Victoria City Sightseeing Tour with Craigdarroch Castle
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.
- Fully narrated tour
- Great overview and orientation of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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!
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Tour departs at 10am
USD $35.30Pricing details
10am Tour with Afternoon Tea
Tour departs at 10am, includes afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Guests must make seating reservations in advance directly with the Empress Hotel (contact info on voucher).
USD $90.73Pricing details
Tour departs at 1pm
USD $35.30Pricing details
Victoria City Sightseeing Tour
- City tour
- Entry to Craigdarroch Castle
- Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
- Afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel (if option is selected)
- Local taxes
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Afternoon tea is served from 12pm to 3:45pm daily; the tour operator will help you book your tea time or you can call to arrange
- For the afternoon tea, dress code is casually elegant. Please no torn and / or ripped jeans, short shorts, cut off pants, beach wear, flip flops or baseball caps
- If you require hotel pickup & drop-off, you must contact the local service provider after booking to
ensure this service is provided for your hotel
Afternoon Tea Sample Menu
Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Dill Cream Cheese
Roasted Honey Ham with Tarragon Dijonnaise
Free Range Egg Salad Croissant
Cucumber & Ginger Mascarpone on Butter Brioche
Moroccan Spiced Coronation Chicken on Marble Rye
Freshly Baked Raisin Scone with Strawberry Jam & Empress Cream
Maple Pumpkin Dacquoise
Chocolate Cherry Tea Cup
Citrus Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Spiced Vanilla Shortbread
Empress Blend: Exclusive to The Fairmont Empress, this delightful blend boasts a bright coppery colour. The Assam component lends a rich malty character, while the Kenyan black tea provides subtle floral hints. Kenyan green tea infuses this blend and lively aroma, complemented by fruity, sprightly and airy piquant flavors of Dimbula from Sri Lanka. Small amount of Keemun draws the elements together with burgundy depth and light oaky notes.
Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling: A 2nd flush tea with a delightful fresh character with distinctive Muscat grape notes and hints of currant.
Fairmont Earl Grey: Refreshing and sweet, with lifted citrus charm freshening the structured tenacity of the Ceylon leaf. A perfectly focused classic.
Borengajuli Assam: A robust, malty tea from the Borengajuli estate of Assam, India, finishing with a slowly subsiding velvety feel on the palate and a natural sweetness.
Kea Lani Orange Pineapple: A bold and bright orange pineapple tea made from all natural herbs and dry fruit, this blend offers a refreshing, slightly tart profile.
Reviewed by: Winifred D, November 2015
This tour gives you great overview of the city of Victoria. Our driver was incredibly well informed and very fun to listen to. Loved the city and can't wait to go back.
Reviewed by: Dawn D, October 2015
Very comfortable bus, great our guide, excellent tour of the castle and a wonderful high tea at The Empress Hotel. Well worth doing.