Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing
Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing
Departing from the cruise pier, this fully narrated hop-on hop-off tour will show you the best of Victoria on an open-air double-decker bus 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 Old Town, 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 historic areas such as Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Oak Bay Marina, Cook Street Village, 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 also includes a stop at Craigdarroch Castle, where you have the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour for approximately 1 hour, as 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: There are 15 stops on this route and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the route without getting off. The bus runs every 15 to 30 minutes. The tours are narrated in English. First and last tour times will be detailed in your electronic ticket. 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.
The route includes the following stops:
- Empress Hotel
- Old Town
- Bastion Square
- Coho Ferry
- Fisherman's Wharf Park
- Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal
- Beacon Hill Park
- Mile Zero Park
- Christ Church Anglican Cathedral
- Craigdarroch Castle
- Oak Bay Village
- Oak Bay Marina
- Oak Bay Beach Hotel
- Cook Street Village
- Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
To see a map of the stops that are included in this tour, please CLICK HERE.
Reviewer: Sarah Wood
Taken by free shuttle to downtown. Had free time to wander the inner harbor. You could spend ALL day just here! Food, music, artists, boats etc. We got on the Hop on Hop off bus to get to Craigdarroch Castle which was of special interest to us as the man (Robert Dunsmuir) who built this came from Scotland, our native land and my husband had read a book about this entrepreneur. The Hop On Hop Off buses were running late that day because of bike races and we had quite a wait for the next bus to pick us up.but we enjoyed the company of fellow tourists. Back downtown the shuttle back to the ship was waiting for us at the pick up point although we could have walked part of the way back to the ship as the Hop On Hop off bus stops at Fisherman's Wharf and from there you can get back to the cruise terminal.
Great tour from the top of a double decker bus around beautiful Victoria! Very professional tour with pre-recorded commentary. This was wonderful because we didn't have to listen to a tour guide speaking into a fuzzy, loud intercom system. We saw all the best parts of Victoria.
The Castle tour was great, it's more of a mansion than a castle but nonetheless a unique historic site worth visiting. We even have time to walk downtown Victoria and Chinatown with a stop in between at Irish Times Pub for a healthy hamburger, poutine, scotch egg late lunch washed down with a local apple cranberry cider.
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.