4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and top it off with a relaxing sunset cruise back to Vancouver. This is the most scenic and convenient way to explore Victoria in one day from downtown Vancouver.

Highlights

  • Ultimate day trip from Vancouver
  • Spot marine life on an exciting whale-watching cruise
  • Enjoy commentary about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide
  • Create your own itinerary to sightsee around Victoria independently
  • Explore Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens at your own pace
  • Relax on a scenic sunset cruise back to Vancouver

What You Can Expect

Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver

Visit the Butchart Gardens

Check in for your full-day tour in the morning at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. You’ll then be taken to the launching spot for your whale-watching cruise.

Board a 60-foot (18-meter) boat and journey along a beautiful route across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Spot marine mammals such as seals, killer whales and humpback whales, all while enjoying commentary about the region’s wildlife from your naturalist guide.

Your boat will dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where you’ll then be given free time to explore the city of Victoria independently. When you’re ready, hop on the shuttle bus and head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. (Shuttle busses depart from downtown Victoria periodically throughout the afternoon.)

Enjoy a couple of hours to leisurely stroll through the stunning floral displays. This National Historic Site of Canada offers endless amazing photo opportunities.

In the evening, re-board the boat at the garden’s private dock for a 2-hour sunset cruise back to Vancouver. Sit back, relax and soak in views of the sunset before arriving at Coal Harbour to conclude your full-day tour.

Itinerary

7:30 Check in at the Vancouver office
8:30 Ocean Magic departs Coal Harbour
12:30 Arrival in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 – 14:30 Time to explore Victoria and to catch a shuttle bus to The Butchart Gardens
(customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
14:30 – 16:30 Time to explore The Butchart Gardens (customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
16:15 Meet at the dock in Butchart Cove
(located at The Butchart Gardens near the Japanese Gardens)
16:30 Ocean Magic departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Ocean Magic arrives in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore docks in Coal Harbour

*Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 1:10pm, 2:20pm, 3pm to the Butchart Gardens

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

AWESOME!! Well worth the cost of the tour. Although the boat ride out was cold not their fault, they offered us warm raincoats and blankets and inside seating we chose to sit on the back deck and watch the scenery. We saw seals and whales on our way to Victoria, and otters and seals when they picked us up from the Gardens to return to Vancouver. We enjoyed seeing and shopping in Victoria and had a nice lunch there at a restaurant the naturalist suggested to us. At the end of the day we were tired, but very happy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful time. The naturalist was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. She made sure to spend time with every guest. The boat got close enough for photos but not so close that it interfered with the wildlife.

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