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California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

1. California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

This 3-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Day 1: Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2: Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise on the world famous San Francisco Bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Visit Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch and a peek at the sea lions before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown, and the magnificent Nob Hill neighborhood, home to the rich and famous. The tour ends with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn (In Winter: Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel) Day 3: Wednesday Today’s route goes through farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes, and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and the Half Dome before walking to the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach the highest waterfalls in North America, the 730-meter-high Yosemite Falls. In the winter, depart south to route no 1, for a visit to the world famous Hearst Castle, built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. Tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century.

Santa Barbara: Craft Beer Walking Tour

2. Santa Barbara: Craft Beer Walking Tour

Head to three unique craft breweries and enjoy tastings at each one. Learn about the history of each brewery, and listen to fun cultural and historical facts about the beautiful city.See the brewmasters drawing their brew inspirations from Santa Barbara and beyond. Explore downtown hotspots, which will include a visit to the bustling Funk Zone and the excitement of the State Street scene. Enjoy plenty of beer tasting choices and get the option to purchase lunch featuring fresh local California cuisine as you sip along the way. Experience the liveliest and most interesting beer crawl in paradise. Come get your beer on and learn about Santa Barbara along the way!

Santa Barbara: Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour

3. Santa Barbara: Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour

This food and photo tour starts on lower State Street and will walk you through the Funk Zone neighborhood where you will taste what Santa Barbara is known for. Try bites of fresh seafood, gastropub creations, Mexican food, artisan beer, locally grown wines and hand-crafted spirits. Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the local culture and hear interesting stories about each place you visit. You’ll also learn easy-to-shoot photo tips from your pro tour guide and take your food photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your 3-hour tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro!

Santa Barbara: City Highlights Bike Tour

4. Santa Barbara: City Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Santa Barbara and its waterfront and downtown area on wheels. Grab a bike and cruise by the Santa Barbara Zoo, Funk Zone, and State Street, with amazing views and information along the way. Get to the shop to be greeted with smiling faces, good vibes, and enthusiasm to get on the road. We carry quality bikes because we want your tour experience to be enjoyable and fun. You will have the option of riding a 7-speed beach cruiser with a basket, or a hybrid-style (non-electric) bike with 21 gears. Once you get fitted on your bike and have the seat heights all adjusted, grab some water bottles and head off to the waterfront to begin the tour. This is a leisurely tour that will be adapted to any pace that you would like. You can always talk to your tour guide if you wish to go somewhere specific. Typically, you can explore the entire beachfront bike path area, check out the Santa Barbara Zoo, learn about the rich history of that area, and ask any questions that you might have along the way. From here, circle back and go towards the downtown area where you may go explore the Funk Zone, State Street, and the Santa Barbara Harbor area.

From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

5. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive/Carmel or Solvang/San Francisco Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Summer:Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport Winter:Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Enjoy the Danish-style architecture while browse in the local shops and restaurants. After our lunch break, we head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach our hotel for overnight. Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that will take in all the city’s famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Your tour will end with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn.   Day 3: Modesto - Yosemite Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls and Half Dome to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls. Winter Route: Start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row. After your tour, depart to the south for a visit to the world-famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th-century. In the evening, drive south towards Las Vegas. Overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: Stevenson Ranch - Las Vegas Today’s route is east through the dessert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow, which is filled with all the famous brand names like, Levi’s, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Ralph Lauren and more. In the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some of the truly amazing hotels and fantasies that are built in the middle of the desert such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. Finish off the evening at one of the many shows or try your hand at one of the many casinos - who knows, maybe lady luck will be smiling on you tonight. Overnight: Linq Hotel. Day 5: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell  Start the day traveling southeast through the desert and through the Navajo Indian Reservation before you come to the South Bank of one of the seven wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Overnight – Quality Inn View of Lake Powell.   Day 6: Antelope Canyon - Bryce Canyon After breakfast, depart for the Lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world. This tour will take you to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain, wind, and sunshine. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times).  After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. Overnight: Days Inn. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for an overnight at the Comfort Inn, Cedar City.  Day 7: Zion Park - Las Vegas After breakfast, head into Zion Park. This park got its name from the Mormons that settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas. Option for a late night return to Los Angeles.  

Santa Barbara: Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

6. Santa Barbara: Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of downtown Santa Barbara while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See major attractions as well as less-known gems of Santa Barbara on this unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 22 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. There is no in-person guide you have to wait for. Explore downtown Santa Barbara California at your own pace. See the bustling State Street, the historic Spanish Presidio, De La Guerra Plaza, the Old Lobero Opera House, and many interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages.

Santa Barbara: Wine, Chocolate and History Walking Tour

7. Santa Barbara: Wine, Chocolate and History Walking Tour

Find out about the wines, chocolates, and historical highlights of Santa Barbara on a guided walking tour. Sample 2 of the region's excellent wines as well as 2 chocolates, including artisanal handmade local chocolates or bakery delights. From the meeting point, set off on your walk with your guide. Enjoy an in-depth historical tour of Santa Barbara as you stroll through downtown. Engage in some sightseeing as you pass Santa Barbara County Courthouse, La Arcada, State Street, and more. During your tour, discover two boutique wineries and taste 2 wines. Get insider information on the area's wine industry and its renowned wines. Also, savor tastings of 2 local chocolates to satisfy your taste buds further.

Santa Barbara: 3-Hour Cocktail and History Walking Tour

8. Santa Barbara: 3-Hour Cocktail and History Walking Tour

Get an insider's view of Santa Barbara on this fun, guided walking tour. Learn about Santa Barbara's history, architecture, and pop culture, all while enjoying cocktails and snacks at boutique bars. This cultural tour includes two cocktail tastings and one brewery stop, two of which will feature mouth-watering snacks to please your palette. All of the special cocktails, beverages, and food included in the tour are pre-selected, historically significant, and perfectly complement the tour. You’ll love what the mixologists and chefs have in store for you. It’s a celebratory way to get the lay of the land, learn about Santa Barbara’s rich history, and start an evening off right.

Santa Barbara: Sparkling Wine Walking Tour

9. Santa Barbara: Sparkling Wine Walking Tour

Get an overview of Santa Barbara's history and sights on a walking tour. Visit 2 unique wine tasting rooms that showcase the best sparkling wines from the Santa Barbara region. Stroll through downtown and admire some of the sights as you pass Santa Barbara County Courthouse, La Arcada, State Street, and more. Gain fascinating insights into the Santa Barbara winemaking industry, as well as the history, architecture and unique local culture. Sample delectable, hand-crafted chocolate delights made right in the heart of Santa Barbara to satisfy your taste buds further.

Santa Barbara: Private Kayaking Tour

10. Santa Barbara: Private Kayaking Tour

Experience Santa Barbara from the beautiful waters of the town's historic harbor. Enjoy California's beach life on your private tour, where the waters are calm each morning and invite even the beginners to hop into a kayak and explore the pristine waters. Your guide will give you all the safety and training you need for this experience and also introduce you to the area’s native wildlife – from the obvious avian friends to the mysterious and beloved humpback whales, which migrate through the area twice a year. Discover the serenity the ocean invites, and learn Santa Barbara's fascinating history, which can be tracked back almost 13,000 years. Paddle under the California's oldest working pier, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, and look for starfish and oysters that have made their homes on the pier. Eventually, make your way back to the boat launch, where your tour ends.

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What people are saying about Santa Barbara

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Tour guide Melissa was great! My friend and I took a girls trip to Santa Barbara and had a great time walking around the city, drinking local wines, and tasting a few delicious local chocolates. We even got a bonus olive oil and vinegar tasting! Melissa told us some history about some notable places in downtown which was cool to learn about too. She’s very personable and gives a great tour. I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a fun way to explore SB!

I really enjoyed this tour. Tour guide, Melissa, is very informative and has a friendly and fun demeanor. There was more informative historical information than had been mentioned on the description, which added to the overall satisfaction of this tour. The wine/chocolate venues were top notch. The olive oil visit was also an added treat. My friends and I had a great visit in Santa Barbara on this tour.

It was well organised and great experience. Would have preferred longer time in Vegas since we stayed there for about half day. Also the last day we just had one hour in Zion which is not ideal, would have appreciated if it’s Antelope instead of Zion.

Jacob was very helpful as a tour guide and the hotel was excellent

It was a really good tour with a little bit of everything