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Santa Barbara Family Bike Tour

Luxury of the American West: Hike, Bike, and Surf the Santa Ynez Valley

5 days / 4 nights Level: 1Price From: $3,995Collection: Family

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with its ranches, vineyards, golden rolling hills, and coastal mountains
  • Visit Solvang, a Danish-inspired town that’s taken root in Southern California
  • Enjoy beachy Santa Barbara with a surf lesson or kayaking excursion
  • Spend a day hiking Gaviota Peak with spectacular summit views and a surprise visit to local hot springs
  • Tap into the region’s Old West identity on a horseback ride

Eat

Creative California cuisine, farm-to-table produce and Solvang’s famous pastries

Drink

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

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the American Riviera

    Meet your guides in Santa Barbara and set off for the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. Our day begins in Los Olivos, an 1880s boomtown that’s been transformed into a bustling wine community. After a bike fitting and safety review, start pedaling on Foxen Canyon Road surrounded by sunflower fields and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Descend into Foxen Canyon, home to world-class wineries, golden landscapes, and cattle dotting the magnificent hillsides. We’ll stop for a fun winery lunch and have our first casual tasting to kick off the trip. Finish riding to the hotel, or opt for a life in the van. This afternoon, settle into our California-chic hotel in the heart of Los Olivos or spend some family time at the pool before a dinner that showcases California’s seasonal bounty.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Los Olivos, Foxen Canyon
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 1,000 feet / 305 meters
    Longer Option: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 2,201 feet / 671 meters
    Accommodations: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

  • Day 2

    Happy Canyon and Amusing Ostriches

    This morning we’ll start pedaling through the countryside of Happy Canyon, a landscape that could easily be mistaken for Tuscany or Provence—a wine route with a Western twist. Despite the hillside vineyards and horse ranches, this part of the Santa Ynez Valley is gloriously tourism- and traffic-free. Stop at a coffee shop for a caffeine boost and some pastry, then ride to one of the area’s most beloved restaurants for lunch. From here, cycle back to Los Olivos or take a detour to meet the ostriches and emus who live at a local farm. Later, we’ll discover the side of Santa Ynez that gives it its cowboy country flair on a peaceful afternoon horseback ride. Tonight, find your favorite restaurant in Los Olivos for dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Santa Ynez, Happy Canyon
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 594 feet / 181 meters
    Longer Option: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1,119 feet / 341 meters
    Accommodations: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

  • Day 3

    Gaviota Peak

    Today begins with a transfer to cute and kitschy Solvang, a Danish town transplanted into California wine country. We’ll explore the town’s windmills, Danish farm-style buildings, and authentic bakeries—a fun stop for all ages. Then it’s time to lace up our hiking boots and transfer to Gaviota Peak where an exciting challenge awaits. Hike past Gaviota Hot Springs where you can take a quick dip (or save it for a post-hike reward), then continue trekking up a fire road. As we climb the mountain, we’re met with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Descend via Trespass Trail while peering out over the coast and Santa Barbara’s Channel Islands that lie beyond. Lunch is served at an old stagecoach watering hole, where gold rushers used to refuel before continuing north. Tonight, check into our next hotel in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara and enjoy dinner on your own in any of Santa Barabara’s trendy restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Solvang, Gaviota Peak, Santa Barbara
    Accomplished: 6 miles / 9 km hiking, elevation gain: 2,600 feet / 792 meters
    Accommodations: Kimpton Canary Hotel

  • Day 4

    Sunny Santa Barbara

    Start riding right from our hotel for a day of exploring Santa Barbara. Learn a bit about California’s historic El Camino Real as we pedal by the Santa Barbara Mission and dip down into the elite community of Hope Ranch. From here, follow oceanfront bike paths down the coast and see why Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera. Keep cycling into the Santa Barbara hills via East Mountain Drive, or head into downtown Santa Barbara instead and check out the boutiques and small businesses. Later, our friends will lead you in a surfing lesson to experience Santa Barbara as it was intended—from the water! If surfing’s not your thing, we can also arrange a kayak outing. Tonight, your guides will take you to a memorable dinner at one of the most charming restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Mission Santa Barbara, East Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara Boardwalk
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 24 km, elevation gain: 525 feet / 160 meters; surfing or kayaking
    Longer Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 1,191 feet / 363 meters
    Accommodations: Kimpton Canary Hotel

  • Day 5

    See You Later, SB!

    On our final morning, enjoy a slow morning and maybe an extra cup of coffee, or take the kids to visit the property’s turtle pond. Once checkout is completed, your guides will get you to your next adventure or see you off for the journey home.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Santa Barbara

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Los Angeles or Santa Barbara Pick-Up Location: Santa Barbara Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Los Angeles or Santa Barbara Drop-Off Location: Santa Barbara Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
Younger Travelers
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike; trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles provided to all children on tour

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2021Single Supplement From: $1,150

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Weather by Month
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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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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Sirrus Comp Disc

Manufacturer: Specialized

Type: Hybrid

Quick Neo

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: E-Bike