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    Belugas swimming

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    Beautiful blooms

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    Beluga Whale

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    Birds in Churchill

Belugas, Birds and Blooms – 6 Days / 5 Nights

 

The Beluga’s, Birds and Blooms tour is an absolutely amazing adventure, truly the best kept secret in Churchill. Churchill, Manitoba is “the” place to experience thousands of beluga whales up close and personal. During the summer the Churchill River has the largest concentration of beluga whales in the world. Over 3,000 beluga whales spend time there birthing their young and feeding on crustaceans found in the warm water of the river. Also, the summer months in Churchill are an excellent time to enjoy the birds, flowers, history and culture of the area, as well as other northern wildlife.

 

Day 1 – Arrive Winnipeg
Welcome to Winnipeg! Your hotel is a short taxi ride from the airport. Time permitting; an afternoon city tour is included. Some of the sights you will see on this tour are the Legislative Building, St. Boniface Museum and the Manitoba Museum.
Overnight – Inn at the Forks

Day 2 – Arrive Churchill
Upon arrival in Churchill you will be met for some local sightseeing. After your sightseeing tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight – Churchill (hotel to be determined)

Day 3 – Beluga Whale & Prince of Wales Fort Boat Excursion
Today you will depart by boat and discover hundreds of beluga whales in the mouth of the Churchill River. During the summer the Churchill River has the largest concentration of beluga whales in the world. Over 3000 belugas spend time there birthing their young and feeding on crustaceans found in the warm water of the river. After your boat tour, travel across the river to tour the Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site of Canada, the oldest most northerly stone fort in the country. Here you can experience the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the fur trade of the 1700’s. The Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Churchill provides an excellent introduction to the sites with exhibits and special presentations. This afternoon you are free to explore Churchill on your own. You can visit the Eskimo Museum, Parks Canada facility and the town complex. Visitors can choose from a number of gift shops where souvenirs range from postcards to handmade Inuit wall hangings and stone carvings.
Overnight – Churchill (hotel to be determined)

Day 4 – Beluga Whale Zodiac Tour & Tundra Buggy® Tour
This morning you have a guided excursion into the beluga whale estuary in a Zodiac. You will experience the largest beluga whale population in the world at surface level. This afternoon you will embark on a half-day Tundra Buggy® tour. This four hour tour will travel along the coast, providing you with a magnificent view of the Hudson Bay, while experiencing the vast beauty of the tundra flora and fauna. You will have a chance to view and photograph wildlife, flora and fauna and even walk on the tundra, the same tundra polar bears roam in the fall months.
Overnight – Churchill (hotel to be determined)

Day 5 – Return to Winnipeg
This morning you will depart Churchill for your flight to Winnipeg. Your hotel is a short taxi ride from the airport.
Overnight – Inn at the Forks

Day 6 – Winnipeg home
You have joined a small group of travelers who have been to Churchill to see the beluga whales. Treasure the experience.

Tour Highlights:

  • Round trip air between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • 2 nights – Winnipeg
  • 3 nights – Churchill
  • Winnipeg city tour (time permitting)
  • Half day Tundra Buggy® tour
  • Churchill area sightseeing with a local guide & transfers upon arrival in Churchill
  • Beluga Whale three hour tour, including tour of Prince of Wales Fort
  • Two hour Zodiac whale watching tour
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes, GST & service charges on included features

Dates & Rates – 6 Days / 5 Nights

  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Departure Date Land Only
July, 2018/19 on request

COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING 
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.