Enjoy the highlights of Victoria and visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Departing Ogden Point your guide will point out the highlights including the Majestic Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel, Royal British Columbia Museum, Beacon Hill Park and the exclusive residential districts of the Uplands and Oak Bay with their manicured grounds and gardens, Bastion Square, and Chinatown (the oldest in Canada) including the "Gates of Harmonious Interest". At Butchart Gardens, see how the Butchart family transformed a barren rock quarry into what is now one of the world’s best-known horticultural attractions, covering more than 55 acres.
The gardens are a lush paradise of flowers, rare trees and winding paths, that were created more than 100 years ago. Enjoy the cascading fountains and footbridges connecting you to the many themed gardens, including the beautiful Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. Multi-language maps will assist you on your self-guided tour. As an added bonus, guests sailing on Norwegian Pearl visiting on Saturdays from 7/19/14 thru 8/30/14 will be treated to the Butchart Gardens fireworks display, choreographed to music.
Note: The gardens are stunning in the evening when illuminated by thousands of hidden lights. Garden illuminations offered when daylight hours shorten i.e. when night falls (Mid May to Mid June and from Mid August to Mid September). Flowers can be seen closer to the pathways but not all the way to the back beds. Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes at Butchart Gardens. Order of sights may vary. Walking time and distance is at each guest's discretion. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked “accessible” within Butchart Gardens. Approximate amount of walking 1 to 1.5 miles (at guest’s discretion) and up to 150 steps located throughout.