Although I booked the noon pick-up for the Butchart Gardens, I was able to get on an earlier bus. It's nice that they are flexible with the time, as it makes it very convenient for the traveler. During the bus trip to the Gardens, the driver gives you some history and interesting facts regarding Victoria and the Butchart Gardens. That is the "tour" portion.
I assumed that this was a double-decker bus tour, but it is a regular bus tour. My mistake, I should have checked. But it was a very warm day when we took the bus tour, so I was thankful for the A/C in the bus. A tour of Victoria with the driver giving facts/history/interesting points of interest and a few jokes here and there. I had gone on this tour before,so I knew what to expect. It was my parents' first time, and they fell asleep through some of it. They were surprised that a good portion of the tour was through the nicer Victoria neighborhoods. I think they didn't realize that Victoria, although beautiful, is not a large city.