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Old Town Victoria Tours

Old Town Victoria
With heritage architecture and cobbled streets, Old Town Victoria exudes historic character. The area sprang to life in the 19th-century gold rushes, and today it encompasses the city’s commercial core, Canada’s oldest Chinatown, and the waterfront. Visit to see its brightly painted Victorian buildings, which house shops and restaurants. 

The Basics
Explore Old Town to get a sense of Victoria’s historic character. Walking tours typically pass along key thoroughfares such as Johnson Street, lined with Victorian buildings; Chinatown's lantern-lined Fan Tan Alley; and landmark-heavy Government Street. To give your feet a break, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or pedicab tour. Sightseeing tours by vintage car often pass through Old Town, while some full-day tours combine Old Town with a visit to Butchart Gardens.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • If possible, explore Old Town Victoria on foot and pause to admire historic Victorian facades and browse shops along the way. 
  • Look out for plaques explaining the significance of historic buildings in the area.
  • There are lots of restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can refuel. 

How to Get There
Old Town Victoria is situated near the Inner Harbour waterfront. Its boundaries are generally considered to extend as far north as Chatham Street and as far south as the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Some high-speed passenger ferries from Vancouver stop at the nearby Victoria Harbour, which is within walking distance of Old Town. 

When to Get There
For optimal conditions, visit in summer, when the streets are lively, the views across the water are at their best, and street performers offer entertainment. Mild weather also means you can enjoy an al fresco meal or drink. 

Victoria Chinatown
Victoria’s small Chinatown is centered around Fisgard Street and situated within the Old Town area. The oldest Chinatown in Canada, it dates back to the 19th century. It has shrunk in size from its early 20th-century peak, but it still retains its original character. Admire the traditional Chinese architecture of the Gate of Harmonious Interest and the Chinese Public School on Fisgard Street, and stroll down the narrow, shop-bordered Fan Tan Alley. 
Address: Wharf St. to Douglas St. and Fort St. to Johnson St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1J2, Canada
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Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
From
$250.00
Price varies by group size

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
From
$200.00
Price varies by group size

2-Hour Grand City Tour

2-Hour Grand City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
$100.00
Price varies by group size

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,777.32
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$1,777.32
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