Beautiful gardens, well worth the day trip.
The gardens were breathtaking. I can honestly say that they were the highlight to my trip to Vancouver. While it did take a long time to get there, that part of it was fun too! We rode across the channel on a very large ferry that had several comfortable rooms to watch the water, as well as 2 restaurants. They even had free wifi for your computer. I would highly recommend this trip!!!
Butchart was magnificent! The getting there was a bit tedious, but understandable. Not for the jetlagged! as we were, but the gardens were so uplifiting and the driver was knowledgeable and courteous.. would do it all over again! really appreciated the pick up and drop off at the hotel!
This is a must tour if in Vancouver
An absolute must-do trip when visiting Vancouver and worth the time. It is helpful to make sure that you have pick-up at your hotel as you may spend some extra time on the shuttle. This is a very full day trip. STRONGLY suggest grabbing food prior to boarding the ferry for lunch and grabbing something in Victoria to eat for dinner on return to ferry/Vancouver. You will want to spend every minute at Butchart Gardens and in Victoria! Absolutely beautiful beyond words!
This was an amazing tour from start to finish.
the gardens are beautiful. I wish that the time there could have been longer and the time in Victoria shorter. the ferry rides were great as were the bus rides. Our driver was well informed. He was not the most friendly guide I have had but was polite. He gave a lot of info very fast and at times was hard to remember exactly what to do at what time.
It was amaising, beautiful, great trip!!! Will come again!!!
We loved every minute of this day tour to Vancouver Island, including the town of Victoria and the beautiful Butchart Gardens. The trip was very well organised from start to finish. Once we were on the bus, we were able to cross to Vancouver Island on the bus, which simply drives onto the ferry. This saved us so much time and trouble in that we did not have to buy ferry tickets or stand in queues. Once on the ferry, we were able to get off the bus and walk around the ferry which has a cafetaria, washrooms and boutiques.
Our first stop was Butchart Gardens, which were absolutely spectacular. It was a real treat from start to finish. The exquisite gardens, each with a different theme, Japanese, Italian, Rose Garden etc were unbelievable. One can find almost every Rose in existence in the world in their Rose garden, and everything is beautifully labelled and signposted . We had about one and a half hours to explore the gardens, which was more than enough time, and we had time to explore the beautiful boutique with souvenirs and the visitor centre. There was also time to buy a quick coffee or something to eat.
The next stop was Victoria, a lovely town on Vancouver Island with interesting art galleries, shops, restaurants and a very vibey waterfront area. We feel that we had enough time to explore, and enjoyed our visit. Had one wanted to explore the museum, one would have needed more time. But it gave one a taste, and one could easily go back there by ferry oneself and spend more time there.
Our tour guide was excellent and very helpful. He gave us an interesting commentary throughout our tour on the sights that we were seeing en route, and on the sights we were about to visit. I highly recommend this tour - it is one of the best we have done anywhere in the world!
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