Travel with Luana Rubin
Classic Polar Bear Adventure
Dear Adventure Traveler,
Registration is NOW OPEN and we only have 6 spots left - with a special eQuilter DISCOUNT!
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October 17-22, 2019 Classic Polar Bear Tour with Natural Habitats:
(These dates are confirmed!)
You can find photos from my previous tours, on this page. Aerial photos were taken from the optional helicopter tour on the last day, which I highly recommend! (I will definitely want to do the helicopter tour again this time!)
Please contact our NatHab specialist Aly Jacobsen directly to secure your spot.
Call the direct line – 800-543-8917
Email: [email protected]
If you decide to go on a different date, call Aly and she will take extra special care of you as a Friend of eQuilter!
If you have questions for me, send them through Wendy at: [email protected]
You will receive some Polar Bear and Snow-themed fabrics in your Traveler Welcome Package prior to the trip, but if you just can’t wait, check out our current stock of Arctic-themed fabrics here.
Space for this special trip is VERY LIMITED so please understand that to guarantee your place on this tour, you need to call our eQuilter agent Aly at NatHab to give a $500 down payment.
(Yes, payment plans are available.)
I will arrive in Winnipeg one day early, so we can meet for dinner the night before the tour starts if you also come in a day early. Aly can arrange an extra night at the gorgeous Fort Garry Hotel. If you do come in a day early, you can go on a Day Tour of Winnipeg, or walk over to the Human Rights Museum which is a 10 minute walk. Last time there was a fantastic temporary exhibit about Nelson Mandela, in addition to the permanent collection at the museum, which is housed in an architecturally unique structure. Highly recommended!
Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you in October!
Best wishes, Luana
Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer.
October 17-22, 2019
We highly recommend arriving a day early in case of inclement weather delays. We offer an ‘Extra Day in Winnipeg’ excursion, which includes hotel, meals, and a tour of the Winnipeg area, including the FortWhyte Alive or Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Manitoba Museum. For details and/or to book this Extra Day Program, please call us at 800-543-8917.
Day 1: October 17, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Our Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg. Once a center of fur trade and a Canadian Pacific Railway boomtown, today Manitoba's capital is a cultural and commercial center at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel,
This French-style chateau is a National Historic Site, built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and still the grande dame of Winnipeg, offering first-class hospitality. After checking in, you will be free to relax until we gather at approximately 7 pm with our Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leaders for an informal welcome dinner and orientation at the hotel.
Overnight Fort Garry Hotel
Day 2: October 18, Winnipeg / Churchill/ Evening on the Tundra
Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post, is our base for adventure.
After departing the airport, we may explore the coast road, where we can see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close eye out for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is white.
This evening, we head out for an evening on the tundra complete with dinner aboard the vehicle. If the skies are clear, our nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a pale glow in the northern sky, then the lights begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red.
Overnight Churchill Hotel
Days 3 & 4: October 19 & 20, Polar Bear Viewing
Custom-built Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they can accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of 16, ensuring everyone a window seat and plenty of space. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate each fall in the region as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our big vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or
Overnight Churchill Hotel
Day 5: October 21, Dog-Sledding/Winnipeg
Our return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart mid- to late afternoon, offering as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. We meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute locally made handicrafts or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before we depart. We'll have a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception concludes our adventure together.
Overnight Fort Garry Hotel
Day 6: October 22, Winnipeg / Depart
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
Since our adventures focus on wildlife, we make every effort to plan itineraries where wildlife is known to inhabit. However, since wild animals live and roam freely, we cannot fully predict or control their movements (nor would we want to). In an attempt to locate wildlife that may have deviated from its normal patterns, or in the interest of traveler comfort or safety, or due to other factors beyond our control, we must occasionally make reasonable changes to itineraries. The very definition of adventure—”an exciting or remarkable undertaking involving the unknown”—requires that we recognize the above itinerary as a general approximation of what we hope to encounter, but it may change. Your guide will determine your final routing and activities in the best interest of the safety of the group and the success of the trip.
ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT
$6795 per person, plus $795 for internal airfare, based on double or shared occupancy.
SPECIAL LIMITED TIME $1000 DISCOUNT AVAILABLE TO eQUILTER TRAVELERS!
We welcome guests traveling solo, however we do not have guaranteed single rooms available on this trip. Every guest traveling solo must be willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, and will be booked at the double occupancy rate listed above.
Over the years, we’ve found that matching solo guests works out very well. Most of our guests have a lot in common, with similar interests in conservation, wildlife, and in this case quilting! Some even meet new friends to travel with again down the road.
It’s highly likely that we will find a roommate to match with every solo traveler. In the unlikely event that we are unable to find a roommate to match for a solo traveler, there will be an additional fee of $475. for that guest.
A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip.
Final balance will be due 120 days prior to the trip’s start date – by June 19th.
Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 to make a booking.
You may also email Aly with questions at [email protected].
To guarantee your spot book early because spaces are limited and the trip will SELL OUT!
For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.
Payment plans can be arranged with Aly at NatHab!
INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST
Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, dog sledding excursion, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST
Travel to and from Winnipeg, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.), and optional activities with Luana Rubin.