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 San Jose International Airport (SJC), which is served by most major airlines. Various shuttle companies offer door-to-door service or shared ride shuttles from SJC to Santa Cruz. You may contact Santa Cruz Flyer (831 423 5937; SantaCruzFlyer.com); Early Bird Airport Shuttle (831 462 3933; EarlyBirdAirportShuttle.com) or Santa Cruz Airport Shuttles (831 421 9883; SantaCruzShuttles.com) to set up a charter or book a seat on an existing shuttle. Per person rates vary based on the type of service and the number of people in the party but generally range between $40 and $80 per person.
At the conclusion of your trip, we suggest flying home from the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). You will say farewell to your guides in the morning at Hotel Milo. Trek Travel will provide a shuttle to the airport, which will leave at 11:00 AM. If you wish to spend some additional time in Santa Barbara you may depart at your leisure and arrange for your own transportation to the airport or to your next destination. Taxis from the hotel to the Santa Barbara Airport cost approximately $50. You may contact S R Transportation at 805 708 1403 to prearrange a taxi. Please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.
Due to better connections from most major cities, you may alternatively choose to fly out of Los Angeles (LAX) by taking the Santa Barbara Airbus from Santa Barbara to LAX. Visit www.SBAirBus.com for more information. Or you may book a private car service to LAX through S R Transportation at 805 708 1403 for approximately $200 one way. Again, please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.
Chaminade Resort & Spa | Santa Cruz, California
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Chaminade Resort & Spa (One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. The group will shuttle to a nearby location for a bike fitting and brunch. Please wear your cycling clothes and have a bag with your first day's riding gear (cycling shoes, pedals, helmet, etc., if you have your own) so it will be easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After your light meal and a round of introductions, you'll begin the day's ride to Monterey.
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 Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (831 646 1700), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Contact Arrow Luxury Transportation (831 646 3175; www.arrowluxurylimo.com) to book a transfer from Santa Cruz to Monterey. The cost varies depending on group size. From SJC, consider the Monterey Shuttle (831 373 7777; www.montereyshuttle.com). The service runs regular departures from SJC to points in Monterey and is the most economical option for getting to Monterey. The cost per person is about $40. Take a taxi from the drop-off in Monterey to the hotel.
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Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) | Santa Barbara, California
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Milo. You’ll then shuttle 20 minutes to the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), arriving at approximately 11:20 AM. Please allow adequate connection time to accommodate possible traffic delays. If you prefer to fly out of Los Angeles (LAX) your guides can help arrange transportation to meet the Santa Barbara Airbus for transportation to LAX. View our post hotel recommendations