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.
Always beautiful.
Sail Date: April 2016
Always beautiful. Takes a couple hours of easy walking.
Always beautiful. Takes a couple hours of easy walking. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A wonderful experience.
Sail Date: March 2016
A wonderful experience. Not a lot of blooms at that time of year but beautiful to see the gardens and what was blooming.
A wonderful experience. Not a lot of blooms at that time of year but beautiful to see the gardens and what was blooming. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Don't book this with Princess they do not allow you enough time.
Sail Date: September 2015
Don't book this with Princess they do not allow you enough time. CVS will pick you up at the boat and take you there and provide an entry ticket all for about $68 Canadian. (55USD.) The gardens are stunning and worth every penny. ... Read More
Don't book this with Princess they do not allow you enough time. CVS will pick you up at the boat and take you there and provide an entry ticket all for about $68 Canadian. (55USD.) The gardens are stunning and worth every penny. The Blue Poppy Restaurant is great for dining. Nothing but praise for the Butchart Gardens. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
You have to go for the fireworks.
Sail Date: August 2015
You have to go for the fireworks. It was the best show I've ever seen. They only do it once a month.
You have to go for the fireworks. It was the best show I've ever seen. They only do it once a month. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
well done tour
Sail Date: August 2015
well done tour
well done tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Amazing.
Sail Date: August 2015
Amazing. Beautiful. Bob was a great driver and historian. The gardens must be seen! There was plenty of time to tour the gardens. Bob was gracious enough to let us go in downtown Victoria so we could explore on our own. Beautiful ... Read More
Amazing. Beautiful. Bob was a great driver and historian. The gardens must be seen! There was plenty of time to tour the gardens. Bob was gracious enough to let us go in downtown Victoria so we could explore on our own. Beautiful city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens very pretty
Sail Date: August 2015
Butchart Gardens very pretty
Butchart Gardens very pretty Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Loved the gardens, but the ship docks at 5pm and a one hour trip to the gardens made us rush to try ...
Sail Date: August 2015
Loved the gardens, but the ship docks at 5pm and a one hour trip to the gardens made us rush to try to get it in before dark, would have liked to spend a little more time there, the bus driver was great.
Loved the gardens, but the ship docks at 5pm and a one hour trip to the gardens made us rush to try to get it in before dark, would have liked to spend a little more time there, the bus driver was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked with cruise line because we had such a big group and limited time in port...so it worked ...
Sail Date: July 2015
We booked with cruise line because we had such a big group and limited time in port...so it worked great and enjoyed the gardens. ....ANd the butterfly gardens were especially enjoyed by the children in our group. If I was on my own, I ... Read More
We booked with cruise line because we had such a big group and limited time in port...so it worked great and enjoyed the gardens. ....ANd the butterfly gardens were especially enjoyed by the children in our group. If I was on my own, I would have done it myself as I have before taken this tour by catching it outside of the Empress Hotel....if you look around you can figure it out....can save some money there. But for our big group this worked well and was enjoyed by all. Princess did NOT spend enough time in this port however!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A lot of time on a stuffy bus to get to and from these beautiful gardens.
Sail Date: July 2015
A lot of time on a stuffy bus to get to and from these beautiful gardens. Consider getting your own ride there if you afford the extra cost.
A lot of time on a stuffy bus to get to and from these beautiful gardens. Consider getting your own ride there if you afford the extra cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The bus driver gave a great narrative of the city while we drove, and dropped us off back at the ...
Sail Date: July 2015
The bus driver gave a great narrative of the city while we drove, and dropped us off back at the dock. We saw the lovely Empress hotel while waiting for the bus to pick us up. The gardens where lovely, and had spectacular gift and food ... Read More
The bus driver gave a great narrative of the city while we drove, and dropped us off back at the dock. We saw the lovely Empress hotel while waiting for the bus to pick us up. The gardens where lovely, and had spectacular gift and food shops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was very pretty.
Sail Date: July 2015
It was very pretty. Enjoyed the time at the butterfly house and the Butchart Gardens
It was very pretty. Enjoyed the time at the butterfly house and the Butchart Gardens Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The gardens are absolutely breathtaking.
Sail Date: July 2015
The gardens are absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen (or smelled) anything like it. I loved it. Though, I was disappointed that we didn't get to see the fireworks, which we were told we would be able to do. Also, our bus diver ... Read More
The gardens are absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen (or smelled) anything like it. I loved it. Though, I was disappointed that we didn't get to see the fireworks, which we were told we would be able to do. Also, our bus diver was a bit of a drag. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Mind-blowingly gorgeous.
Sail Date: July 2015
Mind-blowingly gorgeous. Go. Just go. Stop thinking about it. On the bus ride to Butchart Gardens (which takes 40 minutes), my husband was lamenting that "maybe it's because [he's] color-blind that [he doesn't] ... Read More
Mind-blowingly gorgeous. Go. Just go. Stop thinking about it. On the bus ride to Butchart Gardens (which takes 40 minutes), my husband was lamenting that "maybe it's because [he's] color-blind that [he doesn't] appreciate flowers." And he thought the place was completely spectacular. Even my 2 year-old loved the flowers, and all the fountains, and the paths to walk/run on. There is a cute cafe with a nice selection of food, including soft-serve ice cream cones. There is a big gift shop. We hardly saw any of the gardens (it's a HUGE place), so we would've preferred to have more time. We purchased a combination city highlights/Butchart gardens tour. I would skip the city highlights next time (although we saw some nice things on the way back). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We've been to Victoria many times and in the past have done most of the listed activities.
