Bus drivers, like migrating geese, have an innate sense of direction and the ability to look adorable when blocking traffic. Observe calculated cuteness with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two tickets to a deluxe Victoria City tour from CVS Cruise Victoria (up to a $49.28 value, including HST).
During the Victoria City tour, the chauffeurs of the CVS buses steer through the capital's scenic downtown and coast on their way to breathtaking countryside panoramas. Live narrators spout history and folklore throughout the 90-minute jaunt, which stops first at Songhees viewpoint, overlooking the inner harbour, and The Fairmont Empress Hotel. A drive down Government Street gets passengers up close and personal with legislative buildings, remnants of Fort Victoria, and Canada's oldest Chinatown. Afterwards, wheels roll carefully through Antique Row, gliding past Craigdarroch Castle, the lieutenant governor's mansion, and a halfway house for runaway Tiffany lamps. A cruise up to the Mount Tolmie lookout allows for bird's-eye snapshots of the city and countryside before a final brush along the waterfront and a tour of Beacon Hill Park. The tour schedule, outlining times and pickup locations, is available online.
CVS Cruise Victoria
Though CVS Cruise Victoria's fleet of biofuel-powered coaches are adept at getting passengers from point A to point B, they do even more. Besides making regular trips to tourist-friendly sites in the city, the company’s multitalented drivers also narrate sightseeing tours of picturesque and interesting spots endemic to Victoria's history. During the daily Butchart Gardens tour, for instance, drivers fill passengers in on the gardens’ background story before letting them wander its stone paths and foliage-lined streams for two hours. Passengers on the 90-minute deluxe Victoria city tour get to know the city by visiting Old Town, Chinatown, Antique Row, and other iconic spots. Beyond trips for the public, the company’s 29- to 56-seat motorcoaches also provide private charter service to events ranging from sports games to multiday excursions to the grocery store.
811 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W8