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How to Spend 2 Days in Victoria

How to Spend 2 Days in Victoria

With a dramatic setting at the edge of the Salish Sea, the historic city of Victoria combines culture and nature. Make the most of two days in Victoria by strolling the waterfront, wandering Butchart Gardens, sipping Vancouver Island wine, and taking a whale-watching adventure. Here are some ideas for the perfect Victoria escape.  

Day 1: Old World Explorer

**Morning:**Old Town Victoria’s cobblestone streets and alleys are best explored car-free, so walk or ride a bike when in the historic center. Since the area is packed with history, opt for a guided introduction to Old Town, ensuring you don’t miss out on Victoria's colorful characters and backstories. 

**Afternoon:**After a morning of Victoria landmarks, head to Butchart Gardens to see acres of blooms in the changing weather of British Columbia—your walk might be in afternoon sunlight or under a brooding layer of clouds. 

**Night:**Make your way back to the waterfront, where a leisurely crowd gathers to catch sunset over the harbor. This is the perfect time to schedule a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride before you duck into a waterside bar for a glass of Vancouver Island wine. 

Day 2: Wildlife, Wine, and Food

**Morning:**Bundle up in a windbreaker for a whale-watching tour along the coast of Vancouver Island to spot orcas, humpback whales, seals, and other marine wildlife among the white caps. Whale-watching excursions range from spray-soaked adventures in nimble speedboats to cozy cruises in enclosed vessels, so choose accordingly. 

**Afternoon:**As Vancouver Island wineries are located less than an hour from downtown Victoria, you can experience the award-winning wines of the Cowichan Valley in one delicious afternoon. Guided wine tours visit a curated list of wineries and include transportation, which leaves you free to enjoy included tastings worry-free. 

**Night:**With just one more night in Victoria, don’t commit to a meal at a single restaurant; food tours of the city are the chance to try a little bit of everything, from the Victoria Public Market to fresh craft breweries and beloved local restaurants. 

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Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at several attractions including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mount Tolmie Park. While at the Butchart Gardens, take in the impressive floral displays and the many theme gardens. On the return trip, visit Chinatown, Parliament, and the Empress Hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$338.70
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$338.70
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.50
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$51.50
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Victoria Sunset Whale-Watching Cruise

Victoria Sunset Whale-Watching Cruise

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Marvel at Canada’s marine wildlife in its natural habitat on this 3-hour sunset whale-watching experience from Victoria. Cruise into the harbor from Fisherman’s Wharf with your guide as the sun starts sinking on the horizon. With your wildlife identification kit to hand, watch the waves for sightings of majestic whales. There are fewer boats in the harbor at this time of day, so you can see the whales breach and splash through the water in peace. With the on-board hydrophone, you can even hear them communicating in the depths below!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.13
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$112.13
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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists

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Hit the waves with expert naturalists in search of Canadian sea-life on this whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Hop aboard your whale-watching boat and head out into the rolling seas with your guide. Gaze out over Victoria’s attractive coastline and watch the waves for sightings of graceful orcas. Listen as the two expert naturalists onboard explain the life cycles of the majestic creatures, and learn of their pivotal role near the top of the marine food chain. Enjoy fine views from the seating areas both inside and on-deck. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.31
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$75.31
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Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

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Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver lies on the southern shores of Vancouver Island—with striking architecture, pretty parks, and a British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era. On this tour, explore Victoria in comfort by traditional horse-drawn carriage as your guide brings the city’s Victorian past to life. Along the way, discover sites of interest such as Beacon Hill Park, historic James Bay, and the Salish Sea waterfront.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.34
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Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

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Soar over downtown Victoria and surrounds on a thrilling, 20-minute seaplane flight! Take to the skies right from the water and enjoy an unforgettable aerial perspective of the harbor, coastline, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains towering in the distance. With a maximum of five passengers, it’s an intimate, small-group ride navigated by an expert pilot.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.62
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$99.62
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60-Minute The Royal Carriage Tour

60-Minute The Royal Carriage Tour

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Feel like you’ve stepped back in time to vintage Victoria with a 1-hour tour through the city’s most splendid neighborhoods aboard a horse-drawn carriage. Beginning at the illustrious Empress hotel, admire sailing ships in the Inner Harbor and trot through the leafy gardens and lawns of Beacon Hill Park. Pass stately Victorian mansions and other local landmarks like the Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0 marker, and take in fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the stylish ride. 
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  • 1 hour
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$175.74
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Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

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Take a sweet-smelling stroll through Victoria’s famous Butchart Gardens, spanning 55 acres (22.2 hectares) of beautifully designed flower beds, lily ponds, footbridges, and thematic landscapes. With a convenient pickup location and a flexible return shuttle schedule, it’s an easy way to experience one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Visit during summer or holiday season evenings to witness special luminous displays that add an extra touch of enchantment to the gardens.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$57.63
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Artisan Food Tastings of Victoria by Bike

Artisan Food Tastings of Victoria by Bike

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Discover Victoria’s European-style neighborhoods and culinary scene on a fun and flavorful bike tour. Follow a foodie guide through the cycle-friendly city to absorb its seaside charm and see where locals go to dine and unwind. Sample the best of Victoria’s indulgent eats and drinks like pizza, ice cream, chocolate, craft beer, and cider.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$86.87
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$86.87
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Half-Day Victoria to Cowichan Valley Wine Tour with Tastings

Half-Day Victoria to Cowichan Valley Wine Tour with Tastings

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Discover the wines of the Cowichan Valley on a wine tour from Victoria, and taste your way through part of Vancouver Island's fascinating wine trail. You’ll visit three wineries for tastings and tours, and enjoy lunch at a boutique winery surrounded by rolling vineyards. This wine tour includes round-trip transport from downtown Victoria, lunch, and tastings, for the perfect introduction to Vancouver Island wine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.43
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Marvel at the majesty of Canada’s marine wildlife on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your boat, a semi-covered vessel built specifically for whale-watching trips, and cruise through the Haro Strait with your guide. Watch the waves from the open sun decks or stay protected from the spray in the heated indoor cabin. Stop off at points of interest through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Listen to fascinating commentary from marine naturalists on board, and admire the beautiful orca, humpback whales, and minke whales you find.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.82
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Victoria Wine Tour with Private Tastings and Samples

Victoria Wine Tour with Private Tastings and Samples

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Vancouver Island is known for producing great wines in a beautiful environment. Visit well-regarded wineries on Saanich Peninsula on this tour from Victoria, which includes private wine tastings at each location, a behind-the-scenes tour of a local winery, and a guide with extensive knowledge about the industry. This small-group tour is limited to 15 passengers or fewer for a more intimate experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.09
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