Victoria City Sightseeing Tour with Craigdarroch Castle

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Victoria City Sightseeing Tour with Craigdarroch Castle information and booking

2 hours 30 minutes
Departs from
Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Daily, multiple departure times
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Tour description provided by Viator

See the very best of the charming Provincial Capital of Victoria on a comprehensive city tour! If this is your first visit to Victoria, this 2.5-hour tour is a great way to get to know the city and its famous landmarks and history. During your tour, your experienced guide will provide a fascinating commentary on Victoria's rich history and scenic beauty, and there are numerous stops at points of interest for photo opportunities. For a unique opportunity, select the tour with afternoon tea at the iconic Empress Hotel.

Your tour starts off in Victoria's spectacular Inner Harbour in front of the Empress Hotel. Driving through the stately downtown core you will see Government Streets Old Town, Canada's oldest Chinatown and the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Follow Antique Row before arriving at Craigdarroch Castle.

Enjoy an hour to explore Craigdarroch Castle at your leisure. Your driver-guide will fill you in on the eccentricities of this Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, which is designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Continuing your drive, stop at the summit of Mount Tolmie for a photo opportunity high above the city. Then it's on to Oak Bay, Uplands and along Marine Drive, offering vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca. Stop at Oak Bay Marina to feed the seals or grab some coffee, then travel along scenic Marine Drive and the Victoria waterfront past Beacon Hill Park, the largest of its kind in the city.

For a very unique and quintessential-Victoria experience, add on afternoon tea at the iconic Empress Hotel. A time honored tradition for over a century, the world renowned tea lobby of The Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual and Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Surrounded by rich chintz fabrics, antiqued tapestries and rugs, elegant wing back chairs, vintage furnishings and hand-carved tables, the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbour provides the quintessential Victoria experience to all who grace Afternoon Tea. Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie and team serve hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience.

This tour is must for first-time visitors to this delightfully 'British' city!

What's included

  • City tour
  • Entry to craigdarroch castle
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Afternoon tea at the empress hotel (if option is selected)
  • Local taxes

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off