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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver provided by Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
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Tour snapshot
Ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands means wildlife watching
Duration:
12h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
30
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    12h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    30
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver on a full-day tour that takes care of booking transport and offers a flexible mix of guided and independent time. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Gulf Islands while crossing to Vancouver Island, enjoy time to stroll Butchart Gardens, then head to Victoria’s waterside downtown to browse shops and historic architecture.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Outdoor decks and enclosed cabins ensure a great trip in any weather
  • Flexible combo: guided tour of Vancouver Island with free time to explore
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at selected Vancouver hotels
What to expect
Meet a driver at your hotel in Vancouver, then board a ferry at Tsawwassen for the beautiful trip to Vancouver Island, watching for eagles, sea lions, and whales as you cruise. Upon arrival on the island, head to Butchart Gardens, whose network of themed gardens wrap around a massive dancing fountain. Following your time in Butchart Gardens, head to the Victoria waterfront, where you find Vancouver Island landmarks from the British Columbia Parliament buildings to the imposing Fairmont Empress Hotel, a favorite for elegant high teas. Here, take advantage of free time to explore, whether you want to stroll the Inner Harbor, check out downtown shops, or visit a local restaurant for lunch. After a day on Vancouver Island, begin the return trip to Vancouver by bus and ferry, enjoying evening light as you travel back through the scenic Gulf Islands.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Outdoor decks and enclosed cabins ensure a great trip in any weather
  • Flexible combo: guided tour of Vancouver Island with free time to explore
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at selected Vancouver hotels
What to expect
Meet a driver at your hotel in Vancouver, then board a ferry at Tsawwassen for the beautiful trip to Vancouver Island, watching for eagles, sea lions, and whales as you cruise. Upon arrival on the island, head to Butchart Gardens, whose network of themed gardens wrap around a massive dancing fountain. Following your time in Butchart Gardens, head to the Victoria waterfront, where you find Vancouver Island landmarks from the British Columbia Parliament buildings to the imposing Fairmont Empress Hotel, a favorite for elegant high teas. Here, take advantage of free time to explore, whether you want to stroll the Inner Harbor, check out downtown shops, or visit a local restaurant for lunch. After a day on Vancouver Island, begin the return trip to Vancouver by bus and ferry, enjoying evening light as you travel back through the scenic Gulf Islands.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5313P17
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - BC Ferries
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Vancouver Island
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up from hotels start at 45 minutes prior to tour departure time. If you are meeting at our 999 Canada Place location, meet us at 30 minutes prior to tour departure time. Luggage transfer to hotel is not available. We do not drop off at Vancouver International Airport. Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will pick up from select downtown Vancouver hotels. Please provide the hotel information at the time of booking. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 5 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
  • Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing Welcome Kiosk. Please arrive 30 minutes before posted tour departure time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • For 2021 - Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will ONLY pick up from 999 Canada Place Way (Welcome Kiosk) and the Sandman Hotel on Georgia. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 5 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - BC Ferries
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Vancouver Island
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up from hotels start at 45 minutes prior to tour departure time. If you are meeting at our 999 Canada Place location, meet us at 30 minutes prior to tour departure time. Luggage transfer to hotel is not available. We do not drop off at Vancouver International Airport. Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will pick up from select downtown Vancouver hotels. Please provide the hotel information at the time of booking. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 5 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
  • Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing Welcome Kiosk. Please arrive 30 minutes before posted tour departure time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • For 2021 - Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will ONLY pick up from 999 Canada Place Way (Welcome Kiosk) and the Sandman Hotel on Georgia. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 5 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 16 Sep 2021
A note from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Guests crossing the USA/Canada border should prepare accordingly to obtain COVID test results in a timely manner. Guests unable to attend a tour within the 24 hour cancellation policy will not be refunded.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Canada Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Vancouver Downtown
  • 1
    BC Ferries
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    The Butchart Gardens
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Inner Harbour
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 4
    Swartz Bay (Victoria) Terminal
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Vancouver Downtown
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
164 reviews
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128
Very good
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6
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Companion657591
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The trip had just the right amount of sight seeing, relaxation, information and entertainment by our tour guide Alex Mac Dougall. Loved the ferry ride! Victoria was lovely and Boutchard gardens were unlike anything I’ve ever seen- do impressive. The gardens were like beautiful paintings made with flowers/ my favorite was the Sunken Garden, as recommended by our tour guide Alex MacDougall. Alex is no doubt one if the best in the business. A Canadian history major and longtime BC resident, he was able to tell us about the history of everything we could see, and made very good suggestions on how to spend our free time in Victoria. That man should give every Victoria tour! Really glad I took the tour and I highly recommend it.
Written 19 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mark E
Guildford, UK34 contributions
The whole trip took 12 hours, which is a long day, however, it was well worth it. We thoroughly enjoyable every part of the journey and visit and the bus driver and tour guide in one Alex was excellent and really added to the whole experience. Alex talks to you for most of the time on the bus and is incredibly knowledgeable about the history and gives great tips on how to get the best out of the whole day. Would thoroughly recommend this tour that breaks down into ‘bite size’ chunks, which makes the time go quicker - bus to ferry terminal; grab a coffee; ferry across; bus to Butchart Gardens; walk round gardens; bus to Victoria; walk round Victoria then back to the ferry and Vancouver. The day flows nicely.
Written 6 October 2021
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WestcoastSight
Thank you for your kind (but very accurate!) comments about your guide Alex. We are very lucky to have Alex as part of our amazing team. We are also thrilled that you had a great day in Victoria.
Written 6 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

