Victoria City and Butchart Gardens
- Pickup available
- Duration: 13 hours
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Our driver, Brent arrived to the hotel for pick up on time and from there we headed north to Whistler with a stop in Squamish for facilities and a quick scenic photo op (nice touch.) 2 1/2 hours later we arrived on a beautiful day, the sun was out and it wasn’t too cold (34F.) Brent was informative and gave clear instructions, and even made a great suggestion to opt for the Blackcomb Gondola as there were less wait times. (This was indeed true.) I’m not a skier but enjoyed the ride up and down. The views from the top were wonderful. The Village was beautiful with plenty of dining options and souvenir shops. I was unsure about Whistler at first as snow sports are not my thing but there’s plenty to do whether you’re 3 or 76.
The first day our driver named Meenu was exceptional because she clearly spoke about all the relevant sights as well as public art. She was very informative. On our second day the driver did not talk much, preferring to run a recorded version of sightseeing highlights. The bus was running behind schedule on this day. When he dropped us off at Stanley Park he said the next bus would pick up in one hour. Unfortunately, the next bus was on schedule and came by 40 minutes later, which caused us to miss it. We had to wait an hour for the next pickup. It’s unfortunate that they did not communicate this to us.
The route was great, it provided coverage to all the major Vancouver attractions and communities. The bus on the first day was very comfortable; second day, the weather was rainy and cold yet the bus had only temporary plastic window coverings. The back of the bus was wide open to the elements. It was damp and cold on the bus.
Whistler is a famous mountain near Vancouver. I think is better take a tour to know many possibilities and tips. You have to take the Gondola (Peak 2 Peak), it is amazing !!!! If you have time enjoy the village. The bus is clean, safe and the guides are very kindle! Go to Whistler!!!
The trip was very enjoyable and highly recommended. Just enough spots for pictures and a right amount of time in whistler. Guide was very knowledgable too