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  • Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    1. Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Experience Victoria in a unique way on board an open-top double-decker bus. Depart from right outside the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel then set off on a hop-on-hop-off tour to explore this charming city. From China Town to Oak Bay there is something for everyone.  As you ride the bus, listen to the fully narrated tour and gain an in-depth understanding of Victoria's local history and best attractions. Feel free to hop-off the bus at 15 different stop destinations - giving you an array of options to explore the city further.  Stops include Empress Hotel, Chinatown (Old Town), Bastion Square, Steamship Terminal, Fisherman's Wharf, Ogdeon Point (Breakwater), Beacon Hill Park, Mile 0 / Terry Fox, Christ Church Cathedral, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Hotel, Cook Street Village, and Chateau Victoria / Marriot / Dbl Tree.

    I liked how your tickets were valid for 24 hours from the time you validate them.

  • Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

    2. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

    Enjoy an extended 13-hour tour of Vancouver Island and Victoria, with return transfers from Vancouver or drop off in Victoria if you prefer. Once at Vancouver Island’s Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula, drive by air-conditioned coach to Butchart Gardens and walk among the 50 acres of magnificent foliage. Then head to downtown Victoria, traveling through quaint Chinatown and the Inner Harbour. Take free time to explore the Inner Harbour, admiring heritage sites such as the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and BC Legislature. Depart from downtown Victoria for your return journey to Vancouver in the late afternoon. Your return journey to the mainland will be on board a BC Ferry, where you can watch for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other magnificent marine mammals. Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for approximately 21:30, where you can be dropped off at your downtown hotel or di...

    Was a great experience! We love the flowers. The travel is long, but is great. The bus is incredibly clean and the driver was very nice person and knowledge. We want to come again.

  • Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

    3. Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in downtown Vancover, and then board the boat at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise around the Gulf Islands. Look for marine wildlife on the outdoor deck as you make your way to Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Drop anchor to explore the provincial capital of British Columbia. Get a short introduction to Victoria and enjoy some free time to look inside the unique shops of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour and get amazing ocean views. Take souvenir photos of the festive decorations of the Victoria Parliament Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel. Continue to the botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens and wander through a series of themed gardens to see the Christmas lights and holiday wreaths. Hear carols being sung and much more to experience the Magic of Christmas. Return to Schwartz Bay for th...

    It was the best New Years Day I have ever had. Victoria is beautiful and the Christmas lights display at the Butchart Gardens was absolutely spectacular. We were blessed with perfect weather, and Hermann, our driver was funny, informative and well organised.

  • Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

    4. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

  • From Vancouver: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Private Tour

    5. From Vancouver: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Private Tour

    Take a private tour to discover British Columbia by land and sea. After pickup at your hotel, set sail from Tsawwassen terminal on a ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands. Stand on the open deck to enjoy coastal views and keep a look out for eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island and head to Butchart Gardens. These botanical gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada. Wander through a series of themed landscapes, see the flowers in bloom, and watch the dancing fountain. Continue to Victoria to explore the city’s highlights. Admire the architecture of the Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Enjoy free time to visit its shops and cafes or stroll by the harbor, before returning to Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Fairmont Empress Hotel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 125 reviews

2 hour ride through the downtown and neighboring areas highlights of Victoria. 15 brief stops. Driver was knowledgeable, with interesting information, a very good driver and professional. Sitting on the top deck of an open top bus gives an excellent view.

Extremely knowledgable / excellent driving / first class service from beginning to end !

I liked how your tickets were valid for 24 hours from the time you validate them.

Excellent way to quickly learn and explore on your first trip to Victoria

Very good tour that allows us to discover Victoria.