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My European River Cruise (September 2015)

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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!

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My South America Expedition!

It is finally here! My South America Expedition!

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We have been talking for a while about the South America Tour that we want to do , and we have been tossing up what we should or should not include, and in the end we have settled on the best compromise we could come to. We discarded the areas that some people may or may not want to see and settled down to a solid 20 day itinerary that takes in the very Best of South America, covering the Capital City of Peru (Lima) then time in the Sacred Valley of Cusco and Machu Picchu, a visit to Lake Titicaca, time at the astounding Iguasu Falls (pictured above) a visit to Rio de Janiero, and time in Buenos Aires were we take a small ranch stay and visit a local Estancia to get a feel for life on the Pampas!

Book now to take full advantage of all our earlybird and early payment deals including a companion fly free special that when you look at two travellers means you will only end up paying AU$10,746 per person at the moment (if you book within the next 2 weeks we will even include our Film Night Discounts!). You can review the itinerary and basic details here!

Now while we have said we “Cut” the areas that many do not want to see this does not mean they are unable to be added to the trip.

There are an amazing array of pre and post tour options we can look to include on this South American Voyage. if you are looking at something to do Pre-Tour there are Galapagos and Amazon Cruises, Jungle Lodge Stays, the Devils Snout Railway in Ecuador which winds round the small hill villages and volcanoes,  there is Chiclayo and Trulijio the home of the Lord of Saipan – the King Tut of South America, or you can head into Southern Peru and visit Arequipa and the Nazca lines, just as a few examples.

Post tour there are just as many amazing extension options from a Cape Horn Cuise to a visit to Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, maybe visit the Colonial Mining town of Salta and the marshlands, or stay in a luxury desert encampment in the Atacama, take an opportunity to move up the Tigre River and spend a few days in the Uruguayan Capital of Montevideo, visit Santiago and the surrounding areas of Vina Del Mar and Valparasio, or take a break and experience the wonder of Easter Island.

So if you have ever wanted to journey to South America now is your change, book aboard our 2nd March 2017 departure and experience the best of South America in some Exceptional Company!

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For further details please contact My Travel Expert on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Africa, Asia, America, Europe – Discover the World with Evergreen and Scenic

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If you have a desire to cruise the Mekong, encounter a lion on the Serengeti, see the glaciers move in Alaska, or listen to the Mulluhs call for the faithful as the sun sets over Istanbul then perhaps you should consider coming along to our film night. There are few companies that explore the world in quite the same was as Scenic and Evergreen Tours, and like their past travellers will tell you their service is exceptional. Whether cruising the Danube from Budapest to Prague or taking in the Rocky Mountains, they have a quality of service that stands out amongst their competitors. From walking the flower lined streets of Ho Chi Minh City over TET or watching Hippos from your Chobe River Cruise, these suppliers ensure that every trip, every stop is a memorable experience that will leave you desiring to travel again, and again, and again. So come along and join us on the 9th of September and see what we are talking about!

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Opening at 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start on the 9th September, My Travel Expert along with our industry partners Evergreen Tours and Scenic will take you on a virtual whirlwind tour as we discover just why they are such popular tour suppliers, what they truly do that sets them apart and why we believe you should consider travelling with them!  Even more exciting we will be unveiling for the first time our 2017 South American Group Departure, so if you have dreamed of seeing Machu Picchu or the falls of Iguasu, then this is an event that you wont want to miss.

With only a handful of spaces left we suggest you register for the night by clicking on the below green button, or giving us at call on (02) 4421 5577

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We are , Sold Out, and sadly have no more seating room for this event! Should you still be interested in the events contents or in putting your name on waitlist please let us know on (02) 4421 5577

My Film Night – 9th September 2015

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Travel in Luxury, it is not out of your reach! If you want an all inclusive trip, with secure departures, filled with friendly and like minded travellers out to see unique and exotic destinations, they we have the perfect options for you with a pair of companies who have a broad range of touring options and usually have a great selection of exclusive inclusions and fantastic booking discounts for those ready to plan ahead …

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My Travel Expert will be hosting an informational evening at our offices on the 9th September with a guest speaker down to talk with us about the amazing product range of Scenic and Evergreen Tours. From the majestic Rocky Mountaineer in Canada to the Incan Ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, from Crusing the Danube in Europe to Crusing the Chobe in Africa, these companies cover the globe and have a fantastic array of unique product, exclusive inclusions on their well paced and suitably priced tours.

We believe in their product so much that we are running our Mississippi, Mekong and South American Group departures with them, so that we know, that no matter our number, our travellers will be getting the best service, the destinations that will leave them in awe, and the product that will leave them not just satisfied with their trip buy looking for more!

So why not join us and discover the world with Scenic and Evergreen Tours, 9th September 2015 at 28a Kinghorne Street, from 5:30 for a 6pm start! Just click on the green button link below!

