Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria

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Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria
from USD $306.30
Combine four great experiences for the ultimate day trip departing from Vancouver Downtown! Take a whale-watching cruise from Vancouver to Victoria, 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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In Brief

Vancouver, Canada
11 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: PRINCE OF WHALES Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures, 1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

One-way 4 hour fully-guided whale watching & wildlife viewing tour departing from Downtown Vancouver and arriving at Downtown Victoria.

Duration: 4 hours

Pass By: PRINCE OF WHALES Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures, 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

Arrival to Victoria, BC

Stop At: Downtown Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 3M9, Canada

Free time in Victoria, BC

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8 Canada

35-45 min fully-guided shuttle from Downtown Victoria to Butchart Gardens, free time in the world-famous gardens

Duration: 2 hours


  • Whale-watching cruise
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - PRINCE OF WHALES Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 95 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

For a Day tour, this was wonderful. ..a bit tight, but I guess that's the best that can happen in a full day! The crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. Of course, we were lucky to see a Humpback Whale Breach.. and a whole lot of Orcas (on the return)! Overall, I think it's a great trip to take!
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Loved this trip, although we didn’t see Ocras that day we saw many whales and seals, moms and babies. It was a gorgeous day!!! The guides were great!! Victoria is so beautiful and the gardens were amazing!!! Would Iove to do this over and over!!!
• Submitted 02 Aug 2019
What a great way to spend the day! We saw lots of orcas on the way to Victoria. The onboard staff/crew/naturalists provided terrific service, and lots of great information. The captain was VERY respectful of the whales, and kept appropriate distances for safe viewing. This is extremely important in keeping the whales safe as more charters get into the ecotourism space. We were able to wander around Victoria a little bit, and then took the bus to the Buchart Gardens. These gardens are spectacular! The boat picked us up at their private dock there; terrific that we didn't have to spend more time on the bus back to Victoria. And we spent a bit more time on the way back to look for wildlife. Saw eagles, harbor seals and more orcas. My only wish is that we had a little more time in Victoria - so that we could have done high tea at the Empress. If we had taken the last available bus, we only would have had 30 min at the gardens. If they could back our departure from the gardens out another hour, that would have been terrific. I had thought we would get back to Vancouver much later than we did...so that extra hour would have been appreciated. All in all, a terrific trip! Highly recommended.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
Fantastic but you might want to advise customers of your change of address. Orcas, humpback, eagles, seals then wonderful Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Great crew of Salish Dream.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Full of fun day trip to Victoria and Butchart Garden trip with Whale Watching. Super friendly and expert crews and captain takes you to the right spot to watch killer whales.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2018
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
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
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.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
Great! Highly recommended.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
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.
• Submitted 02 Jul 2017
Great naturalist guides. Saw lots of wildlife. Can't describe how great it was to have all transportation for the day taken care of.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2016
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. :-
• Submitted 28 Sep 2016
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.
• Submitted 15 Dec 2015
Excellent trip. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Pros: Abundant wildlife bald eagles, killer whales, humpback whales, whale watching tour guides were experts, Victoria is an excellent destination, bus tour operator to Butchart was friendly and informative, the Butchart Gardens are gorgeous. Cons: Difficult to balance time between Victoria and Butchart Gardens an additional half-hour in each would have been great the morning check-in process could be a little more efficient
• Submitted 14 Sep 2015
Outstanding tour experience from scheduling to actual trip. Professionally done all the way through the hole experience. Will highly recommend to friends and family members.
• Submitted 24 Aug 2015
Let me tell you, just getting to go on this tour was an adventure in itself. Knowing what I know now I would not book this through Viator but would instead go directly to Prince of Whales to book this tour. We arrived on Friday morning and planned to take this on Saturday morning, not being familiar with the area we decided to walk to the hotel mentioned in the brochure to see how long it would take us to get there from where we stayed. Glad we did. We had booked through Viator a good 4 months prior because we really wanted to do this tour, we even received daily reminders as the trip got closer that we need to remember our voucher. Yet we got to the place only to discover that Viator never made the reservations and the tour that day was full. This could've totally destroyed the Vancouver part of the trip as we were looking forward to the whale watching and seeing the gardens which was why we booked so far in advance. The staff of Prince of Whales was very apologetic and helpful and at least fortunately were able to get us on a boat the following day which still worked out okay for us. We saw a lot of Orcas and got some great pictures, the gardens were beautiful, my recommendation would be that as soon as you are done with the whales go directly to the gardens as there is a lot to see and you really won't want to miss it. The people on Prince of Whales were outstanding and showed us a great time. We ran into a problem at the end as the boat meant to take us back to Vancouver had mechanical problems and was too damaged to take us back, but the owner of the company came out to meet us and ensure us that he would take care of us. He got us on a bus which then got on the ferry to Vancouver. He even paid for all of us to have the dinner buffet on him for the trouble we had gone through. It is nice to see someone back up their company. Wish Viator would've have done that. Highly, highly recommend doing this tour.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2015
Fantastic day. The crew are brilliant and very informative. We saw lots of whales on the trip out and on our return which was an added bonus. Victoria and Butchart Gardens are very beautiful places which made the day even more memorable.
• Submitted 04 Aug 2015
Entire trip was excellent. Naturalist on board was very informative. We DID see whales as we were approaching Victoria. So majestic - so beautiful. Besides choppy seas of which we were forewarned it was an excellent trip. We will have to go back to the Butchart Gardens - too much to see - needed more time. The entire layout was well planned except for needing more time to see all the lovely locations. Highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2015
AWESOME!! Well worth the cost of the tour. Although the boat ride out was cold not their fault, they offered us warm raincoats and blankets and inside seating we chose to sit on the back deck and watch the scenery. We saw seals and whales on our way to Victoria, and otters and seals when they picked us up from the Gardens to return to Vancouver. We enjoyed seeing and shopping in Victoria and had a nice lunch there at a restaurant the naturalist suggested to us. At the end of the day we were tired, but very happy.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2015
We had a wonderful time. The naturalist was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. She made sure to spend time with every guest. The boat got close enough for photos but not so close that it interfered with the wildlife.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2014
The tour was everything you promised, including brilliant weather. Followed a pod of killer whales for at least 40 minutes. Would highly recommend your tour.
• Submitted 06 Oct 2014
Whales playing tag with each other! We saw several pods of them on our way west to Victoria. This was a lovely day, combining whale watching with lunch in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress, then a bus trip to Butchart Gardens. Not enough time in either place to do them justice, but enough for a taste of their beauty. The boat trip home was uneventful. Weather was good, although a little hotter than usual. It was lovely at sea. The only downside was that the bus driver from Victoria to Butchart Gardens left us sitting on a hot bus without the AC for extended periods at each end, without telling us why. Several families tried to leave the bus on their own at the Gardens.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2014
Saw lots of whales!
• Submitted 20 Aug 2014
Well organised with informed commentary and knowledgeable crew. And we saw whales!!! Would definitely recommend this trip
• Submitted 11 Aug 2013
We saw many whales, the ride was not too bumpy and umbrellas were provided when it sarted to drizzle. The four year old grand daughter loved the whales and the flowers
• Submitted 05 Aug 2013

In Brief

Vancouver, Canada
11 hours 30 minutes

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