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Built overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings form an impressive architectural and historical landmark within a few steps of downtown.

When the provincial legislature outgrew its former home, the provincial government hosted an architectural competition to build the new legislative buildings. Francis Rattenbury, a then 25-year-old recent arrival from England, won with his three-building neo-baroque style plans, but construction didn’t go without its woes; the project soared beyond its original budget, but the new British Columbia Parliament Buildings did open their doors in 1898.

The white marble, massive central dome, and lengthy façade combined to make an innovative and impressive monument for what, at the time, was a relatively young Canadian province. The building remains equally impressive, today, and a few new landmarks exist on its property. A statue of Queen Victoria stands on the front yard, while a figure of George Vancouver sits atop the central dome. There is also a statue of a soldier to commemorate the province’s fallen heroes from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.

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Summer daily 9am-5pm; winter M-F
501 Belleville St., Victoria, British Columbia
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.22
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$52.22

Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

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Spin through downtown Victoria on two wheels and discover top city attractions with ease on this Victoria castles and neighborhoods bike tour. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide through the city streets. Learn of Victoria’s colorful past through its historic buildings, and explore districts including the Inner Harbour, Cook Street Village, and Chinatown. Enjoy fine views over the Dallas Road waterfront and admire the eery Craigdarroch Castle. Cycle through Moss Rock Park and Beacon Hill Park, and soak up the artistic atmosphere in leafy Fernwood.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.48
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$48.48

Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour

Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour

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Treat your taste buds to a walking food tour of Victoria’s bustling Fort & Blanshard Streets. Once known as Antique Row for its abundance of vintage shops, this hip neighborhood is now filled with trendy restaurants, modern boutique shops, and home to the arts district. Follow a local gourmet guide to some of the best eateries in the area including a tea salon, a European-style deli, an authentic taqueria, Middle-Eastern street food, and more. Chat with shop owners and chefs along the way to gain insight into Victoria’s thriving culinary scene. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized tasting experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.56
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$56.56

Victoria Heritage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Victoria Heritage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

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The Canadian city of Victoria has a rich British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era, evident in its striking architecture and historic landmarks. Explore the city in style by traditional horse-drawn carriage, and take in sites of interest such as James Bay— one of Vancouver Island's oldest neighborhoods—and the Salish Sea waterfront. As your horse clops along, enjoy fine views over Victoria to the Olympic Mountain range beyond.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.70
per group
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$99.70
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Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

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Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver lies on the southern shores of Vancouver Island—with striking architecture, pretty parks, and a British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era. On this tour, explore Victoria in comfort by traditional horse-drawn carriage as your guide brings the city’s Victorian past to life. Along the way, discover sites of interest such as Beacon Hill Park, historic James Bay, and the Salish Sea waterfront.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.71
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$176.71
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Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

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Add some to elegance to your British Columbia vacation with a private custom tour of Victoria. Your personal driver will help you design a splendid itinerary, taking you through neighborhoods dripping with old-world charm and to the city’s many green spaces—including the famous Butchart Gardens. Forget the crowded tour bus and travel at your own pace, request stops to snap photos, buy a cup of tea or have a closer look at a site.
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  • 13 hours
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$636.33
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$636.33
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Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

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Enjoy a romantic ride with that special someone, or a fun excursion with family and friends as you visit Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park in a horse-drawn carriage. Beacon Hill Park is one of Victoria’s main attractions, home to a petting zoo, playground and splash park, and the tallest totem pole in the world. Learn all about it from your guide as you revel in the beauty of the park.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.04
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$143.04
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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

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Explore the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then trade downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens on a half-day, private tour of the city. You'll start with a trip to Fisherman's Wharf, then see the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, following scenic roads through the Vancouver Island countryside. With departures throughout the day, this tour of Victoria highlights is priced per vehicle, and can be tailored to your private group of up to seven people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$365.48
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$365.48
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Victoria Scavenger Hunt: Essential Victoria

Victoria Scavenger Hunt: Essential Victoria

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.72
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$12.72

2-Hour Grand City Tour

2-Hour Grand City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
Price varies by group size

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

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Make the most of your visit to Victoria by seeing  many of the area’s highlights in just one day. This private tour packs in top sights including, Butchart Gardens, one of Canada’s oldest Chinatown neighborhoods, Craigdarroch Castle, and the famed Parliament Buildings. Plus, you’ll even have time to stop at a local winery to experience British Columbia’s burgeoning wine scene. Round-trip transportation is also included for an added convenience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$565.63
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$565.63
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3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

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Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$423.41
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$423.41
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Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00
Price varies by group size

Downtown Victoria’s Historical Heart: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

Downtown Victoria’s Historical Heart: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Explore Victoria’s history from its indigenous roots to the Victorian Era at your own pace with this affordable audio tour. • Take in the Inner Harbour where the city got its start and Victoria’s Chinatown which was once known for gambling and opium trade • Hear from producer Michele Davis whose passion for Victoria inspired her to lead guided tours – and to carefully craft this VoiceMap tour • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$11.99
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$11.99

