Victoria, British Columbia
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Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

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.

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From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

2. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Meet in central Vancouver and take a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail through the Strait of Georgia and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to visit the outside decks as it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of sea life, including porpoises and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and first visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Explore this world-renowned botanical garden which was once a quarry, featuring the Japanese Garden, the Ross Fountain, an Italian Garden, and other floral displays. Continue the trip with a ferry ride to the city of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Discover the main sights of Victoria with your guide, starting at Mile O. See Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empress Hotel, and historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley. Later, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or book an additional optional activity. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with suggestions on the best restaurants, breweries, shops, and hidden gems. Relax as you cruise back to the mainland in the evening, arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 9:30 PM.

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Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

3. Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

Feel like royalty on this delightful carriage tour. Begin by taking in breathtaking views of the majestic Empress Hotel. As you enter Beacon Hill Park, marvel at the array of fragrant flowers and delightful duck ponds. Then continue on to the Dallas Road waterfront, passing Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway. Experience the splendor of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And later on, clip-clop through James Bay, the oldest neighborhood in Victoria, which has an impressive variety of well-maintained historic homes and gardens.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

4. Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

Enjoy a private 13-hour adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and stop at one of Canada’s most beautiful public gardens. Following your morning pick-up by limousine, you will enjoy priority boarding on the British Columbia ferry service across the Strait of Georgia. Cruise through the breathtaking Gulf Islands, passing so close you can almost touch the trees on the shore. See seals in the sea and bald eagles looping the sky above. Sometimes, you can even spot whales. Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, head to beautiful Butchart Gardens. As a private tour, you will only have to leave when you are ready. Highlights include the wooded bog garden and landscaped Japanese garden. You can also take a break to sip some tea in the beautifully manicured gardens. Continue to Victoria for a guided tour of the city's heritage buildings, such as the Empress Hotel and Beacon Hill Park. With echoes of the past, Victoria’s genteel atmosphere is a perfect respite from Vancouver, with quaint cafés on every corner. Enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

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From Vancouver: Victoria & Butchart Gardens Heli-Boat Tour

5. From Vancouver: Victoria & Butchart Gardens Heli-Boat Tour

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Vancouver, and then get stunning views of the city and spectacular Gulf Islands as you fly by Helicopter to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Use your free time to shop for linen, china, and antiques on Government Street. Go into one of the tearooms to enjoy an afternoon tea of cream puffs and dainty sandwiches, or stroll the manicured gardens at leisure.  Next, board a bus to Butchart Gardens, designated a National Historic Site of Canada for its rich array of plants, water features, and statues. Meet the ornamental birds of the elaborate birdhouses, go for a stroll in the Italian Garden, and more. Then, climb aboard a 74-passenger speedboat at a private dock in Butchart Gardens and take a 2-hour cruise back to Vancouver. Get stunning vistas from the outdoor viewing areas, and make use of the heated seating areas and small snack selection before arrival.

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Victoria & Butchard Gardens Private Tour from Vancouver

6. Victoria & Butchard Gardens Private Tour from Vancouver

Enjoy complimentary pick-up from your hotel in Vancouver. At Tsawwassen, board the ferry and enjoy a spectacular 1.5-hour ferry ride through the Gulf Islands. Lookout for whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Be enchanted by the beautiful islands, and enjoy feeling the wind in your face on the top deck.  Make your first stop at Butchard Gardens, where you will be wowed by this oasis of lush green and colorful blooms, stretching for 55 acres of flowers, trees, pathways, and creeks. The garden features a sunken garden, a world-famous rose garden, and a wonderful restaurant serving high tea daily.  Take a scenic tour by the ocean en route to the city center of Victoria. Drive by the University of Victoria, Oak Bay, the Uplands, Beacon Hill Park, and finally Downtown Victoria with its BC Parliament Building, Empress Hotel, Chinatown, and Craigdarroch Castle. Have lunch or a small bite, at your leisure. Later in the evening head back to Vancouver where you'll be dropped at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 170 reviews

Our tour guide and driver Ian was awesome. He was funny, informative and gave clear instructions on departure/arrival times and gave good tips on things to do on our stay in Vancouver.

Great experience, great driver with sense of humour but gray line west coast sightseeing tour is short staff and we could not contact them the day before departure. Overall excellent!

We enjoyed our driver, Hanna and the lovely Tommy. It was a special adventure.

Our tour guide Alex was fantastic. So friendly, funny and informative!

Long but excellent trip. Wonderful tour guide/bus driver