Spare the Horses, James
In the latter half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria, whose name this city proudly bears, had a carriage driver named James Darling. Traditionally, staff was addressed only by their surname. As such, Queen Victoria would have addressed Mr. Darling as ‘Darling’ – possibly inappropriately. So, she called him ‘James’. Always impatient and anxious to get home to the palace, “Home James, and don’t spare the horses’, is said to have been a phrase she used regularly.
But we’re in no hurry here. This is Victoria after all. Listen. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. The sound of horse’s hoofs on old pavement. Your stress level goes down. You begin to relax as you enjoy the sites on a 30 minute carriage ride around our beautiful, historic city. Your driver (it may not be James) will entertain you with tales about Victoria’s historic past, some observations about the present and maybe some projections for the future. Victoria Carriage Tours, Victoria’s premier carriage company, will host your ride. At the end, you will be dropped at one of Victoria’s Historic Inn’s gourmet restaurant partners: Bon Rouge, Cafe Brio, Camilles, Matisse and Pescatores.
This package includes:
- 30 minute private carriage ride
- a $100 gift certificate for dinner(Reservations are required for dinner and the carriage ride. You may take the 30 minute carriage ride at any time during the day if you prefer.)
Add this package to the room of your choice for only $169* (a $190 value) …
* Price does not include room charge, Based on two people, Plus applicable taxes. Rates are subject to change, please visit our online booking form to confirm pricing.