Great Escape to Victoria

Trips & Tours // Canada Western // 5 Days

Culture/History


Get away to Victoria, including Sooke, Duncan and Chemanius

A wonderful trip to Victoria, a place that is green all year round, where flowers fall out of the sky and even the lamp posts bloom.

TAP Rating: TAP Superior


Highlights include:

  • Sooke Museum
  • Duncan Totem Pole Tour
  • Chemainus Murals
  • Victoria City Tour
  • Marine Drive
  • Beacon Hill Park and Oak Bay
  • Butchart Gardens

Day 1: Arrival in Victoria, BC
Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences and an enviable cocktail and craft beer scene. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria is green and beautiful year-round.
  
Day 2: Victoria, BC
A morning city tour will follow scenic Marine Drive as it winds along the shoreline to Victoria’s oldest park, Beacon Hill Park, known for its 100-year-old cricket pitch. Continue to Oak Bay, Victoria’s most-British neighbourhood, featuring traditional tearooms and cozy one-of-a-kind shops. Spend the afternoon at the spectacular Butchart Gardens, transformed from a limestone quarry to 55 acres of breathtaking gardens, walking paths and fountains.  
 
Day 3: Day Trip to Sooke, BC 
Today take the West Coast Highway with lush rainforest and picturesque coastal views to Sooke, overlooking a secluded harbour at the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, “where the rainforest meets the sea”. Visit the Sooke Museum and Visitors Centre with displays depicting the ongoing saga of the early pioneer families. See the historic cast iron and glass dome of the Triangle Island Lighthouse, dismantled in 1920, but in its time stood over 700 feet above the sea and cast a beam that could be seen for over 50 miles. Take a walk in Whiffin Spit Park, a natural breakwater between Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait. Return to Victoria with free time to shop, wander the waterfront or even take an optional whale watching tour.   
 
Day 4: Victoria – Chemainus, BC
Depart Victoria today and travel north on the Malahat Highway, offering spectacular vistas from several viewpoints across the deep fjord of Finlayson Arm to the Saanich Peninsula and, on a clear day, to the Coast Mountains and snow-capped Mount Baker. Visit Duncan, called the City of Totems, and a significant centre for First Nations heritage, boasting almost 80 totem poles creating a unique urban cedar forest and several galleries representing over 100 world-class artists. Continue a short distance north to the quaint town of Chemainus, internationally renowned for the 37 professional murals and twelve sculptures located in and around the downtown area, making it the world’s largest outdoor art gallery.  This evening, enjoy a buffet dinner.
 
Day 5: Chemainus – Victoria, BC 
Back to Victoria and it’s time to say goodbye to this Great Escape.

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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October 23, 2017 Available Scheduled$930$1,195Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Victoria, BC by 4:00 PM via Victoria International Airport (YYJ)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Victoria, BC after 10:00 AM via Victoria International Airport (YYJ)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 60 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Deposit and Final Payment Policies: A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to hold your Escorted Vacation package. Final payment is requested 60 days prior to departure. If a reservation is made within 60 days of departure, full payment is required at time of booking. Some trips will require a larger deposit. Cruise line, Rocky Mountaineer and other specialty supplier deposit and final payment schedules over and above our standard requirements will be passed on to you and discussed with you prior to booking any such arrangements. Note: Our tours are planned one year in advance and occasionally the itinerary may need to be adjusted, or schedule changes may occur. Tour management reserves the right to make any adjustments in plans, which may be necessitated due to circumstances beyond our control. The tour organizer reserves the right to make any changes before or during the tour for the comfort and enjoyment of the passengers.

Tour Includes:
4 Nights Accommodation (3.5-4 star)
Professional Tour Leader
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
6 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Victoria, BC
Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences and an enviable cocktail and craft beer scene. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria is green and beautiful year-round.
  
Day 2: Victoria, BC
A morning city tour will follow scenic Marine Drive as it winds along the shoreline to Victoria’s oldest park, Beacon Hill Park, known for its 100-year-old cricket pitch. Continue to Oak Bay, Victoria’s most-British neighbourhood, featuring traditional tearooms and cozy one-of-a-kind shops. Spend the afternoon at the spectacular Butchart Gardens, transformed from a limestone quarry to 55 acres of breathtaking gardens, walking paths and fountains.  
 
Day 3: Day Trip to Sooke, BC 
Today take the West Coast Highway with lush rainforest and picturesque coastal views to Sooke, overlooking a secluded harbour at the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, “where the rainforest meets the sea”. Visit the Sooke Museum and Visitors Centre with displays depicting the ongoing saga of the early pioneer families. See the historic cast iron and glass dome of the Triangle Island Lighthouse, dismantled in 1920, but in its time stood over 700 feet above the sea and cast a beam that could be seen for over 50 miles. Take a walk in Whiffin Spit Park, a natural breakwater between Sooke Harbour and the Juan de Fuca Strait. Return to Victoria with free time to shop, wander the waterfront or even take an optional whale watching tour.   
 
Day 4: Victoria – Chemainus, BC
Depart Victoria today and travel north on the Malahat Highway, offering spectacular vistas from several viewpoints across the deep fjord of Finlayson Arm to the Saanich Peninsula and, on a clear day, to the Coast Mountains and snow-capped Mount Baker. Visit Duncan, called the City of Totems, and a significant centre for First Nations heritage, boasting almost 80 totem poles creating a unique urban cedar forest and several galleries representing over 100 world-class artists. Continue a short distance north to the quaint town of Chemainus, internationally renowned for the 37 professional murals and twelve sculptures located in and around the downtown area, making it the world’s largest outdoor art gallery.  This evening, enjoy a buffet dinner.
 
Day 5: Chemainus – Victoria, BC 
Back to Victoria and it’s time to say goodbye to this Great Escape.

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Tour Includes:
4 Nights Accommodation (3.5-4 star)
Professional Tour Leader
Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
6 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
 



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