18099
British Columbia
Victorian Christmas at the Grand Empress
Celebrate Christmas at the Grand Empress Hotel, enjoying local traditions, choral performances, a lights display at Butchart Gardens and of course — Afternoon Tea at the Empress!
Rating (5)
Program No. 18099RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,545
Meals
10 Meals
4 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian
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Dec 23, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Dec 27, 2017
4 nights
Victoria
The Fairmont Empress Hotel, located on Victoria, British Columbia's, Inner Harbour, was named for Queen Victoria, Empress of India. Designed by Francis Rattenbury and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Victoria Fairmont Empress Hotel has enchanted guests to Victoria BC since its opening in 1908. Rising regally on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbour and representing the center of British Columbia's Capital City, The Fairmont Empress has been completely restored to her turn-of-the-century beauty. The Fairmont Empress displays the grandeur of a bygone era, her facilities and services meet the needs of today's traveler. There was some consideration in the 1960's to tear down the aging hotel and build a modern high rise, but public outcry over the idea lead to a four million dollar restoration instead, called "Operation Teacup." The "Royal Restoration" was completed in 1989 at a cost of forty-five million dollars, and added modern facilities such as an indoor swimming pool as well as refurbishing all the guest rooms. Today the Empress hotel retains all of its old world charm and grandeur with antique furniture and opulent decor, while at the same time offering modern luxury.
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