If you’ve got a full day and want as much city sightseeing as you can possibly fit in, then a “see it all” tour of Victoria is for you. With this ultimate city sightseeing tour, your guide can recommend an itinerary of some of the most popular stops or customize a tour specifically for you and your guests.
The tour will start with your guide picking you up at a mutually agreed upon location such as your hotel or the Port of Victoria if you have arrived by cruise ship.
A popular itinerary of the “must-sees” might include a stop at the national historically designated site Butchart Gardens. These beautifully manicured gardens span 55 acres and welcome over a million visitors annually. They are not only popular with tourists but thousands of locals have an annual pass and they come out to the gardens several times a year to enjoy the scenery change with the seasons. No two visits are the same!
Another popular spot located just down the road from Butchart Gardens is Butterfly Gardens. With thousands of tropical butterflies flying freely throughout, flamingoes, tortoises, iguanas, parrots and more, it’s really a unique attraction that will delight young and old.
If all your guests are 19+ then a stop of one of our award-winning wineries or cideries could be your next destination. On the peninsula – where Butterfly and Butchart Gardens are located – popular choices are Church & State Wines, de Vine Vineyards and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Your guide can make a recommendation suitable for your party.
For the latter part of your tour, you can expect a scenic drive back to the heart of town. Most guides will provide a fully narrated tour with fun and interesting facts about the area and the sights you are seeing.
Back in town, there are a number of sights that may interest you. Craigdarroch Castle was built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria and was home to one of the wealthiest families in the west – the Dunsmuir family. Four floors of Victorian-era furnishings, elaborate wood carvings and remarkable stained-glass windows make this castle a popular Victorian experience.
Other highlights of the tour could include visits to Government House which is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and where members of the Royal family and dignitaries often stay while in Victoria.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a unique village of colourful houseboats and also home to some awesome fish and chips. It’s a popular spot for a relaxing stroll along the docks and if you’re lucky, the harbour seals will poke their head up from the water. Of course they are looking for food, but as of 2017 the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has banned feeding the seals at the wharf. But taking pictures of the cute little guys is still welcomed!
Other stops on the tour may include Beacon Hill Park which is a 200-acre multi-use park just steps from the Inner Harbour and Victoria’s China Town which is the oldest China Town in Canada.
No Victoria City sightseeing tour is complete without a stop at the iconic Inner Harbour. Surrounded by the majestic British Columbia Parliament Buildings and Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Inner Harbour provides the backdrop for some incredible photos.
On weekends from May through October Victoria welcomes over 10,000 visitors per day from cruise ships alone so these tours book up quickly. Don’t be disappointed, book your tour today.
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