Victoria Butchart Gardens Excursion Reviews

Over a hundred years old, the world famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria have been named a National Historic Site of Canada. These more than fifty beautifully manicured acres attract in excess of one million visitors each year.
Far exceeded our expectations.
Sail Date: April 2019
Far exceeded our expectations. Spectacular!
Far exceeded our expectations. Spectacular! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: American Cruise Lines
Not enough time at the Gardens...only 1&1/2 hours, with a 45" bus ride each way from the ship.
Sail Date: September 2018
Not enough time at the Gardens...only 1&1/2 hours, with a 45" bus ride each way from the ship. And, or driver was just so-so with his narration. Princess really needs to "re-itinerary" this cruise to allow for at least ... Read More
Not enough time at the Gardens...only 1&1/2 hours, with a 45" bus ride each way from the ship. And, or driver was just so-so with his narration. Princess really needs to "re-itinerary" this cruise to allow for at least 8 hours in Victoria. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This is usually a great excursion, but with so many delays at ship, a much longer walk to bus than ...
Sail Date: September 2018
This is usually a great excursion, but with so many delays at ship, a much longer walk to bus than we were told, and bus delays, we only had 30-40 minutes. Barely time to walk thru gates and go back to the bus! The Gardens deserve at ... Read More
This is usually a great excursion, but with so many delays at ship, a much longer walk to bus than we were told, and bus delays, we only had 30-40 minutes. Barely time to walk thru gates and go back to the bus! The Gardens deserve at least sveral hours if not a day or two. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were lucky to have only a little rain while we were at Buchart Gardens.
Sail Date: September 2018
We were lucky to have only a little rain while we were at Buchart Gardens. It was lovely and an easy walk, even going down to the sunken garden and back up with a knee brace on. We missed the main gift shop, even though we had plenty of ... Read More
We were lucky to have only a little rain while we were at Buchart Gardens. It was lovely and an easy walk, even going down to the sunken garden and back up with a knee brace on. We missed the main gift shop, even though we had plenty of time, as most of our group ended up in the gallery thinking that was the gift shop. The items were lovely and some of us made a couple of purchase. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
very pretty, we went while it was getting dark and it got a bit too dark.
Sail Date: September 2018
very pretty, we went while it was getting dark and it got a bit too dark.
very pretty, we went while it was getting dark and it got a bit too dark. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Once again, our original excursion to the Butchart Gardens was cancelled due to not enough people ...
Sail Date: September 2018
Once again, our original excursion to the Butchart Gardens was cancelled due to not enough people booking. However, when we went to book another excursion to the Butchart Gardens, our original one showed that it was sold out. Not very ... Read More
Once again, our original excursion to the Butchart Gardens was cancelled due to not enough people booking. However, when we went to book another excursion to the Butchart Gardens, our original one showed that it was sold out. Not very nice. Victoria was gorgeous. It's a shame that we only got to see it at night. I still highly recommend the gardens. We toured them at night. There were light, but visibility was poor. It was difficult to navigate and we were rushed. Very poor value for the money. I definitely want to come back and visit the gardens during the day at my own pace and not have to run as you only get 1.5 hrs in the gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was another sunny day when we arrived in Victoria about 5:30pm.
Sail Date: August 2018
It was another sunny day when we arrived in Victoria about 5:30pm. We walked though the customs building to a well-marked area with all the different excursion buses. No one checked our passports. It was a 45-minute bus ride to the ... Read More
It was another sunny day when we arrived in Victoria about 5:30pm. We walked though the customs building to a well-marked area with all the different excursion buses. No one checked our passports. It was a 45-minute bus ride to the Butchart Gardens, the bus driver gave us narrative on the way (and the way back). We were given our garden admission ticket and a Chinese lantern as we left the bus. We had about 2 and ½ hours to tour the gardens. We chose to eat a sandwich when we arrived. In hindsight we should have eaten on the ship and left more daylight time to tour the gardens. The Butchart Garden were spectacular. We had wondered if things would be in bloom in late summer, but we were not disappointed. A 5-star excursion for us as flower fans. The Chinese lantern part was a complete waste of time, not giving enough light to help see and turned out to be just something we had to carry around with us. During the last hour, things were getting pretty dark. We had to skip the Japanese garden section because it was too dark to appreciate. We made sure we had 45 minutes for the gift shop. The driver dropped us back at the pier and again we passed through the customs building without showing anyone our passports. We had filled out custom forms on the ship two days earlier so maybe filing those was enough. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I know that the gardens are stunning, but we arrived at night and the lighting was minimal.
