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Santa Barbara to Ojai Family Bike Tour – Teens & Kids

Santa Barbara Beaches to Ojai's Scenic Valley

From $2,798 - $3,398 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$770 to $920 for sgl. occ.)

Breathe deeply. Take in the Santa Barbara sea air and the scent of citrus groves in Ojai. Who's up for horseback riding in the Ventura River Valley, surfing lessons with local pros, biking along the palm-lined Pacific or a dip in the pool? Who says luxury travel is just for grown-ups? This is paradise for the whole family!

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Santa Barbara

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Highlights

  • Sample delicious regional favorites like Pixie tangerines and award-winning extra virgin olive oils
  • Live it up at two exclusive resorts brimming with an array of luxuries and swimming pools with sparkling blue water
  • Choose from a wealth of diversions—quaint towns, historic sites, surfing, horseback riding and stunning views of the Pacific coast
  • Ride on picturesque palm-fringed bike paths along the sun-kissed coast of the American Riviera
California

Santa Barbara

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Itinerary

Day 1 Cruise on a scenic beach bike path, enjoying sun, surf and pristine Santa Barbara beaches | Pass through historic Hope Ranch | Visit the Ty Warner Sea Center to learn about marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel | Look for blue herons and egrets at Andrée Clark Bird Refuge | Marvel at the magnificent Spanish Revival-style County Courthouse and its tropical garden.

Day 2 Soak up the scene in Santa Barbara's "Funk Zone," filled with galleries, surf shops and wine-tasting rooms | Kids give surfing a try | Head into the hills and pedal above the red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara | If you like, take on Gibraltar, a challenging but picturesque bike route | Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara, and its meticulously manicured grounds.

Day 3 Discover Ojai, a flower-filled city brimming with small-town charm  |  Groves of oranges and sprawling ranches line our route through Toro Canyon up into the Santa Ynez Mountains  |  Ride along the Ojai Valley Bike Path, which follows the Old Southern Pacific Railroad route  |  Take a dip in one of the two pools at our luxurious hotel.

Days 4-5 Ever experienced a “pink moment”? Keep an eye on the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset  |  Enjoy fantastic views on the climb from Ojai into the San Rafael Mountains  |  Or head back early to visit an ice cream shop or browse the galleries of Ojai  |  Pedal the back roads of Ojai and stop at an olive farm where we learn how olive oil is made.

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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2017 December
2018 June

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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 $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,798 - $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$770 to $920 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

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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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Fabulous Backroads trip in Santa Barbara and Ojai

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I was so impressed with how Backroads organizes its trips and provides such excellent support to its guests. All three of our guides were absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough great things about our experience. Definitely planning on going on another trip ...

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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 9* 200 18* 1000 27 2100
13* 500
2 6* 500 21 1500 34 4900
Kids: Surfing or Stand-up Paddleboarding at Faria Beach (2 Hours)
3 9* 600 27* 1000 47 2100
19* 450
4 2 50 25* 2100 34 3300
10* 200
Kids: Horseback Riding (2 Hours)
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)

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

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.

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.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Santa Barbara and Ojai have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are 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 why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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.

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.

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.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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