June 27, 2017

Alaska 2018

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Vancouver to Vancouver – 12 days


Departs 07/12/18 aboard Star Legend

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Pass beneath the exquisite Lion’s Gate Bridge not once, but twice, with a panoply of splendid discoveries in between. The acclaimed Inside Passage with its forest-covered islands and wildlife. Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords, where you cruise surrounded by the familiar comforts of Star Legend while large cruise ship passengers board a smaller excursion boat. Ports like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Wrangell that dazzle you with the cultures, history, and outdoor adventures Alaska is known. 24/7/365

April 29, 2016

#AlaskaVacations #JessKalinowsky

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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
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June 17, 2014

#Alaska Brown Bears fishing! They like Salmon too!

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Alaska Brown bears, Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park fishing

#Alaska Adventures & Northern Expeditions JESS Kalinowsky 24|7|365

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Alaska Adventures & Northern Expeditions

In the Northland, a mosaic of habitats hosts seasonal wildlife events equaled by few on earth. Humpback and gray whales make the world’s longest migration up the Pacific Coast. Grizzly bears congregate in the salmon-rich rivers of BC and Alaska. Sea birds nest in massive rookeries in Scotland’s Western Isles. Our unique itineraries witness such events at close range, with interpretation from expert naturalists and personalized excursions not available to the standard tourist. You won’t find a more authentic way to experience the most rugged wilderness on the planet!

April 14, 2014

Why I travel! JESS Kalinowsky 24|7|365

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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 24|7|365

I have been to 133 countries around the world, probably to where you want to travel! I have sailed over 100 cruises.
My goal is to make YOU happy!

About Us Friends Travel, LLP West Hollywood, Ca. Since 1985 Same Owners Same Location

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March 30, 2014

#FriendsTravel, LLP™ Our Mission JESS Kalinowsky

FriendsTravel, LLP™ Our Mission
* We believe in being a responsible and innovative leader in the travel industry.
* We believe our primary responsibility is to fulfill the goals set forth by our principals.
* We believe our success is measured by ultimate customer satisfaction.
* We believe in earning and maintaining the goodwill of our colleagues, who use and sell our products and services.
* We We believe in providing the highest level of customer service, which will result in profitability for our shareholders.
* We believe our fundamental strength lies in our people.
* We believe in contributing to the community of where we live and work.
* We believe that everyone has the right to explore the world with gusto. When you are ready to make the world your playground, look no further
You don’t have to be a superstar to travel like one when you consult our friendly staff when planning your next vacation.
Whether you are traveling with family, Friends, on a honeymoon or flying solo, we will gladly help you map out your vacation.
Hot air balloon rides all over the world, visits to the Taj Mahal or a jaunt through the Red Square are just a few of the adventures that we can make a reality.
Whether you have specific requests or are open to suggestions, our goal is to customize a trip that will transform your visit from ordinary to extraordinary.
If you can dream it up, we can make it happen.

Some of Friends Travel’s services:
• Customized Tours
• Transport to and from airports, train stations and ports worldwide
• Private Helicopter transfers and tours
• Private Jet charters
• Private Yacht rentals
• Private Villa rentals
• Private Tours
• Private tour guides
• Shore excursions
• Hotel accommodations Worldwide
• Group Tours
• Car rentals Worldwide
• Train tickets Worldwide
• Wedding and Honeymoon planning
Our Philosophy

We are committed to providing the highest level of personalized service, local and global expertise and unparalleled customization for all your needs. We have a reputation for providing our clients and partners creative and successful events, incentive programs, product launches, corporate meetings, tours and transportation.

Our Standards
• Complete client satisfaction
• Attention to detail
• Knowledgeable, educated and friendly support team
• 30 years of industry experience
• Local and global expertise and partnership in destination management
• We look forward to making your next program a success!

JESS Kalinowsky Managing Partner

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March 29, 2014

#Alaska Season April through October JESS Kalinowsky

Filed under: Alaska,Flightseeing,Tours — alaskawithfriendstravel @ 4:35 am

Alaska is one of a kind – a land bigger, wilder and more remote than anywhere else in the United States – and there are tons of once-in-a-lifetime experiences only to be had here. So if you’ve been to the beach, seen the geysers, hit the boardwalk and cruised the interstate and are ready to up the ante on your next vacation, read on to learn about amazing and life-changing sites, destinations and events you’ll only find in Alaska.

Let’s start with the northern lights. Also known as the aurora borealis, the northern lights are one of Alaska’s biggest attractions during the winter months. The lights are theoretically visible anywhere in Alaska, but the best and most predictable viewing is found in places like Fairbanks, Coldfoot, Deadhorse and Barrow, which sit beneath what scientists refer to as the “auroral oval,” the place on earth where displays of aurora are brightest and most frequent. The lights themselves are caused by energetic particles that enter the earth’s upper atmosphere. Their appearance can vary depending on the strength of the display, from a faint green glow on the horizon to unmistakably dramatic bands of light ranging from green to white to red and sometimes even purple that hang like curtains in the sky and flutter as though blown by a gentle breeze. There are a variety of tour operators, lodges and destinations that specialize in helping visitors experience the northern lights, so be sure to visit the northern lights viewing directory to get in touch with an expert. Not planning on visiting in the winter? While winter is definitely the best time for northern lights viewing, it’s not the only time. Visitors to the Interior and Far North regions who travel in late April/early May or in September may have a chance to see the lights as well. The only thing preventing their visibility in the summer is Alaska’s abundant summer daylight, which waxes and wanes dramatically on either side of the summer solstice, June 21.

