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Santa Barbara Trolley Tour

Santa Barbara Trolley Tour

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285
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$25.65
From
$25.65
All Aboard Santa Barbara’s Original & Longest Running Trolley Tour and Charter Services See the American Riviera in 90 minutes Santa Barbara sightseeing at its finest on the original, fully narrated Santa Barbara Trolley Tour. For 30 years, we've been providing trolley tours in the Santa Barbara community. Join us as we visit local hot spots such as the Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Natural History, the historic Santa Barbara Mission, and more, all fully narrated by our energetic and knowledgeable tour guides! Our pick up location is only a 10 minute walk from Stearns Wharf, at the Visitor Center located at 1 Garden St.
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* A traveler said: "We Learned so many interesting facts about Santa Barbara. The tour leader was interesting and informative. Highly recommended tour."


Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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185
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$60.00
From
$60.00
This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level.
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* A traveler said: "Our guide was great! She was patient with us teaching us how to steer our kayaks. But despite the learning curve in the first few minutes, the excursion was very relaxing. We enjoyed the scenery, seeing sea monkeys up close, chatting with our guide learned some Santa Barbara history, and got a little workout. I would definitely recommend this tour!"


Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour

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191
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$95.00
Price varies by group size
From
$95.00
Price varies by group size
Explore Santa Barbara by electric bike, covering plenty of ground on a morning or afternoon excursion. Ride your easy-to-use beach cruiser to key landmarks such as State Street and the Santa Barbara Mission as your knowledgeable guide shares the city’s history during this Santa Barbara bike tour. Have your camera ready as you glide along the renowned Pacific coastline. Numbers are limited to five people, ensuring personalized attention and a small-group experience.
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* A traveler said: "Great tour with our Guide Davis! Shared with us his local knowledge and experiences throughout the day. Best way to see Santa Barbara. Highly recommended."


Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

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35
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$59.00
From
$59.00
Get another perspective on the southern California coast during this leisurely kayak tour in Santa Barbara. Learn the basics of kayaking from your guide, and hear about Santa Barbara’s natural history and marine life during your tour. Includes use of all kayaking gear.
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* A traveler said: "Beth had a bubbly personality and did a great job sharing her knowledge of the harbor. We were all pretty inexperienced and she made it so much fun. This was the best Experience we had while visiting Santa Barbara."


Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle
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Santa Ynez Wine Country Shuttle

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5
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
From
$99.00
Our Wine Country Shuttle service allows you to experience 2-3 wineries at your leisure for the day. At each winery you can opt to purchase either a glass of wine or a bottle alongside a food option. If you want to explore the breadth and diversity that the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country has to offer this is the tour for you! Our incredible guides will offer interpretation & history about the Santa Ynez Valley throughout the day.
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* A traveler said: "First time that we saw the real vineyards. The wines were all very good. We met some great people in the tour. Most importantly, the small group tour bus was very comfortable."


Small-Group Santa Barbara Wine Tour (MAX SIX GUESTS) to Private Locations
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Small-Group Santa Barbara Wine Tour (MAX SIX GUESTS) to Private Locations

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90
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.47
From
$193.47
Tour Santa Barbara wine country with a private guide on this full day outing. Perfect for couples and small groups who appreciate exclusivity, this tour visits intimate, family-owned vineyards not typically open to the general public. Get the VIP treatment with tours of the cellars and vineyards, often with the owners themselves. You’ll never stand at a crowded tasting bar on this tour—it’s red carpet treatment all the way.
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* A traveler said: "The wine, the views and our host, Karina were all awesome!! Enjoyed meeting vineyard owners and winemakers to hear their stories."


Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike
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Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike

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67
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$161.54
From
$161.54
Ride through the towns and vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley wine region on this bike tour with transport from Santa Barbara. With a guide, you'll pedal a Rad Power E-bike or Specialized Sport bike to a winery and other spots for wine tastings, an olive-oil tasting, and an Italian-inspired picnic lunch. A bike tour allows you to enjoy better views of the scenery than from inside a car, and three different distance options are offered to suit your ability and preference.
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* A traveler said: "Had a great time on the Santa Ynez bike tour with William! Beautiful sights, perfect riding distance and route through many scenic spots. We loved the ebikes! Would definitely do it again. Thanks William for being such a great guide and providing a delicious lunch!"


Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour
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Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour

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23
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$169.00
From
$169.00
A beautiful, scenic tour of California’s Central Coast Wine Region perfect for any wine lover! This Santa Ynez wine tour features tastings are three local wineries, lunch in the Santa Ynez Valley*, door-to-door shuttle service and a knowledgeable guide for the day. Wineries visited will vary based on availability. Your guide will discuss local history and insights into the Santa Ynez wine region along the way. *Please Note: Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries.
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* A traveler said: "Dustin is a great tour guide - knowledgeable, informative and friendly - tour was fun, highly recommend."


Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

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366
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$115.00
From
$115.00
Eat delicious lunch food, drink great drinks and learn about downtown Santa Barbara on this 3.5ish-hour walking tour. Indulge your palate for a few hours with sipping, sampling, and savoring. You will enjoy food from 5-6+ local eateries, 1-2 wine tastings or 1 wine tasting plus another alcoholic beverage (depends on the day, it could be wine, beer or a cocktail). Go where locals like to go. This fun, informative and local walking lunch tour is sure to pleasantly fill you up and entertain the whole family. Great for a daytime activity and awesome way to learn about other places to eat and drink on your visit! TOURS CAN EASILY BE MADE PRIVATE - please email, call or text us for more information regarding private experiences. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WALKING OR HEALTH ISSUES, please let us know, we do occasionally offer slower paced tours or please consider a private tour experience to meet your comfort level.
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* A traveler said: "Madly was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice that there were just four of us in the group so she could answer all of our questions. The historical facts were very interesting and the food was good."


Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

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45
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$200.00
From
$200.00
Taste some of Santa Barbara’s great wines as you visit top winemaking destinations in Santa Ynez Valley. Make four stops for tastings at a mix of family-owned vineyards and small-production tasting rooms, and enjoy a picnic lunch. You’ll get an intimate experience of the wine region as you sample the wines and hear from your guide about winemaking in California.
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* A traveler said: "The great information from our tour guide. Alex was amazing and was super patient and gave us time to enjoy the wine and have a relaxing experience"


Mountains to Shore Biking Tour in Santa Barbara
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Mountains to Shore Biking Tour in Santa Barbara

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3
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$155.00
From
$155.00
Take a van to the top of La Cumbre Peak, hop on a bike, and embark on a mostly downhill journey to the shores of a local Santa Barbara beach. With plenty of sights to see along the way, including the Santa Barbara Mission, this roughly 20-mile (32-kilometer) tour is perfect for all skill levels. Chat with a local guide about the natural and cultural history of the area, and enjoy a provided lunch in a park.
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* A traveler said: "This was SO FUN! Was a wonderful way to experience Santa Barbara. The drive to the top of the mountain was a bit scary due to the narrow, curvy and steep roads...but it was WORTH IT! The views were amazing and it was so easy just coasting down the road on bikes."


Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour
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Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour

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12
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$179.00
From
$179.00
This wine tour features a delicious sampling of cupcakes from a local bakery. Your group will be picked up by an air-conditioned shuttle in the morning. We will preview the day and head up to Santa Ynez Valley. Once there, you will enjoy wine tasting at three of the area's best wineries. Wineries visited vary based on availability. Your group will visit beautiful Los Olivos and enjoy an incredible cupcake and wine tasting. Your guides will cover local human history and insight into the wine region along the way. Included: - Pick Up from Your Hotel - Cupcake tasting - All wine tasting fees - you will visit 3 wineries of those listed - Deli-style lunch (Not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries.)
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* A traveler said: "We truly enjoyed our tour & tour guide-the lunch included was really good-we shared our cupcakes with the other passengers-they we’re yummy as well! Thank you!"


Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
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Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour

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76
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$125.00
From
$125.00
Indulge your passions for food, photography and fun during this 3-hour, small-group, culinary and picture-taking tour in Santa Barbara. Dig into some tasty food and drink during stops at three different local eateries, a microbrewery, two wineries and a distillery in the city’s artsy Funk Zone. As you snack and imbibe, you’ll get helpful tips to capture high-quality food photography using anything from a smartphone to a high-end digital SLR. This small-group trip, limited to 14 guests, includes a guide and all food and drink.
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* A traveler said: "The trip offered a nice variety of quality foods and wines. We went to places we probably would have not seen. The food was plentiful. I wasn't too excited about sharing chips with strangers so individual portions would have been better but for the most part of the tour the foods were all individually served. Overall a good value for the money and the photo tips were also valuable."


