Butchart Gardens Excursion in Victoria B.C.

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Product Description

Who wants to go to Victoria? Well, hop aboard and come with us as we cruise through the Puget Sound and up through the Strait of Juan de Fuca to beautiful Victoria B.C. In this extravagant excursion you will be treated to a variety of activities including a tour of Butchart Gardens, high-tea at the Empress and a brand new, exclusive canvas designed for this event.

Stitching with luxurious silks and over-dyed cottons, you will learn textured stitches to bring your garden to life by our own Mary Ward-Smith. This memento will remind you of your trip for years to come.

We have reserved plenty of time to relax, sight-see, and stitch in this 4-day, 3-night trip. Want to bring a friend that doesn’t stitch? No problem – we have an excursion only package available, see “Non-Stitcher”.

There are limited seats available – sign up early and save.

Book by March 15th and save 10%

Non-refundable deposit of $500 due upon sign-up. Full balance due June 1st.

Cost includes:

4 day, 3 nights at the Inn at Laurel Point with Harbor View, round-trip cruise from Seattle to Victoria, canvas, stitch guide, instruction, events and meals (as described below). Fibers and embellishments are TBD and not included in this cost.

Stitcher Early Bird Before March 15th:

  • Single Occupancy: $2,500
  • Double Occupancy: $2,050

Stitcher After March 15th:

  • Single Occupancy: $2750
  • Double Occupancy: $2250

Non-Stitcher Early Bird Before March 15th:

  • Single Occupancy: $2,140
  • Double Occupancy: $1,700

Non-Stitcher After March 15th:

  • Single Occupancy: $2380
  • Double Occupancy: $1890

The Canvas

This canvas was created and is currently being painted specifically for this event. A perfect memory of your trip – the iconic Butchart Gardens. This canvas is 10″ x 8″ and 18 count. The fibers and stitches are TBD as we also are creating an exclusive stitch guide and instruction for this event. Look forward to lots of texture and style from our own Mary Ward-Smith.

 

In this trip you will experience:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020 

6:30am: Meet at Pier 69 to board the Clipper – a high-speed catamaran with sweeping views of the Pacific Northwest.

7:30am: Aboard the Victoria Clipper, we will depart from Seattle Pier 69 and arrive to Victoria, Belleville Terminal at 10:30am. You will be riding in style as we have upgraded to Comfort Class Seating.

  • 1 checked bag, 1 carry-on bag included
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages included

10:30am: Arrive in Victoria and drop your bags off at the Inn at Laurel Point. Go explore Victoria, (we have a list of local attractions you can choose from**), grab lunch (not included), and be back for check-in at 4:00pm.

4:00pm: Check into your room & get settled

4:45pm: Meet in the hotel lobby for a short (5 minute) walk to the Empress Hotel where we will catch our bus to the Butchart Gardens Night Illuminations Tour. Bus picks us up in front of the Empress Hotel at 5:00pm and whisks us away from downtown Victoria to fifty-five acres of floral splendor.

5:30pm: Take an evening stroll & delight as thousands of lights in dozens of hues dramatically light the gardens.

6:30pm: Enjoy a picnic style meal on the residence’s lawn. After dinner, we will take some more time to enjoy the gardens.

Dusk:  Ooh and Ahh over a spectacular showcase of grand fireworks. After the show, we will collect our belongings and head back to the bus for a quick ride back to town.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2020 

Start the day with breakfast at the Inn at Laurel Point (included) – Service starts at 7am.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Grab your stitching and head down to the meeting space for our first instruction session with Mary.

1:00pm: Tea at the Empress. Feel like you are stepping into history with the Fairmont Empress traditional Afternoon Tea. The Fairmont Empress has been pleasing visitors with its tea service for over 100 years and is the place to visit for an authentic British Afternoon Tea experience. The tea lobby has served royalty, celebrities and dignitaries the scones, pastries and tea sweets prepared by an award winning Pastry Chef as part of the Afternoon Tea service.

After class, enjoy some free time. We have a list of local attractions to choose from, see events listed below**.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Optional evening-stitch in our reserved meeting space.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020

Start the day with breakfast at the Inn at Laurel Point (included) – Service starts at 7am.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Grab your stitching and head down to the meeting space for our second instruction session with Mary.

After class, enjoy some free time. We have a list of local attractions to choose from, see events listed below**.

Lunch & dinner is not provided this day.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Regroup at the meeting space for the third instruction session with Mary.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020

Start the day with breakfast at the Inn at Laurel Point (included) – Service starts at 7am.

9:30am: Pack up and be sure to have your belongings ready to store in the lobby.

10:00am – 1:00pm: Head over to the meeting space for our final instruction session with Mary.

After class, enjoy some free time (from 1pm-4pm). Lunch & dinner is not provided this day.

4:00pm: Meet at Belleville Terminal with all your belongings.

5:00pm: Depart Victoria and arrive in Seattle, Pier 69 at 7:45pm. Enjoy Comfort Class seating.

 

**POPULAR TOUR & ATTRACTION ADD-ONS:

To book one of these add ons, simply email Julie@theneedlepointer.com with your request.

Victoria Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, 24 Hour + Craigdarroch Castle @ $49.50 Adult

Experience the beauty of Victoria and dive deep into the culture of this fascinating city. Check out Canada’s oldest Chinatown, discover the start of one of the world’s longest highways at Mile 0, stroll through the 200-acre Beacon Hill Park and soak in Marine Drive’s breathtaking beaches and mountain views and more! Plus, enjoy admission to the famous Craigdarroch Castle and explore 39 rooms chock-full of rich, Victorian-era furnishings, vintage photographs and some of the most beautiful stained glass in North America!

Five Star Whale Watching (3 hour tour) @ $101.25 USD Adult

Your Victoria whale watching tour begins when you depart on a 40 passenger high speed catamaran. Experience the beauty and serenity of your whale watching tour in a boat with both inside and outside viewing areas. The operator and guide of your Victoria whale watching tour, a marine wildlife naturalist, is an expert on Orcas and will offer commentary and answer any questions you have about the whales or other wildlife you might encounter on your tour.

Royal BC Museum Admission @ $22.00 Adult (18-64) | $15.50 Senior (65+)

See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore core galleries and immerse yourself in tales of the Province’s history and future. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have four times voted the number one museum in Canada.  Its permanent exhibits include the First People’s, Modern History and Natural History Gallery.

Please note, tour details are subject to change. Any changes will be reflected here and communicated as soon as possible. As always, email us at julie@theneedlepointer.com or call 425 252 2277 with any questions.

Getting to Seattle

We have 2 airports that will bring you to our area. For this trip, we recommend you fly into Seatac (SEA) and reserve a hotel room in downtown Seattle as we will be arriving at the Pier very early and you can’t be late.

Our shop is 20 minutes north of Seattle in Edmonds, WA and we would love for you to visit us on the days leading up to the event.

The weather in the Pacific Northwest is always unpredictable. Though we usually experience mild, sunny weather in August, there has also been wind & rain. We dress in layers and bring sunglasses.

Cancellation Policy

A $500 deposit is due immediately and is non-refundable. The remainder balance will be processed on your credit card on Monday, June 1st, 2020.

After June 1st no refunds will be issued for cancellation, but we will ship you your canvas and stitch guide after the event. Note, fibers/embellishments are available at an added cost.

We must strictly adhere to this policy as it is the same as our contract with Victoria Clipper tours.

Additional information

Payment Option

Stitcher – Single Occ. Deposit ($500), Stitcher – Double Occ. Deposit ($500), Non-Stitcher – Single Occ. Deposit ($500), Non-Stitcher – Double Occ. Deposit ($500)