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Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour

The American Riviera

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. Your Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour begins with a warm up ride along the coast and through Montecito. 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. You'll relax and rejuvenate throughout your stay at the Santa Barbara Inn, a boutique luxury hotel located just steps away from the ocean and a short walk to State Street. Your Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour will be filled with riding some of the most stunning roads and bikeways in the country, from coastal cruising to tackling the infamous climb up Gibraltar Road. You'll also have time 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. Book your trip with confidence »Learn if a self-guided trip is right for you »
$1599 Per Person
3 Days & 2 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Savor the ever changing scenery as you pedal along sandy beaches, under towering palm trees, and into Santa Ynez mountains
Sample local vintages and brews as you get acquainted with the best of Santa Barbara's trendy Funk Zone
Tackle the famous climb up Gibraltar Road and savor panoramic views from high above the Pacific coast
Soak in the rich culture of Santa Barbara's long and fascinating history with a visit to the Presidio or the Old Mission
Watch the Experience
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

Dates & Prices

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Available for 2021 and 2022. Our trip on your schedule. Simply choose your own travel dates and we will handle the rest. Price based upon double occupancy and may vary based on dates and hotel availability. Contact us at 866-464-8735 to get started.
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2020 - June 1, 2021 Departures:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
  • 4-5 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
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  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$3,000 per person to trip price*
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Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn at 11:00 AM on the first day of your Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour. You enjoy lunch at Convivo and discuss the details of your trip. After lunch, your guide will spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit. Then, you'll set off on your first ride, heading out along the Pacific coast toward Summerland before turning inland toward Montecito. Today's route offers captivating views of the ocean and the Channel Islands just a few miles offshore. For a more challenging ride, tackle the scenic climbs on the avid route. As your wrap up your ride, consider pausing in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone for a pint or to savor a local vintage before reaching the Santa Barbara Inn, your home for the next two nights. Once you are settled in your ocean view room, we recommend relaxing poolside before heading out on the town for dinner.

Today's Ride:

Montecito Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Montecito Loop with Toro Canyon
Approximately 28 miles with 3,250 feet of climbing


Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:


We recommend a hearty breakfast this morning to fuel up for an epic ride! Today's route highlights the absolute best riding in the area, and according to Trek Travel's President, Tania Burke, the best in the country. You'll begin by cruising the coastline before turning onto the beautiful, meandering East Mountain Drive, which takes you to the start of the avid option, the infamous Gibraltar Road climb. If you are up for a serious challenge, at almost six miles and 7.3% average grade, Gibraltar twists and turns its way along the edge of the Santa Ynez Mountains high above the coast. The views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands are breathtaking and worth every pedal stroke. Finish with a winding descent back to the hotel. Reward today's effort with a dinner at any number of world-class restaurants within walking distance from your hotel.

Today's Ride:

East Mountain Drive Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road Climb
Approximately 42 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing


Santa Barbara Inn

Included Meals:


It's the last morning of your Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour, so make sure you drink it all in. Soak up the last rays of sunshine by the pool or take a final spin along the coastal bike path out to Goleta Beach and through Hope Ranch. Admire the giant palm trees lining the streets as you pedal through this exclusive neighborhood. Follow the seaside bike path one last time before turning back to the hotel. You'll then have a chance to freshen up before checking out. A Trek Travel guide will meet you at 11:00 AM to collect your bike. From there, you can head to the airport or wherever your travels take you next.

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Hope Ranch Loop with Goleta Beach
Approximately 28 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Included Meals:



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Santa Barbara Inn

Santa Barbara, California

The Santa Barbara Inn is located just across the street from the Pacific Ocean — the perfect location for the start of your bike trip across America. 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 self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed of. 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.


Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More


Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ LT

The Domane+ LT combines the best of the race-built Domane endurance bike with a slight pedal-assist perfect for climbing the toughest hills. This bike primarily functions as a road bike, but on tough hills or in strong headwinds, you can get an extra boost by using the electric assist feature. Upgrade to the Domane+ LT on this trip for $500. Learn More


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


  • Three nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency


  • 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 water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • 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.


Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

22 miles
67 miles
1,633 feet
4,900 feet
The terrain on our Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour is varied, including flat to hilly terrain as well as an option to do a long, steep climb that is often featured on the Tour of California pro cycling race. Rides feature everything from coastal bike paths to an urban cruise through downtown Santa Barbara. Our Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. 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 and climbing the avid route options offer.
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Sunset sail on the Pacific Ocean
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour the Old Mission of Santa Barbara
  • Kayaking, standup paddle boarding or surfing
  • Day trip to the Channel Islands
  • Visit Lotusland Botanic Garden

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

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
11:00 AM
Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara, CA

Say Farewell

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles (LAX)
11:00 AM
Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara, CA


We suggest that you arrive at least one day before the start of your Santa Barbara Self-Guided 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 eight miles from downtown Santa Barbara. From just outside baggage claim, you can take a taxi to the meeting location. Taxi rides from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $50 and take about 30 minutes. You may contact S R Transportation at 805-708-1403 to prearrange a ride. 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 $240 one way. Again, please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn (901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the Santa Barbara Self-Guided Bike Tour.

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


Your guide will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn to pick up the bikes and gear and say farewell. When you are ready to head to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, cabs and Ubers are readily available. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In an average year, Santa Barbara enjoys over 300 days of sunshine. Expect temperatures in the mid-60s to upper 70s during the day most of the year and the mid-40s to mid-50s at night. Summertime in Santa Barbara can actually be cooler for most of the day in the lowlands due to the coastal fog called the "marine layer." Morning fog on the coast generally causes cooler temperatures until it burns off. Rain is rare, but there is always a chance so pack rain gear just in case.

Before and After Your Trip


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 towns, including Ventura, Oxnard, and Los Angeles (which is located approximately 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara). We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

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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