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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
US$272.31
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 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful

This trip was a birthday present and all was fun-tastic: the trip, seeing the orcas, bald eagles, seals and visiting the beautiful gardens. A great day out. The crew were great, friendly, enthusiastic and very helpful!More

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

Thank you Melissa for your five-star review How great to know you had a fun-tastic time on our Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria for your birthday! :) What nice compliments for our crew, they are passionate people and we are so glad it showed. Thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Two pods of orcas, a humpback whale and good weather!

This was a fantastic day and one of the highlights of our Canadian holiday. We were lucky that it was a calm and dry day so the boat journey was nice and smooth. After setting out from Vancouver we did have about two hours before...More

1  Thank paulmartin171
Matilda T, Online Reputation Manager at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Paul Martin , Thank you so much for your five-star review! How great to know the tour with us was one of the highlights of your holiday. We are so happy to read you and your family enjoyed your Ultimate Day tour to Victoria...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Scenery and whales

We booked The Ultimate Tour with The Prince of Whales crew. It was a very fun day. We saw orcas on the way to Victoria and more orcas on our return trip. The crew were all very friendly and informative and made a point of...More

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

Thank you for your gerat review Rita, It looks like you had a great day on our Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria! How great to know you saw orcas on your way to Victoria and on your way back to Vancouver, that is amazing. Our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Worth the money

We were beyond happy with our trip, it was definitely the highlight of our holiday in BC. We spent the night in Victoria so that we could see more of the city and relax a bit, then picked up the shuttle to Butchart gardens the...More

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

Thank you for your five-star review Ahsha O, and thank you for recommending us. It looks like you had a great day on our Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria with an overnight in Victoria to appreciate even more your time there. How great to know...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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morrissj
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
13 August 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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