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John Hall’s Alaska in 2025: New Itineraries, Same Excellent Experience

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Most people use my site to plan their own trip to Alaska; they want to feel the freedom of a completely custom itinerary, and discover The Last Frontier on their own – and on their own terms.

Occasionally though, I get a request from someone asking about group tours, and I always know exactly who to recommend: John Hall’s Alaska. I had the chance to go on their Grand Slam Alaska tour in Summer 2021, and really loved how they put together an itinerary that sampled the best of the state and included the convenience of group travel without feeling like I was being shepherded from place to place.

Excitingly, John Hall’s Alaska has just announced two brand new itineraries for Alaska in 2025 – in addition to their crowd-faves like the 10-day Grand Slam and 14-day “National Parks of Alaska” tours they already plan to offer.

First up, for all you summer visitors, check out the seven-day “Denali Explorer” itinerary. This trip is tailor-made for multigenerational travel, so grab the whole family and get ready for wildlife spotting in Denali and Kenai Fjords national parks, dog mushing, cultural experiences, and even a scenic ride aboard the Alaska Railroad.

And for those craving a winter wonderland adventure, consider the new “Alaska’s Arctic Aurora” itinerary. Over eight days, immerse yourself in Fairbanks and Coldfoot, with plenty of opportunities to witness the awe-inspiring northern lights. During the day, enjoy activities like dog mushing, snowmachining, and even crossing the Arctic Circle. This one sounds like a bucket list experience if you’re keen on seeing the aurora during its peak this coming winter.

These two itineraries round out the complete list of Alaska tours you can choose from John Hall’s Alaska, offering a few shorter options:

  • Denali Explorer (new!) – 7 days, focusing on Denali but also visiting, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Seward (Kenai Fjords). (Much like my own 7-day Alaska itineraries!)
  • Alaska’s Arctic Aurora (new!) – 8 days, visiting Fairbanks and Coldfoot in the winter.
  • Alaska’s Winter Wonders – 8 days, visiting, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks – plus Denali – in the winter.
  • Grand Slam Alaska – 10 days, visiting Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Valdez, plus cruising on Prince William Sound
  • Alaska Bears & Bering Sea – 11 days, visiting Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks with jaunts to both Kodiak and Nome.
  • Iditarod & Aurora Adventure – 11 days in winter, traveling from Anchorage to Willow to Fairbanks to Nome – all focused on the Iditarod race in early March.
  • Untamed Alaska – 11 days, visiting Anchorage, Denali, and Talkeetna, plus crossing the Denali Highway (I don’t know of any other tour that does that!), flying to Cordova, and cruising from Cordova to Valdez.
  • National Parks of Alaska – 14 days, visiting Denali, Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias, Katmai, Lake Clark, and Gates of the Arctic.
  • 1898 Alaska & Yukon Gold Rush – 14 days, visiting Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, the Yukon, and Skagway, Haines, and Juneau.

If you’re on the fence about visiting Alaska as part of a tour group, be sure to check out my review of John Hall’s Alaska (it has about 150 pictures!). Group tours aren’t for every type of Alaska traveler, but they can be great for some – and I’ve definitely seen the appeal of them when they’re done as well as John Hall’s Alaska!

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I was born on the East Coast and currently live in the Midwest – but my heart will always be out West. I lived for 15 years in Alaska, as well as four years each in California and Washington. I share travel resources and stories based on my personal experience and knowledge.

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