Santa Barbara 4-Day Bike Tour

Southern California's Santa Ynez Wine Country

4 days / 3 nights Level: 2Price From: $3,695Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the beautiful landscape of quaint Californian towns, horse ranches, and spectacular vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains
  • Sample complex wines from the Santa Maria Valley in the charming town of Los Olivos
  • Explore Solvang, the Danish-inspired town—a hint of northern Europe in Southern California
  • Enjoy the fantastic burgeoning food scene of the hidden Santa Ynez Valley

Eat

Creative California cuisine, farm-to-table produce, and aebleskivers in Solvang

Drink

Cooler-climate wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills; Rhone varietals from Santa Ynez; Cabernet from Happy Canyon

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  • Day 1

    Into Cowboy Country—Foxen Canyon

    Your guides will meet you in Santa Barbara and whisk you off to the Santa Ynez Valley. After a bike fitting and safety review, begin riding on Foxen Canyon Road. On our gentle climb, we’re accompanied by fields of lazily grazing cattle and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Descend past fields of Rhone varietals in Foxen Canyon and the Santa Maria Valley where beautiful tasting rooms dot the landscape. Our first lunch is at our favorite winery and is accompanied by a tasting overlooking acres of vineyards. Choose to return to your hotel by van or by bike, and relax by the pool before dinner. This evening, we gather for our first dinner of classic California coast cuisine.

    Meals: Lunch / DinnerDestinations: Foxen Canyon, Sisquoc, Santa Maria, Accomplished: 30 miles /  50 km, elevation gain: 1,929 feet / 587 metersLonger Option: 60 miles / 100 km, elevation gain: 3,858 feet / 1164 metersAccommodations: The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern or Fess Parker Wine Country Inn or Santa Ynez Inn

  • Day 2

    Happy Canyon and Santa Ynez Valley

    This morning we’ll start the day merrily pedaling through bucolic Happy Canyon. Surrounded by horse ranches and hillside vineyards, you’ll experience a quiet contrast to the typical bustling wine route. After a coffee stop, join us at one of the most unique restaurants in the area for lunch and dine at shared tables with in-the-know locals. This evening, you’re free to venture into Los Olivos, and you can’t go wrong with wherever you choose to dine on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Santa Ynez, Happy Canyon, Solvang, Ballard Canyon
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 1,660 feet / 506 meters
    Shorter Option: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 886 feet / 270 meters
    Accommodations: The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern or Fess Parker Wine Country Inn or Santa Ynez Inn

  • Day 3

    East Mountain Drive

    This morning after breakfast, a short transfer takes us into midst of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful neighborhoods. We’ll have coffee at a cyclist-friendly café owned by a pair of former pros, then begin riding towards historic Santa Barbara Mission and on to the coast. After lunch (plus local beers on tap), choose a shorter route back to the hotel or challenge yourself on the hills for breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the coast. Tonight, your guides invite you to enjoy a farewell cocktail before our final dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mission Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch Road, Santa Barbara Boardwalk
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 1,666 feet / 507 meters
    Shorter Option: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 905 feet / 275 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Californian

  • Day 4

    Say Goodbye to Santa Barbara

    On our last day, wake up early for a bucket list ride up Gibraltar, California’s very own col. With 3,000 feet of elevation gain in less than 20 miles, this ride is not for the faint of heart. If you chose to head back to the hotel after yesterday’s lunch, finish up the ride around East Mountain Drive instead. For those strictly in search of leisure, linger at your hotel or explore the many boutiques  of state street and regroup for one final brunch—complete with mimosas, of course.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Gibraltar Road, East Mountain Drive
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 3,301 feet / 1,006 meters
    Shorter Option: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 1,222 feet / 372 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Santa Barbara or Los Angeles, California Pick-Up Location: Santa Barbara’s downtown Amtrak station (209 State Street) Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Santa Barbara or Los Angeles, California Drop-Off Location: Downtown Santa Barbara Drop-Off Time: 1:00 pm
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

For the latest travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic⁠—including quarantine requirements—please review California’s state travel guidelines.

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2022Single Supplement From: $1,300

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 2 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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