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Santa Barbara 4 Day Weekend



Santa Barbara 4 Day Weekend

Mountains, Sea and Wine Country

Santa Barbara, California is one of this country’s most unique destinations, with the perfect mix of sun, surf, and mountain skyline.

There are few gems in the world like Santa Barbara, California for a bike trip. It's the crossroads of so much. Where the old world meets the modern age. Where the mountains meet the ocean. And where luxury, intimacy and friendliness meet sophistication, elegance and relaxation. This weekend bike tour offers four full days of cycling, sightseeing, dining, hiking, and relaxing along the Central Coast. With a home base in downtown Santa Barbara, you'll enjoy easy access to the shops, cafes, museums, and bars of famous State Street. You'll also spend a day in the wine country north of Santa Barbara and have a chance to tackle some of the classic climbs which extend beyond the city—or you can just hang out at the rooftop pool of your luxury hotel.



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Santa Barbara, California



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Today's Ride:

Goleta to Santa Barbara
Approximately 18 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Goleta to Santa Barbara with Skofield Park Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing


Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort (633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 20-minute shuttle to Girsh Park, you'll be treated to light, brunch-style snacks while you meet your fellow travelers. Your Trek Travel guides will spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit, and will discuss the rules of bike safety and riding in Santa Barbara. Then it’s time for a warm-up ride along the coast. Pedal through the cycling-crazed campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, which boasts more bikes than cars. Continue on oceanfront bike paths and through the exclusive Hope Ranch neighborhood before arriving in downtown Santa Barbara, where you’ll lunch with your companions before choosing to ride further to Skofield Park or checking into your accommodations for the weekend. This evening, drinks and a delicious dinner of fresh California cuisine await at the well-known Wine Cask restaurant.



The Canary
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner



Today's Ride:

Surf Beach to Santa Rosa Road to Los Olivos
Approximately 37 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Surf Beach to Santa Rosa Road with shuttle
Approximately 18 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Scenic Train Ride
Downtown Santa Barbara to Surf Beach


The pristine Gaviota Coast is your destination this morning. Start at the train station to board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for a gorgeous ride to Surf Beach. Along the way you'll enjoy up-close views of the seabirds, dolphins, and surfers who inhabit this wonderful area. Once you arrive, you’ll ride inland to Santa Rosa Road (known for its brisk tailwinds), where you can stop and explore some of the tasting rooms along the Santa Rita Wine Trail. Your guides will prepare a stellar Trek Travel picnic for you at a local winery, paired with some of the region’s famous Pinot Noirs. From here, choose to take a shuttle or continue riding to Solvang and the tiny, charming town of Los Olivos. After enjoying its quaint tasting rooms and shops, you’ll return to your accommodations with a 40-minute drive back over San Marcos Pass - the old stagecoach route between Los Olivos and Santa Barbara. Tonight, you’ll take your pick of one of the eclectic local restaurants for a memorable dining experience.


The Canary
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch



Today's Ride:

East Mountain Drive Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

East Mountain Drive Loop with hill shuttle
Approximately 19 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road
Approximately 36 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing


Following another delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out for a full day of exploring the "American Riviera." Ride east along the coast before turning inland to climb up to East Mountain Drive. The jaw-dropping scenery makes this one of the prettiest rides in North America, with stunning panoramic views of private estates in the hills above and the glittering blue expanse of ocean below. If you’re up for a challenge, you can take on the classic Gibraltar Road climb, where the views only get better the further you ascend. This afternoon, Santa Barbara is yours to discover. Choose a lunch spot from the array of restaurants and bistros, and then shop, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara, or maybe just grab a latte while you relax and watch the world go by. This evening you’ll gather with your newfound friends for a farewell social hour and dinner at another downtown restaurant.


The Canary
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner



Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Return
Approximately 17 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike to Inspiration Point
Approximately 3.5 miles with 800 feet of climbing


Don’t miss your final opportunity to enjoy Santa Barbara this morning, either on foot or by bike. If you choose the former, it's a short shuttle to the trailhead for the Inspiration Point hike, which climbs through chaparral, in and out of shady canyons, and emerges at a gorgeous view of the city below and the ocean and Channel Islands beyond. If you prefer to ride, you can spin through Hope Ranch and enjoy the seaside bike path one last time. You'll then have a chance to freshen up and check out of your room by noon. You and your companions will dine together one last time at a downtown bistro before shuttling to the airport.


