Discover Australia with Jeff Katz

G’day, Mates!

It has been difficult for me to keep the big secret for so long and now, well, here it is! We are going to the land of Oz! You read that right. Heidi and I want you to join us as we lead a luxury adventure to Australia.

We’ve worked with our friends at Cruise & Tour to put together what is sure to be the experience of a lifetime. We’ll be leaving as the weather is chilly here at home which means it will be summertime in Australia. We’ll spend time relaxing in pure comfort on the world-Famous beaches of Queensland, we’ll visit The Great Barrier Reef, explore Aboriginal villages as well as the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, and enjoy a real native dinner featuring tasty treats that are only available in Australia.

We’ll sail on a luxury 100-foot catamaran and get the chance to go snorkeling with the unique Australian sea creatures.

We head to New South Wales next and where else would we stay but a luxurious boutique hotel overlooking the scenic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Thirsty? Great, because we’re going to explore one of the world’s most amazing wine regions as well. 

Not to worry, we’re going to work on our tans at Bondi Beach and then we’ll fly on to Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria. We’ll learn more about kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and Tasmanian Devils while enjoying this  thoroughly beautiful and historic city.

This is a true bucket list trip and is sure to be a sellout. Heidi and I are already working on our Australian slang… learning words like bonzer, bathers, runners, frothy, and good on ya!

Please make your reservations now before all of the spots are gone.

Looking forward to seeing you down under!

Jeff Katz & Heidi Katz

Meet Your Host: Jeff Katz

For the past two decades, Jeff has hosted award-winning talk shows in major markets around the United States including Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Additionally, Jeff has served as a nationally syndicated host for Premiere Radio Networks. He has appeared extensively on major television networks including ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC. He has been a columnist for The Boston Herald and The Valley Patriot newspapers and was the host of a syndicated daily radio commentary on The Boston Herald’s digital radio station, Boston Herald Radio. He has also been featured in major print publications including The New York Times and USA Today.

Nov 11 – 23, 2024

12 Days / 11 Nights


Monday, November 11, 2024

Depart for Australia
Today, board your international flight to cross the International Date Line to the “Down Under” of Australia.

Wednesday, November 13, 2024

Arrive in Cairns
Arrive in tropical Cairns, known for its rainforests and one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Barrier Reef. Settle into your home for the next three nights with sea view rooms before joining your fellow travelers this evening for an Australian feast featuring kangaroo, barramundi, and koala, among many other choices to toast an amazing trip across Australia. (D)

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Kuranda Rainforest and Skyrail
Enjoy your day in the World’s Oldest Tropical Rainforest! Journey along a cableway over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which is linked to over twenty Aboriginal tribal groups with land and cultural connections to it. During your visit, partake in many activities including time in Kuranda Village, a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch, and boarding an army duck tour to take in the wildlife, flora & fauna both by land and by water.  Later, learn about how the Aboriginal tribes survived in the rainforest using plants for food and medicine before trying firsthand some indigenous activities, including throwing a spear, a boomerang, and learning to play a didgeridoo. This evening is at leisure in Cairns, where you may choose to enjoy some time at the night market. (B, L)

Friday, November 15, 2024

Great Barrier Reef
Sail on a 100-foot luxury catamaran out to the Low Isles along the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO heritage site. Upon arrival, find a tropical paradise with a wide sandy beach along a calm, clean lagoon. A host of reef experiences await you, from a snorkeling tour, glass-bottom boats, an island tour complete with a historical lighthouse, or just enjoying a book under a thatched umbrella. This is the perfect place to view the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, thousands of species of fish, sea turtles, and rays. Keep your eyes open for Nemo! (B, L)

Saturday, November 16, 2024

Travel to Sydney
Begin your morning journey to Sydney, famous for its sparking harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the iconic Opera House. Make yourself at home for the next four nights in The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest colonial neighborhood, situated close to Circular Quay, the iconic location of the Opera House. This evening, depart for Darling Harbour aboard a water taxi. This is a popular way to travel for the locals and the most scenic option to get around the harbour area. (B, D)

Sunday, November 17, 2024

Hunter Valley
Today, travel north to Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s major wine regions with a history that dates to the early 1800s. This region is best known for its Semillon and Shiraz varieties. Upon arrival, start with a wine tasting and tour of Brokenwood Wines, one of the country’s most reputable labels and consistently listed as a 5-star winery!
Continue exploring the wineries in the valley with a visit to Bimbadgen Vineyards, meaning “Place of Good View” in the local indigenous language. Located in the heart of Hunter Valley, enjoy the 360-degree views of Barrington Tops National Park and Brokenback Mountain Ranges. Here, indulge in a picnic basket filled with locally sourced ingredients featuring cheeses, breads, macarons, fruits, nuts, and crackers complemented with a bottle of wine. After lunch, take a tour and enjoy a tasting to learn more about the three classic wine varieties that are the primary focus, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.