B144MIlindaf
Lake Oswego, OR33 contributions
From the very start, once the booking was made, we received all the possible care and attention a tourist could hope for. Gray Line West Coast Tours made our Vancouver BC-Victoria-Butchart Gardens visit memorable and flawless.
The motor coaches were very comfortable and the guide, Alex , was the BEST. He was interesting, really helpful and entertaining, too. A real pro.
Written 25 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Hello, We are very delighted that you had such a grand time on our Victoria + Butchart Gardens tour! Alex is a superstar and we are very glad that he provided such amazing service to you and all the other attending guests! We love your feedback and it is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you in the future if you ever find yourself in Vancouver again! Thank you
Written 25 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cindy7876
Saint Charles, MO6 contributions
This tour was canceled by the tour company. We received notice of cancellation at the time we were to be picked up. This left us scrambling to plan the day. As we only had 2 days in Vancouver we were relying on the tour to see Victoria and Butchart Gardens. On a positive note the tour company did refund our money and said they would reimburse us for our entry to Butchart Gardens. They did text directions for public transportation.
Written 24 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Yup, we deserve this review, 100%. We had some large technical challenges that day and we could not operate. We tried our best to get all guests on with another company but to no avail. We sure hope you did get to the Butchart Gardens and supplied your receipts back to our office. If you visit Vancouver in the future, please contact our office, we would like to make this right and offer a complimentary tour.
Written 27 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jill C
1 contribution
Apr 2022
The Butchart Gardens were awesome. We rushed a little as we did not have any idea how big they were but could have gone at a slower pace as the 1.5 hours allowed were adequate. Alex (or was it Phillip?!?!), our tour guide, was great. Everything went really smoothly. Outstanding. Thoroughly recommend.
Written 27 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Hello, We're very happy that you enjoyed the beautiful Butchart Gardens and the historical beauty of Victoria! We're glad that your tour guide provided you and the fellow guests with an exceptional experience! We hope to see you on our tours again in the future! Thank you
Written 27 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maricar Gokioco
Caloocan, Philippines3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Super kind and accommodating! We were lost because we hop off on the wrong train station but they still waited us in Sandman Hotel!!! I super love the staff especially the admin (Brianne) who made sure we can join the tour and our driver (Joe) Everyone is so friendly and I highly recommend this tour. If you love nature and scenic view you would really love this tour and make sure to do it with Gray Line. You will not regret it. Until our next visit!!! ❤️❤️❤️🥳🥳🥳
Written 31 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
We couldn't let you miss the tour! We are super happy you made it and had a great day. We are lucky to have amazing people like Brianne and Joe on our team!
Written 1 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lisa A
Fremont, CA3 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a week's vacation in Vancouver. Decided to venture out and take two tours through Gray Line Westcoast. On April 29, 2022, we were on the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with driver & tour advisor Alex MacDougall.

Alex is an excellent driver, extremely informative, and has a low-key personality that is quite nice.

The tour went on for 13 hours.... and my only complaint was, even though it was a very long day, it wasn't long enough! Wish we had more time in Butchart Gardens.

Great tour. Worth the cost. Be sure to tip. Tour guides have been out of the tour business during COVID. They appreciate and need the tips. (My two cents.)

