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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

Exclusive Inclusions & Discounts in 2018

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Julie Woodall & Partner, enjoying local transport in Vietnam

With Four Large Tours on the way in 2018, one question we have been asked is  ..

Why should we choose these over any other tours?

.. and the answer is simple, because we are offering something that is unique on each tour that is only available should you book through My Travel Expert & the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters. More than that we are offering them at fantastic prices.

Unique Inclusions and Discounted Prices.

In April we head off to Japan to encounter the wonders of this country during Cherry Blossom Season, one of the most picturesque times to visit. Outside of the standard touring though, and the inclusions of the airfare in the price we are taking you to see some fantastic sights that will round out the tour that others will not be. Taking a look at the culinary side of Japan we will take you to Asias Largest Fish Markets where you can see the sheer volume of seafood eaten before we take a cooking lesson to learn how to prepare Japans signature dish – Sushi. We are also going to take you to see part of modern Japan, down top Shinoboku to an entertaining evening for a dinner and show – where the popular cultures of Anime, Robots, and more are on display at an almost bizarre Robot Cabaret Show. More to the point the release value of this package is already discounted by 10% from the pricing that it was originally.

In May we have a fantastic Canada and the Inside Passage Departure with Scenic and while that means luxury the price is inclusive of airfares, discounted for early bookings and includes unique moments that no other tour provider includes starting with transfers to and from the South Coast to Sydney Airport. An overnight in Rydges in Sydney to accommodate for the early departure flight, , as well as enriching experiences on tour from photos with mounties, Canadian History Evenings, the Rocky Mountain Round Up, First Nation Cultural Experiences and more.

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Leonie Clay getting a close up look at an iced over Lake Louise

When we head to Cruise the Mekong in August we have already included your flights and transfers in the pricing, and have selected a vessel that allows better access to the river than any other Ship currently cruising so you spend less time transferring to sights whilst cruising. To really make this exceptional we have charted the entire vessel, which means that we are saving over AU$2,000 per cabin –  which is a fantastic saving for any couple.

Finally in October we are headed out to Italy, where apart from the airfares and major highlights we have built in an incredible extension to the south to see the highlights of Pompeii, Naples, Amalfi, Capri and Sorrento.  On arrival in Rome rather we have thrown in a complimentary Borghase Gardens Tour that you can opt to take rather than waiting for your hotel room to be ready. Before leaving Italy and Rome we have included a fantastic little market and cooking tour that will allow help buy the foods that you will use to cook your own fantastic goodbye luncheon.

As you can see, we have gone to some lengths to ensure that what you are paying for is more than worth your money. So with the fact that we offer Unique Inclusions and Discounted Prices now is the time to book aboard one of our 2018 Departures .. just contact us today for details!

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Leonie Clay, enjoying the sights of Rome

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

 

 

Girls Day Out & Islands On Sale

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My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters are proud to again be sponsoring the Girls Day Out at the Shoalhaven City Turf Club. This year, with Viva Holidays we are offering a travel prize of AU$1000 which you can use towards any of their destinations worldwide, from Australia to the USA, from Europe to Asia that Viva Holidays have on offer.

At the moment there are a fantastic array of Island Specials available with  Viva Holidays which runs all through May – covering Island Getaways across the Pacific, Asia, and Europe with packages starting as low as AU$699 per person – so if you were looking to get away on a tropical break, or escape the winter chill, then now is the time to book!

Otherwise if you want to see how your luck holds at the races, and take a shot at a travel prize worth AU$1,000 then we look forward to seeing you at Girls Day out on the 22nd May 2016 at the Shoalhaven City Turf Club!

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Exhibitor Intro: P&O Cruises

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Over this weekend just past we were the winner of the “Agency Promotion Of The Year” at the Annual CLIA Awards (Cruise Lines International Association), which for an agency like ours based in rural Australia is a huge win! Our thanks and our appreciation go out to our cruise Partner who made this possible – one of the Exhibitors at our upcoming Cruise Expo on the 17th of March – P&O Cruises!

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For many of those here in Australia, P&O is a well recognised name, and it should be! P&O is a cruise line founded in Britain, but which pioneered cruising from Australia with its first cruise (a Brisbane to Norfolk Island Return Trip for 1100 people) in 1932 selling out in a single day!  From these early pleasure cruises to the transport of migrants following World War II to the modern cruise age, P&O have been a presence in Australia for over 70 years!

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For Australian travellers, P&O has been the first cruise line of choice for many of those years, and while in the last few decades a lot of competition has arisen for cruising ex-Australian ports there are still a hot of reasons why P&O is still amongst the most popular.

