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December 23, 2020

An Intimate Encounter with Wild Alaska by Land & Sea JESS@FriendsTravel.com

An Intimate Encounter with #Wild #Alaska by Land & Sea—For Just 8 Guests 2021

When you’re in search of Alaska’s vast grandeur within a compact time frame, this adventure delivers! Leaving Anchorage, we’re quickly encompassed by wild country on a scale only Alaska achieves. The Chugach Mountains, stretching in a 250-mile arc along the Gulf of Alaska, are the northernmost Pacific coast range, cloaked in temperate rain forest and crowned with ice. Rivers spawned from jagged glaciers course their way to the sea. In the frigid waters of Prince William Sound, wildlife flourishes, and we’ll look for whales, seals, sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and more off the bow of our chartered classic yacht. To the south, rugged peaks rise on the Kenai Peninsula where glacier-fed lakes fill lush valleys, and world-famous salmon runs offer legendary fishing. In just eight days, experience the essence of authentic Alaska—only with us!




Trip Highlights
Private 3-Night Cruise on Prince William Sound
We’ve chartered a classic yacht for in-depth exploration of this pristine marine wilderness in total solitude—an exclusive adventure for our guests alone


Float the Glacier-Fed Placer River
Ride the Alaska Railroad to the Spencer Glacier whistle stop, float among the icebergs on Spencer Lake, and raft the gentle Placer River through the Chugach Range


Flightseeing over the Kenai Mountains
Off the typical tour route, hike and explore diverse landscapes on the Kenai Peninsula, and survey glacier-clad peaks, lakes and salmon rivers from a floatplane


Not Your Ordinary Alaska Adventure
Just 8 Guests for the Most Intimate Encounter with Alaska
With a group this small, you’ll feel like you’re on a private discovery of the Alaskan wilderness. We’ve arranged personalized experiences, including a 3-night yacht cruise and meeting local people in their home and work environments, which you would never have access to on a conventional tour or on your own. It’s a far superior experience to more conventional tour group settings.


A Compact Itinerary That Gets You Out There
Remote, wild, out of the way—these are the hallmarks we used when designing this trip. From a train ride to a whistlestop in a roadless area of the Chugach Range where we raft the Placer River to uninhabited islands in the far reaches of Prince William Sound, you’ll explore places in Alaska that most others don’t get to, where the wild truly reigns. In just eight days, you’ll get farther afield than most visitors get on any standard Alaska tour.
Spend Three Nights Aboard a Chartered Yacht in Prince William Sound


This is such a highlight—no other operator we know of includes this exclusive, small-scale experience. We charter an elegant, meticulously maintained 1965 wooden yacht (with just four cabins) to explore the marine wonderland of Prince William Sound, filled with sea life. Most visitors come either aboard a huge cruise ship with thousands of others, or they see a small section of the sound on a day boat with dozens of others. We elude both of those in this private, flexible context designed to maximize your time with wildlife, glaciers and silence.


An Immersion in Authentic Alaskan Culture
On typical Alaska tours, you’re insulated from local people and “real Alaskans.” When you travel with us, you’ll meet more than seasonal summer staff—we introduce you to people who live off and work the land and sea, who tell you what it’s like to homestead, to hunt and fish as part of a subsistence lifestyle, to endure a long, dark winter, and how the raw beauty of the wild north captures the very core of their being. You’ll come away with a much richer picture of life in Alaska, and what makes it so meaningful to its hardy residents.


The World’s Best Naturalist Guides
Our Adventure is renowned for employing the finest naturalist guides on the planet. Our Alaska Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years’ guiding experience and receive additional training from WWF scientists. Expedition Leaders remain with our private group throughout the entire itinerary. They are not “ship lecturers” or lodge-based guides who see different travelers every day. Rather, they are the Alaska’s most qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guides, regaling our guests with their insights into the region while remaining close at hand to ensure safety and comfort in every respect. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Alaska Adventure


With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.


Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home.


WWF’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world’s leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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November 21, 2020

#Alaska Go into the wild heart of authentic Alaska! JESS@FriendsTravel.com


Remote yet not far away, ennobling & accessible, Alaska is pure, profound, and alive with wildness on shore and at sea. Roam free in this near-mythic wild frontier where whales breach, bears forage, and eagles soar. Spend one week or go epic to delve deep and restore your spirits. Join us—and capture 2021 rates on 2022 dates.


This is peak Alaska! Majestic mountains, mist-shrouded fjords, glittering glaciers, and a parade of wildlife. Immerse yourself in pristine natural beauty on our iconic 8-day exploration.


With privileged access, venture to sacred Haida Gwaii to walk in the footsteps of chiefs & warriors, witness ancient totems, and encounter endemic species.




This sweeping adventure takes you to Kodiak, Baranof, the Pribilofs & other wild isles before tracing the Katmai coast on the way to Provideniya for a bit of Russian culture.


Balance wildness and culture as you sail among the remote San Juan Islands, along British Columbia’s rugged coastline, and into Alaska’s tranquil, forest-lined inlets & bays.



VOYAGE TO GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST!

Go in search of towering red cedars, glacier-sliced fjords, and the elusive spirit bear—all tucked within the mossy walls of the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest.

WILD ALASKA ESCAPE!

Actively explore by kayak, bike, raft, and hiking boot over 6 thrilling days in the wild—return home with your memory bank filled and your spirits lifted!

BOOK BY JAN. 31, 2021 – LOCK IN 2021 PRICING ON SELECT 2022 DEPARTURES.

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REWILD WITH CONFIDENCE Choose Your Wildness. Book with Confidence.
We hope our invitation to rewild yourself excites your imagination—anticipating good things ahead is a balm for the spirit. We know, through years of experience, that wildness is tonic for the soul. And we also understand your need for peace of mind. So, when you book now, be assured of flexibility in the future.

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November 19, 2020

Alaska Guide to Top Fly in Lodges JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Alaska Guide to Top Fly in Lodges Near Anchorage
You will find Redoubt Bay Lodge at the foot of the Chigmit Mountains.

A bright midnight sun was well past the Chugach mountains as the sturdy de Havilland Canada Beaver aircraft chugged its way over Anchorage’s placid Lake Hood.

The pilot looked back and asked “Everybody ready?” Upon our nods of affirmation, he revved the engine, opened the throttle and powered the small plane into a smooth ascent above Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
We headed due west for Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, a luxury fly-in wilderness retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Anchorage, located via a 40-minute flight from town in the heart of the Tordrillo mountain range.

Mountain Lodge has activities for all seasons.

Anchorage is a hub city in the most literal sense, and the city’s Lake Hood Seaplane Base is the busiest seaplane base in the world. Small aircraft come and go at all hours during the summer months, ferrying tourists, fishermen and bear-viewers to and from their Alaska adventures.

But for those looking to immerse in the true backcountry life of southcentral Alaska — with all the activities that make The Last Frontier famous — clients may find that staying at a fly-in lodge checks all their bucket-list boxes.


Kirsten Dixon, owner of Within the Wild Adventure Company — which operates Winterlake Lodge, Tutka Bay Lodge and the Cooking School at Tutka Bay — believes that meaningful experiences can be found in some of the most remote areas of the state.

“Some of the most scenic treasures are only accessible by taking the road less traveled or, in our case, no road,” she said. “It provides unspoiled wildness, rare geography and expansive vistas of untouched terrain.”

Tutka Bay Lodge is located on a private cove.

There are several options for people who choose to depart out of Anchorage, and all provide a sense of the wilderness that guests expect when they visit Alaska.

In the case of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, we were able to hike, fish and climb the state’s first via ferrata during our visit, before returning to the lodge for meals featuring curated, locally sourced ingredients. By the end of our stay, we were more than satisfied and patting ourselves on the back for choosing this sort of active experience.

