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RIDE THE RAILS TO SEE THE ARRIVAL OF THE WHALES- Round-trip from Winnipeg

Round-trip from Winnipeg - 7 days - 6 nights group tour
SUNDAY JULY 16, – SATURDAY JULY 22, 2017

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE ON THIS ADDED GROUP DEPARTURE AND SUGGEST YOU CALL TO CONFIRM WHILE PLACES REMAIN.  AN ADDED BONUS IS THAT THE TRAVEL DATES COINCIDE WITH MANITOBA CONSERVATION OPEN HOUSE OF THE POLAR BEAR HOLDING FACILITY FOR A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE INSIDE THIS FACILITY.   

NEW FOR 2017 - Will be the 300th anniversary of the origin of Churchill with special events being planned and VIA tells us as part of the train there will be up-dated interiors planned for the Dining Car and Sleeping Cars.  Again there will be a DOME CAR to enjoy 360 views round trip as part of the train to enjoy the scenery along the route or socialize with other guests in the tail end lounge. We are also planning a tour of Thompson MB during the trains layover here to learning about this vibrant Northern City and also visit the Heritage North Museum here.

Round trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba travelling to Churchill, Manitoba by rail our guests on this trip will experience the heritage, amazing wildlife and culture of northern Manitoba.  This 7 day 6 night tour features travel in sleeping accommodation on the train and 2 nights in Churchill’s only all amenity hotel.  The tour highlights includes the Beluga Whale Watching, heritage tours of the town and area, visit to Fort Prince of Wales, Presentation on building the Port of Churchill Grain Elevator,  Parks Canada restored train station Interpretive Centre, Cape Merry Historic Site, Eskimo Museum and additional experiences.  There will also be a tour along the shore of Hudson Bay with a local heritage and wildlife guide and a birding expert to talk about the local bird population and watch for the rarely seen Ross Gull. Again, round trip on the train, guests will enjoy freshly prepared meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) inclusive of the tour.   Package includes hotel stays, rail trips, transfers,Day Tours, Beluga Boat Tour, heritage attractions and cultural presentations, most meals, detailed tour information kit and more as follows.

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES:

Day 1 - JULY 16, 2017
Morning meet and greet at Winnipeg's Union Station to check in and tag luggage for the baggage car that will be transferred to our hotel in Churchill.  Then tour the Winnipeg Railway Museum before the mid-day scheduled departure from Winnipeg on VIA’s train to Churchill locally known as the HUDSON BAY.  Those taking part in the package will enjoy a Bon Voyage reception and the passing scenery of prairies and Riding Mountain National Park, dinner in the train's diner, and overnight on the train.

Day 2 - JULY 17, 2017
This morning awake to different views of boreal forests continuing north through isolated communities only accessible by this train.  Make sure you have your camera ready as the train passes bird sanctuaries and large lakes and vast forests along the way. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be prepared and enjoyed on the train.  There will also be heritage discussions and presentations onboard the train for the group.  There may even be some time to stretch your legs in Thompson Manitoba where we have planned a tour of this Northern City and a visit to the Heritage North Museum here before returning to the train and our journey North.. Overnight again on the train.

Day 3  - JULY 18, 2017
This morning the view outside your window on the train has changed again as you overlook the Tundra as you get closer to the shores of Hudson Bay.  Arrive in Churchill to be greeted and taken on a special tour of the town and Arctic Coast region (and your luggage will be transferred to your hotel) to learn the heritage of this unique northern community.  Our guests will also enjoy a guided visit to the renowned Eskimo Museum to view their outstanding collection of Inuit carvings and other creations personally given by the museum's curator.  This evening a special welcome dinner has been planned for the group to enjoy before those on the tour will overnight at the Churchill hotel looking after our group.

DAY 4 - JULY 19, 2017
After enjoying a full breakfast in the hotel A better part of the morning will be enjoying the boat tour on the Churchill River to view the Beluga Whales and the opposite shoreline walk (with excellent Parks Canada interpretors) to see the Fort Prince of Wales before returning to town.  There will also be time to visit the restored railway station and Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for a planned presentation on the Fur Trade and its connection to the area.  Enjoy Dinner again as part of the package and  again overnight in Churchill.  

DAY 5 - JULY 20, 2017
This morning again enjoy breakfast in the hotel then enjoy some free time in Churchill to shop the Gift Shops along Kelsey Avenue or take part in an optional dog sled tour.  In the afternoon the group will tour the region and shoreline of Hudson Bay, with local residents passionate about their community,  to learn more about the areas history and more wildlife viewing opportunities - including looking for the rarely seen Ross Gull.  There will be a farewell to Churchill supper this evening prior to boarding and travelling south on VIA’s train locally known as the HUDSON BAY in your reserved sleeping car accommodation. Overnight on the train.

DAY 6 - JULY 21, 2017
Travel day on the southbound train. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be prepared by the VIA Chef and enjoyed on the train.  Make sure you have your camera ready as you cross high above the Nelson River among other sights enjoyed from the train.  Overnight on the train

DAY 7 - JULY 22, 2017
Awake this morning to the view outside your window of the fertile fields of the Red River valley. Both Breakfast and Lunch will be enjoyed on the train before the train's scheduled late afternoon arrival back in Winnipeg.

Let our knowledge of Canada’s world renowned rail journey work for you.  Those who reserve with us receive an industry leading detailed travel information kit with route guides, tickets, well located hotels, a variety of attractions, sights and activities, maps, travel info and more.  Our detailed final itinerary has hints and suggestions for the benefit of your trip that we have learned over the years in our experience and listening to our customers.  We look forward to sharing our passion for Canada by rail when you travel with us…

Pricing Details – Amazing Belugas of Churchill
Round trip from Winnipeg Manitoba
CDN PRICE DETAILS - Prior to GST

 Per Person Double - Train Berth(s): $2,695.00
 Per Person Double:- Train Room(s) $2,995.00
 Per Person Double - Train Room Upgrade* $3,495.00
 Per Single - Train Room:: $3,395.00

*We only have 2 upgraded or larger train rooms available - and they always go quick.

CONTACT US to RESERVE your space by EMAIL or in North America call toll free 1-866-704-3528

•    A $250.00 per person deposit is required to hold space and can be processed with Visa MasterCard.

 •   Early Bookings receive priority . On the train we also have a limited number of Sections (known as upper and lower berths) for a reduced tour price  -call for details.
•    Balance of tour cost to be paid on May 30, 2017
•    Price above is shown in Canadian Dollars prior to the Canadian Federals 5% sales tax called the GST.
•    Minimum of 10 people must reserve so a guide can join the group.
•    Additional pre-tour and post tour hotel stays in Winnipeg are recommended and we can book these at our partner hotel across the street from the train station.
•    Not be responsible for late bookings if train or hotel space is sold out, highly recommend reserving early guaranteeing your travel dates.  
•    Complete itineraries and travel information kit featuring hotel check inn vouchers will not be sent in advance.
•    Questions can be answered by emailing us or call toll free 1-866-704-3528