Victoria is one of the most picturesque cities in North America and exudes Old World charm and a distinctively British flair. This tour gives you an excellent glimpse into the heart and soul of the city and will help you to see why so many visitors from around the world come each year to the City of Gardens.
Starting off from the pier, you will first head into the residential neighborhoods, complete with manicured lawns, abundant flowers of all shapes and sizes and million dollar views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountain range.
During your tour, you will pass a few of the highlights of Victoria, including views of Craigdarroch Castle, all that remains of the stately Dunsmuir estate. Be sure to bring your cameras as a photo stop is planned at a scenic overlook that offers up wonderful panoramic views.
Next, you will travel to the Inner Harbor, the centerpiece of Victoria. This is the home of the Royal BC Museum, numerous street performers, craft vendors, food stalls, the BC Parliament Buildings, and the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. From the Inner Harbor you continue on to Butchart Gardens where a spectacular floral display awaits you.
In 1904, Jennie Butchart moved to her new home on Vancouver Island and began the transformation of her husband's limestone quarry into the world renowned Butchart Gardens. This botanical masterpiece changes frequently as the Gardens staff continually alters the grounds with the seasons. As you wander the Gardens on this self-guided tour, you'll delight in the sounds and smells of one of the Premier Botanical Gardens in the world.
Join the ranks of worldwide travelers that have journeyed far and near to explore this home of uninterrupted blooms from March through October. Delight in the Village atmosphere of Waterwheel Square, as you make your way towards the Italian Garden located at the mansion that was home to the Butchart family.
From this point you can head towards the serenity of the Japanese Garden or try to envision the Sunken Garden as the limestone quarry it originated as.
Visiting the Butchart Gardens is a must when visiting Victoria. You will want to be sure and visit their seed shop and wonderful gift shop before it's time to head back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking mainly at the guest's discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.