Sail Date: August 2018
I know that the gardens are stunning, but we arrived at night and the lighting was minimal. Very disappointing.
I know that the gardens are stunning, but we arrived at night and the lighting was minimal. Very disappointing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had a private local drive for a 4 hour tour - he arrived in a spotless Range Rover and took us ...
Sail Date: August 2018
We had a private local drive for a 4 hour tour - he arrived in a spotless Range Rover and took us all over the city. Gave us plenty of time to see the gardens as well - we took about 90 minutes to go through it, including shopping - was ... Read More
We had a private local drive for a 4 hour tour - he arrived in a spotless Range Rover and took us all over the city. Gave us plenty of time to see the gardens as well - we took about 90 minutes to go through it, including shopping - was absolutely beautiful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful garden but not enough time there - which was available as got back early.
Sail Date: August 2018
Beautiful garden but not enough time there - which was available as got back early. Long bus ride from ship.
Beautiful garden but not enough time there - which was available as got back early. Long bus ride from ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I knew we were going to be short on time.
Sail Date: August 2018
I knew we were going to be short on time. These gardens really need more than 2 hours. But overall we got to see their beauty. Wish ship stayed longer at Victoria.
I knew we were going to be short on time. These gardens really need more than 2 hours. But overall we got to see their beauty. Wish ship stayed longer at Victoria. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Chose a tour that included a picnic.
Sail Date: August 2018
Chose a tour that included a picnic. Basket full of food, red-checkered table cloth and a gorgeous setting. We had 3 hours and could have used double that. Beautiful way to spend a day.
Chose a tour that included a picnic. Basket full of food, red-checkered table cloth and a gorgeous setting. We had 3 hours and could have used double that. Beautiful way to spend a day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took a Chinese Lantarn Walk tour.
Sail Date: August 2018
We took a Chinese Lantarn Walk tour. When we arrived they gave us chinese paper lanterns with lights in them. We ambled through the beautiful gardens of flowers, sculptures and fountains. The gardens are breathtaking to say the least.
We took a Chinese Lantarn Walk tour. When we arrived they gave us chinese paper lanterns with lights in them. We ambled through the beautiful gardens of flowers, sculptures and fountains. The gardens are breathtaking to say the least. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our bus driver couldn't figure out how to turn on the air in the bus, nor did he know how to ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Our bus driver couldn't figure out how to turn on the air in the bus, nor did he know how to operate his headset. The gardens are always beautiful, but it would probably be best to grab a cab and buy tickets directly at the gardens.
Our bus driver couldn't figure out how to turn on the air in the bus, nor did he know how to operate his headset. The gardens are always beautiful, but it would probably be best to grab a cab and buy tickets directly at the gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very big bus so difficult to see out of the windows when he was talking about the city.
Sail Date: August 2018
Very big bus so difficult to see out of the windows when he was talking about the city. The Gardens are lovely and the 2 hours we got there was enough time to see them. Due the time we docked it was dark when we left the gardens, though we ... Read More
Very big bus so difficult to see out of the windows when he was talking about the city. The Gardens are lovely and the 2 hours we got there was enough time to see them. Due the time we docked it was dark when we left the gardens, though we got driven through the city to see the landmarks we would have enjoyed walking around. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Tour starts too late ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Tour starts too late ... dark before we even got started to see the Gardens. Very crowded ... Needs to be a day-time visit. Pretty much a waste of our $$.
