We did the Alaskan cruise in 2004, but we went out of Seattle. We went up a few days ahead of time and went over to Victoria from Seattle. We booked a 'combo" tour where we saw the Gardens and we're giving a tour of the city, with an option for "tea" in the afteroon at the palace. (They have other tours also, but we felt that one was the most comprehensive.) We enjoyed it and know of others who did as well. The ferry ride over to Victoria was part of the package, so I know that the times were in sync. You will just have to check the docking times and tour times to see if it will work out for you. Good luck!
Absolutely a must see. I wasn't overly enthused to visit BG but enjoyed our time there immensely! The history behind BG is quite interesting and there are 5-6 separate garden areas to walk through. Other than transportation to BG from downtown VIctoria (about 30 min) a tour would not be necessary. Spend some time walking around downtown VIctoria and the waterfront and then go to BG. It will be a lovely day.
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