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Santa Barbara & Ojai Valley Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Rolling Waves & Rolling Hills on California's Coast

  • Palm-fringed bike paths along the sun-kissed coast of the American Riviera
  • Sample delicious regional favorites like Pixie tangerines and award-winning extra virgin olive oils
  • A wealth of diversions along the way—quaint towns, historic sites, a nature reserve and stunning views of the Pacific coast and Channel Islands
  • It's the perfect pairing—exquisite California cuisine and exhilarating California hills!
  • Live it up at two exclusive resorts, set amid breathtaking scenery and brimming with an array of luxuries

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 coastline. Let's enjoy the best of biking with the best of everything. The American Riviera. A foodie's paradise. Four Seasons service. And sunsets that just don't quit. Let's, shall we?

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Cruise on a scenic bike path with your family, enjoying sun, surf and pristine Santa Barbara beaches  Pedal through historic Hope Ranch  Bike around the wetlands at Andrée Clark Bird Refuge  Head into the star-studded hills and spin above the red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara  For even more inspiring vistas, take on Gibraltar, a challenging but picturesque route that's popular among local riders  Visit the "Queen of the Missions," 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, set beneath chaparral hills  Orange groves, nurseries and sprawling ranches line our route through Toro Canyon up into the Santa Ynez Mountains  Enjoy a delicious 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—your cycling muscles will thank you!  Dine on seasonal cuisine under a vine-covered pergola.

Days 4-5 Keep an eye on the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset to experience a “pink moment” Stroll through Ojai's art galleries and browse its impressive independent outdoor bookstore   Visit Ojai Vineyards to sample their riesling "ice wine"  Fantastic views are yours to enjoy on the climb from Ojai into the desert-like scenery of the San Rafael Mountains  Treat yourself to a massage back at the inn or explore the village of Ojai  Savor the sweet smell of citrus as you pedal along the back roads of Ojai past groves of Pixie tangerines.

I knew nothing about Backroads going into this trip. All I knew was that I was going on a vacation that included lots of biking. It was so much more! The trip leaders were extremely friendly and welcoming. From the first day to the last everything was so organized and seamless. It was a planned vacation that also left you with many options. From deciding not to bike that day to the different routes you could take. I could go on and on but everyone should experience a trip with Backroads.
Kat - Vancouver BC
$2,798 - $3,398
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(+$850 to $880 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Inns

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 Dates & Prices tab.

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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

Santa Barbara (2 nights)

One of the most highly acclaimed resorts in the country, this landmark Spanish-style hotel was built in the 1920s and features lush tropical oceanfront grounds and dazzling views out over the Pacific. 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. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

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I knew nothing about Backroads going into this trip. All I knew was that I was going on a vacation that included lots of biking. It was so much more! The trip leaders were extremely friendly and welcoming. From the first day to the last everything was so organized and seamless. It was a planned vacation that also left you with many options. From deciding not to bike that day to the different routes you could take. I could go on and on but everyone should experience a trip with Backroads.

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Dates & Prices

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.

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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.

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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 18 600 20* 700 27 1700
2 17* 1200 25 2200 38 4900
3 19* 450 29* 1100 45 2400 56 3000
4 10* 200 25* 2000 34 3300
5 11 700
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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.

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. You spend two nights at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, a 1920s Spanish-style property set in tropical oceanfront grounds. And your other two nights are at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a stylish hillside resort with 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.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Santa Barbara and Ojai has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Santa Barbara and Ojai designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

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.

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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