Tour starts too late ... dark before we even got started to see the Gardens. Very crowded ... Needs to be a day-time visit. Pretty much a waste of our $$. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Butchart Gardens is a beautiful excursion but we had only about 90 minutes to visit, far too little ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Butchart Gardens is a beautiful excursion but we had only about 90 minutes to visit, far too little time to see what we wanted. Barely scratched the surface. Very sorry we booked through the cruise line.
Butchart Gardens is a beautiful excursion but we had only about 90 minutes to visit, far too little time to see what we wanted. Barely scratched the surface. Very sorry we booked through the cruise line. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens were just beautiful.
Sail Date: July 2018
Butchart Gardens were just beautiful. A must to see. Butterfly gardens were cool too. Great for kids.
Butchart Gardens were just beautiful. A must to see. Butterfly gardens were cool too. Great for kids. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The bus driver provided entertaining history, descriptions and commentary of Victoria to and from ...
Sail Date: July 2018
The bus driver provided entertaining history, descriptions and commentary of Victoria to and from the gardens. We had two hours to explore the gardens. We arrived before 10 a.m. and towards the end of our two hours the gardens were ... Read More
The bus driver provided entertaining history, descriptions and commentary of Victoria to and from the gardens. We had two hours to explore the gardens. We arrived before 10 a.m. and towards the end of our two hours the gardens were getting quite crowded. I recommend this tour if you have never been to the gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The bus driver provided an excellent tour!
Sail Date: July 2018
The bus driver provided an excellent tour! Loved the gardens but didn't feel like there was enough time to experience all of what the gardens had to offer.
The bus driver provided an excellent tour! Loved the gardens but didn't feel like there was enough time to experience all of what the gardens had to offer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Loved seeing the city and countryside and hearing the history and interesting facts about the area.
Sail Date: July 2018
Loved seeing the city and countryside and hearing the history and interesting facts about the area. This was my 4th visit to Butchart Gardens. I was 8 on my first visit. It is such a beautiful place. I wish they gave you more times at the ... Read More
Loved seeing the city and countryside and hearing the history and interesting facts about the area. This was my 4th visit to Butchart Gardens. I was 8 on my first visit. It is such a beautiful place. I wish they gave you more times at the gardens. Two hours is not enough time to experience the whole garden. But we enjoyed what we saw. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Absolutely beautiful, although crowds made it difficult to enjoy the gardens.
Sail Date: July 2018
Absolutely beautiful, although crowds made it difficult to enjoy the gardens. Have been here at different times of the year and July has to be one of the best. The fireworks were an addition well worth seeing. People should be warned ... Read More
Absolutely beautiful, although crowds made it difficult to enjoy the gardens. Have been here at different times of the year and July has to be one of the best. The fireworks were an addition well worth seeing. People should be warned that they will be sitting on the grass. Some tour groups were given mats to sit on. Grass didn't bother us, but for older people sitting on a lawn and getting up can be a problem. We all thought it was a perfect way to end the cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I fully explain this experience in my cruise review.
Sail Date: July 2018
I fully explain this experience in my cruise review. Victoria was boring, the gardens were nice, but the actual tour was a nightmare. We couldn't sit together on the long long long bus ride with really boring facts (the guide was ... Read More
I fully explain this experience in my cruise review. Victoria was boring, the gardens were nice, but the actual tour was a nightmare. We couldn't sit together on the long long long bus ride with really boring facts (the guide was GREAT-the town is pretty bleh). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were beautiful and the tea was outstanding.
Sail Date: July 2018
The gardens were beautiful and the tea was outstanding. Everyone was so nice and it was the perfect amount of time.
The gardens were beautiful and the tea was outstanding. Everyone was so nice and it was the perfect amount of time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
The gardens were stunning and the fireworks were cool.
Sail Date: July 2018
The gardens were stunning and the fireworks were cool. It wasn't very windy so there was a decent amount of smoke but the gardens were mostly handicap accessible.
The gardens were stunning and the fireworks were cool. It wasn't very windy so there was a decent amount of smoke but the gardens were mostly handicap accessible. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises