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clock-o10 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Torn between a day of city sightseeing and nature excursions? Do it all on this full-day tour of Victoria! From Vancouver, cruise the Strait of Georgia for some epic whale-watching, take a self-guided tour of Victoria and soak up the perfumed beauty of Butchart Gardens! At the end of your full day, relax and take in stunning coastal mountain views as you cruise back to Vancouver at dusk.
  • Ultimate day trip from Vancouver
  • Spot marine life on an exciting whale-watching cruise
  • Enjoy commentary about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide
  • Create your own itinerary to sightsee around Victoria independently
  • Explore Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens at your own pace
  • Relax on a scenic sunset cruise back to Vancouver
Your action-packed day begins at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Make your own way there in the morning, meet your naturalist guide and board the 60-foot (18-meter) boat for an exciting wildlife-spotting expedition. Aside from magnificent orcas and humpback whales, you may also see seals, sea lions and sea otters.
Leave behind Vancouver’s bustling harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. You’ll have nearly four hours to soak up stunning views of the Gulf Islands, snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From there, you’ll have the afternoon to explore British Columbia’s capital!
Perhaps start with a self-guided tour of the city, exploring Victoria’s central neighborhoods and parks, browsing independent boutiques, and visiting landmarks like the Royal British Columbia Museum. When you’re ready, hop aboard the complimentary scheduled shuttle from downtown to the world-famous Butchart Gardens — a National Historic Site of Canada. Take a couple of hours to explore flower-lined paths, discover the many themed gardens and admire the remarkable landscaping. Pop into one of the garden cafes for a cup of tea or lunch (own expense).
After your tour, head to the garden’s private dock for your sunset cruise to Vancouver.

Itinerary

7:30 Check in at the Vancouver office
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Coal Harbour
12:30 Arrival in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 – 14:30 Time to explore Victoria and to catch a shuttle bus to The Butchart Gardens
(customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
14:30 – 16:30 Time to explore The Butchart Gardens (customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
16:15 Meet at the dock in Butchart Cove
(located at The Butchart Gardens near the Japanese Gardens)
16:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Salish Sea Dream arrives in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore docks in Coal Harbour

*Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm to the Butchart Gardens

Reviews

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J
, Jul 2018

Full of fun day trip to Victoria and Butchart Garden trip with Whale Watching. Super friendly and expert crews and captain takes you to the right spot to watch killer whales.

d
, Oct 2017

Wonderful experience, worth every penny. If you are staying in Vancouver this is the way to go...whale watching and then Butchart Gardens. Unbelievable day

B
, Oct 2017

Great! Highly recommended.

S
, Oct 2017

Great experience. Captain made sure we saw whales and we did! Only issue was- wish we had more time in Victoria. Recommend doing this over 2 days.

J
, Aug 2017

good tour but not enough time to really see anything in Victoria. I would suggest giving yourself 2 days in Victoria. 1 extra to see the city. Beautiful.

C
, Jul 2017

We took this amazing tour on July 1, 2017, unknowingly booking the trip on Canada Day 150! What an amazing experience! The check-in process was really very easy. Our captain was Captain Chris and our naturalists were Tom, Cody and Ben. All four were just awesome. They were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We did not need to go to them with questions. They came and sat with us and showed us maps, charts, etc. They showed us and shared pictures. They got blankets for us when we were chilly. They couldn't have been nicer. We saw whales going out and coming back. We also saw bald eagles, seals, etc. Victoria was packed with people because of Canada Day. It was a giant party. So much fun. We did cut our time a bit short at Buchart Gardens. They were simply gorgeous. Hopefully we'll be back some day. We will highly recommend this experience to all of our friends and family thinking of taking the trip to Vancouver.

e
, Oct 2016

Great naturalist guides. Saw lots of wildlife. Can't describe how great it was to have all transportation for the day taken care of.

T
, Sep 2016

Lovely day. We didn't get to see whales, but they give you a lifetime guarantee to take their tour again to whale watch. The staff was wonderful. Next time we're in Vancouver we'll take them up on the guarantee and hope the whale will appear. Guess they were on vacation too. :-

S
, Aug 2016

The whale watching was fun, but there really wasn't much time in Victoria. You end up picking one or the other Victoria vs Butchart gardens. We had lunch in Victoria and went to the gardens. That being said, it was a long day so I don't know that I would make it longer - just don't expect to see a lot of both. The whale watching would have been easier with a loud speaker system but each guide came around to give the same story to different sections of the boat. They were very nice and gave photos at the end for free which was a nice surprise.

N
, Jul 2016

Due to delay in delivery of a new boat, the whole day tour turns out just whale watching, missed buchart gardens and sunset cruise, very disappointed. Only saw a group of 5 whales and few sea lions, feel not sufficient, would be more fun if we can see more after 2 hours cold and windy ordeal in boat


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