Dog sled tour near the Juneau Ice FieldAlaska’s state sport is dog mushing, and Alaska is indisputably the world headquarters of the sport and opportunities to experience the thrill of mushing are abundant year round. In the summer, many professional mushers augment their racing income by offering kennel tours and other visitor-friendly experiences like a ride in a wheeled cart or the opportunity to snuggle with the latest litter of husky pups. These tours can be found in virtually every community in Alaska. In some communities, summer visitors can also fly by helicopter to the top of a nearby glacier to ride on a sled and visit teams working on off-season training. In winter, races like the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are the twin behemoths of the sport and lure thousands to the start and finish lines to cheer on racers. Shorter sprint races are also held in many communities. But perhaps the best way to get a feel for the sport is to book your own winter adventure by dog sled. A full range of experiences, from fully guided backcountry adventures to short day trips, is available in winter.

Life in Alaska is a bit different, as you’re probably beginning to realize, which makes it no surprise that our celebrations and events are a bit different too. Summer’s biggest hoorah falls on June 21, the solstice, as Alaskans celebrate the light and warmth of the season sometimes jokingly referred to as “not winter.” Virtually every town in Alaska has some sort of festival, parade or other public celebration marking the year’s longest day. In Fairbanks, the Alaska Goldpanners, the local amateur baseball club, host the annual Midnight Sun Game, which begins at 10 p.m. and is played without artificial lights. The game is a tradition more than 100 years old (which is pretty old for a state as young as Alaska), and Fairbanks has seen literally hundreds of future Major Leaguers suit up and take the field during that time. Late-night athletics aren’t limited to baseball – another favorite way to celebrate the midnight sun is golf, with tee times at more than a dozen courses statewide available late into the night, if not all night. Independence Day is an American, not Alaska, holiday, but Alaskans have a special connection to it. Back in the days when mining anchored the state economy, the mines only shut down two days a year – Christmas and the Fourth of July. The break from constant noise and a precious day off made these holidays particularly special in Alaska. There’s no better place to experience Alaskans’ enthusiasm for the Fourth than in Seward, where a community-wide celebration centers on the annual Mount Marathon race. Revelers gape in awe as mountain runners ascend 3,022-foot Mount Marathon in just 1.5 miles and then barrel back down the mountain toward the finish line in downtown Seward.

Winter is a time when Alaskans like to get creative and blow off steam, so there are plenty of winter festivals as well. Many of them are exclusively Alaskan and not something you will see or do anywhere else in the world. In Cordova, the annual Iceworm Festival is held in honor of the humble ice worm, the only worm known to live its entire life in glacial ice. Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous Festival features the annual Running of the Reindeer (Alaska’s nod to Pamplona), snowshoe softball, ice bowling and much more. The only thing that comes close to a lottery in Alaska is held each year in the small town of Nenana, and draws wagers from around the world. The Nenana Ice Classic is an opportunity to guess when the ice will break up on the Nenana River each year, with the winnings north of $300,000 each year. A festival called Tripod Days celebrates the raising of the tripod used to detect when the ice starts to give way, and features a moose call contest, a competition for the grungiest Carhartts, and the Sheri Jo Hawkins Memorial Arm Wrestling Championships, among much more. These are just a few of the lively and fun events you won’t find anywhere but Alaska.

Denali National ParkAnd finally, the list of only-in-Alaska experiences wouldn’t be complete without mentioning North America’s highest peak, 20,237-foot Mount McKinley. The mountain sits within Denali National Park and Preserve, which, at 6 million acres, is a fitting home for such a majestic landmark and the thriving wildlife populations that are her neighbors. There are dozens of ways for visitors to experience the park and Mount McKinley itself, but the classic excursion is a flightseeing tour. There’s no better way to truly appreciate the size and scale of the mountain than to encircle its peak in an aircraft and get a bird’s eye view of its pinnacles, spires and the glacial forces that have carved its unique appearance. Flightseeing tours are available from Anchorage, Talkeetna, the park itself, Healy and Fairbanks. Another great option is to book a stay at one of the few backcountry lodges in the park or take the shuttle bus out for a day trip to Wonder Lake. Views of the mountain from deep within the park are the best you’ll get from the ground, and Wonder Lake is named that way for a reason – sitting near the base of the mountain, the lake captures a breathtaking reflection of the mountain that is a must for your Alaska photo collection.

There are dozens of other special experiences, places, personalities and natural wonders in Alaska that you won’t find anywhere else, so don’t wait to plan your trip. In summer or winter, life-changing experiences await!

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One of THE most exciting things to do in Alaska is “Flightseeing” and I strongly urge advance reservations being made with original travel reservations  because of limited number of available seats! 2-3 to an airplane.  Truly worth every penny!!!!  Camera in hand!!!!

February 22, 2014

#FriendsTravelReservations JESS Kalinowsky

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January 2, 2014

Alaska with Friends Travel Video JESS Kalinowsky

Alaska Video

Click on the link and see what is waiting for you in the Great State of Alaska!

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October 16, 2013

#AlaskaVacationsFriendsTravel #FriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky 24|7|365

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