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Santa Barbara to the Santa Ynez Valley Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

Beaches & Vineyards on California's Palm-Lined Coast

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok) | Min age to ride e-bike 16+

Family — Older Teens & 20s

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,049 - $4,699 pp dbl occ

($1,050 - $1,700 for sgl occ)

Natural beauty reigns on this active family tour from Los Olivos to Santa Barbara. Where oak trees and sunlit chaparral line hiking trails to mountain peaks. And beautiful sandy beaches make for idyllic post-ride sunset spots. Ocean kayak, then walk through a sea of vineyards. Top it off with divinely crafted cuisine and some of the finest hotels in the state. It’s more than a destination, it’s a way of life. 

California Santa Barbara to the Santa Ynez Valley Family Multi-Adventure Tour map
California Santa Barbara to the Santa Ynez Valley Family Multi-Adventure Tour map


Start/End Santa Barbara

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Elevate your active California vacation with world-class luxury hotels, from a beachfront gem to an inland oasis  
  • Hike, bike and kayak with family from the Pacific to Santa Ynez Valley amid Santa Barbara’s breathtaking landscapes 
  • Discover the vineyards and enchanting ranches of Los Olivos, tucked away in Southern California's wine country  
  • Celebrate the region's superb cuisine at farm-to-table meals paired to perfection with iconic coastal scenery 


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Kick off your family adventure in California's bucket-list Santa Barbara | In Los Olivos, explore charming shops and sample exquisite Central Coast wines | Ride past a sea of vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, lingering over tastings along the way | Get to know fairy-tale Solvang, a one-of-a-kind Danish village in the heart of Southern California's wine country | Unwind in style at one of the region’s most historic properties, newly renovated with luxury amenities that are sure to wow the whole family | Follow a hiking trail in the foothills of Figueroa Mountain, which showcases the native flora and fauna of this beautiful Central Coast region of California.

The grounds at The Inn at Mattei's Tavern
The Inn at Mattei's Tavern
Los Olivos
| Premiere Hotel

Once a Gold Rush stagecoach stop, this luxury Auberge hotel in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is now an impeccably restored wine country retreat. (pool, spa)

Days 3-5

Admire the terra-cotta rooftops and sun-soaked adobe façades of the city’s iconic Spanish-style architecture as you bike down palm-lined State Street | Wind your way along the Pacific Ocean, passing surf breaks, rugged cliffs and elegant ranches | Launch your kayak from the white sands of West Beach into gentle ocean waves | Paddle past lush kelp forests, keeping an eye out for friendly seals and the occasional dolphin | Savor lunch overlooking the waterfront in downtown Santa Barbara | Hike a favorite trail to epic coastal views in the Santa Ynez Mountains | Unforgettable vacationing awaits at our luxury oceanfront hotel | Treat yourself at the spa with a steam or sauna, or kick back on the rooftop terrace or fireside lounge | Enjoy California cuisine at its finest | Not ready to leave? Extend your active family holiday on the American Riviera.

Aerial view of The Ritz Carlton Barcara
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Santa Barbara
| Premiere Hotel

An exquisite 78-acre property at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, featuring sea views, two natural beaches and a decadent spa. (pool, spa)

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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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking routes on this trip are on well-traveled mountain trails. Some of our cycling routes are on bike paths, but the majority are on roads with traffic. Bike lanes are common but you should feel comfortable riding with cars.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 29 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Santa Barbara's West Beach (half day)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 47 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 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

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