars for our 2016 departures, simply click the above link, on the events shown on our side menu or here to register

As you can see we have an incredible array of group on the books for the next 2 years.

For more information on our 2015 programmes please feel free to give us a call, drop by for a visit or take a look at them online at

For our 2016 programmes you can call or visit us to get more information, or you can attend one of the tour workshops we will be running in 2015 where we give you the chance to help us design our tour programmes! Simply visit or visit the My Travel Expert or Shoalhaven Solo Sisters Website and register for the events now!


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!