Price from £7,665pp
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:10 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights: return flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, return flights from Churchill to the lodge
  • Transfers: all transfers from day 3 through to day 9 in Churchill 
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by the Lakeview in a double or twin room with en-suite; 2 nights at the Polar Inn in a double or twin with en-suite; 4 nights at the Nanunk Polar Bear Lodge in a double/twin with en-suite 
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 brunch (day 3), 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • The following activities and experiences are included: kayaking with beluga whales, a tour of the Prince of Wales Fort, a tour of the estuary and optional swim with beluga whales. Daily trips from the polar bear lodge may include the following (depending on weather and ground conditions): tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline, tour to the coastline to photograph polar bears, tour to the river deltas and coastal beach ridges, hiking and walking to photograph polar bears (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • The services of expert guides from day 3 in Churchill until day 9 in Churchill

A note on flights: International flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best available fares and most appropriate schedules can be found for you at the time of booking. Our travel experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.

Manitoba is a prairie province in the centre of Canada, which offers untouched nature and urban elegance. It is known to be a land of open space, broken up by lakes and forests, and hides a wealth of wildlife. Offering an incredible number of experiences, you will have the opportunity to get to know this special place and its residents during this unforgettable holiday.

This beautiful part of the world is home to diverse species of animals, such as birds, moose, bison, wolves, caribou, black bear, fox and lynx. It is most famous, however, for its majestic polar bears and curious beluga whales, which are the focus of our holiday here.

This adventure begins in Winnipeg, the vibrant capital of Manitoba with its warm welcoming spirit. The wide cultural range here is reflected in the globally inspired cuisine, world-class arts scene, festivals and unique shops.

Heading north to Churchill you will arrive in the polar bear capital of the world and one of the best beluga whale watching spots.

Each year thousands of the calm-natured and curious beluga whales make their way to the waters of the Hudson Bay’s Churchill River. Their unusual colour and shape make it easy to spot them, but out of curiosity, the beluga whales will sometimes even come to you. During your time in Churchill, you will have the opportunity to witness the whales at close quarters during a kayak excursion.

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On the last few days of this very special journey, you will make your way to the incredible Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which is known to be one of the best places to see wild polar bears and other wildlife.

The remoteness of the Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge and the highly trained guides combine to bring you closer to the fastest and most powerful carnivores on the planet. Here you will have the chance to see more wild polar bears than you are likely to see anywhere else in the world.

This is a truly incredible experience and provides the chance to see some of the most exceptional wildlife on the planet. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Image credits: Travel Manitoba, Churchill Wild, Dennis Fast, Andriy Stepanov, Charles Glatzer, Ian Johnson, Krypton Enerio, Didrik Johnck, Gerry Petrin, Michael Poliza
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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Please note: the 31st July departure date is in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. You’ll enjoy evening presentations by representatives of the Society who’ll speak about their exciting projects and initiatives.

Tue 31 Jul 2018
to Fri 10 Aug 2018
Adults£ 7,665
Sat 04 Aug 2018
to Tue 14 Aug 2018
Adults£ 7,665

Next year's provisional dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.


Tue 30 Jul 2019
to Fri 09 Aug 2019
Adults£ 8,585
Sat 03 Aug 2019
to Tue 13 Aug 2019
Adults£ 8,585


Please contact our Travel Experts for the single supplement.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 18 people

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Payment and cancellation terms: Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms for this trips: A deposit of £2100 per person is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 110 days before departure.

Cancellation terms: After booking = loss of deposit (it is non-refundable and non-transferable); 110 days prior to departure, or after paying the final payment = 100%

Weathered into the lodge

If guests are weathered into the lodge beyond their registered stay, a rate of $200CND plus tax (13%) will be charged per day.

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