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Santa Barbara 3-Day Bike Tour

Mountains, Beaches, and Fine Wines

There are few gems like the American Riviera. Santa Barbara is more than just an oceanside escape for Hollywood's elite. It’s a crossroads where the old world meets the modern age and where the mountains meet the ocean. There's nothing more invigorating than picture-perfect riding along the coast catching a glimpse of dolphins flirting with surfers or the occasional spout from migrating whales set against the backdrop of the Channel Islands. Relax and rejuvenate throughout your stay at a boutique hotel located just steps away from the ocean. Take a short stroll to explore the trendy eateries and tasting rooms of the Funk Zone, and the not-to-be-missed espresso at the beloved Handlebar Coffee Roasters. A perfect combination of sun, sea, surf and cycling. Book your trip with confidence » Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip

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Experience Santa Barbara Wine Country with Trek Travel Cycling Vacations
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$2499 Per Person
Duration:
3 Days & 2 Nights
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3 / 2 - Active / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Relax and unwind at the Santa Barbara Inn just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean
Tackle the famous climb up Gibraltar Road and savor panoramic views from high above the Pacific coast.
Sample local vintages and brews as you get acquainted with the best of Santa Barbara's trendy Funk Zone.
Enjoy a sunset cocktail and an unforgettable dinner at one of Santa Barbara's top-rated restaurants
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Experience Santa Barbara Wine Country with Trek Travel Cycling Vacations
Santa Barbara is a little slice of paradise - Sunshine, seascapes, and world-class riding served liberally with sunset cocktails, fine wines, and mouthwatering cuisine. I love this trip for the balance of all of these elements coming together in the form of one perfect cycling getaway.
- Penny Gatward, Trip Designer

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn to start your Santa Barbara bike tour. Your guides will begin with a bike fitting session to make sure you are comfortable on your Trek bike before setting off for our first ride. Today’s relaxing warm-up ride features a mix of bike paths, views of the Pacific Ocean, and pedaling the palm-lined streets of the exclusive Hope Ranch neighborhood. If you want a few additional miles, the avid option features serene miles of bike path along Atascadero Creek to Goleta Beach. You’ll wrap up your ride with a late lunch together in the heart of Santa Barbara’s art neighborhood, The Funk Zone. Then it’s time to check into the hotel and relax by the pool for a bit. This evening, you'll gather for social hour and dinner at the hotel, and your guides will give you an overview of what's in store for the next few days.

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Loop
Approximately 17 mi | 27 km and 769 ft | 234 m

Avid Option:

Hope Ranch Loop with Goleta Beach
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 970 ft | 295 m

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today you'll head out for a full day exploring the American Riviera. After a casual warm-up along the coast, you'll wind your way back as you climb up Toro Canyon and make your way to the scenic terrace road called East Mountain Drive. This favorite local route is fun and challenging and will delight you with incredible views around every turn. Once you reach the intersection with Gibraltar Road, you may complete the loop and ride the last few miles back to the hotel, or if you’re up for a challenge, take on the six and a half-mile climb up Gibraltar Road. The views only get better the further you ascend! Whatever you choose, after your ride, the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Santa Barbara. Enjoy lunch at one of the many downtown cafes or linger at the hotel and pamper yourself with a spa treatment (spa cost not included; advance reservations recommended). This evening, we’ll finish in style with a sunset cocktail and an unforgettable dinner at one of Santa Barbara's top-rated restaurants. 

Today's Ride:

East Mountain Drive Loop
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 2,250 ft | 685 m

Avid Option:

East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road Climb
Approximately 39 mi | 62 km and 4,500 ft | 1,371 m

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Make the most of your last morning in Santa Barbara. Soak up the last rays of sunshine by the pool or take a final spin through the quaint village of Montecito and past Butterfly Beach. Maybe even stop for an espresso at Handlebar Coffee Roasters before returning to the hotel. If you prefer, there are also fantastic hikes nearby offering views of coastline and the Channel Islands. Check-out is at noon, at which point we'll say our farewells after an incredible trip.

Today's Ride:

Montecito Loop
Approximately 19 mi | 30 km and 1,450 ft | 441 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn to start your Santa Barbara bike tour. Your guides will begin with a bike fitting session to make sure you are comfortable on your Trek bike before setting off for our first ride. Today’s relaxing warm-up ride features a mix of bike paths, views of the Pacific Ocean, and pedaling the palm-lined streets of the exclusive Hope Ranch neighborhood. If you want a few additional miles, the avid option features serene miles of bike path along Atascadero Creek to Goleta Beach. You’ll wrap up your ride with a late lunch together in the heart of Santa Barbara’s art neighborhood, The Funk Zone. Then it’s time to check into the hotel and relax by the pool for a bit. This evening, you'll gather for social hour and dinner at the hotel, and your guides will give you an overview of what's in store for the next few days.

