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Full-Day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

1. Full-Day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

Enjoy an exciting full-day tour in Victoria that's packed with activities. Your day will start with a ride on board a minibus in Vancouver that will take you to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. You will then be driven onto a ferry with on board amenities including a restaurant, gift shop, and arcades for the children. Walk around the deck while enjoying the scenery and look out for orcas, seals, and other marine life. Then dock in the port of Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and tour the heart of Victoria. The area grew from the Gold Rush in 1841 and still displays many traditional buildings from the period by renowned Canadian architect, Francis Rattenbury. Once your guided tour is complete, enjoy 3 hours to explore the city at your own pace. Meet up and proceed to the magnificent Butchart Gardens, an area that stretches across 55 acres. Stroll through the charming gardens and admire its mix of traditional and modern landscapes.

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What people are saying about Swartz Bay

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 177 reviews

While it was a long day it was most enjoyable. There was plenty of information provided by our driver/guide that made it interesting. The ferry trip was fascinating and lots to see while onboard. Victoria was beautiful to see and the trip gave me a general look at the destination. We had a bit under 2 hours there, wish it was longer. It’s a long day to only get a short time there. But considering the ferry lineup and the time spent on the ferry it’s just how it is. Later in the day we did the Butchart Gardens which was a wonderful experience. Definitely a must see. I would have loved more time there too. We had 2 hours which gives you time to wander around.

I have to confess, I was a little resistant to book this tour as I usually manage trips on my own and thought it was pricey, but due to the logistics of getting to Victoria I decided to give it a try. I didn't have much interest in going to The Butchart Gardens, but I loved it so much that I'm happy it was on the itinerary. Our tour guide, Alessio, was amazing and made the whole difference. He's not only knowledgeable, but funny and super nice. Totally worth the money and highly recommend!

Tim was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, helpful, and entertaining. The trip was very interesting and pleasant, and we had a great time.

Wonderful attraction to visit our driver was very informative and kept us entertained thank yo

Tim our tour guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable.