Hi midon ~
I'm not sure what you mean by the "preferred way to go from Vic to Van" because you then talk about 3 and 4? Do you mean arrangement of nights? or do you mean the preferred way to travel from one to the other?
Will you have a car? 3 and 4 sound very good. If you have a rental car, you could take another 3 nights to drive up Island to see some of the smaller towns there. You could even drive the 5 hours from Victoria to Tofino for 3 nights and then the 6.5 hours to Vancouver for your 4 nights there. You could add one day to Vancouver in order to take a day trip up to Whistler. This can be done by Pacific Coach Lines or by car.
If you don't have a car, then I would say that 3 nights and 4 nights would be good. You can take Pacific Coach Lines from Victoria to Vancouver. They even offer a 1h00 pm departure with a 2 hour stop at Butchart Gardens en route to Vancouver, arriving later in the evening. Some people seem to find this convenient.
Butchart en route: pacificcoach.com/Sightseeing-Tours/Victoria/…
I hope I've interpreted your question correctly. If not post again.
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