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Viator Exclusive: 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver
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Overview

Want to spend more than a day discovering the delights of the capital of British Columbia? This Viator exclusive tour includes a ferry to Victoria, a float plane flight back to Vancouver, admission into Butchart Gardens and overnight accommodation at a 4-star centrally-located Victoria hotel; a great value that will allow you plenty of time to explore this beautiful city.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water


What You Can Expect

Victoria is Vancouver’s smaller, quieter cousin. Don’t let small size and lack of noise fool you, the capital city of Victoria has shops, museums, history, and restaurants to occupy you for days. Make sure to see famous parliamentary sights, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park and the Inner Harbor. This Vancouver to Victoria Overnight Tour Including Butchart Gardens will give you a comprehensive overview of one of Canada’s most beautiful cities.

You will be picked you up from your downtown Vancouver hotel by shuttle and taken to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen where you board a BC Ferry bound for Victoria. As you cruise through the Gulf Islands, keep your eyes open; a variety of whales are known to inhabit these waters, turning your ferry ride into a whale watching excursion! Even without a whale sighting, the scenery throughout the Inside Passage is beautiful.

Once in Victoria, you are whisked off to the spectacular Butchart Gardens where 55 acres of pristine gardens allows the visitor to stroll the globe without leaving the premises: amble from the Japanese Garden to the Italian Garden and linger for a while in the lush and colorful Mediterranean Garden. After admiring the flora and foliage, your coach takes you on a brief tour of the city. By 3:30pm, you’ll have been dropped off at the majestic century-old Fairmont Empress, ranked highly by Condé Nast Traveler magazine for several years, with the next 24 hours at your disposal. You can then bake the short walk to downtown Victoria to see the sights.

The next day you are free to enjoy whatever activities you please. At 5pm the bus will pick you up from the hotel for your transfer to the float plane terminal for your scenic flight back to Vancouver.

This tour is a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else!

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver – Gulf Islands –  Victoria – Butchart Gardens

Your trip begins in the morning with shuttle pickup from your downtown Vancouver hotel to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen, where you'll board a BC Ferry bound for Victoria. As you cruise through the Gulf Islands, keep your eyes open; a variety of whales are known to inhabit these waters, turning your ferry ride into a whale watching excursion! Even without a whale sighting, the scenery throughout the Inside Passage is beautiful.

Once in Victoria, you are whisked off to the spectacular Butchart Gardens, where 55 acres of pristine gardens allows the visitor to stroll the globe without leaving the premises. Amble from the Japanese Garden to the Italian Garden and linger for a while in the lush and colorful Mediterranean Garden. After admiring the flora and foliage, your coach takes you on a brief tour of the city. By 3:30pm, you’ll have arrived at the majestic, century-old Fairmont Empress, ranked highly by Condé Nast Traveler magazine for several years. You can then make the short walk to downtown Victoria to see the sights. Pass the evening on the town or enjoying the ambience at the Fairmont.

Overnight: The 4-star Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria

Day 2: Victoria – Vancouver
Day two is independently guided. You’ll have the whole day to enjoy whatever activities you please. Get out and explore the capital city’s many shops, museums and restaurants, and make sure to see famous parliamentary sights, Beacon Hill Park and the Inner Harbor. At 5pm, a bus will provide transfer service from your hotel to the float plane terminal for your scenic flight back to Vancouver.
Your 2-day tour finishes with a drop-off at your hotel in central Vancouver in the evening.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • BC Ferry ticket to Victoria
  • Float plane flight to Vancouver
  • Entrance to the Butchart Gardens for 1.5 hours
  • Selected hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 1-night stay in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress
  • Brief guided tour of Victoria by coach

Exclusions

  • All meals
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Please hand in your booking confirmation to your guide at the beginning of the tour
  • Please dress accordingly to weather as the tour operates rain or shine. Jackets and rain attire recommended during colder months
  • If booking for more than one person, please make a note in the special requirements section indicating your room type
  • Max of 25 lbs of luggage allowed per traveler
  • 1.5 hours allowed at Butchart Gardens

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Downtown Vancouver hotels

Departure Time

Pickup at 8am and 9am

Duration

2 days

Tour Options

8:30am Departure

Code: 0830

Tour departs at 8:30am. If you selected hotel pick-up in Downtown Vancouver, please be ready at 8:00am. 8:30 AM
9:30am Departure

Code: 0930

Tour departs at 9:30am. If you selected hotel pick-up in Downtown Vancouver, please be ready at 9:00am. 9:30 AM

User's Reviews

Image - 27 Dec 2017 -

Michelle M

So worth it. The gardens are spectacular and a bit out of town. The ferry over was fab BUT the seaplane back was amazing. Pods of whales and archipelago of islands below. Cant recommend highly enough.

Image - 24 Aug 2017 -

Shirley W

The trip was great. We had a nice ferry ride over and sat in the bow area of the ferry and had a good buffet breakfast. Butchart gardens is beautiful. We then checked into the Empress hotel, which is a grand old hotel and huge. We had a geat room. We explored Chinatown and a nice dinner a Finn's on the water, Next day we went to the Royal British museum, which had great exhibits of the native people of Canada. Then we did a Bose electric boat ride to explore the channel in downtown Victoria. Ask for Buz for your captain. He is a wealth of information on the area of Victoria, as he grew up there and had lots of stories from his childhood to adulthood growing up on the water. Then my husband got to sit in the co-pilot seat on the seaplane home. What a trip. La Vacanza Travel took care of everything and it went so smoothly. Highly recommend this tour.

Image - 13 Oct 2016 -

Bchristian663

This was an awesome tour - from the minute they picked us up from when they dropped us off! I'd highly recommend anyone to take this incredible tour and with so many good things, I have to say the float plane was one of the best! The guide was very nice and knowledgeable as well. Fun time!

Image - 02 Oct 2016 -

MARY P

Great trip. Loved the Fairmont!

Image - 12 Aug 2016 -

Anne W

Was a great experience and Victoria was much better than I expected. The 2 day tour was excellent and our bus driver was great with heaps of knowledge about Canada and the local areas.

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