Enjoy round-trip travel from Vancouver to Victoria, and discover top attractions in British Columbia on this Victoria and Butchart Gardens day trip from Victoria. Take the ferry to Vancouver Island, and enjoy fine views over the beautiful Gulf Islands. Dock in Swartz Bay, and visit the famous Butchart Gardens. Explore the grounds at your leisure, and admire the vibrant floral displays. Then, head through Chinatown and the Inner Harbour into downtown Victoria and spend free time discovering sites, including the Royal BC Museum and the BC Legislature.
Our driver Keith was very informative on the history and development of Vancouver. The tour bus was spacious and comfortable as you will spend lots of time on it. The Butchart Gardens are a must see, just wish we had more than 2 hours. The stop at Victoria was great, but our time was very limited. Not enough to really explore just time to take some pictures and a quick snack.
We were supposed to have 2.5 to 3 hrs in the garden but our bus driver missed the 9am Ferry and we lost an hour. The driver could have taken the initiative to spend more time in the garden by cutting down the time from the Victoria visit. We missed enjoying the exquisite gardens for a longer time.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Please note that all the information regarding this tour including the time spent at Butchart Gardens is included on the "what to expect page" that clearly says 2 hours at the garden. The departure time from Vancouver is at 9:30am there is no way we would make a 9:00am ferry when we don't depart at 9:30am from downtown. Most of your concern listed above can be found on the information before booking your tours at
The gardens were spectacular. But Pacific Coast Coach due to bad planning missed the 10 am ferry. Had only 1 hour 45 mts for Buchart. Gave 2 hours for shopping in Victoria which is a waste. They could have given more time at the garden. Poor planning by the supplier
A very enjoyable and informative day. Our guide was brim full of knowledge and humour. The timings worked well tho we seemed a little rushed at times. The gardens were beautiful but it may be that their popularity has outgrown their capacity. It was a summer Saturday but most of the paths were crowded and the rose garden was like a rugby scrum with people being barged off the path into the flower beds.
Downtown Victoria was interesting to see with a good variety of local shops and historic buildings. Overall, a high ratio of travelling time to visiting time makes a good guide essential.
We had a lovely day visiting Butchart Gardens and Victoria. The bus was comfortable and our guide was exceptional! I'm sorry that I can't remember his name because he was great. We got lucky with weather and had a smooth ferry ride. Food on the ferry was over-priced and only tastes fair, but that was expected. Our only complaint was that we didn't have enough time in Butchart or Victoria. I recommend this tour.
This trip was long but worth it! Dan our driver was very knowledgable about Canada's history, drove us safe all time, was very organized. The gardens were just out of this world (visited middle May). Victoria is charming and good spot to chill out. I strongly recommend this travel but be mindful that it will be a long day.