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.
Ship docked at 6:00pm Once again not enough time to do both an excursion and go into town.
Sail Date: June 2017
Ship docked at 6:00pm Once again not enough time to do both an excursion and go into town. City is several miles from the ship. Tour left at 6:30pm and took 45 minutes each way. Was only given an hour and 45 minutes at the gardens then ... Read More
Ship docked at 6:00pm Once again not enough time to do both an excursion and go into town. City is several miles from the ship. Tour left at 6:30pm and took 45 minutes each way. Was only given an hour and 45 minutes at the gardens then back to the ship after 10:00pm. Pretty much a waste of time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Highlight of Mom's trip since she's a National Garden Club member.
Sail Date: June 2017
Highlight of Mom's trip since she's a National Garden Club member. Spectacular landscape, horticulture and beautiful flowers!!!
Highlight of Mom's trip since she's a National Garden Club member. Spectacular landscape, horticulture and beautiful flowers!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful gardens and needed more time here.
Sail Date: June 2017
Beautiful gardens and needed more time here. We had to visit about 7 pm, not good time for photos - twilight. Too dark for good shots but not dark enough to enjoy lights. I would not think kids would like this one much.
Beautiful gardens and needed more time here. We had to visit about 7 pm, not good time for photos - twilight. Too dark for good shots but not dark enough to enjoy lights. I would not think kids would like this one much. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Butchard Gardens were beautiful.
Sail Date: June 2017
Butchard Gardens were beautiful. Scenic drive enjoyable.
Butchard Gardens were beautiful. Scenic drive enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Had a great tour guide/driver who provided lots of interesting narration on the city.
Sail Date: June 2017
Had a great tour guide/driver who provided lots of interesting narration on the city. Unfortunately, Friday afternoon traffic slowed us down. The gardens were spectacular, but as a photographer I wish it hadn't be such a sunny day.
Had a great tour guide/driver who provided lots of interesting narration on the city. Unfortunately, Friday afternoon traffic slowed us down. The gardens were spectacular, but as a photographer I wish it hadn't be such a sunny day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautyful, but there are just so many flowers i can look at and say "oh that's nice" Tea sevice is ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Beautyful, but there are just so many flowers i can look at and say "oh that's nice" Tea sevice is OK if you want to take a break
Beautyful, but there are just so many flowers i can look at and say "oh that's nice" Tea sevice is OK if you want to take a break Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A bus ride and entry to the Gardens.
Sail Date: June 2017
A bus ride and entry to the Gardens. It was crowded despite the bus driver saying it doesn't get crowded until the schools are out. The gardens did't have some of the topiaries I'd seen photos of in the past so I was a ... Read More
A bus ride and entry to the Gardens. It was crowded despite the bus driver saying it doesn't get crowded until the schools are out. The gardens did't have some of the topiaries I'd seen photos of in the past so I was a little disappointed. There's drinks Kiosks around which is nice, and a large overpriced gift shop. I saw tea rooms but I guess they're for tours, not walk ins. A quick tour of Victoria on the way back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good thing to book with Princess and such a short call at this port.
Sail Date: June 2017
Good thing to book with Princess and such a short call at this port.
Good thing to book with Princess and such a short call at this port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Darwin ( the driver) gave us an excellent tour of Victoria followed by a trip to Butchart Gardens.
Sail Date: June 2017
Darwin ( the driver) gave us an excellent tour of Victoria followed by a trip to Butchart Gardens. He was very informative and had an answer to the many historical and architectural questions we threw at him. The Gardens were absolutely ... Read More
Darwin ( the driver) gave us an excellent tour of Victoria followed by a trip to Butchart Gardens. He was very informative and had an answer to the many historical and architectural questions we threw at him. The Gardens were absolutely fantastic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stepped off the ship and took a taxi for $55 Canadian.
Sail Date: May 2017
Stepped off the ship and took a taxi for $55 Canadian. Got there before the tour busses and the hordes of people. Entrance fee is only $32 Canadian. Saved a ton of cash ($200 USD) by not booking this through the ship.
Stepped off the ship and took a taxi for $55 Canadian. Got there before the tour busses and the hordes of people. Entrance fee is only $32 Canadian. Saved a ton of cash ($200 USD) by not booking this through the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The garden tour through NCL as more expensive and super crowded (my Aunt and Uncle went with them ...
Sail Date: May 2017
The garden tour through NCL as more expensive and super crowded (my Aunt and Uncle went with them as they had excursion credit) We went with CVS and it was a smaller group (23 of us) a roomy bus and we got a little bit longer visit. The ... Read More
The garden tour through NCL as more expensive and super crowded (my Aunt and Uncle went with them as they had excursion credit) We went with CVS and it was a smaller group (23 of us) a roomy bus and we got a little bit longer visit. The gardens were spectacular and I would totally go again! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
When we eventually got off the ship the Taxi for 4 people was very good value and very quick to the ...
Sail Date: May 2017
When we eventually got off the ship the Taxi for 4 people was very good value and very quick to the venue
When we eventually got off the ship the Taxi for 4 people was very good value and very quick to the venue Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Shared a limo with another family, cost was about the same as ship excursion.
Sail Date: May 2017
Shared a limo with another family, cost was about the same as ship excursion.
Shared a limo with another family, cost was about the same as ship excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Absolutely beautiful gardens!
Sail Date: May 2017
Absolutely beautiful gardens! We had a little more than 2 hours, from about 7:15p - 9:30p, at the gardens. Thankful that the restaurant and gift shop were open to accommodate our evening visit.