Lastly, the bus was quite comfortable. (No restroom on board.)
Written 30 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate Alex as he is a delightful tour guide and we are very glad that he provided you and all the other guests with a memorable experience on your trip to Victoria! We hope to see you on our tours again in the future. Thank you
Written 2 May 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Harry
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
Visiting Victoria downtown and Butchart Garden is a nice place where I enjoyed to spent the rest of the day with my wife. It’s a quite and fantastic place where I can relax , unwind and stay for a while coming from a busy lives in Vancouver.

I would like to thank you to Mr. Alex , our tour guide for being nice and generous and bringing us safe home after the whole day tour at Victoria.
Written 24 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Hello, We are very happy that you enjoyed your adventure to Victoria and Butchart Gardens! We are glad that Alex provided amazing service for you and all the other attending guests! We hope to see you on our tours again in the future if you ever find yourself in Vancouver in the future!
Written 25 April 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jianyu L
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Solo
Overall a great day! Nice electrical bus helped a lot for someone like me who has vehicle sickness easily; All the way to Victoria/Butchart Garden was beautiful; Our driver Mark is very informative and told us every hidden gem along the way!

Only thing I regretted was that March wasn’t the best season for the Garden. Very limited flowers were blossoming. I may visit another time during early summer.
Written 5 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear JianyuL12, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a thoughtful review about your trip to Victoria + Butchart Gardens this winter. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the smooth and quiet ride aboard our brand new electric tour buses, and even more ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed Mark's commentary and expertise! I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and I hope you can join us again in the summer to see the the flower displays at the Butchart Gardens in full bloom! Kind Regards, Anastasia S. Guest Experience
Written 6 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AprilForbes
Salisbury, UK320 contributions
Apr 2022
Met in Canada Place for our day trip to Victoria and thankfully the weather was lovely and sunny.

Our ferry to Victoria took approximately 1.5 hours, I must admit it was rather busy but the view was great.

Butchart Gardens were fantastic, there was so much to see and it was all beautifully positioned out; there are things to do for everyone, including a carousel. I so recommend visiting these wonderful gardens.

Victoria, I was a bit disappointed as we didn't really have enough time to see much; the buildings were amazing though.

Our driver/courier Alex was very informative and was very helpful, at the end I lost my mobile and he was happy to help me.
Written 30 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
WestcoastSight
Hello, Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate your review and Alex our tour guide is a delight! We are very glad that you had a memorable experience on our tours and we hope to see you on our tours again in the future! Thank you
Written 2 May 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Needs An Overhaul - Tired and Uninformative
Did you know: In ancient times, Vancouver was called Granville. It was renamed to Vancouver in the 1870s and gets
368gregh
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Not Worth the Money! Very Disappointed!
We have done Hop On/Off tours in several cities and have usually enjoyed them all but this one is by far the worst!
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Sadly disappointing
We started on stop 1 out of 16. One member of our party was disabled so our ability to hop on and hop off was limit
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Wonderful Tour
We took the Capilano Bridge & Grouse Mountain Tour. Andy was our guide. I would highly recommend this tour and the
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The worst hop on hop off bus tour i’ve ever been on. Actually rained inside bus. announcer didn’t match the stops. worst
The recorded announcement did not match the stops. Rained inside of bus. Didn’t stop where it said it would.
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Cramped space busses
The drivers were great, friendly and informative, but the busses are not! The bus seats are school bus seats made
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Don’t do it
Driver did not turn on audio. We asked the ticket taker where it was and was told the buses were just put back in
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Great Tour
Great organization and Tour guide, Andy was very informative and helpful. Cant fault him or the tour. The weather w
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Great day, amazing views!
Our day trip was fantastic! Our guide Kevin was super knowledgeable, really nice and funny. The views of the ride t
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Get Some New Equipment!
It was a good overview of Vancouver. The employees were all cordial and very helpful. The buses are old and ricke
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Interesting and informative Tour
Tour was limited in time for later attractions. Not enough time to explore Granville Island. Perhaps an hour earlie
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Good People...
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Route seems to favor hotels rather than sites. Bus is an old converted scho
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Fantastic Day
This was a wonderful day and I so recommend booking this trip, our tour guide/driver Kevin was great and very infor
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Long waits, little narration
We hoped the other poor reviews were somehow inaccurate or too picky. We should have just believed them. Drivers, a
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Great time had by all.
The day was a lot of fun!! (4/28/22) Wear comfortable shoes. A jacket is needed once you are up the top of the go
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