Day trip

From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

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61 reviews

Activity provider: Discover Canada Tours
Day trip

From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Discover Canada Tours

From US$ 193.55 per person

Enjoy a full day discovering the best of Vancouver Island with a tour of the city of Victoria followed by a visit to the Butchart Gardens.

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Duration 14 hours
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  • Enjoy a scenic round trip coastal ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia
  • Take a sightseeing tour of downtown Victoria
  • Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Victoria's shops, restaurants, and bars
  • Explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens
Full description

Discover Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on a guided tour from Vancouver. See the Empress Hotel, the Parliament buildings and beautiful Butchart Gardens.

Upon leaving Vancouver, take a scenic ferry ride from the mainland through the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. From here, you will embark on a driving tour to Victoria.

Upon arriving in downtown Victoria, join a driving tour and discover Victoria’s downtown area featuring the the Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Mile 0, and historic Chinatown. Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Victoria at your own pace.

Next, visit the internationally renowned Butchart Gardens. This National Historic Site began with an exhausted limestone quarry that was transformed into the now picturesque Sunken Garden. Explore 55 acres of themed garden displays, including a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Rose Garden.

Wind down your day with the scenic return sailing trip aboard BC Ferries, and then back to where your tour began.

  • Deluxe mini-coach transportation
  • Roundtrip ferry transportation
  • Experienced and friendly driver-guide
  • Entrance to Butchart Gardens
  • Onboard entertainment & commentary throughout
  • Discount on optional activities
  • All taxes and ferry fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please meet us 15 minutes prior to the tour at Canada Place, at the FlyOver Canada Ticket Booth. Watch for the Discover Canada Tours Guides dressed in bright green apparel.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place in rain or shine
  • There is a contactless check-in process. Details of the exact check-in process will be given to you on the day of your departure
  • Onboard entertainment and commentary is provided throughout the tour
  • A discount is available for optional activities
  • Taxes and ferry fees are included
  • Food, drinks, and gratuities are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

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Trip was excellent. Zac was a great guide with a wonderful attitude and just right sense of humour. The only reason for a good rating was the air con in the bus was actually shooting hot air and quite uncomfortable. Zac persisted and managed to adjust and improve the air temperature.

March 29, 2023

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Ian was very knowledgeable about everything on the tour, had a great sense of humor and truly made the trip more enjoyable. Victoria is a beautiful city, and the Butchart Gardens are truly amazing. It was the perfect way to spend our limited time in the area. It was a great day!

March 29, 2023

Need more time in Victoria. If you skip lunch that will help give more time to sightsee. Butchart Gardens was beautiful and 1.5 to 2 hours is ample. The A/C did not work on 3 legs of the journey. It was mid 80’s and no air circulation made for an uncomfortable bus ride. Driver did fix it for the last leg. Plan for a long day. Overall, we would do it again. Thankfully, everyone showed up on time and there were no delays. Driver Rene was knowledgeable and entertaining.

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 397149