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Victoria City Highlights & Butchart Gardens Tour

Victoria is a charming city full of beautiful historic architecture, Ocean views, and stunning gardens. This tour will offer you a sprinkling of our most popular sights and a trip to the world famous Butchart Gardens. 

City Highlights  & historical stories include the significance of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and its connection with the Gold rush. Stories of BC Legislative building, Empress hotel.  and, Historic China Town, Canada’s Oldest and what was once the second largest next to San Francisco.  

The Butchart Gardens are Victoria’s #1 attractions, with over 1 million visitors per year. The story of how Jennie Butchart transformed her husband’s abandon Lime Quarry has become one of Canada’s National Historic treasures. 

 

This is an excellent tour for first time visitors on a limited time schedule. 

Price: $600 (this is a group price -not per person)

Capacity: Vehicle seats 5 ppl comfortably (6 max)

Tour Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours 

What’s Included: Private Transportation & Professional Tour Guide, shopping bags, and Umbrellas available.

What’s not Included: Personal expenses, Lunch, snacks & additional drinks and admission to Butchart Gardens ($39.50/adult 2023 price)

Note: See the Butchart Gardens Hours for 2023

Customize this tour: All private tours are customizable. Inquire with me if you are wanting to broaden this tour

ITINERARY

The order of this itinerary may vary depending on pick locations. It is a fast paced tour and stops are limited to time. We can make adjustments along the way to accommodate a slower pace. 

STOPS:
Inner Harbour, BC Legislative building & Empress Hotel
China Town – Oldest in Canada and a wander through the infamous narrow Fan Tan Alley.
Fisherman’s Wharf – quirky and colorful gem-colored float home neighborhood
Butchart Gardens – this stop will be 1to1. 5 hours. NOTE: If you have mobility issues, I recommend pre-renting a scooter or wheelchairs are also available on arrival.

DRIVE THROUGH/BY:
Thunderbird Park (Indigenous story poles & history)
Craigdarroch Castle – a baronial bonanza castle built in 1908 by Victoria’s legendary Coal Baron Robert Dunsmiur
Government House – the official residence/offices of the Lt. Governor (representative of the Crown). And the surrounding historic neighborhood – Rockland
Beacon Hill Park, Worlds tallest totem pole, and Mile Zero with a tribute to Canadian legend Terry Fox

TOUR ADD-ON OPTIONS

Lunch at the Butchart Gardens in the former home of Jennie and Robert Butchart. Afternoon tea is a lovely option and try it with the flight of local wine pairings. 

Duration: 1 hour for a total of 5.5 hour tour

Price: $110 added to the base tour price (food and beverage not included).

Wine/Cider Tastings – you will visit two of the following: Church and State, Symphony Vineyard or Sea Cider. This depends on hours of operation and availability.  There is charcuterie and Cheese available at all locations

Duration: 1.5 hours for a total of 6 hours of touring time. 

Price: $165 added to the base tour price (food and tasting fees are not included – tasting fees are approximately $10-$15/person

Undecided? No worries, if you decide on the day of your tour that your group would like to do this add-on, we can simply adjust it on the day of your tour.

Undecided? No worries, if you decide on the day of your tour that your group would like to do this add-on, we can simply adjust it on the day of your tour.

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GOOD TO KNOW

Transportation: 2013 Lincoln Navigator (SUV). Capacity 6 passengers – 3 Seats in the rear / Two in the middle / 1 upfront with the driver. 

Easy in/out access, large comfortable seating and excellent viewing windows. Air Conditioned and mobile device charging outlets. The Vehicle is equipped with an Audio system so your Tour Guide dialogue can be heard throughout the vehicle. 

Passenger Transportation Certified / Tour Operator Licensed and Insured

Cancelation: Tours cancelled within 24 hours of the Tour start date will be subject to a $100 non refundable fee plus any applicable pre-purchased tickets & food orders that are not refundable by the vendor. Proof of receipts will be provided with the balance of your refund. If we need to cancel your tour due to illness or other unforeseen issues 100% refund will be issued. 

NOTE: Tours are provided Rain or Shine and weather is not guaranteed. 

Covid Measure – If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to Covid please advise me as soon as possible.  

Mobility Challenged passengers: Tours can be adjusted to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. All equipment must be able to collapse and be lifted into the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with grip bars but is taller than the traditional van and passengers must be able to get in and out of the vehicle with minimal assistance. Passenger capacity will be limited to 4 or 5 depending on the size of the equipment. Please contact me for more information prior to booking a tour if you are unsure. 

Child Car Seats: By BC Law Children under 40 lbs (18kg) are required to be buckled into a full forward-facing car seat. Can be provided – rental fee applies.

Children over 40 lbs and under 4’9″ must use a booster seat. 2 boosters are available for free.

Pick up/ Drop off Locations are available anywhere within the peninsula. This includes: Swartz Bay Ferry terminal,  YYJ Airport, Harbour Air, Helijet, Coho and Clipper terminals and Cruise Ship port (Ogden point). All hotels, Inns, B&B and private accommodations within the Saanich Peninsula. There will be an additional 1 hour charge of $105 for pick ups/drop off  in Langford, Bear Mountain and Villa Eyrie Resort.  

Currency: Acceptable currency is in Canadian or US Dollars. Each shop/restaurant may have their own currency exchange rate. Taxes: Expect to pay an additional 12% tax on purchases and 5% at restaurants and other services. It is customary to tip with a recommended amount of 15-20% in restaurants. 

Weather and what to wear: Check the weather forecast on the day of your tour. Dress in layers, it can be cooler closer to the Ocean and hot at interior locations. Wear Comfortable shoes as some of the “off the beaten path” gems might require a bit of rocky terrain. We will provide umbrellas if you require. 

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