Victoria BC's Secret Streets and Hidden Alleyways

Victoria BC's Secret Streets and Hidden Alleyways

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We take you through some alleys and streets that most people never get to see when visiting Victoria. You'll learn about Victoria's history, fun facts about the city and get the best recommendations for places to visit and stuff to do while in Victoria BC.
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  • 1 to 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.24
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$24.24

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$282.01
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$282.01
per group

Vancouver->Victoria Tour | Visit Craigdarroch Castle and Butchart Garden Private

Vancouver->Victoria Tour | Visit Craigdarroch Castle and Butchart Garden Private

Our tour is made specially for people interested in the culture and history of Victoria, as well as British Columbia. Your tour starts with the initial pickup from a Vancouver hotel. You will depart to the grand BC ferry and relax at the scenic cruise through the Gulf Islands. Start your tour by going to the Butchart garden and spend some time admiring the flower filled paths, discover the many themed gardens and admire masterful landscaping along the way. After your garden visit, we will head towards Victoria to see the Craigdarroch Castle, through the car ride you’ll see landmarks like the Legislature Buildings, Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park and more. Once you are at the 'Castle', you will have a guided tour of the Castle explaining its history and its Cultural Significance while looking at the awe inspiring Gothic architecture. Visit the scenic marine and then come back to the ferry to finish the trip. Please note: This private tour requires a two person minimum for booking.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$523.26
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$523.26

Vancouver 4Days island AdventureTour Vancouver Victoria,Ucluelet,Tofino,Nanaimo

Vancouver 4Days island AdventureTour Vancouver Victoria,Ucluelet,Tofino,Nanaimo

Visit Vancouver Island, the largest island on the North American West Coast. This island is a True tourist wonderland, with deep fairy rainforests, abundant wildlife, the hottest springs on the Pacific Ocean coast and spectacular wilderness. In this 4-day adventure, take a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, observe the regal greatness of Victoria City and check out the very best of nature at stunning Tofino. Visit the top tourist spots that people from all around the world come to see. Tofino is a dream destination for true adventurers: try your hands at fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more! You can spend your day whale watching or, if you want something more hands-on, relax in hot springs, catch exotic fishes or surf on the untamed waves.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,358.83
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$1,358.83

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens

Experience the highlights of Victoria by taking part in our Victoria Half-Day tour! This 5-hour sightseeing tour includes: Scenic photo opportunities at Mount Tolmie & Cormorant Point, a visit to Butchart gardens, guided tour of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and 75 minute Victoria Harbour & Gorge Cruise*. It’s the perfect way to see and experience the best Victoria has to offer! *In the event the Victoria Gorge Cruise does not operate, you will be provided with a refund for the boat cruise portion of your tour. The remainder of the tour will operate as usual.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.81
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$181.81

Vancouver,Victoria,Whistler Best Price Guranteed 4 Days Tour Private

Vancouver,Victoria,Whistler Best Price Guranteed 4 Days Tour Private

Explore the best of Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler with a Local Guide. This 4 day private tour is perfect to explore Vancouver, Victoria, North Vancouver & Whistler seamlessly, in luxury & comfort. You will tour beautiful Vancouver and Victoria on the Pacific Northwest coast, and Whistler in the highlands of the Coast Mountains. Visit, experience, and enjoy beautiful parks, lush temperate rain forests, gorgeous waterfronts, a cultural hub, historic neighbourhoods, and engage in outdoor adventure.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$3,057.46
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$3,057.46

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,826.55
per group
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$1,826.55
per group

Vancouver to Victoria day tour Private

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Vancouver to Victoria day tour Private

Enjoy an exciting day tour in Victoria packed with engaging activities. Start your day by getting on board a luxury car taking you to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. During the ferry ride, walk around the deck while enjoying the scenery and look out for orcas, seals, and other marine life. First, we will visit the Butchart Gardens, where you will be awestruck by an oasis of lush green and colourful blooms, stretching for 55 acres of flowers, trees, pathways, and creeks. The garden features a sunken garden, a world-famous rose garden, and an excellent restaurant serving high tea daily. Then, we will take a scenic journey by the ocean en route to the city center of Victoria. Drive by the University of Victoria, Oak Bay, the Uplands, Beacon Hill Park, and finally Downtown Victoria with its BC Parliament Building, Empress Hotel, Chinatown, and Craigdarroch Castle. Have lunch or a small bite at your leisure.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$689.06
$861.33
$172.27 savings
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$689.06
$861.33
$172.27 savings

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What are British Columbia Parliament Buildings hours of operation?
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British Columbia Parliament Buildings hours of operation: Summer daily 9am-5pm; winter M-F. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book British Columbia Parliament Buildings tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since British Columbia Parliament Buildings can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit British Columbia Parliament Buildings 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to British Columbia Parliament Buildings costs USD 11.99. Guided British Columbia Parliament Buildings tours start around USD 11.99 per person.
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