Polar Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights

 

Churchill, Manitoba the Polar Bear Capitol of the World is the only human settlement where polar Bears can be observed in the wild. The best viewing time is mid-October to mid-November. This is when the migrating bears make their way to the Hudson Bay and wait until the bay freezes, allowing them to continue their migration onto the ice-pack.

 

Day 1 – Arrive Winnipeg

Welcome to Winnipeg! Your hotel is a short taxi ride from the airport. The city has excellent museums, very good restaurants and an active cultural community that supports ballet, theatre and musical events.
Overnight – Delta Winnipeg

Day 2 & 3 – VIA Rail Winnipeg to Churchill
Your train departs today. Churchill is only accessible by air or train. The train trip takes two nights, so sit back and relax! You travel over tracks that were built in 1929 over permafrost and muskeg. It took 3,000 men to lay the 1,000 miles of track to Churchill. All of your meals are included while on the train.
Overnight – VIA Rail

Days 4 – Arrive Churchill
Upon arrival in Churchill you will be met for some local sightseeing, some of which will be outside, so dress warm. After your sightseeing tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnights – Hotel in Churchill to be determined

Day 5 & 6 – Tundra Buggy
These are full days on the Tundra, and it’s all about the bears! These bears tip the scales at over 1,300 pounds and stand 10 feet tall. They can smell a seal from 20 miles away. Thanks to the Tundra Buggy, you can be within a few feet of a bear and be completely safe and secure. While no one can predict when and where a bear will appear, you would think that anything that can smell a seal from 20 miles away would find a Tundra Buggy full of people pretty interesting. Lunch is included both days on the Tundra Buggy, as well as the transfers to and from your hotel.
Overnight – Hotel in Churchill to be determined

Day 7 – Dog Sledding and Return to Winnipeg
This morning enjoy a half-day of dog sledding! This includes a slide show of Arctic and Antarctic dog sled travel. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled. Afterwards you will be transferred to the Churchill airport for your flight to Winnipeg. Your hotel is conveniently located at the airport.
Overnight – Sheraton Four Points Winnipeg

Day 8 – Winnipeg Home
You have joined a small group of elite travelers who have been to Churchill to see the polar bears. Treasure the experience!  Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!

Tour Highlights:

  • 2 nights hotel – Winnipeg
  • 3 nights hotel – Churchill
  • One way aboard VIA Rail between Winnipeg and Churchill for two nights.  Accommodations in a private bedroom with meals included.
  • One way air between Churchill and Winnipeg
  • Half day dog sledding in Churchill
  • Two full days on the tundra in a Tundra Buggy® (lunch included), services of a naturalist guide, hotel pickup and drop off
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail and air taxes, GST & service charges on included features

Dates & Rates – 8 days / 7 Nights

  • Begins on select dates
  • Rates are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy
Departure Date Land Only
October 12, 21, 28 & November 4, 2018 $7,899

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.