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Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Bike Tour
Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Bike Tour

From rolling hills and historic towns to the boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley, it's all about sipping, sunshine and cycling - a veritable trifecta of weekend perfection. Picture a glass of award-winning Chardonnay in your hand, the California sun warming your face. Imagine a sense of utter relaxation enhanced by the pure satisfaction of a stellar day's ride. Better yet, don't just dream about three fabulous days in Santa Barbara county. Join us and make them a reality!

Day 1 A fun-filled weekend getaway that feels much longer  Discover the "other" California wine country  After shuttling from hip and artsy Santa Barbara, pedal into the pine- and chaparral-covered mountains of the Santa Ynez Valley for views of vineyards, ranchland and rolling countryside Hop off your bike and sample syrah made from the region's oldest vines  The town of Los Olivos welcomes us with charming Victorian architecture, an eclectic art scene and friendly tasting rooms A wine pairing dinner awaits.

Day 2 Dine on haute California cuisine with a Mediterranean flair  Pedal rural roads past grapevines in the fertile Central Coast wine region and farms where some of the world's finest race horses are boarded and trained Get to know Solvang, a delightful taste of Denmark right here in California Founded by a group of Danes in 1911, the town's name means "sunny fields" in Danish  Then challenge yourself by tackling one of the classic climbs of Santa Barbara County, a ten-mile ascent offering rave-worthy vistas of the Santa Ynez Valley  Roadside lavender farms offer a splash of color (and aroma!) along the way Be sure to allow for some pool and spa time back at the hotel.

Day 3 The outstanding views are well worth the extra hills!  Finish off the weekend with a bike ride through the undulating landscape of Ballard Canyon and a favorite route for time trials in the Tour of California  Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you - that's an ostrich farm you're pedaling past  Follow serene Alisal Road, passing fields of broccoli and marigolds en route to the Santa Rita Hills Say goodbye over lunch in the village of Santa Ynez.

Trip Highlights
  • Slip away for a carefree Mediterranean weekend - right here in beautiful California
  • Bike the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley, where tastings of celebrated wines are just a stop away
  • Pedal on peaceful rural roads past farms, horse ranches and grapevines
  • Rejuvenate at the elegant Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in lovely Los Olivos
  • Test your legs (and marvel at the views) on a big climb popular with local cyclists
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Premiere Inns

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa (2 nights): Each room at this elegant boutique hotel, which dates back to 1888, features a private fireplace. (pool, spa) 

Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 25 1500 35 2000
2 23 700 37 1200 48 4300 56 4500
3 15 700 28 1300

There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.

2014 Dates & Pricing*

  • 5/9-11 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/20-22 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/25-27 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/8-10 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/19-21 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/3-5 Price: $1898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/17-19 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/31-11/2 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/14-16 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)
  • 11/21-23 Price: $1798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $480 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $2,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $2,098 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $1,798 pp dbl. occ.

Guest Trip Reviews

This was such a nice experience and one that I have always wanted to do. Glad it was with Backroads! The rides, the scenery, the accommodations, the food, the wines and the trip leaders were tops.
Suzanne Farrell - Marietta, GA