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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour
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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

By Surfside Adventure Tours
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Duration: 4h
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  • Local driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Pickup and drop-off in Victoria
  • Entry/Admission - Surfside Adventure Tours
What's not included
  • Admissions to Butchart Gardens
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Cruise Port Passenger Pick Up Fee is not included. (Please inquire)
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes, 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
  • FRS Clipper, 254 Belleville St., Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada
  • Black Ball Ferry Line, 430 Belleville St., Victoria, BC V8V 1W9, Canada
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7467P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking
  • If you have not already specified, you must advise supplier as soon as possible your ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and departure time so that appropriate arrangements can be made
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour?
How much is Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour?
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour price starts from $412.31. Discover and book Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour cancellation policy?
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour?
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour is hosted by Surfside Adventure Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Surfside Adventure Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7467P1

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    The Butchart Gardens
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    Chinatown
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    Craigdarroch Castle
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    Beacon Hill Park
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    Fisherman's Wharf
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    Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
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    Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada
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    This is only our first Viator Tour who ultimately contracted Surfside Adventure Tours. Traditionally we explore on our own. This time we were traveling with friends that invited us on this adventure. What a delightful way to learn about new places. We were greeted by our wonderful guide Sandy at the Ogden Point Cruise terminal where our Luxury Private tour began with and emphasis on Butchart Gardens which we had never done even though we’ve been here three times before. It was a Half Day Private tour in Victoria BC. We explored the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then moved on from downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens and drive by Fisherman's Wharf, the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, all the while driving through scenic roads of Vancouver Island. Wish we could have done the full day so we could have gotten out at each stop instead of just a drive by. Sandy was so passionate about her country and was able to give us a down to earth personal experience. There’s so much to see and do. We’re going to have to come back.
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    Great tour guide for this beautiful island
    I had the best day with Darwin. He was friendly, kind and very, very knowledgable about the area. The tour included parts of this beautiful island I’d otherwise have been unable to see and Darwin was flexible and accommodating to make sure I had the best day! Many thanks
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    Best tour of Victoria!
    This was the best tour that we have taken!! Darwin is very professional and knowledgeable about the history of the island as well as all of the sites you won’t want to miss! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
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    An amazing day exploring Victoria!
    We had the most awesome day with Darwin! He was so personable and knowledgeable about all things Victoria, BC. He customized our experience to cover exactly what we wanted to see. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
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    I found this trip using links from my Marriott account, booking the 3-hour Private Guided Rainforest Hike. My adult daughter and I were picked up by Darwin in our hotel lobby (very convenient!). Darwin drove us "in style" and it was just the two of us with him filling us in on the "local scene:" history, topography, climate, people, culture, and wildlife. He has lived on Vancouver Island for many years and really knows it well. We were able to see three unique spots on the island - all within a very modest drive from downtown, Victoria. We saw waterfalls, beautiful coastal vistas, local flora and fauna, rainforest, and an astounding castle - Hatley Castle. It was an amazing 3 hours of fun and flew by! We took seriously that we should be dressed for the weather and we did, though we never got the rain that had been predicted. A bonus! We were prepared. Darwin also took pictures of us on our cameras, another bonus! I would highly recommend Darwin AND this particular trip, especially if you only have a day or two on the island - he was a terrific guide and we got to experience places we would not have found on our own. THANK YOU, DARWIN! S. Horstman
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    Magic nature with the best Guide!
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    Way to GO!
    Darwin was right on time picking me up from Spinnakers before the scheduled Rain-forest trek/tour. Great vehicle and excellent driver. Fabulous nature Guide and historian. He completely customized the rainy day's tour to my liking and current stamina level. I was beyond pleased! The Autumn terrain was lovely, exquisite foliage. GREAT PHOTO-OPS! Even driving to the trailhead inspired capturing images of the giant trees and cliffs, I LOVED every part of this flat-trailed walkabout. YET sighting numerous eagles at one point was thrilling! And minor climbing over fallen trees was a perfect challenge towards regaining my fitness confidence. While navigating a big-stones dry riverbed -- to access a waterfall was an adventure too. Will definitely book with Darwin again! Hopefully Spring 2023. Thank you Sir Darwin!
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    Outstanding!
    Darwin, who runs Surfside Tours, was fantastic and waiting at the ferry terminal holding our name on a sign. He took us to all the major sites allowing photo stops as desired. We got to go out of the city along the coast and even to Mt Tomlo for an amazing view of Victoria from above. He provided a natural narrative and we enjoyed hearing his perspective as a local. He even dropped us off at the Fairmont Empress for our Tea time. This was so much better than a hop on hop off and was well worth the money!
  • kathyj33
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    A must do private tour!