Year Round! Of all the cruise lines operating out of Australian Water P&O offer the most cruises departing year round from their major cruise ports – so when a lot of other ships depart for different waters, this cruise line is still here serving the Australian Community

Varied Departures! P&O Cruises offer a fantastic array of cruises from Australia, short cruises from Capitals to varying areas, three day cruises to no-where, themed cruises, cruises along the Australian Coast, cruises up to Indonesia and South East Asia, cruises to New Zealand, cruises to the Pacific Island and most recently cruises to Papua New Guinea. The variety of destinations and durations leave a huge range of offers for all sorts of travellers from those looking for a weekend break to those looking for a longer voyage.

Good Value! Say what you will about any cruise line, P&O Cruises offers a Good Value cruise product that is within reach of most Australians, for relatively low prices you can get away from 3 to 35 odd days with all accommodation, meals and entertainment included. P&O Cruises also offer a range of well priced land tours on all their cruises, and for those that enjoy a drink or two have recently introduced “Drinks Packages”on their voyages of 7 days or longer.

Forward Looking! Most importantly, no matter the ships age or status, P&O is always refitting and updating their ships to keep up to date with the needs and desires of its travellers – much of which is accomplished through passenger feedback, such as the conversion from the standard Buffet to the new “Pantry”

P&O Cruises is a fantastic Cruise Line for the first time cruiser to get a taste of Cruising, or for a family looking for an affordable getaway, for honeymooners  looking for a holiday where they won’t need to worry about looking after anything. So if a good break ex-your favoured Australian Port and P&O sounds good, come and see the Expert at  at My Cruise Expo, on the 17th March 2017 at Worrigee Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club from 5pm till 8pm!

Register Your Attendance Today!

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As you can see, even we enjoy what P&O Cruises has to offer!

 

Discover Cruising @ My Cruise Expo

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When it comes to Cruising there is a world of possibilities out there! Dining Cruises on Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises. Antarctic Voyages in high style with Silverseas. Family Adventures around the Pacific Islands with P&O Cruises. Watching history drift by as you cruise the Mekong with Victoria Cruises. Sailing the coast of Thailand with Star Clippers.

When in comes to Cruising there is something out there for everyone! Which is why for the first time we are hosting a dedicated Cruise Expo. (Please note if the below Video does not appear please visit our blog to watch it live in this post!)

 

Ocean Cruises, River Cruises & Cruise Tours
The Largest Cruise Expo Expo on the South Coast!

Join us for an evening to learn about the best way to traverse the Oceans, Seas, Rivers and Canals of the World!

On the 17th March 2016, from 5pm til 8pm at Worrigee Ex-Servicemans Sports Club, we will be hosting the largest Cruise Expo to hit the South Coast!

We have 17 Experts attending who will be able to talk about Pacific Island , New Zealand , Asian , African , Mediterranean , Baltic , Scandinavian , Trans-Atlantic , Trans-Pacific, Caribbean, Antarctic, and Round World Ocean Cruises.

Our visiting Experts can tell you about River Cruises including the Zambezi, the Nile, the Danube, the Rhine, the Rhone, the Moselle, the Seine, the Volga, the Mekong, the Yangtze, the Irrawaddy, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Colorado, the Mississippi, the Amazon and many more !

Our Expo will go beyond the standard Ocean and River Cruises and you will be able to learn about Small Ships, Exploratory Vessels, Yachts, Sailing Ships, Ocean Liners and Luxury Ships, Canal Boat Hire, Gulets, Yachts, Small Ships and Expedition Cruises

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Between the majestic peaks of Geiranger Fjord

We have 17 Cruise Experts coming down that will be able to speak with you about cruising and specials with Adventureworld, American Cruise Lines, APT Cruising, Aqua Expeditions, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Captain Cook Cruises, Carnival Australia, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Coral Expeditions, Costa Cruises, CroisiEurope, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Heritage Expeditions, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, Island Escape, Katarina Line, MSC Cruises, North Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Australia, P&O World Cruising, Pandaw River Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Ponant, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Scenic Tours, Sea Cloud Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers, Star Cruises, Swan Hellenic, The Cruise Team, Un-Cruise Adventures, Uniworld River Cruises, Variety Cruises, Viking River Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages To Antiquity, Wendy Wu Tours and more!

There will be exclusive specials, door prizes and give aways, including a prize for those that pre-register their attendance!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE TODAY!

A Gallon Of Extras ..

..are available at the moment for anyone making a booking aboard a P&O Cruise! To celebrate the launch of the Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria P&O are offering free premium drinks packages on select cruises over seven days, and  free soft drink packages on select cruises under seven days.

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That is a fairly incredible bonus offer (or saving depending on how much you imbibe) ..  that literally works out to be a minimum on-board bonus worth AU$632 per person on a 7 night cruise .. more, if you are cruising longer!

So if you were considering a cruise now is the time to look into it, My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters are a CLIA member and have access to some of the best cruise specials available – just call us on (02) 4421 5577 or email us on nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au for more details