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Feel like you’ve stepped back in time to vintage Victoria with a 1-hour tour through the city’s most splendid neighborhoods aboard a horse-drawn carriage. Beginning at the illustrious Empress hotel, admire sailing ships in the Inner Harbor and trot through the leafy gardens and lawns of Beacon Hill Park. Pass stately Victorian mansions and other local landmarks like the Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0 marker, and take in fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the stylish ride. 


  • Horse-drawn carriage ride through central Victoria
  • Pass through serene Beacon Hill Park and the Dallas Road waterfront
  • 1-hour ride begins at the majestic Empress hotel
  • See local landmarks like Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Admire views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Learn about local history from a friendly uniformed driver and guide
  • Romantic experience, great for couples

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What You Can Expect

The Royal Carriage Tour

The Royal Carriage Tour

This popular tour begins with a breathtaking view of the majestic Empress Hotel, overlooking the Inner Harbor with its classic tall ships and sleek sailing vessels. Feel like royalty as you journey past landmark buildings and historic homes.

As you enter Beacon Hill Park, you will be dazzled with the array of fragrant flowers and delightful duck ponds.

You will continue on out to the Dallas Road waterfront, passing Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway. Here you'll gaze at the splendor of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The rest of your tour will be through the oldest neighborhood in Victoria with an impressive variety of well-maintained historic homes and gardens. The tour finishes back in the Inner Harbor by the Parliament buildings and the Royal London Wax Museum.

Customer Reviews

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We enjoyed our trip to Victoria. We had my 88 year old mother in law with us and she really had a good time. The carriage ride was wonderful. We were fortunate to have a young lady give us the tour. She had good energy and was very knowledgeable.

connie c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour. Mykala our guide was very informative and Molly the horse was amazing.
We did an hour tour and would highly recommend it. Booked through Viator before leaving Australia.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Visited Butchart Gardens before taking part in Royal Carriage Tour. Visited Parliament Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel. Ate lunch at wharf across the street from Parliament Building.

Carol P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

After a little mix-up at the gate which they efficiently rectified, we were on our way with Dolly the horse and her lovely driver. We could choose our route and were well informed of the sites we saw. This booking was considerably less money than the competition, and a good choice.

Dixie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was the best part of our Victoria trip. Michela was excellent and so was Zeke.

Floyd S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very informative. The process worked well but we forgot to call the Royal Carriage office 48 hours in advance for a time. We called them the morning that we planned to take the ride and they were very accommodating scheduling us for a tour later that day. I would recommend calling 48 hours in advance since I am sure they cannot accommodate all last minute notifications. Tour guide was well informed and gave us interesting information.

Cath United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Really enjoyed our carriage tour and definitely a good way to see the highlights of Victoria. The driver was also very knowledgeable.

Ralph Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very Talkative and informative. It was a pleasant experience.

Charles S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Amazing. Great knowledgeable guide. Quiet, slow paced way to see the best of Victoria in a relaxed manner.

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