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2019 & 2020 Tours Are Here!

For those that came down to our tour launch on the 1st November – I hope you had a fantastic night, we sure did! Just seeing the charm of the Star Clippers Fleet, or the untouched lands of Uzbekistan, or the tiered hills of the Douro, absolutely stunning, and truly inspiring – at least we thought so!

To re-cap the night for those that were there, and to let those that were not know what is on offer we will do a brief run through of our tours, and the hyperlinks to the current itineraries (just click on the tour names) and programmes for them!

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Day Tours

We have a small selection of day tours leaving from the Shoalhaven to explore areas beyond the local. I should also note that if the Wine Day in the Southern Highlands prove popular we will run others to both the Southern Highlands and nearby in the Shoalhaven. To that end the tours we have on offer are ..

  • Vivid 2019. A revamped and updated dinner cruise for the Vivid lights, longer and later than previous years this is guaranteed to give us a fantastic view of the lights.
  • Winter Wine Warmer. A visit to the Southern Highlands to get a taste of the local produce from wine to beer and ciders, capped off with a 3 course gourmet lunch.
  • Ghosts and Grapes. A fantastic combination of the incredible abandoned town of Joadja and a brief taste of the Southern Highlands Wine Region
  • Nepean Belle. A three course luncheon cruise aboard a paddlesteamer along the Nepean River in the lower ranges of the Blue Mountain National Park

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Regional Tours

For those that are looking to get away for more than a few days but not looking to travel to far we have a great selection of packages coming up from the beautiful Norfolk Island to a taste of luxury with the incredible Celebrity Solstice.

  • Come Sail With Me! An incredible week away in Thailand aboard a luxury cruise  aboard the tallship Star Clipper with fantastic meals and visiting all the most incredible locations
  • Discover Broome. A week away discovering the highlights of one of Australia’s most scenic and secluded destinations.
  • Solstice Escape. Join us on a short escape to Melbourne as we experience the luxury of the Celebrity Solstice. The perfect chance to sample this incredible vessel, shop in Melbourne without the worry of baggage weight for flights, or to just enjoy a weekend away.
  • Norfolk Exclusive. With great central accommodation, all the sights people know about, plus those they hadn’t expected this tour covers all you could imagine and more for a trip to Norfolk!

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Extended Tours

For those areas beyond a small flight we have a stand out selection of tours coming in the next two years. Some are available to book now – like our Danube Cruise and Egypt, and others – like Russia and Central Asia are previews only where you can sign up your expression of interest so we can let you know all the details when they come on sale!

  • European Gems. The time honored Danube cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, is a bucket list item for many – and the perfect trip for those looking for good company. With Stops along the Rhine, Main and Danube this is one of Europe’s Must Sees!
  • Cradle Of Civilization. There is nowhere quite like Egypt, and this tour not only takes you to the highlights that everyone wants to see, but the true spectacles that many don’t even know are there. Limited to 16 places this tour is filling fast!
  • My Hawaii Escape. For 8 years running the Pride of America’s Cruise around the Hawaiian Islands has been voted the “Best Hawaii Itinerary” and this is your chance to experience this stunning voyage.
  • Heart Of The Silk Road. Join us as we journey the less travelled paths of the Silk Road exploring some of the most incredible natural landscapes and ancient cities on the planet as we traverse Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
  • Jewels Of Russia. Tying together two of Russia’s most incredible destinations (Saint Petersburg and Moscow) a Russian River Cruise is the perfect way to get a look at both the urban and rural life and landscapes of this remarkable destination
  • Colours of Spain & Portugal. Visiting the highlights of Spain and Porrtugal and combining them with a Douro River Cruise this package is perhaps one of the best ways to get out and explore the incredible Iberian Peninsula
  • Fall Colours Of The East With Canada and New England Cruise. Following on from our West Coast Tour – this trip discovers the incredible cities of  Eastern Canada, the beauty of Niagra Falls and New England and the Eastern US Cities like Boston, all around the time that the seasons change bringing about a riot of colour and drama.

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What an incredible range of tours and destinations! Again you can preview the programmes by clicking on the tour names above, but if there is any further information wanted on any of these tours, or if you want to book on one of them or register your interest please do not hesitate to contact us at My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters!

My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters

P: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au
A: Shope 28a Nowra Mall, Kinghorne Street Nowra NSW 2451

My Travel Experiences – 2016

With most of our 2015 programmes filled, its time for us to let people know again what we are doing in 2016. We have a fantastic array of programmes which are available to all travellers, and if you are a single traveller as always we can look at matching you up! In any event here are our fantastic Group departures for 2016, all of which will run with a minimum of 2 travellers, and which will be fully escorted with a minimum of 10 – for any questions, queries or to book aboard do not hesitate to Contact My Travel Expert

IMG_2897In January 2016 we have an incredible tour headed to Egypt – put together by our Middle East expert who has been handling groups into Egypt and the surrounding region for over 15 years, and knows all the little unique things that truly make a voyage here come together. Departing 6th January 2016, and covering Cairo (including the Giza Plateau), Alexandria (including El Alamein), the Nile (including Luxor, Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu) and Abu Simbel over a 14 day period. This tour is currently available at AU$6031 per person including airfares- call us now to Book aboard My Egypt Experience.

singapore2_1In February 2016 we are running one of our “Introduction” tours to Singapore. These programmes are fantastic for the first time traveller or those that are looking to combine some free time with some scheduled services.  Departing on the 6th  February 2016 this 9 Day programme combines a perfect balance of visiting the highlights of Singapore, with free time available to getting out and seeing your own highlights, whether they be the shopping malls, the ww2 memorials or otherwise. This tour is currently available at AU$2888 per person share twin including airfares – call us now to book aboard My Singapore Encounter

cn_image.size_.american-queen-river-cruise-boat-0812In May 2016 we are setting out for a truly unique trip as we encounter the “Sounds Of The South”, visiting the country Music Capital, then onto Memphis – home of legendary Rockstar Elvis, plus music legends like BB King, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake. In Memphis the highlight of our trip starts as we board the American Queen and take a stately steamboat cruise down to New Orleans in traditional southern style, enjoying the robust history of the South and the sounds of Rhythm, Blues, Dixie and Soul. This tour starts in Atlanta on the 18th May 2016 and is available from AU$10095 per person twin share plus airfare – call us now to book aboard My Mississippi Experience.

photo (21)We voyage to the Dark Continent in June 2016, setting out on a tailored programme to capture the best of Kenya and Tanzania, visiting the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, the Salt Lakes and more. Combining lodges with Hotels, Tented Camps and Farmstays this trip will be a truly unique way to visit Africa. Departong the 4th June 2016, this programme runs 10 Days Sydney to Sydney from AU$9630 per person share twin including airfares – to book aboard My African Experience call us today!

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Leaving Paris on the 21st of August we have a fantastic combination Cruise that will journey along the Rhine and Rhone Rivers, starting in Paris and travelling south to Switzerland, where we change ships and then cruise down to Nice. This progeamme covers an incredible array of historic, cultural, natural and culinary sights and is the perfect way for someone to explore Southern France. Available from AU$11095 per person share twin plus air we recommend that you call us today for more information on My Rhine and Rhone Experience

Hassan-Ii-Mosque-Casablanca-MoroccoThere are few countries out there with such an incredible blend of cultures and histories as can be found in Morocco. Departing on the 10th September 2016 we head out to visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco – Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Erfound, Ouzzazarte, combined with a desert experience and a look at some of the counties most unique sights and locations. At 18 Days Sydney to Sydney this programme is available from AU$6010 per person share twin including air, to book aboard My Morrocan Experience please contact us.

Most people these days have heard of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and some have even been lucky enough to experience these cities. Few though have considered the country beyond these cities – which is exactly what this tour encompasses. Combining the two major cities this tour takes you out along the old Spice route, enjoying Al Ain, the Musandaum Mountains, Hatta and the Desert. Starting at AU$6875 per person share twin including air, this programme is a truly fantastic way to visit the United Arab Emirates and get a taste of more than just the Modern Metropoli. To book aboard or for more information on My UAE Encounter please contact us!

HUE-CITADELWhile not in 2016, our first set tour for 2017 will be a journey through Vietnam, ending up in Saigon over TET (Vietnamese New Year) when the streets are filled with flower displays and festivities, and will be followed by a voyage on the Mekong up to Cambodia ending in Siem Reap – the home of the ancient city of Angkor Wat.  Departing Hanoi on February 3rd, this programme is available from AU$6495 per person share twin plus air – for more details on My Vietnam and Mekong Experience please contact My Travel Expert!

My Egypt Experience, 6th – 20th January 2016

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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.

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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 nowra@mytavelexpert.com.au to reserve your space on this departure today!

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My Travel Exposé a brief recap!

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Despite the weather on Wednesday we had a fairly good turn out for our Travel Exposé and Film Night! The Guest Speakers were as captivating as always, and the enthusiasm shown for some of the tours was absolutely incredible!

So what do we have upcoming in 2015, 2016 and beyond? While the above clip will give you a nice visual taste here is a full listing of what we have on the horizon ..

2015: Danube Cruise from Prague to Paris (September), Western Australia Wildflowers Tour (September), Kangaroo Island and South Australia (October) and a Bangkok Introductory tour with the option to Extend to Chiang Mai   (November)

2016: An incredible voyage through Egypt (January), and Introductory tour of Singapore (February), A Indian Highlight tour covering their “Golden Triangle” (March), a cruise with Carnival to Tasmania (April), a fantastic feast of sound with a Mississippi River Cruise aboard a traditional paddlesteamer (May), a wildlife Safari though Kenya and Tanzania (June), a journey through Kakadu and the Kimberlys (July), a cruise to the discover the highlights of Papua New Guinea (August), a combination Rhine and Rhone river cruise from Paris to Nice (August), a voyage through the Imperial Cities of Morocco (September) and an off the beaten track journey of Dubai and the UAE (November)

2017: We kick off 2017 with a journey through Vietnam and then along the Mighty Mekong to Cambodia (February) with journeys in the works at this stage to cover South America, Scandinavia, the Trans-Siberian and more!

For more information contact us today!

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

Preview, Plan & Prepare …

For your upcoming 2015, 2016 and 2017 Voyages with
My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters!

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Join us on the 22nd April 2015 at the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club for a fantastic film night and Travel Exposé  as we cover destinations across the world. From South Australia and Kangaroo Island, to Tasmania and West Australia here within our own great country. From Kenya and Tanzania to Egypt and Morocco. From the Rhine and Rhone to the Mekong and the Mississippi. Discover fascinating cities from Singapore to Bangkok and Dubai. A plethora of travel destinations and more ..

With Guest Speakers from several companies including the Africa Safari Co, Evergreen Tours and Travelmarvel this is your perfect opportunity to get some in-depth information on some of the best  travel experiences out there!

Let Us Show You The World!

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm Start
Where: Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club, 157 Junction Street Nowra

RSVP: NOW!
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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2016 and 2017 What to Expect!

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For those that attended My Travel Expo, you already have an idea of what is coming up with the Group Departures for My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters in the next 24 Months and beyond!  On the Expo night we officially unveiled all of our Extended 2016 Group Tour Programmes, including three we had kept secret until the evening itself.

In January 2016, we are headed off to Egypt to encounter everything from the Pyramids at Giza to the Mighty Nile and onwards to Abu Simebl.  In February 2016, we are doing another of our introductory tours, this time to Singapore the crossroads where east meets west. In April 2016, we board the Carnival Legend and Cruise to Tasmania. In May or June 2016, we jouney to the USA to discover the sounds of the South from Country to Rock and Roll, from Dixie to Jazz and Blues, including a Mississippi Cruise on a traditional paddlesteamer.  In June 2016, we head off to Kenya and Tanzania to experience some of the worlds most incredible wildlife in some of the most incredible locations from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti. In August 2016, we return to Europe to wake in more of their incredible waterways this time journeying the Rhine and the Rhone. In September 2016, we are headed off to encounter the most remakable destination of Morocco as we journey from Casablanca to Marakech. In November 2016, we go off the beaten track and discover the UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and beyond.  Then in February 2017, we journey to Vietnam to take in this fantastic country over Vietnamese New Year and combine this with a great Mekong Cruise!

We will also be running a series of Aussie Getaways from a Cairns Winter Warmer, an Uluru Discovery Journey and (hopefully) a chance to visit the Wildflowers in WA.

If any of our upcoming departures sound of interest then we would like to ask you to join us for a fantastic evening presentation of over half a dozen tour destinations by  My Travel Expert and our industry partners!

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm Start
Where:  Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club, 157 Junction Street Nowra

RSVP: 15th April 2015
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

My Travel Exposé

We would like to ask you to join us for a fantastic evening presentation of over half a dozen tour destinations by  My Travel Expert and our industry partners!

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm Start
Where:  Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club, 157 Junction Street Nowra

RSVP: 15th April 2015
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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My Egypt Experience

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What a fantastic response we’ve had from the initial interest groups for Egypt, looks like this may be one of our more popular trips yet! As it should be I say!

At AU$6031 per person inclusive of flights from Sydney this tour takes in the Highlights of Egypt from the sights of the Giza Plateau to the Old Town of Cairo, from mediterranean metropolis of Alexandria to the Commonwealth Wargraves of El Alemein, not to mention a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan taking in the highlights of the Nile including Abu Simbel!

For more information please take a look at our full itinerary here! Or contact us at My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters

For those that want a glimpse of what will be seen, then perhaps this will tempt you…

 

Discover Egypt – Or See If You Want To!

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Have you ever wanted to Discover Egypt? In January 2016 My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters will be leading a fantastic journey through the highlights of Egypt including those to be seen in Cairo and Alexandria and along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Should you want more information we urge you to join our evening workshop on the 14th January 2015 – just call or email us or register online here!

We will be running through our proposed site visits, rough itinerary and pricing, inclusions and details as well as receiving your feedback on what you would like to see that we may not be thinking of  – be it the Old Palaces in Cairo or Wadi Natrun as examples.

Register now online, call us on (02) 4421 5577 or email daniel@mytravelexpert.com.au
Spaces are Limited!

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Take A Hand In Shaping Your Egyptian Experience!

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Have you ever wanted to explore Egypt? To walk the great Hypostyle Hall at Luxor (Image below), to sit back and enjoy High Tea at the Aswan Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile, or spend some time browsing the shelves of the Great Library of Alexandria?

Then you are in luck, in January 2016, My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters are running a group tour to Egypt that will take in the best of Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile. Our plan is to run a trip of between two and three weeks, including all transport, accommodation, sightseeing, entrance fees and much more.

We are not just doing what we want though, and encourage you to come in and join us on the evening of Wednesday the 14th of January 2015 to hear what we are planning and let us know what you would like included!

CONFIRM YOUR PLACE NOW!
REGISTER HERE FOR YOUR EGYPT WORKSHOP – 14 JANUARY 2015

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