-Currently we are offering this as a PRIVATE BOOKING for 1-8 Guests at a flat daily rate of $650.00. Call us to book your private group tour today! (805)403-6500.
- Start time: Between 9:30 – 10:00, depending on pickup location
- Tour Duration: 6-7 hours
This guided tour begins with pickup at your Santa Barbara location, and kicks off with a drive up Santa Barbara’s bustling State Street. History is rich here and you will learn about the city’s architectural history as you head to the Santa Barbara Mission. At the old Mission, built in 1786, your guide will provide you with a historical overview of Santa Barbara’s past, including Chumash history, Spanish Colonization and the Mexican period. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Mission museum and rose garden, and walk the front grounds as you desire.
You will then continue to Santa Barbara’s wine country, about an hour away. Your guide will give you insights into the wine making industry of the region, and the locations featured in the movie Sideways, filmed throughout the area. You will then be escorted to the heart of the quaint Danish-American town of Solvang, where for a few hours you can enjoy wonderful activities of your choice. In this charming village, built in the early 1900’s, you may seek out Danish pastries, farm-to-table food, shopping and wine tasting if you desire. You can even visit the Hans Christian Andersen museum, or rent a surrey to explore the village. If wine tasting is in fact what you desire, your guide will point you in the right direction and give in-depth insight into the wines that shine in this very special winemaking region. You can also explore the grounds and gift shop at the Old Santa Ynez Mission, located on the village outskirts, which dates back to 1804 and has breathtaking views of the rolling golden hills of wine country.
Next, the tour heads to a unique olive oil tasting on a small family farm in Santa Ynez, for an experience to remember. You will see where the olives are grown, and learn about how the farm produces the the many flavors of olive oil they create.
*Upon special request your private tour may also include a visit to a lovely Lavender Farm in the heart of the valley; upon booking inquire about this option.
The final stop before heading back to the city of Santa Barbara is the tiny village of Los Olivos, built during the stagecoach era, which is now home to boutiques, wine tasting rooms, bakeries, restaurants and galleries. Here you will see more important landmarks shown in the movie “Sideways”, and learn about the town’s history as a stagecoach stop. During your time in Los Olivos, where you will spend a little over an hour, you can seek out wine and cupcakes, check out the local art galleries or just find a beautiful oak tree to relax under. It’s your day!
Following the visit to Los Olivos you will be driven back to Santa Barbara where you will be dropped off at the location of your choice.
*Tour does not include any museum fees, food, or activity fees (such as wine tasting). Wine tasting discount coupons are dependent on tasting room availabilities on day of tour; while usually available these are not guaranteed.
-You will be shuttled through paradise in a comfortable air-conditioned van with a captain’s seat for each guest
-Many seats come with their own cell phone charging port and seat-back storage pouch
-Bottled water is included on each driving tour
TOUR GROUP SIZES:
We like for you to feel like you’re really stepping into the Cali vibe and getting an authentic and attentive experience, and can accommodate large and small groups. Our standard driving tours listed on our website seat up to 8 guests. We can also accommodate larger groups upon request for an additional charter fee. Call us if you have questions (805)403-6500
– Our walking tours may include up to 15 people for standard tours. We may be able to accommodate more upon special request. Call us (805)403-6500
We can easily accommodate groups over 8 people for an additional charter fee. We are also happy to upgrade your booking to a Luxury Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes Party Van or a full-sized Tour Coach at your request. Please call or email us for a quote: (805)403-6500 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW FAR DO WE WALK ON THE WALKING TOURS?
Walking tours may include up to 1.5 miles of walking through downtown Santa Barbara. Sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the route.
WHERE DO THE TOURS MEET?
Driving Tours: Santa Barbara area include pickup in Santa Barbara, Montecito or in the City of Goleta, at the location of your choice. We may be able to pickup just outside the area for an additional fee. If you’re parking in Santa Barbara just for the day, we recommend the Visitor Center pay to park lot at 1 Garden Street in Santa Barbara.
For Ojai driving tours, we pickup in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Ojai.
Walking Tours meet a various locations, noted on the tour description. Call (805)403-6500 if you have questions.
Gratuities are not included in any of the booking fees, and are much-appreciated and very welcome. If you enjoy your tour, pretty please tip your guide and your servers at the tasting rooms along the way.
BUYING BEER AND WINE IS ENCOURAGED:
We’ve secured boutique wineries and breweries for your tasting enjoyment. We highly recommend you buy a bottle of wine or a growler of beer to take home, or even better, join the clubs! It’s really wonderful to get a surprise wine shipment when you get home after a long day at work….you can revisit beautiful Santa Barbara with every sip. Plus, it helps support these small local producers who put so much love into what they do.
CAN WE BOOK A PRIVATE OR CUSTOM TOUR?
Yes, you can book a private charter and/or we can also create a custom tour for you. See the Private Charter and Custom Tour sections for more info.
ARE THE ITINERARIES ALWAYS THE SAME ON ALL OF YOUR TOURS?
Not at all, as that would mess with the magic! How your tour is directed depends on the day of the week, and the itinerary that makes sense for your group that day. Things change, but we promise you’ll love whatever we put together.
DO YOU HAVE GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Yes, you can purchase these in our booking system. They make a wonderful surprise gift
We have a no cancellation policy. We are very happy to give you a gift certificate for a future tour if you can’t make it on the day of your tour. To cancel and receive the gift certificate, you must provide 48 hour notice, or we won’t be able to issue a gift certificate. If you don’t do this, you will lose your booking and gift certificate entirely.
CAN SPECIAL DIETS BE ACCOMMODATED?
While we try our best to create a tour for everyone, our itineraries include food and beverages that may not be suitable for vegans, vegetarians or those with food allergies, lactose or gluten intolerance. At the time of your booking you are welcome to make note of any special requests you may have, and we will best to help accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee there will be substitutions available. You are welcome to pass on any tastings that don’t work for you. If you do have a special dietary request please remind your guide and tasting room partners at each stop to ensure your needs are being taken into account.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Our tours are awesome rain or shine. We don’t cancel or refund due to weather conditions. Please bring an umbrella and appropriate attire so you can still fully joy your tour.
ARE CHILDREN AND THOSE UNDER 21 ALLOWED ON THE TOUR?
We don’t allow kids on our Happy Hour History Walking Tour, but the rest of the tours do allow children. It’s best to call or email us if your children are under 14, to see if the tour you’re booking is a good fit for your child. We want to make sure they enjoy the day too! (805)403-6500/ email@example.com