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Mississippi, Mekong, Rhine & Rhone Cruises – Book now and Save

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In 2016 and 2017 My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters have group departures on three fantastic river Cruises. In May 2016 we have a Mississippi Cruise, in August 2016 we have a combination Rhine and Rhone River Cruise and in February 2017 we have  Mekong River Expedition.

These are run in conjunction with our industry partners (Evergreen Tours and Travelmarvel), and are subject to our partners deals and specials – that means if you want to look at early booking discounts, fly free deals, early payment discounts and more, than now is the time to make your reservation and lock in your spot aboard one of these fantastic cruises!

For more details please contact My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters on (02) 4421 5577 or email us at nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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Experience the Sounds of the South in 2016

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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 ..

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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!

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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.

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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NZ Cruise Stop Sale, Classifieds Update & Launch Details

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New Zealand Cruise, November 2014: For those that may still have been considering our Princess Cruise around New Zealand in November 2014, I am afraid we have closed sales on this departure. There are still some suites left on the ship itself but in general the cruise is now sold out! Princess do have some fantastic cruises around New Zealand and if this was on your desires list then let us know, maybe we can match you up on a future sailing.

Classifieds: We have a single lady seeking a travelling companion for our incredible Canada and Alaska Departure. If this is something that sounds appealing then let us know and we will see if we can match you up with the fantastic lady we have who is excited about exploring the rocky mountains and inside passage.

Tour Launch and Preview: For those interested in our 2015 Tour line up including our New Zealand Golf Getaway, Canada & Alaska, the Danube Cruise, the Bangkok Experience and the Western USA we have our brand partners coming down on the 20th October 2014 for a presentation. We will also be previewing our 2016 tours and rough schedule for the next two years. So any solo ladies and gents, or couples, are more than welcome to come along! Just RSVP now to nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au or by phone on (02) 4421 5577

General Update From The Shoalhaven Solo Sisters

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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!

Splendours Of Europe – Post Presale Price and Itinerary

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With the Pre-sale over we can now present the 2015 European Splendour Cruise Group we are operating with Evergreen, prices will start at AU$10,025 per person in share twin, and we do have limited availability. You Can review the cruise basics on our website under our groups section or download a fully detailed itinerary and details in pdf format here

 

March Travel Expo Deals

Good Morning Friends,

Wow, what a turn out for the Travel Expo last night, a fantastic evening. We do have a number of specials that are available only for the next 7 days or so for those that attended (or wanted to but were prevented by inclement weather) and I will run down those specials in a moment, full details are available on contacting our office for all of them.

Before I do that though just a brief update on the Pre-sale and Discount offers on our Tours please note that:

  • European River Cruise, if you book and pay the $250 per person deposit today (28th March) you will still get the Pre-sale price. From Saturday Morning the price jumps by AU$1130 per person in share twin
  • The Canada and Alaska pre-sale is still ongoing but we do advise that anyone interested make a deposit payment and book in as soon as they can to avoid trying to do so at the last minute when the end of the pre-sale is announced
  • We are extending our discount on the Hong Kong Shopping Tour (AU$576) for another two weeks until April 21, so if you want to book in on this tour we recommend doing so soon.

 

Now, for all our Travel Expo deals please review the list below this following image ..

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TRAVEL EXPO DEALS

We have a number of specials available from our recent Travel Expo for those that attended, and those that wished to but were unable due to inclement weather. These are for limited duration and applicable mostly until the 3rd April, special terms and conditions apply for each and full details can be given by the staff at My Travel Expert.

Scenic Tours

Save $500 per couple,on 2014 European River Cruises and Tours, Russia River Cruises and Tours, France River Cruises and Tours, Canada, Alaska, USA, Africa, South America Tours and 2015 Antarctica Tours

Save $300 per couple, on any 2014 China and Jordan Tours, and any 2014/2015 Burma, Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos and Vietnam Tours

Save $200 per couple, on any 2014 Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania & New Zealand Tours over 11 days duration.

APT Tours

Save AU$400 per couple,  on any APT or Travelmarvel Tour or Cruise of 7 days or More.

Globus

Save AU$100 per couple,on any 2014 Globus or Cosmos Tour, Monograms Independent City Stay or 2014 Avalon Waterways European River Cruise.

Insight Vacations:

Save up to AU$200 per couple,on any tour of 14 days of less departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure

Save AU$400 per couple, on any tour of 14 days or over departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure.

Azamara Club Cruises

Select from 85 voyages in 2014-15 and choose 1 of these 3 offers:

  •          Choice 1: US$1,000 onboard credit per stateroom
  •          Choice 2: AU$1,000 Air Credit per couple
  •          Choice 3: Free Upgrade, Interior to Oceanview or Oceanview to Verandah

Captain Cook Cruise

Save 25% on Selected Departure Dates

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, Outside Cabin from AU$1069.25 per person

Normally AU$1645 per person. Departing Monday 1630 from Mannum, South Australia, disembarking  Friday 0900

Selected Dates: 14 April 2014, 05 May 2014, 12 May 2014, 19 May 2014, 26 May 2014

Includes: All meals, An exciting selection of shore-side tours, guided nature walks and eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of Spa & Sauna & Gym, Captain’s Dinner & Cocktail Party, Live Entertainment, 24 hour self-service tea and coffee bar, complimentary scenic coach transfers in Adelaide or car parking in Mannum.

Celebrity Cruises:

Book and Oceanview Stateroom or above on one of our ex-Australia voyages and receive one of the following four amazing perks:

  •          Free Classic Beverage Package for Two
  •          Up to US$300 onboard Credit
  •          Free Gratuities for two
  •          Up to AU$600 Air Savings

Princess Cruises

Receive a 50% reduced deposit and bonus onboard credit for bookings made on any Princess Cruise before 03 April.

AAT Kings:

Limited time Early Bird Specials for New Zealand bookings paid in full by the 28th April 2014 including the Best of New Zealand, New Zealand Vista, Northern Discovery and Southern Spotlight

Bench International

5% off Holidays to South Africa,as featured in the Bench International 2014 Africa Brochure for Travel between March and October 2014.

Essentially South Africa,16 Days from AU$1945 per person share twin, for departures 18 May, 15 Jun , 13 July and 17 August. Full details available from My Travel Expert

Contiki

Save up to AU$100 per booking, on any bookings made with Contiki for Europe, Asia, Latin America, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Driveaway Holidays

Save 10%, on any bookings made by the 3rd April

Intrepid

Save 10% on the Intrepid Group Tours including:

  •          Vietnam Express Northbound, was AU$937 per person, now AU$844
  •          Best of Morocco, was AU$1046 per person, now AU$942
  •          Sacred Land Of The Incas, was AU42695, now AU$2426

For all brochure departures until 30 November 2014.

Peregrine

Save 10%on any Peregrine tour by booking and paying a deposit by 4 April

 

For Further information contact:

My Travel Expert
129-131 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW 2541  Telephone: 02 4421 5577 e-mail: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au