Victoria and Butchart Gardens Canada – Sightseeing Tour by Air, Land and/or Sea

things to do victoria“No city is further away from Britain – yet no city is more British” Sarah Morgan, author

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Western Canada’s oldest city, Victoria BC has a lot of old fashioned British charm.

With a moderate climate and scenic setting, Victoria has retained a very vital but comfortable quality of life.

Victoria residents have a passion for gardens, golfing, and greenery and for civility. British influence is reflected in the shops along Government Street where you can hunt for linens, china, antiques, and woollens.

Dozens of tearooms offer afternoon tea with cream puffs and dainty sandwiches.

Here are some suggestion for fun things to do in Victoria.
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Victoria is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. As the crow flies, Victoria is about equidistant (100 m/60 km) from Vancouver or Seattle. However, getting there is a 4-hour one-way overland trip by car/motor coach and by ferry.
We offer a variety of one-day Victoria sightseeing tours from Vancouver for every taste and pocket book. Best of all – you won’t need a car. All our tours include pick-up from your hotel in Vancouver and include the transportation between sites.

 

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Planning to spend an extra day in Victoria?

You can interrupt your trip, stay overnight in Victoria and come back with us on the next day at no extra charge. For a romantic get-away we suggest the Humboldt House. Located centrally in a quiet neighbourhood, each of the rooms is uniquely decorated and features a double Jacuzzi as well as a wood burning fireplace. A gourmet breakfast is delivered to your room. For more details visit www.Humboldthouse.com.

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Option 1 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens by bus & ferry

The least expensive Victoria day trip is going by bus and ferry both ways. Taking about 13.5 hours, it is also the longest day trip and the one that allows the least amount of time exploring Victoria – a mere 2 hours. Guests spend about 1.5 hours admiring the Butchart Gardens and the driver will explain the sites along the way.

$205 per person, minimum 1 person. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens by sea plane

Option 2 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens by float plane, bus and ferry

Fly one way by sea plane and add an exiting air adventure to the trip as well as an extra 4 hours to the Victoria visit. In the afternoon a bus takes guests from downtown Victoria to the Gardens and from there directly to the ferry for the return trip to Vancouver.

$385 per person, minimum 1 person. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens by speed boat

Option 3 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens by Sea Plane and Speed Boat

The flight to Victoria remains unchanged. However, instead of taking the bus and ferry back to Vancouver, guests return to downtown Vancouver in a comfortable covered speed boat that leaves directly from the private dock of the Butchart Gardens. The “Ocean Magic” is a modern 62-foot aluminium express cruiser capable of cruising with stability and comfort at 30 knots an hour and can carry up to 74 passengers. The vessel features outdoor viewing areas, heated passenger seating areas, on board wash-rooms and a small snack selection.

This reduces the return voyage to about 2 hours. Guests travel by bus from Victoria to the Gardens. Choose from 3 different bus departure times to spend  more then 1.5 hours at the Gardens. We have found that for most visitors 1.5 hours is sufficient time to thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the Butchart Gardens.

Can$429/person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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 Whale Watching Options

The waters that separate Vancouver Island from the mainland are teeming with all kinds of sea mammals including some 100 Orcas or killer whales that have visited the area for millennia  Sighting chances are about 95 %. Visitors with an interest in wildlife, combining a Victoria visit with a whale watching excursion is a cost and time efficient opportunity. The whale watching boat arrives downtown Victoria at about 1:00 pm. From there  visitors again have several option to return to Vancouver.

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Option 4 – Whale Watching to Victoria – Return by Bus and Ferry
The same bus as in options 1 and 2 will take you to the Butchart Gardens and onward from there directly to the ferry and back to Vancouver.

Can$359/person, minimum 1 person. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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Option 5 – Whale Watching to Victoria – Return by Speed Boat

As in option 3, guests return to downtown Vancouver on the same speed boat that leaves directly from the private dock of the Butchart Gardens.

The “Ocean Magic” is a modern 62-foot aluminium express cruiser capable of cruising with stability and comfort at 30 knots an hour and can carry up to 74 passengers. The vessel features outdoor viewing areas, heated passenger seating areas, on-board wash-rooms and a small snack selection.

Can$399/person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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Option 6 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens by Sea Plane and Speed Boat

Return to Vancouver from Victoria by sea plane. Guests who chose this option and who also wish to visit the Butchart Gardens, will have to return to Victoria from the Gardens because the sea planes leave only from downtown Victoria.

$519/person, minimum 2 persons. Price includes hotel pick-up and all taxes. For a full trip description click on the Details button.

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