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  • Location:Victoria, Canada
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Victoria Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

See the very best of Victoria while in port on this comprehensive tour of the city. This 2.5-hour shore excursion is a great way to get to know the charming provincial capital of British Columbia and to discover its famous landmarks and history. Your experienced guide will provide fascinating commentary on Victoria's rich history and scenic beauty, and there are numerous stops at points of interest for photo opportunities! Visit Craigdarroch Castle, the Inner Harbour, one of Canada’s oldest Chinatowns and more. For a unique opportunity, select the tour with afternoon tea at the iconic Empress Hotel.


  • 2.5-hour sightseeing shore excursion in Victoria
  • See the city's famous sights including the Empress Hotel, Craigdarroch Castle, the Inner Harbour and more
  • Stop at the summit of Mt Tolmie for a great photo opportunity
  • Fully narrated by a professional guide
  • Add on a traditional afternoon high-tea at the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel for a unique experience
  • Covered by Viator's Worry-Free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Victoria Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Craigdarroch Castle on Victoria Sightseeing Tour

While in port in Victoria, see the highlights of the picturesque capital of British Columbia on this sightseeing shore excursion. Take a short shuttle ride to downtown Victoria and meet your guide. Climb aboard a comfortable sightseeing bus and head to Songhee's Viewpoint, which offers spectacular views of Victoria's Inner Harbour and the iconic Empress Hotel. Drive through the stately downtown core and see Government Street, the legislative buildings, one of Canada's oldest Chinatowns and the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Follow Antique Row before arriving at Craigdarroch Castle.

Spend an hour exploring Craigdarroch Castle at your leisure. Your driver-guide will fill you in on the background of this Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, which is designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Continue driving to the summit of Mt Tolmie for a photo opportunity and admire spectacular views of the city. Continue on to Oak Bay, offering fantastic vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca. Finally, drive along the scenic Marine Drive and the Victoria waterfront to Beacon Hill Park.

This tour is a must for first-time visitors to this delightfully 'British ' city!

For a very unique and quintessential-Victoria experience, add on afternoon tea at the iconic Empress Hotel. A time-honored tradition for over a century, the world renowned tea lobby of The Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual and Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Surrounded by rich chintz fabrics, antiqued tapestries and rugs, elegant wing back chairs, vintage furnishings and hand-carved tables, the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbour provides the quintessential Victoria experience to all who grace Afternoon Tea. Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie and team serve hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Afternoon Tea Sample Menu

Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Dill Cream Cheese
Roasted Honey Ham with Tarragon Dijonnaise
Free Range Egg Salad Croissant
Cucumber & Ginger Mascarpone on Butter Brioche
Moroccan Spiced Coronation Chicken on Marble Rye
Freshly Baked Raisin Scone with Strawberry Jam & Empress Cream
Maple Pumpkin Dacquoise
Blackcurrant Lamington
Chocolate Cherry Tea Cup
Citrus Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Spiced Vanilla Shortbread

Tea Selection

Empress Blend: Exclusive to The Fairmont Empress, this delightful blend boasts a bright coppery colour. The Assam component lends a rich malty character, while the Kenyan black tea provides subtle floral hints. Kenyan green tea infuses this blend and lively aroma, complemented by fruity, sprightly and airy piquant flavors of Dimbula from Sri Lanka. Small amount of Keemun draws the elements together with burgundy depth and light oaky notes.

Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling: A 2nd flush tea with a delightful fresh character with distinctive Muscat grape notes and hints of current

Fairmont Earl Grey: Refreshing and sweet, with lifted citrus charm freshening the structured tenacity of the Ceylon leaf. A perfectly focused classic

Borengajuli Assam: A robust, malty tea from the Borengajuli estate of Assam, India, finishing with a slowly subsiding velvety feel on the palate and a natural sweetness

Kea Lani Orange Pineapple: A bold and bright orange pineapple tea made from all natural herbs and dry fruit, this blend offers a refreshing, slightly tart profile

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had only the morning before catching our ferry and this was a great way to see a lot in a short period of thine. The Empress Hotel and the castle were very interesting and beautiful. Our driver was very informative and amusing. A few hours well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful tour that took us through all the different parts of town and even outside Victoria. We had been on a city tour to Victoria previously and expected to see the same things as our previous tour three years ago. We were greatly surprised by the depth of this tour. The driver, who was our tour guide was very proud of his city and very informative. My wife and I would highly recommend this tour to all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This is a must do tour as it gives you a very good idea of the layout of the city and it's many attractions. The driver provided great commentary and overall it was a wonderful tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We enjoyed our time in Victoria and our tour around the city.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

It was a nice overall view of the area. The castle was crowded and less than exciting, but that seems to be a standard tourist site of the city.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2013

Quick bus ride through the city. One stop at Mt. Tolme. The rest was a high speed drive past way too much.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

We expected to board a bus or shuttle from your company at the pier to start the tour. No where did it state on the tour description that we had to pick it up in town. Then having to find out that the name Viator is no longer the tour name. We went to the address listed on the tour sheet, only to be given directions to find the right location. Needless to say we missed the assigned tour time. Had to wait an hour for the next one, which left little time to tour the down town area. Tour of the town was o.k.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2012

Enjoyed the tour . There was some confusion at the start where to report for the bus but that was soon sorted out thankfully . Everything else went off well !

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2013

It was a nice sightseeing tour but it was more of an architectural tour passing by private neighborhood houses instead or public interesting places. I would have liked to pass in front of the "castle" and receive more information of the city than of the owners of houses...

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