Churchill Discovery & Exploration Cruise of Alaska with Seabourn

Remarkable vistas, magical fjords and the most beautiful wildlife on the planet are just some of the reasons why this 19-night journey is a must-do. The adventure begins in Churchill home of one of the most iconic and well-loved species in the world, the Polar Bear. You will get the chance to get up close and personal with these awe-inspiring animals as well as learning about the fauna and flora here. Your journey continues when you embark on your Seabourn cruise. The Ultra-luxury cruise line specialise in bringing expedition cruises to the knowledge thirsty traveller, exploring fjords and glaciers up close by zodiac or kayak. Open your eyes to this vast ice kingdom and all the wonder of Alaska.

What's included

• International Flights from the UK based on economy
• 9 nights’ accommodation
• Return flight Winnipeg to Churchill
• Breakfast on Day 3, breakfast and lunch on Day 4 and breakfast on Day 5
• 1 Tundra Buggy® adventure
• Churchill & Area Tour, Beluga Whale & Price of Wales Fort tour, Belugas Zodiac Tour, Dog Carting
• Internal flight from Winnipeg to Vancouver
• Private transfer Vancouver Airport to Vancouver Downtown
• 10-night - All Inclusive on Seabourn Sojourn in an Oceanview Cabin
• Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad in GoldStar service – Seward to Anchorage (Dinner soft drinks and two adult beverages included)
• Private Meet & Greet transfer from Anchorage rail station to Anchorage hotel
• Private Meet & Greet transfer from Anchorage hotel to Anchorage airport
• Internal flight to Vancouver

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Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Winnipeg

Your adventure begins in Winnipeg, gateway to your Churchill adventures. After checking into your hotel, meet the rest of the tour group and your interpretive guide.

Day 2 Fly to Churchill

Your second day starts off with an early morning flight to Churchill. The two-hour flight takes you from the prairies of Central Manitoba over Boreal forest and taiga and final to the colourful tundra of Churchill. Upon landing, you will set out on a Churchill town & area tour to explore the surroundings. In your free time visit the Park Canada Interpretive Centre and the Itsanitaq Museum.

Day 3 Belugas and Prince of Wales Fort

Today is your first encounter with Churchill's beautiful beluga Whales! You will start your day with a three-hour boat tour on the Churchill River, zipping up and down the river besides pods of curious whales. The boat tour also includes a stop for a walking tour at the historical Prince of Wales Fort where you will learn about the famous explorers who lived at the fort in the 18th Century and how they managed to survive in Churchill's harsh climate. Next, you will join a local dog mush for an exciting dog carting excursion through the boreal forest!

Day 4 Tundra Buggy

Day 4 will bring you on an adventure into the vast and colourful Churchill Wildlife Management Area. In the morning, you'll hop on a wold famous Tundra Buggy and head out onto the tundra in search of Summer Polar Bears, Artic foxes, Hares and more types of Plants and flowers than you can imagine growing in the north. You will learn about the different types of plants and animal life that are native to the Churchill area. You will also go out on a Zodiac boat ride on the Churchill River

Day 5 Last Day in Churchill

Take some time today to explore Churchill's gift shops and local tourist sights. Take a picture in front of the Inukshuk on the coast of the Hudson's Bay. It is then time to head back to the airport for your return flight to Winnipeg where your group will check back into your hotel for a good night's rest full of memories

Day 6 Winnipeg to Vancouver

Today it’s time to head to British Columbia’s Vancouver. Upon arrival at Vancouver Airport meet your driver for your transfer to your downtown accommodation. Take in the sights of downtown Vancouver and visit one of the many neighbourhoods. Take in the sheer size and beauty of Stanley Park (one of North America’s largest urban parks). Overnight Vancouver.

Day 7 Vancouver

Spend the day at leisure strolling through Vancouver’s downtown core, jump on a water taxi over to Granville Market and experience the tastes and sounds of this hustling market before heading over to Grouse Mountain to take in the views of Vancouver’s downtown, Pacific Coast and the Coastal Mountains. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 8 Embarkation and Transit the Seymour Narrows

After embarkation at Vancouver Cruise terminal you will depart at 5pm at make way up the Seymour Narrows. These 3 miles stretch of Discovery Channel north of Vancouver Island is notorious for the strength of tidal currents. This part of the cruise requires skill and technical accomplishment as the Venturi effect created from the tides increasing the velocity.

Day 9 Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound

The Queen Charlotte Sound lies between the Queen Charlotte Strait, which winds between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the south, and Hecate Strait, which is northward, adjacent to the Haida Gwaii Islands of the pacific coast. This long shipping route is also called the Inside Passage, stretching from the shores of Washington to Alaska.

Day 10 Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)

Misty Fjords is a true wilderness, often shrouded in mist. Its vertical granite cliffs, which reach 900m above sea level, descend another 300m below the water's surface. Carved by glaciers and covered in a green carpet of mosses and lichens. Misty Fjords receives more than 381cm of rain per year. This rainfall keeps vegetation in abundance, bringing various wildlife to the area including Mountain goats, brown and black bears, coastal wolves, sea lions, bald eagles and ravens. Dall's porpoises, orca and humpback whales can also be spotted along its shorelines and throughout the waters. Your ship will cruise among these spectacular forest’s waterfalls and mountains., The onboard Ventures by Seabourn team will offer exceptional excursions including kayaking the fjords and a short sightseeing float plane flight.

Day 11 Wrangell, Alaska, US

Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 203cm of rain per year. The city of Wrangell, a true Alaskan frontier town, sits at the northern end of the island, a short distance from the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. The history is deeply rooted in the Tlingit people, the fur trade and the gold rush. The Stikine River, Shakes Glacier and Anan Creek boast the largest pink salmon run of the Inside Passage, attracting brown and black bears in great numbers.

