Bus Tours, Victoria
The city tour via the double decker bus. The tour drives by parts of the cities historic places, like Chinatown, city centres, The Uppland Neighborhood, Victoria Golf Club, Oak bay, and scenic Marine Dr. The tour is about 1 1/2 hours. If you took the Craigdarroch Castle Tour it would bw 2 1/2 hours, but if you did the Buchart Gardens Tour it would take 3 1/2 hours.
In Victoria and looking to get to the Butchart Gardens? Seems a number of Companies offer trips to the Butchart Gardens but we were impressed with CVS Cruise Victoria's bus service to the Gardens. For $48 bucks we were picked up at our hotel downtown in a luxury bus, given a driver narrated tour about the history and things to see in the area and transported to the Butchart Gardens - admission to the Gardens was included and made up $29 of the tour price. Because of the flexibility with being able to return from the Butchart Gardens at any return bus time, we stayed at the Gardens and had Afternoon Tea - it was just delightful.
Cruise Victoria provided a tour back into town as well, pretty good for less then $10.00 in each direction for transportation. They include a drop at several hotels at the end of the tour or let you off at their ticket sales location right downtown.
I recently took a tour of Victoria on a double-decker bus. I used Royal Blue Lines, which has open-topped busses and offers passengers a hop-on, hop-off service at nine stops (busses at 45-minute intervals). We went all over the city- from Songhees to Chinatown to the Oak Bay Village to the Uplands! Our guide was very knowledgeable about local history, and very entertaining. She kept all the English-speakers entertained for the duration of the tour, but non-native speakers had a very difficult time understanding what she said. There were fantastic views from the top deck of the bus, but remember to wear sunscreen and pack a light shawl (it gets breezy, although the tour company provides blankets).
No reservations required. Adult tickets are $20 for a 90-minute tour, group discounts can be available if you reserve in advance and pay as a group.
Take a double decker english style bus tour of Victoria and the surrounding area. The climate of Victoria is such that there are flowers and greenary almost all year around. It's a very pretty city and surrounding countryside. For such a small area, there's really a lot to see.
The US dollar is stronger than the Canadian dollar, so we feel like we really got a good deal on everything (unlike the other way around in England).