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Dates & Pricing


15th - 18th / 4 days / 3 nights
$2399 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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22nd - 25th / 4 days / 3 nights
$2399 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
29th -
/ 4 days / 3 nights
$2399 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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The Canary

Santa Barbara, California

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and just steps from bustling State Street, The Canary offers beautiful guest rooms with chic, modern styling. Complete with rooftop pool and fireplace, comfortable bar and elegant restaurant, the open design of this hotel offers a unique, tranquil backdrop for your Santa Barbara getaway.

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Santa Barbara Long Weekend trip, you will stay in an upscale, modern boutique hotel.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 2 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Santa Barbara Long Weekend trip, you will enjoy the "nouvelle cuisine" for which the region has become famous, which features plenty of local fresh fish and vegetables. As the nearby Santa Ynez Valley is ranching country, succulent steaks of amazing quality are also in plentiful supply. Last but not least, a wealth of varied boutique Santa Barbara wines are proudly and enthusiastically served at most bistros and restaurants.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist FX+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 USD off any 2015 5 Series or 6 Series Trek Domane including Project One and the Trek Emonda SL6 and SL8 models.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.


Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 24
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 925

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Santa Barbara is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is widely varied, from flat, oceanside riding to the rolling hills of Santa Rosa Road and the steeper climbs around Santa Barbara. The routes are designed so the harder riding is offered as the avid routes and the shorter rides feature the least hilly terrain. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

In an average year Santa Barbara enjoys over 300 days of sunshine. During both spring and fall, expect temperatures in the mid 60s to upper 70s during the day and the mid 40s to mid 50s at night. Rain is rare, but there is always a chance. Morning fog on the coast generally causes cooler temperatures until it burns off.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Book a luxurious spa appointment
  • Relax by the waterfront in Santa Barbara
  • Join the group for a scenic train ride to Surf Beach
  • Hike to Inspiration Point with the group
  • Take a yoga class at Yoga Soup, a guide favorite studio within walking distance of your hotel
  • Tour the Old Mission Santa Barbara, known as the "Queen of the Missions"

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara.

Most major U.S.-based airlines serve this airport. From just outside baggage claim you can hail a cab for ground transportation. Cab rides from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $50. If you are staying at the pickup hotel, Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort offers a complimentary on-call shuttle for guests to and from the airport. Please call 805 564 4333 to arrange for the service upon arrival in Santa Barbara and allow 20 to 30 minutes for pick up. Alternatively, you may fly into Los Angeles (LAX) and take one of the daily Amtrak trains or the Santa Barbara Airbus to Santa Barbara. Visit or for more information.

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort | Santa Barbara, CA

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort (633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will transfer approximately 20 minutes to Girsh Park in Goleta.Those who choose to fly into Santa Barbara this morning can take a taxi to Girsh Park, which is located just 4 miles from the airport. If you plan on meeting the group at Girsh Park please let your trip consultant know. At the park you will enjoy a light brunch while your Trek Travel guides ensure a comfortable fit to your bicycle for the weekend. Afterwards you’ll begin riding with a route heading down the coast. Please have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible, to avoid having to unpack your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Canary (866 999 5401), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from downtown Santa Barbara to Girsh Park will cost about $50 and take about 20 minutes. A taxi from the Santa Barbara Airport to Girsh Park will cost about $25 and take about 15 minutes.

Santa Barbara Airport | Santa Barbara, CA

You will say farewell to your guides at 2:00 PM at the Santa Barbara Airport. From the airport you may catch a flight to your next destination, pick up a rental car, or take a taxi to the Amtrak Station in Goleta. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 3:00 PM.

Before & After: SANTA BARBARA, California

Santa Barbara is a lively cosmopolitan city with plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor recreation. You can also explore some of southern California's other coastal cities, including Ventura, Onxard, or the big one, Los Angeles, which is located approximately 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort—a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Enjoy the outdoor pool and state of the art fitness center or walk across the street to the waterfront bike path or the beach.

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard | 805 564 4333 | www. | ~$225

Hotel Milo

The colorful grounds of Hotel Milo blend beach-chic décor and classic Spanish Colonial architecture in an enviable waterfront location. This cozy property is located just a short walk from the Marina, Stearns Wharf, State Street and many other Santa Barbara attractions and activities. Open your windows or sit in the courtyard or a poolside cabana to take in the refreshing sea breeze and the vibrant atmosphere along the oceanfront of this wonderful city.

202 West Cabrillo Boulevard | 805 965 4577 | | ~$200

Inn of the Spanish Garden

Located in downtown Santa Barbara in the Presidio District, this adobe-style resort has all the modern amenities including a heated pool, relaxing gardens, and a beautiful courtyard for unwinding. State Street, with its world-renowned culinary scene and shopping, is just three blocks away.

915 Garden Street | 805 564 4700 | | ~$350

* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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