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.
Even though it was early October, the gardens were simply breathtaking!
Even though it was early October, the gardens were simply breathtaking! The path winds around, the occasional peek through the woods reveals water and sailboats. Very picturesque! Try to get the tour that includes TEA!
Even though it was early October, the gardens were simply breathtaking! The path winds around, the occasional peek through the woods reveals water and sailboats. Very picturesque! Try to get the tour that includes TEA! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Gardens were beautiful but the experience of being herded from ship to bus not good.
Gardens were beautiful but the experience of being herded from ship to bus not good. I wish I had booked my own small group tour.
Gardens were beautiful but the experience of being herded from ship to bus not good. I wish I had booked my own small group tour. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The gardens are certainly beautiful but the tour was at night, and although there are lights, it's ...
The gardens are certainly beautiful but the tour was at night, and although there are lights, it's not very well lit so judging by the pictures in the gift shop, we really missed a lot of the beauty of these gardens. The bus driver ... Read More
The gardens are certainly beautiful but the tour was at night, and although there are lights, it's not very well lit so judging by the pictures in the gift shop, we really missed a lot of the beauty of these gardens. The bus driver answered rudely a question I asked; he was the only rude staff person in the entire 7-day cruise, so, he was the only one I didn't tip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We arrived at night, and we respected you be disappointed.
We arrived at night, and we respected you be disappointed. However, the Butchart Gardens are spectacular even at night. Gorgeous lighting. 1.5 hours was adequate time to walk through (wish we had a bit more).
We arrived at night, and we respected you be disappointed. However, the Butchart Gardens are spectacular even at night. Gorgeous lighting. 1.5 hours was adequate time to walk through (wish we had a bit more). Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Repeat visit to the Gardens but always worth it!
Repeat visit to the Gardens but always worth it! Our bus driver was so informative and we really enjoyed his knowledge of the area.
Repeat visit to the Gardens but always worth it! Our bus driver was so informative and we really enjoyed his knowledge of the area. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens are BEAUTIFUL and a must see when you are in VIctoria.
The gardens are BEAUTIFUL and a must see when you are in VIctoria. Even our teenage boys liked this excursion.
The gardens are BEAUTIFUL and a must see when you are in VIctoria. Even our teenage boys liked this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The time in Victoria is short (scheduled for 4 hours) - but strong winds delayed our ship by an ...
The time in Victoria is short (scheduled for 4 hours) - but strong winds delayed our ship by an hour, so we only had 3 hours in Victoria - and thus we had to walk briskly through Butchart gardens in order to see everything. (Princess did ... Read More
The time in Victoria is short (scheduled for 4 hours) - but strong winds delayed our ship by an hour, so we only had 3 hours in Victoria - and thus we had to walk briskly through Butchart gardens in order to see everything. (Princess did offer to refund the cost of the excursion to those people that chose not to go to Butchart because of the compressed time.) On the drive to the gardens (about 35 minutes), our bus driver (Jackie) gave really good commentary on the history of Victoria and the gardens. When we boarded the bus to return, everyone in our group was punctual, so Jackie took us through downtown Victoria and Chinatown on the way back to the ship. Her narration was terrific and really made the excursion special. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
could have used maybe another hour at the gardens.
could have used maybe another hour at the gardens. lovely night time tour with great fireworks display (we are pyrotechnics afficionados). we knew there was a limited amount of time at the gardens. everything is lit and was very enjoyable.... Read More
could have used maybe another hour at the gardens. lovely night time tour with great fireworks display (we are pyrotechnics afficionados). we knew there was a limited amount of time at the gardens. everything is lit and was very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were 1hr late to dock & disembark, which pushed out our tour- which then meant seeing the ...
We were 1hr late to dock & disembark, which pushed out our tour- which then meant seeing the gardens in natural daylight was cut short
We were 1hr late to dock & disembark, which pushed out our tour- which then meant seeing the gardens in natural daylight was cut short Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I wish this were a longer stop!
