Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing

Alaska Excursions in Victoria | Alaska in Victoria
Price: $68.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard Group
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromA shuttle or taxi (approximately $15 US each way, not included) is necessary to reach the departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressWe recommend comfortable clothing and sensible rubber-soled walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
RestrictionsGuests need to be able to step up and down from bus, and climb a narrow staircase to access the top deck. Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces at the stops. All participants must be able to walk and climb stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.
Tour Details

Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing

Departing from the Empress Hotel, 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, birds-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.

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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard Group
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A shuttle or taxi (approximately $15 US each way, not included) is necessary to reach the departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
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 need to be able to step up and down from bus, and climb a narrow staircase to access the top deck. Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces at the stops. All participants must be able to walk and climb stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.
4.5 Stars4.4 / 5  |  9 ReviewsReview This Tour
GOOD TOUR
November 16, 2019
OK TOUR. COULD BE BETTER.
Reviewer: Dating Liu
3 Stars
Victoria
July 05, 2019
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.
Reviewer: Sarah Wood
5 Stars
Awesome!
June 10, 2019
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.
Reviewer: Joe
5 Stars
Great value
May 27, 2019
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.
Reviewer: Jimmy
5 Stars
Great city and castle tour!
August 20, 2018
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: Diane
5 Stars
Victoria
October 12, 2017
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: Jill Osterhout
5 Stars