    Our group of 4 truly enjoyed this wonderful customized tour led by Darwin, who was very professional, informative, timely, and accommodating! We saw a lot of Victoria without feeling rushed, including the Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch Castle, Hatley Castle, downtown Victoria and more. The SUV was comfortable, clean, and well maintained. I will definitely reserve another tour with Darwin during my next visit to BC.
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    Joy-Filled Adventure!
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    Great overall experience.
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Stephen B
3 contributions
Jul 2022
Darwin was an incredible tour guide for the City of Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Due to the amount of time available for our ship in-port visit, we didn't have time for a full half-day, but Darwin packed the time available with so much that we now want to come back to see Victoria and the Butchart Gardens in more depth. He was so very friendly and helpful. He went above and beyond. You can't go wrong in booking with his company
Written July 26, 2022
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Darwin L
Hi Stephen, Thanks for taking the time to I leave such kind feedback. It was my pleasure .meeting your group and having the opportunity to tour them around Victoria. Thanks again for choosing me as your guide. All the best! Darwin
Written July 27, 2022
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Tracy Mc
3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our driver was the owner Darwin. He was so nice and accommodating. We got off the ship later than expected. He took us straight to the gardens before all the buses arrived. That gave us time to walk through the gardens and still get back to town to see all of the other sights. I would highly recommend his company and we will definitely contact him again if we come back to Victoria.
Written August 17, 2022
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Darwin L
Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind review, it was my pleasure to host your group, and I do hope you came back to see more of our beautiful island. All the best! Darwin
Written August 18, 2022
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ncfoodieRaleigh_Nc
raleigh, nc25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Excellent tour to give you the overview highlights of Victoria. Helps you to see where you want to explore in more depth. Also provided time to explore the beauty of Butchart Gardens. Sandy was very engaging and made for a fun experience.
Written September 6, 2023
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Darwin L
Thanks again for booking your tour with Surfside Adventure Tours, and for taking the time to leave a kind review of your experience with Sandy. All the best! Darwin Surfside Adventure Tours
Written September 17, 2023
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Robert L
Honolulu, HI27 contributions
Making our group tour was fast and easy. Communications with owner, Darwin, was excellent. We had his driver Sandy do or tour. She was a blast and fit right in with our crazy group. She was so much fun, we invited her to join us for our lunch. We could not be happier with how our day went.
Written April 16, 2023
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Darwin L
Hi Bob Thanks for booking your Private experience of Victoria with Surfside Adventure Tours. I am very happy that Sandy deliverd a great tour, she has worked for hard, and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind review. All the best to all of you! Darwin Surfside Adventure Tours
Written April 17, 2023
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Doctor Pam
New Orleans, LA46 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We highly recommend this tour. Darwin met us at the Harbour Air terminal and spent fours hours with us showing us the highlights of Victoria and Butchart Gardens. It was a great trip and worth every penny.
Written June 4, 2019
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Darwin L
Hi Pamela, Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind review, and thanks for choosing Surfside Adventure Tours for you choice of tours for your visit here in Victoria. Have safe travels! Darwin
Written June 5, 2019
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J Adams
Henderson, NV5 contributions
May 2022
What a great tour provided by Darwin!
Picked up at the cruise port and escorted through the city before it awoke as once things opened up it would be crowded and inaccessible.
Darwin had us at Butchart Gardens before all the big buses, and walked us in to give us pointers on the best way to tour around!
Afterwards, we were treated to a additional city tour of some very interesting and historical sights, added bonuses were both of the areas castles!
Highly recommend this tour and Darwin knows how to give the best experience!
Written May 20, 2022
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Darwin L
Thank you for such kind feedback, it was a real pleasure being your guide for the day for you experience of Victoria, and thanks for booking your tour with Surfside Adventure Tours. I hope to see you all again one day to show you more of our beautiful island. All the best! Darwin
Written May 21, 2022
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J C
Leawood, KS2 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
When visiting Victoria, this tour led by Darwin is a must! It was absolutely phenomenal!! Our original tour was supposed to start at 4pm but Darwin contacted me earlier and advised he would come pick us up at 2:30 which was shortly after our cruise ship arrived. We appreciated the earlier time as we were able to beat the crowds and enjoy the gardens while there was still daylight. Darwin was very knowledgeable and took us to several hidden gems in Victoria -- these are places tourists normally don’t get to visit if they are with those big tours with 20+ people. He gave us great information on Butchart Gardens and helped us take pictures. This was probably one of the best guided tours I have ever been on! It was well worth the time and money. Thank you Darwin for a great tour of Victoria!!
Written June 2, 2019
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Darwin L
Thank you so much for the kind detailed review. It was my pleasure to show you around and assist you during the tour. Thanks again for choosing me as your guide for your visit here in Victoria. All the best! Darwin
Written June 5, 2019
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GPeck
Mission Viejo, CA3 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Darwin hosted our private tour through Victoria and Butchart Gardens. We had a comfortable ride in his large van with our group of 8. Darwin was friendly, knowledgeable and gave us a great day in the city and gardens and took us to the best sandwich place in town. We can't wait to go back and experience more of the city with him as our guide.
Written June 2, 2019
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Darwin L
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour with me. It was a great day out and I equally enjoyed our time together.with your group. I really do hope we all get to meet again one day. Take care and all the best! Darwin
Written June 5, 2019
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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour provided by Surfside Adventure Tours

Product Overview: Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

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$312

Number of Reviews

11

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18

Duration

240 minutes