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.
I fully explain this experience in my cruise review.
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
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were beautiful and the tea was outstanding.
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
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
The gardens were stunning and the fireworks were cool.
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
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Thought we booked butterfly and gardens but only got garden tour.beautiful and with the money.
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
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We first stopped at the butterfly garden and spent about 30 minutes and walked through taking ...
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
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens.
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens.
Hated the bus ride and really enjoyed the Gardens. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gorgeous garden - highly recommend a visit.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were very beautiful.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The beauty of this garden is legendary.
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
Sail Date June 2018
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 ...
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Spectacular introduction to Victoria, BC, Canada.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic excursion.
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
Sail Date June 2018
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 ...
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked the trip in front of the main hotel.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens are stunningly beautiful.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Gardens and guides were great.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Pro-tip, book this in advance separate from the cruise line, much cheaper.
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
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Expensive for what it was
Expensive for what it was
Expensive for what it was Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the wine and edible flowers at the Blue Poppy.
We did the wine and edible flowers at the Blue Poppy. It was nice and food was great. However I would have like it to have been a bit longer so we could really see the gardens.
We did the wine and edible flowers at the Blue Poppy. It was nice and food was great. However I would have like it to have been a bit longer so we could really see the gardens. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Stopping first at the Butterfly Gardens, after an enjoyable and informative drive through downtown ...
Stopping first at the Butterfly Gardens, after an enjoyable and informative drive through downtown Victoria narrated by a very knowledgeable older guide, we were given 45 minutes to enjoy this tropical paradise full of butterflies, ... Read More
Stopping first at the Butterfly Gardens, after an enjoyable and informative drive through downtown Victoria narrated by a very knowledgeable older guide, we were given 45 minutes to enjoy this tropical paradise full of butterflies, parrots, flamingos, iguanas, and turtles. We then drove to the nearby Butchart Gardens where we were given 1.5 hours. My first stop was the sunken Gardens where a magnificent pool and dancing waters fountain are located. then to the rose gardens filled with a myriad of various roses in full bloom. Due to time constraints I chose not to visit the Japanese Gardens. So many things to see, so little time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We arrived in port at 6 p.m.
We arrived in port at 6 p.m. and by the time missing passengers for our tour were located, nearly 45 minutes had passed before we left the parking lot. Then we were driven through some posh neighborhoods where our bus broke down and we ... Read More
We arrived in port at 6 p.m. and by the time missing passengers for our tour were located, nearly 45 minutes had passed before we left the parking lot. Then we were driven through some posh neighborhoods where our bus broke down and we were delayed another 45 minutes while another bus was dispatched to pick us up and take us to the gardens. So we didn’t get there until about 8:45 and it was nearly dark. The light was lovely for about another 45 minutes. We left the place at 10:30. After that was a brief drive-by through downtown to seeThe Empress Hotel, Parliament building and Chinatown. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stunning and beautiful.
Stunning and beautiful. I didn't expect the gardens to be so impressive. The bus ride there is okay...not a lot to see. The gardens are breathtaking. We didn't have a lot of time there, but it was worth it.
Stunning and beautiful. I didn't expect the gardens to be so impressive. The bus ride there is okay...not a lot to see. The gardens are breathtaking. We didn't have a lot of time there, but it was worth it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great bus driver with lots of humor and good information.
Great bus driver with lots of humor and good information. Gardens were beautiful. Again not enough time to shop around before we had to leave to go back to the ship.
Great bus driver with lots of humor and good information. Gardens were beautiful. Again not enough time to shop around before we had to leave to go back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Didnt care for this at all.
Didnt care for this at all. You spend an hour on the bus listening to the driver talk about real estate prices and the various bays, then you get to the gardens and spend two hours there before returning to the bus for the rdie back to ... Read More
Didnt care for this at all. You spend an hour on the bus listening to the driver talk about real estate prices and the various bays, then you get to the gardens and spend two hours there before returning to the bus for the rdie back to the ship passing through town and never having the opportunity to spend any time in the town. The tour highlights things like Chinatown which we wanted to see, but you never get the chance to experience anything but the gardens. We had the impression after the bus ride we could move about town. We never got the chance to experience Victoria British Columbia off the bus. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lovely trip out to the gardens with plenty of anecdotal tid bits along the way.
Lovely trip out to the gardens with plenty of anecdotal tid bits along the way. The gardens stand on their own and are a must see for any gardening enthusiast.
Lovely trip out to the gardens with plenty of anecdotal tid bits along the way. The gardens stand on their own and are a must see for any gardening enthusiast. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line