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

Highlights
  • 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
From US$282.82
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.
Reviews (63)
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Reviewed 9 October 2018
Not many whales, but still a great experience

I took this tour with my 87 year old mother. She was able to stay inside and I could go in and out taking pictures. It was a little chilly but that was to be expected at the end of September. The crew were very...More

Thank 836amyb
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hello 836amyb, Thank you so much for your 5-star review, It looks like you had a great experience with us! How nice to read that you had the chance to see humpback whales and even got one good tail picture :) We appreciate you taking...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018
A picturesque experience with knowledgeable crew

For those looking for a relaxing, informative, and beautiful day, I'd recommend a whale watching tour with this company. During the tour, we saw porpoises, dolphins, a humpback whale, and orcas. The crew provided in-depth background information on the animals we saw and took care...More

Thank Jen K
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Hello Jen, Thank you so much for your 5-star review! How nice to read that you had a picturesque experience with us. We take pride in our crews excellence giving guests a truly memorable experience. And you got the chance to see porpoises, dolphins, orcas...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018
We saw transient killer whales hunting!

I couldn't fault this tour. It was fantastic and we saw so many whales and lots of other animals too. Aside from the whales, what made it great was the crew. Mac, Ocean and Pascal were just such wonderful naturalists. They made sure everyone knew...More

Thank ozcazz
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Thank you for your five star review ozcazz! We take pride in our crews excellence, enthusiasm and professionalism, giving guests a truly memorable experience. How nice to know that you got the chance to saw so many whales and other marine wildlife. That is fantastic!...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Best of Victoria Tour

The trip was fantastic. The crew was great. I thank Anthony, Laura and Jenny for making the trip memorable. We saw Humpback whales on the way to Victoria and we saw a pod of Orcas on the return trip. The gardens were lovely also. I...More

Thank Shelley M
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

Thank you for your five-star review Shelley M, How nice to read you had a fantastic day on our Ultimate Day tour to Victoria by seeing Humpback whales and a pod of Orcas, that is amazing! We are glad that Anthony, Laura and Jenny made...More

Reviewed 21 September 2018
Great Crew

The crew was both extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We did see one of the pods of local orcas and a dolphin. Even though a slow time it was a fun trip with good spirited guides.More

Thank 74jeffz
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Thank you for your five star review 74jeffz, We take pride in our crews excellence and professionalism, giving guests a truly memorable experience. How great to read you saw the residents killer whales and a dolphin, that is amazing! We appreciate you taking the time...More

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Jennifer B
5 September 2018|
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Response from Ahsha O | Reviewed this property |
4:30pm and approx 2-3 hours depending on whale sightings and weather
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14 August 2018|
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Response from onceansailing |
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
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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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