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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Visit Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, on this full-day guided tour from Vancouver city. Try to spot marine life on the ferry to Vancouver island, walk among the flowers in the Butchart Gardens, and admire the Victorian architecture in Victoria.  Start from downtown Vancouver and travel south through the city aboard a climate-controlled bus. Hop aboard a BC Ferry for a 90-minute voyage across the Georgia Strait through the scenic Southern Gulf Islands. Keep an eye out for orcas along the way. Once docked on Vancouver Island, the tour continues to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. See millions of bedding plants in over 900 varieties. Enjoy 2 leisurely hours to fully explore the 50 acres of stunning gardens. Head to downtown Victoria and pass through Canada’s oldest China Town and the scenic Victoria Harbor, including the Inner Harbor. Once downtown, you will have free time to explore the local area. Spend your time going for a stroll the Inner Harbor, taking in the thriving arts and cultural scene, or visiting the historic Empress Hotel or the Royal BC Museum. Take the ferry and bus to return to your meeting point in Vancouver. 

Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 135 reviews

The Gardens were beautiful. We spent 2 hours there and it was enough time to see everything if you kept moving. Our guide was awesome and very informative. We enjoyed the ferry rides and took advantage of that time to eat so we would not have to stop and eat at the garden or in the city so we could see more. The ferry and the ferry terminals had very good food. You could also bring food and snacks to eat along the way because it is a long day. We thoroughly enjoyed the day

Our tour guide was phenomenal and so informative. Recommend him to all. He was so kind and knowledgeable and kept us informed the entire time. The Butchart Gardens were like nothing I have ever seen before. Truly a Garden of Eden. Our time in Victoria was shortened by the late ferries but still wonderful.

This was a filled day, not only are the gardens amazing also the ferry ride is very interesting on both trips and Victoria is also nice to see. I just wished I could spend a bit more time in the gardens so I could really appreciate them and not keep looking at my watch.

A must see while visiting Vancouver and Victoria. Absolutely beautiful beyond words. Wish we had more time in Victoria to sightsee but as Eric said “the ferry waits for no one” lol. Good tour for sure. Thanks Eric for the great day.

This excursion was fantastic! We enjoyed our time with David as he skillfully took us through the streets of Vancouver, Victoria and even the ferry! Strongly recommend this unforgettable adventure!