However, travel advisors should carefully query clients on their comfort level with these types of trips. There are often few services available beyond those that a lodge provides. While some have Wi-Fi access and some operate generators or use solar power, none have road access in the event of emergencies. But, the trade-off is worth any inconvenience for those willing to stretch their sense of adventure.

Also important to note is the ever-changing Alaska weather that may swoop in and delay or cancel small aircraft flights to or from a remote lodge.


It is wise for an travel advisor to have a Plan B for such occasions, which could cause delays for hours or a full day. Visit Anchorage, the local visitors bureau, has plenty of ideas for “weathered out” guests at its visitor center on 4th Avenue, or agents can gather other ideas.

Winterlake Lodge offers hiking and rafting opportunities.

Within the Wild Adventure Lodges
Within the Wild’s portfolio of properties includes Tutka Bay Lodge, which is located in a private cove on the edge of Kachemak Bay State Park and across Kachemak Bay from the city of Homer.

The property features a cooking school, kayaking and hiking opportunities in addition to complimentary massages and yoga classes. Winterlake Lodge, meanwhile, is located along the shores of Finger Lake near Skwentna, with miles of hiking and rafting through unspoiled forests near the lodge.

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
Located 40 minutes from Anchorage on the banks of the Talachulina River and Judd Lake, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is a wildly popular heli-skiing destination in winter. Summer weather brings ample opportunities to scramble up the via ferrata, mountain bike, fish or relax with a visit to the on-site spa.

Redoubt Bay Lodge
Fly to the entrance of Lake Clark Pass and find Redoubt Bay Lodge’s cozy log lodge and cabins snuggled along the foot of the Chigmit Mountains. The property is intimate and rustic, and guests staying here have opportunities for bear-viewing, fishing, hiking and kayaking nearby. There is also a small gift shop, a bar area and an Alaskana library for bookworms.

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June 9, 2020

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Alaska is famous for its glaciers, fjords, mountains and lakes and on this 9-day journey, you’ll experience it all. After exploring Anchorage, board the Alaska Railroad for a trip to Seward where you’ll cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and see wildlife, mountains and glaciers. Continue the journey north to the town of Talkeetna and then it’s off to the crown jewel of Alaska, Denali National Park.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing tour of Anchorage
  • Sightseeing cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Denali National Park

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip Alaska Railroad® in Adventure Class accommodations from Anchorage to Seward and Anchorage to Talkeetna, Talkeetna to Denali, Denali to Anchorage.
  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 2 meals included (2 lunches)
Trip Map
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May 20, 2020

#AlaskaVacations and other #AdventureVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Polar Bear Tours JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Meet the King of the Arctic roaming its wild tundra home on Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada

U.S. National Parks Tours JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Look for wolves in Yellowstone, gape at the Grand Canyon, hike Glacier’s alpine heights, and more!

Alaska & Northern Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Get close to Alaska’s grizzlies, watch icebergs calve in Greenland, witness the wonder of the northern lights

African Safaris JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Intimate wildlife adventures featuring uncrowded private reserves and remote luxury bush camps

Galapagos Tours JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Meet amiable wildlife up close on expertly guided small-group explorations in the Enchanted Isles

Asia & Pacific Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

View endangered pandas, tigers, orangutans, pygmy elephants, rhinos, koalas & other wildlife

Mexico & Central America Tours JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Ecotourism adventures with gray whales, monarch butterflies, sea turtles, scarlet macaws & more!

South America Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

From the Amazon to the Andes, from the Pantanal to Patagonia, explore this continent’s amazing biodiversity

Europe Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Explore the wild side of Europe as we leave big cities behind to explore less-discovered natural wonders

Antarctica & Arctic Journeys JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Commune with penguins, puffins and polar bears in the most remote wilderness areas on the planet

Adventure Cruises JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Small-ship expedition voyages to the ends of the earth: explore polar regions, Amazon, Alaska & beyond

Photo Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

For avid photographers of all ability levels, led by an expert naturalist-photographer guide.

