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Polar bear adventure in tundra buggy crowns New York, Québec and New England cruise holiday

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Wild polar bear adventures in a tundra buggy; a 10-night Caribbean Princess cruise, New York shopping and dining in downtown Manhattan; the beauty and atmosphere of French-speaking Québec and a spectacular Canadian train journey on VIA Rail.77cf4012-b948-4468-bb67-3b98b3f8bdb9 Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) presents all of those North American and Canadian attractions in a new holiday named ‘Fall Foliage and Polar Bear Adventure’.

Some of the attractions are manmade; others are natural. They centre on the 10-night cruise aboard Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess sailing from New York to Québec, taking in highlights of Canada and the historic US New England region. Two full-day Polar Bear Tundra Buggy Adventures on Hudson Bay in Canada’s Manitoba province add extra excitement.

The holiday includes a spectacular two-night journey on VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Churchill (including all meals while on the train), stays in New York (two nights), romantic Québec City (two nights), Churchill (two nights) and Winnipeg (two nights). You’ll even visit Sydney – the Nova Scotia version, that is.

‘Fall Foliage and Polar Bear Adventure’ lasts almost three weeks (20 nights) and costs from A$9999 per person twin share, including flights from Sydney or Brisbane to New York and return from Winnipeg. It’s valid for sale at that rate until 6 January 2016 unless sold out earlier.

The adventure begins on 10 October 2016 with a flight from Australia to New York, where you’ll stay two nights in a four-star property located in midtown Manhattan. Time to see a Broadway show, visit jazz bars, browse great art in the Met, take in Times Square and catch the street scene in SoHo and TriBeCa.

After two nights in New York, board Caribbean Princess, the cruise ship that launched Movies Under the Stars – a giant poolside cinema featuring first run movies, concerts and sporting events. Onboard, perhaps relax in the premier Lotus Spa. All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are included in the price, as is most entertainment.

The cruise takes you to parts of North America most cruises don’t reach. Call at Newport, stylish seaside city in Rhode Island famous for mansions, shopping, and scenery. There’s a full day in Boston, America’s first great city, described in the 19th century as the “Athens of America”.

Visit the picturesque little seaside town of Bar Harbor, Maine, surrounded by Acadia National Park; then the city of St John on the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the Saint John River, known for the highest tides in the world. You’ll spend a day in Halifax, waterfront capital of Nova Scotia, once the main British military bastion in North America.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, comes next. Founded in 1785 by British loyalists fleeing the perils of the American Revolution, Sydney is the gateway to Cape Breton, known for its Celtic music and culture.

Relax during a day in quaint Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Then on to French-speaking Québec. Stroll the atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Québec, the only walled city north of Mexico.

The holiday includes three nights in Québec, the first day and night based on the ship, the next two nights in a four-star hotel in Québec City. It’s a wonderful city for walking. Try Quartier du Petit Champlain, dating back to the mid-17th century, the oldest commercial district in North America.

Adventure beckons next, with a flight to Winnipeg for a night at Four Points Sheraton before boarding the VIA Rail train for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Winnipeg-Churchill train completes the 1700-kilometre journey to the vast subarctic region of Northern Manitoba in two days.

On arrival in Churchill, relax in spectacular surroundings before next day’s meeting with the tundra buggy. This amazing vehicle is the best way to encounter a wild polar bear. The buggies are furnished with dual-pane, frost-free windows. Heating systems aboard resemble cozy fireplaces.

On each of two mornings, depart early in the tundra buggy into the vast, 8500-square-kilometre Churchill Wildlife Management Area seeking polar bears, the world’s largest land-based carnivore. The Churchill WMA protects the polar bear’s summer resting areas and maternity denning grounds, where the white bears are born. Enjoy picnic-style lunches while viewing and photographing wildlife out on the tundra.

At the end of your second day seeking polar bears, fly back to Winnipeg, then check into the Four Points Sheraton hotel at Winnipeg airport for the night. Time to relax and review the amazing experiences you’ve had before jetting back home to Australia next day.

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