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Alaskan Arctic Turtle Tours
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Bob Dexheimer wrote a review Jun 2019
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One of the best trips I have been on. Jim was very knowledgeable of the area and wildlife we might encounter. He was always concerned about our comfort and whether we needed a break to stretch. I would highly recommend this company.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Norma M wrote a review Oct 2018
La Puente3 contributions2 helpful votes
DO NOT TRUST JIM!!! My tour was in March, I didn't post a review hoping we could work this out, but Jim has failed on his end. Our driver was just a taxi driver. Multiple times she would put us in situations where an accident could easily have happen. I spoke to Jim about my experience and he promised me a solution. It is June and I've made multiple phone calls, left multiple vm and no response! DO NOT TRUST THIS BUSINESS!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Judy D wrote a review Jun 2018
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Now that I’m back home, safe and sound, I wanted to let you know Jim, that I was extremely gullible by believing your “reason” for taking my money up front for the “Arctic Tour”. (I’ve been told that may not have even been legal ~ I’ll have to look into that....). First off, you advertise as a tour. All tours I have ever been on, the drivers were knowledgeable of the area(and have never missed the turnoff to the place/s we were visiting). 2. You advertise lunch, drinks AND snacks. I didn’t know that meant at our first stop to get gas for the trip (that’s a first!) it was suggested to us to purchase our own! 3. Subway doesn’t open up till 8 am and since we were picked up 30 minutes after the advertised pick up time of 6:30am that made it 7 am. With the sandwiches being flatten, they were obviously purchased at least the night before. No chips, no cookie, nada! 4. Having 3 experienced mechanics on board, plenty of violations were noticed. Cracked driver side windshield, two spare tires that were worn beyond the wear bars, numerous cracks showing age possibly way beyond legal limits; on the van, 3 snow tires and one with “all weather” highway tread which on more than a few occasions created traction problems 5. Don’t even get me started on the driver backing up (having passed the entrance to the Yukon Camp)in the highway lane with a semi baring down on us and my husband yelling “there’s a truck coming, there’s a truck coming” because she had to use the bathroom! More likely had to smoke. We all sat in the van 6. Who in their right mind checks the radiator level with the vehicle on? Just so happened the “checking” was in front of a water dispenser with the hope that we would go sample the water (so someone could probably have a smoke?) We all sat in the van. 7. Do you not have employees to drive your “tours”? Or do you just cross your fingers that you will find someone? 8. A 12 hour “tour” turned into a 15 hour “ride” 9. I wish I had looked up your business license (to see that it had expired on 12/31/2017) and read reviews (no wonder people notified their credit card companies not to pay) before I ever contacted you! It’s probably useless to ask for a partial refund. But, I will wait a week before I post my review. I can’t speak for my husband
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Debra B wrote a review Apr 2018
Payson, Arizona29 contributions29 helpful votes
Please please please do not take this tour! You will regret it from beginning to end! First off this is the furthest thing from a "tour" Right off the bat my husband asked our driver how far it was to the Arctic Circle and she said, I don't know, almost 400 miles? Turns out it was189 miles??? We were picked up in the morning about a half hour late and the first thing we did was drive to a mom-and-pop truck stop and she told us to go get some snacks. Lunch and snacks were supposed to be a part of this tour? So we all piled back into the van and took off. The van had two cracks in the driver-side windshield and there were three snow tires and one vehicle Tire on this van. It is required to have two spares to drive the Dalton Highway and those two spares were cracked and old and almost bald. Our lunch consisted of smashed Subway sandwiches that had beef and cheese only and we had to fix our own sandwiches pretty much standing in the Wind and there were no chips. The sandwiches had to have been bought in the night before because we did call and Subway was not open early in the morning so they were day old! Our driver did not know anything about the trip and when she did talk nobody in the back could hear her and we had to stop multiple times so she could smoke a cigarette and every time she got back into the van we were all subject to smelling her. She also stopped and squatted to urinate at the back of the van alongside the roadway. This company is very shotty and very unprofessional and I would not recommend anyone take this tour!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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ppanther808 wrote a review Mar 2018
Prescott, Arizona12 contributions6 helpful votes
It was definitely a ”ride.” While the tour states they would provide various things – a tour, lunch and snacks, you assume the drive would be safe too. However, “assume” (if you know what it means) is the correct word for Jim’s tour. For a mere $200 you get a long ride with many smoking breaks or pit stops for the driver. Be aware, the pit stop does not always have a building involved, she hides behind the van. There is no tour only mumblings are heard from the noisy interior of the van, usually her life history because she has no knowledge of Alaska. The lunch provided is day old Subway sandwiches (only roast beef) with condiments laid out on the seats with no utensils. Snacks? There is none, but then the sandwiches are consumed and no evidence left behind! Before embarking on this drive – pack a lunch, check the tires (mismatched and cracked spares), and read up on the Arctic Circle. The drive to the Circle is worth it, but certainly not this “tour.”
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Date of experience: March 2018
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