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Cherry Blossom Special

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Sakura, that is Cherry Blossom Season, see’s Japan bathed in tones on light pink, with flowers blossoming from Tokyo to Kyoto, from Hikone to Hiroshima, and it is a vision that enthralls locals and foreigners alike. Which is why in April 2018, we have put together a departure to Japan that will highlight this incredible seasonal event!

For those that want to experience Sakura this is the perfect time to head over to Japan but we do realise that this might not be a draw card for everybody which is what the tour we are operating takes in a steady balanced mix of modern and ancient Japan, with a few twists of our own thrown in.

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We are going to start the tour for example with an exclusive day out for our guests, beginning with a trip to Tsukiji Fish Markets – the largest market of it’s kind in Asia, where we will learn of the importance of  fishing and seafood to the Japanese people before we head off to learn how to make one of Japans most iconic meals in a Sushi Preparation Workshop. The days even’ts don’t end there however as we head out in the evening to get a glimpse of the Japanese love of Robots, Animatronics and Anime as we visit the almost infamous “Robot Cabaret Show”, followed by a dinner at a rather unusual restaurant.

This though is just the start of getting a true taste of Japan, from here our trip unfolds and covers all sorts of evens and sights that people love about the Land of the Rising Sun. We will take a trip on the Bullet Train, which is one of the highlights for many people, we will visit the floating Shrine of Hiroshima, experience the extraordinary view of Mount Fuji, partake in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, take a look at the famous Bamboo Forests at Kyoto, visit the iconic Castles of Matsumto and Ninja, and much more.

This is a truly incredible trip, visiting Japan at a time of the year like no other!  With visits and sightseeing in Tokyo, Nikko, Matsumoto, Nagano, Toyama, Shirakawam Takayama, Nagoya, Toba, Osaka, Matsuem, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hakkone National Park.

The package includes return airfares from Sydney, 4 star accommodation throughout, sightseeing daily, entry to a number of sights and locations, transport by air-conditioned coach and more! Full details can be reviewed here (please click to read.)

Running from the 8th to the 23rd of April this is slated to be an incredible touring experience and with a limited number of spaces available at AU$7994 per person in share twin if you want to join then to book, or enquire about more details,  please contact us on (02) 4421 5577 or by email on nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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Seeking Canada & Solo Specials

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Seeking Canada Solo

First off I would like to let everyone know that we have a single lady seeking a travelling companion for My Canadian Experience in May 2018, this is a fantastic voyage travelling with Scenic on Holland America, the Rocky Mountaineer and Brewsters around Western Canada, staying at the incredible Fairmont Properties and taking in some of the world most breathtaking vistas from Banff & Lake Louise to Juneo, Skagway and Victoria.

IF you are a single lady and would like to join this departure, and would be interested in possibly matching up with our other single traveller, please let us know and we can put you in touch with each other to test the waters for compatibility!

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Russian Cruise Solo Special – 2018

We have a fantastic Solo Offer for an 11 August 2018 Solo Cruise from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, thanks to our friends at the Russian Travel Centre. Save from AU$1480 on the single cost and get away from AU$2692 on a Main Deck Outside Cabin for sole use.

Visits: St Petersburg * Mandrogi * Kizhi * Yaroslavl * Uglich * Moscow Includes: * Cruise on a popular 3-star river cruise vessel – MS Shashkov  * Accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities and large picture window * Sole Use of twin cabin  * All meals – buffet breakfast, full service lunch and dinner * Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and Gala Farewell Dinner * Full sightseeing program in each port of call and onboard entertainment * Port taxes

For more details please give us a call on (02) 4421 5577

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Scenic River Cruise Discounts

Our friends at Scenic currently have a 50% off special for limited River Cruises across Europe in 2018 – both down the Danube as well as the French Rivers. Whether you want to take in Bordeaux, the Christmas Markets or the highlights of places like Bamburg, Vienna, Budapest and Prague there may be an opportunity for you. If you are interested in doing a cruise, and looking to travel solo, then give us a call to discuss what options may be open for you on this limited special.