Premium Santa Barbara Guided Outdoor Walking Ghost Tour

Premium Santa Barbara Guided Outdoor Walking Ghost Tour

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62
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$55.00
From
$55.00
Welcome to the city of Friendly Ghosts! An exclusive experience with a maximum of 15 people on a tour. It is a perfect way to end your evening while enjoying SB. Our 1 hour and 30 minute walking tours have curated content from first hand accounts. You'll hear stories from as far back as the Old Spanish Days and from the different cultures that have called Santa Barbara home. This is an "outdoor" walking tour only. This tour is a traditional history and ghost/legend walking tour. Your guides have diverse backgrounds. Including tour guide experience at on the Queen Mary at Old Mission Santa Barbara. This tour is organic and enchanted and not script based. Each tour is unique and filled with imagination and at times encounters with visiting ghosts. Our ghosts do not come to stay...they return (many times during your tour) for a sentimental holiday. Are you ready to see a side of Santa Barbara that most visitors miss?
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* A traveler said: "The tour guide was very knowledgeable, I saw 2 ghosts yesterday so I do believe the stores as I have heard them before."


Enchanted Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Ghost Storytelling Tour

Enchanted Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Ghost Storytelling Tour

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20
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$85.00
From
$85.00
This is an EXCLUSIVE tour because we do not book over 5 people only if private groups are requested (Only 21 and over). This is a high-end designed SB tour consisting of Grassini World Class wine which you will taste over ghost stories and tasty treats then finish with a finale walking ghost tour. A bag of sweet and savory items for your wine await you along with a spiritual protection package. Your will receive a protection kit (items included are mentioned on the Travel Channel in the programs "Paranormal Caught on Tape" and "A Haunting. Pricing includes gratuity for Wine Staff at Grassini If the winery is booked a bottle of "high end Grassini wine" will be given along with your sweet and savory gift bag and protection gift at the end of the tour. The ghost tour consists of your experienced guide talking you and other guests on a historical and mystical ghost tour of the historic Spanish Presidio area including Chinatown and the areas of Santa Barbara from the wild west.
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* A traveler said: "I was delighted to be treated to this tour on the eve of my birthday while my Mom was in town visiting. Prior to having my own paranormal experience I was both a scaredy cat and a skeptic but I have sense learned that spirits do exist. Julie has a wealth of knowledge and is a phenomenal story teller. She speaks of ghosts as if they are close friends and invited us into their lives which were many years before our time. I did a double take several times on this tour and felt that we were accompanied by more than the people on this tour and on the SB streets. Looking back at the photos I took, there are certainly images I can’t explain. I loved this experience and the gift bag we received. My sister wants to go on a tour when she comes to town and I know she will love it! Thank you so much, Julie. I now see Santa Barbara in a whole new way and feel compelled to read more about its history."


Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour
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Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

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18
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$129.00
From
$129.00
Savor the best of historic Santa Barbara on a 3.5-hour culinary walking tour through the heart of this scenic, seaside city. Meet local chefs and artisans as you explore alongside your local guide, and get an insider’s take on the vibrant gourmet scene. Sample locally-made wines, handcrafted chocolate and gourmet cheese at a series of six tasting stops that include a public market, wineries and boutiques. Learn a bit of local history as you trace the relaxed course, which blends essential landmarks with hidden gems and local favorites.
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* A traveler said: "Our tour guide Sandy has so much knowledge about history in the area. It was very informative. She went extra mile when she’s not supposed to. She answered our questions well. We’re so happy and very satisfied. We had a great time."


Private Walking Tour of El Pueblo Viejo in Santa Barbara

Private Walking Tour of El Pueblo Viejo in Santa Barbara

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12
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$69.00
From
$69.00
On this tour, we will peel back the layers of history to imagine what Santa Barbara, and the people in it, were like in the 18th and 19th centuries. We will explore the old core of Santa Barbara, known as El Pueblo Viejo, "the old town," centered around the Presidio, and discover what remains of the first few decades of the town. I will show you the must see sites, as well as some out-of-the-way architectural gems that only a local like me knows about. I have researched local history quite extensively and am very knowledgeable. What makes this tour unique is my in-depth understanding of local history, lore, and architecture, and my abilities to answer whatever questions you might have, as well as to show you the hidden places that aren’t listed in every guidebook. We can arrange beforehand to focus on what you find most interesting: Architecture? History? Adobe construction? Perhaps a combination of them all! I can cater to whatever interests you have!
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* A traveler said: "The depth of knowledge and interest Sullivan Israel had in leading the tour made it feel like you were a part of history. I am a Santa Barbara native but have never heard such detailed information about this town’s past. And Sullivan made it very relevant to today as well. Montecito Mom"


Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour
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$60.00
Explore California’s gorgeous coast on a scenic kayak tour. With a knowledgeable, experienced guide leading the way, bring the whole family and navigate Santa Barbara’s picturesque waterfront. Learn about the region's history and wildlife, admire the rugged coastal mountains, and watch for pelicans and egrets, dolphins and sea lions. You may even see a family of gray whales on its annual migration.
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* A traveler said: "Private tour of the pretty coast with an excellent and friendly guide. Kids loved it as did we! The facility was well run."


