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Late Night Cruise Ship Tour

This tour is designed for Cruise ship passengers whose ships arrive at 7:00 pm or later and with a special price.

As a professional tour guide, I want each and every guest to feel they receive an awesome tour despite these challenges, daylight hours, attraction hours, docking problems etc. 
This Late Night Cruise ship tour provides you with up to 3. 5 hours of touring time and is spcially priced to address any short comings.  But let me be clear here – Victora at night is spectacular!!

If there is time to see Butchart Gardens we will, if not let’s explore the city! We will explore as much of the city as we can in the daylight hours available. Finish the tour with a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding San Juan Islands or maybe find room for a pint in one of our many English pubs around the city.

Price: $395  (this is a group price – not per person)

Capacity: vehicle seats 5 people comfortably (6 max)

Tour duration:  Up to 3.5 hours (dependent on Ship arrival)

What’s included: private transportation and professional tour guide 

What’s not included: personal expenses, food and beverage, and admission to Butchart Gardens ($41.50/adult, 2024 price)

Note: Check here for  Butchart Gardens hours for 2024

Check Sunset times for Victoria 2024

ITINERARY

The Butchart Gardens are open late Tuesdays to Saturdays June 1 to Sept 15 only (closing at 10:00 pm ) If we have the time to see the Gardens we will first drive through the city to see most of the major landmarks: The BC Legislative building, Empress Hotel, Victoria’s Inner Harbour & China Town. We will make a stop on return for photo ops before returning to the ship.

Touring the city may include
Fisherman’s Wharf – a fun community of quirky, gem-colored float homes
Inner Harbour – including the Legislative building, Empress hotel, and Thunderbird Park
Canada’s oldest Chinatown 
Craigdarroch Castle – a baronial castle built by BC’s legendary coal baron Robert Dunsmuir
Government House grounds – available prior to sunset only.
A beautiful ocean scenic drive as the daylight predicts
Mt. Tolmie – a popular spot for sunrise/sunset with spectacular views of the city and distant Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands.

We will make the most of your available tour time and my promise, you will be delighted and want to come back to Victoria sometime in the future. 

GALLERY

GOOD TO KNOW

Transportation: 2013 Lincoln Navigator (SUV); capacity 6 passengers  (three 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’s dialogue can be heard throughout the vehicle. 

Passenger transportation certified / Tour operator licensed and insured

Cancellation: 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 and 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. Victoria weather is hard to guarentee. 

Covid measures:  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. This can be provided (rental fee applies).

Children over 40 lbs and under 4’9″ must use a booster seat. Two 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; cruise ship port (Ogden Point); all hotels, inns, B&Bs and private accommodations within the Saanich Peninsula. There will be an additional one hour charge of $135 for pick-ups/drop-offs  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 hotter at interior locations. Wear comfortable shoes as some of the  off-the-beaten path gems might involve a bit of rocky terrain. We will provide umbrellas if required.

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