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2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress

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2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress

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Experience the signature beauty of British Columbia on a 2-day tour of Victoria from Vancouver. Traveling by coach, ferry, and float plane, you’ll explore the region’s many waterways, mountains, and local wildlife. Spend two days visiting the city’s top attractions, including Butchart Gardens, and snapping postcard-worthy photos. Overnight, enjoy a luxurious stay at the 4-star Fairmont Empress hotel.
  • Overnight tour to Victoria from Vancouver
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the stunning Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoy a ferry ride through the Gulf Island, and keep your eyes open for whales
  • Take a scenic float plane ride back to Vancouver
  • Round-trip transportation from Vancouver to Victoria
  • You can't book this Viator Exclusive tour anywhere else!
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Float plane flight to Vancouver
Selected hotel pick-up and drop-off
1-night stay in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress
Brief guided tour of Victoria by coach
All meals
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Canada Place , Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada

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Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will pick up from most downtown Vancouver and some Burnaby hotels. Please provide the hotel information at the time of booking. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 7 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
Discover one of Canada’s most beautiful cities on this 2-day tour of Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Enjoy pickup from your central Vancouver hotel and leave behind the bustling metropolis for the tranquil island life. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands and arrive in Victoria with the whole day ahead of you. Head first to Butchart Gardens before taking a sightseeing bus tour and then checking into your hotel for the evening. The remainder of your stay is at your leisure. A return shuttle will arrive the next evening to take you back to Vancouver.

Your tour includes round-trip transport via coach, ferry and float plane; one night of accommodation at The Fairmont Empress hotel; a short guided bus tour of Victoria; and a guided visit to Butchart Gardens.

This Viator Exclusive tour is available nowhere else.
Vancouver Downtown
This Vancouver to Victoria Overnight Tour Including Butchart Gardens will give you a comprehensive overview of one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. You will be picked you up from your downtown Vancouver hotel by shuttle and taken to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen where you board a BC Ferry bound for Victoria. As you cruise through the Gulf Islands, keep your eyes open; a variety of whales are known to inhabit these waters, turning your ferry ride into a whale watching excursion! Even without a whale sighting, the scenery throughout the Inside Passage is beautiful. Once in Victoria, you are whisked off to the spectacular Butchart Gardens where 55 acres of pristine gardens allows the visitor to stroll the globe without leaving the premises: amble from the Japanese Garden to the Italian Garden and linger for a while in the lush and colorful Mediterranean Garden. After admiring the flora and foliage, your coach takes you on a brief tour of the city. By 3:30pm, you’ll have been dropped off at the majestic century-old Fairmont Empress, ranked highly by Condé Nast Traveler magazine for several years, with the next 24 hours at your disposal. You can then bake the short walk to downtown Victoria to see the sights.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
Enjoy a 90-minute ferry ride between Vancouver and Victoria. Sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions and whales.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The Butchart Gardens
Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden and dancing fountain. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Inner Harbour
The City of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. This afternoon, be dropped off at your overnight hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
 Overnight at the Fairmont Empress. This classic hotel offers elegance and charm and harbour views.
  Not Included
Inner Harbour
Day two is independently guided. You’ll have the whole day to enjoy whatever activities you please. Get out and explore the capital city’s many shops, museums and restaurants, and make sure to see famous parliamentary sights, Beacon Hill Park and the Inner Harbor. At 5pm, a bus will provide transfer service from your hotel to the float plane terminal for your scenic flight back to Vancouver. Your 2-day tour finishes with a drop-off at your hotel in central Vancouver in the evening.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
This afternoon, fly on Harbour Air from the harbour in Victoria to the downtown harbour in Vancouver. Once back in Vancouver, Harbour Air will provide a complimentary shuttle to your downtown Vancouver hotel.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  Not Included
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Pricing is based on Single/Double occupancy only. If 2 rooms are required, please book this option twice (2 Singles or 2 Doubles).
  • At the time of booking, please supply gender of all travelers. The flight option of this package requires this information
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Please hand in your booking confirmation to your guide at the beginning of the tour
  • Please dress accordingly to weather as the tour operates rain or shine. Jackets and rain attire recommended during colder months
  • If booking for more than one person, please make a note in the special requirements section indicating your room type
  • Max of 25 lbs of luggage allowed per traveler
  • 1.5 hours allowed at Butchart Gardens
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Harbour Air in Victoria is location steps from the Fairmont Empress. A taxi transfer is not required.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress.
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress.
What is the social distancing policy during 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress.

