The Best Of Victoria Tour

Visit all of Victoria’s “Must See” attractions and sites in one fully narrated tour. Your journey begins with a visit to the historic Craigdarroch Castle (1 hour stop). Make your way to the charming seaside village of Sidney, where you’ll be given a tasting tour of Victoria Distillers to experience how they make their gin and enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the Fairmont Empress chefs.

Once you have concluded lunch, you will have the opportunity to choose between visiting the Victoria Butterfly Gardens or doing a wine tasting at Church & State Winery (45 mins). Complete your day with a visit to the world-famous Butchart Gardens and immerse yourself in over 300,000 beautiful blooms!

About This Activity


June 1-September 30, 2017


8.5 hours

What's Included

  • Narrated Victoria city and surrounding areas tour
  • Picnic lunch prepared by the Fairmont Empress Chefs
  • All admissions
  • All applicable taxes

More to Know

9:00 am – Depart Fairmont Empress Hotel
9:30 am – Arrive at Craigdarroch Castle (1 hour stop)
10:30 am –  Conduct city tour, with stops at: Chinatown, Songhees First Nation lookout, Mile 0, Beacon Hill Park, Marine Drive, Cattle Point lookout and Mt. Tolmie
12:10 pm – Arrive in Sidney and visit Victoria Distillers for a gin tasting and picnic lunch prepared by Fairmont Empress chefs.
1:00 pm – Your choice of behind the scenes look at Butterfly Gardens or wine tasting at Church & State Winery (includes 4 wines, must be 19+ to sample)
2:10 pm – Depart from winery and Butterfly Gardens
2:15 pm – Arrive at The Butchart Gardens
5:00 pm – Depart the Butchart Gardens (from June 15th-September 2nd passengers have the option to catch the 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm or 10:00 pm return on the regular Gardens Shuttle).
5:30 pm – Return to the Fairmont Empress Hotel

Schedule subject to change and may be adjusted.
*Lunch provided by the Fairmont Empress Hotel. No substitutions.
*Please note: Walking and stairs involved, not suitable for people with mobility issues.



Picks up at Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street, Victoria


Not recommended for children under 5
Due to tour length, must be booked as part of an overnight package


Pricing in USD and may vary based on actual travel dates

Subject to change