Enjoy the relaxed pace of Vancouver Island in the island's capital, Victoria. It is a quaint city with a distinctly British feel. After a scenic ferry crossing from the mainland, enjoy a whale watching tour on board your choice of a fast speed zodiac or a motor yacht. Take part in a guided tour of Victoria and the historical Craigdarroch Castle as well as any number of optional tours while saying in a comfortable, centrally located hotel. The options en route are endless: add time in Victoria and consider extending your stay on the island checking out other locations. The island is a virtual treasure trove for the wonders of the outdoors as well as an artists haven which can be explored at leisure.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide who will meet you in the International Reception Lobby (IRL) located outside of customs.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Enjoy a relaxing 90 minute journey from Vancouver Tsawwassen Harbour to Victoria Swartz Bay Harbour. Take in the views from the deck, or sip a cappuccino from the cafe on board while you sail across the Strait of Georgia.
The Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel (3*) is conveniently located in downtown Victoria close to the business district as well as the numerous tourist attractions. Within walking distance is a variety of shops, fine dining and casual restaurants and attractions sure to please all ages. World famous Butchart Gardens is just a short drive from downtown Victoria B.C. Guests will be treated to a variety of well-appointed guest rooms including spacious kitchen suites and one bedroom suites, all featuring cable satellite television and free high-speed Internet access. Other hotel amenities at the Best Western Carlton include an on-site restaurant and a state of the art fitness center.
Enjoy an exhilarating shared three hour whale watching tour on board a fast speed zodiac. Zodiacs or "Rigid Hull Inflatable" are world known for their excellent design and safety. Before boarding, you will be fitted with a Coast Guard approved neck to ankle "cruiser suit". These suits provide comfort, safety and protection from the elements and are worn over your street clothing. The 12 passenger Zodiacs are powered with twin engines and are equipped with high tech safety equipment, as well as Hydrophones (our onboard acoustic system to hear beneath the vessel). After having been assisted onboard your 28 foot vessel, you will be offered gloves, goggles and sunscreen should weather conditions require. After a safety briefing and questions/ comments with your Shipper, off you go! Orcas (or Killer Whales) are commonly seen in the local waters off Victoria in April, May, June, July, August and September, and there is over 97% probability of seeing Orcas in the summer months. Other marine life you may encounter are Humpback Whales, Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Dall’s Porpoise and Harbour Porpoise! Bald Eagles soar above the seas and Sea Birds fly close to the water looking for food. You may have an opportunity, if the conditions are right, to listen to the Orcas in the area with the onboard hydrophones which pick up the actual sounds (such as clicks and whistles) that the Orcas make when they are socializing. This is sure to be an exciting and fun excursion!
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy your tour of beautiful Victoria. It is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Empress hotel . Known as the "City of Gardens", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. Travel back in time to the 1800's when Robert Dunsmuir built the historic Craigdarroch Castle. Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 20,000 square feet. A fine example of superb Victorian architecture. The four-story Craigdarroch Castle still has lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and is open to the public. The castle is a tourist attraction, and receives 150,000 visitors a year. Enhance your Grand City Drive with a stop at this significant Canadian heritage treasure with outstanding examples of Victorian furniture and artifacts.
Enjoy a relaxing sail across the Strait of Georgia from Victoria Swartz Bay to Vancouver Tsawwassen Harbour. Take in the ocean air on this 90 minute ride, or enjoy a snack from the on-board cafe.
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