These ardent are a Not To Miss while in Victoria or even the Pacific Northwest. They are unbelievably gorgeous and the color combinations, the dahlias, the roses, the fuchsias, the ground covers used, the fountains, the plantings, the arrangements..... enough cannot be said for the beauty of this place. Go early in the day however, as it becomes very crowded.
We had a wonderful trip to the gardens. Our bus driver Aiden, with CVS was phenomenal. He was funny, informative, and was so knowledgeable about the city, gardens, and other facts. We absolutely loved Butchart Gardens. It did not disappoint us. My husband loved it as much as I did. The pictures dont do the experience justice. A must see if you come to the area.
A wonderful afternoon in one of the worlds most beautiful settings, Butchart Gardens.
We easily strolled through the grounds in just under 2 hours and enjoyed a delicious High Tea in the Dining Room following the tour. Please insure you make reservations for the High Tea in advance as many walk-ins were turned away. Viator perfectly handled all transportation and entrance tickets with on-time departures and returns. We were fortunate to have a great tour driver, Adrian Sly, who's knowledge and humor of Victoria made for a very enjoyable day. You will enjoy your your with this very beautiful and relaxing experience.
My friends and I were staying in Victoria, and visiting Butchart Gardens was high on our to do list. Using this tour was a great way to make it happen. We met up at The Empress Hotel and boarded a double decker bus. We enjoyed the sites on a beautiful drive with interesting commentary. The tour included tickets to the garden, so we ventured on to tour the gardens at our own pace. It was a lovely afternoon, and there were seve al return options to choose from for our return. This tour made our trip to Butchart easy and stress free.
We arrived at the Kiosk in Victoria easily from the cruise ship. The attendant was helpful and the bus arrived on time. The driver, Adrian was knowledgeable and interesting on the ride to the Gardens. He gave us good information and had funny stories. The gardens were beautiful and well kept. So much to see and do there. Lots of photo ops .
The bus ride was fine, although confusing when we ended up at The Butterfly Gardens. Luckily, other passengers told us we could stay on the bus to get to Butchart Gardens. The driver should have stated this when he pulled up. Also, I received an email from the tour company stating that our vouchers included transportation from our cruise ship to the Fairmont Empress. When we lined up to board the bus by the cruise ship, I showed them our vouchers and a copy of the email. Their agents said they don't know why the company wrote this. They tried to call their company and no one answered the phone, even though it was on a Wed. If you can get another couple to split the cost of a taxi, which is 50 to Butchart from the cruise ship port, I would suggest it. You will avoid waiting to take two buses and can come and go at your pleasure. There are taxis lined up outside Butchart for the return.