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.
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
Thought we booked butterfly and gardens but only got garden tour.beautiful and with the money.
Sail Date: July 2018
Thought we booked butterfly and gardens but only got garden tour.beautiful and with the money. Have to move fast through the gardens to see everything
Thought we booked butterfly and gardens but only got garden tour.beautiful and with the money. Have to move fast through the gardens to see everything Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We first stopped at the butterfly garden and spent about 30 minutes and walked through taking ...
Sail Date: July 2018
We first stopped at the butterfly garden and spent about 30 minutes and walked through taking photos and observing them. We then got back on the bus and proceeded to Butchart Gardens for the remainder of the tour. The gardens are truly ... Read More
We first stopped at the butterfly garden and spent about 30 minutes and walked through taking photos and observing them. We then got back on the bus and proceeded to Butchart Gardens for the remainder of the tour. The gardens are truly amazing and awesome. A wonderful excursion and truly worth the money. Everyone should see this at least once in their lifetime. They are just so beautiful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens.
Sail Date: June 2018
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens.
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gorgeous garden - highly recommend a visit.
Sail Date: June 2018
Gorgeous garden - highly recommend a visit. It was a very short stay though so we didn't have time to walk into the charming city.
Gorgeous garden - highly recommend a visit. It was a very short stay though so we didn't have time to walk into the charming city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were very beautiful.
Sail Date: June 2018
The gardens were very beautiful. I didn't realize they were so far out of the city. Our bus driver drove us around the town beforehand so we could see some of the sites whi h was nice since we weren't in port very long and would ... Read More
The gardens were very beautiful. I didn't realize they were so far out of the city. Our bus driver drove us around the town beforehand so we could see some of the sites whi h was nice since we weren't in port very long and would not of gotten a chance to see the city due to travel times to and from the gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The beauty of this garden is legendary.
Sail Date: June 2018
The beauty of this garden is legendary. Our visit was very warm, making us a bit uncomfortable. An adequate review on this would take volumes. Drawback: Disneyland-level crowds. Brace yourself.
The beauty of this garden is legendary. Our visit was very warm, making us a bit uncomfortable. An adequate review on this would take volumes. Drawback: Disneyland-level crowds. Brace yourself. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The gardens are a must see but our driver Butch took two hrs to get there by driving us all around ...
Sail Date: June 2018
The gardens are a must see but our driver Butch took two hrs to get there by driving us all around the expensive homes. Saw Tom Sellecks House. Great. Didn’t see downtown Victoria until after dark on the ride back.
The gardens are a must see but our driver Butch took two hrs to get there by driving us all around the expensive homes. Saw Tom Sellecks House. Great. Didn’t see downtown Victoria until after dark on the ride back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Spectacular introduction to Victoria, BC, Canada.
Sail Date: June 2018
Spectacular introduction to Victoria, BC, Canada. My parents were landed immigrants in the 1970's and often spoke of their love of the city. I learned a bit on the bus ride and experienced, visual and olfaction, the total beauty of ... Read More
Spectacular introduction to Victoria, BC, Canada. My parents were landed immigrants in the 1970's and often spoke of their love of the city. I learned a bit on the bus ride and experienced, visual and olfaction, the total beauty of the gardens. It was enchanting and the grandchildren loved it also Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic excursion.
Sail Date: June 2018
Fantastic excursion. Butchart Gardens are amazing. Absolutely beautiful. We also had afternoon tea which was very nice, but far too much!
Fantastic excursion. Butchart Gardens are amazing. Absolutely beautiful. We also had afternoon tea which was very nice, but far too much! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
We thought we would just take a cab out to Butchart gardens as it is the main attraction we wanted ...
Sail Date: June 2018
We thought we would just take a cab out to Butchart gardens as it is the main attraction we wanted to see. However, the port is far from town and the cab line was super long. Also, we did not realize how far out Butchart Gardens was- 45 ... Read More
We thought we would just take a cab out to Butchart gardens as it is the main attraction we wanted to see. However, the port is far from town and the cab line was super long. Also, we did not realize how far out Butchart Gardens was- 45 minutes! Luckily, we found a line for "Limos" and hired a driver named David to take our family to the gardens. He drove a big Lincoln and charged $80 an hour and we ended up being about 3 hours in total. He was terrific and gave us a tour of everything we passed on the way. Butchers Gardens was worth every penny!!! What a gorgeous place to visit and take pictures- even our little kids enjoyed it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked the trip in front of the main hotel.
Sail Date: June 2018
Booked the trip in front of the main hotel. 2-1/2 hours was not enough time to enjoy all of the beautiful flowers at the gardens. Would not have missed that for anything.
Booked the trip in front of the main hotel. 2-1/2 hours was not enough time to enjoy all of the beautiful flowers at the gardens. Would not have missed that for anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens are stunningly beautiful.
Sail Date: June 2018
The gardens are stunningly beautiful. I've read about this place in literature and am glad I got to see it firsthand. By this point I was needing a wheelchair and they provided me with one and I was very grateful. The picnic was ... Read More
The gardens are stunningly beautiful. I've read about this place in literature and am glad I got to see it firsthand. By this point I was needing a wheelchair and they provided me with one and I was very grateful. The picnic was delicious. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gardens and guides were great.
Sail Date: June 2018
Gardens and guides were great. Time was just too short, our ship was only in port for 5 hours. Needed more time at Butchart Gardens.
Gardens and guides were great. Time was just too short, our ship was only in port for 5 hours. Needed more time at Butchart Gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Pro-tip, book this in advance separate from the cruise line, much cheaper.
Sail Date: June 2018
Pro-tip, book this in advance separate from the cruise line, much cheaper. You only have 6 hours in Victoria but this is time well spent. Gorgeous gardens with wonderful facility. Famous place. Even with all the cruise passengers there it ... Read More
Pro-tip, book this in advance separate from the cruise line, much cheaper. You only have 6 hours in Victoria but this is time well spent. Gorgeous gardens with wonderful facility. Famous place. Even with all the cruise passengers there it didn't feel crowded. Be aware selfie-sticks are not allowed at the garden. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line