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PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR

VICTORIA
+
BUTCHART GARDENS

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Duration

Plan for 12 hrs

Pick-Up

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1 – 5 people $2,349.33
6 – 10 people $3,256.38
11 – 15 people $4,163.43

Returning 2021

About This Tour

Victoria + Butchart Gardens Private Tour

View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en-route to the British inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions and whales.
Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden and dancing fountain. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

The City of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for those who have not yet visited Victoria.

EXPLORATION STOPS

Next stop: Adventure! Step off the bus, stretch your legs, and explore at your own pace. We've created our itinerary to give you the perfect amount of time at each unforgettable stop! Not sure where to start? Our guides are always happy to show you their favourite hidden gems!

The Butchart Gardens

Of the many highlights of our Victoria + Burchart Gardens tour, this Vancouver Island treasure is nothing short of a true pleasure. The Butchart Gardens showcases 22 breathtaking hectares (55 acres) of meticulously manicured gardens, many having been established over a century ago. The variety is endless as you meander through the trails to the original Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden and the prize-winning Rose Garden. From greenhouse tours and guided walks, to music festivals and afternoon tea, the Butchart Gardens are a magical experience sure to delight all of your senses.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Each of our tours shine a spotlight on the region's most iconic landmarks, neighbourhoods, and culture — all with live narration from our expert guides. Don't forget your camera! Our oversized, tinted windows are designed for sightseeing so you won’t miss a thing!

BC Ferries

A floating kaleidoscope of breathtaking scenery, BC Ferries delivers 90 minutes of “wow” to and from Vancouver Island on our Victoria + Butchart Gardens tours. Take a seat and enjoy the voyage across Juan de Fuca Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Or step outside for a closer look and some fresh, salty sea air. Don’t be surprised if you see seals and maybe even a private porpoise or whale show. Onboard amenities include a self-serve restaurant and kid’s entertainment area.

Victoria Inner Harbour

Ahh, Victoria. A beautiful, oceanside city that combines rich history, stunning natural beauty, and a wide breadth of culture that will melt your stresses away. Become aquainted with a drive through the inner city along Government Street and North America's second oldest Chinatown. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Victoria's Inner Harbour under the majestic Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. If the timing is right you could be rewarded with one of the many festivals hosted at the Inner Harbour, or dazzled during the Christmas season by the thousands of lights that shine to celebrate the holidays.
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Prices include attraction admission and taxes. Gratuity is optional and is not included in the price. If you feel our staff have gone above and beyond your expectations, gratuity will be greatly appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What is your cancellation policy?
Changes or cancellations can be made anytime before 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled tour, unless otherwise specified. After that time, all bookings will be considered non-refundable. Please note that no shows or missed departures will not be refunded. No refunds or exchanges will be allowed on any unused tier products  and attraction packages (Classic, Classic +, Premium Pass)
Do you offer tours in my language?
Currently, our Guided and Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours are conducted entirely in English.
What should I bring on the tour?
Camera or video camera Water bottle Comfortable walking shoes Comfortable clothing for the weather Umbrella for rain or shade
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather depending on the season. Check the weather prior to arrival into Vancouver. Bring an umbrella or rain jacket just in case of inclement weather.
Are the tours canceled if it rains?
Absolutely not! Vancouver is well-known for its rainy weather and our tours run rain or shine. Don’t forget to bring along an umbrella!
Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate motorized scooters/wheelchairs or folding wheelchairs, walkers or strollers on our Hop-On, Hop-Off buses due to limited storage capacity and provincial laws prohibiting luggage and other items which are not securely or properly stored onboard.

Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing can offer folding wheelchair, walker and stroller accessible buses on our Guided Tours.  We cannot accommodate motorized scooters/wheelchairs on any of our buses. Please check with our Contact Centre for the availability of a wheelchair accessible bus before confirming your tour by calling 604-451-1600 or at info@westcoastsightseeing.com.

For guests who were looking forward to our Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing experience, we are happy to offer a special rate of $69 per person to our City + Lookout tour guided tour for the entire group. Please contact our Contact Centre to check availability.

We are not able to accept any type of motorized scooters/wheelchairs on our buses.

Do you allow pets on the bus?
With the exception of registered service dogs, no pets are allowed on board.
Are children allowed to travel by themselves?

No, at least 1 adult must book and travel with any children under the age of 12.

How do we pay for tours and attractions?

Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing accepts payment with VISA, Mastercard and American Express. Direct Debit is currently not available.

Tickets purchased through WeChat or Alipay will not be accepted.

After the tour, can I be dropped Vancouver International Airport?
Yes!  Gray Line WestCoast Sightseeing offers a complimentary drop off at the Vancouver International Airport.  Please advise our team in advance of an airport drop off by calling us as 1-877-451-1777 by 8 pm the evening prior to the tour departure.
Can I travel with my luggage on the bus?
  • Guided Tour One-Way Trips:  We will accept luggage for guests traveling one way to Victoria or Whistler.
  • Vancouver Airport Drop-Off:  We can accept limited luggage on coaches only if guests are being dropped off at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) after the tour.
  • Gray Line WestCoast Sightseeing must be advised 24 hours prior to tour departure that guests will be bringing luggage with them.
Are GST and gratuities included?
The price includes 5% GST & Driver Gratuity
What is the cost for groups over 16 people?
For groups larger than 16 people, please contact our office directly for a quote.
Are the Butchart Gardens wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all public areas are wheelchair accessible with the exception of a viewpoint area within the Sunken Garden known as “The Mound.”
How much time will we spend at Butchart Gardens?
You will have approximately 1.5-2 hours of free time in the Butchart Gardens depending on the departure time, with the 8:30 departure offering the most time at the gardens.
When is the best time to see the Gardens?
Each season has its own charm! From flowering bulbs and shrubs in the Spring and Summer to the red and gold maples in the Autumn. In the Winter, you’ll find snowdrops, witch hazel and even an indoor garden!
Where are the Butchart Gardens located?
The Butchart Gardens are in Brentwood Bay located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy the scenic journey on our comfortable buses and keep you eye out for wildlife!