Solvang Food and Photo Tour

Solvang Food and Photo Tour

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11
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$125.00
From
$125.00
Head for the Danish town of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, for a food- and photography-focused tour. You'll make stops for multiple food and drink tastings (many traditional Danish treats) and listen to guided commentary. Your guide will also provide your small group with tips and pointers on how to get the best photos of your adventure.
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Exclusive Ghost Walking Tour at Santa Barbara

Exclusive Ghost Walking Tour at Santa Barbara

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10
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$55.00
From
$55.00
Welcome to the city of Friendly Ghosts! A perfect way to end your evening is with a docent-led ghost tour exclusive because we NEVER book over 15 guests. Our 1 hour and 30-minute walking tours have curated content from first-hand accounts. You'll hear stories from as far back as the Old Spanish Days and from the different cultures that have called Santa Barbara home. This tour is a traditional history and ghost/legend walking tour. Your guides have a diverse backgrounds such as being a guide on the Queen Mary and a docent Old Mission Santa Barbara. This tour is organic and enchanted and not script-based. Each tour is unique and filled with imagination and at times encounters with visiting ghosts. Our ghosts do not come to stay...they return (many times during your tour) for a sentimental holiday. Are you ready to see a side of Santa Barbara that most visitors miss?
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* A traveler said: "Me and my boyfriend greatly enjoyed this tour! Saw great sites and heard great history. We will definitely come back when things are more open after Covid so we can actually go inside more places! Had a great time!"


Santa Barbara Downtown Cocktails and History Walking Tour
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Santa Barbara Downtown Cocktails and History Walking Tour

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8
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$85.00
From
$85.00
Stroll through downtown Santa Barbara with a guide and small group to get the most out of your visit. You'll benefit from insightful commentary as you visit some of the top attractions, as well as some eateries you might not find on your own. Purchase food or drinks at the three historical cocktail bars and listen to the explanation of why each is significant. Traveling with a small group means you'll get plenty of attention from your guide.
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* A traveler said: "Our first day in town and this tour was a great way to walk around and learn the area. Melissa was very informative and had great drink/food suggestions along the way."


Private Santa Barbara History and Architecture Walking Tour

Private Santa Barbara History and Architecture Walking Tour

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8
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
Price varies by group size
From
$99.00
Price varies by group size
When you come on a tour with me, I can show you the must see sites, as well as some out-of-the-way architectural gems that only a local like me knows about. I have researched local history quite extensively and am very knowledgeable. What makes this tour unique is my in-depth understanding of local history, lore, and architecture, and my abilities to answer whatever questions you might have, as well as to show you the hidden places that aren’t listed in every guidebook. We can arrange beforehand to focus on what you find most interesting: Architecture? History? Adobe construction? Fabulous views? Gardens (Santa Barbara has one of the largest varieties of trees in its downtown area of any city in the country!)? Perhaps a combination of them all! I can cater to whatever interests you have!
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* A traveler said: "Sullivan is very knowledgeable about the history of Santa Barbara and the architecture. He gave a us a very thorough and interesting tour. The presidio and the historic adobe homes were a highlight for us. We highly recommend his tour."


Private Guided Pedicab Tour of Solvang with Wine Tasting

Private Guided Pedicab Tour of Solvang with Wine Tasting

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5
  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
per group
From
$99.00
per group
An open-air, eco-friendly bicycle rickshaw (pedicab) ride with a knowledgeable, friendly driver is the perfect way to get to know Solvang for the first time, or find out things you never knew about your favorite little Danish town nestled into the Santa Ynez Valley!
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Authentic Funk Zone Tour
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Authentic Funk Zone Tour

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2
  • 3 hours
From
$125.00
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$125.00
The Funk Zone (a business, arts, and culture district located just moments from the beach) is one of Santa Barbara’s hippest and most distinctive neighborhoods—and this small-group walking tour makes it easy to discover its highlights. Meet right outside the train station, and come thirsty: you’ll sip the fruits of local vineyards at two different wine tasting rooms. Other stops include an ice cream parlor, plus artsy neighborhood landmarks.
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* A traveler said: "This tour is a Santa Barbara must! Great way to learn about the rich history surrounding the Funk Zone while getting to taste the local wine and peek into the thriving local entrepreneur spirit. 10/10"


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