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Santa Barbara Wine Country

Mountains, Ocean and Wine Country

Experience the sun, surf, and mountain skyline of Santa Barbara and the vineyards and ranches of the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Barbara is more than just an oceanside escape for Hollywood elite. It’s a crossroads where the old world meets the modern age and where the mountains meet the ocean. It’s also where luxury and sophistication meet elegance and relaxation. You'll start with a luxurious hotel in downtown Santa Barbara with easy access to the shops, cafes, museums, and bars of State Street. Then you’ll have a chance to tackle some of the classic climbs high above the city—and recover while lounging at the rooftop pool of your swanky hotel. We’ll cap it all off with a stay at another fabulous hotel in the quaint town of Los Olivos, where we’ll ride through endless vineyards and indulge in the flavors and wines that have made the Santa Ynez wine country famous.
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Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
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Trip Wows
Ride from the mountains to the sea and through the endless sun-kissed vineyards and rolling green pastures of horse country
Relax and recover at two luxurious hotels with inviting pools, spas and a long list of unique amenities
Dine on innovative cuisine at the Bear and Star, where the farm-to-table menu is sourced from just seven miles away
Sip and savor local vintages and delicacies while you discover the charm of a quaint small town in the valley
Indulge in a gourmet picnic and wine tasting nestled among the vineyards and valleys of Santa Ynez wine country
Watch the Experience
I have participated in many group "adventure trips" and you gals/guys have it nailed. You've mastered blending fun, easy excitement and elegance. Thank you.
-Stefani

Dates & Prices

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Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 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 +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Californian. We'll start off with a bike fitting session and a casual lunch before we set 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. This evening, we'll gather for social hour, during which your guides will fill you in on the details for the rest of the week, followed by a memorable dinner at Blackbird, Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant, featuring artfully displayed Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on local, hyper-seasonal ingredients. 

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Californian

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Following a delicious breakfast, we'll head out for a full day of exploring the American Riviera. Pedaling along the beach, you'll enjoy the refreshing coastal breeze before heading up State Street toward Skofield Park. You'll pass by Santa Barbara's most famous cultural and historic landmark, the Old Mission, as you head toward the mountains. If you are up for a serious climb, take on the famed Gibraltar Road, snaking high above the coastline and providing eagle-eye views of the ocean and city below. The views continue to be dazzling as we descend back into town. The rest of the day is yours to discover all that Santa Barbara has to offer. Choose a lunch spot from the array of downtown cafes and bistros, and then shop, pamper yourself with a spa treatment (advance reservations recommended), visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara, or take to the water with a paddle-boarding or surfing lesson. Dinner is also on your own this evening. Your guides will arm you with recommendations for dining spots and activities to help you make the most of your day.

Today's Ride:

Skofield Park Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Skofield Park Loop with Gibraltar Road Climb
Approximately 35 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Californian

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today begins with a scenic shuttle along the Pacific Coast to the town of Lompoc. From here, you’ll ride inland via Santa Rosa Road (known for its brisk tailwinds). Along the way, you’ll notice vineyards adorning the hills around you. You are entering the Santa Ynez valley and the wine country made famous by the movie Sideways so many years ago. Your ride will continue through Ballard Canyon to the charming little town of Los Olivos. Once you arrive, you can choose to tackle the avid route or check into the elegant Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own pace. Enjoy lunch poolside or at one of the cafes in town. Perhaps take a stroll and check out the boutiques or sample some local vintages at the many tasting rooms in town. Tonight, we'll gather for dinner made of the finest local ingredients at local favorite restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Lompoc to Los Olivos
Approximately 29 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Santa Rosa Rd to Los Olivos
Approximately 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lompoc to Los Olivos with Zaca Station Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today we’ll enjoy a lovely ride through the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Countless grape varieties flourish here thanks to the micro-climates created by ocean breezes sweeping in off the Pacific and traveling eastward down the valleys, which are ringed by the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges. Enjoy the views and notice how the landscape changes as you pedal from one vineyard to the next. We’ll stop for a signature Trek Travel picnic at Kenneth Volk vineyards, where you can sample Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria appellation. Afterwards, continue pedaling or take a ride in the van as we cross back into the Santa Ynez Valley appellation, known for Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet as well as Rhone and Italian varietals. You can sample additional vintages at wineries you pass along the way or in one of the many tasting rooms in Los Olivos. Whether you choose to continue exploring the wine scene or kick your feet up by the pool, today is a day to savor. Tonight, we'll finish with a flourish as with more local flavors and a delectable meal at the acclaimed Bear and Star restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Los Olivos to Santa Maria with Tepusquet Rd
Approximately 50 miles with 3,850 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Los Olivos to Santa Maria
Approximately 21 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Los Olivos to Santa Maria with Tepusquet Rd and Return
Approximately 71 miles with 5,250 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Don’t miss your final opportunity to spin through the Santa Ynez Valley this morning. Start off with a spunky little climb up Ballard Canyon and then enjoy the views as you gradually descend toward the Danish hamlet of Solvang, where you’ll notice windmills and Danish bakeries on almost every corner. Stop for an Abelskiver or other Danish delight! From here, it's a quiet spin back to Los Olivos where you'll have a chance to freshen up before the shuttle departs for the Santa Barbara airport at 11:00 AM.

Today's Ride:

Solvang Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Californian

Santa Barbara, California

New Hotel in 2018! Flourish. Romance. Panoramic coastal views. This hotel may be called the Californian, but it's pure Santa Barbara from its Funk Zone location to its two signature restaurants. You'll lavish in every luxurious touch, whether it's taking a break on the rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the palm trees and Pacific shoreline or treating your skin to a decadent purist oil blend at the surreal spa. This is truly one of the most impressive, incredible hotel options we've ever offered. The rooms are a magical mix of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and Moroccan flourishes, with modern touches from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. And even the facade tells a special story, with history dating back to the original 1925 hotel itself. Will it make you fall in love with the city? No doubt. Will you want to leave and actually see the sights? That might be up for debate.
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Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Los Olivos, California

This boutique hotel and spa is infused with elegance and situated in the heart of the Santa Ynez wine country. Spacious rooms feature modern amenities and a cozy fireplace. Indulge in a spa treatment or lounge at the shimmering pool after each day's ride.

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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Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading 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. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
27 miles
TOTAL MILES:
133 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,765 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
8,825 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 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. Santa Barbara Wine Country is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 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 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 may not be included in the trip price. 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 shuttle to Surf Beach
  • Hike to Inspiration Point
  • Take a yoga class at Yoga Soup or the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, guide favorite studios within walking distance of your hotel
  • Tour the Old Mission Santa Barbara, known as the "Queen of the Missions"
  • Tour the Danish village of Solvang
  • Tour wineries in Santa Ynez Valley

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. 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)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara, CA

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:45 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara, CA

Arriving

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 flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. From just outside baggage claim you can hail a cab for ground transportation. Cab rides from the airport to downtown will 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 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 $200 one way. Please be sure to mention that you are a guest of Trek Travel.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Californian (36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After lunch and a personal bike fitting, your guides will present an overview of the day’s ride and off you will go! Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

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 Hotel Californian ((805) 882-0100), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

Santa Barbara Airport | Santa Barbara, CA

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn where you will board a private 45-minute shuttle to 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 meet the Santa Barbara Airbus in Goleta. If you are flying out today, please do not book a flight before 1:15 PM.

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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, 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:

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

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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