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See the best of Victoria in a single day with a guided coach tour that kicks off at the city’s famed Fairmont Empress hotel. Travel through Vancouver Island’s most distinctive neighborhoods to the beach town of Sidney, stopping at cultural highlights including Beacon Hill Park, the Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0 marker, Mt Tolmie and your choice of a local winery or the Butterfly Gardens. Enjoy a tea-style picnic lunch inside lovely Butchart Gardens and tour the Victorian elegance of Craigdarroch Castle.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Victoria and neighboring attractions
  • Visit Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway, and enjoy 360-degree views of the Victoria area from Mt Tolmie
  • Explore two National Historic Sites of Canada — Craigdarroch Castle and Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoy an afternoon tea–style lunch in a beautiful Butchart Gardens setting
  • Choose to take an insider tour of either Church & State Wines (with tastings) or the Victoria Butterfly Gardens
  • Tour the seaside town of Sidney at your leisure
  • Comfortable transport by deluxe motor coach

What You Can Expect

Victoria in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Church & State Winery

Your Victoria day tour begins at the city’s most famous hotel, the Fairmont Empress, where you’ll meet your tour guide and board a deluxe motor coach.

Drive through the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park and Cook Street Village, and visit the Mile 0 monument, where you have a quick photo stop at the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). Continue your tour to Craigdarroch Castle, a National Historic Site of Canada, where you’ll have a one-hour tour of the beautiful Victorian mansion.

Back on the coach, head to Mt Tolmie, just north of the city, for a photo op of the panoramic views of Victoria and the surrounding area, and then make the one-hour drive to Butchart Gardens, passing through the suburbs of Oak Bay and Saanich.

When you arrive, enjoy a ‘tea on the knee’ box lunch consists of savory sandwiches, homemade sweets and iced tea (see sample menu below). Sit down in a reserved area of the gardens to enjoy your alfresco lunch, and then wander around the gardens at your own pace. A National Historic Site of Canada, Butchart Gardens is home to more than 50 acres (20 hectares) of flowers and other plant life from all over the world. Check out the Japanese Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden and more.

When it’s time to leave Butchart, head just five minutes down the road to either Church & State Wines or Victoria Butterfly Gardens, your choice (they are next door to each other). At Church & State, tour the winery facilities and enjoy a tasting of some of its best Okanagan and Vancouver Island varietals. If you choose the Butterfly Gardens, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the tropical jungle environment, discovering birds, exotic wildlife like poison dart frogs and, of course, fluttering butterflies.

Meet back up with your tour guide on the coach and head to your last stop, the seaside town of Sidney, about 16 miles (26 km) north of Victoria. You have one hour of free time to explore the charming town — known as Sidney-by-the-Sea — at your leisure. Browse the independent shops, buy a snack at the local bakery or wander along the picturesque waterfront (food and activities at your own expense).

Your Victoria sightseeing adventure ends with the 40-minute drive back to the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Itinerary

Sample lunch menu
Savory tea sandwiches:
  • Locally smoked wild BC salmon
  • Whole-grain mustard and maple-glazed smoked ham
  • Cheddar scone
  • Cowitchan Valley chicken, curry spices, toasted cashews
  • English cucumber, fresh ginger cream cheese
Homemade sweets:
  • Signature candied ginger scone
  • Strawberry jam
  • Poppy seed orange loaf
  • French meringue
  • Battenberg cake
  • Chocolate Irish cream truffle
Beverage:
  • Iced tea

Customer Reviews

Analyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I'm so glad I booked this one day tour. It was the best way for us to see most of Victoria, plus learning a lot of its history. Our tour guide, Peter Miller was exceptionally knowledgeable about his province. I highly recommend it...it's worth every penny.

Jill P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide, Bruce was witty and well versed in Victorian history and sites. We boarded a smaller tour bus for a quick jaunt around town to see major sites and then visited the Castle after that we re-boarded and continued our tour of Sidney for a quick restroom break and time enough to grab a fast snack about 20 minutes, then continued on our way to the gardens. The tea on the knee was delicious, but much later in the day 2:30pm so I'd recommend bringing snacks and water with you for the bus ride. All of our admissions were included and handled by our guide. Very simple way to see most things Victoria. Would recommend to a friend.

Kerryn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Had a great trip very informative driver who really looked after us. Would highly reccomend

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing! Worth every cent!

Elaine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent one day trip with enough time to explore many side trips. Our driver was most helpful and .knowedeable about Victoria BC.

Genevieve D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Having 1 full day In Victoria, this tour provided a little of everything. Out tour guide was amazing, thanks Kent.

DIANE H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very nice tour--lunch at Butchart Gardents was great. Our guide was super nice, knowledgeable and went out of his way to show us the sights. He made the trip fun and it was a great way to get around Victoria.

Brenda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great tour. The Buchart Gardens amazing, the winery dissapointing

Sofia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very happy I choose this trip, very complete got a good glance of Victoria. Butchard Gardens are breath taking and lunch very lovely.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Gale did a terrific tour...could not ask for a better guide. Thanks Gale!

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