Family Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Discover, explore and have fun in nature as you build lifelong memories across generations!

New Adventures JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Check out our newest trips offerings and first-run adventures all around the world! Ask about a destination in which you are interested.

May 19, 2020

#AlaskaVacations #Land #Sea #Air #Rail #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Cruise With Comfort
U.S. cruise line, cruising Alaska this year and next! 2020-2021
With entirely domestic travel and only small ships, may be one of the few companies #cruising #Alaska.  Exciting eight and 11-day itineraries filled with #exploration and #enrichment.
Current events have highlighted the demand for small ships on U.S. itineraries, and many travelers have made the switch to this popular itinerary in Southeast Alaska. With so many international travel plans disrupted, cruises are filling fast.

The brand new ship features modern amenities and spacious accommodations for an unprecedented experience showcasing breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife.

Destination highlights include:
#Glacier Bay – Exclusive access to this pristine biosphere
#Mendenhall Glacier – one of the most impressive glaciers in North America
#Historic Haines – home to the “Valley of the Eagles,” Glacier Bay, the world’s largest biosphere
#Ketchikan – where you can witness bears, mountain goats, and Tongass National Forest
Cruises run through July and August, 2020 and full season May through August 2021. For guests, this is the perfect opportunity to stay close to home and travel in small groups.Itinerary details are available here.

Cruise Lines will follow strict safety protocols including:

  • Health Screening of all guests and crew
  • On board-certified medical management program and resident nurse
  • Rigorous sanitation protocols of all common areas
  • An independent HVAC system in every stateroom and lounge
  • Reduced vessel occupancy to maximize personal space
  • Smaller tour groups maintain social distancing
Now is the perfect time to experience the difference in U.S. Small Ship Cruising.

  • Small groups – allow our guests to become fully immersed in our excursions.
  • Small ships – none of our small ships carry more than 100-200 guests.
  • Small ports – allow us direct access to the fabulous destinations we visit.

Contact this Boutique Cruise Specialist to learn more JESS@FriendsTravel.com

 

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ALASKA VACATIONS

#Alaska—there is no place on Earth like it, with its #amazing #scenery, #fascinating #wildlife, friendly people, and remote cities. Ride the thrilling #Alaska #Railroad to #Denali #National #Park, home to North America’s highest peak, Denali, formerly known as #Mount #McKinley. Enjoy a cruise of #Kenai #Fjords #National #Park, where you will witness #glaciers #crashing into the #sea and hear their #thunderous #roar. Board a #sternwheeler for a cruise on the #Chena and #Tanana #Rivers in #Fairbanks. On Globus #AlaskaVacations, you’ll not only experience these must-do activities, you’ll also get a chance to partake in unique experiences, such as an exclusive presentation on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist and a visit to an #Iditarod champion’s home and kennels. Lose yourself in the sounds and sights that define the majesty of Alaska, and see what the

“Big Land” of Alaska has to offer on these exhilarating #AlaskaVacations. JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Tell us: names of travelers, preferred dates of travel. Home Airport.
Phone and Email contact info.
As much info as possible about your wants, needs, desire, and expectations!

