Waterfront And Legislature

Butchart Gardens Autumn Splendour

Chinatown Entrance, Victoria, BC

Mile 0, Victoria, BC

Legislature, Victoria, BC

Fan Tan Alley, Chinatown, Victoria, BC

Butchart Gardens Sign, BC

Butchart Gardens, BC

Photo Credit: Paul and Anna Labonte

CLOSE TO HOME TOUR SERIES

Victoria “Stay Awhile”

DEPARTURE: Edmonton 7:00 am | Red Deer 9:00 am | Calgary 12:00 pm

TWO BEAUTIFUL SEASONS TO CHOOSE FROM! Enjoy the early blossoms in the spring or the colours of autumn splendour in the fall.

Relax and enjoy the unique charm of Victoria for five nights at the Chateau Victoria Hotel conveniently located near the Inner Harbour in the heart of downtown Victoria.  Your room will have a kitchenette.  A unique side trip “up island” to the Cowichan Valley features a visit in Duncan to The Raptors, a Totem Pole tour and picturesque Chemainus.  Highlights include the wonderful Butterfly Gardens and Afternoon High Tea at Butchart Gardens.

Departure Dates
9 days |  April 12, 2023
Prices To Be Announced
Region:  Canada West
Motorcoach
Passport Not Required

 

1

Edmonton to Calgary to Salmon Arm

Your Victoria Getaway begins as you are welcomed aboard your deluxe coach in Edmonton. Travel south via Red Deer to Calgary meeting additional travel companions enroute.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Cross the border into British Columbia and continue to Salmon Arm, the “Gem of the Shuswap,” to overnight at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. Your hotel offers a comfortable upscale experience with easy access to the wharf and downtown shops.  This evening features a GET ACQUAINTED WELCOME DINNER.

2

Salmon Arm to Victoria

(5 nights) Enjoy the scenery as you travel the Coquihalla Highway. Motor through Surrey to Tsawwassen and board a BC FERRY for a scenic sailing to Vancouver Island.  Continue to the retirement paradise of Victoria for a five-night stay at the Chateau Victoria Hotel.  This lovely property is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, near the Inner Harbour. (All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette.)

3

Victoria

Join us this morning for a driving TOUR with a local guide to familiarize you with the area. During your stay you will enjoy just the right mix of free time and sightseeing.  A free afternoon will allow time to explore some of the many interesting sights that are within walking distance from your hotel, including the Provincial Legislature, Imax Theatre and Royal BC Museum. 

4

Victoria

Today, take a scenic drive “up island”.  Start your day with a visit to THE RAPTORS.  Inspired by birds of prey, the visitor centre offers fascinating and interactive experiences with these incredible birds.    Lunch time will find you in DUNCAN, the City of Totems followed by a TOTEM POLE TOUR of these traditional native works of art. An afternoon break in the picturesque coastal village of CHEMAINUS, with its many murals depicting the heritage, history and nature of the area, will conclude an enjoyable day. Return to Victoria for overnight.

5

Victoria

Morning time at the beautiful BUTTERFLY GARDENS will have you in the mood for a visit to the amazing BUTCHART GARDENS! This 50-acre garden has been a symbol of Victoria’s beauty for over 100 years.  Begin your afternoon with an enjoyable English tradition, AFTERNOON HIGH TEA.

6

Victoria

A FREE DAY to enjoy the beautiful city of Victoria on your own. Perhaps you might like to visit the Imax Theatre, experience Chinatown, wander by the harbour, explore the beautiful historic Empress Hotel or even spend time with friends in the area. Your Tour Director will help you with sightseeing suggestions for the day.

7

Victoria to Kamloops

Bid farewell to Victoria as you sail across the Strait of Georgia from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. Take in the rugged landscape of the FRASER CANYON on your way to Kamloops, located in the sunny southern interior of British Columbia.  Overnight in the heart of the city at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

8

Kamloops to Golden

Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you wind your way over the majestic ROGERS PASS.   Continue to Golden for overnight at the BW Mountainview Inn for your last evening together.

9

Golden to Calgary to Edmonton

Enjoy a short DRIVING TOUR OF BANFF with lunch enroute.  Arrive mid-afternoon in Calgary and then continue to Edmonton.

Included in Your Holiday

  • First class transportation on an air conditioned, washroom equipped motorcoach
  • Quality accommodations and tax
  • Services of an experienced Tour Director and Driver
  • Baggage handling, one average piece per person
  • Travel Bag
  • Admission to attractions and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Ferry crossings as indicated

 

  • Guided tour of Victoria
  • The Raptor Centre
  • Duncan
  • Totem Pole tour
  • Chemainus
  • Butterfly Ga
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Free day in Victoria
  • Fraser Canyon
  • Rogers Pass
  • Driving tour of Banff
    Meals Include: Welcome Dinner, Afternoon High Tea

2023 Pricing To Be Announced

Cost per person | Prices in Canadian Dollars

 

I have been content not to be driving in a car and being able to focus on the interesting views from a more elevated point of view than a car.

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Victoria Stay Awhile - October 3, 2020

The Victoria tour we went on in October was a very good time in the season because many tress were in such lovely colours.

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Victoria Stay Awhile - October 3, 2020

The tour was excellent! No worries. Eric was very detailed in his instructions.

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Victoria Stay Awhile - October 3, 2020