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A Look Into My Mississippi Experience

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In May 2016, alongside our industry partners of Evergreen and the American Queen Steamboat Company, we have a fantastic programme for those that enjoy river cruising, have a love of music, enjoy experiencing unique historical sights and cultural experiences. From Arrival in Atlanta on the 18th May 2016  until departure from New Orleans on the 31st May 2016 there is something to enjoy, experience and encounter on a daily basis.

Note: Just a quick note that for those seeing this on their e-mails, then perhaps you may want to click on the link at the bottom of the page and see this online at our site – there are several videos below that won’t appear in the e-mail version.

Joining us either ex-Australia (with Evergreens Partner Fly Free Deals) or at our Hotel in Atlanta, this tour leave Atlanta for Nashville,  where we will encounter the heartland of Country Music in the USA, before heading onto Memphis, the home of music legends such as Elvis (Gracelands pictured above), BB King, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake and many more. From Memphis we cruise our way down the Mississippi to New Orleans, moving from the Capitol of Rock to the Birthplace of Soul.

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Our Journey from Memphis to New Orleans will be aboard a traditional paddlesteamer , these are restored vessels owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, and are a true taste of the south with the old fashioned parlours, round deck walkways/verandahs, traditional styled theatres, classic southern dining and some incredible onboard entertainment that will take you to the heart of Dixie, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Country.

At AU$11,235 per person share twin including port taxes and surcharges, partner fly free deal and an exclusive My Travel Expert discount worth up to AU$400 per couple/twin this is a fantastically inclusive price for an incredible voyage. All cabins aboard the American Queen will be in (at the minimum) Outside Staterooms with Bay Windows (images above as well as base floor plan) and you can upgrade to Staterooms with Verandahs, at additional cost. Single Cabins are also available at additional cost – please ask us for details.

Before you do though take a look look at a quick video clip of this fantastic Cruise Vessel …

… and take a review of the day by day itinerary, land inclusions and extras that we bring to the table by packaging this product up with our industry partner (Evergreen Tours)

 

14 Days sounds Of The South & Mississippi Cruise, 18th May – 1st June 2016
Reservations can be made through My Travel Expert in Nowra.
Full Conditions and details available on application

SUPERB SERVICES

  • 7 Day Eastern USA Experience
  • 7 Night Mississippi River Steamboat Cruise on board the traditional and luxurious American Queen
  • Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers

PREMIUM INCLUSIONS

  • In depth tour of the country music capital of the world, Nashville including a visit to the famous Studio B
  • Learn of the fascinating life of Elvis Presley with a visit to Graceland
  • Live the rock and roll dream with a tour of Memphis including the birth place of rock’n’roll, Sun Studios
  • Discover the Mississippi River and its fascinating and historical towns and plantations in depth
  • Explore exemplary examples of antebellum architecture including Stanton Hall in Natchez
  • Get to know the historic plantation town of St Francisville
  • Tour the impressive Nottoway Plantation, one of the largest southern plantations in existence
  • Be guided through the lively and colourful New Orleans and explore the fascinating the French Quarter

YOU’RE INVITED

  • Tour the most iconic country music venue in the world with a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, with dinner and a show at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Get to know the essence of the home of blues with dinner and a show at BB Kings Blues Club

PREMIUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta
  • Take a stroll down Honky Tonk Row where country music never sleeps
  • Experience the neon lights and blues clubs at Memphis with a walk down Beale Street
  • Discover the rich culture and musical heritage of the deep South
  • Uncover the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 29 superb meals including 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)

Itinerary:
Programme Subject to Confirmation of 2016 Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Atlanta: Welcome to the USA! On arrival at Atlanta Airport you will be met and transferred* to your hotel. Atlanta is a world class modern city with a rich and passionate history, and it is the hub and commercial capital of Georgia. Overnight Stay: Marriott Marquis

Day 2: Atlanta – Nashville (B,D): Journey to Nashville or “Music City” the home of country music. Since its inception, Nashville has been linked to music, from Davy Crockett to Miles Davis, from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé, the best of the best come here to learn and share their art. Get a taste of this incredible city with a walk along the famous Honky Tonk Row. You’re Invited: Take a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, followed by dinner and a show at the legendary musical institution, the Grand Ole Opry. Two Night Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 3: Nashville (B): Tour the recording studios of Music Row where some of the greats of Country Music have recorded, then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame that houses one of the best collections of country music memorabilia, instruments and costumes in existence. The rest of the day is free to explore Nashville, the “Music City”.

