Winter Polar Bear Encounter

From £4,977.05
Duration 7 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2020
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From £4,977.05
Duration 7 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2020
Tour Overview

​Seeing polar bears in their natural environment is incredibly special, it's an experience that is sure to leave an impression. Churchill is one of the best places in the world to see the bears as you venture into their playground, a winter wonderland, aboard specially designed tundra vehicles. Expect to come face-to-face with a vast array of Arctic wildlife, catch a glimpse of the illustrious Northern Lights, dash through the snow on a husky-driven sleigh and learn about the quirks of life in this intriguing part of the world.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada via Toronto
  • 5 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and welcome drink
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Winnipeg
  • Enjoy an Arctic feast and Arctic spritzer
  • Go in search of the Northern Lights
  • Two expeditions to spot polar bears
  • Experience a thrilling dog sled ride
  • Churchill tour

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Winnipeg

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

Day 2 Winnipeg - 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. Maybe take 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B,L

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 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.​

Meals included: B

Day 5 Churchill - 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

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.

Meals included: B

Day 7 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.

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Accommodation

Hilton Suites 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.

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.

Inn at The Forks

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.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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.