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Loop
Approximately 17 mi | 27 km and 769 ft | 234 m

Avid Option:

Hope Ranch Loop with Goleta Beach
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 970 ft | 295 m

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today you'll head out for a full day exploring the American Riviera. After a casual warm-up along the coast, you'll wind your way back as you climb up Toro Canyon and make your way to the scenic terrace road called East Mountain Drive. This favorite local route is fun and challenging and will delight you with incredible views around every turn. Once you reach the intersection with Gibraltar Road, you may complete the loop and ride the last few miles back to the hotel, or if you’re up for a challenge, take on the six and a half-mile climb up Gibraltar Road. The views only get better the further you ascend! Whatever you choose, after your ride, the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Santa Barbara. Enjoy lunch at one of the many downtown cafes or linger at the hotel and pamper yourself with a spa treatment (spa cost not included; advance reservations recommended). This evening, we’ll finish in style with a sunset cocktail and an unforgettable dinner at one of Santa Barbara's top-rated restaurants. 

Today's Ride:

East Mountain Drive Loop
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 2,250 ft | 685 m

Avid Option:

East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road Climb
Approximately 39 mi | 62 km and 4,500 ft | 1,371 m

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Make the most of your last morning in Santa Barbara. Soak up the last rays of sunshine by the pool or take a final spin through the quaint village of Montecito and past Butterfly Beach. Maybe even stop for an espresso at Handlebar Coffee Roasters before returning to the hotel. If you prefer, there are also fantastic hikes nearby offering views of coastline and the Channel Islands. Check-out is at noon, at which point we'll say our farewells after an incredible trip.

Today's Ride:

Montecito Loop
Approximately 19 mi | 30 km and 1,450 ft | 441 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Santa Barbara Inn

Santa Barbara, California

Explorer Accommodation | The Santa Barbara Inn is located just across the street from the Pacific Ocean — the perfect location for the start of your Santa Barbara 3-Day bike tour. Its red tile rooftop, gleaming white stucco, and handcrafted tile domes showcase the Spanish Mediterranean architectural style of Santa Barbara. Enjoy view of the palm trees from the heated pool and get a good night's sleep in your elegantly appointed ocean view room, complete with a pillow-top bed, plush bedding, a bathrobe and slippers, and blackout blinds.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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New Trek Domane SL 7 in 2023

New for 2023! Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane is the best way to enjoy the ride. Trek Bikes just launched the all-new Trek Domane and you can ride it on trips in 2023. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels come standard on every bike. The road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology lets you ride as long as you want with less fatigue. The bike you ride on a biking vacation matters. That is why we provide the newest and best bikes in the business. Available starting in 2023 trips. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ SLR 7

New in 2023! Take the tailwind with you and leave your limits behind on the all-new Domane+ SLR 7. With a groundbreaking ratio of ultra-lightweight design and electric assist, Domane+ SLR 7 has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. This performance e-road bike will help you on the climbs, hang with the fast group, and venture further on your cycling vacation. So go ahead – take the long way. With Domane+ SLR 7, there’s always room for more distance, more speed, and more fun! Upgrade to the Domane+ SLR 7 on this trip for $400 (3-6 day trips) or $600 (7+ day trips). Available in limited quantities. Please contact a Trip Consultant to check availability. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Two nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch, and two dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for local experts, and hospitality staff
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events

GEAR

  • Upgrade your ride to the Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ SLR 7 (+$400, subject to availability)
  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we recommend $120-$150 per guest. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or Venmo or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip. 
  • 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 2/3 - Recreational/Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
37 kilometers / 23 miles
TOTAL MILES:
112 kilometers / 70 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
487 meters / 1,600 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
1,463 meters / 4,800 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is widely varied, from flat, oceanside riding to the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley and the steeper climbs above Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is best suited for our Type 2 & 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate riders who seek less mileage or fewer uphills. 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 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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 are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Book a luxurious spa appointment
  • Kayak, stand up paddle board, or take a surfing lesson
  • Relax by the waterfront in Santa Barbara
  • Take a yoga class at Yoga Soup or the Santa Barbara Yoga Center (our guides' favorite studios)
  • Tour the Old Mission Santa Barbara, known as the "Queen of the Missions"
  • Explore the shops, tasting rooms, and galleries of Santa Barbara
  • Tour wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved, secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara, CA

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara, CA

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Santa Barbara bike tour, 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 flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. A taxi will cost approximately $50. We suggest calling Shah at S R Transportation at 805-708-1403 to prearrange a car. Please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Due to better connections from most major cities, you may alternatively fly into Los Angeles (LAX) and take the Santa Barbara Airbus to Santa Barbara. Visit www.SBAirBus.com for more information. Alternatively, you may book a private car service through S R Transportation at 805-708-1403 for approximately $275 one way. Please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn (901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103) on the first day of the bike tour. Please come dressed ready to ride. After a personal bike fitting, your guides will present an overview of the day’s ride and then off you go on your first ride!

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, the Santa Barbara Inn (1-800-231-0431), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Santa Barbara Airport | Santa Barbara, CA

Say farewell to your guides at the hotel after a wonderful trip. The trip ends with a shuttle from the Belmond El Encanto to the Santa Barbara airport which will take approximately 20 minutes. If you are flying out of Santa Barbara today, please do not book a flight before 2:00 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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 in the afternoon. Los Olivos is located in the valley, so it will be a few degrees warmer. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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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, Oxnard, 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:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

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.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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