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.
The weather could have been better. Peter from Lotus Tours was excellent!
The tour was good but I was given the incorrect time for the boat back to Vancouver. My documentation stated that the return to Vancouver was 17:00 and to be at the pier 15mins before that time. I arrived at the pier at about 16:42 and was met by a representative who said that they were just about to leave without us. The boat was scheduled to leave at 16:45. If we had missed that boat the trip back would have been a nightmare from Butchart Gardens.
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