4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Saw lots of whales!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Whales playing tag with each other! We saw several pods of them on our way west to Victoria. This was a lovely day, combining whale watching with lunch in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress, then a bus trip to Butchart Gardens. Not enough time in either place to do them justice, but enough for a taste of their beauty. The boat trip home was uneventful. Weather was good, although a little hotter than usual. It was lovely at sea. The only downside was that the bus driver from Victoria to Butchart Gardens left us sitting on a hot bus without the AC for extended periods at each end, without telling us why. Several families tried to leave the bus on their own at the Gardens.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Well organised with informed commentary and knowledgeable crew. And we saw whales!!! Would definitely recommend this trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

We saw many whales, the ride was not too bumpy and umbrellas were provided when it sarted to drizzle. The four year old grand daughter loved the whales and the flowers

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

The whales were incredible and our guides were lovely--charming and knowledgeable. The only downside was being so rushed in both Victoria and Buchart Gardens. For the price, during the summer when the days are long, I think we should have had at least another hour in each spot. If we'd headed back to Vancouver at 7 instead of 9 it would have made all the difference in my abitlity to really relax and enjoy both locations.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

The day was nice and clear and the guides were excellent but we had a 'no whale day'. There should have been more time allowed in Victoria to see things. Butchart Gardens were VERY enjoyable. We will definitely be going back there. We look forward to using our 'No Whale Day' vouchers on our next trip. We are really looking forward to seeing the whales.


3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

Enjoy the beautiful flowers in the different gardens at Butchart Gardens. However, the whale watching was kind of disappointing because the waiting was long and we only managed to catching only a few whales

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2014

Trip tries to do too much in one long day and and apart from the visit to the gardens, fails to do anything well. We spent 7 hours on the boat and saw a couple of bald headed eagles and some seals on the way out and had a 10 minute chance encounter with a small pod of Orcas in the way back. The boat is OK but the seating is just benches and some padded cushions. Not ideal for sitting on for such a long time. Couldn't wait for the journey home to end. It's billed as a cruise, but in reality you're pushing 30 knots at time to get back before dark. The boat has a single toilet and a small 'tuck' shop selling sweets, crisps, snack biscuits and tea/coffee.
We had no time to look round Victoria once we'd had a sandwich otherwise the visit to Butchart Gardens would have would have been too short. We had the best part of three hours at the gardens, which is about right for a gentle meander though and fit in a tea stop.

My advice would be to split the activities. Do whaling for most of one day and spend another in Victoria and at the Butchart Gardens. You can organise this yourself and go by ferry.

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