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  • California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

    1. California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

    This 3-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Day 1: Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2: Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fisherman’s Wh...

    Overall it was a good experience would like to stay a bit longer at Pebble Beach & Carmel. The San Francisco day was excellent. I would skip the City Hall and would prefer more a stop at Golden Gate Park or at Muir Woods. The Yosemite day was great the only problem we had was an Austrian couple was late by 25 minutes from our first El Capitan stop. This made coming back to Los Angeles very late.

  • From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    2. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites.    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities i...

    It was well organised and great experience. Would have preferred longer time in Vegas since we stayed there for about half day. Also the last day we just had one hour in Zion which is not ideal, would have appreciated if it’s Antelope instead of Zion.

  • Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

    3. Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

    Discover the best bike routes, historical landmarks, and viewpoints of Santa Barbara on an electric bike with an expert guide. Choose between a customizable private tour or a shared group tour where a route is decided by your guide. Start with an easy stroll along the scenic Cabrillo bike path and quickly venture into the artsy area of Santa Barbara. Check out the delicious wine and dine culture of this area. Let your tour guide show you the must-see historic buildings in the heart of downtown. As you bike through downtown, enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down the energetic State Street Promenade allocated for bike and pedestrian traffic only. After downtown, your guide might have a few secret gems that he or she will show you before heading back along the waterfront. The finale of this tour will take you through the bike path that winds through the Santa Barbara Harbor an...

    Best Bike tour! It was private, geared to our needs, fun, safe, our tour guide was off the hook!! So kind, and super attentive to us having a great time!! Will do it all over again!! Thank you for a beautiful birthday biking ‍♀️ celebration

  • 5-Day Wild West Tour From Los Angeles

    4. 5-Day Wild West Tour From Los Angeles

    Experience the Wild West at its best on your 5-day tour that includes visits to Santa Barbara, Solvang and San Francisco in California. Your journey continues on to Fabulous Las Vegas before returning to Los Angeles. Day 1 Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse in the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2 Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fis...

  • Santa Barbara Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

    5. 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: Private Kayaking Tour

    6. Santa Barbara: Private Kayaking Tour

    Experience Santa Barbara from the beautiful waters of the town's historic harbor. Enjoy California's beach life on your private tour, where the waters are calm each morning and invite even the beginners to hop into a kayak and explore the pristine waters. Your guide will give you all the safety and training you need for this experience and also introduce you to the area’s native wildlife – from the obvious avian friends to the mysterious and beloved humpback whales, which migrate through the area twice a year. Discover the serenity the ocean invites, and learn Santa Barbara's fascinating history, which can be tracked back almost 13,000 years. Paddle under the California's oldest working pier, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, and look for starfish and oysters that have made their homes on the pier. Eventually, make your way back to the boat launch, where your tour ends.

  • Santa Barbara: Sparkling Wine Walking Tour

    7. Santa Barbara: Sparkling Wine Walking Tour

    Get an overview of Santa Barbara's history and sights on a walking tour. Visit 2 unique wine tasting rooms that showcase the best sparkling wines from the Santa Barbara region. Stroll through downtown and admire some of the sights as you pass Santa Barbara County Courthouse, La Arcada, State Street, and more.

    Gain fascinating insights into the Santa Barbara winemaking industry, as well as the history, architecture and unique local culture. Sample delectable, hand-crafted chocolate delights made right in the heart of Santa Barbara to satisfy your taste buds further.

  • Santa Barbara: Wine, Chocolate and History Walking Tour

    8. Santa Barbara: Wine, Chocolate and History Walking Tour

    Find out about the wines, chocolates, and historical highlights of Santa Barbara on a guided walking tour. Sample 2 of the region's excellent wines as well as 2 chocolates, including artisanal handmade local chocolates or bakery delights. From the meeting point, set off on your walk with your guide. Enjoy an in-depth historical tour of Santa Barbara as you stroll through downtown. Engage in some sightseeing as you pass Santa Barbara County Courthouse, La Arcada, State Street, and more. During your tour, discover two boutique wineries and taste 2 wines. Get insider information on the area's wine industry and its renowned wines. Also, savor tastings of 2 local chocolates to satisfy your taste buds further.

  • Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

    9. Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

    Launch from the sand of Santa Barbara’s West Beach and follow your guide along Santa Barbara’s famous surf spot, the Sandspit. Admire panoramic views of the Waterfront, Santa Ynez Mountains, the Channel Islands, the Riviera, Stearns Wharf, and more. Paddle through the calm waters of Santa Barbara's harbor and enjoy views of sailboats, yachts, and fishing vessels. Learn valuable insight from your guide into the local landscape, topography, wildlife, and history of the harbor, as well as the best places to enjoy a fresh-caught meal.

  • Santa Barbara: 3-Hour Cocktail and History Walking Tour

    10. Santa Barbara: 3-Hour Cocktail and History Walking Tour

    Get an insider's view of Santa Barbara on this fun, guided walking tour. Learn about Santa Barbara's history, architecture, and pop culture, all while enjoying cocktails and snacks at boutique bars.

    This cultural tour includes two cocktail tastings and one brewery stop, two of which will feature mouth-watering snacks to please your palette. All of the special cocktails, beverages, and food included in the tour are pre-selected, historically significant, and perfectly complement the tour.

    You’ll love what the mixologists and chefs have in store for you. It’s a celebratory way to get the lay of the land, learn about Santa Barbara’s rich history, and start an evening off right.

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What people are saying about Santa Barbara

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 26 reviews

It was well organised and great experience. Would have preferred longer time in Vegas since we stayed there for about half day. Also the last day we just had one hour in Zion which is not ideal, would have appreciated if it’s Antelope instead of Zion.

Best Bike tour! It was private, geared to our needs, fun, safe, our tour guide was off the hook!! So kind, and super attentive to us having a great time!! Will do it all over again!! Thank you for a beautiful birthday biking ‍♀️ celebration

The tour was just great. The guide was very interested in making the tour great for us. Highly recommended!

Luca the tourguide is hammmmmmmmmmmer. Our driver of the Armin also took care of us

Max was a great guide and we totally loved the whole experience!