3/7/2024     by Hannah Bertram

Top 3 Excursions While Visiting Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia, stands out as a unique city, offering boutique hotels suitable for royalty, awe-inspiring landscapes and farm-to-table dining. This beautiful island is positioned between the serene waters of the Salish Sea and the formidable rainforests of Vancouver Island. We invite you to forge your own path or follow our suggestions as you embark on a Norwegian Cruise Line journey to discover, uncover and explore Greater Victoria. Check out some of these Norwegian land excursions to get the most out of Victoria.

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Blooms that mesmerize and colors that enchant – a stroll through Butchart Gardens is all about nature's beauty

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Butchart Gardens Excursion

Butchart Gardens, a horticultural masterpiece nestled on Vancouver Island, is a captivating floral wonderland that unfolds across 55 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds. When you visit, you’ll be enchanted by the diverse and vibrant array of plants, including seasonal blooms, fragrant roses and manicured lawns. The Sunken Garden, with its dramatic terraces; the charming Rose Garden with over 2,500 floribundas, ramblers and hybrid tea roses; and the placid Japanese garden are just a few of the highlights that showcase the Gardens' enchanting beauty. A visit to Butchart Gardens is a sensory delight, offering a harmonious blend of colors, scents and tranquility, making it a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts and garden admirers alike.

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Sail into elegance: Fairmont Empress – where luxury meets the sea

The Empress Experience

Indulge in an enchanting evening steeped in the quintessential Victorian tradition of tea and delectable savories, but with an alluring twist (it comes iced), at the historic Fairmont Empress. Commanding the shores of the Inner Harbor since 1908, this iconic hotel has been a haven for a distinguished roster of royalty, dignitaries and celebrities like Bob Hope and John Wayne. An enticing culinary menu also promises a memorable experience, featuring treats such as flavorful white cheddar and chive biscuits, vegan mushroom pate and a tapioca violet mousse. After savoring this exquisite repast, take time to wander through the Inner Harbor, where the regal Parliament Buildings, crowned with domes, command the skyline.

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Sipping serenity in the heart of Cowichan Valley

Wineries & Cider Farms

Take off on a delightful journey through the bountiful Cowichan Valley, sampling wines and ciders that embody the essence of the region at three renowned estates. These establishments, nestled in nurturing microclimates, showcase the thriving vineyards and apple orchards that define the area. Enrico Winery, boasting eight varietals skillfully blended to capture the terroir, invites you to a tasting experience that unveils the beauty of their craftsmanship. Pinot gris, a beloved grape in British Columbia, yields particularly memorable wines. Meanwhile, Cherry Point Estate Wines, with its expansive vineyards among the island's largest, offers an enlightening tour and tasting featuring a silky pinot noir, a luscious gewürztraminer and an ortega with floral notes. At Merridale Cidery & Distillery, indulge in a diverse selection of beverages, including ciders infused with peach brandy, wildflower honey or berries. The journey also includes a picturesque photo stop along the southern shore of the island and a scenic driving tour through Victoria. 

An Alaskan cruise is a great way to enjoy all the above, and our travel agents can help you make the most of your voyage. Not only will you have plenty of time to discover the sights and flavors above, but you'll also receive exclusive bonuses and luxuries in addition to recommendations and guidance. Our experts know Norwegian Cruise Line well, so we can help you select, plan and book the ideal cruise vacation.

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