John Hall’s Alaska was just listed as one of 5 elite tour operators who can deliver on a TRIP OF A LIFETIME by Select Traveler!
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Everyone’s idea of a dream trip is different, but many have similar hallmarks: exotic locales, undiscovered-by-you cultures and moments that shake up your world and your understanding of it. In Africa, a Maasai tribesman may tell visitors about how he hated going to English school because he was forced to eat three meals a day. In Alaska, trekkers may get closer to a bear than they can at a zoo. In Antarctica, travelers step on ground that seems to have never felt a human footprint. That feeling of exploration and discovery comes with these dream trips.
John Hall’s Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve is the one that gets most of the attention, but Alaska is home to seven other national parks, more national parks than any other state. John Hall’s Alaska’s National Parks of Alaska itinerary takes guests to four of them: Denali, Katmai National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park.
The 19-day trip includes 12 days on land and wraps up with a weeklong cruise from Seward through the Inside Passage to Vancouver. While on land, guests experience the national parks as few others do. At Gates of the Arctic, visitors cross into the Arctic Circle and fly to the Inupiat village of Barrow that sits on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. There they meet villagers “who still hunt caribou and fish and trap, and that’s what gets them through the winters,” said “Little” John Hall, whose father started the company in 1984.
“To stand there at the waterfalls at Katmai and watch two 1,400-pound brown bears fight over fish, to literally smell their breath, that’s amazing,” he said. The National Parks trip has become the company’s “gold standard” and often sells out 10 to 12 months in advance, he said.
Last year, John Hall’s Alaska launched its Three Bears of Alaska itinerary that features Alaska’s three famous bears. The group first goes to Kodiak Island to seek out the coastal brown bear and then to Kantishna in Denali to see Denali grizzly bears, the smallest species, as well as caribou, Dall sheep, moose and wolves. Finally, the group takes a flight to Kaktovik, where polar bears meander along the Arctic shores and snack on whale bones in the village’s “bone yard.” Groups can also take a small boat and pull alongshore to watch polar bears 40 yards away on the barrier island.
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