I wish this were a longer stop! Butchart Gardens is beautiful. Since this tour is at night, it's hard to take in everything. I can only imagine what it looks like during the day!
I wish this were a longer stop! Butchart Gardens is beautiful. Since this tour is at night, it's hard to take in everything. I can only imagine what it looks like during the day! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Problem is the ship gets in too late, so you are there in the dark.
Problem is the ship gets in too late, so you are there in the dark. Can't really enjoy the beauty of the park. We did get to see the Fireworks show, which was awesome, but not sure it was worth $400 plus for the family for that. If ... Read More
Problem is the ship gets in too late, so you are there in the dark. Can't really enjoy the beauty of the park. We did get to see the Fireworks show, which was awesome, but not sure it was worth $400 plus for the family for that. If they got in 2 hours earlier and we could enjoy the afternoon/evening while the sun is out, this would be a 5 star review. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very expensive and not much time there.
Very expensive and not much time there.
Very expensive and not much time there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Living in NW Washington = having been to Victoria and Butchart Gardens numerous times over the ...
Living in NW Washington = having been to Victoria and Butchart Gardens numerous times over the years. Was really looking forward to seeing the gardens in the evening hours for a different lighting perspective and photo opportunities. ... Read More
Living in NW Washington = having been to Victoria and Butchart Gardens numerous times over the years. Was really looking forward to seeing the gardens in the evening hours for a different lighting perspective and photo opportunities. Since it was summer, though, and we left the gardens at 8:30 in the evening, I didn't really get what I thought we would be getting when I booked the tour. Those booking this excursion should be sure that if they want nighttime and lights on the gardens, make sure you do it when it will be either dusk or dark at 8:00pm. Still, it was a nice trip, the guide was very knowledgeable about local history, and we enjoyed seeing Chinatown and the Parliament buildings in the evening with the lights on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Our excursion started with a double decker bus ride on which the driver gave a wonderful tour of ...
Our excursion started with a double decker bus ride on which the driver gave a wonderful tour of the city as we rode to the Garden. He gave a brief, but factual and amusing, historical, architectural, and political account of ... Read More
Our excursion started with a double decker bus ride on which the driver gave a wonderful tour of the city as we rode to the Garden. He gave a brief, but factual and amusing, historical, architectural, and political account of Victoria's past. Although we arrived after dark, I found the Gardens to be beautiful and extensive. We were able to see a wonderful fireworks display that lasted over 45 minutes with fireworks synced to music. There was time to see several of the various gardens, not in all their bold colors due to the low lighting. The gift shop was large with a generous selection of souvenirs as well as gardening items- including seeds from plants in the Garden. We arrived back at the ship in time to get in line for "all aboard", tired but happy. My only regret is that the ship pulls into Victoria near dark and stayed short hours. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stunning gardens.
Stunning gardens. Must see in Victoria. Appreciated BC.
Stunning gardens. Must see in Victoria. Appreciated BC. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Really beautiful grounds.
Really beautiful grounds.
Really beautiful grounds. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Took bus from near Empress Hotel to Butchart Gardens.
Took bus from near Empress Hotel to Butchart Gardens. Gardens are beautiful. Roses were in full bloom. Also, delphiniums, foxgloves and hydrangeas. Japanese Garden is very serene. Tour includes transportation to garden and back, plus ... Read More
Took bus from near Empress Hotel to Butchart Gardens. Gardens are beautiful. Roses were in full bloom. Also, delphiniums, foxgloves and hydrangeas. Japanese Garden is very serene. Tour includes transportation to garden and back, plus admission to Butchart Gardens. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Very disapointed with Princess on this one, they kept us in the parking lot for almost half an hour ...
