Santa Ynez Valley

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  • 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: Guided Kayak Tour

    2. Santa Barbara: Guided Kayak Tour

    Guests meet their guides at the boat launch at Santa Barbara Harbor, where they outfit everyone in paddle jackets and PFDs. Guides will give a basic paddling demonstration and safety talk before setting out on the water. The launch is easy, right out of the boat launch. This is a great introductory lesson to kayaking or a nice relaxing kayak for more experienced paddlers. Once on the water, guests will paddle approximately 1-2 miles along the coast surrounded by beautiful beaches and marine life. The group will paddle through the harbor, paddling past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach. There is an abundance of wildlife along the way such as harbor seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, sea stars, cormorants, and of course seagulls. Guides will offer insight into the history of the region as well as local marine ecology. People love this p...

    Super organized, safe and fun!!! Beth was a great guide and we look forward to coming back for another kayaking tour!

  • Santa Barbara: Wine Country Tour

    3. 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: Cupcake and Wine Tour

    4. Santa Barbara: Cupcake and Wine Tour

    After being picked up from your Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley accommodation in the morning, board a climate-controlled vehicle for the Santa Ynez Valley. Get a preview of the day from your guide, who will cover the local human history and give you insight into the wine region along the way. On arrival, enjoy a wine tasting at some of the area's top wineries, including a venue where your wine is paired with delectable cupcake tastings. The full-day tour features a sampling flight of cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes, a unique bakery in Los Olivos. Compare flavors like pomegranate-mango chardonnay and chocolate-blackberry syrah. After you're served a picnic lunch in the shade at a favorite winery, gain insight into specific blends and selections from the winery staff. Each establishment offers vintages and award-winning selections, and several wineries extend discounts on wine purchases....

    We loved the entire idea of the tour. Caco was very knowledgeable and personable, and he knew a lot of the history of the region.. The Folded Hills Winery was amazing and worth the tour. Allison was an amazing server and let us lick fruit off of the trees on the property. She gave us some of the history of the wines and winery, and lived up to the ideals of the winery: being in the business of making friends. Koehler Winery was unremarkable; the wines all tasted the same and we didn’t feel like it was an experience. We didn’t even get all of our tastings because the wines weren’t very distinguishable. Saarloos & Sons was cool because of the cupcake and wine pairing. All of the cupcakes were delicious, but the chocolate peanut butter was one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. They’re in a great location and the server was amazing in giving excellent service to our group. The van was nice and comfortable, we were provided water, and Caco let us play our music over the Bluetooth.

  • Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

    5. 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: Wine Country Bike Tour

    6. 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: Sunset Kayak Tour

    7. Santa Barbara: Sunset Kayak Tour

    Meet your guides before sunset for a comprehensive kayaking lesson and to receive your paddle jackets and life vests. Watch a basic paddling demonstration and safety talk before setting out on the water. Head out to sea in a single or double kayak where you can watch the colors change and stars appear. This is a great introductory lesson to kayaking or a nice relaxing kayak for more experienced paddlers. Once on the water, paddle for approximately 1-2 miles along the coast surrounded by beautiful beaches and marine life. Pass the harbor past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach. Learn about the natural history, marine ecology, astronomy, and current hot spots throughout the tour. For groups, guides can facilitate initiatives, games, and more in-depth paddle challenges for a fun and engaging way to bring your group together.

  • Santa Barbara Surfing Lesson

    8. 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: Haskell's Beach Kayaking Trip

    9. Santa Barbara: Haskell's Beach Kayaking Trip

    Meet your guide at Haskell's Beach just north of Santa Barbara, one of the area's most beautiful beaches featuring a palm-lined coast and crystalline waters. Your guide will outfit the members of your group with kayaking gear and will take you through a kayaking lesson on shore, including instruction on entering and exiting the surf. When you are on the water and feeling comfortable with your paddling skills, you will set off on a stunning 4.8 km journey. You will stop amid pristine kelp beds to learn about marine ecology and the Santa Barbara Channel. Keep an eye out for dolphins that often swim and play alongside the kayaks. At midday, you will stop for a delicious lunch served on a secluded beach. After an optional swim, venture back to shore and on the way take part in some fun kayak challenges and games. This is an unforgettable trip and the perfect half-day activi...

  • Santa Barbara: Mountains to Shore Bike Tour

    10. 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 Ynez Valley

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

We loved the entire idea of the tour. Caco was very knowledgeable and personable, and he knew a lot of the history of the region.. The Folded Hills Winery was amazing and worth the tour. Allison was an amazing server and let us lick fruit off of the trees on the property. She gave us some of the history of the wines and winery, and lived up to the ideals of the winery: being in the business of making friends. Koehler Winery was unremarkable; the wines all tasted the same and we didn’t feel like it was an experience. We didn’t even get all of our tastings because the wines weren’t very distinguishable. Saarloos & Sons was cool because of the cupcake and wine pairing. All of the cupcakes were delicious, but the chocolate peanut butter was one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. They’re in a great location and the server was amazing in giving excellent service to our group. The van was nice and comfortable, we were provided water, and Caco let us play our music over the Bluetooth.

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.

Super organized, safe and fun!!! Beth was a great guide and we look forward to coming back for another kayaking tour!

This is a great tour for beginners as the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful.

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