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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Enjoy an extended 13-hour tour of Vancouver Island and Victoria, with return transfers from Vancouver or drop off in Victoria if you prefer. Once at Vancouver Island’s Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula, drive by air-conditioned coach to Butchart Gardens and walk among the 50 acres of magnificent foliage. Then head to downtown Victoria, traveling through quaint Chinatown and the Inner Harbour. Take free time to explore the Inner Harbour, admiring heritage sites such as the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and BC Legislature. Depart from downtown Victoria for your return journey to Vancouver in the late afternoon. Your return journey to the mainland will be on board a BC Ferry, where you can watch for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other magnificent marine mammals. Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for approximately 21:30, where you can be dropped off at your downtown hotel or disembark at the terminal.

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Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

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From Vancouver: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Private Tour

3. From Vancouver: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Private Tour

Take a private tour to discover British Columbia by land and sea. After pickup at your hotel, set sail from Tsawwassen terminal on a ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands. Stand on the open deck to enjoy coastal views and keep a look out for eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island and head to Butchart Gardens. These botanical gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada. Wander through a series of themed landscapes, see the flowers in bloom, and watch the dancing fountain. Continue to Victoria to explore the city’s highlights. Admire the architecture of the Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Enjoy free time to visit its shops and cafes or stroll by the harbor, before returning to Vancouver.

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Victoria Harbor: Tour at Your Own Pace with an App

4. Victoria Harbor: Tour at Your Own Pace with an App

Begin in the heart of Victoria's Chinatown where you can check out Fan Tan Alley before making your way through the colorful and historic downtown center. Listen to information about some of Victoria's heritage buildings in the Market Square. Check out some unique architectural features like Waddington Alley and the Johnson Street Bridge. Stop for a bite at Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Garrick's Head Saloon, or Rogers Chocolates before heading to the beautiful inner harbor. Stroll along the water while you marvel at sites like the Grand Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and the Steamship Terminal. Walk David Foster Pathway and listen to the facinating commentary. Explore Thunderbird Park and Songhees Point and hear about the different people and creatures that call Victoria their home. Visit as many sights and attractions as you like at your own pace. Save your data with an offline tour.

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What people are saying about Fairmont Empress Hotel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 161 reviews

We are visiting from Australia so for us this tour was an excellent way to see Victoria and Butchart Gardens if your on a time limit. Even more magical given it was Christmas. We also had a great tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable with the area and it's history. Thank you Alex.

It was the best New Years Day I have ever had. Victoria is beautiful and the Christmas lights display at the Butchart Gardens was absolutely spectacular. We were blessed with perfect weather, and Hermann, our driver was funny, informative and well organised.

Excellent experience! The tour guide is very experienced and helpful! Really appreciated. The reservation centre can be a bit more efficient but in general it’s good. I will join tours offered by this company again.

Excellent.

Guide was friendly, making the long ride lively & interesting. Shared plenty of information pertaining to Victoria, Vancouver & best time to visit the Garden. Thanks very much.

Loved every minute Could have had half hour more at Butchart Gardens