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Winter Polar Bear Encounter

7 Days from £4,999

Observe polar bears in their natural habitat and go off in search of the Northern Lights on this unique adventure.

Departure from: Nov 2019 - Nov 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
  • 5 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Porterage
CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS
MAX 25 GROUP SIZE

Included holiday highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Winnipeg
  • Welcome 'Arctic feast' dinner
  • Go in search of the Northern Lights
  • Two expeditions to spot polar bears
  • Experience a thrilling dog sled ride
  • Churchill tour
  • Travel in a small group, maximum of 28

 


Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK to Winnipeg

You'll fly to Winnipeg via Toronto today. On arrival we'll transfer you to your overnight hotel.​

Day 2 Winnipeg to Churchill

Winnipeg has a fascinating history, and your morning tour takes you to the Forks area, where its colourful past is very much in evidence. An interesting place to start is the Manitoba Legislative Building, which is made from fossil-rich Manitoba limestone and is full of mysterious Masonic symbols. Next is the French Quarter, where you'll see St Boniface Cathedral and visit Saint-Boniface Museum, which is dedicated to Franco-Manitoban culture.
If you'd like to stop for lunch, this area has a diverse range of restaurants to choose from. Maybe follow this with a stroll around the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Assiniboine Park before we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Churchill.
On arrival we'll check into our hotel, the family-run Lazy Bear Lodge. This rustic log building is the perfect base for our adventure in what is known as the 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'. We'll get to grips with local traditions tonight as we meet up for a welcome 'Arctic feast'. This will start with an 'Arctic spritzer' drink and include traditional local delicacies such as char, caribou and musk ox.​

Day 3 Churchill

Polar bears are what you are here to see, and we're off in search of these amazing creatures today. We'll travel on unique all-terrain tundra vehicles, designed to have minimal impact on the environment while promising to get us close to wildlife. You're in great company with a team of tour leaders and adventurers as your hosts. Thanks to their years of experience they know all the best places to look for the wonderful wildlife that thrives here. We don't even have to stop our sightseeing when it comes to food. Lunch will be served on the vehicle as we continue to take in the incredible sights outside.
Back at the lodge this evening, we'll gather to learn about Churchill and how its landscape changes with the seasons. We'll also find out about the history of Lazy Bear Lodge.

Day 4 Churchill

Churchill is a fascinating place. Inaccessible by road, polar bears sometimes stray too close to town and have to be humanely captured and 'jailed' until they can be released back into the wild. We'll pass the Polar Bear Jail today and then head to the Cape Merry National Historic Site. Here we'll view the remains of a defensive battery constructed to guard the river mouth. Your tour ends at the Eskimo Museum, for an insight into the history of the indigenous inhabitants of northern Canada.
You can spend this afternoon as you wish. Churchill boasts a collection of unique shops, or perhaps you'll visit the Parks Canada Visitor Centre to learn about the natural history of the area. 
The thrills continue this evening as you experience dog sledding! First you'll get to meet the dogs and their musher and learn a little about the history of dog sledding in Northern Canada. Then it's time to take your seat and hurtle off through the snow on a memorable ride along the picturesque trails of Joe Bach's Ridge. A hot cup of tea and fresh bannock, a tasty local bread, round off this exhilarating evening adventure.​

Day 5 Churchill to Winnipeg

You've a second chance to head out on the tundra today on a further included expedition to seek out wildlife. Hopefully you'll be able to tick off even more polar bear sightings.
This evening we're going to get together for a farewell dinner before we fly back to Winnipeg.​

Day 6 Winnipeg/UK

You've some free time in Winnipeg today, so why not head back to the Forks area for a spot of shopping and maybe some lunch. We'll transfer you to the airport later for your overnight flight back to the UK via Toronto.​

Day 7 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 :

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites
The Hilton Suites Hotel in Winnipeg is a comfortable hotel with friendly service. It's also in a great location, within easy reach of the city's main attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool and a fitness room. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-fridge, coffee-maker, TV and Wi-Fi.

