Day trip

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Day trip

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

From US$ 181.60 per person


The journey to Victoria is just as fascinating as the city itself! This tour offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to the enchanting waterfront city of Victoria.

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Duration 13 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup can be arranged from select hotels in downtown Vancouver. Please be ready 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Please call our office by 5 PM the evening prior to reconfirm the pickup time and location. Late guests may not be able to participate in the tour and will not be refunded.


  • Enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour cruise through the Gulf Islands
  • Admire magnificent Butchart Gardens
  • Take a Victoria City Tour that covers Government Street, Chinatown, and the Inner Harbour
  • See Victoria’s rich architecture, enchanting ocean views, and artisan cafes
Full description

Experience the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island by land and ship on a guided day trip from Vancouver with hotel transfers included. View the British Columbia coastline from a sightseeing cruise, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria.

Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. On the way, look out for marine wildlife from the outdoor ship decks, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales.

Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with a dancing fountain.

Marvel at the architectural wonders of the city of Victoria boasts, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown.

Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

  • BC Ferries admission
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Round trip transportation
  • Meals
  • Gratuities

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4.7 /5

based on 285 reviews

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Very enjoyable day. The bus driver told us all about the areas we drove through on the 45 min drive to the ferry. Buchart Gardens were stunning. Downtown Victoria is beautiful with lots of shops and dining as well as museums, all located on a picturesque marina. It is a long tour and you do spend a lot of time on the bus getting to the ferry, to Buchart Gardens and then into downtown Victoria and back to drop off place at the end of the day.

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October 2, 2022

We showed up for the appointment as requested 10 minutes early but for about 30 minutes we didn't see anyone except a guide who was not from their organization who was amazed at the delay. Calling assistance, the line "dropped" and then the bus finally arrived. Not an apology about the delay. Everything else was ok, the guide was very professional, everything went smoothly. The place was lovely and we did not regret our choice. What is certain is that for €180 in Italy they would have given you at least a meal or even an overnight stay.

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August 24, 2022

Alex was the perfect guide. Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area and gave perfect suggestions for the best way to spend time in Victoria to match individual interests. just the right amount of time in the stunning gardens and Victoria. Tons of facts about the area we never would have known if we hadn't taken this tour. Perfect weather and sunset didn't hurt either! Highly recommend!

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August 24, 2022

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