Day trip

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

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The journey to Victoria is just as fascinating as the city itself! This tour offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to the enchanting waterfront city of Victoria.

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Duration 12 - 13 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Pickup can be arranged from select hotels in downtown Vancouver. Please be ready 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Please call our office by 5 PM the evening prior to reconfirm the pickup time and location. Late guests may not be able to participate in the tour and will not be refunded.

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour cruise through the Gulf Islands
  • Admire magnificent Butchart Gardens
  • Take a Victoria City Tour that covers Government Street, Chinatown, and the Inner Harbour
  • See Victoria’s rich architecture, enchanting ocean views, and artisan cafes
Full description

View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands.

Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with dancing fountain. The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown.

Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour. Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for those who have not yet visited Victoria.

Includes
  • BC Ferries admission
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Round trip transportation
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Meeting point

Pickup is not available on the 9:15 am departure. Arrive at 999 Canada Place Way at 9 am for a 9:15 am departure. Our Meet and Greet representative will be looking or guests and will be holding a sign displaying Victoria Tour with Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing/Onward Please call our office by 5 PM the evening prior to reconfirm the meeting time and location directions. Late guests may will not be able to participate in the tour and will not be refunded.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 253 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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In addition to the Butchart Gardens- which are outstanding, of course- our trip included a driver/guide who was very knowledgeable about Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the surrounding area. Our guide was Alex and he is an aficionado of Western Canadian history. The BC Ferries portion of the trip was also very pleasant as we sailed between the numerous beautiful islands. It was a long but interesting day.

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11 August 2022

One of the best excursions we've taken...yes, it was a long day (13 hours) but very well planned, with rest times on the comfortable electric coach(bus), on the ferry, etc. Good amount of time to explore Victoria City on our own (2 hours), and Butchart Gardens (about 2 hours). Our guide, Herman, was also excellent- informative and amusing. Can't think of anything I'd change.

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10 August 2022

Everything ran very smoothly from pick up to drop off. Our driver was very knowledgeable. He ensured that everyone was clear about the logistics of travelling on the cruise, and when to return to the bus at all times. The cruise is quite long, but if you get good weather it's a great sail. The gardens are spectacular. We found that the allotted time there was sufficient to tour the whole garden. Loved it!

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17 July 2022

Product ID: 12443