Day 12 Juneau, Alaska, US

The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is only accessible by air and sea, due to the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds the city. The city has plenty to offer the outdoor adventure. Choose to explore on foot along the Perseverance Trail or around Mendenhall Glacier, or board one of the many local whale-watching boats or view the mountains and extensive glaciers of the Juneau Icefield from a helicopter.

Day 13 Glacier Bay Cruising Only

Designated as an International World Heritage Site in 1992, Glacier Bay is also a National Monument, a National Park and a designated Biosphere Reserve. Glacier Bay has experienced major advances of its glaciers, Temperate, coniferous rain forest dominates its southern shores. Black and brown bears, wolves, moose, eagles and ravens can be spotted. Glacier Bay has two major arms, East and West, and over fifty named glaciers. Combined with Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Canada's Kluane National Park and Alsek-Tatshenshini Park, Glacier Bay encompasses the largest protected wilderness area on Earth

Day 14 Haines, Alaska, US

Haines can be found along the shores of the longest Fjord in North America. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Haines, is an authentic Alaskan experience. Haines is also home to the largest concentration of bald eagles on earth, and grizzly bears come to this shoreline for the spawning salmon in its rivers.

Day 15 Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US

This unique community on Chicagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park was created and is owned by a corporation of 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes. The purpose being to offer visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska's native cultures. Your tender will dock at the 1912 salmon canning facility, which today is a museum. The surrounding area offers cultural performances, Native American-owned shops and galleries, restaurants and a variety of tours and excursions for every interest from sport fishing to whale watching, guided nature walks and excursions to view bears and other wildlife. ATV tours and even a zipline adventure that is said to be the longest at over a mile and the highest at over 1330 feet in North America. The small village of Hoonah can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle, offering shops and eateries as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation.

Day 16 Day At Sea

Today enjoy all the pleasures onboard the Sojourn. Including fitness centre, salon and card room. Enjoy a luncheon at the Patio or exquisite cuisine at the Restaurant.

Day 17 Scenic Cruising College Fjord

Set deep within the northwest reaches of Prince William Sound are the Harriman and College Fjords, with their numerous tidewater and valley glaciers. The Harvard Glacier, with a length of 24 miles and a face of 1.5 miles is the largest in the area. Prince William Sound is a large waterway off the Gulf of Alaska on the state's southern coast. It is bounded on the east by the Chugash Mountain range and on the west by the Kenai Peninsula. The sound was explored by Captain James Cook, and names in 1778 for the eldest son of England's King George III. Its 3,800 miles of coastline features fjords and bays, with forested, snow-capped mountains as a backdrop.

Day 18 Seward to Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad

Seward is the historic start point of the original Iditarod dogsled race and the southern terminus of the Alaska railroad. It is also home to the Alaska SeaLife Centre, a premier public aquarium highlighting Alaska's local marine life. After disembarkation spend the day exploring Seward prior to boarding the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage in their GoldStar service. GoldStar guests enjoy a reserved seat in the upper level dome offering 360-degree viewing, as well as priority seating in the lower level dining room with all-inclusive meals. The bartender on the upper level will wait on you offering complimentary soda, tea, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks. Two adult beverages including wine, beer and cocktails are included per trip. The most popular GoldStar amenity is the unique second level outdoor viewing platform. The Coastal Passage route takes you on a 4-hour trip hugging the coastline of Cook Inlet and Turnagin Arm. Here, marvel at the changing scenery as well as the wildlife. The Coastal Classic rain will also take you over the Kenai Mountains, through a 1,063-foot summit pass appropriately named Grandview. Keep the cameras at the ready for the trip features glaciers, waterfalls, scenic gorges and rivers. Upon arrival in Anchorage meet your driver for a private transfer to your Anchorage hotel. Overnight Anchorage

Day 19 Anchorage to Vancouver

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport where you will board your flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver meet your driver for your private transfer to Vancouver’s downtown. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along English Bay and marvel at the beautiful sunset from one of the many cafes along here. Overnight Vancouver

Day 20 Fly Home

Today enjoy some time at your leisure prior to boarding your flight back to the UK.

ESTA online application for entry to the USA

Important: All cruise passengers must complete the online Visa Waiver form by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov which is needed for entry into the US at a cost of $14 per person.

You must complete an ESTA application at least 72 hours before flying. Any traveller who fails to complete an ESTA application at least 3 days before departure will almost certainly be refused entry into the country under new US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations. If you are even considering visiting the States, it's worth filling out an ESTA application now as they are valid for two years. Important: If you are refused entry because you do not hold the correct travel documents or have had your application for ESTA rejected - you will NOT be entitled to any form of refund or covered by your travel insurance policy.

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19 nights / 20 Days

  • International Flights from the UK
  • 5 night package Beluga Whales, Bears & Blooms
  • Day trip on Tundra Buggy®
  • All Inclusive 10 night Seabourn Sojourn
  • Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic GoldStar service
  • Available from Regional & Irish airports, prices and durations may vary
  • 5% off all holidays! Book by 31st Jan

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At a glance


19 nights / 20 Days

  • International Flights from the UK
  • 5 night package Beluga Whales, Bears & Blooms
  • Day trip on Tundra Buggy®
  • All Inclusive 10 night Seabourn Sojourn
  • Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic GoldStar service
  • Available from Regional & Irish airports, prices and durations may vary
  • 5% off all holidays! Book by 31st Jan

    T&C's apply

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2019 - Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)
Winner of British Travel Awards 2019

Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully protected - We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA
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