5 Aug
2014

Guest Tour Review

Just wanted to thank you and your staff for putting together a marvelous trip for us.  We enjoyed our Alaska trip immensely.

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Caryn was such a delight – she made our time in Anchorage and the trip to Seward special.  She walked to the Exit Glacier with us.  We had dinner with her in Seward and then she spent the next day with us on the Kenai Fjord boat trip (a pleasant surprise).  We had not expected that.  It was such a gorgeous day with lovely scenery & wildlife and I know she got some terrific photos.  We loved staying there on the harbor in Seward and watching the fisherman come in with their catch each evening.  While in that area six of us took the Seavey Dog Sled tour; our guide was a musher himself in the great race and extremely knowledgeable.

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Once on the cruise, we met Phillip Walker.  He’s obviously a guy who loves his job.  He had so many “John Hall” guests to contend with and he didn’t let any of us feel neglected.  He was on top of things every day – even down to the last night when we noticed the gratuity charges were showing on our final billing.  He took care of that as we hoped he would.  The exit off that cruise went better than we have every experienced thanks to him.  We also thoroughly enjoyed his naturalist friend Dirk; we caught many of his presentations while on board.

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The weather and seas were absolutely beautiful throughout the trip (only slight mists a couple mornings then clearing to absolutely stunning days).  Some did the zip line.  We all took the train ride in Skagway.  Our very best shore excursion – Whale Watching thru Orca Enterprises in Juneau.  Capt Larry first took us to a huge group of orcas that we watched for some time.  Then he moved past a small number of humpbacks – said we had better ahead.  Wow!  What an experience!  We then saw countless humpbacks and twelve actual bubble-net feedings – some so close to the boat.  Definitely something we will not forget.   Each port was unique with different things to see and do.

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Thanks too for the John Hall jackets – we wore them a lot.  I can’t tell you how many people (both on the ship and in the ports) stopped us to ask about the jackets.  They are GREAT advertising for your company.

LINDA & BILL HOOK

9 Jun
2014

NEW! Iditarod and Aurora Adventure

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Join us on an all-inclusive, Alaskan Winter Adventure next March 4-14, 2015!

The brand new tour hits all of the highlights with some great surprises you won’t find anywhere else! Fully guided and escorted (as usual), we invite you to witness the winter wonderland of Alaska!

CHECK OUT THE IDITAROD & AURORA ADVENTURE DAILY ITINERARY! 

DAY 1 – ANCHORAGE

Catch your flight today to Anchorage. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a John Hall’s Alaska representative and transferred to your luxury accommodations for the night. The remainder of the day is open to exploring Fur Rendezvous festivities.  Fur “Rondy” is a long endearing festival started in the 1930’s which includes the World Championship Dog Sled Sprint Races in preparation for the Last Great Race, Iditarod. Dinner Included.

DAY 2 – IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS, MUSK OX FARM & MUSHER’S BANQUET

Our day starts out with a trip to Wasilla, headquarters to the Iditarod where we will learn about the history of the Iditarod and explore all things Iditarod.  Next, its a tour of the Palmer Musk Ox farm to witness these prehistoric animals and learn about Alaska’s ongoing domestication project. Our evening concludes with the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet. This is more than just a great meal… it’s a chance to meet the mushers and those who make the Iditarod “sing”! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 3 – FUR RONDEZVOUS FESTIVAL

It’s a full day of “Fur Rondy” festivities today! Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival has been a long standing tradition in the “Big Apple” of Alaska. Celebrating the early pioneer spirit, “Fur Rondy” has joined with the Iditarod to make a fabulous winter carnival for the north. Crowd favorites include the blanket toss, a native art market, the miners and trappers ball, the waiter/waitress obstacle course, along with numerous food and music venues! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 4 – IDITAROD CEREMONIAL START & TALKEETNA

Iditarod excitement builds as we attend the ceremonial start to the Alaska Iditarod! You are free to walk among the teams, and find your favorite musher! You have plenty of time to view the dog teams before the 10:00 am ceremonial start. After the starting festivities have concluded we will meet for lunch downtown before enjoying Alaska’s wackiest race, the running of the reindeer.  This afternoon you will make your way to Talkeetna, your home for the next two nights.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 5 – IDITAROD OFFICIAL START & IDITAROD TRAIL FLYOVER

Breakfast at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse before making your way to Willow to witness the official start of the Iditarod. Afterwards, you’re in for a special treat when you board small aircraft for an aerial fly over of the Iditarod trails. During this 1.5 hour flight you’ll watch from above as the mushers make their way towards Nome. Once back on solid ground you will partake in a yummy dinner at the Denali Brewing Company.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 6 – WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS & MT. AURORA SKILAND

This morning we will reboard the motorcoach and head to Fairbanks. Upon arrival we will take a brief tour of the surrounding Fairbanks area including some of the original homestead lands. Next its off to the World Ice Art Championships where you will be amazed at the intricate creations artisans are able to whittle out of ice blocks! You’ll spend the balance of the night at Mt. Aurora Skiland viewing the Aurora Borealis.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 7 – ARCTIC CIRCLE ADVENTURE

