Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
A narrated motorcoach drive through Victoria gives way to the celebrated Butchart Garden: 55-acres of flowers, rare trees, winding paths & cascading fountains. Your self-guided 1.75 hour tour includes such highlights as the Italian, Japanese, & Rose gardens linked by spacious lawns, streams & lily ponds. Don't miss the "Sunken Garden," once an abandoned limestone quarry dramatically transformed. You will then visit the Butterfly Garden, where you will wander among a multitude of free-flying butterflies in this 12,000 square foot garden resplendent with lush foliage, waterways & elegant tropical birds. Over 30 species of butterflies fly freely. Approximately 1.75 hours at Butchart Gardens.
Enjoy the enchanting world of Butchart Gardens & the lights of downtown Victoria. Be provided with a LED, battery operated, Chinese lantern to enhance your self-guided walk around Butchart Gardens, before returning to your "100% pure biodiesel B100" powered motor coach for a narrated tour of Victoria's beautifully illuminated Parliament Buildings & other sights. The gardens are stunning in the evening when illuminated by thousands of hidden lights, creating soft background lighting (not floodlit). Illuminations offered when night falls (mid May - mid June & from mid August - mid September). Approximately 2.25 hours at Butchart Gardens.
Victoria exudes Old World charm and a distinctively British flair. This tour will show you its heart and soul. Head into the upscale residential neighborhoods, complete with manicured lawns, abundant flowers and coastal views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Watch for glimpses of historic China Town. Your tour will conclude with the Inner Harborthe centerpiece of Victoria. Here you'll find the Royal British Columbia Museum, street performers, craft vendors, food stalls, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. You may ask your driver to let you off here and make your own way back, or return to the ship by motor coach.
Visit Craigdarroch Castle, a landmark home dating to the 1880's, accompanied by live classical music. You must negotiate a gradual uphill walk to the castle & 87 steps to view all four floors of the castle. Later your drive will take in views of a rolling landscape en-route to Victoria's famed Butchart Gardens. During your visit, children have the option to partake on a specially designed Garden Discovery. The gardens are stunning in the evening when illuminated by thousands of hidden lights, creating soft background lighting (not floodlit). Garden illuminations offered when night falls (mid May - mid June & from mid August - mid September). Approximately 1.5 hours at Butchart Gardens.
Bring Victoria's two icons together: the traditional Empress Tea experience paired with a tour of Butchart Gardens. Start your visit to Victoria with fully narrated drive to Butchart Gardens. Stroll the meandering paths and take in the beautiful array of blooms, scents and colors in the show gardens of Butchart. Then you are whisked off to the Empress Hotel for your Tea experience served in classic Empress style. Fine china, silver Tea service, experienced table service and delicious menu items are provided as you look out over the famed Inner Harbor. Approximately 1.75 hours at Butchart Gardens.
Justifiably renowned as Canada's "City Of Gardens," Victoria and its gardens burst into bloom year round. Your tour includes an introduction to the historic downtown quarter and a visit to the famed Butchart Gardens. When visiting in the evening, the gardens are stunning when illuminated by thousands of hidden lights, creating soft background lighting (not floodlit). Garden illuminations offered when night falls (Mid May - Mid June and from Mid August - Mid September). Flowers can be seen closer to the pathways but not all the way to the back beds. Approximately 2.25 hours at Butchart Gardens.
Exclusive to Celebrity Cruises, experience the best of British Columbia through Sights, Sounds, and Tastes. Explore the many highlights of BC's Capital along the coastal drive enroute to Victoria's crown jewel, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Enjoy the David Foster Theatre through a Sommelier guided sampling of five award winning BC wines, paired with tastings of Executive Chef Iain Rennie's locally inspired bites. The stage then comes alive with a musical journey across Canada. Reboard your motorcoach for the best of the city including Chinatown, the Inner Harbor, and the majestic Legislative buildings. Optional drop-off downtown provided.
Departing Ogden Point aboard your vintage double decker bus your driver/guide will point out Beacon Hill Park, Oak Bay Village, the Majestic Legislative Building, the Empress Hotel , Thunderbird Park & Chinatown followed by a photo stop at the multifaceted inner harbor for views of the Majestic Parliament Buildings. NOTE: You will be offered the opportunity to linger longer downtown for approx 1 hour and 25 minutes or return to the ship following your downtown photo stop which is approx 10 minuntes. Should you wish to remain in the downtown shopping district and explore independently, please advise your driver/guide and a complimentary return pick up time & location will be provided to you.
Discover Victoria's rich history on a tour of this charming Provincial Capital. From the pier head straight to the heart of Victoriathe Inner Harbor area. You'll find the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. From there continue to Craigdarroch Castle, the grand estate of industrialist John Dunsmuir. Most of this four-story masterpiece has been fully restored to its original condition. After exploring Craigdarroch on an approximate 1 hour self-guided tour, re-board your coach and head into the upscale residential neighborhoods, where the perfectly manicured lawns and abundant flowers explain Victoria's "City of Gardens" nickname.
Experience Victoria's highlights and local secrets. You will take a scenic, narrated motor coach tour to the beautiful town of Sidney by the Sea and the bustling outdoor Sidney market. From delicious local food to handmade jewelry and art, at the height of summer, see what over 200 vendors have to offer. On the return journey, enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour of Victoria's downtown area, including Chinatown, the historic Empress Hotel and the picturesque Parliament Buildings. Free time included. Only available on Thursday evenings (from the first Thursday in June to the last Thursday in August).
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.