Day 2 - 4 :

Lazy Bear Lodge
The Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill is located in the heart of polar bear country. Stay in a handcrafted log building and enjoy exotic local cuisine.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV and Wi-Fi.

Day 5 :

Inn at The Forks Winnipeg
Located in Downtown Winnipeg, the boutique Inn at the Forks is situated next to Winnipeg's leading tourist attraction, The Forks. The recently renovated Riverside Spa offers a great place to relax, while the perfect location offers a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Room facilities include; complimentary WiFi and a 37 inch flat screen TV.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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6 days

Monday 11 November 2019

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£4,199

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MON 11 NOV 19

London (Heathrow)

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£5,199

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Outbound
Air Canada

Monday 11 November 2019

Departs

09:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:45 Toronto (L B Pearson)

Operated by

Air Canada

Air Canada

Monday 11 November 2019

Departs

14:40 Toronto (L B Pearson)

Arrives

16:26 Winnipeg (J A Richardson)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Saturday 16 November 2019

Departs

15:25 Winnipeg (J A Richardson)

Arrives

18:53 Toronto (L B Pearson)

Operated by

Air Canada

Air Canada - AC

Saturday 16 November 2019

Departs

20:30 Toronto (L B Pearson)

Arrives

08:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Winter Polar Bear Encounter with Toronto Add-on

Extend your holiday to 10 days from £199

Nov 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

​Extend your holiday with a stay in the beautiful city of Toronto.

Your extension includes

* transfers

* 3 nights accomodation on a room only basis

* Porterage

Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager

Your hotel - You will stay in a centrally located hotel such as the Chelsea Hotel. 

Day 7 & 8 Toronto

Your time in Toronto is free for you to relax and explore the many attractions that Toronto has to offer.  Toronto is Canada's premier city which boasts superb shopping, fine restaurants and the 1,815ft high CN Tower dominating the skyline.  Why not enjoy a spot of shopping at the Eaton Centre or visit one of the many museums and art galleries. Perhaps dine at one of the many international restaurants, or see a show in the renowned theatre district.

Day 9 Toronto/UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Day 10 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today.



Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Favourite Moments

To see a Polar Bear roaming amidst this natural habitat must be one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences.


Featured Hotel

Lazy Bear Lodge

Few people know about the wonders of Churchill, Manitoba and even fewer have had the pleasure of visiting. But those who have made the journey have experienced a world virtually untouched by human hands.

Whether you explore the lush boreal forest and its wildlife, the rocky Hudson Bay coastline teaming with Beluga Whales, or come to visit the great Polar Bear, in Churchill you’ll find yourself in a clean, natural place that few see. We are accessible, but still out of the way.

The Lazy Bear Lodge – which feels more like an 1800’s trading post than a modern Eco-Lodge includes over 1000 hand-crafted logs, creating an assembly of twisted, and gnarled timbers from enduring trees huddled next to the great barren lands.

Construction started in 1995 when the temperature was hovering around -35 Celsius. This allowed the logs to be hauled mostly in winter time over snow by snowmobile and trailer roughly 20 miles northwest to Churchill. Since its completion in its present form in 2005, it remains the largest handcrafted log building in Manitoba.

The Lodge is furnished with comfortable hand-built log fittings, set awaiting the next expedition of tired and happy explorers in the unique dining room where indigenous foods such as Caribou Pepper Steak, Dill Crusted Arctic Char, and Muskox Rouladen grace the tables. The main entrees, made from scratch ingredients provides a culinary adventure each day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Handcrafted log building
  • 33 rooms with two double beds and private bath/shower
  • Cable television with movie channels
  • Wireless high speed internet
  • Pleasant dining hall with homemade northern cuisine
  • Smoke-free facility

Hotel description and images are provided by the hotel



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