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Fortunatly it was early in the season and we only had a group of 12. Pick-up and drop off at the hotels was done in 2 seperate vehicles, so it went very quicknot having to stop at all hotels. Sheldon our tour guide was awesome! It was a fantastic day trip! Sadly you can only put so much in 12hours. Next time I would go overnight, to get to see some more of Victoria.
Our guide Brent was very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. Very well organised, ran smoothly and didn't have to worry about a thing! The gardens are a must see while on Vancouver Island - I've never seen anything like it! Highly recommend.
The tour was well planned, scheduled and organized.
The guide, Sheldon, was really helpful, attentious and made the difference in the tour.
The bus was new, comfortable and provided a good trip overall.
Great tour! Our driver Sheldon was terrific and the Butchart Garden is well worth seeing. Victoria is a beautiful city to see.
It was great. We where picked up promptly at our hotel. Rene, our driver was fantastic. He took us on a short tour of Vancover on our way to the ferry. The Buchart Gardens where beautiful. The ferry ride was cool. Rene provided us with all kinds of info. He made us all feel comfortable with each other. I was amazed that he could remember all of our names. It was the best part of our vacation in Vancover.
Thankyou for an Excellent Tour. Well planned, A wonderful Travel Experience. I would certainly recommend this Tour.
We thought the tour was an exceptional value. Guide was very knowledgeable, shared incredible detail on all parts of the trip, and was careful to give specific easily understood instructions about important issues; i.e., details about the ferry and how to relocate the bus when it was time to board, etc. The city of Victoria and Butchart Gardens speak for themselves--simply spectacular beauty. We chose this tour because it offered a packaged single day opportunity to experience Victoria during a longer stay in Vancouver. We were well pleased in every aspect.
The tour was great! It was raining and being from the central coast of California we are not used to rain. Navigating the ferry and the rainy roads was better left to the Viatour guide/driver. He was excellent and also informative, accommodating and shared his good sense of humor. We enjoyed the tour of the beautiful Butchart Gardens and the charming city of Victoria albeit a quick look which means we will have to return. Thank you.
I had an amazing time on this tour. The sun came out and gave us a beautiful day amid the storms that preceded. Our tour guide Brent was amazing and knew a lot about every place went went, whether stopping or just passing through, down to the detail. I met a new friend on the bus. Just wish we had more time to enjoy some of the places. Definitely left me wanting more. I highly recommend it.
Butchart Gardens are stunningly beautiful. The tour was very well organized with great communication on pick up timing and location.
The tour guide Graham was entertaining, informative and very helpful.
We highly recommend this tour.
Very mixed review. The gardens are superb especially since it had been raining in the days prior but warm and sunny on the day itself. Hence the highly recommended score. Unfortunately, the transport was diabolical - think transit van with no suspension. I have a back problem and my wife had a hip problem. By the time we arrived at the gardens our physical condition left a lot to be desired and by the time we got back to the hotel we were in considerable pain. I spoke with the driver who confirmed that the transport that the company used was standard throughout their tours and later talking to another driver he admitted that they got a lot of complaints about the standard of transport. We had another trip booked with the same company to Whistler, but we decided that it was not worth the discomfort so backed out. So the message is definitely go to the gardens but check out the transport first. If it is "a small 24 seater" then try another carrier. Message to Viator - do not use this carrier
Everything about this tour was well planned and executed professionally and expertly manner.
The timings for each section of the tour for us were just perfect and though a long day - we arrived back at our hotel in 'good condition'
The tour guide was experienced and professional in his approach and he helped the day go smoothly for us
Will definitely consider using Viator in the future
This was really worth doing butchert gardens is fantastic and our tour guide was an excellent driver and very informed. I would recommend this tour to any one .it was well organized and even though it appears expensive it is well worth the money
My traveling friend went and thoroughly enjoyed the day. I unfortunately became ill and could not take the trip.
We really enjoyed the tour and the guide, Richard was excellent. He made the entire trip very memorable and informative. Would highly recommend to others who want to visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens.
A superb day with lively guide. Everything was as described in the overview and the Buchart Gardens were perfect. The guide drove us through some First Nation villages which were a bonus. Make sure you have fresh fish for your lunch in Victoria!!
Great tour! Our tour guide was great and shared lots of information with us. I definitely recommend this tour!
We thoroughly enjoyed the bus tour Victoria and Butchart Garden tour. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Long day, but worth every minute. Well organized, excellent guide. I would recommend that the guide tell his clients about the IMAX shows in the Museum. Your clients are ussually not very young and some are hampered in movement and would rather enjoy a spectacular show, than walk around the whole morning in town. Still, an excellent trip
Graham did a fantastic job on our tour to and from Victoria. He was a mine a information, off beat and factual that related to the trip and kept his cool under duress. Another van side-swiped the mini bus and took out the mirror whilst we were legally parked, yet he managed to get everyone to the Gardens on time and still be able to effect temporary repairs and returned to collect us at the right time. Rene also did an admirable job of filling in for Graham when we transferred to his bus to get to the gardens - the remainder of the people arrived by taxi. You need plenty of people like them permanently, plus they deserve a pay raise or special bonus....!
This was a truly tremendous tour and well worth the money! The Gardens are simply quite stunning in the size and sheer variety of flowers, plants, etc. The city of Victoria is lovely and the people exceptionally friendly. A visit to the Empress Hotel proved equally impressive. Our Tour Guide Richard was extremely friendly and informative. I heartily recommend this outing! Well done!