Victoria with Whale Watching and Butchart Gardens

2 nights From $860 CAD per person

Available as an add on to any Canada Rail Vacations, Vancouver-based trip. Complete your full Canadian Westcoast experience as you travel by ferry between Vancouver and Vancouver Island where you will spend two nights in historic downtown Victoria. Explore the fascinating Butchart Gardens and set out to sea in search of whales and other marine wildlife. This sample itinerary is created with flying directly in or out of Victoria in mind. Transfers between Victoria and the Vancouver airport are available if required. The option to fly by seaplane between Vancouver and Victoria is also available upon request.  Please contact us for additional information.

Sample Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Victoria Arrival

Arrive at the Victoria International Airport on Vancouver Island and spend some time independently exploring the city! Go for a stroll from your downtown hotel and take in the calm and quaint atmosphere typical of Vancouver Island.

The streets here are charming, full of color and home to the freshest seafood in Western Canada. You might like to visit Fisherman’s Wharf, which is a short walk from downtown and gives you the chance to spot wildlife and take some pictures of adorable floating homes that line the waters. Spend the next two nights in your Victoria hotel room.

Day 2 - Victoria City Tour including the Butchart Gardens

In the morning you have the opportunity to explore the city using your “Hop On, Hop Off” bus pass. This open-top, double decker bus will take you to a number of stops, including the Historical Craigdarroch Castle, the Parliament Building and the pedestrian-friendly Cook Street Village— known for its café patios and boutiques.

In the afternoon you will transfer to the Butchart Gardens. These famous gardens are one of the most spectacular floral displays in the world and home to hundreds of thousands of flowers. There are many different gardens to stroll through including; the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden and Mediterranean Garden to name a few. This is one of the most beloved tourist attractions in Canada and is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. With shuttle transfers leaving every half hour you can spend as much time strolling these gardens as you please.

Day 3 - Victoria Whale Watching Tour and Ferry to Vancouver

Embark on a 3.5-hour whale watching tour where you’ll search for orcas, minke whales, grey whales and other marine wildlife. You’ll be aboard the custom, sturdy catamaran boat which will be a safe, yet exhilarating experience. A certified marine biologist will guide this tour.

In the afternoon you’ll board a ferry and relax to the gentle sway and sound of the ocean as you take a journey from Victoria to Vancouver. You’ll be able to see the Gulf Islands, mountain vistas and sea life all from the outdoor deck. From here you will continue on with the rest of your Canada Rail Vacations eastbound itinerary.

This itinerary can be completed in reverse for those who are travelling westbound.

The option to fly by seaplane between Vancouver and Victoria is also available upon request.  Please contact us for additional information.

What's Included

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Hop On Hop Off Victoria city tour including Butchart Gardens
  • Whale watching tour in Victoria
  • Coach and ferry transfer to/from Vancouver (one direction)
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Transportation to/from Victoria airport to Victoria hotel (available, please ask for details)
  • Transportation to/from Victoria to Vancouver Airport (available, please ask for details)
  • Meals
  • Gratuities for hotel and transfer staff
  • Canadian 5% sales tax

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Pricing Details:
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. For single and triple sharing, please request a quote.
  • Upgrades to Premium hotel rooms (5 stars) are available. Please request a quote.

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$0.74 USD

€0.68 EUR

£0.59 GBP

$1.13 AUD