Absolutely beautiful gardens! We had a little more than 2 hours, from about 7:15p - 9:30p, at the gardens. Thankful that the restaurant and gift shop were open to accommodate our evening visit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Butchard Gardens is a must.
Sail Date: May 2017
Butchard Gardens is a must. Its so hard to explain how incredibly beautiful this place is......definitely well worth the trip. Bloggers said rent a car at Avis in Downtown Victoria and drive. We did this and it worked out great. We ... Read More
Butchard Gardens is a must. Its so hard to explain how incredibly beautiful this place is......definitely well worth the trip. Bloggers said rent a car at Avis in Downtown Victoria and drive. We did this and it worked out great. We docked at 230pm. Took cab to Avis downtown Victoria for 10.00CAD (they take USD). Rented car for 30.00CAD. Was at Butchard Gardens by 330pm until 515pm. Was able to get back and turn rental car back in by 6pm and was able to have a nice sushi dinner in Victoria and back on boat by 830pm. Renting car is much cheaper than shore excursion (99.00USD per person) or even renting a taxi to Butchard Gardens which is 60.00CAD each way. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great day spent at the Butchart Gardens.
Sail Date: May 2017
Great day spent at the Butchart Gardens. Local tour operator had frequent buses going back downtown, so we could stay all day. Saw plenty of Cruise excursioners from our ship who wished they could stay longer. Victoria was the best port ... Read More
Great day spent at the Butchart Gardens. Local tour operator had frequent buses going back downtown, so we could stay all day. Saw plenty of Cruise excursioners from our ship who wished they could stay longer. Victoria was the best port of the entire cruise, Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We took one of those pedicabs from the cruise terminal to the front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Sail Date: May 2017
We took one of those pedicabs from the cruise terminal to the front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. It was $14 American per person plus tip. It was enjoyable to go through the residential area of Victoria. It’s such a beautiful city. ... Read More
We took one of those pedicabs from the cruise terminal to the front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. It was $14 American per person plus tip. It was enjoyable to go through the residential area of Victoria. It’s such a beautiful city. From there we went to Butchart Gardens, which we really enjoyed. It’s beautiful in May with lots of tulips. We bought our tickets at the tourist information building across the street from the Empress Hotel. I believe tickets cost a few dollars more if you purchase them at the booth outside the Empress where the buses pick you up. Taxi back to the ship costs $10 Canadian so it’s quite reasonable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Phenomenal botanical gardens.
Sail Date: April 2017
Phenomenal botanical gardens. It was TULIP TIME! Google Butchart. You have to see it to believe it. Amazing. So great. Can't say enough good things. Martin was a great tour guide -- just perfect. We had another sunny day! We got ... Read More
Phenomenal botanical gardens. It was TULIP TIME! Google Butchart. You have to see it to believe it. Amazing. So great. Can't say enough good things. Martin was a great tour guide -- just perfect. We had another sunny day! We got dropped at the Empress Hotel to snoop around and shop. Went stopped at Roger's Chocolates. mmmmmm. Next we walked to a lovely pub called The Churchill, had Poutine and draft beer. We caught the shuttle to the cruise terminal for $6/each and shopped on the wharf for cheapie souvenir gifts. GREAT DAY! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very good excursion.
Sail Date: April 2017
Very good excursion. Flowers blooming all over. Very beautiful. Had about 3 hours, which was more than enough time for viewing all over the gardens and time for lunch.
Very good excursion. Flowers blooming all over. Very beautiful. Had about 3 hours, which was more than enough time for viewing all over the gardens and time for lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: American Cruise Lines
Enjoyable day.
Sail Date: April 2017
Enjoyable day. Beautiful gardens. Also had high tea. Fun experience!
Enjoyable day. Beautiful gardens. Also had high tea. Fun experience! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: American Cruise Lines
Beautiful gardens and a great excursion!
Sail Date: September 2016
Beautiful gardens and a great excursion!
Beautiful gardens and a great excursion! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Liked Butchart but need WAY more time.
Sail Date: September 2016
Liked Butchart but need WAY more time. Would book independently next time.
Liked Butchart but need WAY more time. Would book independently next time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
To enjoy the gardens you need two hours minimum.
Sail Date: September 2016
To enjoy the gardens you need two hours minimum. Mine included the butterfly gardens which gave only 1.5 hours in the gardens. This made the excursion feel rushed to get back to bus in time. September is late in the season so the colours ... Read More
To enjoy the gardens you need two hours minimum. Mine included the butterfly gardens which gave only 1.5 hours in the gardens. This made the excursion feel rushed to get back to bus in time. September is late in the season so the colours were not as vibrant as mid-summer but it was still very beautiful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Since we did not have much time in port, we took a trip to Butchart gardens through the ship.
Sail Date: September 2016
Since we did not have much time in port, we took a trip to Butchart gardens through the ship. The bus driver gave commentary en route to the gardens. I was glad that we went early since it was getting crowded when we were leaving. I ... Read More
Since we did not have much time in port, we took a trip to Butchart gardens through the ship. The bus driver gave commentary en route to the gardens. I was glad that we went early since it was getting crowded when we were leaving. I wish that there had been a longer visit available Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Unbelievable gardens - something everyone should see at least once.
Sail Date: September 2016
Unbelievable gardens - something everyone should see at least once.
Unbelievable gardens - something everyone should see at least once. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises