Explore the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley, pedal alongside oak-studded vineyards on rolling back roads, take in the sights of gorgeous horse country set inside expansive ranch land… and relax on the shores of the Mediterranean-like coast of Santa Barbara.
This journey through the Santa Barbara wine country will treat you to spectacular days of cycling, gourmet lunches, fine dining, deluxe accommodations, and handcrafted local wines.
2018 Dates: April 22-27, May 6-11, June 10-15, Sept 23-28, Oct 21-26, Oct 28-Nov 2, Nov 4-9, Dec 9-14 (6-day/5-night)
6-Day /5-Night Cycling Vacation includes:
- (3) Nights of deluxe accommodations at the Santa Ynez Inn (Santa Ynez, CA).
- (2) Nights of deluxe accommodations at Inn of the Spanish Garden (Santa Barbara, CA).
- (1) Half day cycling tour upon arrival
- (4) Full days of guided cycling tours with professional tour guide.
- (3) Farm-to-table lunch and local wine tasting with each full-day tours.
- (3) Dinners at local fine dining (food, tip and tax incl., alcohol on own)
- Bicycle rentals, helmets, and custom water bottles.
- Upgrade to full-carbon Specialized Roubaix for $20 /person/day.
- SAG vehicle for mechanical support, hydration & nutrition.
- Total Vacation Package Price $2,199/person dbl occ. ($4,398 for two people)
* double occupancy (minimum 2 people)
* tour price subject to hotel availability; add $695 single supplement
Arrive: Sunday – Santa Barbara, CA
Depart: Friday – Santa Barbara, CA
2018 Dates: April 22-27, May 6-11, June 10-15, Sept 23-28, Oct 21-26, Nov 4-9, Dec 9-14 (6-day/5-night)
Intermediate; 25-40 miles /day.
The cycling routes listed below are easily customized to the ability level of your group. Please call our office to discuss other route options if you’re not sure these will be the right fit. We can accommodate the distance and difficulty to any expertise.
Santa Ynez Inn santaynezinn.com
This elegant Victorian-style inn is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The inn is within walking distance to many different restaurants and clothing boutiques.
Enjoy spacious, luxurious rooms, an elegant breakfast each morning, and a daily afternoon wine hour. The hotel is conveniently located directly across the street from our store in Santa Ynez.
Inn of the Spanish Gardens spanishgardeninn.com
This luxury boutique inn located in downtown Santa Barbara is just a few blocks from fine dining, theaters, and shopping. It offers a contemporary and sophisticated Spanish-Mediterranean architecture with quality amenities and close attention to customer service. The inn features king beds with frette linens, fireplaces, and deluxe bath amenities. Each room includes either a private balcony or garden. A deluxe breakfast is included each morning.
DAY ONE: Sunday Arrival and Afternoon Warm-up Ride
11:00 AM – Meet at Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours in Solvang for introductions & bike fittings.
This ride will take you through the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley with visits to a miniature horse farm, a century old one-room school house and olive oil tasting in the quaint town of Los Olivos. This tour includes a local’s favorite: the expansive Ballard Canyon Road. This idyllic road offers memorable views which often include a family of buffalo before descending past vineyard land back into Solvang.
3:30 PM – Return to Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours retail store.
7:00 PM -Dinner at The Santa Ynez Kitchen tax and gratuity included (alcohol excluded).
DAY TWO: Monday Tour of Santa Ynez Loop
9:00 AM – Meet your guide in the lobby of hotel for route discussion, bikes delivered
9:30 AM – Depart on tour from your hotel
The “Tour of Santa Ynez” features the stunning Happy Canyon route through the foothills of the San Rafael Mountains. Your guide will bring you passed world-famous thoroughbred farms including the pastures where Secretariat retired and the movie Sea Biscuit was filmed. This part of our valley offers sweeping expanses and breath-taking views. For those seeking to accelerate their heart-rate, your guide will modify the route and lead you up a few turns of the road to Figueroa Mountain – a bucket list climb where the pros train. Both routes lead to Bridlewood Vineyard where a farm-to-table lunch will be served alfresco in the vineyard with wine tasting to follow. A short cool down pedal awaits you after lunch returning you to our store.
12:30 PM – Farm-to-Table lunch served alfresco at Bridlewood Winery. Bridlewood Estate flanks the eastern side of the Santa Ynez Valley and boasts spectacular mountain views. Includes wine tasting in the estate’s tasting room
3:00 PM – Return to tour shop and shuttle to hotel
Dinner on your own. Recommendations available.
DAY THREE: Tuesday Foxen Canyon Wine Trail
Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 AM – Meet your guide in the lobby for route discussion.
This intermediate route begins with an easy warm-up ride into Los Olivos before the first short climb on Foxen Canyon Road. There are two climbs; the second is a long circuitous road through a canopy of oak trees with views of the San Rafael Mountains at the summit. The descent follows the Sisquoc River Valley passing rangeland, expansive vineyards and the picturesque San Ramon Chapel built in 1875. This midway point is Rancho Sisquoc Winery, a secluded vineyard tucked away in the hillside and surrounded by walnut trees and grapevines.
12:30 PM – Enjoy our signature farm-to-table lunch with wine tasting to follow. After a gradual respite, pedal back into town and then over Ballard Canyon to our store in Solvang. Shuttle service available to transport purchased wine and/or tired riders for the return back.
3:30 PM – Arrive back at store
Dinner at The Red Barn in Santa Ynez
DAY FOUR: Wednesday Santa Rosa Road
Breakfast at Hotel
9:00AM – Meet at Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours in Solvang
9:30 AM – Depart on tour.
This ride takes you through the Santa Rita Hills AVA, home to the regions premier pinot noir grapes. This route along the Santa Ynez River travels west towards the ocean and includes two short, moderate climbs and the area’s most notable rolling hills.
12:30 PM – Pedal to your table on the grounds of the beautiful Lafond Winery and relax as our catering staff serves you the best offerings of the season; fresh fruits, a Mediterranean salad, artisanal bread, cheese and local olives while you sit back and take in the surrounding views of the vineyard and river.
Shuttle service available after lunch.
3:00 PM – Return to SB Cycling Tours
Transfer to Inn at Spanish Gardens in Santa Barbara
Dinner on your own. Recommendations available.
DAY FIVE: Thursday Santa Barbara Waterfront & Foothills
This route predominately travels the bike paths along the beaches between Santa Barbara and Summerland. It begins descending the low foothills near the Inn before passing the stunning landscapes of the Santa Barbara waterfront and the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. This mostly flat course with some gentle hills; comfortable shoulders and Class 2 bike lanes round out what is otherwise, a beach cruise. The views are what make this tour unique. Santa Barbara is known as America’s Riviera because of its breath-taking ocean views and also the temperate climate which allows for botanical diversity and vibrant colors seldom seen elsewhere. For those wishing to climb, there is an alternative ride back through the foothills of the Riviera and along the circuitous route of Mountain Drive offering panoramic views of the Santa Barbara coastline and the Channel Islands. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a beach café looking over Leadbetter Beach.
Return to the Inn at Spanish Gardens
Dinner at The Paradise Café in Santa Barbara (walking distance from the Inn).
DAY SIX: Friday– Hotel Check Out & Departure
Hotel Check Out