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.
Nothing outstanding; a very beautiful garden but fell short of expectations.
Nothing outstanding; a very beautiful garden but fell short of expectations. The trip to and from the garden did give us some good background of Saanich and Victoria.
Nothing outstanding; a very beautiful garden but fell short of expectations. The trip to and from the garden did give us some good background of Saanich and Victoria. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens was beautiful as always.
Butchart Gardens was beautiful as always. Great driver who took us on a drive around the area and gave good narrative.
Butchart Gardens was beautiful as always. Great driver who took us on a drive around the area and gave good narrative. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Both tours were fine.
Both tours were fine. I thought the Garden were fantastic.
Both tours were fine. I thought the Garden were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We were there from 6:30-9:30.
We were there from 6:30-9:30. This was only enough time to see half of the gardens. They are beautiful, surely you've never seen anything like this. One tip - you can skip the Japanese gardens to save time and you won't miss ... Read More
We were there from 6:30-9:30. This was only enough time to see half of the gardens. They are beautiful, surely you've never seen anything like this. One tip - you can skip the Japanese gardens to save time and you won't miss much. All of the plants/trees are green and not stunning/unique. It got dark as we were leaving. Norwegian had advertised the evening edition would be lighted paths through the grounds, the pictures looked beautiful. I would not have bought tickets to this excursion had I known nothing would be lit because it's light out. This is the first week of June. Norwegian should not have advertised the lights. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
You must go once in your life!
You must go once in your life! Amazingly beautiful.
You must go once in your life! Amazingly beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Butchart Gardens was beautiful, but the Grey Line people were horrible.
The Butchart Gardens was beautiful, but the Grey Line people were horrible. I showed them my voucher, but didn't say anything about being able to catch any of the non-Grey Line buses. Also didn't collect my voucher to give me the ... Read More
The Butchart Gardens was beautiful, but the Grey Line people were horrible. I showed them my voucher, but didn't say anything about being able to catch any of the non-Grey Line buses. Also didn't collect my voucher to give me the actual ticket needed to board the bus. Book through CVS because you end up on their buses anyway Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
arrive to the port late and we only have two hours and there is not a lot we can see due to late ...
arrive to the port late and we only have two hours and there is not a lot we can see due to late arrival
arrive to the port late and we only have two hours and there is not a lot we can see due to late arrival Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
An ok tour, bus driver was excellent, gave us tour of the city and kept us spell bound with his ...
An ok tour, bus driver was excellent, gave us tour of the city and kept us spell bound with his stories. The Gardens were not in full bloom in late May, early June. The Japanese Garden was nice.
An ok tour, bus driver was excellent, gave us tour of the city and kept us spell bound with his stories. The Gardens were not in full bloom in late May, early June. The Japanese Garden was nice. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not too much excitement.
Not too much excitement. I think walking along the shore way or taking the city tour might be better.
Not too much excitement. I think walking along the shore way or taking the city tour might be better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nice to have the gardens to ourselves (they're closed to the public after 5pm, but open still for ...
Nice to have the gardens to ourselves (they're closed to the public after 5pm, but open still for cruise lines), but $79 per person is STEEP, for 1hr45min in the gardens, though it does include the 30 minute or so bus ride in and out. ... Read More
Nice to have the gardens to ourselves (they're closed to the public after 5pm, but open still for cruise lines), but $79 per person is STEEP, for 1hr45min in the gardens, though it does include the 30 minute or so bus ride in and out. Either way, far too pricey. Beautiful gardens, but a lot of money for what you get, compared to, say, the Golden Gate Park Arboretum in SF. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Beautiful gardens, and we were able to visit "after regular hours," so there wasn't much of a crowd.
Beautiful gardens, and we were able to visit "after regular hours," so there wasn't much of a crowd. Although the amount of time was sufficient for a first-time visit, I would have happily spent longer at the gardens.
Beautiful gardens, and we were able to visit "after regular hours," so there wasn't much of a crowd. Although the amount of time was sufficient for a first-time visit, I would have happily spent longer at the gardens. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
IMMENSE BEAUTY!
IMMENSE BEAUTY! Incomparable landscaping & plantings extremely well-done in a former quarry. Gorgeous even in light showers that happen often - clear vinyl umbrellas provided. Bought round trip bus ticket from Inner Harbor; you can ... Read More
IMMENSE BEAUTY! Incomparable landscaping & plantings extremely well-done in a former quarry. Gorgeous even in light showers that happen often - clear vinyl umbrellas provided. Bought round trip bus ticket from Inner Harbor; you can return any time all day & get to see a lot of the area on the way. Do NOT do Butchart as a ship excursion! The average ship stay is 4 hours, & Butchart is 14 miles from Victoria so large tour groups are rushed along. The food, at various price levels, is quite good. Check out menus online. For lunch we experienced "high tea" in the main restaurant which is the former Butchart Family home. A $35 per person bargain compared to the same at the famed Empress Hotel in Victoria. Make reservations ahead in the busy seasons. The BG gift shop is fantastic with many quality, reasonable wares & some original artworks. Even better than expected, & my husband agrees! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
While the Gardens were not in full bloom, I enjoyed seeing and exploring them.
While the Gardens were not in full bloom, I enjoyed seeing and exploring them. We had a small meal before; wasn't impressed, but it's just that it's not my kind of thing.
While the Gardens were not in full bloom, I enjoyed seeing and exploring them. We had a small meal before; wasn't impressed, but it's just that it's not my kind of thing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The gardens are so beautiful, I couldn't begin to describe them!
The gardens are so beautiful, I couldn't begin to describe them! Took lots & lots of pictures though. Had plenty of time for the gardens & their gift shop.
The gardens are so beautiful, I couldn't begin to describe them! Took lots & lots of pictures though. Had plenty of time for the gardens & their gift shop. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
All I can say is wow.
All I can say is wow.
All I can say is wow. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Always beautiful.
Always beautiful. Takes a couple hours of easy walking.
Always beautiful. Takes a couple hours of easy walking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A wonderful experience.
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
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Don't book this with Princess they do not allow you enough time.
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
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
You have to go for the fireworks.
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
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
well done tour
well done tour
well done tour Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Amazing.
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
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Butchart Gardens very pretty
Butchart Gardens very pretty
Butchart Gardens very pretty Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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 ...
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
Sail Date August 2015
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 ...
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
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises