Victoria Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Excursion Reviews
The city was absolutely beautiful, but the ship arrived so late we barely got time to see the city. The cruiseline should arrange it where they arrive much earlier.
Great tour driver - neat little ride for family and kids.
Not sure why only in Victoria for a few hours, and night, at that. Don't get it.
Originally I had booked the Evening Whale watching & Ocean exploration tour however, due to the ship being an hour late.. this was cancelled. (big frown) This was a big dream of mine and I was not happy we were not able to do this however, we booked the Horse Drawn Trolley tour through Victoria which was basically the only thing that did not get cancelled other than the shuttle bus to town. Our driver and the beautiful horses did a a great job of showing us Victoria. We viewed the heritage homes, legislative building all light up in the dark, the harbor area and also went through a park area. The driver did a great job giving us facts about the Victoria area. We shopped at the one gift shop at port before boarding the ship.
Friday, May 17th Victoria , British Columbia-
I don't understand the purpose of stopping at a port from 8PM-midnight. We took a taxi to the downtown area for $10 (for 4 of us). Most things were closed, so we had pre-booked a ride on Tally-Ho horse carriages. We each took the Waterfront Tour 30 minutes $100/per carriage. It was suppose to be a narrative tour of historic James Bay and old heritage buildings, but our tour guide, was much more interested in talking about the horse and herself then history. Thank goodness the tour was only 30 minutes. The view of the British Columbia Parliament Legislature buildings and the Empress hotel were stunning. We would have loved to have seen more of this beautiful city during the daylight hours. We strolled the inner harbor and fisherman's wharf for awhile and then headed back to the ship.
This was more fun than I was expecting it to be! Even on a crummy, rainy day, we had a very good time. The Carriages are very comfortable, with covered tops, and blankets for the passengers. We saw all the sights of Victoria at a lovely, slow pace and toured neighborhoods I'd probably never have seen otherwise. We received bus shuttle tickets as part of the deal, so we were able to return to downtown to continue our visit on foot. Victoria is a charming city and I wish we'd had more time there.