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Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure, Belugas & Polar Bears

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Country
Canada
Travel Departs
Winnipeg
Travel Ends
Winnipeg
Travel Periods
06 Jul 2022 - 23 Aug 2022
Experience
Wildlife
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
During the summer season, Manitoba welcomes back the stunning Beluga Whales around Hudson Bay. There's no doubt you'll be enchanted by the friendly and curious nature of the Beluga Whales and the encounter of Polar Bears sleeping on the rocks or dipping in the water to cool.

Highlights

Walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort

Paddle amongst Beluga Whales

View Polar Bears and arctic wildlife

Visit many historic sites around Churchill

Get ready to tick off from your bucket list the chance to encounter the most famous predators of the Arctic wild. This ultimate arctic summer adventure takes you to Churchill, where Beluga Whales migrate into the warm, shallow waters to give birth and feed on fish. With our Freedom of Choice you can decide to either Kayak with Beluga Whales or Beluga AquaGliding™ for a real thrilling experience.

With 60,000 Beluga Whales filling the Hudson Bay and Polar Bears leaving the melting sea ice, summer is an amazing time to visit Churchill! Over the course of this adventure, the experienced guides will take you to beautiful wild places that offer the very best opportunities to see Polar Bears, Beluga Whales, Arctic Sik Siks, over 200 nesting or migrating bird species, seals, Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, and more. 

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Included

2 nights in Winnipeg at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel
4 nights in Churchill at Lazy Bear Lodge
Taxi voucher for transfer between Winnipeg Airport and hotel on arrival day
Group transfers between Winnipeg hotel and charter flights to/from Churchill
Shuttle service between the airport and lodge in Churchill
Daily Breakfast
Meals: 1 lunch and 1 dinner as per Itinerary
Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail
6-8 hour Hudson Bay Coastal Boat Tour with the opportunity to view Polar Bears and arctic wildlife
3-hour Beluga Whale Boat Tour / Fort Tour to see Beluga Whales in the water
3-4 hour Summer Tundra Tour on Arctic Crawler™
Parks Canada Interpretive Presentation
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1
Winnipeg Airport → Winnipeg

Transfer from Winnipeg Airport to Grand Winnipeg Airport hotel on arrival. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight in Winnipeg at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel.

Winnipeg Airport → Winnipeg
Winnipeg | Credit: Travel Manitoba
Day 2
Winnipeg→ Churchill

After breakfast, a group transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Churchill. A Lazy Bear Lodge guide will meet you upon arrival at Churchill Airport and escort you to the lodge where you embark on the Cultural and Heritage Tour, which takes you to Churchill and the surrounding area where you will be exploring various historic sites. These include Cape Merry, an outside tour of the polar bear holding facility, the wreckage of the famous plane, “Miss Piggy”, and many other historic sites that make Churchill the town it is today. Afterwards, check in and meet your hosts for the next five days. This afternoon and during your holiday, you will have a limited amount of free time to independently explore Churchill. You may also inquire with the front desk about optional tours and excursions you may book during your time at the lodge.

Overnight stay at Lazy Bear Lodge.

Please note: Your package includes one dinner at the Lazy Bear Cafe. It may be taken on any night while at the lodge.

Breakfast, Dinner
Winnipeg→ Churchill
Cape Merry | Credit: Travel Manitoba
Day 3
Churchill

Today you depart on a full-day Hudson Bay Coastal Tour by boat with the opportunity to view the Polar Bears along the coast of Hudson Bay and other local river estuaries. These magnificent creatures can be seen in these areas, swimming in the water or cooling off on the rocks. A day of fun and learning is complemented by lunch served on board during the tour.

Overnight stay at Lazy Bear Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch
Churchill
Polar Bear | Credit: Dennis Fast Courtesy of Travel Manitoba
Day 4
Churchill

After breakfast, you take to the waves again on a 3-hour Beluga Whale Boat Tour in search of the ivory coloured beluga whales. Also included in the excursion is a walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort, giving you a taste of the region’s past days. 

Overnight stay at Lazy Bear Lodge.

Breakfast
Churchill
Beluga Whales | Credit: Travel Manitoba
Day 5
Churchill

After breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay at Lazy Bear Lodge.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Guided Kayaking :

    Paddle amongst Beluga Whales in the Churchill River with an with an experienced guide. Beluga Whales are curious creatures and on occasion they may trail behind the kayaks! The excursion takes place at low tide and focuses on spending time with the beluga whales in their natural environment. This adventure is safe for beginners and first time kayakers; a short instructional session will be provided prior to going on the water. Included are equipment (single or double kayak, wet suit, life jacket and neoprene boots), experienced guide, and dockside transfers. Some passengers choose to wear bathing suits or thermal clothing under the wet suits. It is best that clothing be close fitting. The excursion is subject to weather conditions.
    Duration: 3 hours

OR

  • Beluga AquaGliding™:

    Glide above the water for a truly unique ultimate water adventure. The specialized Beluga AquaGliding™ creates a non-threatening posture, encouraging some of the thousands of friendly and curious Beluga Whales to approach us in their natural habitat. Recommended for ages 12 and older, wet or dry suits are provided, as well as neoprene boots, gloves and lifejackets (with wet suits). Please note: It is best that clothing be close fitting bathing suits or similar under the wet suits; under the dry suits, sweatpants and a sweatshirt is ideal. Activity is subject to weather and water conditions.
    Duration: 3 hours

Churchill
Beluga Whale | Credit: Travel Manitoba
Day 6
Churchill→ Winnipeg

Following your last delicious breakfast at the Lazy Bear Lodge Café This 3-hour Tundra Tour will allow you to experience the Arctic Crawler™ and take you to explore the beauty of the tundra, the flora and fauna and possibly various wildlife in the comfort of a specially constructed all-terrain vehicle. The lodge shuttle takes you to Churchill Airport for your return flight to Winnipeg. 

Overnight in Winnipeg at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel.

Breakfast
Churchill→ Winnipeg
Arctic Crawler™ | Credit: Travel Manitoba
Day 7
Winnipeg → Winnipeg Airport

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer independently to the Winnipeg International airport for your return flight. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars

Hotel options

Lazy Bear Lodge
Lazy Bear Lodge

Churchill
At Lazy Bear Lodge, the thrill of the arctic doesn't end when you return to the Lodge. That's because the Lodge itself is an authentic northern wonder! This is no regular log cabin. The timber was reclaimed from a fire in the boreal forest. Using hand tools, the logs fit together so well as to appear as if they were melted into each other. The windows were recycled from an 1800's Hudson Bay Trading Post, and if you look closely, you'll see the characteristic wave of the old glass.Come inside and feel the warmth of the massive stone fireplace, crafted from a 20,000 pound block of stone and mortar

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7 days
from AUD8,123
per person, twin share
Canada
Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Wildlife
Independent Holiday Packages
06 Jul 2022 - 23 Aug 2022

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

Important notes

  • Please note that this product is not part of our flexible booking policy as the supplier terms and conditions apply. Our team will advise of the exact booking conditions at the time of booking.
  • Minimum age requirement is 12 years old.
  • Please note that the tour schedule is subject to change based on weather or other circumstances beyond the supplier’s control.

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

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Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
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Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

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We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

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Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

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Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
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On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

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