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Another tour which was just amazing. We were picked up from our hotel - early start but worth it. We were given information all about the day once we arrived at the harbour air sea planes terminal - we were then left to our devices but had all the relevant information. Sea plane to Victoria takes about 30 minutes and lands right in Victoria harbour. You have free time in Victoria which is a beautiful place and it is up to you how much free time. There are buses to Butchart gardens at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00. We decided to do a open top bus tour in the morning which took an hour - this was a great way to find out about Victoria and the surrounding area. We then had afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress which I can recommend. We got the 14:00 bus which takes about 40 minutes. I would not recommend getting a late bus as you would have no time in the gardens, getting the bus we did we managed to see everything but didn't have any spare time. If you really want to enjoy all the gardens then I would suggest getting the first bus. The gardens are simply fantastic. The boat left at 16:30 from the cove at the gardens and took about 2 hours back to Vancouver. The staff on the boat were super friendly and told us everything. WE didn't see any whales but lots of people said they had on this trip before.
What a great trip! The staff are so nice and accommodating. They picked us up from our hotel and the flight was smooth and very scenic.
We had several hours in Victoria before boarding the bus to the Gardens, which were beautiful. The boat ride back was enjoyable but it would have been nice if they had adult beverages available. Wonderful time!
We had an amazing day on this trip. Everything was well organised from pickup at our hotel, to the seaplane flight, the transport to the gardens and the fast boat home. We had plenty of time to walk around Victoria to the fisherman's wharf and spent a lovely afternoon wandering through the spectacular Butchart Gardens. This tour is highly recommended as a great way to see Victoria and the gardens in one day.
A very full but beautiful day in perfect weather. Butchart garden is a must for anyone interested in gardens. Truly magnificent!
Picked up at the hotel by Peter on time and taken to collect another party before heading to the Seaplane Terminal. We could have walked to the terminal quicker but didn't know that at the time. Checked in only to find that my wife and I had been placed on separate flights! A hasty intervention by Peter and we were placed on the same plane. Very smooth and scenic flight to Victoria and plenty of time to wander around and see the sights before taking the bus to Butchart Gardens. The Gardens were fantastic and we spent approximately three hours see everything in the Gardens and having time for coffee and shopping. Headed to the jetty at the allocated time to be told that we were not booked on the return trip on the boat that was scheduled to depart and the girl at the gate said there was no Speed Boat due to leave. Panic set in but we went down to the whale watching boat that was about to depart and the very helpful Swedish lady who was a senior member of the crew sorted out the transport back. Panic over. On our way back we spoke to the crew and the whale watching boat had not seen many whales over the summer period and didn't hold out much hope for the journey back. However, we were extremely lucky to come across two pods of Orcas together which ended off a fantastic tour, despite the minor hiccups. A very worthwhile trip.
An excellent experience with so much crammed into 1 day. First time in a seaplane, amazing, a very smooth take off from Vancouver and landing in Victoria, flight took about 1/2 hour, the views were really something.
Plenty of time to spend in Victoria before taking 1 of 3 services by bus the the Butchart Gardens.
Whilst in Victoria, we took advantage of an open top bus tour around Victoria on an old Routemaster bus, great fun and a good way to appreciate beautiful Victoria. Then on to Butchart Gardens with lovely plants and garden areas. You progress through the gardens making your way to a jetty at the north end. You must make sure you are there in good time for the speed boat ride back to Vancouver, it takes approx 2 1/2 hours. This skirts around the islands around Vancouver Island and then heads back to Vancouver city. If you miss this, it will take a long time to get back to the city - 5 hrs !
All in all a really enjoyable day with lots to see.
So worth the money! I only wish we had the seaplane on the way back. Prompt courteous pickup and drop off. The seaplane with the only way to get to Vancouver Island - quick and fun. We had plenty of time to see Victoria, including a tour on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, lunch and touring the Empress. Two hours in the garden is plenty so we enjoyed our time there, as well. The ride back is, well, long - but not as long as the traditional ferry. All in all, this was a great excursion!
One of the best organised tours we have been on. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Efficient and fun way to see Victoria and Butchart Gardens. We took the 8:40 flight and had plenty of time in both places. No guide which is what we were looking for...plus we saw Orcas on the way back to Vancouver. Peter set us up perfectly!
Had a great time and weather was perfect. Easy plane flight to Victoria with lots to see and do in the provincial city. Bus ride to Butchart Gardens was easy and the gardens world class. Speed boat ride back took about 2-1/2 hours but the crew made it fun and the ride was smooth. Highly recommend this tour.
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