Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Helicopter and Speedboat From Vancouver (Pre-Cruise Hotel)
Roam the rose-lined walkways and arches of Butchart Gardens, stroll in downtown Victoria and more, when you book this pre-cruise excursion in Vancouver. While you'll only have access to this seasonal tour from May through September, this exciting 10-hour small-group excursion will give you the chance to enjoy free time exploring downtown Victoria. Your full-day pre-cruise tour also includes entrance fees to the historic Butchart Gardens and a scenic floatplane ride over the Gulf Islands. With the convenience of a hotel pickup and the chance to enjoy an evening cruise via an express boat over the Salish Sea, this pre-cruise excursion is ideal for culture connoisseurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike!
Your seasonal pre-cruise city and garden tour begins with a morning hotel pickup from a Downtown Vancouver Hotel aboard a comfortable vehicle that transports you to your helicopter dock. From there, you'll take a helicopter flight and get a chance to see the stunning cityscapes and lush greenspaces of Victoria Island, Lower Mainland, and the Gulf Islands below as you make your way to Downtown Victoria. This historic central business district attracts several visitors and locals each year thanks to its wide selection of events and attractions, such as the Victoria Film Festival, Inner Harbour, the Bay Centre Shopping Mall, and Victoria Memorial Arena, Vancouver Island's largest multiplex for sports and entertainment. Upon arrival, you'll have your own self-guided excursion exploring Victoria's downtown district, including the iconic Government Street, where you'll get to shop for souvenirs and admire the architectural excellence of local boutiques and buildings that reflect British influence.
Thirsty for some tea? Then make a stop for some afternoon tea at a local tearoom while exploring Downtown Victoria and sink your teeth into delicious sandwiches and mouth-watering cream puffs at your own expense. Get ready to board your comfortable tour bus by the 2:00 pm pickup time and head out to the historic Butchart Gardens, a historic garden that boasts more than 900 varieties of bedding flowers. Enjoy exploring various floral walkways and rose-lined arches of this 55-acre iconic National Historic Site of Canada.
Wrap up your tour with a scenic evening cruise along the Salish Sea via a 74-passenger express cruiser. You'll board your cruiser from a private dock in Butchart Gardens and get a chance to spend two hours on a high-speed journey as you see the city twinkle with lights going into the night. Take postcard-worthy photos from one of the many outdoor viewing areas, sit in comfort on the heated passenger seats, or enjoy the delicious snacks on board before making it back to your Vancouver hotel for dinnertime.
From getting a birds-eye view of the Gulf Islands to enjoying a high-speed evening cruise after exploring a bustling downtown district and historic gardens, this scenic excursion offers much to see and do. Reserve your spot on this full-day, pre-cruise tour, and get ready to experience a great time in Vancouver!