Monday, November 18, 2024

Explore Sydney
This morning, stroll along the waterfront toward the most iconic building in the world – The Sydney Opera House, a true architectural masterpiece. Step inside and discover the history, secrets, and buzz around this structure. Next, sit back and enjoy lunch at the Opera House, which also captures views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Later, continue your adventure with a trip out to Bondi Beach, originally Bondi (aboriginal word for surf), to take in the popular beach and have the opportunity to put your toes in the Pacific Ocean and the famous stretch of sand. Head back to the city for a sightseeing tour, including Kings Cross, Chinatown, and The Rocks before enjoying an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Tuesday, November 19, 2024

Sydney – At Leisure
Today is yours to explore everything Sydney and its surrounding area has to offer. Stroll down the famous George Street, climb the Sydney Bridge, or visit one of its many museums. And, of course, grab a drink with one of your new mates! (B)

Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Fly to Melbourne
This morning, travel to Melbourne, known as the Cultural Capital of Australia, renowned for its sporting events, live music, festivals, and museums. This evening, join your fellow travelers and sample some of the popular food scenes the city has to offer at a local restaurant in the center of the city. (B, D)

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Phillip Island
Leave the city behind today and travel towards Phillip Island. En route, visit Moonlit Sanctuary to see firsthand and learn more about kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats, and bilbies, among many others. Here, you have a chance to meet an Australian icon up close and personal when you touch and cuddle a koala. Make sure you have your camera ready!
Continue your journey to take in some natural scenery. Stop at Cape Woolamai along Phillip Island, famous for its surfing, spectacular coastal scenery, and sheer cliffs. Also, view Nobbies Blow Hole, the large sea cave that creates huge water sprays from its entrance as southern swells crash along its walls.
This evening, arrive in time for sunset to witness the world’s largest colony of penguins. From viewing platforms and boardwalks, we will watch in amazement as these birds waddle from the ocean to their burrows, known as the Penguin Parade. (B)

Friday, November 22, 2024

Depart for Home
Depart Australia today with fond memories of your time Down Under as you journey back to the United States. (B)

Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia Melbourne VIC, Australia Hunter Region, NSW, Australia Sydney NSW, Australia Low Isles QLD 4873, Australia Great Barrier Reef, Australia 6 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia Kuranda Rainforest Park, 88 Kuranda Heights Rd, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia Cairns QLD, Australia



  • Roundtrip Bus Transfer from the WRVA Radio Station to IAD Airport
  • Economy Class Roundtrip International Airfare from Washington, D.C. (IAD)*
  • Local In-Country Flight from Cairns to Sydney, and Sydney to Melbourne
  • Premium Hotel Accommodations throughout Cairns, Sydney, and Melbourne **
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Expert English-Speaking Guides
  • 16 Meals (9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Drivers & Local Guides
  • Taxes and Fees as of 2/1/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour, including Tour Director

*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Cocktails with your host, Jeff Katz.
  • Get to know Jeff Katz during a Q&A session.
  • Board a luxury catamaran and sail to a tropical island to snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Tour the famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy lunch there.
  • Watch the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.


Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges after 2/1/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Optional Tours
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Australian ETA Visa



Activity Level 3

This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, and walking along uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers on a consistent basis.



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- Mandy
They are an excellent tour company. I have traveled with them all over the world. I love the little extras that they do for you. I started with them in the early 90’s.
- Laura


Crystalbrook Riley
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Mc Gallery Harbour Rocks
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voco Melbourne Central Hotel
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Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement
2-Nt Ayers Rock (Uluru) Extension
$2,399 Per Person
Ayers Rock Extension Single Supplement (limited availability)
$499 Per Single
Business Class Air Upgrade – Main Tour
$10,699 Per Person
Business Class air Upgrade – Main Tour including Ayers Rock Extension
$14,999 Per Person
Travel Insurance
Quoted at time of Booking



      • A $300 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $1,200 is due 4/24/24.
      • Final payment due 7/24/24.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.


      • Your initial $300 deposit is refundable through 4/23/24, less a $150 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 4/24/24 and 7/24/24, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 7/24/24 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.


Call 800-383-3131 to Reserve Your Spot Today!

2-Nt Pre-Tour Ayers Rock Extension

2-Nt Pre-Tour Ayers Rock Extension
Extension Details

How to Book

  1. Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
  2. Ask to have a place held on this trip
  3. You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form

Fill it out and you’re in!

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Travel Insurance Information

Travel Insured International
Worldwide Trip Protector

Cruise & Tour recommends that you purchase travel insurance.

To purchase travel protection insurance:

  1. Click here to view and print the Travel Insured International brochure which has a brief summary of coverage.
  2. After making your travel reservation and deposit, a Cruise & Tour representative will create an insurance quote for you. You will receive that travel insurance quote from Travel Insured International Customer Care.
  3. From here you will be able to view the quote, add additional coverage options such as Cancel for Any Reason, and purchase your policy all in the Travel Insured International Portal.

Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.

To view and print the Explanation of Benefits, click here.

Covered events for trip
Sickness, Accidental Injury or Death of You, Your Travel Companion, Family Member, or Business Partner Job Loss or Lay Off Traffic Accident en Route to Departure Weather Natural Disaster at Destination Extension of School Year Terrorist Attack Revoked Military Leave Strike Bankruptcy of Travel Supplier Being Hijacked, Quarantined, Subpoenaed, or Asked to Serve on Jury Duty
* See Travel Insured International Description of Coverage for complete coverage details.