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All the Best of Victoria, BC!
A once sleepy city by the sea, Victoria has blossomed into an international cosmopolitan destination yet has retained its unique charm. Iconic attractions sit alongside trendy shops and modern bistropubs serving up a new twist on old favorites. Tour as a group during the day and enjoy the city at leisure each evening. There is no shortage of adventures to be had!
Fly to Victoria, BC this morning by way of Seattle. Lunch is in Sidney, BC a lovely seaside town. Swing by Lolly Gobble, an English Sweets Shop full of old-timey and unique candies. You’ll get a little treat to take with you! Take some time to peruse the main street shops before heading to your hotel in Victoria. Located a short walk from the Inner Harbour, all the best the city has to offer is at your doorstep. Chateau Victoria – 4 nights (L)
Aboard a double-decker bus learn of the history and booming future of BC’s Capital City before heading to famed Butchart Gardens, in bloom for over 100 years. A three-course lunch is served in the original family home. Afterwards stroll among the magnificent blooms or quietly reflect in the Japanese Garden. Don’t skip the gift shop! Hands down, it is one of the best in town. Pick up seeds for your own garden or that perfect gift for friends back home. (L)
On a docent-guided tour of the iconic BC Legislative Building, gain a better understanding of Canada’s governmental structure. Next, it’s Afternoon Tea time at The Empress! In the stately Library Room, you’ll sip the very same tea blend the Queen of England herself enjoys with assorted finger sandwiches. Take off right from the Inner Harbour and soar above the city with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains on a seaplane tour. Afterwards, spend the afternoon at the Royal BC Museum, consistently voted as one of the absolute best in North America. Renowned for its First Nations exhibit and collection of totem poles, it’s not to be missed. (HT)
The Cowichan Valley is full of quaint towns, artisan crafts and abundant produce. Tour charming Chemainus with its many impressive murals depicting the town’s history and diversity with free time to explore. Stop for lunch before visiting Duncan, BC to learn of the Cowichan First Nations people. See and feel the artistry of their world-renowned knitting during a demonstration. The vast collection of totem poles in town tell their story. Before returning to the city, stop at a ciderie for a tour and tasting of all sorts beverages made from apples. (L)
A leisurely morning allows time for one last stroll along the water, an opportunity to find the perfect gift, or simply relax in your hotel suite. Enjoy lunch along the harbour before your late-afternoon flight home. (L)
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|