April 29, 2020

#AlaskaVacations JESS@FriendsTravel.com #JessKalinowsky

With 30+ years of global travel experience, #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa has an intuitive sense of the desires of today’s travel savvy audience. #JessKalinowsky has focused on creating smaller, more personal cruises, hotels, resorts, spas, tours and travel experiences. #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa currently offers more than 2,400 excursions and activities in more than 420 cruise ship ports of call and 180 cities throughout the world.
With its mountain glaciers, waterfalls, scenic overlooks, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, bears and eagles to gaze, it’s no wonder #Alaska visits continue to grow. Throw in a scenic railway adventure, salmon or halibut fishing charters, a dogsled ride and whale watching and you still haven’t touched the surface of all there is to see and do in this pristine wilderness!
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Join us Getting Ready for #Alaska! Not all itineraries in #Alaska are created equal and the cruise you choose can have a big impact on your vacation and the quality of your experience. Similarly, not all shore excursions are created equally. Which would you prefer: landing on a glacier, no sounds to be heard for miles except for wildlife and the wind whistling in your ears, or the sounds of other tour helicopters landing next to your own? We’ll tell you how to experience the former.
We promise to be interesting, informative and yes even—entertaining! #AlaskaVacations. Let us help you ensure it exceeds all your expectations. #JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS@FriendsTravel.com
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April 28, 2020

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Dogsledding on a snowcapped mountain of Alaska on a sunny day of June.

Looking down Creek Street, immediately outside of Ketchikan’s downtown near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. Creek Street, along with a block of Fourth Avenue in Fairbanks, were Alaska’s two significant red-light districts until the passage of the Anti-Crib Laws in the early 1950s. Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, so named in 1793 by Captain George Vancouver. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. The area near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek later earned Ketchikan a measure of infamy during the first half of the 20th century for a red-light district known as Creek Street, with brothels aligned on either side of the creek.

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April 22, 2020

#AlaskaVacations Small Ship Deluxe Cruises #JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Alaska  Limited Time Offers RSVP today!  JESS@FriendsTravel.com

2 for 1 Cruise Fares with Free Airfare plus up to $1,000 per stateroom Bonus Savings and $1,000 per stateroom Shipboard Credit on all Alaska Voyages* | 3rd and 4th Cruise Only Guest Free*, Single Supplement 25%* on select sailings*.

Beginning in May, Regatta will enter the pristine waters of Alaska and expand our world exponentially. Throughout the summer, the absolute prime season to sail here, she will offer brand-new breathtaking itineraries.

All the marquee destinations of the 49th state will be showcased, from the modern capital of Juneau to cosmopolitan Vancouver. Of course, being mid-size, Regatta can go one step further and also present Alaska’s boutique ports in a warm and intimate manner not possible on larger ships carrying thousands of passengers. On some voyages, she actually sails all the way north to Anchorage itself.

Majestic Alaska
San Francisco to San Francisco | 2020 – 2021 | 14 Days onboard Regatta

Alaskan Grandeur
San Francisco to Vancouver | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta
3rd and 4th Cruise Only Guest Free*, Single Supplement 25%*

Frontiers and Glaciers
Vancouver to Vancouver | 2020 – 2021 | 10 Days onboard Regatta

Glacial Wilderness
Vancouver to Anchorage | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta

Glacial Wilderness
Anchorage to Vancouver | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta

Glacial Wilderness
Vancouver to Anchorage | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta

Glacial Wilderness
Anchorage to Vancouver | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta

Frontiers and Glaciers
Vancouver to Vancouver | 2020 – 2021  | 10 Days onboard Regatta

Alaskan Grandeur
Vancouver to San Francisco | 2020 – 2021  | 12 Days onboard Regatta
3rd and 4th Cruise Only Guest Free*, Single Supplement 25%*

Majestic Alaska
San Francisco to San Francisco | 2020 – 2021  | 14 Days onboard Regatta

 

 

April 14, 2020

Why I travel! JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

When I travel, I like to go to nice places, with good food, have a great time, get the best value, be with happy people, and am excited about super, lovely, awesome, amazing places! I Love getting the best values for my clients’ travel dollar investment. Old cliche`, ‘buy cheap, get cheap’. So I save until I can get a yummy price! I am like everyone else, I like saving money, but I want the very best of everything when I am on vacation! I may never go back to that place again, so I want my memories to be stellar! Lovely pictures. Exciting awesome memories!

JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

I have been to 147 countries around the world, probably to where you want to travel! I have sailed over 100 Ocean and River cruises.
My goal is to make YOU happy!

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