The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria was established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The city’s British ancestry is still apparent in the double-decker buses, historic buildings, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms as well as being home to some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. Not far from the ocean or mountains, Victoria benefits from one of Canada’s mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue an outdoor lifestyle all year round. During a stay in Victoria we recommend visiting the Butchart Gardens, Thunderbird Park with its impressive display of totem poles and the Royal BC Museum, which showcases the fascinating anthropological history of British Columbia.
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"We had a fabulous time in Iran. Our carefully worked itinerary was nicely spaced and we were delighted with our female guide.
"The visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandi made a deep impression on me. It was intensely crowded with devout Buddhists and I was in the middle of the crush when the doors of the casket opened, yet felt perfectly safe. I have a high regard for the gentle Sri Lankan people. I find tea plantations exceptionally beautiful, and am thrilled with the rich colours and patterns of the small fruit and spice stalls.
Ms Phyllis Babb"
"This was a fabulous trip from beginning to end with charming and attentive local guides throughout and wonderful accommodation. The dawn balloon ride over Bagan was particularly magical as was the opportunity to get very close to the fishermen on Inle Lake – a photographer's dream!
Mr Peter Bradbrook"
"[Inspirational moments include the] dawn boat ride at Varanasi, walking out to see the Taj Mahal early morning and the lakes at Udaipur.
Dr Alan Watson"
"I am writing to commend Cox & Kings for organizing such a successful tour of Sri Lanka. It provided a perfect introduction to a lovely land and insight into a culture very different to our own. Our guide, was an inspiration to us all, with his wide-ranging knowledge of country, history, culture, and specialist knowledge of many subjects. I am grateful to have enjoyed such a wonderful travelling experience and hope that it will not be long before I have the opportunity to travel again with Cox & Kings.
Mrs Barbara Rands"
"There were so many wonderful moments. I think I enjoyed the most looking upon the 'Monastery' at Petra having climbed the 800 steps. At each place we had a wonderful time - the sunsets at the Marriott hotel in Petra. The camel and jeep rides at Wadi Rum. Snorkelling at the Red Sea. Floating in the Dead Sea. All very magical.
Mrs Stephanie Jenkins"
"We experienced a wonderful holiday and a friendly group of travelling companions; it was good to be part of a small group with a considerate and efficient tour escort.
Mrs Brenda Everest"
"We would like to express our warmest gratitude for the Princely Tour of India that we have just experienced, and especially your care and attention supplied throughout the tour by representatives on your behalf.
John and Pamela Phelby"
"The floating islands on lake titicaca were impressive. The views at Machu Piccu and Rio de Janerio were fantastic.
Mrs Hilary Reid"
"The unplanned and unexpected encounter with a traditional Burmese procession taking young boys to the monastery to become monks and girls to have their ears pierced. Half a mile long, it consisted of ridden horses, oxcarts, ponies & traps, elephants and motor vehicles, all festooned with flowers and gay decorations and accompanied by loud music. It was not in a tourist location and was by the locals, for the locals. Absolutely glorious.
Mr Jeremy Waters"
"The safari into the Serengeti will be remembered for our lifetime. Lions feasting on a buffalo kill, evening sunsets, staying in tented camps with the sounds of the wild around us.
Mrs Suzanne Vincent"
"An excellent itinerary. Transfers were seemless.
Mr and Mrs. Johnson"
"Thank you for making our holiday both wonderful and memorable.
"Seeing the Great pyramid, Sphinx and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Miss Ann Colbert"