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Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise back to Vancouver

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  • Ultimate day trip from Vancouver
  • Spot marine life on an exciting whale-watching cruise
  • Enjoy commentary about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide
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Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise back to Vancouver
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Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise back to Vancouver
$267.56
Overview
Torn between a day of city sightseeing and nature excursions? Do it all on this full-day tour of Victoria! From Vancouver, cruise the Strait of Georgia for some epic whale-watching, take a self-guided tour of Victoria and soak up the perfumed beauty of Butchart Gardens! At the end of your full day, relax and take in stunning coastal mountain views as you cruise back to Vancouver at dusk.
What to Expect
Your action-packed day begins at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Make your own way there in the morning, meet your naturalist guide and board the 60-foot (18-meter) boat for an exciting wildlife-spotting expedition. Aside from magnificent orcas and humpback whales, you may also see seals, sea lions and sea otters.

Leave behind Vancouver’s bustling harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. You’ll have nearly four hours to soak up stunning views of the Gulf Islands, snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From there, you’ll have the afternoon to explore British Columbia’s capital!

Perhaps start with a self-guided tour of the city, exploring Victoria’s central neighborhoods and parks, browsing independent boutiques, and visiting landmarks like the Royal British Columbia Museum. When you’re ready, hop aboard the complimentary scheduled shuttle from downtown to the world-famous Butchart Gardens — a National Historic Site of Canada. Take a couple of hours to explore flower-lined paths, discover the many themed gardens and admire the remarkable landscaping. Pop into one of the garden cafes for a cup of tea or lunch (own expense).

After your tour, head to the garden’s private dock for your sunset cruise to Vancouver.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great excursion

We had a wonderfull day at sea and on vancouver island. Ship was very comfortable and well suited for whale watching. But the crew (Pascale, Jenny, Laura, Tom and all the other) were the best. They were alway happy to interact, answer our questions and...More

Thank bouchardjh
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your five-star review bouchardjh! It looks like you had a great time on our Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria. How nice to read that the crew was the best of your tour! We are glad they made your trip so enjoyable. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
lovely day out

great day out with the family, very friendly crew that were well informed and always present to share information..clean spacious boat..More

Thank DutchieZuidHolland
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review DutchieZuidHolland! It looks like you had a great time on our Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria. Our crew is passionate and we are glad they made your trip so enjoyable! We really appreciate you taking the time to share...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Humpbacks and Flowers....

If you are in Vancouver and plan to so whale watching and want a trip to Victoria and Butchart gardens, the Best of Victoria is the way to go. We spent the morning traveling through the straits looking for whales (while also seeing Bald Eagles...More

1  Thank Driftwood-65K
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five-star review Driftwood-65K! It sounds like you had a fantastic time on our Ultimate Day tour to Victoria. It is a great way to experience Victoria, the ButchartGardens and to see whales in the same day :) We are glad to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing and Two thumbs up!

The crew was outstanding with Jenni being Extremely helpful in describing the local geography and marine life. The addition of the gardens with the firework show on a Saturday night was a huge added bonus. Highly recommend this excursion.More

Thank Chad W
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review Chad! and thank you for recommending us. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on our Ultimate Day tour to Victoria. How nice to know that Jenny made your trip so enjoyable by describing the local geography and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Blow me away

What a bloody amazing crew. Malcolm, Tom, Sharon, Laura and Jenny. Helpful, knowledgeable, super friendly. A great day, highlight of Vancouver. Definitely recommend.More

Thank Krysta J
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your five star review Krysta J! It sounds like you had a fantastic time on our Ultimate Day tour to Victoria. Thank you so much for recommending us :) How nice to know that our crew made your trip so enjoyable. We...More

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morrissj
August 13, 2018|
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Many people have reviewed an said it was well worth the money! Remember its the ocean however and every day its different out there. Its not seaworld out there and nor do the locals want it to be. I wouldn't skip the rent... More
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morrissj
August 12, 2018|
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Response from Driftwood-65K | Reviewed this property |
According to their websites they are having 10 firework nights this year. Saturday, June 30 10:15 PM Saturday, July 7 10:00 PM Saturday, July 14 10:00 PM Saturday, July 21... More
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Kwai Yin L
June 9, 2018|
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The visit to Victoria is self guided, there's a third party bus company, CVS, that takes you from downtown Victoria to the Gardens (a 35 min bus ride) leaving from downtown at 1, 2, and 3 pm with the final return boat ride... More
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