Traveler Tips

  • "FYI regarding Victoria food: everyone recommended Nautical Nelly’s and the food is good but they are very busy, however 2 people can be seated at the bar quickly even without reservations (but, it’s not a long bar)." See review


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Solo exploring!
, Oct 2019
Great trip! All very straightforward with pick up and the driver, Jack, did an excellent job. The Butchart Gardens are lovely and the hotel in Victoria, beautiful. Highlight of the trip - the seaplane back to Vancouver. I had great weather but it was really special!! Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you had a great day in Victoria. Please allow us to host you again in the future.
Butchart Gardens and Fairmount Empress GREAT
, Sep 2019
Gardens are beautiful!!! Bus driver informative.Empress was excellent...try Q1908 purple gin fizz martini on the veranda! Dinner at IL Terrazzo with Mussels then penna with Frutta di Mare and Leg of Lamb were perfect...sat outside by fireplace (they have 5). Toured the town the next morning and seaplane out mid afternoon... you call for your seaplane time and can do AM or PM. Highly recommend this trip
Cool side trip with a unique experience
, Sep 2019
This trip from Vancouver to Victoria was fun and informative. The ferry ride to the island was enjoyable. The return by float plane was really fun and comfortable. The Empress hotel was, of course, a very fine old hotel that has been very well updated. Our room was convenient and comfortable.
We had a great time, viewed the...
, Oct 2018
We had a great time, viewed the Butchart Gardens, beautiful and amazing displays, and enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont Empress, really enjoyed our seaplane flight back to Vancouver.
, Aug 2018
Very nice overall, hotel was excellent, seaplane ride was very good, bus driver did a great job, the only problem was at the end of the seaplane ride. The confirmation for the trip reads as follows: "When you fly into the Harbour Air Dock .... tell them you are looking for their courtesy shuttle back to your downtown Vancouver hotel." We expected to be dropped off at our downtown hotel, but instead the shuttle only went to a certain spot in downtown and we then had to take a taxi the rest of the way to get to our hotel. The cost of the taxi with tip was only about $20 but it was the surprise and inconvenience of getting out of the shuttle and then getting a taxi. Otherwise it was a very good trip.
Love Victoria could do without Butchart Gardens
, Aug 2018
Victoria was delightful and I m so glad we did a 2 day trip. The traveling is so long that it is not worth it to spend just the few hours you spend in the city. The fairmont empress is an average hotel that is banking on its location, which is fabulous, and it's historic nature. The rooms were average and small, the bathroom, clean but super small, my view was terrible and the overall hotel felt old and smelly. The pool is indoors and has a hottub. Just remember if you are booking this tour, you need to plan your trip, food, activities, etc. This is basically just transportation and hotel. I recommend the hop on hop off bus.
Mainly Plus and some minus
, Jul 2018
This review concerns mainly the tour operator’s performance not the price or Victoria or Butchart Gardens: Problems we had were a) not enough time at Butchart Gardens b) the promise that Harbour Air would return us to our Vancouver hotel was not kept. a) We didn’t have enough time at Butchart Gardens because the ferry was late, however the tour only allows about 2 hours in the Gardens anyway. The tour operator couldn’t control the ferry, but the schedule was too tight, in my opinion. b) the flight on Harbour Air was amazing and fun, but Harbour Air seemed surprised that they were asked to provide us a ride back to our hotel, and in fact though Harbour Air does provide a shuttle to some downtown hotels they didn’t go to we had to get a cab. Overall had a great time. One tip: if you want to visit the Gardens a second day, they charge you only $3.50 per person with your old ticket. Also a public bus goes to and from the Gardens and is quite good value at $5 for a senior day pass. ( bus takes 1 hour to and from) We found the Fairmont Empress Victoria staff very helpful but not quite as friendly as the Fairmont Whistler staff. For example at the end of the Gardens tour on return to Victoria you are given vouchers for the hotel, Harbour Air flight, and the cab from Hotel to Harbour Air. I asked the Empress concierge to call Bluebird Cabs to pick us up and she said, “Well, it’s a 3 minute walk to Harbour Air or 5 minutes by cab...” When you have luggage even for just overnight walking across busy streets and tourist crowded sidewalks isn’t fun. The vouchers are hand written by the tour guide and not preprinted so it has a feel of not quite being ‘real’, though they were accepted without question. FYI regarding Victoria food: everyone recommended Nautical Nelly’s and the food is good but they are very busy, however 2 people can be seated at the bar quickly even without reservations (but... it’s not a long bar). For after Gardens tour drinks the patio pub by the Tourist Information Office is great (as were the people in the Tourist Information Office).
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Great time
, Jul 2018
Perfect tour for two days. Experienced the ferry to get there, and seaplane to return, which were both fun. Loved the ease of being taken to Butchart Gardens, which was beautiful, and then having plenty of time the next day for Parliament and the BC Museum on our own. And of course the Fairmont Empress was lovely and luxurious. Perfect trip!
This was a wonderful short stay for...
John A B
, Jun 2018
This was a wonderful short stay for anyone who wants to take in the best of Victoria. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel and our driver/guide Henry was just wonderful. He was very funny and extremely knowledgeable. The ferry ride over to Victoria was easy and enjoyable and after we arrived we were taken for a short familiarisation drive through Victoria and then on to Butchart Gardens. Everything you read about this place is true - it's amazing. Our accommodation at the Fairmont Empress was a treat. It has recently been refurbished and the rooms are lovely. After our overnight stay we checked out but the Fairmont was happy to store our luggage until later in the day when we came back to collect it prior to our float plane ride home. The float plane was also a highlight for us.
So worth it. The gardens are...
Michelle M
, Dec 2017
So worth it. The gardens are spectacular and a bit out of town. The ferry over was fab BUT the seaplane back was amazing. Pods of whales and archipelago of islands below. Cant recommend highly enough.

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