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Saw the Butchart Gardens many years in the Spring and they were excellent. I have always wanted to see them in the winter and they were fantastic. I would highly recommend anyone to experience the Butchart Gardens in Winter.....so pretty.
The ride from Victoria to Butchart Gardens was very informative. The driver pointed out many sites along the way. We were on our own in Butchart Gardens and there are no words to describe how beautiful it is there. We enjoyed being there tremendously.
Susan M Australia
Absolutely stunning. Well worth a visit. The open air concert was great and the fireworks spectacular.
The driver was fabulous and the gardens are spectacular. Do not miss the opportunity to visit them and treat yourself to lunch.
Coach driver was very helpful and provided lots of information and commentary on the trip to the gardens. Gardens themselves were spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
We were worried about catching the shuttle from the cruise port when our ship was delayed getting in. As it turned out, the shuttle had left so as not to delay other customers totally understandable. I had called when we found out about the delay but just got voicemail. However, one of the port helpers took us to the tour office and the manager got us a lift to catch up with the shuttle. Our hero! We got to the Gardens and had a great tour, and made it back to the ship in plenty of time. I only wish that we'd had longer at the Gardens, but we'll just have to come back to Victoria on a future trip :-.
Beautiful gardens, extremely peaceful and tranquil surroundings. Love it !
It was great to explore the site at our leisure with the schedule of a bus back every hour.
Was very convenient. Pick up and drop off in Victoria is in front of the Empress Hotel. Didn't have to worry about driving or parking. Driver was very knowledgeable about the Island. When you book you select and time to go to the Gardens. You're given a list of departure times from the Gardens so you can leave wherever there's a departure since some people only want to see the grounds and take time for lunch/dinner.
This is a very worthwhile tour. Everyone visiting Victoria should spend time at Butchart Gardens and this tour makes it easy.
Prompt departure from location in front of Empress Hotel, drive time 35 - 40 min. Clear instructions given for departure times and bus location for return trip to city. Great commentary along the way.
Ok, nothing negative to say about this trip. The bus tour driver was very, very informative and pointed out places along the way, some history and just fun interesting things to know about Victoria. The gardens were of course stunningly colorful. We ate in the Dining Room and the food was good. Next time we will probably eat in the cafe cuz of the price but the Dining Room is a you gotta do it once experience. Overall, an experience everyone should have when visiting Victoria.
We had an unbelievable great time at the Butchart Gardens! The entire process from meeting the bus...traveling to the gardens...the actual gardens...and the return trip was outstanding. Our bus driver really made the trip special by pointing out and describing many sites along the way there and back. Anyone would be making a huge mistake if they missed the Butchart Gardens while in Victoria.
This was a very easy way to get from Victoria to the Butchart Gardens. It was especially nice that we had a scheduled departure time but that we could choose when to return from the gardens once we were there. We could spend as long as we liked.
The pick-up location was easy to find and close to our hotel. We were glad to not have to figure out how to get there on our own. The driver gave us a lot of great information about Victoria as well as the Butchart gardens and the overall island, which was much-appreciated. The gardens themselves are amazing-a definite high point on our trip-and it was great to have the ability to view them at our leisure and board the bus when we were ready as it departed every hour. Great value!
Beautiful gardens when we visited in September. You can spend a whole day or perhaps only a couple of hours like us but very nice.
Unbelievable beauty and variety in the gardens. We also did the high tea and it was great.
Loved the gardens of course and the service was great! We enjoyed the excursion and I highly recommend it!
We boarded the bus in front of the Empress Hotel. The driver and check-in attendants were so professional. The driver had a great personality and very knowledgeable of the area. AND, of course the Burchard Gardens were breathtaking, along with the band we heard and then the fireworks were such a shock of unique beauty choreographed with the best music. The fireworks are on Saturdays for 10 weeks in the summer. A must see!
The tour bus to the gardens was very informative. The Butchard Gardens are fabulous, very well kept, easy to get around and fabulous flowers and greenery. The bus back to town was easy to access and available at different times throughout the day. The city of Victoria is beautiful with hanging flower displays on light posts throughout the city.
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