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Victoria Full Day Tour & Butchart Gardens

This full day tour offers all the best City Highlights, the renowned Butchart Gardens and offers layers of “Local living”  all at a lovely pace.

This fully narrated tour will cover all the major highlights with time to explore interiors of some buildings, gardens, some of Victoria’s most beautiful neighborhoods and spectacular Ocean views.

Vistoria is rich in history, Architecture and stories of the people who influenced the making of this charming city today. You’ll hear of the Lekwungen people, our first Nations, early European settlers and the event that changed the landscape here and evolved into the charming city Victoria is today. 

Price: $810 (this is a group price -not per person)

Capacity: Vehicle seats 5 ppl comfortably (6 max)

Tour Duration: 7-8 hours 

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

What’s not Included: Personal expenses, Food and Beverage,  admission to Butchart Gardens or Craigdarroch Castle 

  • Butchart Garden admission is $39.50/adult (2023) Gates close early April – May & mid Sept – Oct
  • Craigdarroch Castle admission is $20/adult (this is an approximate price and hours of operations are typically Wednesday to Sunday.  NOTE: There are 5 levels to tour and no elevators

The tour is best to start around 9:00 am. 

ITINERARY

The order of this itinerary may vary depending on pick location. There is a mix of walking and driving, please let me know if there are any mobile issues so we can make adjustments.  

We will begin at Thunderbird park where you will view ancient and modern story poles and learn about our first Nations history and the role the Canadian government played.
We’ll then explore the Inner Harbour – the hub of the city, see the BC Legislative building (exterior only), the Empress Hotel and learn about Victoria’s most famous architect Francis Rattenbury – there’s a tale of adultry, betrayal and murder. 

A wander up through Government street will give us some opportunity to see some historic shops and pubs as we make our way to Bastion Square – the location where Fort Victoria once stood. 

From there you’ll learn about the event that changed the landscape of the area in 1848, make our way through the old town, and finalize our walking tour in historic China Town. Our Chinese community has a fascinating history and this China Town is the oldest in Canada. We will also wander through the infamous Fan Tan Alley. 

An additional portion of this tour will take us through the beautiful neighborhood of Rockland with is stately mansions while we make our way to see the Craigdarroch Castle. A baronial style mansion built  in 1908 by Coal Baron Robert Dunsmuir. Viewing the interior is something I do recommend (depending on the day & hours of operation). Note there are 5 floors and no elevators.  

Well, drive through the estate of the Lt. Governer General of BC (representative of the Crown) before heading to the Marina Restaurant for a lovely lunch. 

Our last or First stop is the wonderful Butchart Gardens – we will take  1 to1. 5 hours to explore the Gardens 

NOTE: If you have mobility issues, I recommend pre-renting a scooter or wheelchairs are also available on arrival.


Other locations we will wind through the tour if time is permitting. 
Beacon Hill Park, Worlds tallest totem pole, and Mile Zero with a tribute to Canadian legend Terry Fox. And Fisherman’s wharf to tour the color and quirky float homes. 

TOUR ADD-ON OPTIONS

There is not too much to add on to this tour except perhaps a few stops for wine/Cider tasting after touring the Butchart Gardens. If you would like to Customize your tour with this option we may need to make adjustments to other locations to fit it in. 

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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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