Small Group Safari

Churchill Polar Bears Classic Tour

A truly unique specialist-led wildlife experience roaming across the ice tracking polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in specially-adapted tundra buggies.

Duration 7 days
Price From $6,954
When Oct - Nov
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Scouring the vast Arctic desert tundra, the red morning sun glistening on the still ice, we spot them. Fur slightly yellow when compared to the cool ground, nothing can prepare you for the drama of coming face to face with the King of the Arctic. As the creature strides closer, unfazed by your presence, the sheer majesty of the polar bear becomes apparent. Everyone who is lucky enough to spot a polar bear in the wild comes back totally awe-struck. This trip puts you in the right place at the right time to maximise your chances of coming face to face with these kings of the north.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Close encounters – come face-to-face with polar bears.
  • Take to the skies in a helicopter to track bears over frozen Hudson Bay.
  • Experience the exhilaration of husky sledding.
  • A good chance of spotting the incredible Northern Lights

Our classic polar bear safari; a great way to see them in the wild, and you might just spot the Northern Lights too.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and check into your hotel before meeting your fellow travellers and enjoying an orientation dinner.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel D

Day 2

Churchill

This morning you fly to Churchill, the hospitable outpost town - originally a fur-trading post - that will be your base for your upcoming adventure. On the six-day trip you will head straight to the tundra for your first glimpse of the bears, though we often see them from the bus leaving the airport, even before we board our polar rover! On the seven-day trip, you have an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environs by the professional team of naturalists and scientists.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Days 3-4

Churchill

Unique tundra vehicles are our chosen mode of transport for spending time among the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, we take just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to view bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. You spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of the vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behaviour and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local culture.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Day 5

Churchill

On the seven-day trip you will tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During your daytime exploration, you may visit local sled dogs en route to Cape Merry, where we often see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. If the skies are clear, your night-time tundra excursion might provide one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences – a chance to view the Northern Lights away from the glare of town.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Day 6

Churchill

Return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-late afternoon, so as to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. Pick up last-minute native handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter journey over the tundra or an authentic dog-sledding excursion. On the six-day trip you will say your goodbyes and depart Winnipeg for your onward flight home.

Overnight: Churchill B

Day 7

Churchill - Winnipeg

After breakfast in Churchill, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Winnipeg and your connecting onward flight. Occasionally, on the seven-day trip, the schedule for the evening tundra trip alternates between Day 4 and Day 5. Itineraries may vary slightly, but inclusions are the same.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

Departing at a time with the highest concentration of polar bears in Churchill, this specialist-led expedition offers extraordinary opportunities to see the King of the Arctic in the wild on a six or seven day tundra adventure.

Note - please contact our Destination Specialists for 2017 cancellation spaces.

2017 Departures

6 Day Departures  Prices  7 Day Departures  Prices 
Oct 13  SOLD OUT Oct 16  SOLD OUT
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2018 Departures


6 Day Departures  Prices  7 Day Departures  Prices 
Oct 13  From £5,595 per person Oct 16  From £5,995 per person
Oct 16  From £5,595 per person Oct 17 From £5,995 per person
Oct 19 From £5,595 per person Oct 19 From £5,995 per person
Oct 20 From £5,595 per person
Oct 23 From £5,995 per person
Oct 21 From £5,595 per person
Oct 25 From £5,995 per person
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Oct 26 From £5,995 per person
Oct 23 From £5,595 per person
Oct 27 From £5,995 per person
Oct 24 From £5,595 per person
Oct 28 From £5,995 per person
Oct 25 From £5,595 per person
Oct 30 From £5,995 per person
Oct 26 From £5,595 per person
Oct 31 From £5,995 per person
Oct 29 From £5,595 per person
Nov 1  From £5,995 per person
Nov 3 From £5,595 per person
Nov 4 From £5,995 per person
Nov 8 From £5,595 per person
Nov 5 From £5,995 per person
Nov 9 From £5,595 per person
Nov 6 From £5,995 per person
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  Nov 9 From £5,995 per person
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  Nov 10  From £5,995 per person
 
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