A Must-See Historical Site: Old Mission Santa Barbara


We love taking our guests to see the Old Mission Santa Barbara; it’s one of those “must-see” sites one shouldn’t miss while visiting the area. Situated on 13 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Mission grounds include the beautiful Mission church, Historic Cemetery and Mausoleum, a wonderful in-depth museum, plenty of historical artwork and artifacts and multiple breathtaking gardens. If planning a day touring Santa Barbara, this is the number one historical destination we’d recommend folks don’t miss. We visit the Queen of Missions on many of our tours, including most of our city history tours, and on some of our wine and beer tours. It truly is the gem of the California Missions, with it’s magnificent architecture and glorious views of the Pacific, so don’t miss it if you’re in town.

Custom Tours of Santa Barbara

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This is a photo of our guests enjoying a very special wine & chocolate pairing at the Sanford Winery Tasting Room in Santa Barbara, on a custom luxury tour we created just for them. It was a pretty amazing day 🙂

We absolutely LOVE creating custom tour experiences for our guests; it is so fun! We like to offer plenty of options for our visitors here in Santa Barbara, and that’s easy to do. You can explore history at the Santa Barbara Mission, or stop for cocktails at the Four Seasons Resort at the Biltmore, if relaxing is your thing. You can even book a private  surfing lesson to be enjoyed at sunrise…..we’ve got so many ideas. There is always something to do in Santa Barbara. Whether you prefer the sand and sea, or visiting breweries and eating chicken and waffles, we’ve got you covered. We know where to find the good stuff. Yum and Yay! Let’s go!


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Wine Blending!

One of the coolest things you can do while visiting Santa Barbara is to book a private wine blending seminar; always a fun and informative experience. We love the way Rani at Margerum Wine Company takes the time to walk our guests through the science and tasting details that make blending such an in-depth and complex process. Wine goes through so many levels of influence before the bottle is uncorked and the goodness flows….and blending can be one of those layers. It’s wonderful to be able to go through a step-by-step tasting seminar with an expert who can give you insights as to how wine blends come to be. Thank you to Rani at Margerum Wine Company for your down-to-earth style and your extensive wine blending knowledge! #wineblending #margerumwinecompany #santabarbarawines #winetours #santabarbara #californiawine #santabarbaracitytours #sbshines #privatetours #californiatours


Wine Blending at Margerum

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Happy Hour History SB

Remember the last time you traveled to a new place, and treated your sweetie to a surprise birthday gift of a little getaway? And booked a walking city tour that revolved around history and cocktails? You know, where you had a super-fun guide show you around a beautiful city like Santa Barbara, and learned about the history of a place going back 13,500 years? Oh yeah, and the gin gimlet was A-MAZING! Best way to get to know a city, and fall in love all over again, ever! Happy Hour History Tour! #santabarbarashines @thegoodlionbar #gingimlet #santabarbaracitytours #fun #cocktails #historytours #California #santabarbara #californiavacation

The Heart of a Wine Tour

Wine in paradise with new friends

What’s so cool about being on a wine tour is that each one has a heart of it’s own, which evolves over the course of the day. The guests and the guide take in the terroir of the day:  the salt of the ocean breeze as it tangles along the Santa Barbara coast, the soft, felted fog layer pushing up against Sta. Rita Hills, the morning air that feels as crisp as an apple. Add in the golden light of a season in a sip of wine before noon, crunch of simple crackers between tastes of honeydew and pepper, and intermittent laughter. The day will probably gift you with a new favorite wine, appreciation for the simplicities of a day in the country with limited cell service, or a bottle of garlic olive oil fresh off the farm. At the end of the day, the tour it has it’s own distinct personality just like the people on the Totally Cali Tours van- sometimes wild, sometimes mellow, but never lacking heart.


Welcome to Totally Cali Tours!

Totally Cali Tours was started with fun in mind fist; after all that’s what the Cali vibe is all about. We love to share this magical place, and have extensive knowledge of local history as well as all the cool spots to hang out and find excellent food and drink. Our tours feature trained guides (much more than just a “driver”), who love to make sure you have a blast, as well as learn a little bit while you wander through paradise. All of our tours incorporate a range of insights from local history, architecture, pop culture and beyond. We like to think of our tours as artisanal in nature- they have been crafted thoughtfully to live in your memory as one of the best days of your life.  We invite you to sit back, relax and let us show you the history, food, wine, beer and people who make the Santa Barbara region so special.