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Santa Barbara to Ojai Bike Tour

California Dreaming

From $2,798 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$850 to $880 for sgl. occ.)

Let's see. How a spa treatment feels after a glorious ride past idyllic beaches and citrus groves. How exquisite our evening meal tastes after a brisk climb up the California coast. Let's enjoy the best of biking with the best of everything. The American Riviera. A foodie's paradise. Luxury Hotels. And sunsets that just don't quit. Let's, shall we?

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara and Ojai

Highlights

  • Ride palm-fringed bike paths along the golden beaches and sun-kissed coast of the American Riviera
  • Choose from a wealth of diversions along the way—quaint towns, historic sites, a beach boardwalk and stunning views of the Pacific
  • Live it up at two exclusive resorts set amid breathtaking scenery and brimming with an array of luxuries
  • Linger at welcoming boutique wineries, where the wares couldn't be more local
California

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara and Ojai

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Cruise on a scenic bike path, enjoying sun, surf and pristine Santa Barbara beaches | Pedal through historic Hope Ranch | Bike around the wetlands at Andrée Clark Bird Refuge | Head to the hills and spin above the red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara | For even more inspiring vistas, take on Gibraltar, a challenging route that's popular among local riders | Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara and its meticulously manicured grounds | Soak up the scene in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, filled with galleries, surf shops, a distillery and brewery, and some of the region's best wine-tasting rooms.

Day 3 Discover the oasis of Ojai, a flower-filled city brimming with small-town charm | Orange groves, nurseries and sprawling ranches line our route through Toro Canyon up into the Santa Ynez Mountains | Enjoy a signature Backroads picnic followed by a tasting at a local winery | At our elegant resort, go for a swim or indulge in a famous Ojai spa treatment.

Days 4-5 Behold the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset | Stroll through Ojai's art galleries and browse its outdoor bookstore | Visit Ojai Vineyards to sample their vintages | Climb from Ojai into the desert-like scenery of the San Rafael Mountains | Explore the village of Ojai and dine on seasonal cuisine under a vine-covered pergola | Savor the sweet smell of citrus as you pedal along the back roads of Ojai past groves of Pixie tangerines.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 January
2018 August

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,798 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$850 to $880 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara (2 nights)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Barbara and Ojai

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara (2 nights)

From its secluded vantage point high in the hills, this meticulously restored hotel offers understated elegance and glamor in seven acres of enchanting gardens. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa) 

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai (2 nights)

Where Hollywood's glitterati come to be pampered! This stylish and historic resort offers something for everybody—including a luxurious spa and award-winning restaurant—in a beautiful park-like setting with hillside views in every direction. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 13* 500 18 1000 27 2000
2 21 1500 26 2300 34 4100
3 19* 450 29* 1100 49 2100 59 2900
4 10* 200 25* 2000 34 3300
5 12 800
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Burley Cub trailer (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Burley Cub trailer

Burley Cub trailer

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Santa Barbara and Ojai

Five Stars for Four Nights

In designing this unique trip that winds inland from Santa Barbara to the beautiful Ojai Valley, we wanted guests to enjoy truly luxurious hotels. So we chose a pair ranked among the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure. We spend two nights at the secluded Belmond El Encanto where glamour and laidback style infuse acres of landscaped gardens, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful boutique spa. And we spend the other two nights at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a stylish hillside resort offering stunning views in every direction.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Santa Barbara and Ojai you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Santa Barbara and Ojai trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Santa Barbara and Ojai

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Santa Barbara and Ojai. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Santa Barbara and Ojai trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Santa Barbara and Ojai—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Santa Barbara and Ojai

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Santa Barbara and Ojai, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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