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Santa Barbara to Ojai Family Bike Tour – Teens & Younger Siblings

Santa Barbara Beaches to Ojai's Scenic Valley

  • 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

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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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.

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 ...
Abigail - Arlington, VA
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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)

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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 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
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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. 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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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 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.

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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 $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,398 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 $4,598 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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