My Travel Expert & The Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
(02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexperts.com.au

Mekong Charter – Singles Match Up’s

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As many of you have no doubt heard, in August 2018 we are chartering the Avalon Siem Reap from Avalon Waterways for a private cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon. This has allowed us to package together a Mekong River Cruise with all its highlights with airfare and time and touring in both Siem Reap and Saigon for over a thousand dollars less per person in share twin, then what the programme usually operates for with all those inclusions.

While this is fantastic news for those couples signing aboard, those single travellers though are still left with a huge single supplement – nearly double in cost from the base fare! Having said that, thanks to the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters we can look at doing a “singles match up”, where by pairing you with other single travellers you can the share a cabin and save having to pay any single supplement.

This is the perfect style of trip for such a Match Up. As a chartered vessel all travellers will be from the local region (Shoalhaven) or nearby and as a single group you won’t find yourself feeling the need to spend all of your time with your Cabin-mate, in fact between dining, touring and enjoying watching the world float by from the bar, lounge or Topdeck there is very little cabin time involved for many doing river cruising – so the amount of time you spend with your cabin-mate would be entirely your call on such a voyage!

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So if you want to join our Mekong Departure and would like to look at a Singles Match Up, what do you do to get the ball rolling?

Step 1: Call My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters on (02) 4421 5577, and let us know that you want to join our Mekong Charter and that you are looking for a singles match up.

My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters will then attempt to find another single traveller for you to share with on this cruise departure. If we find someone we move onto step 2 …

Step 2: Catch up with the possible Cabin-Mate, then let My Travel Expert & The Shoalhaven Solo Sisters know whether the match up is acceptable.

Step 3: Pay cruise deposit and proceed down the standard booking path.

What prices would you be looking at to join this Voyage?

Should we be able to match you up with another traveller you would be looking at the standard share twin costing, which is AU$6666.00 per person.

If you decide that despite everything you want a cabin/room all to yourself the single supplement payable in addition to the standard share twin costing is AU$4346.00

This covers your airfare to Siem Reap from Sydney and back from Saigon/Hanoi with all pre-payable taxes, the nights accommodation and touring in Siem Reap, the Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (inclusive of all meals and activities) and then the accommodation and touring in Ho Chi Minh City.

If you want to join the Extension to Hanoi and Halong Bay you are looking at a cost of AU$1500.00 per person in share twin if you are matched with another traveller. Should you desire a room/cabin on your own the single supplement cost payable in additional to the share twin rate is AU$571.00

The Extension Cost covers the flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hanoi, the accommodation in Hanoi, the Cruise on Halong and all the touring in both Locations.

When is this Charter Programme Running?

This is a one off Cruise Charter, for those that do the standard package the Trip will depart Sydney on the 19th August 2018 and arrive back into Sydney on the 2nd September 2018. For those taking the Extension to Hanoi & Halong Bay you will arrive back into Sydney on the 6th September 2018.

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If you want to look into a “Singles Match Up”
then call us on (02) 4421 5577 as soon as possible,
as finding a travelling companion may take some time!

You can review the entire voyage here, to see what will be seen, covered and experienced during the entire period of travel including the Extension! Just Click on “read more”!

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Oh Canada! Film Night Invite

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In 2018 in conjunction with Scenic Tours, we are running a fantastic trip to Canada that will start with a coach pick up from here in Nowra, an overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport (or similar) so we are not up too early for a 10am departure flight to Vancouver.

Once in Canada we will see the sights of Vancouver and Victoria before heading off through the Rocky Mountains to discover Banff, Lake Louise and more before returning to the coast to take a cruise along the inside passage where we will encounter incredible natural sights, and unique towns like Ketchikan where we can experience the home of the First Nation, or Skagway where we can see the early colonial frontier.

On the 11th May 2018 we are hosting an evening at our office with the always entertaining Cathy from Scenic and would like to invite you to come down and see exactly what it is that we have planned for 2018!

