Start this full-day excursion with an awe inspiring 35-minute floatplane flight to Vancouver Island with stunning aerial views of Vancouver, the Gulf Islands and Victoria Harbour. Enjoy additional free time in Downtown Victoria.
Once a small Fort, the city grew from the Gold Rush and then as the seat of provincial governmental power. The Inner Harbour is a legacy to one of Canada's most notable architects Francis Rattenbury as the skyline is dominated by two of his most famous works the Parliament Buildings and The Empress Hotel. You will be given a map and instructions on where to meet your guide in Victoria before departing. Upon arrival, your plane will let you off right in the inner harbor adjacent to downtown Victoria where you enjoy 5 hours of free time on your own to explore this quaint city by the sea, have some lunch on your own, and take-in one of the varied local attractions.
After meeting your guide at a designated time and place in downtown Victoria, you will enjoy a 30 minute pastoral drive through the countryside arriving at a garden, which leaves even the most avid horticulturalist in awe. Spread across 55 acres, the Butchart Gardens are truly a sight to be seen. You will find spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times and boasts all the modern amenities to make your time there comfortable and enjoyable. Don't forget your camera. If you would like less time in Victoria, and more time at the gardens, ask your guide before boarding in Vancouver and they can give you a different meeting time in Victoria.
From the gardens, it is a a short twenty-minute ride to the BC Ferries terminal and the ferry ride back to the mainland. On the return crossing you can enjoy the restaurant facilities on board the ferry or grab a nap in the lounge before being driven from the ferry terminal back to Vancouver and your hotel.
Please Note: Seaplanes can accommodate up to 25 pounds of luggage. Please indicate if you will have luggage (under 25 pounds) with you by checking the appropriate box above. As this tour includes a scenic flight, please include the name of each participant when booking.
This is a great excursion. The guide was wonderful. The plane ride was smooth and beautiful. We loved beautiful Victoria and Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We had tea there and it was the best experience ever. I highly recommend this excursion.
Loved the old city of Victoria---take a tour of the provincial capital building. Walking through the Empress Hotel is worth your time---eating there may be a shook to your budget. Butchart Gardens is the most beautiful gardens you will ever see anywhere---over 52 acres of plants, shrubs and trees.
Reviewer: Jason - family vacation planner
So - my family and I liked the tour quite a bit and the tour operator was great with great staff. We had a problem and I don't know even now if it was due to the tour operator or to Shore Excursions Group - but the time we were told to be ready for pick up was 35 min. after the tour operator tried to pick us up. The tour operator was great though and worked to get us another seating on a later flight but this shortened our tour by at least 2 hours which was disappointing. The tour guide was great and the coach was nice and clean. Everything went smoothly once we were picked up.