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Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat

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Experience beautiful and renowned Butchart Gardens, plus the quaint city of Victoria, British Columbia, on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Enjoy a relaxing, scenic seaplane ride through the picturesque Gulf Islands en route to Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the seemingly endless array of floral displays at Butchart Gardens, then visit some of Victoria’s best places. This tour includes all transportation — including a speedboat return — and admission to Butchart Gardens.
  • Discover the quaint city of Victoria, British Columbia from Vancouver
  • Travel to Victoria via seaplane over the Gulf Islands
  • Explore Victoria at leisure
  • Visit the renowned Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoy a return trip to Vancouver via modern speedboat
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Seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria
Return to Vancouver by speed boat
Pickup from accommodation anywhere in Vancouver including hotels, private residences, and more
All local taxes
admission of Butchart gardens and transportation

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Departure Time

8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

This day trip starts with a seaplane ride from downtown Vancouver to Victoria, over the scenic Gulf Islands, located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia.

Upon arrival in Victoria, explore the city at leisure. Then take a motor coach to the famous Butchart Gardens, one of the top tourist attractions in British Columbia and ranked by USA Today, CNN and National Geographic as one of the top display gardens in the world. Butchart Gardens has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada because of their international renown.

Take approximately two hours to explore the beautiful grounds.

The unforgettable Sunken Garden is a must-see, featuring cradle beds of annuals, flowering trees, and unique shrubs. Concert Lawn Walk displays a domed Children’s Pavilion and Rose Carousel with 30 hand-carved wooden animals and chariots. The Rose Garden showcases roses of every kind — marked by name, origin and year — plus a frog fountain and wishing well. There are also Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean Gardens to enjoy.

For the return trip to Vancouver, enjoy the luxury (and speed) of a modern, 62-foot aluminum express cruiser, complete with indoor-outdoor viewing areas, heated passenger seating areas, onboard washrooms and a small snack area.
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Lotus Land Tours
Travelers enjoy their own schedules in Victoria after getting off the Seaplane until taking a shuttle bus to the Butchart Gardens which leaves at 1, 2 and 3 pm in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. After enjoying the gardens, travelers return back to Vancouver by a Speedboat which leaves at 4:45 pm from a private port of the Butchart Gardens.
Duration: 11 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of two adults is required for a trip
  • Single travelers are subject to a $35 singles supplement
  • Confirm pickup time 24 hours before the trip
  • All travelers full names and gender required at time of booking
  • Must bring 1 piece of government issued photo ID like Passport or driver license,citizenship card and non photo ID like Birth certificate, Social Insurance Number (SIN) card, Provincial Health card. one must have passenger’s name, date of birth and gender.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is a partially guided tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lotus Land Tours Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat.
What is the maximum group size during Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speed Boat?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Awesome day
, Aug 2020
We had an awesome time visiting Victoria BC. We took a helicopter from Vancouver to Victoria a cab was waiting for us and took us directly downtown Victoria. After touring around in downtown Victoria the cab picked us up and brought us to Butchart Gardens. The gardens were spectacular! It takes approximately two hours to go through the gardens. Afterwords the cab picked us up at the assigned time and was actually early. He then brought us to catch a seaplane to take back home to Vancouver BC. Everything was smooth it went like clockwork no hiccoughs at all. We had an amazing time the tour was fantastic. The fella who planned our tour Michael Nawas excellent and checked on us throughout the day to make sure everything was going fine.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Karen, Thank you so much for your warm words. You also made my day! Yes, the Butchart Gardens is the world best and it makes so many people happy and gives them a lifetime memory. The city of Victoria is another big garden as well. Flowers, lovely things, and people are everywhere! As you all had such an open mind, you could see all as you think. Good for you all! Thank you again and It was our great pleasure to have you too! Cheers!
Wonderful Victoria Day Trip
, Aug 2020
Michael at Lotus Tours did an amazing job of organizing our day trip. The drivers were friendly and courteous and always on time or early! Everything was done so professionally and the communication was excellent. Had an extremely enjoyable day. THANK YOU!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you Penny, It was our great pleasure to have you as well! A happy moment and memories make our life happier! Thank you for your kind words. We just did our job and it should be done well. As your day was an excellent and memorable one, we are happy too! Cheers!
, Aug 2020
Exceptional day!!! Speedboat was unavailable so we paid a little extra and travelled by helicopter instead.. Lotus Tours (MICHAEL) kept in contact with us throughout the day. All drivers and vehicles were clean and on time with friendly drivers. Activity to activity was seamless and well organized. Highly recommended! THANK YOU!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Cindy! Great to hear that your family had such a good time! Happy and Good memories in our life, especially with family can't be compared to any others! It was our great pleasure to have your family as well. Cheers!
Beautiful Victoria!
, Aug 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful time on this amazing excursion! The seaplane was really awesome as it was a really nice morning and you were able to enjoy the great scenery and landscape from the sky. Victoria really made the trip worth it though, the city has a really fun feel and some nice shopping and street vendors. We took the shuttle to the gardens and the driver was very witty and informative. The gardens were gorgeous as expected and the boat ride back was nice with some whale sightings that we stopped and checked out. We would highly recommend this trip for anyone, we were a little nervous since its a little on the expensive side... but it was definitely worth it!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Mr & Mrs. Moore, It's so great to hear that you both had such a wonderful time in Victoria and the gardens as well. As you mentioned, spending time and money on an experience is a very wise way as it makes our life worthy and valuable. Yes, it's a pricy tour, but it's worth and could be a lifelong experience as you described. Especially seaplane ride is quite romantic and the boat ride too! We really appreciate for sharing your wonderful experience with us. Hope you safe back home and bring back home many good memories as well. Thank you for visiting Canada! LLT
Not enough time
, Aug 2019
We loved the seaplane, we loved the speed boat, we loved butchart garden, but we really felt rushed. we only had time to see a speedy tour of the parliament building, the fisherman's wharf and the Empress Hotel. we didn't see much of anything else because we had to get on the bus to Butchart gardens which we had to run through to get to get on the boat. Next time I would take the seaplane over, stay over night in Victoria, do the hop on and off tour, then buchart the next day and take the boat back One thing we didn't appreciate was on the hotel pick up we were five adults that fit comfortably in a pacifica van, however on the pick up at the end, they expected to add 2 more men in the vehicle which meant we were going to be crammed into the van which would have been awkward with complete strangers. So our party of 3 decided to opt out and told the driver we would take a cab. For what we paid for the tour, they either should have sent a larger vehicle or only taken 5 passengers. I realize the pacifica is technically an 8 passenger vehicle, but the 2 center seats are not conducive to large adults.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Guests, Thank you for your valuable feedback on your Victoria trip. Great to hear that you enjoyed your tour except for a few things. So sorry to hear this. Not enough time, yes, it could be but It's the regular schedule for this tour because of the timeline of the seaplane and boat from Butchart Gardens. However, you could leave Vancouver early in the morning, but if the guests don't request it when they book, as guests know the departure time and return time, we keep the original schedule. We know you had several places to explore Victoria as the city is full of things to see and so wonderful as is. And you are right!! If you want to see more of Victoria, it's a good idea having overnight stay in Victoria and return later days. You can check this ability with us before booking. You can come back the next day or two later. Some guests do like that if they have enough time. And if you were uncomfortable for the return to pick up as there are many guests in a van, we are truly sorry about that. We don't pick up guests like that as we have other bigger fleets. If we use a bigger van than the minivan, we can't park the van at the parking lot just in front of the arriving dock and the guests need to walk for 7-10 minutes to the bus parking lot. The parking lot we were waiting for you only allow cars and minivans. we had 2 minivans that day for pick up the guests and two guests could move to another van. Thant you very much for your comments on the pickup issue and we'll do our best for fixing this issue. Next time you come back here again, please call us. We'll serve you with a better service. Thank you again for your feedback and thank you for visiting BC, Canada. Hope you bring back home many good memories and safe back home! LLT
Vancouver Seaplane and Speed Boat
, Jun 2018
Fantastic seaplane ride to Victoria. Had a great walking tour of the city. Bus ride to Butchart Gardens was very informative and entertaining and the gardens were spectacular. The speed boat ride back to Vancouver was nice even though we didn't have any whale sightings. The gentleman who picked us up and brought us back to our Airbnb was very professional and made sure everything went according to plan.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It's great to hear that you had a good time in Victoria and Butchart Gardens as well. Yes, the bus ride to the Gardens with narration is very helpful to know about the gardens and the city. Hope your memories of the trip make you happy and smile sometimes! Thank you!
Another tour which was just amazing...
, Sep 2017
Another tour which was just amazing. We were picked up from our hotel - early start but worth it. We were given information all about the day once we arrived at the harbour air sea planes terminal - we were then left to our devices but had all the relevant information. Sea plane to Victoria takes about 30 minutes and lands right in Victoria harbour. You have free time in Victoria which is a beautiful place and it is up to you how much free time. There are buses to Butchart gardens at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00. We decided to do a open top bus tour in the morning which took an hour - this was a great way to find out about Victoria and the surrounding area. We then had afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress which I can recommend. We got the 14:00 bus which takes about 40 minutes. I would not recommend getting a late bus as you would have no time in the gardens, getting the bus we did we managed to see everything but didn't have any spare time. If you really want to enjoy all the gardens then I would suggest getting the first bus. The gardens are simply fantastic. The boat left at 16:30 from the cove at the gardens and took about 2 hours back to Vancouver. The staff on the boat were super friendly and told us everything. WE didn't see any whales but lots of people said they had on this trip before.
What a great trip! The staff are so...
Mary C
, Sep 2017
What a great trip! The staff are so nice and accommodating. They picked us up from our hotel and the flight was smooth and very scenic. We had several hours in Victoria before boarding the bus to the Gardens, which were beautiful. The boat ride back was enjoyable but it would have been nice if they had adult beverages available. Wonderful time!
We had an amazing day on this trip...
Adrian D
, Sep 2017
We had an amazing day on this trip. Everything was well organised from pickup at our hotel, to the seaplane flight, the transport to the gardens and the fast boat home. We had plenty of time to walk around Victoria to the fisherman's wharf and spent a lovely afternoon wandering through the spectacular Butchart Gardens. This tour is highly recommended as a great way to see Victoria and the gardens in one day.
A very full but beautiful day in...
Jayne H
, Sep 2017
A very full but beautiful day in perfect weather. Butchart garden is a must for anyone interested in gardens. Truly magnificent!

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