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.
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
Expensive for what it was
Sail Date: June 2018
Expensive for what it was
Expensive for what it was Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the wine and edible flowers at the Blue Poppy.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Stopping first at the Butterfly Gardens, after an enjoyable and informative drive through downtown ...
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We arrived in port at 6 p.m.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stunning and beautiful.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great bus driver with lots of humor and good information.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Didnt care for this at all.
Sail Date: June 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Lovely trip out to the gardens with plenty of anecdotal tid bits along the way.
Sail Date: May 2018
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
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Awesome.
Sail Date: May 2018
Awesome. Should have left earlier as we had lunch at the restaurant(very good) and could have used more time to walk around!
Awesome. Should have left earlier as we had lunch at the restaurant(very good) and could have used more time to walk around! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens.
Sail Date: May 2018
Butchart Gardens. Just go, you will not be disappointed. It is an amazing garden. Victoria was interesting enough we may go back to just explore this quaint town.
Butchart Gardens. Just go, you will not be disappointed. It is an amazing garden. Victoria was interesting enough we may go back to just explore this quaint town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful gardens even at night, but I wish we had been there to see them in the day time.
Sail Date: May 2018
Beautiful gardens even at night, but I wish we had been there to see them in the day time. While there's beautiful lighting to make the gardens look magical at night, I think we missed a lot of the detail without seeing them in
Beautiful gardens even at night, but I wish we had been there to see them in the day time. While there's beautiful lighting to make the gardens look magical at night, I think we missed a lot of the detail without seeing them in sunlight. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our excursion began at 7:00PM....we had light for about an hour and the first 45minutes was at ...
Sail Date: May 2018
Our excursion began at 7:00PM....we had light for about an hour and the first 45minutes was at Butterfly Gardens (which was lighted). The remainder of the time was at Butchart. We could see for about 15 minutes and what we saw was ... Read More
Our excursion began at 7:00PM....we had light for about an hour and the first 45minutes was at Butterfly Gardens (which was lighted). The remainder of the time was at Butchart. We could see for about 15 minutes and what we saw was amazing, but what a disappointment to know it was beautiful but you can't see anything?? Why offer this? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Surprisingly pleasant tour-bus ride way out of town to Butchart Gardens, with a return trip ...
Sail Date: May 2018
Surprisingly pleasant tour-bus ride way out of town to Butchart Gardens, with a return trip detoured through downtown Victoria highlights, all narrated by an old native who knew what stories to tell and how to tell them. Just two hours ... Read More
Surprisingly pleasant tour-bus ride way out of town to Butchart Gardens, with a return trip detoured through downtown Victoria highlights, all narrated by an old native who knew what stories to tell and how to tell them. Just two hours from dusk-to-darkness for the gardens made us feel rushed in the beginning, but we needn't have worried -- seems enough for all but avid horticulturists. The sedentary are cautioned to wear walking shoes and take hydration seriously; it's a hilly hike. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Comfortable double-decker buses.
Sail Date: May 2018
Comfortable double-decker buses. It was nice to not have a fixed time to return when done with the gardens, as your return ticket is good for any CVS bus back. Drivers were knowledgeable of the area.
Comfortable double-decker buses. It was nice to not have a fixed time to return when done with the gardens, as your return ticket is good for any CVS bus back. Drivers were knowledgeable of the area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
Sail Date: May 2018
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a casual walk through a beautiful garden.
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a casual walk through a beautiful garden. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
OH.
Sail Date: April 2018
OH. MY. GOODNESS! Breathtaking, everywhere one looked. One drawback—two hours didn’t give us time to see part of just one section. The Garden could easily take an entire day to see.
OH. MY. GOODNESS! Breathtaking, everywhere one looked. One drawback—two hours didn’t give us time to see part of just one section. The Garden could easily take an entire day to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We very much enjoyed Butchart Gardens and look forward to returning next spring to see the gardens ...
Sail Date: April 2018
We very much enjoyed Butchart Gardens and look forward to returning next spring to see the gardens again.
We very much enjoyed Butchart Gardens and look forward to returning next spring to see the gardens again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful and amazing gardens.
Sail Date: September 2017
Beautiful and amazing gardens. What a vision can create. Truly stunning work of art....
Beautiful and amazing gardens. What a vision can create. Truly stunning work of art.... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The Gardens were very pretty -- but not my kind of thing -- but it should be seen at least once.
Sail Date: September 2017
The Gardens were very pretty -- but not my kind of thing -- but it should be seen at least once.
The Gardens were very pretty -- but not my kind of thing -- but it should be seen at least once. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
These gardens are beautiful !!
Sail Date: September 2017
These gardens are beautiful !! You can easily spend several hours exploring different parts of the garden. We were there in fall, so the rose garden didn't have many roses -- but based on the bushes, that area would look fabulous when ... Read More
These gardens are beautiful !! You can easily spend several hours exploring different parts of the garden. We were there in fall, so the rose garden didn't have many roses -- but based on the bushes, that area would look fabulous when roses are in full bloom. If you can, target at least 3 hours to spend here. And if you are really into gardening and flowers, may be even more Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice drive through Victoria.
Sail Date: September 2017
Nice drive through Victoria. The bus driver was knowledgable and entertaining. The butterfly gardens was interesting. But the highlight was Butchart Gardens. Even though we were there late in the season it was well worth going to see.
Nice drive through Victoria. The bus driver was knowledgable and entertaining. The butterfly gardens was interesting. But the highlight was Butchart Gardens. Even though we were there late in the season it was well worth going to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved, loved ,LOVED this excursion!!!!!!!
Sail Date: September 2017
Loved, loved ,LOVED this excursion!!!!!!! Nice coach, wonderful narrator, stunningly beautiful gardens, and freshly made, locally sourced, super delicious food!
Loved, loved ,LOVED this excursion!!!!!!! Nice coach, wonderful narrator, stunningly beautiful gardens, and freshly made, locally sourced, super delicious food! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens, need I say more???
Sail Date: September 2017
Butchart Gardens, need I say more??? Spectacular.
Butchart Gardens, need I say more??? Spectacular. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent garden.
Sail Date: September 2017
Excellent garden. I remembered being there as a child and it was not disappointing.
Excellent garden. I remembered being there as a child and it was not disappointing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises