Day trip

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

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Explore Vancouver Island and Victoria on a full-day sightseeing day trip by coach and ferry from Vancouver. Stroll among blooming flowers in Butchart Gardens and enjoy free time in downtown Victoria.

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Duration 13 hours
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Pickup included
At the following hotels: • Fairmont Waterfront Hotel • Hyatt Regency Hotel • Sutton Place • Holiday Inn on Howe Street

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  • Stroll around the landscaped flowers and fountains of the Butchart Gardens
  • Explore the historic city of Victoria at leisure
  • Admire heritage buildings, such as the Empress Hotel and Royal BC Museum
  • Get breathtaking views of Victoria from Inner Harbour
  • Drive through Victoria's lively Chinatown
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Visit Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, on this full-day guided tour from Vancouver city. Try to spot marine life on the ferry to Vancouver island, walk among the flowers in the Butchart Gardens, and admire the Victorian architecture in Victoria. 

Start from downtown Vancouver and travel south through the city aboard a climate-controlled bus. Hop aboard a BC Ferry for a 90-minute voyage across the Georgia Strait through the scenic Southern Gulf Islands. Keep an eye out for orcas along the way.

Once docked on Vancouver Island, the tour continues to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. See millions of bedding plants in over 900 varieties. Enjoy 2 leisurely hours to fully explore the 50 acres of stunning gardens.

Head to downtown Victoria and pass through Canada’s oldest China Town and the scenic Victoria Harbor, including the Inner Harbor. Once downtown, you will have free time to explore the local area.

Spend your time going for a stroll the Inner Harbor, taking in the thriving arts and cultural scene, or visiting the historic Empress Hotel or the Royal BC Museum. Take the ferry and bus to return to your meeting point in Vancouver. 

  • Return or 1-way coach transportation
  • BC ferry fare(s)
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Taxes
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • Please note that the pick-up will take place 30 to 60 minutes before the tour departure time.
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    4.6 /5

    based on 126 reviews

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    Our tour guide was phenomenal and so informative. Recommend him to all. He was so kind and knowledgeable and kept us informed the entire time. The Butchart Gardens were like nothing I have ever seen before. Truly a Garden of Eden. Our time in Victoria was shortened by the late ferries but still wonderful.

    July 19, 2022

    This was a great tour. Our guide David O'Brien was amazing, he was super kind and knowledgeable about the area. He gave us great tips and advice for all of our destinations. The bulk of the trip was traveling from Vancouver to Victoria, but view from the ferry was amazing and enjoyable. 2 hours was enough for us to go through the whole Butchart Garden and browse the gift shop. 1 hours was not enough in Victoria, we went to take some pictures at the parliament and had a quick dinner by the harbor at a restaurant David recommended. We had to rush the waiter a bit and let them know we had a bus to catch and they were accommodating. I would definitely have to go back to Victoria and spend a few days there, but the 1 hour was a great intro. Overall, a great trip, it’s tough to squeeze so much in one day but David did an amazing job.

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    July 11, 2022

    We had a wonderful day. Our driver was right on time with pickup and was helpful and informative throughout the day. We had a perfect weather-day and the ferry ride gave us the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery of the Islands and southern coastline of British Columbia. The Buchardt Gardens didn’t disappoint! Except for the crowds they were eye candy in every direction! It’s true that you loose precious time to view the gardens by eating there (long lines for a $7 hot dog!) but there is no other opportunity to have lunch unless you wait to grab a bite in Victoria. Probably the better idea but who knew? The harbor stop in Victoria where the Empress Hotel is located was well worth the time there. On a hot day, I recommend the icy Bellini at the harbor side restaurant for taking in the harbor view and people watching. We just took in the majesty of it all. It was a long day but we’ll worth it.

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    July 8, 2022

    Product ID: 32627