Badge of Awesome Communities invites you to share your favourite things to see and do in cool destinations around the world. We caught up with the folks from That Girl in Victoria — one of our featured attractions from Victoria, B.C. — to learn about what they have to offer.
WHAT MAKES A TOUR WITH THAT GIRL IN VICTORIA AWESOME?
That Girl in Victoria: Your Private and Customized Tour with Local Guide Michele Davis will fill you with wonderful stories, history, fun facts and special treasures that are unique to Victoria, BC.
Your travel time is valuable and your interests are unique so you want to get the most during your visit. Guests will experience main attractions of your choice, sprinkled with special “off the beaten path” scenic gems and, of course, time to duct into special Boutique shops based on your shopping interests.
“I have been a local Concierge in the Luxury destination market for over 10 years,” says Michele. “I Love this city and it’s rich history, spectacular vistas, exceptional dining and particularly the unique shopping we have here in Victoria and I look forward to sharing it all with you.”
Start with any of the three Tour Routes offered and then we customize, we could include, wine/gin or Cider tastings, a picnic on the beach, afternoon tea or a Wine and cheese overlooking a beautiful marina. Experience the small villages within the city, fit in a garden, an art gallery or visit a castle. Shop for Fashion, Shoes, Vintage, souvenirs, tea or Home decor and more. Your Tour, your pace, your interests.
Charming Victoria Tour
Charming Victoria Tour is mostly a walking tour from the Inner harbour where you will hear about the infamous Legislative building, Empress hotel and the architect who built them and his life story of Scandal, Murder and Mystery. We will then walk along Government street where you will hear stories of Victoria’s beginnings and the prominent people and shop keepers whose legendary shops still exist today. This tour meanders through to the Trendy district of Johnson Street and then includes the “The Forbidden city” China Town and Fan Tan Alley.
This tour is ideal for including an afternoon tea or a chocolate and tea tasting, a pint at a beautiful local pub or a fancy cocktail with a spectacular view or event a Water Taxi to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Quaint Villages Tour
This driving tour will include a scenic drive along the Ocean through some of Victoria’s most prestigious and charming neighborhoods to see how the locals live. Along this route we will stop and take advantage of some incredible views of the city, Stroll through Beacon Hill park, feed some peacocks, visit the tallest Totem pole in the world, visit the resident seals at the marina and Shop along the charming streets of Oak Bay Avenue, Fernwood Village, Estevan Village and Cook Street. This tour could include Fisherman’s Wharf, Lunch at the Marina or a picnic on the Beach. A visit to Craigdarroch Castle and the stunning grounds of Government House or even a visit to the Abkhazi Gardens and stay for afternoon tea.
Butchart Gardens and Sidney by the Sea
A visit to Victoria is just not complete without a stroll through the world famous Butchart gardens. A National Historic Site spanning 55 acres of pristine breathtaking gardens. Butchart also offers lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in the rooms of what was once the private residence of the Butchart family. On this tour we can add in a Wine, Gin or Sea Cider tasting or all three! Choose to have a picnic lunch or lunch at a Seaside restaurant in Sidney. Time for shopping as this little quaint town has some of the best fashion and home decor shops around. If your group can tour on Thursday evenings – Sidney Market is one of the best!
All of the above tours are approximately 3-3.5 hours for $300 (can) for up to 6 people. You can include more touring at the time of your booking at $98/hour. Transportation provided for groups up to 6 people in a luxury Lincoln navigator with plenty of room for comfort and large viewing windows. Is your group more than 6? No problem, just contact That Girl in Victoria for arrangements.
Language translators can be arranged for groups up to 5 (and additional fee may apply).