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Victoria & Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

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Victoria & Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

Experience the holiday season in Victoria, BC’s stunning capital city. This seasonal tour includes time to discover downtown Victoria and a visit to the breathtaking Butchart Gardens for their Christmas lights display.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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The Butchart Gardens

This immaculate 55-acre property is home to various garden displays and the Magic of Christmas Light Display.

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Victoria

Downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour showcase history, stunning architecture, and harbour views with endless boutiques and bistros.

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Chinatown

Explore North America’s second-oldest Chinatown, and Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest commercial street in Canada.

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BC Ferries

Enjoy a relaxing 1.5 hours ferry ride through the Strait of Georgia, sailing past islands and the chance to see marine life.

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TOUR RATES

  • Adults

    215
  • Child

    105

Tour & taxes included and listed in Canadian Dollars.

Need To Know

TOUR INFORMATION

Begin your journey with a pick-up from select downtown Vancouver & Richmond hotels before travelling to the BC Ferries’ terminal. Driving directly onto the ship, relax on this scenic 1.5-hour coastal sailing through the Southern Gulf Islands before arriving on Vancouver Island. After a short drive to Victoria, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to explore downtown. In the Inner Harbour, see the famous Empress Hotel & BC Parliament Buildings. Walk up Government Street and marvel at the Victorian storefronts decorated for the holidays. Stop at historic Chinatown, featuring Fan Tan Alley, Canada’s narrowest commercial street.

After lunch, board the bus once again and travel to the famous Butchart Gardens for their Magic of Christmas display. Arriving as the sun sets, experience 55 acres of foliage illuminated by festive and vibrant lights. With their 12 Days of Christmas theme, feel the holiday season come alive as you wander through the gardens and encounter each scene from the song. Then enjoy carolers and hot chocolate back in the main plaza.

Return home with a relaxing evening sailing with BC Ferry back to Vancouver’s mainland and on to your hotel. The BC Ferry offers two great options for dinner! Take advantage of the self-serve restaurant or the all-inclusive buffet.

Complimentary Hotel Pick Up – Pick up from your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel and meet your tour guide.

BC Ferries – Watch out for marine life as we cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Try the dining and shopping amenities onboard or head out onto the passenger decks and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour – Walk along the boardwalk and see sights such as the Royal BC Museum, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Parliament Buildings and explore the colourful Victorian architecture along Government Street. Wander through Chinatown, Bastion Square and Canada’s narrowest commercial street, Fan Tan Alley.

An early shuttle is available for those seeking extra time in the gardens, in exchange for less time in downtown Victoria. Ask your tour guide for details.

The Butchart Gardens – What was once a cement limestone quarry became a world-renowned garden under the vision of Jennie Butchart. Starting with the Sunken Gardens, the Butchart family then added the Japanese, Italian and Rose gardens. Today you can explore over 900 species of plants over 55 sprawling acres with hints of the old cement factory remaining.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel – This National Historic Site of Canada opened its doors in 1908. Designed by the infamous Francis Rattenbury, this iconic building lies across from the harbor.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – An architectural wonder, this is home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and was built in 1898.

Hotel Drop Off – Downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotels

  • 1. What Should I Wear?
    Dress in layers for the day, including a warm shirt or outer layer. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. We store all excess items on the vehicle while you’re exploring.
  • 2. Is This Tour Accessible?
    Guests can expect a minimal to moderate to a high level of walking. The streets of downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour are all paved, with ramps and accessibility features. The Butchart Gardens is mostly paved, however, the Sunken Garden and wharf walk do not allow for wheelchairs. Guests can rent a wheelchair from the Butchart Gardens with a $10 deposit.
  • 3. How Do BC Ferries Work With the Tour?
    Vancouver Island a one hour and 35-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Our bus will drive directly onto the ferry, so all your belongings will be locked and kept safe. Food, gift shops, outdoor patios and quiet lounges are all available on the ship. Downtown Victoria is about a 40-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
  • 4. Can I Buy Food On This Tour?
    Yes! BC Ferries features a buffet on select sailings, food court and cafes. But hold on to your appetite, as your tour guide will point out all their favourite places to eat in downtown Victoria. If you take our Early Butchart Gardens Shuttle, then there are restaurants at the gardens.

If you have any other questions, please contact our Guest Services at 604.255.7272, toll-free at 1.877.669.2277, or email reservations@vancouvertours.com

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