Very disapointed with Princess on this one, they kept us in the parking lot for almost half an hour before giving the bus driver clearance to leave. This made an already short excursion even shorter. No way to see all of the gardens on ... Read More
Very disapointed with Princess on this one, they kept us in the parking lot for almost half an hour before giving the bus driver clearance to leave. This made an already short excursion even shorter. No way to see all of the gardens on this short trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
My Dad had taken me on a nighttime tour of the gardens the last time I was in Victoria (I wont' say ...
My Dad had taken me on a nighttime tour of the gardens the last time I was in Victoria (I wont' say how many years ago but I was too young to rent a car at the time) so I was really looking forward to this trip. I loved seeing ... Read More
My Dad had taken me on a nighttime tour of the gardens the last time I was in Victoria (I wont' say how many years ago but I was too young to rent a car at the time) so I was really looking forward to this trip. I loved seeing everything in the sunshine this time, but felt we really didn't have enough time here. The guide warned us to go to the gift shop first which we did. Then we headed out to the gardens which were lovely but very crowded. Some places were wall to wall people and progress was sometime halted by someone posing for a picture or taking a selfie every five steps. We grabbed a sandwich at the snack bar and ate it as we walked so that we'd see everything before we got back on the bus. We only had about an hour and 15 minutes in the gardens and we'd been under the impression that we would have at least an hour and 45 minutes when we booked. Next time, I'd like to take a tour that allows you to chose how long you get to stay. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Tour bus picked us up right at pier.
Tour bus picked us up right at pier. Toured a bit of the city then an hour drive to the gardens. Wonderful driver. Lots of fun information. The gardens were unbelievable. The paths and flowers along the path are lit at night and it was ... Read More
Tour bus picked us up right at pier. Toured a bit of the city then an hour drive to the gardens. Wonderful driver. Lots of fun information. The gardens were unbelievable. The paths and flowers along the path are lit at night and it was gorgeous. You only have a couple of hours here. We were able to see all the gardens, had a coffee in their little cafe and did some shopping in the gift shop. We did rush through the gardens to see it all. i would love to go back in daytime some time. The tours that went to the gardens got back right at time for the ship to board. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The destinations were fabulous, but the lack of time at each venue forces me to give it a poor ...
The destinations were fabulous, but the lack of time at each venue forces me to give it a poor review. A snafu dockside made the bus late leaving and that meant after almost an hour's bus ride there was only an hour at Butchart ... Read More
The destinations were fabulous, but the lack of time at each venue forces me to give it a poor review. A snafu dockside made the bus late leaving and that meant after almost an hour's bus ride there was only an hour at Butchart Gardens. Too bad, because there was a lot to see! If I go back, I would consider booking a private tour to have more time to enjoy the venue. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The garden is gorgeous, so definitely go if you get the chance, however, this tour did not offer ...
The garden is gorgeous, so definitely go if you get the chance, however, this tour did not offer enough time in the garden for the price paid. The tour bus driver talked too much about uninteresting random things that did not add to the ... Read More
The garden is gorgeous, so definitely go if you get the chance, however, this tour did not offer enough time in the garden for the price paid. The tour bus driver talked too much about uninteresting random things that did not add to the experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The must do Victoria tour!
The must do Victoria tour! Lots to do in the Inner Harbor, as well.
The must do Victoria tour! Lots to do in the Inner Harbor, as well. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Arrived at 9:40 at night for one hour.
Arrived at 9:40 at night for one hour. Too dark to see anything. Not very well lit. Pathways to walk were dark. Too dark to see map. Many went to guest services afterward for refund. Should not have been offered if time did not allow ... Read More
Arrived at 9:40 at night for one hour. Too dark to see anything. Not very well lit. Pathways to walk were dark. Too dark to see map. Many went to guest services afterward for refund. Should not have been offered if time did not allow a pleasant experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gardens are beautiful, just not enough time to enjoy it.
Gardens are beautiful, just not enough time to enjoy it. Poor planning on the cruise line part, arriving at 7:00 PM
Gardens are beautiful, just not enough time to enjoy it. Poor planning on the cruise line part, arriving at 7:00 PM Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises