2-Hour Grand City Tour
Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Expert Guide Who Is Professional Historian
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water
- Private transportation
What's excluded :
- Entry/Admission Fees To Any Tourist Attraction
- Meals/High Tea
- Entry/Admission - Craigdarroch Castle
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Our guide shares the fascinating history of the buildings surrounding the Inner Harbour. This is a great spot to take special photos.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Government House, 1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9 Canada
See where the Royal Family stays when visiting Victoria, as well as the magnificent surrounding gardens.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5 Canada
We drive by the Scottish Baronial Castle featuring the best stained glass windows in North America. The castle has also been used as a filming location for a number of movies.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Beacon Hill Park, 100 Cook St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V Canada
You will marvel at the stone bridge, world's tallest totem pole, beautiful gardens, and majestic peacocks.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Mount Tolmie Park, 1900 Mayfair Dr, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 1P9 Canada
You will see the entire city plus the sweeping grandeur of the surrounding mountains and ocean. Photos are a must here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada, 721 Government St Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5 Canada
Our guide explains the history of this most impressive hotel as well as explaining why it was built on wooden pilings.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 501 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4 Canada
Our guide explains the history and current use of these stately buildings. They are resplendent when bathed in light every evening with 3,333 bulbs, a tradition since Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Chinatown, Fisgard St., Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We drive through Chinatown, the oldest in Canada and second oldest in the Americas. You will see Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest Street in North America, featured in the Mel Gibson movie "Bird on a Wire."
Stop At: Scenic Marine Route, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We travel along this scenic ocean road, seeing many wonderful homes as well as mountains, ships, and a lighthouse.
Stop At: Fisherman's Wharf, 1 Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 0B2 Canada
As we drive alongside the docks and see the houseboats, restaurants, and shops, our guide describes the history of the fishing and whaling industries that were based here.
Stop At: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3G8 Canada
We pass by this imposing Church of England cathedral, the largest of Victoria's cathedrals.
Stop At: Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater, Dallas Rd, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by the Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal. Our guide explains that Victoria receives 5 million tourists a year, 15% from cruise ships.
Stop At: Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, 470 Belleville Street Third Floor, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1W9 Canada
We pass by the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature. Our guide talks about Robert Bateman, and his work as a premier nature artist and conservation naturalist.
Stop At: Fan Tan Alley, Chinatown, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R4 Canada
We drive by and show Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in North America, that was originally the home of gambling establishments and opium dens. The alley was featured in the Mel Gibson movie "Bird on a Wire."
Stop At: Bastion Square, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by the Western entrance to Bastion Square, the site of many cultural events. Our guide mentions the square includes the original Supreme Court Building, the most haunted building in Victoria.
Stop At: Oak Bay Marina, 1327 Beach Dr, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 2N4 Canada
We pass by the Oak Bay Marina, original home of captured killer whales including Tilikum, subject of the National Geographic documentary "Blackfish."
Stop At: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1E5 Canada
We drive by the Royal Theatre built in 1912. It is still a popular venue, staging concerts and musicals.
Stop At: Beacon Hill Children's Farm, Circle Drive ,Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4Z8 Canada
We pass by this lovely site and recommend stopping for photos, as this is the location of many beautiful, wild peacocks.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2 Canada
We drive through the University of Victoria grounds. It is the oldest post-secondary institution in British Columbia. The university is also the largest of Victoria's Universities with over 20,000 students. It is perhaps most famous for it's environmental work, which includes being home to the Canadian Center for Climate Modelling and Analysis and the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre.
Stop At: Dallas Road Beach, Dallas Road, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by Dallas Road Beach, frequently seeing hang gliders, kites, and ships.
Stop At: Old Town, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We drive through Old Town, one of the largest historic areas in British Columbia. Our guide describes many of the old buildings and the history related to this protected area.
Stop At: St. Andrew's Cathedral, 740 View St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1J8 Canada
We pass by St. Andrew's Cathedral, the Roman Catholic cathedral built in 1890.
Stop At: Destination Greater Victoria Visitor Centre, 812 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T3 Canada
We drive by the Destination Greater Victoria Visitor Centre. Our guide recommends this location to visitors for helpful information if they are staying awhile in Victoria.
Stop At: Cattle Point Urban Star Park, Beach Drive, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We drive through Cattle Point Urban Star Park. Our guide explains the park's history, and that it is one of two urban star parks in Canada, where the skies are still usable for astronomy.
Stop At: Wharf Street, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We drive along Wharf Street, and our guide points out the many historic buildings and sites visible from our vehicle.
Stop At: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A1 Canada
We pass by the Royal BC Museum which includes three permanent galleries: natural history, modern history, and local First Nations' history. The museum has more than seven million items in their collections and hosts major touring exhibitions year round. If time permits, this is truly a must-see experience.
Stop At: Finnerty Gardens, 3800 Finnerty Rd University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2 Canada
We drive by Finnerty Gardens, a public woodland garden located at and maintained by the University of Victoria.
Stop At: Fort Street, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We drive along Fort Street, most famous for their Antique Row, a series of independent antique, curio, and collectible shops between Blanshard and Cook streets.
Stop At: Market Square 560 Johnson St Old Town, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3C6 Canada
We pass by Market Square, a town square and shopping centre located downtown, next to Chinatown and the inner harbour.
Stop At: Mile Zero, Douglas St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2N6 Canada
We drive past the Mile Zero marker, the start of the Trans-Canada Highway. This is a transcontinental federal-provincial highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Atlantic in the east. The main route spans 4,860 miles across the country, one of the longest routes of it's type in the world.
Stop At: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 4J2 Canada
We pass by the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, an indoor arena that is currently the home of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. With a seating capacity of 7,400, it is the largest concert venue on Vancouver Island.
Stop At: Cadboro-Gyro Park, Sinclair Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8N 6B4 Canada
We drive through Cadboro-Gyro Park, a public park that features a childrens' playground including concrete sculptures of a giant octopus, salmon, and sea monster known as Cadborosaurus.
Stop At: McPherson Theatre, 3 Centennial Sq, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1P5 Canada
We pass by the McPherson Theatre, a theatre and concert hall. Originally built in 1914, it was massively updated as a Canadian Centennial project in 1965.
Stop At: Chinese Cemetery, 2026 Penzance Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 2H5 Canada
We drive by the Chinese Cemetery, Canada’s oldest Chinese cemetery. Our guide describes both the waterfront views and the history of the Chinese coming to Canada.
Stop At: Terry Fox Statue, 20 Douglas Street Southwest end of Beacon Hill Park by Mile Zero monument., Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2N6 Canada
We pass by the Terry Fox statue. Terry Fox was an athletic young man whose right leg had to be amputated because of cancer. Convinced that it was his mission to call attention to the plight of other cancer sufferers, and defying then-conventional assumptions about people with missing legs, Terry announced that he would run across Canada - over 4,500 miles - in the Spring and Summer of 1980. He made it two-thirds of the way on his "Marathon of Hope," but the cancer spread, and he passed away before completing the journey.
Stop At: Floating Homes, Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by the Floating Homes at Fisherman's Wharf. These homes are structures built on a flotation system and used as a residence.The owners live in their homes. There are no absentee owners, and float homes are not rented.
Stop At: Trial Islands Lighthouse, Trial Island, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by views of the Trial Island Lighthouse. It was built in 1906 and manned until 2009, when it was automated.
Stop At: Steamship Terminal, 470 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4W9 Canada
We drive by the Steamship Terminal, a product of Francis Rattenbury, Victoria's premier architect. This was formerly the Canadian Pacific Railway Steamship Terminal, the portal to western Canada for thousands of visitors and immigrants arriving in Victoria on CPR steamships.
Stop At: Uplands Park, 2900 Beach Drive, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 6L2 Canada
We pass by Uplands Park, consisting of 76 acres of woodland trails and undeveloped natural reserve land, including Cattle Point. It is among North America's first natural preserves to be set aside in an urban region.
Stop At: Old Victoria Custom House, 1002 Wharf St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1T4 Canada
We drive past the Old Victoria Custom House that was built in 1875. It sits on the site of the original Fort Victoria.
Stop At: Steve Fonyo Beach, Off the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail Between Ogden and Clover Points, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by Steve Fonyo Beach, the site of the completion of Fonyo's "Journey for Lives Marathon" on May 29, 1985, covering 4,924 miles and raising 14 million dollars for cancer research. Steve Fonyo was an amputee missing his left leg, who completed the journey Terry Fox was unable to finish.
Stop At: Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Sq, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1P6 Canada
We drive by Victoria City Hall built in 1890, one of the best surviving examples of Second Empire-style public architecture in western Canada. A notable feature is the 105 foot tall clock tower.
Stop At: Pioneer Square Old Burying Ground, Rockland Ave & Quadra St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3G8 Canada
We pass by Pioneer Square Old Burying Ground, the main burying ground for Fort Victoria and Victoria from 1855 to 1873. The site was later used as a filming location by an America soap opera in the 1970's.
Stop At: David Foster Foundation Theatre, 1175 Beach Dr Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 2N2 Canada
We drive past the David Foster Foundation Theatre, part of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. David Foster is a local boy, musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger. Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, and has been nominated a total of 47 times. He has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Stop At: The Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia Canada
We pass by the Netherlands Centennial Carillon, a 62-bell carillon dedicated by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in thanks for Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II.
Stop At: Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3H2 Canada
We drive by both the past and present locations of the Greater Victoria Public Library, that relocated to it's current location in 1991. In 1905, the Andrew Carnegie built library building, that was the previous location, opened. It was used as a movie set in the Mel Gibson movie, "Bird on a Wire."
Stop At: Trafalgar Park, 190-240 King George Terr, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 2K2 Canada
We pass by Trafalgar Park, offering magnificent views of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Olympic Mountains, and Trial Island with it's lighthouse.
Stop At: Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2J3 Canada
We drive by the Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, built in 1863 and still in use today. It is the oldest synagogue on the west coast of North America.
Pass By: The Canadian Scottish Regiment, 713 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1R1 Canada
We pass by the Bay Street Armoury, home to the Canadian Scottish Regiment. They are the primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army based on Vancouver Island.The regiment's history starts in 1912, and it has become Canada's most decorated infantry regiment, receiving six Victoria Crosses for extreme bravery.
Departure Point :Victoria Cruise Terminal at The Breakwater District, 185 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1, Canada
Traveler pickup is offered
We offer pickup service to most locations on the Southern end of Vancouver Island. Including Victoria Clipper, V2V Empress, cruise ships, seaplanes, helicopters, ferries, B&Bs, or any hotel in Greater Victoria.Airports
- Victoria Intl Airport, 1640 Electra Blvd, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 5V4 Canada
- Ogden Point Cruise Terminal
- Victoria Inner Harbor
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- Stroller accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.