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The Classic Polar Bear Adventure (6 Day)

6 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Our Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
 
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill 
Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is our base for adventure. On the 6-day trip we head to the tundra this evening for our first glimpse of the bears, though we often see them from the bus as we leave the airport, even before we board our Polar Rover. Our 7-day trip opens with an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environs by our professional staff of naturalists and scientists. 
 
Days 3 & 4: Polar Bear Viewing 
Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of just 16, ensuring everyone a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to see polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our vehicle we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings we'll meet for dinner followed by presentations on wildlife or local cultures. 
 
Day 5: Churchill / Winnipeg 
Our return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. Pick up last-minute native handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra or an authentic dog sled excursion. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg, where we have a final reception before our adventure concludes. 
 
Day 6: Winnipeg / Home 
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home. 
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All This Included
The World’s Most Coveted Small-Group Polar Bear Expedition!
 
Looking out onto the snowy tundra, we spy them, white on white. Alternately regal and whimsical and always awe-inspiring, polar bears in the wild offer a natural encounter charged with drama and magic. In our custom Polar Rover vehicles we can approach at close range without disturbing them, offering a chance for an incredibly moving wildlife experience. From our heated confines—or standing on the outdoor platform—we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a huge, solitary male ambling over the tundra. There’s no better time than now to see the King of the Arctic, and no one better to take you up close than us!
  • R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • Accommodations
  • All meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill)
  • Services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants
  • Some gratuities
  • All activities/entrance fees
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • All taxes and service charges
Highlights
  • See the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears in the intimacy of a small group, on our flagship polar bear tour!
  • The most comfortable vehicles, with innovative mesh steel flooring on the outdoor observation platform, get you safely up close to the bears
  • Our professional Expedition Leaders are the best in the business, enhancing your polar bear adventure at every turn with their in-depth knowledge
Accommodations
Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel
Churchill: To be determined
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Day in Winnipeg
$265 per person, single supplement: $55

For our polar bear travelers who want to see as much as possible during their trip to Manitoba, we offer a guided Extra Day in Winnipeg program. It takes place prior to each polar bear program and includes hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch, a tour of the city highlighting historical and cultural points of interest, and a guided visit to the acclaimed Manitoba Museum, winner of numerous awards for excellence in visitor experience and service.
Notes
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 16 Travelers.
  • Dates for 2017 are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • October 22, 25 & 31 and Novemeber 8, 11, 14 & 15 departures includes a visit to the brand-new, one-of-a-kind Aurora Pod. If we’re lucky enough to see the northern lights, this custom-designed structure provides 360-degree views.
  • Not Included: Travel to and from Winnipeg, lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
  • Physical Requirements: Easy. A polar bear expedition with Natural Habitat Adventures requires very little to no walking. Polar Rovers can sometimes offer a bumpy ride.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.