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Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

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Central Saanich, Canada
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At a Glance

4 to 7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter... More
Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes... More
Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes of Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Includes round-trip transfers from downtown Victoria and a flexible return schedule, so you can linger to enjoy the gardens’ luminous displays at night.

Highlights

  • Enjoy two must-do Victoria experiences in one day
  • Take a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands
  • Spot whales and other wildlife with the help of a naturalist guide
  • Explore
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  • Enjoy two must-do Victoria experiences in one day
  • Take a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands
  • Spot whales and other wildlife with the help of a naturalist guide
  • Explore the famous Butchart Gardens at your own pace
  • Wind through stunning floral gardens and capture photos of this National Historic Site of Canada
  • Round-trip transfers and a flexible return schedule included

What To Expect

Meet in downtown Victoria in the afternoon to board your cruise, which departs from Inner Harbour. You’ll enjoy 3.5 hours of whale watching around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, complete with... More
Meet in downtown Victoria in the afternoon to board your cruise, which departs from Inner Harbour. You’ll enjoy 3.5 hours of whale watching around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, complete with live commentary from your expert guide. Make sure to have your camera ready as you spot whales and other wildlife.
After your cruise, arrive at a private
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Meet in downtown Victoria in the afternoon to board your cruise, which departs from Inner Harbour. You’ll enjoy 3.5 hours of whale watching around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, complete with live commentary from your expert guide. Make sure to have your camera ready as you spot whales and other wildlife.
After your cruise, arrive at a private dock in the secluded Tod Inlet, where you'll hop on a shuttle bus to the Butchart Gardens. With your admission ticket in hand, explore the famous gardens at your own pace.
You’ll be astounded by the magnificent display of floral gardens that make up this National Historic Site of Canada. The colorful landscape offers endless photo opportunities as you stroll down winding paths past fountains, ponds, statues, and the famous Sunken Gardens, transformed from an abandoned limestone quarry.
Shuttle buses leave from the gardens throughout the evening, giving you the freedom to choose whenever you want to leave and return to Victoria.

What's Included

Naturalist guide
Whale-watching cruise
Round-trip shuttle transfers from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens
Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drink

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Downtown Victoria

Departure Time

1:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Reviews by Viator travellers
A voyage we will never forget!!
Jennifer V
, Sep 2018
Had the most spectacular whale watching adventure. The scenery was just gorgeous, the crew was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw amazing birds, bald eagles and a truly spectacular orca sighting seeing 4 or 5 orcas and being able to observe them for probably 20 minutes. I know they can’t guarantee that every time but they do their best to locate them if able. Loved it!!!
Half and Half
bubbles14162
, Aug 2018
I had to give this one a 3 because the whale-watching cruise for us was a bust & we regret we took it; not worth the money it cost; however, the Butchart Gardens part was definitely a 5 & we will be recommending that to everyone who asks.
Amazing!
Pamela J
, Aug 2018
Okay. I thought this was going to be an expensive, cheesy tour. I only did it because I was with a friend who thought it would be a fun thing to do. The professionalism, knowledge, and generosity of the crew was quite remarkable. We saw countless whales-then birds including a huge bald eagle. Seals and sea otters-then the gardens, which alone could have been an entire day. One crew member actually shared her professional quality photos of the trip. I assumed they were for sale and would have gladly paid $50+ for those photos-whales, otters, and that eagle-FREE!!! (I hope she isn't in trouble for that, but I do wish I could give her credit for all of the compliments I have received on her photos). Great experience. Great value.
This tour was fantastic!!! We saw 3...
Michael M
, Feb 2018
This tour was fantastic!!! We saw 3 yes 3 pods of whales. The crew was very knowledgeable and nice. It was an unforgettable experience. This is a don't miss tour if you are a nature loving person.
Unfortunately we had no luck to see any...
Roberto M
, Nov 2017
Unfortunately we had no luck to see any Orca, we saw twice a whale but very far away.
We saw whales, but that part was not...
Brett R
, Oct 2017
We saw whales, but that part was not the best, then these amazing gardens. The history and the beauty of the gardens was beyond the imagination and among the best I've seen anywhere in the world.
Beautiful sunny day , Really great...
Julie B
, Sep 2017
Beautiful sunny day , Really great crew , Maeve was very informative and knew her information on the Killer Whales which we all watched the pod for quite a while all very well organized .Butchart Gardens are great to see and the history that goes with it .
Never saw any whales - not even a fish...
Kimberly L
, Sep 2017
Never saw any whales - not even a fish. Loved Butchart Gardens though!
The crew was fantastic and took us...
Brittany W
, Aug 2017
The crew was fantastic and took us right up to the humpback whales. The self-guided tour through the gardens was absolutely stunning. We had a blast on this tour.
Lovely cruise and so exciting to see...
Karen A
, Aug 2017
Lovely cruise and so exciting to see the Orcas. The crew were very knowledgeable and helpful in answering our questions. We felt completely safe, comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed tissue excursion.

Product code: 5882BUTCHART

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