Archie our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the surrounding sights. Didn't know where the castle was located or what really to expect. From where the bus had to park to the castle was a bit of an uphill travel. The castle itself is a series of 2 flights of steps to reach each of the floors, and down stairs to the kitchen, out to the back of the castle, then down another flight to ground level going back around to the front and once again, this time, downhill to the bus. Tolmie Park offered a beautiful vista view of the area including looking out to the harbor. Due to the mainland fires the sight was a bit hazed over though. Again, Archie, shared a wealth of insight into the surrounding communities and shoreline areas we traveled. All-in-all the tour was well worth it.
I would not recommend this tour if you are truly interested in the tour of the castle. This tour does not allow enough time at the castle. I felt rushed and did not have enough time to read the history that was provided. Viator needs to extend their time at the castle.
Christoper was excellent guide. He took us to castle and other part of city. We got to see other part of cities that I would not know if i was not taken this tour. We got to see some of nicest house and beach on Island. It was relatively short tour, but it was good introduction of Victoria B.C.
The coach driver was very knowledgeable. The coach was clean and comfortable. The city is beautiful . Just a word to the wise the castle is at the top of a hill that the bus does not climb so getting up there can be a problem for someone physically challenged. This tour is Great!
It was a fun way to get to know the city upon arrival and the driver/guide was excellent... although some of his jokes were real groaners! He kept it interesting and the visit to Craigdarroch Castle was interesting as well to see how they have been able to restore this building to it's original magnificence. Driving through the neighbourhoods was also good but I think I would have preferred a hop on - hop off bus for that which is why I gave this a 4 star rating. Just know that you are basically inside the bus the whole time other than the visit to the castle so if you want to explore a certain neighbourhood, this is not the tour for that. Overall though it was still worth the two hours.