It was wonderful to see a former quarry repurposed so beautifully. The bus ride out was a bit uncomfortable since the heater did not work on the bus, and there were lots of complaints. The ride back was very nice. Don't miss this while you are in Victoria.
A wonderful afternoon in one of the worlds most beautiful settings, Butchart Gardens.
We easily strolled through the grounds in just under 2 hours and enjoyed a delicious High Tea in the Dining Room following the tour. Please insure you make reservations for the High Tea in advance as many walk-ins were turned away. Viator perfectly handled all transportation and entrance tickets with on-time departures and returns. We were fortunate to have a great tour driver, Adrian Sly, who's knowledge and humor of Victoria made for a very enjoyable day. You will enjoy your your with this very beautiful and relaxing experience.
We arrived at the Kiosk in Victoria easily from the cruise ship. The attendant was helpful and the bus arrived on time. The driver, Adrian was knowledgeable and interesting on the ride to the Gardens. He gave us good information and had funny stories. The gardens were beautiful and well kept. So much to see and do there. Lots of photo ops .
The ride from Victoria to Butchart Gardens was very informative. The driver pointed out many sites along the way. We were on our own in Butchart Gardens and there are no words to describe how beautiful it is there. We enjoyed being there tremendously.
We were worried about catching the shuttle from the cruise port when our ship was delayed getting in. As it turned out, the shuttle had left so as not to delay other customers totally understandable. I had called when we found out about the delay but just got voicemail. However, one of the port helpers took us to the tour office and the manager got us a lift to catch up with the shuttle. Our hero! We got to the Gardens and had a great tour, and made it back to the ship in plenty of time. I only wish that we'd had longer at the Gardens, but we'll just have to come back to Victoria on a future trip :-.
Outbound driver was great - so knowledgeable! Shame that we couldn't hear his commentary whenever the ventilation/cooling system was on. The fan noise completely drowned out his voice. Also engine noise in the seats at the back of the bus made it impossible to hear him. A passenger asked the driver to turn up the volume of the audio system but he said that it was already at maximum volume.