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Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

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Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

We are planning a Seattle>Victoria>Vancouver trip next July. Right now we plan: 4 in Seattle/2 in Victoria/4 in Vancouver. We would be taking the Clipper from Seattle and the PCL from Victoria to Vancouver. As it presently stands the transfer to Vancouver would be on a Saturday. Any thoughts on the number of days?????

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Karen

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1. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

Does that include travel days? So: arrival in Seattle, then two full days, then travel to Victoria, 1 full day, then travel to Vancouver, 2 full days, travel to Seattle?

I'm not actually all that familiar with Seattle, but I frequently read that 2 days is enough. If you are having a day to go to Mt. Rainier, then you need extra time for that. I think Victoria is worth two full days (so that's three nights in Victoria) and Vancouver is good for 4 or 5 days certainly. It can vary a lot with what you like to do and what sort of weather you get, but I think your basic plan is sound.

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2. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

Are you still arriving on July 2nd to Seattle? I don't think so as it does not calculate to travelling to Vancouver on a Saturday. Your plan is still good and you don't really have a lot of flexibility with your travel dates, if they are still the same. 2 nights in Victoria will be fine IMO. You will have one full day. If you take that 1 pm Pacific Coach departure on the second day that includes a 2 hour stop at Butchart, before continuing on to Vancouver (7:30 pm arrival) you will also have the second morning in Victoria. Even without Butchart, you would not have to leave Victoria until dinner time if you wanted to. Saturday travel on the ferry is not a problem and you will be fine getting to Vancouver. You now have to reserve tickets on PCL.

Again, I think your 4-2-4 balance is a good one.

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3. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

Our plans are very tentative and can certainly be tweaked:

Sun 7/6 JFK to SEA arrive about 1pm

Mon 7/7 Seattle

Tues 7/8 Seattle

Wed 7/9 Seattle (probably go to Mt. Ranier on one of these days)

Th 7/10 Early Clipper to Victoria

Fri 7/11 Victoria (thinking of renting a car for the day.....good idea???)*

Sat 7/12 PCL from Victoria to Vancouver.....time????

Sun 7/13 Vancouver

Mon 7/14 Vancouver

Tues 7/15 Vancouver (thinking of renting a car one day and hit Whistler)

Wed 7/16 Vancouver to JFK.....early am flight

* better to see Butchart via the PCL stop or on our own w/rental car??????

Edited: 22 October 2013, 20:05
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4. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

7/11 rental car vs not. Your call, depends on what you want to do. Within the city, you can walk anywhere, out of the city, not as easy to walk or bus.

7/12 PCL to Vancouver. The coach, from moment of departure at Victoria to moment of arrival at Vancouver is 4 hours. They run every two hours. The specific coach with Butchart en route to Vancouver takes 6.5 hours.

Edited: 22 October 2013, 20:46
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5. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

If we did rent a car......what would you suggest exploring in addition to Butchart?

Or, would it make more sense hanging around the Harbor and seeing Butchart in conjunction with the PCL 6.5 hour trip..........Thanks so much!!! Karen

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6. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

your only allowing 1 full day in Seattle which will give you a whirlwind tour. If your planning a full day at Rainier that will cut down your sightseeing a lot. No problem with that but it seems sort of rushed to try to fit all these cities in such a short time. On top right in the Seattle forum you can read the 'one day itinerary without a car' to give you some input.

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7. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

this is a link to renting a car for a day

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154945-i207-k66536…

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8. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

Thanks David but we have a half day on Sunday in Seattle and full days Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.........not sufficient?????

So far we have only booked our return AA flight from YVR>JFK......waiting for Jet Blue to add July dates for JFK>SEA so we have time to tweak any plans.

Edited: 23 October 2013, 10:24
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9. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

Great link on renting a car......very helpful.....thanks

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10. Re: Victoria.......Two Nights or Three?????

We traveled Victoria > Vancouver > Seattle 9/27- 10/6. We flew into Victoria on 9/25 arriving around 2 pm. To make the most of our time, we checked in to our hotel then headed to the Royal BC Museum which was open late -- though parts closed at 6 pm for a private event.

We decided to rent a car on Saturday because it would give us the ability to explore a bit. We got our car about 7:30 am,then stopped for breakfast on the way out of Victoria. After breakfast, we headed to Butchart Gardens first since it opened at 9 (other stops did not open until 10 or later). After that, we stopped for about an hour at the Butterfly Garden. After that, we headed to to Victoria Spirits (small distillery just a few minutes away but bring directions!) where my husband did a gin tasting after our short tour. Our next stop was the Sea Cider ciderhouse where we each did a cider tasting. There were also some wineries in the area, but we didn't stop at any of those.

Since it was cold and rainy, we did not dawdle at Butchart Gardens or Sea Cider, so we probably could have squeezed in the Fort Rodd Hill area as well.

In our planning, we compared the price of the 1-day car rental with the CVS Shuttle to Butchart. Since it was about the same price, we decided to rent the car because it would give us the ability to see other sites

Edited: 23 October 2013, 18:55