Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Price: $215.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 13 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Custom pick-up is provided from Vancouver and Richmond (airport area) hotels. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend comfortable clothing and sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces. Some surfaces are uneven or on an incline. Fold up wheelchairs can be stored on the motor coach with advance notice.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens

This full day Butchart Gardens tour from Victoria is one of the most popular excursions, as it visits the provincial capital and the world-renowned gardens in just one day. With plenty of free time in downtown Victoria and at Butchart Gardens, this will be a day you will never forget.

Setting out from the city, your award winning guide will give you a rundown on what your day holds in store. Your mini coach will be driven to the ferry landing (approximately 50 minutes from downtown Vancouver), where it will drive right onto the ferry for the 90 minute cruise over to Vancouver Island. During your time onboard, enjoy amenities such as full restaurant service, gift shops, or video games for the kids. Mostly, you'll be walking around the deck, eyes on the water searching for orcas, eagles, or seals, and glancing up at the beautiful scenery as the ship winds its way through the Southern Gulf Islands to dock at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.

Victoria, once a small fort, 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. After your guide gives you an orientation tour of the downtown, enjoy 3 hours of free time 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 back at a designated time and place in downtown Victoria, you will enjoy a 30-minute pastoral drive through the countryside. Arrive at a garden that leaves even the most avid horticulturalists 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. Time at the gardens is approximately 2 hours.

From the gardens, it is a short, twenty-minute, ride back to the BC Ferries terminal and a 1 hour 30 minute ferry ride back to the mainland. On the return crossing you can enjoy the restaurant facilities onboard the ferry or grab a nap in the lounge before being driven from the ferry terminal back to Vancouver and your hotel.

Please Note: Luggage can be accommodated on this tour if prior notice is provided. Please indicate if you will have luggage with you by checking the appropriate box above.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  22 ReviewsReview This Tour
Beautiful ferry ride, natural scenery
November 29, 2019
We went to Victoria and Butchart Gardens by bus and ferry. It was a long trip made more enjoyable by our guide. The ferry travels through pristine water to get to Victoria. Victoria is clean and beautiful. We had a very nice time and a delicious lunch on the harbor.
Reviewer: Diane Hynes
5 Stars
Beautiful
September 27, 2019
We had a wonderful day in Victoria and at the gardens. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a second day with our sweet guide Randi. She was very knowledgeable and shared many fun insights with us. The day was long but we saw many beautiful sites and did not regret one minute of this tour. Bravo!!!
Reviewer: Linda Kay Henderson
5 Stars
Victoria and Butchard Garden
September 04, 2019
It is a fun journey with informative history and clear guidance on what to see and do in Victoria island. Suggestion: Wish we have 3 hrs in the garden and less time circling around the island. Afterall Butchard garden is the main reason why we sign up to this tour!
Reviewer: Petty Manthe
4 Stars
WOW - So glad we saw the Gardens
August 22, 2019
I have never seen such beautiful flowers! So glad we booked this excursion. Picked up at our hotel (Victorian), transported to ferry (Ferry ride was great), and transported to Gardens. Guide was really helpful. Highly recommended to our friends.
Reviewer: Linda L Lazure
5 Stars
Excellent Day!
August 20, 2019
We had the same tour guide, Ed from a previous tour on our trip and he is wonderful. Although this was a very long day I am glad that we did the package as Ed made it seamless and gave great advice and pointers. We had sufficient time in all stops. Victoria is beautiful, the gardens are exquisite and the ferry ride was very enjoyable. Ed has a lot of knowledge as he was from many generations of family who grew up in the area and is a wonderful ambassador .
Reviewer: Debra E
5 Stars
Victoria and Butchart Gardens
July 27, 2019
My family and I had a great experience on this tour. Although it was a long day we felt we were able to see everything and learn a lot. The guide was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The ferry and van were comfortable. We had plenty of time to wander about, have lunch and sight see on our own. The Gardens were a highlight and not to be missed. We were picked up and dropped at our hotel in Vancouver with no problems. I would definitely recommend this tour especially if you are only in Vancouver for a short time.
Reviewer: Anne
5 Stars