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Tundra Buggy Enthusiast

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Priced from $5,799 CAD   Days: 5 to 7 

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Packages by Enthusiast Hotel-Based Packages

These popular polar bear trips include either 3 nights in Churchill, with 2 full days of bear-watching on the tundra, to give you ample opportunity to observe the bears in their natural habitat.The emphasis is either on photography or the natural history and viewing of the bears.All tours travel in an original Tundra Buggy to Gordon Point, about 25 miles east of town, in the heart of the best bear viewing in the Churchill area. 

Enthusiast Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.

On the lodge-based trips, full-day excursions are made aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching bears! This gives several hours more bear viewing time than our hotel-based trips, since we do not have daily travel to and from Churchill.

Enthusiast VIA Rail Packages

The Enthusiast VIA Rail packages allow you to enjoy the classic Enthusiast Tour combined with travel to or from Winnipeg by train. Watch the transition from prairie to boreal forest to tundra. Train offers a diner car and private sleepers. Two nights and one day on the train. These tours are the first to sell out so contact our office to reserve your space now!


 

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Itinerary:

Enthusiast Hotel Based Churchill Package Trip Activities: Churchill area tour, Eskimo Museum, Parks Canada, slide presentation, dog sledding, Cultural Arts .

Enthusiast Tundra Buggy Lodge Package Trip Activities: Churchill area tour, Eskimo Museum, Parks Canada, dog sledding.

Enthusiast VIA Rail Package
Trip Activities: Churchill area tour, Eskimo Museum, Parks Canada, slide presentation, dog sledding.


Enthusiast Hotel-Based Tour

Sample Itinerary, Churchill Package

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg and transfer to hotel.  Overnight Winnipeg Four Points by Sheridan, no meals

Day 2: Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, meet guide for town and area tour, and visit to Eskimo Museum. Overnight Churchill. B,L,D

Day 3: Day spent in a Tundra Buggy with guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Overnight Churchill. B,L,D

Day 4: Day spent in a Tundra Buggy with guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Overnight in Churchill. B,L,D

Day 5: Dogsledding and visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center.  Fly to Winnipeg late evening. Overnight Winnipeg at Four Points by Sheridan. B,L,D

Day 6: Fly home. No meals. 


Enthusiast Tundra Buggy Lodge Tour

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg. Overnight Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. No melas. 

Day 2: Early morning flight to Churchill. Depart for town and area tour, and visit to Eskimo Museum. Evening visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center (on select tours). Overnight Churchill. B,L,D

Day 3: Free time to explore Churchill at your leisure. Dog sled program (on select tours). Afternoon transfer to Tundra Buggy and begin your exciting trip to the Tundra Buggy Lodge, watching for wildlife along the way. Overnight Tundra Buggy Lodge. B,L,D

Day 4 & 5: Your next two days will be spent out on the tundra. After breakfast, you will head out on the Tundra Buggy, away from the lodge, searching for Polar Bears and other wildlife. Evenings will be spent enjoying delicious home cooked meals, and socializing in the Tundra Lounge. Watch the night sky for Northern Lights. Overnight Tundra Buggy Lodge. B,L,D

Day 6: After breakfast, the group will depart the lodge, participating on the last Tundra Buggy expedition, on the way back to the buggy launch area. Then you will be transferred directly to the airport. Evening flight back to Winnipeg. Overnight Four Points by Sheraton Airport Hotel.  B,L,D

Day 7: Fly home.


Enthusiast VIA Rail Tours

VIA Rail Segment Winnipeg-Churchill

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg, transfer to hotel on your own. Overnight at Inn at the Forks. No meals. 

Day 2: Early afternoon Winnipeg departure by train. Overnight on train. B,L,D

Day 3: Day and night are spent on the train with a lenghty stop in Thompson. B,L,D

Day 4: Early morning arrival to Churchill. Depart for town and area tour, and visit to Eskimo Museum. Evening cultural presentation. Overnight Churchill hotel. B,L,D

Day 5:  Days spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Overnight Churchill hotel. B,L,D

Day 6: Visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center, dog sledding excursion.  Overnight Churchill hotel. B,L,D

Day 7: Days spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.  Evening return flight to Winnipeg. Overnight Winnipeg at Four Points by Sheraton. B,L,D

Day 8: Depart Winnipeg at your leisure. No meals. 

Date - Rates:

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(All prices in Canadian Dollars)

To calculate today's spot exchange rate, click here.   Strong US Dollar translates to 25% or more savings! Because of the current exchange rates (May 2017) between the US and Canadian dollars, the US Dollar price for these trips is more than 25% less than the listed Canadian dollar price.  Call our office for a current quote.

2018 prices are now available. Scroll down, or jump there by clicking here.

