From Victoria To Vancouver via Butchart Gardens
Skip the typical harbor cruise and head to downtown Vancouver as you enjoy a scenic 45-minute tour bus drive, spectacular sunset cruise, exploring the historic Butchart Gardens and more when you book this guided tour in Victoria, British Columbia. This exciting excursion includes a 2.5-hour panoramic cruise that takes you on a one-way adventure transporting you from Victoria near Salt Spring Island to Vancouver's Granville Island District, with complimentary light snacks and beverages like cookies, chips, coffee, and hot chocolate. Your five-hour excursion also includes the admission to the scenic Butchart Gardens to enjoy free time exploring its grounds and a knowledgeable guide and narrated shuttle bus tour to learn about the local scene. While no whale watching is part of this exciting tour, you'll get the chance to see the Gulf Islands and walk through lush gardens, making this scenic excursion ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to skip the whale-watching for a serene island and garden tour.
Start your scenic five-hour excursion by hopping in a cab (not included) and spend no more than seven minutes traveling from your cruise port to downtown Victoria. Once you arrive, you'll check-in at the Visitor Centre to collect your tickets and head to the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel to hop aboard a comfortable shuttle bus, which will transport you to the gorgeous Butchart Gardens. You'll get to enjoy a narrated 35 to 45-minute bus tour with flexible morning and afternoon departure times as you discover the beauty of downtown Victoria and its surroundings in the first part of your scenic excursion.
Upon arrival to the beautiful famed Butchart Gardens, you'll get a chance to stroll through its 55-acre historic gardens, which started back in the early 20th century. These iconic gardens boast over 900 varieties of bedding plants, such as painted daisies, forget-me-nots, and rambler roses. You'll get to see first hand why over one million visitors flock to these gorgeous gardens annually as you enjoy free time strolling through its lush landscapes and whimsical walkways decorated with rose-laden arches, floral bed, majestic maple trees, and shrubs.
Continue your scenic transfer as you hop aboard a custom-built catamaran at a private dock in the Butchart Gardens' Japanese Gardens and cruise towards Downtown Vancouver. Grab your camera and get ready to take postcard-worthy photos as you take in the panoramic views of the city on your 2.5-hour seasonal sunset cruise excursion. Sip on the complimentary tea, hot chocolate or coffee and sink your teeth into delicious snacks like chocolate bars and chips or enjoy your own as you watch orcas pass by and take in views of Salt Spring Island and the Gulf Islands for the perfect end to your tour.
Whether you're looking for a chance to escape touristy whale-watching tours or just want a scenic cruise and garden tour, this cruise is just for you. Book this relaxing downtown island and garden tour today and get ready to make memories in Victoria!