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Santa Barbara to Ojai Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

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Santa Barbara Beaches to the Oasis of Ojai

From $3,199 - $3,399 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$940 for sgl. occ.)

A leisurely bike ride together along a palm-lined beach path. Kayaking into the harbor past friendly marine life. Catching your first wave on a surfboard. Take a one-of-a-kind family adventure from the coastal enclave of Santa Barbara to the inland escape of Ojai. This is the American Riviera, where a near endless supply of sunshine invigorates your body and ocean breezes inspire your spirit to soar. 

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Highlights

  • Ride bike paths along the Golden State's coastline and winding roads in its neighboring valleys 
  • Travel through beach towns, historic sights, sandy boardwalks and views of the Pacific—the American Riviera!
  • Kayak across Santa Barbara Harbor keeping an eye out for dolphins and seals who may pop up to greet us
  • Recharge and relax at exclusive accommodations amid palm trees and vineyards 
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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Cruise on a scenic 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 | Soak up the scene in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone, filled with galleries, surf shops and some of the region's best wine-tasting rooms | Kids go surfing while adults hike among beautiful wildflowers through a lush canyon | Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara and its meticulously manicured grounds | Luxuriate at our Mediterranean-style resort set among 22 acres of lush tranquil gardens with stunning views of the Pacific. 

Day 3 For a uniquely Santa Barbara adventure, spend the morning on a sea-kayaking excursion in Santa Barbara Harbor, paddling through kelp forests while pelicans ride the currents above | Savor a bountiful picnic lunch on Rincon Beach | Cruise on two wheels along the Pacific coast, keeping an eye out for seals and surfers along the way | Bike along the Ojai Valley Trail, a car-free pathway that connects the seaside town of Ventura with inland Ojai | Settle in at our splendid resort, which features golf, multiple pools and expansive grounds | Go for a swim or indulge in a famous Ojai spa treatment before exploring the eclectic restaurants downtown.

Days 4-5 Discover Ojai, a flower-filled oasis brimming with small-town charm | Admire a rugged landscape dotted with sparkling white rock formations while hiking near Sespe Creek | Savor the sweet smell of citrus as you pedal along back roads, passing fragrant groves of Pixie tangerines | Stroll through Ojai's art galleries and browse its outdoor bookstore | Taste olive oil and learn about its production at a local olive oil farm | Behold the Topatopa Bluffs at sunset.

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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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; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. 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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,199 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,799 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,199 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,699 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,899 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,199 - $3,399 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$940 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California
Four Seasons Biltmore

Santa Barbara (2 nights)

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

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.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara, California

Four Seasons 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, California

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 1-3

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 Activity 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 Biking 10* 200 18* 1000 27 1700
2 Walking/Hiking 3 700 6 1400
Kids Surfing (2 Hours)
3 Biking 12* 300 19* 500 29 1000
Kayaking in Santa Barbara Harbor (2 Hours)
4 Biking 5 300
Walking/Hiking 2 450 4 900
5 Biking 12 800
 

Note: Surfing The majority of our routes are on bike paths but some sections are on roads with traffic. Bike lanes are common but kids should feel comfortable riding with cars.  

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 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.

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)

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

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.

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.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

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!

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, 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.

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

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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