 

2017

2017 ENTHUSIAST HOTEL BASED CHURCHILL PACKAGES 

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Day Trips on Buggy Leader Type Air Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
2

Sep 27-Oct 2

2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799  $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
3 Oct 11-16 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
5 Oct 14-19 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
7 Oct 17-22 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
9 Oct 20-25 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
12 Oct 23-28 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925  CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
14 Oct 26-31 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
16 Oct 29-Nov 3 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799  $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
18 Nov 1-5 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,799 $700 CT,PC,TB Open
22/24 Nov 5-10 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799  $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
23  Nov 5-9 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,799 $700 CT,PC,TB Open
25 Nov 7-12 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
26 Nov 9-13 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,799 $700  CT,PC,TB Open
27 Nov 10-15 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
29 Nov 11-16 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,799 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open

 

2017 ENTHUSIAST VIA RAIL PACKAGES  

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Nights on train Day trips on Buggy Air Rail Leader Type Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
40 Oct 9-16 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,399 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
41 Oct 21-28 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,399 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
43 Oct 30-Nov 6 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,399 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
44 Nov 6-13 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,399 $925 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open

 

VIA Rail segment Winnipeg-Churchill, return by air. 2017 ENTHUSIAST TUNDRA BUGGY LODGE PACKAGES

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Nights in Lodge Day Trips on Buggy Leader Type Air Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
52 Oct 26- Nov 1 2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,999 $475 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB  Sold Out
54 Oct. 28 - Nov 3 2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,999 $475 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Conservation Journey Sold Out
58 Nov 8-14 2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,999 $475 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Sold Out
59 Nov 9-15 2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,999 $475 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
56 Oct 31-Nov 6  2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,999 $475 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open

 

2018 

2018 ENTHUSIAST HOTEL BASED CHURCHILL PACKAGES 

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Day Trips on Buggy Leader Type Air Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
2

Sep 25-30

2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949  $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
5 Oct 11-16 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
8 Oct 14-19 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
11 Oct 20-25 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
15 Oct 23-28 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
18 Oct 26-31 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950  CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
20 Oct 29-Nov 3 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
23 Nov 1-6 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949  $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
24 Nov 2-7 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,DS,EM,PC,TB Open
26 Nov 4-9 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949  $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
27  Nov 5-9 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,899 $700 CT,PC,TB Open
28 Nov 7-11 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,899 $700 CT,PC,TB Open
29 Nov 9-13 2 2 2 Guide RT All 30 $4,899 $700  CT,PC,TB Open
31 Nov 10-15 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
33 Nov 11-16 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
34 Nov 14-19 2 3 2 Guide RT All 22 $5,949 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open

 

2018 ENTHUSIAST VIA RAIL PACKAGES  VIA Rail segment Winnipeg-Churchill, return by air.

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Nights 
on train
Day trips on Buggy Air Rail Leader Type Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
40 Oct 15-22 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,549 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
41 Nov 12-19 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,549 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
42 Oct 27-Nov 3 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,549 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
43 Nov 3-10 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,549 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
44 Nov 5-12 2 3 2 2 OW OW Guide All 22 $6,549 $950 CP,CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open

 

2018 ENTHUSIAST TUNDRA BUGGY LODGE PACKAGES

Tour # Dates Nights in Winnipeg Nights in Churchill Nights in Lodge Day Trips on Buggy Leader Type Air Meals Capacity Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Activites Status
50 Oct 23-28 2   3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,549 $250 CT,EM,PC,DS,TB  Open
53 Oct 26-31 2   3 3 Guide RT All 20 $7,549 $250 CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
56 Oct 31-Nov 6 2 1 3 3 Guide RT All 20 $8,099 $475 CT,EM,PC,DS,TB Open
90 Oct 9-13 2   2 2 Guide RT All 20 $6,049 $250 IT,TB Open
94 Oct 13-17 2   2 2 Guide RT All 20 $6,049 $250 IT,TB Open
98 Oct 17-21 2   2 2 Guide RT All 20 $6,049 $250 IT,TB Open
102 Oct 21-25 2   2 2 Guide RT All 20 $6,049 $250 IT,TB Open

 

PLEASE NOTE (all tours): Prices do not include G.S.T/P.S.T of 9%Package Includes: Round-trip airfare Winnipeg - Churchill as listed or train as listed, nights in Winnipeg and Churchill as listed or lodge as listed, meals as listed, activites as listed. 

Activities all tours as listed:  CT: Churchill town & area tour CP: Cultural Presentations EM: Eskimo Museum PC: Parks Canada DS: Dog sledding  TB: Guided Buggy guide

Registration: To confirm your space on this tour, please send a deposit of $750 CAD to our office. Balance is due 120 days prior to departure. Please note: Tour rates are based on Canadian Dollars. Call: 800.808.4492 US and Canada or globally 575.524.0084.

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit $750 non-refundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is non-refundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% non-refundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance. A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration.  Our insurance carrier is Travel Guard. 

Lodging:

Hotel-based tour:

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The first and last night of your trip are spent at the Sheraton Four Points in Winnipeg.  The hotel is located at Winnipeg International Airport and is conveniently connected to the airport via skywalk. This first-class, full-service hotel features 132 guest rooms.

Hotel Based Tours in Churchill: There are a limited number of hotels in Churchill so we use them all.  Each hotel is family run, clean, neat and comfortable.  Churchill area hotel (to be announced), depending on tour number.


 

Lodge-based tour:

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The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.The five units consist of two sleeping modules (complete with shared bathrooms and shower facilities), a lounge module, a dining module, and a module which houses supplies and the camp’s power station.

 

 

 

Tundra-camp-6A safe haven from the bears and an excellent base for wildlife observation, the warm and casual Tundra Buggy Lodge provides more time for viewing and photographing than our hotel-based trips. Imagine watching the bears day or night, from inside or out, and, on clear nights, under the ghostly northern lights! In addition, a Tundra Buggy is available for a full day excursion into the same observation areas that our other tours explore. In the evening enjoy relaxation, excellent meals and informal talks, slide shows, videos, and bear stories in the lounge. The proximity and viewing of the bears is exceptional, and the accommodations make even the barren tundra comfortable.
 
 
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