Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing
Departing from the cruise pier, this fully narrated tour will show you the best of Victoria with a stop at the beautiful Craigdarroch Castle. For guests wanting a quick, bird's-eye-view orientation of the city, this is the perfect choice.
Departing from the cruise ship pier, you will be driven downtown where your tour will begin. Once on board your comfortable bus featuring free WiFI, your driver guide will share history, fun, and interesting facts and stories as they take you to see the highlights of this charming town. The tour is designed to take in the best of what Victoria has to offer, including the University grounds, Uplands exclusive residential area, Mt. Tolmie lookout, Marine Drive, Beacon Hill Park, and Mile 0, the starting point of one of the world's longest highways, the Trans-Canada Highway.
The route will pass through five highlighted areas: Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Cook Street Village, Canada's oldest Chinatown, and Beacon Hill Park. Along the way, the bus will wait at select locations while you document your trip around British Columbia's capital city. The route ends back downtown.
Your tour will also make a stop at Craigdarroch Castle for approximately 1 hour, and admission to the castle is included. Built in 1904, the castle is a National Historic Site and a beautiful piece of Victoria's history.
After your tour, you can choose to remain on the bus, which will return you to the cruise pier, or you can spend some time exploring the city on your own. Complimentary shuttles from downtown Victoria to the cruise pier are available. As the shuttle schedules vary, please check with your driver guide for the shuttle schedule for the day. Book this perfect sightseeing tour of Victoria today!
Please Note: After the tour, guests can remain on the bus if they would like to return immediately to the ship. For those interested in touring Victoria on their own, shuttles are available from downtown Victoria to the cruise pier. The shuttles run every 20 minutes, and the ride takes approximately 20 minutes from downtown Victoria to the cruise pier. As the hours of operation for the shuttles vary, please check with your driver guide for the shuttle schedule for the day. Guests choosing to disembark from the bus and explore the city are responsible for planning their own return to the cruise ship prior to the ship's departure. Additional details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.
If you want to ride, instead of walk, this is a great tour to get an overview of Victoria. The stop at Craigdarroch castle was really special too. Lots of beautiful flowers, neighborhoods, and a park at the top of the city to see panoramic views.
Reviewer: Jill Osterhout
Our city tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable and fun. We loved the castle tour and all it’s history. The walk to get the tickets was far and sort of confusing. Wishing the ticket exchange was a lot easier. Made for a huge day of walking and uncertainty of if we were going in the right direction.
Reviewer: Linda Baum
We enjoyed the tour. We've been to Victoria before, and took a water "duck" tour. The nice thing about this tour-- it took us to places we had not seen before...the stop that took us up to probably the highest city view was very nice. The Castle was very interesting...loved to see the beautiful leaded glass windows, and all the furnishings. Victoria is just one beautiful place! Nice, comfortable bus.
Reviewer: Carol Mackie
It was nice to see the castle and learn the history. Perhaps tour could be a bit shorter.
Reviewer: Gerry Sherman
We cruise a lot but have always used the cruise line excursion service before. We were especially worried since the cost was so much lower than the excursions offered by the cruise line. We were picked up without a problem when we got off the ship and had a very thorough, very informative tour of Victoria. Bus was very comfortable and guide was great! He stopped at lots of places not usually on a tour and really brought Victoria's history to life. One very significant event - when we were about to leave Victoria Castle, a couple from our cruise ship approached the driver/guide and asked if he knew where their bus was - they were on an excursion offered directly by the cruise line and had been left behind by the drive/guide! Since we were at the end of our tour, our guide offered to take them back to the ship . . . .something that I doubt would happen if the situation were reversed. We will always use this excursion service for future cruises.