Sail Date: July 2015
We've been to Victoria many times and in the past have done most of the listed activities. Recommend them all, but this time we just did the Gardens and went to Nautical Nellies for lunch. Had a lovely day !
We've been to Victoria many times and in the past have done most of the listed activities. Recommend them all, but this time we just did the Gardens and went to Nautical Nellies for lunch. Had a lovely day ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Darwin was a great driver nd guide who loves his city and knows it insie and out.
Sail Date: June 2015
Darwin was a great driver nd guide who loves his city and knows it insie and out. He listened to what we wanted to do and adapted on the fly during our 4.5 hours together. he met us docksidethen gave us a 90 minute overview of ... Read More
Darwin was a great driver nd guide who loves his city and knows it insie and out. He listened to what we wanted to do and adapted on the fly during our 4.5 hours together. he met us docksidethen gave us a 90 minute overview of fisherman's wharf, city sights, the castle and the Governor's House where we met the Governor's chaffeur and were invited into his home to see his train collection. Butchart gardens is gorgeous and worth the more tha the 75 minutes we could spare to be there. By this day of the cruise we were exhausted. I would hire Darwin again - it was worth $250 not to be in a big bus but in a private SUV where the three of us were all that mattered. Read Less
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Beautiful, unbelievable gardens.
Sail Date: June 2015
Beautiful, unbelievable gardens. We did not have enough time here.
Beautiful, unbelievable gardens. We did not have enough time here. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The flowers were all in bloom and the pathways were easy to navigate.
Sail Date: June 2015
The flowers were all in bloom and the pathways were easy to navigate.
The flowers were all in bloom and the pathways were easy to navigate. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The gardens are nice, but the afternoon we were there it was quite crowded and a hot day.
Sail Date: May 2015
The gardens are nice, but the afternoon we were there it was quite crowded and a hot day.
The gardens are nice, but the afternoon we were there it was quite crowded and a hot day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gardens were exquisite!
Sail Date: May 2015
The gardens were exquisite! There were so many flowers blooming and it was absolutely beautiful. There were many different types of flowers and trees to look at. The coffee shop was great too! Make sure and try the scones!
The gardens were exquisite! There were so many flowers blooming and it was absolutely beautiful. There were many different types of flowers and trees to look at. The coffee shop was great too! Make sure and try the scones! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The gardens were closed to the public so we avoided the crowds.
Sail Date: May 2015
The gardens were closed to the public so we avoided the crowds. It was an evening tour which was perfect. One of the best excursions I've been on. Polite bus driver and the gardens were in excellent shape. I could've spent ... Read More
The gardens were closed to the public so we avoided the crowds. It was an evening tour which was perfect. One of the best excursions I've been on. Polite bus driver and the gardens were in excellent shape. I could've spent another 2 hours just wandering around. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The trip on the bus might make one "seasick" but worth the ride.
Sail Date: May 2015
The trip on the bus might make one "seasick" but worth the ride. The gardens are very impressive and a nice way to spend part of the day. There was enough time after our excursion to walk around town and have lunch and enjoy a ... Read More
The trip on the bus might make one "seasick" but worth the ride. The gardens are very impressive and a nice way to spend part of the day. There was enough time after our excursion to walk around town and have lunch and enjoy a local beer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A wonderful day, perhaps a bit tight on time allowed at the gardens and hour longer would be better
Sail Date: May 2015
A wonderful day, perhaps a bit tight on time allowed at the gardens and hour longer would be better
A wonderful day, perhaps a bit tight on time allowed at the gardens and hour longer would be better Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Went with Princess excursion due to limited time in port.
Sail Date: May 2015
Went with Princess excursion due to limited time in port. Very good bus driver who gave us a tour of the city also. NEED MORE TIME IN VICTORIA! Would have loved to see Chinatown and due some shopping.
Went with Princess excursion due to limited time in port. Very good bus driver who gave us a tour of the city also. NEED MORE TIME IN VICTORIA! Would have loved to see Chinatown and due some shopping. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
If in Victoria you don't want to miss Butchart Gardens.
Sail Date: May 2015
If in Victoria you don't want to miss Butchart Gardens. It was one of, if not the best excursion we took. So glad we didn't miss this one. Was hesitant due to my husband not being keen about flowers. He love it! The best way to ... Read More
If in Victoria you don't want to miss Butchart Gardens. It was one of, if not the best excursion we took. So glad we didn't miss this one. Was hesitant due to my husband not being keen about flowers. He love it! The best way to relax on our last night of the cruise. Absolutely beautiful! We live in Salt Lake and have Red Butte Gardens....Butchart put it to shame! Loved, loved this garden. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line