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Our most recommended Santa Barbara Day Trips

  • From Santa Barbara: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour & Lunch

    1. From Santa Barbara: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour & Lunch

    Enjoy a memorable day exploring California's famous wine culture and take off on a fun-filled, cultural tour of some of California's finest wineries, each with a character as rich and individual as the wines they produce. Leave your Santa Barbara-area hotel at 10:00 AM aboard a spacious custom shuttle. Throughout the day, stop at 4 different wineries to get an insider's look into wine-making and wine-tasting while sampling a full selection of wines at each of the various wineries. Pause during the day for a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic winery setting catered by one of Santa Barbara's top lunch restaurants. Santa Barbara Wine Country offers more than 120 wineries, and this tour supplier is one of the few companies that does not limit tours to a small portion of these. Instead, your day is flexible and takes into account your preferences in wine and scenery, as well as any special ...

    We had a wonderful wine tasting day with Grapeline Tours, with Chris at the wheel . The van was comfortable and we ran on schedule. We had time to relax at each of the 3 stops and as a bonus stopped at a fruit stand. Chris dropped us directly at our campsite with all of our winery purchases. She even doubled back an hour later with our flat of forgotten strawberries, that’s great customer service. She has a knack for capturing a great picture, so take advantage of her keen eye to frame a shot. Her singalong playlist was fantastic. We got a quick tour and local color of 2 cute towns, Solvang and Ballard. All in all a great day.

  • Santa Barbara: Wine Country Tour

    2. Santa Barbara: Wine Country Tour

    After pickup from your hotel or another prearranged meeting point in the morning, depart by climate-controlled van to the Santa Ynez Valley. Get a preview of the day from your guide as you set off for your first winery, learning about the history of this famed wine region along the way. Discover unique vintages and blends at each establishment, and some wineries extend discounts on wine purchases. On arrival, the winery staff will take your group for a wine tasting to learn more about each winery. Enjoy a picnic style lunch in the shade at a favorite winery with cold beverages also provided. Groups often enjoy a barrel room tour and explore the small towns of Los Olivos or Solvang. The tour includes tastings at 3 unique and hand-picked wineries, before driving back to Santa Barbara with drop-off at your hotel included. Group rates are available.

  • Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

    3. Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

    Make the most of a Santa Ynez wine shuttle service which gives you the freedom to pick from a selection of some of the best wineries in the Valley. Explore a variety of lunch options in the quaint town of Los Olivos, focus on specific varietals or even enjoy an olive oil tasting or stop at a Lavender farm. Learn about the local history and gain insights into the Santa Ynez wine region along the way with your knowledgeable guides. When you arrive in the Valley, make your first stop within walking distance of 3 wineries. Your guide will go over the choices, and you can decide on the day which one speaks to your palate. Next, head on to the Los Olivos Tasting Rooms for a lunch stop and the chance to visit another tasting room. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, the town of Los Olivos has about 25 tastings rooms you can visit. Bring your own lunc...

  • Santa Barbara Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

    4. Santa Barbara Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

    Looking for a way to turn Santa Barbara into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Santa Barbara.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history Your amazing scavenger hunt adventure will start at the famous Sterns Whart and take you from beautiful ocean views to the downtown art, architecture and historic sites of the city. Your scavenger hunt route will show you the hidden historic gems of Santa Barbara and uncover the city's secrets. So enjoy one of the most beautiful seaside towns without a flight to the Mediterranean. Play the game, see the sights, and experience Santa Barbara in a whole new way.

  • Santa Barbara: Wine Country Bike Tour

    5. Santa Barbara: Wine Country Bike Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel or another prearranged meeting point in the morning, depart in a climate-controlled van towards the Santa Ynez Valley. Get a preview of the day from your guide as you learn about the history of this famed wine region along the way. Once there, get fitted with a comfortable bicycle, and ride along the scenic back-roads with your guide to the first winery. On arrival, the winery staff hosts a wine tasting while your guide prepares a deli-style picnic lunch with plenty of options. Cold beverages and water are also provided throughout the day. After lunch, pedal on to the second winery and learn more about the region along the way. Pass by ranch lands, several vineyards, and historical sights along the winding path through the wine country. Each establishment offers vintages and award-winning selections, and some wineries extend discounts on wine purch...

  • Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

    6. Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

    Learn to surf the waves of Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches! These surf sessions give you a foundation in this exciting water sport. Meet your instructor at Mondo's Beach, south of Santa Barbara, and learn about the finer points of catching waves during a beach lesson and while in the water. The instructor will begin with a beach lesson reviewing: how to position yourself on the board, paddling techniques and proper stance. Once in the water students will get pointers on maneuvering waves, balance techniques and surf etiquette. Most of the guests "get up" within the first hour in the water! For the half-day option, pack your own lunch and enjoy a lunch break. Relax on the sand and enjoy drinks and food while recharging. A cooler will be provided for you to keep your lunches cool during the session. The seasoned instructors have years of experience in guiding lessons an...

  • Santa Barbara: Mountains to Shore Bike Tour

    7. Santa Barbara: Mountains to Shore Bike Tour

    After pickup from your hotel or the prearranged meeting point at 10:00 AM, set out in the morning in an air-conditioned van to La Cumbre Peak at 3,995 feet of elevation. Once there, you're fitted with a comfortable bicycle, helmet, and gloves. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will give you a biking talk and riding demonstration, and go over the expectations of the day before the biking begins. Guests ride downhill on Gibraltar Road, a paved mountain road that winds its way into the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, while a support van follows. Your guides will be biking with you along the way, stopping at points of interest for photo opportunities and to talk about natural history. Stop to enjoy some of the area’s most loved locations including the Santa Barbara Mission, Courthouse, State Street & Stearns Wharf. A delicious deli-spread picnic is served at a local park with fresh ve...

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What people are saying about Santa Barbara

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 11 reviews

We had a wonderful wine tasting day with Grapeline Tours, with Chris at the wheel . The van was comfortable and we ran on schedule. We had time to relax at each of the 3 stops and as a bonus stopped at a fruit stand. Chris dropped us directly at our campsite with all of our winery purchases. She even doubled back an hour later with our flat of forgotten strawberries, that’s great customer service. She has a knack for capturing a great picture, so take advantage of her keen eye to frame a shot. Her singalong playlist was fantastic. We got a quick tour and local color of 2 cute towns, Solvang and Ballard. All in all a great day.

the guide was very knowledgeable about the areas and the wineries.