When: 5:30 pm, 11th May 2017
Where: My Travel Expert
RSVP: ASAP

Let us know now if you want to come, simply email us at nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au or call us on (02) 4421 5577!

Discovering Joadja

Join Us On 2 September As We Discover
Joadja Ghost Town & Distilley

Joadja valley and town is a region of significant cultural heritage.  The community at its peak was home to more than 1200 people, mostly Scottish immigrants who lived in tough conditions in an isolated valley. The mine closed and the people that lived here moved away to start somewhere new. The town, the mine and its equipment were left behind, and now stand as a testament to what took place here all that time ago. Nature is slowly but surely taking Joadja back, climbing over the buildings and working its way into the foundations. Come and enjoy the beauty of this stunning valley, hear the stories and feel the history behind it all!

Includes Transfer to and from  the Shoalhaven (from designated pick up points), Morning Tea, 90 Minute Guided Ghost Town Walk, BBQ Lunch & Distillery Tour

Joadja Ghost Town & Distillery Tour
$110 Per Person
2nd September 2017
 

Reserve your space today simply call My Travel Expert on
(02) 4421 5577 or email nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Exhibitor Exposé: Norwegian Cruise Lines

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My Travel Expo. 22 September, 4pm til 7pm
@ Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee

Appearing for the first time at one of our Expos will be the incredible Norwegian Cruise Lines. For years Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) have been awing passengers in the Mediterranean, Hawaii, the Inside Passage, the Carribbean and more, and in 2016 they will be sailing our way and will hopefully “wow”more than a few people whilst here in Australian waters.

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In 2017, for the first time NCL  will be bringing the Norwegian Star to Asia and Australian waters with three cruises departures that will tie in Sydney:  21 Days Hong Kong to Sydney Cruise 16th January 2017), 12 Day Sydney to Auckland Cruise (6th February 2017) and
31 Day Sydney to Singapore Cruise (6th February 2017).  This is the perfect chance to get aboard the Norwegian Star and get a taste of cruising with NCL.

Why? Well first off if the cruises are popular, NCL may be tempted to bring ships down here on a more regular basis, secondly because NCL is one of the premier lines doing cruises around the world and so this is a great opportunity to preview something you may want to experience in these destinations.

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The other reason that NCL should be in your mind is that they present one of the best ways to visit the Hawaiian Islands with their vessel “Pride Of America”which sails round the islands on a yearly basis giving you the opportunity to see the best that all the islands have to offer – without the need to take too many inter island flights, or spend over a month cruising to get to Hawaii and back.

They also have a fantastic array of Mediterranean Cruises, mostly around the two week duration, many covering the French Riviera, the incredible coastal locations of Italy, the Dalmatian Coast and the Greek Islands. This is the perfect way to wind down that frantic tour of Central Europe, or to start a larger European Cruising Experience, or just a great trip on its own!

 So why not join us at My Travel Expo and see if NCL has something for you!

Register Here For Quick Entry!

My Travel Expo. 4pm til 7pm, 22 September, at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club Worrigree.

Call (02) 4421 5577 for more information

My Travel Expo – Coming 22 September

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On the 22nd September 2016, at the Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee you can, from 4pm til 7pm visit My Travel Expo! For three hours we will have over 20 industry partners representing dozens of products available for you to meet and talk with about the possible trips you may like to take in the future. There will also be plenty of specials and deals available with the suppliers to take advantage of, and even booking stations available on the day.

This September we will have (to date) APT, Adventureworld, Insight Vacations, Sunlover Holidays, Trafalgar, Uniworld, AAT Kings, G-Adventures, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Qantas Holidays, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Globus, South America Tourism Office, Sundowners Overland, Peregrine Tours, Beyond Travel, Back-Roads Touring Co, The Africa Safari Co, Wendy Wu Tours, Princess Cruises, Covermore and all their associated products and programmes.

