Best Of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens And Sunset Cruise From Vancouver

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Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and top it off with a relaxing sunset cruise back to Vancouver. This is the most scenic and convenient way to explore Victoria in one day from downtown Vancouver.

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Check in for your full-day tour in the morning at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. You’ll then be taken to the launching spot for your whale-watching cruise.

Board a 60-foot (18-meter) boat and journey along a beautiful route across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Spot marine mammals such as seals, killer whales and humpback whales, all while enjoying commentary about the region’s wildlife from your naturalist guide.

Your boat will dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where you’ll then be given free time to explore the city of Victoria independently. When you’re ready, hop on the shuttle bus and head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. (Shuttle busses depart from downtown Victoria periodically throughout the afternoon.)

Enjoy a couple of hours to leisurely stroll through the stunning floral displays. This National Historic Site of Canada offers endless amazing photo opportunities.

In the evening, re-board the boat at the garden’s private dock for a 2-hour sunset cruise back to Vancouver. Sit back, relax and soak in views of the sunset before arriving at Coal Harbour to conclude your full-day tour.

Inclusions for Best Of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens And Sunset Cruise From Vancouver

  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Admission to the Butchart Gardens
  • Round-trip shuttle transport from Victoria to the Butchart Gardens
  • Sunset cruise from Victoria to Vancouver
  • Naturalist guide
  • Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire

Exclusions for Best Of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens And Sunset Cruise From Vancouver

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Itinerary:

7:30 Check in at the Vancouver office
8:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Coal Harbour
12:30 Arrival in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 – 14:30 Time to explore Victoria and to catch a shuttle bus to The Butchart Gardens
(customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
14:30 – 16:30 Time to explore The Butchart Gardens (customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
16:15 Meet at the dock in Butchart Cove
(located at The Butchart Gardens near the Japanese Gardens)
16:30 Salish Sea Dream departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Salish Sea Dream arrives in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore docks in Coal Harbour

*Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm to the Butchart Gardens

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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32 reviews by the users

  • Wonderful experience, worth every penny. If you are staying in Vancouver this is the way to go...whale watching and then Butchart Gardens. Unbelievable day

  • Great! Highly recommended.

  • Great experience. Captain made sure we saw whales and we did! Only issue was- wish we had more time in Victoria. Recommend doing this over 2 days.

  • good tour but not enough time to really see anything in Victoria. I would suggest giving yourself 2 days in Victoria. 1 extra to see the city. Beautiful.

  • We took this amazing tour on July 1, 2017, unknowingly booking the trip on Canada Day 150! What an amazing experience! The check-in process was really very easy. Our captain was Captain Chris and our naturalists were Tom, Cody and Ben. All four were just awesome. They were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We did not need to go to them with questions. They came and sat with us and showed us maps, charts, etc. They showed us and shared pictures. They got blankets for us when we were chilly. They couldn't have been nicer. We saw whales going out and coming back. We also saw bald eagles, seals, etc. Victoria was packed with people because of Canada Day. It was a giant party. So much fun. We did cut our time a bit short at Buchart Gardens. They were simply gorgeous. Hopefully we'll be back some day. We will highly recommend this experience to all of our friends and family thinking of taking the trip to Vancouver.

  • Great naturalist guides. Saw lots of wildlife. Can't describe how great it was to have all transportation for the day taken care of.

  • Lovely day. We didn't get to see whales, but they give you a lifetime guarantee to take their tour again to whale watch. The staff was wonderful. Next time we're in Vancouver we'll take them up on the guarantee and hope the whale will appear. Guess they were on vacation too. :-

  • The whale watching was fun, but there really wasn't much time in Victoria. You end up picking one or the other Victoria vs Butchart gardens. We had lunch in Victoria and went to the gardens. That being said, it was a long day so I don't know that I would make it longer - just don't expect to see a lot of both. The whale watching would have been easier with a loud speaker system but each guide came around to give the same story to different sections of the boat. They were very nice and gave photos at the end for free which was a nice surprise.

  • Due to delay in delivery of a new boat, the whole day tour turns out just whale watching, missed buchart gardens and sunset cruise, very disappointed. Only saw a group of 5 whales and few sea lions, feel not sufficient, would be more fun if we can see more after 2 hours cold and windy ordeal in boat

  • This was an fantastic tour. We were on the last tour of the season and the weather was not co-operating but our captain and crew did an outstanding job. We did see multiple whales and got some great pictures. We would definitely do this tour again.

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