Victoria Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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Elegant Victoria is the stately capital of British Columbia. Still steeped in its English roots, it has beautiful gardens and fine colonial architecture, lovely views over its harbour, and the benefit of a mild climate to make it perfect to visit anytime.

Day 1: Get to Know Victoria

This is a lovely city to stroll, especially beside the harbour and through the lush parks and gardens. Get to know the layout and character on a sightseeing tour passing through Chinatown, Antique Row, the residential districts Uplands and Oak Bay and the very English Rockland area. Make sure you put aside plenty of time for the world-famous Butchart Gardens, over 50 acres of floral plantings first laid out by Jennie Butchart in 1904. Put the icing on the cake by having traditional Afternoon Tea in the Butchart Home or Italian Garden. If you’re totally caught up in the whole royal fantasy by now, take a tour of the town in a horse drawn carriage or head out to Craigoarroch Castle, a Scottish baronial fantasy sitting at the highest point of the city.

Day 2: History and Culture

Victoria has splendid museums and galleries to explore. The Royal British Columbia Museum is a must, especially its excellent First Nations exhibit. Dominating the third floor, it’s packed with canoes and carvings, beadwork, tools, weapons and basketry. There are also plenty of good explanatory guide notes. Next door Thunderbird Park has totem poles and is one of Victoria’s landmark places. Head to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and see the permanent collection, including the collection of the 19th century pioneering artist and writer Emily Carr. To round off the day, take a ride through Chinatown and see the hundred-year-old shops and hear stories of the many communities that have made Victoria the place it is today.
Day 3: The Great Outdoors

Despite its elegance and refinement, Victoria has another side. This is a coastal city, with spectacular seascapes and wildlife. Take a look at the rugged landscapes and mountains from a seaplane, or fly out over the many Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juan Islands. If you want to get a lot closer to the birds, seals, porpoises and sea lions, venture out on a zodiac boat tour or, if you’re after the big mammals of the sea, go whale watching and hopefully see Orcas or a pod of humpback whales – April to September is your best chance to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

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Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 135 Reviews

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent Butchart Gardens, Victoria's most famous attraction. This 55-acre garden of colorful and aromatic flowers ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $49.60

Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Admire the spectacular panorama of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on this memorable half-hour (20-minute flight) seaplane trip. See the ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $83.48

Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with two memorable experiences in one day. Take a whale-watching tour from Inner Harbour around the Gulf Islands and ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.09

Victoria Whale Watch Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

See the majestic wildlife of the northern Pacific Ocean on a whale-watching cruise from Victoria. On board a comfortable boat, you'll spot orcas, humpback ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.34

Best Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Ride in a motorcoach to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens to experience one of the most magical displays of the holiday season. From December to early January, a ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $48.20

Butchart Gardens Luxury Evening Experience: Seaplane Flight and 3-Course Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

You have to eat dinner somewhere, so make it a meal to remember at Butchart Gardens! This exceptional experience will have you flying by seaplane from Victoria ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.45

Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

British Columbia is famous for its abundance of whales, and on this 3-hour educational Canadian cruise, you'll get a chance to see them! While cruising on a ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.29

Victoria in One Day Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See the best of Victoria and its surrounding attractions on this activity-filled day tour! The perfect combination of free time and guided elements, this tour ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.15

Victoria Whale-Watching Tour by Zodiac

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take the typical whale-watching cruise up a notch with a ride on a Zodiac, an inflatable boat that moves fast across the water, giving you a thrill as you look ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.34

Best Victoria Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience Victoria’s buzzing beer scene firsthand on a guided craft brewery tour with tastings. Victoria is home to nearly a dozen local craft breweries, all ...  Read more

Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $60.24

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