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.
The Gardens are beautiful!
The Gardens are beautiful! We felt 2 hours was adequate to see the Gardens. Also had High Tea there as well. We were a little rushed to do both.
The Gardens are beautiful! We felt 2 hours was adequate to see the Gardens. Also had High Tea there as well. We were a little rushed to do both. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Booked with a local tour company.
Booked with a local tour company. Bus driver was also the tour guide and he did an excellent job keeping everyone entertained on the trip to the gardens. The gardens are spectacular and a definite must for anyone who visits Victoria.
Booked with a local tour company. Bus driver was also the tour guide and he did an excellent job keeping everyone entertained on the trip to the gardens. The gardens are spectacular and a definite must for anyone who visits Victoria. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The flowers were in all their glory!!!
The flowers were in all their glory!!!
The flowers were in all their glory!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great worth for money, but not a lot of time spent during excursions.
Great worth for money, but not a lot of time spent during excursions.
Great worth for money, but not a lot of time spent during excursions. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Traffic sucks, so plan to spend a lot of time sitting on the bus coming and going.
Traffic sucks, so plan to spend a lot of time sitting on the bus coming and going. Not nearly enough time to explore the garden (which is amazing).
Traffic sucks, so plan to spend a lot of time sitting on the bus coming and going. Not nearly enough time to explore the garden (which is amazing). Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship arrived in Victoria at about 7 PM and we boarded a bus to the gardens almost immediately.
The ship arrived in Victoria at about 7 PM and we boarded a bus to the gardens almost immediately. Got to the gardens about 8 PM - it was a Saturday and the place was very crowded. The gardens are very impressive, especially at dusk and ... Read More
The ship arrived in Victoria at about 7 PM and we boarded a bus to the gardens almost immediately. Got to the gardens about 8 PM - it was a Saturday and the place was very crowded. The gardens are very impressive, especially at dusk and later because they light up the trees and walkways with various colors. And at 10 PM they start the fireworks show on Saturdays in the summertime. 30 minute show, very creative. Tip - everybody in the gardens was there for the fireworks and the hillside where you get the best angle on the fireworks show was very crowded. People bring blankets and just sit on the ground but if you show up five minutes before show time - like we did - you will have a hard time finding a patch of grass with a good view. Get to the fireworks viewing area about 9:30. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Beautiful gardens and enjoyed the bus tour of the city to and from the gardens.
Beautiful gardens and enjoyed the bus tour of the city to and from the gardens. Gorgeous city.
Beautiful gardens and enjoyed the bus tour of the city to and from the gardens. Gorgeous city. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful, lovely, and well thought out!!
Beautiful, lovely, and well thought out!! A place etched in my memory!!
Beautiful, lovely, and well thought out!! A place etched in my memory!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the biggest surprise for us.
This was the biggest surprise for us. We never expected such a magical experience In the daylight it was Magnificent, but in the dark it was mystical. Please don't miss this. Even if you are tired and want to relax on the ship, ... Read More
This was the biggest surprise for us. We never expected such a magical experience In the daylight it was Magnificent, but in the dark it was mystical. Please don't miss this. Even if you are tired and want to relax on the ship, push yourself to have this once in a life time experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Beautiful place with nice restaurants and gift shop.
Beautiful place with nice restaurants and gift shop.
Beautiful place with nice restaurants and gift shop. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The gardens were beautiful but we arrived almost 8 pm and after an hour, it was dark and you really ...
The gardens were beautiful but we arrived almost 8 pm and after an hour, it was dark and you really can't see much in the dark.
The gardens were beautiful but we arrived almost 8 pm and after an hour, it was dark and you really can't see much in the dark. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Ship docked at 6:00pm Once again not enough time to do both an excursion and go into town.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Highlight of Mom's trip since she's a National Garden Club member.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful gardens and needed more time here.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Butchard Gardens were beautiful.
Butchard Gardens were beautiful. Scenic drive enjoyable.
Butchard Gardens were beautiful. Scenic drive enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Had a great tour guide/driver who provided lots of interesting narration on the city.
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
Sail Date June 2017
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 ...
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A bus ride and entry to the Gardens.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
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.
Good thing to book with Princess and such a short call at this port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Darwin ( the driver) gave us an excellent tour of Victoria followed by a trip to Butchart Gardens.
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
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stepped off the ship and took a taxi for $55 Canadian.
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
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The garden tour through NCL as more expensive and super crowded (my Aunt and Uncle went with them ...
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
Sail Date May 2017
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 ...
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
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
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.
Shared a limo with another family, cost was about the same as ship excursion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Absolutely beautiful gardens!
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
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line