Day 4: Nashville – Memphis (B,D): Travel to Memphis, the blues capital of the world. Tour the famous Sun Studio, known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll we explore the memorabilia and hear fascinating stories of fame and fortune, excess and success. Then visit Graceland, the home of “The King”, Elvis Presley. Explore his mansion and see his private planes, costumes, gold records and awards. You’re Invited: Head to BB Kings Blues Club and get a taste of some true southern rock and blues. Enjoy BB Kings favourite southern dishes as you listen to the best of Memphis music. Two Night Stay: Westin Memphis

Day 5: Memphis (B): Today is free for you to discover Memphis. Discover More: Take a Discover Memphis tour, or jump on board the music bus with a tour of Memphis’ musical heritage (additional expense)

Day 6: Memphis – 7 Night Mississippi Cruise (B,D): Transfer to the pier to board your magnificent cruise ship. Check into your comfortable Inside Stateroom (upgrade to Outside Stateroom with Window or Outside Stateroom with Veranda additional expense) on the luxurious American Queen Steamboat and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage along the extraordinary Mississippi River.

Day 7: Greenville (B,L,D): Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta and is the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has Blues integrated into its culture. The town is also known for its many authors and writers, gardens and museums. This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!

Day 8: Vicksburg (B,L,D): Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity and a wide selection of museums.

Day 9: Natchez (B,L,D): Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez. Visit historic Jefferson College, tour antebellum mansions and take a tour of Stanton Hall which was built in 1857 and is considered the grandest of the Natchez mansions. Also see Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and William Johnson House.

Day 10: St Francisville (B,L,D): This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you interested.

Day 11: Baton Rouge (B,L,D): The capital of Louisiana, visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present. Tour the USS Kidd, the Old Governor’s Mansion, St. Joseph Cathedral, the current Governor’s Mansion, the Louisiana State Capitol building and the Capitol Park Museum.

Day 12: Plantation Road (B,L,D): Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.

Day 13: New Orleans (B,D): Disembark early this morning and transfer to your hotel. New Orleans is the home of Jazz and is steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond. Our local guide joins us for a tour of the French Quarter which is the oldest neighbourhood and cultural hub. Visit an historic cemetery, referred to as the “City of the Dead”, then visit St Charles Avenue and the Garden District which is home to some of the best preserved Southern mansions in the country. Overnight Stay: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 14: Depart New Orleans (B): Transfer* to the airport to board your homeward flight.

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For More details or to book aboard please contact My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters today on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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!

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

 

 

 

 

Join Us and Discover the Sounds Of The South

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The last century has seen a plethora of music styles emerge, from Pop and Disco, to Rock and Grunge, and beyond. Many of these music phenomena have “heartlands”in the states, and that is what this tour is all about. We begin our journey in Atlanta moving onto Tennessee, the heart of Country Music in the USA, then we journey to the home of the King of Rock and Roll in Memphis from which we journey down the Mississippi to New Orleans – a voyage through the homeland of Dixie, Jazz, Blues and Soul!

We don’t just bus you to all these places though – we are going to take you down the Mississippi in Style aboard a traditional old style paddlesteamer, with onboard entertainment, daily tours and more – a truly authentic taste of the South.

So if this sounds like a fantastic trip, why not join us at our Travel Expose – A Film Night, on the 22nd April where we will be talking about this trip and more with 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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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 Tour Launch & 2016 Tour Preview – 1 Night Only, 20 October 2014

Join Us At Nowra RSL from 5pm on the

20th October 2014

For our 2015 Tour Launch and 2016 Tour Preview!

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TOUR LAUNCH FOR 2015 INCLUDING USA, CANADA, DANUBE CRUISE, CHRISTMAS MARKETS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA & KANGAROO ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND, THAILAND

TOUR PREVIEW FOR 2016 INCLUDING TASMANIA, EGYPT, ITALY, SINGAPORE, KENYA & TANZANIA, SPAIN & MOROCCO, DUBAI & THE UAE, VIETNAM

Join the team from My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters along with our fantastic industry partners for an incredible information evening as we present what is on the horizon for 2015 and 2016 for our Dedicated group departures.

For 2015 we have a fantastic array of set departures covering everything from a 4 day Moreton Island Cruise over Valentines day, to a charming visit to Europe in December to take in the incredible Christmas Markets of Germany. We will also be taking initial soundings for our 2016 tours from Egypt in January through to Vietnam in November.

If you would like to come along to meet some of our solo travellers who can tell you about their fantastic experience and possibly meet your own travelling companion – let us know you would like to come along!

If would like to hear about how we are going to help you see the traditional colouring and production methods of cloth and materials in Fez, or if you have always wanted to take a chance of seeing a Grizzly Bear in the Canadian Rockies – then let us know you would like to come along!

If you are simply interested in any of the places we are travelling or the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters Social Initiative then let us know you would like to come along!

RSVP by the 17th October  2014

Just Call (02) 4421 5577 or e-mail daniel@mytravelexpert.com.au

We will be covering almost 30 destinations in the upcoming 24 months! So there is something for nearly everyone!

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