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“What a way to spend a whole day!”

Alaska Galore Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Alaska Galore Tours is a locally owned and operated tour business based in Juneau. Owners, Louis Juergens and Jamie Letterman, have over 17 years of combined experience in the tourism industry. We have experience and expertise in all aspects of fishing and whale watching for groups, families, individuals, and corporate needs.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We did the Whales, Bears, and Glaciers Tour on August 2, 2013. We booked online (not via cruise ship), months before, and all went smoothly. Our guide Jacqueline, a delightful Alaskan college student, met us on the dock; we were the first off the Disney Wonder and she was there already. We waited a few minutes for our shuttle driver who took us to the airport. We boarded a small Cessna to Chicagoff Island, for a 45 minute flight. It was a gorgeous morning, hardly any clouds, bright blue skies. Gorgeous flight! Our pilot even circled when we pointed out some humpbacks. After landing at Hoonah International Airport (a landing strip and single building!) we met our local guide, Johnny, who took us to look for bears. We stopped first at a bridge over a salmon stream. We saw hundreds, if not thousands, of salmon, and a bald eagle, but no bears. He took us to another stream where there were 2 juvenile coastal brown bears. We also saw a deer. We then boarded another Wings over Alaska plane with Jamie, our awesome pilot. She gave us headphones to hear her and took us over 3 glaciers on the way back to Juneau. The views were just beautiful in the perfect weather. She landed in the wind diagonally but made it feel like landing on cotton balls. Wow. We were then shuttled to the boat dock to meet our boat captain. We were supposed to get lunch, but there was a mix up, so sandwiches were apologetically provided after the tour. We were on the boat with 2 other families, about 12 people total. It was a bit crowded but not bad--still better than the large tour boats. The tour went well, we saw humpbacks 3 times, and some Dall's porpoises. We were then shuttled back to the ship, but were given the option of being dropped off in the shopping area of the pier if we wished. It was our favorite day of the entire trip. Many thanks to the several people who all coordinated our day.

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alaskagaloretours, Guest Relations Manager at Alaska Galore Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Good afternoon Jennifer! Wow, thanks for such a great review. I can't express how much we appreciate it when people truly enjoy their experience with Alaska Galore, you really help validate why we do what we do. I'm happy you found the pickup to be timely, and that you enjoyed your guide, Jacqueline, as well! Your weather sounded fantastic which can sometimes be intermittent, with our temperate climate, so this was great! Also, to read that you got to experience what sounds like quite a bit of wildlife is absolutely wonderful. I want to apologize for the mix up with your lunches, I understand that that can be a irksome, so thank you for your understanding. We work to make sure that these things don't happen but sometimes, they just do. Once again, thank you for your review, and I am absolutely thrilled that we got to be part of your favorite day of the entire trip! I hope you are having a great winter, and we would love to see you back in Alaska one day!

Tawney Letterman
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Captain John created an unforgettable experience. Not only did we see many humpback whales, he shared his knowledge of the wildlife, terrain and "local legends." The crew was very personable and accommodating. Their excitement was contagious. A real high point in our trip to Alaska. Ann W.

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alaskagaloretours, Guest Relations Manager at Alaska Galore Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Greetings Ann! I am so happy to read that you had a great experience on our tour with Captain John! Thank you for taking the time to review your tour, your feedback is so valuable to us, as is the time we know you took to write about us. We sincerely hope you choose to return to Alaska someday and that you take a tour with us again. We hope you are having a great winter, and greetings from Alaska!

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Eduardo, Misty, and Captain T rocked on this tour! I highly recommend this tour and will go on again in the future!

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alaskagaloretours, Guest Relations Manager at Alaska Galore Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2014

Good afternoon Don! We really appreciate you taking the time to recommend us! We appreciate your business immensely, and we hope you are keeping warm this winter!

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

A friend recommended Alaska Galore Tours and specifically Captain Annette. Captain Annette made our tour memorable. We had missed the Orca whales by one day but Captain Annette said we would see humpbacks. She also said "I want you to be able to hear the whale inhale after it blows." And one came close enough to the boat that we did hear it inhale! What an experience! We also got to see the sea lions up close. We loved that we were the only 4 people on the boat - much better than being on a large boat with many more people jockeying for space. Captain Annette readily shared her knowledge of Alaska and the wildlife, especially whales. It was obvious that she loves her job. Alaska Galore Tours was very easy to work with and friendly from the first email contact. They met us at the ship and took us back in plenty of time to get some shopping done.

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alaskagaloretours, Guest Relations Manager at Alaska Galore Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2014

Good afternoon Louise!

I am sorry to hear about you missing the Orcas on your tour, but I am thrilled to hear that you got to experience the whales breathing! I'm also happy to hear that you enjoyed the intimacy of the smaller tour, as that is what we strive for as a company. We love to hear that on top of you having an easy booking experience, that you were able to experience the passion for wildlife of our boat captains. Thank you for your great review, we really appreciate reviews like yours, and hope that you come back again and visit us sometime in the future! Hope this finds you well!

Tawney Letterman
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media@alaskagalore.com

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