Today is the real adventure as we head to the Arctic Circle! Few people on this earth will see what you are about to experience. We will travel almost 200 miles from Fairbanks, following the Steese, Elliot, and Dalton Highways into the wilderness towards the Arctic Circle. The motorcoach is always your base of operations. With just your fellow travellers and perhaps a moose or two along the way, you will be able to stand above the Arctic Circle as the Aurora dances overhead! Due to the remote nature of this journey, you will be picnicking along the way. Lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages will be served on board the motorcoach.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 8 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

After a leisurely morning including breakfast we will pull anchor and journey to the lovely Chena Hot Springs Resort! During your stay at the resort there are many activities to chose from. The most famous attraction is of course the hot springs which have been visited by native peoples for hundreds of years. Chena Hot Springs will be your home for the next three nights!   Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 9 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

Your schedule is your own today as you continue to explore everything there is to see and do at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. If you haven’t already, take a dip in the famous hot springs or one of the heated interior pools. Check out the Aurora Ice Museum and enjoy sipping on their specialty beverage, an “appletini”, drunk out of an ice carved martini glass!  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 10 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

Another day in this winter wonderland is just what you deserve. Go for a snow coach ride out to view the Aurora Borealis or play with the puppies at the Chena Hot Springs Kennel. Snow mobiles are available for rent if you feel like exploring the surrounding terrain. End your stay with a nice, relaxing dip in the Chena Hot Springs, believed to improve breathing and circulation.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 11 – FLY HOME

Arrive at Fairbanks International Airport for good-byes and flights home. From “The Last Great Race” to the Arctic Circle, from Chena Hot Springs to winter festivals, what an adventure we’ve had! We wish our new family safe travels! As for the rest of us… we still have two months of winter!  Breakfast Included.

DEPART FAIRBANKS:  MARCH 14

1 May
2014

Hawaii Alumni Adventure

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Our first Hawaii date, released last Saturday sold out by Monday (3 days later)!

Not to fear. We are working on second date and should have this information out to you very soon!

In the meantime, you can check out the detail of the trip here!

Our second date will only hold 40 passengers so please call us to reserve your spot today~!

15 Apr
2014

You’ve got to check out this movie!

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Want to see Katmai National Park for yourself? We include an awesome day of watching bears on our 19 Day National Parks tour!

11 Mar
2014

Winter Tours!

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Here in Alaska, spring has jumped into high gear. Not so much regarding weather, but our love of all things outdoors.

Things started off with the Yukon Quest where our good friend Brent Sass (Wild and Free Kennel) was a strong contender to win, only to suffer an on trail accident, suffering a personal injury which forced him to withdraw for the safety of his team.

The Iron Dog followed quickly with our “motor mushers” leaving Big Lake headed to Nome and then on to Fairbanks for the finish! Average speed in the open tundra and rivers was over 80 MPH!

And now we follow the Last Great Race, Iditarod! Saturday, March 1st, the teams pulled out of downtown Anchorage for the ceremonial start, with the official start the next morning in Willow. Trail conditions in the early part of the race have caused numerous top ranked mushers to withdraw due to the roughest trail many have seen in decades- a lack of snow causing many injuries and equipment failures.

Tour Manager John Gailey has been in Fairbanks “scouting” a new tour for John Hall’s Alaska!

Many of our guests have longed to see Alaska’s Aurora Borealis. John G. has spent eight days seeking out our best opportunities. Braving sub-zero temperatures, John has trudged  through the sub-arctic that is Fairbanks, and relayed his findings via the dog sled mail run!

John G and John Jr. have now chiseled out an itinerary even the old Sourdough’s would approve of.

Hang on to your Blue Jackets for an upcoming announcement for Winter 2014/2015!

John G. is returning to his home in Eagle River, Alaska, and reports great views of Denali! He is looking forward to a reunion with his partner, and spouse Sheri who has baked a yummy surprise for his return.

We hope everyone is getting excited for the upcoming summer travel season in Alaska. It seems only moments away.

10 Jan
2014

New Alumni Adventure: Hawaii Spring 2015

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More details out soon….we will send information directly to all John Hall’s Alaska Alumni and those guests signed up to travel to Alaska with us in 2014. Yay!

10 Jan
2014

Group Travel : Next Top Ten

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How exciting to have Elizabeth, Joseph and John Hall recognized by Group Today as their “top ten people of the next generation who are making a difference in the group travel industry with their innovative and progressive ideas.”

During the months of January and February, Group Travel will be highlight each nominee in more detail.

View the TOP TEN here- http://groupstoday.com/profiles/96-say-hello-to-the-top-ten-next-gens

You've got to check out this movie!

You’ve got to check out this movie!

  Want to see Katmai National Park for yourself? We include an awesome day of watching bears on our 19 [&hellip

Group Travel : Next Top Ten

Group Travel : Next Top Ten

How exciting to have Elizabeth, Joseph and John Hall recognized by Group Today as their “top ten people of the [&hellip

Remembering Stan Stephens- Alaska Tourism Pioneer

Remembering Stan Stephens- Alaska Tourism Pioneer

  Tourism pioneer and environmental steward Stan Stephens recently passed away and we would like to recognize Stan Stephens and [&hellip

2014 Alaska Brochure Now Available!

2014 Alaska Brochure Now Available!

Order your free copy today- ORDER HERE and while you’re at it…. CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE!!!

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