Justifiably renowned as Canada's 'City Of Gardens,' Victoria and its gardens burst into bloom year round. Today's outing will include an introduction to the historic downtown quarter and a visit to the famed Butchart Gardens. Departing Ogden Point your guide will point out Mile Zero, which is the western end of the Trans Canada Highway, Beacon Hill Park and Thunderbird Park. Later continue your drive to the Butchart Gardens, National Historic Site. Upon arrival your driver/guide will provide you with a look into how the Butchart Family transformed the gardens from a barren rock quarry to what is now one of the world's best-known horticultural attractions. Multi-language maps help you conduct your self-guided tour of the colorful gardens. At dusk, the gardens are transformed by hundreds of lights of varying intensity and color. This nightly transformation, known as Night Illuminations is as unique as it is breathtaking. Later rejoin your local driver/guide returning via Chinatown welcomed by the Gates of Harmonious Interest, and passing by Canada's narrowest street, Fan Tan Alley. Continue to the Inner Harbor framed by some of Canada's most recognizable landmarks, the majestic Parliament Buildings, the ivy-covered Empress Hotel prior to returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Note: Walking time and distance is at each guest's discretion. The gardens are stunning in the evening when illuminated by thousands of hidden lights. Garden illuminations offered when daylight hours shorten.
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Customer Reviews for Enchanting Butchart Gardens Evening
Review 1 for Enchanting Butchart Gardens Evening
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:September
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:September 12, 2012
Beautiful and Informative
Loved the gardens, they are beautiful and not to be missed! We had about two hours of time there, which was perfect to walk around, see the gardens, and stop in the gift shop. On the way there and on the back the driver of our bus gave a very informative tour about Victoria itself, and drove by certain sites where he provided history and stories. An overall great excursion for the short time we had in Victoria.
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Review 2 for Enchanting Butchart Gardens Evening
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Ketchikan, Alaska
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:July 14, 2012
Not enough time
Victoria B.C. is beautiful! The excursion to Butchart Gardens was awesome, but sadly, just not enough time. We only had 1 1/2 hours at the gardens and that was no time at all to get around and see half of the gardens let alone all of it. We had time for the Rose and Sunken gardens, 10 minutes round the gift shop and we were literally running back to the coach! If you are a garden lover, and if you can go under your own steam, get a taxi $75 approx each way, its an expensive way to go, but I wish we had done that, to get the full enjoyment. I don't understand why we couldn't have longer, we got back to the ship by 6pm and we didn't set sail until 9pm, so there was plenty of time to stay longer! June/July 2012
The positives: 1.) The gardens were stunning. There were gorgeous flowers everywhere you looked. The landscaping was perfect and the sunken gardens were like nothing I have ever seen before. I could have spent hours and hours in the gardens taking in their beauty and delight. 2.) The tour guide driving our bus to the gardens was a wealth of knowledge about Victoria. He shared information with us the whole way out to and back from the gardens. He drove us through various parts of Victoria so we got a mini-tour of the area while we traveled to and from the gardens.
The negatives: 1.) We were only in this port for a brief amount of time - by the time you drive a half hour each way to and from the gardens you only had about 90 minutes to enjoy Butchart Gardens. 2.) We were there on a Saturday night that had a concert and fireworks but we had to leave to return to the ship before the fireworks started. That was a big disappointment since we told the kids they would see fireworks on this excursion. (They couldn't have cared less about he flowers so the fireworks were the point of interest for them.) 3.) There were 3 cruise ships of tourists at the gardens at the same time. The place was mobbed. It was difficult to take pictures because people kept walking in front of you.
I would recommend this excursion for adults who do not mind crowds and only seeing the gardens for a brief overview.
This was by far the best excursion my husband and I took. The gardens are absolutely breathtaking. I felt like I stepped back in time and should see men in top hats and cravats strolling with women in long dresses with parasols among the gorgeous array of flowers, fountains, statues, and reflection ponds. I already want to go back.
This is the best excursion we went on during our whole Alaskan cruise. We first got on a bus to do a quick city tour of Victoria, then headed off to the Gardens. Our tour guide on the bus was very educational and funny. Then, when we got to the gardens, only beauty awaited. It was the most breathtaking gardens I have ever seen. So worth the excursion! Major photo opportunities! The only complaint I had was that we didn't have ENOUGH time there. This place was huge. We want to go back!
It was a 40 minute bus ride, but the driver took us through downtown Victoria and surrounding areas on the way to the gardens. He was very knowledgeable about Victoria's history and current events. It was a scenic and relaxing drive. Butchart Gardens was breath taking. It was amazing to see the transformation from a barren rock quarry to an enchanting garden. They had a wide variety of flowers and trees as well as a variety of different types of gardens. It was so beautiful and it smelled so good! Don't miss this tour!