Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing

Alaska Excursions in Victoria | Alaska in Victoria
Price: $68.00
Children ages 5 and under are free with advanced notice at the time of booking.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10-minute taxi (not included, approximately $10 US each way), or an approximately 30-minute shuttle (not included, approximately $15 US per person) is required to reach your departure location.
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.

Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing

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 16 stops on this route and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the route without getting off. The bus runs hourly, and 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 (721 Government Street)
  • Delta Hotel (Songhees Lookout)
  • Pandora at Fan Tan Alley (Chinatown)
  • Wharf at Yates
  • CoHo / Black Ball Ferry Terminal
  • Coast Hotel (David Foster Walkway)
  • Finest at Sea (Fisherman's Wharf)
  • Ogden Point (Cruise Terminal)
  • Beacon Hill Park (Children's Farm)
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Craigdarroch Castle / Victoria Art Gallery (Fort Street)
  • Oak Bay Municipal Hall
  • Oak Bay Marina
  • Oak Bay Beach Hotel
  • Cook Street Village (313 Cook Street)
  • Empress Hotel (721 Government Street)

To see a map of the stops that are included in this tour, please CLICK HERE.

4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  10 ReviewsReview This Tour
: Victoria Castle and City Sightseeing
August 04, 2022
Very informative and I enjoyed seeing the various items in each room that captured the culture during their time period.
Reviewer: Diane Walker
5 Stars
November 16, 2019
Reviewer: Dating Liu
3 Stars
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
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