Suppliers

Over the next month as we lead up to the Travel Expo we will have a number of quick exposés on the suppliers coming down. Some are here for the first time and having an idea of what they have on offer may be a good reason to come and speak with them in person – such as G Adventures or Beyond Travel. Some are regular Expo attendees and will have fantastic expo only specials – like APT & Scenic – that will make our letting you know what they have on offer a way to sort out what you may want to talk with them about during the Expo.

Finally, because we do in general have hundreds of people visit the Expo when they are on we have an option available for you to streamline your entry to the event, rather than queuing up and filling in forms as you enter the fastest way is to simply click on the below registration link, sign up , get an entry ticket and whisk through entry by simply having your name checked off a list.

Register Here For Quick Entry!

My Travel Expo. 4pm til 7pm, 22 September, at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club Worrigree.

Call (02) 4421 5577 for more information

A Singapore Sensation!

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Time is running out to book if you wish to join us on Singapore this October! Starting from AU$2899 per person in share twin this programme will take you from Sydney to Singapore to discover the highlights of this Island Nation.

In a mix of set tours, and flexible touring we will visit the historical sights of the city, experience the glory of Chinatown, be awed by the monumental Gardens by the Bay, get an incredible view of the city from the Singapore Fly, have a wildlife encounter at the Singapore Zoo, enjoy the sights and sounds of Sentosa Island, and kick back with a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.

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9 Days of exploring Singapore including flights, accommodation, entrance fees, transport costs, touring, taxes and more. To secure your space on our Singapore Trip call is today on (02) 4421 5577.

APT on Sale!

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Whether it is Cruising down the Rhine, Exploring the back alleys of Siem Reap or marvelling at the Glaciers of the Inside Passage, travelling with APT is an experience you are not likely to forget and that will remain with you for a lifetime.

With the release of the 2017 brochures for APT, NOW is the time to look at booking in your APT journey for next year to get the best of earlybird deals and specials. To make it even better, if you book aboard an APT Journey by the 1st of July, My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters will throw in the Deposit Cancellation Cover for Free!

With deals in Europe, Asia and the Americas and beyond there is something for nearly everyone with APT. For further details please contact your travel experts on (02) 4421 5577 or by email on nowra@mytravelexpet.com.au

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Encounter Singapore – Limited Spaces Left!

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Spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Government of Singapore to transform Singapore from a “Garden City”to a “City in a Garden”. A Mixture of Classic Gardens, artificial Environment and Artistic Gardens the Gardens by the Bay are fast becoming one of the more incredible sights for travellers to see whilst visiting Singapore – with the Supertrees, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome being some of the more popular highlights.

The Gardens By The Bay is just one of the many highlights our special departure to Singapore this October will cover. Led by Leonie this tour will start by giving you a look at the modern highlights of Singapore, the mixture of Buddhist and Hindi traditions and a Visit to Little India. We retrace the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles and his influence on the island nation, ending a bust day with a Singapore Sling at the renowned Raffles Hotel. We explore the Conservation Parks that Singapore has become renowned for – Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and the new River Safari. We also take time out to visit some of the cities thriving and bustling nightspots from Suntec City to Bugis Street, and enjoy all the cultural and commercial highlights of a night out in China Town. We also visit the Singapore Fly – the local take on London’s Eye – and the popular Alive Museum.

Its not all a rush though, and we combine in balance the time we spend sightseeing with the time we leave for you to do some self exploring – whether its enjoying retail therapy on Orchard Road, visiting the Heritage Walks of Fort Canning Park, taking a pilgrimage to Changi Chapel or enjoying the some time in the pool or at the spa.

Available from AU$2899 per person in share twin, this one off departure leaves from Sydney on the 12th of October and flies off to Singapore where you will be set up in a fantastic centrally located four star property for the trips duration before returning back home to Sydney where the programme ends on the 20th October.

So if you have a desire to really see Singapore rather than just transiting, or want to travel in some excellent company – then call us today for further details or to Reserve your Place aboard our Singapore Experience.

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