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$146.44 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Santa Barbara Small-Group Wine Lovers Tour with Guide

Join Santa Barbara County wine experts for an amazing day! You will be joined by others, but the group will not exceed 12 guests per vehicle. Keeping groups small and personable allows access to the best selection of wineries, vineyards, cellars and tasting rooms in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. The tour includes pickup at your location (See Schedule and Pricing under Important Info for approximate timing), tasting fees at four custom-selected locations with a wonderful balance of wineries, vineyards, cellars, and/or tasting rooms, a delicious picnic lunch provided by New Frontiers Marketplace, plenty of bottled water and gratuities. There are no additional or hidden fees.The four locations are hand-picked by your guides. Each location will provide you with a flight of their current vintage releases. (All the tasting fees will be covered.) The tour host will explain the wineries' significance, history, varietals produced and other fun information to help engage you at each location. The group spends around 45-50 minutes at each winery, which is plenty of time to enjoy your tasting and make purchases at a relaxing pace. You'll stop for lunch around 12:30pm or 1:30pm depending on the route and winery selection. The lunch and tasting location stop is approximately 1.5 hours. After four locations you will be transported back to your hotel, typically around 4:30pm. Santa Barbara drop-offs are around 5:30pm-6:00pm.Lunches are provided by New Frontiers Marketplace located in beautiful Solvang. Featuring fresh, natural and organic ingredients containing no preservatives or additives. Many ingredients are grown and/or raised by local Santa Ynez Valley farmers!

$140 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Santa Barbara Wine Country Tour

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we drive into the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Learn about the history of the region, vineyards, geology and what makes the Santa Barbara wine region so unique. Enjoy tastings at 4 boutique, family owned and independently wineries. Lunch is served at the third winery. Our delicious picnic lunch is freshly prepared. Choose between a salad with local produce or a sandwich on freshly baked bread. After a fun filled day, your guide will drop you off at your accommodations. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, celebrating a special occasion or you want to get out and have fun in Santa Barbara wine country, this tour offers the perfect mix of fun and relaxation!

$119 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Small-Group All-Inclusive Wine Tour from Solvang

Start with hotel pickup at the selected departure time from Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, or Los Alamos and set off for the Santa Ynez Valley. You will spend about 4 hours with your guide on all included group wine tour. Get comfortable and relax in your personal vehicle on the drive to 3 wineries in the Santa Ynez wine country. Spend about an hour at each one. Savor around six samples (three whites and three reds) at each stop. Tasting fees are included. Afterward, enjoy the convenience of return transport back to your accommodation.

$85 Tours & Sightseeing

Solvang Segway Tours

Try and train on our Segway in the safety and security of the cone zone. If you are hesitant about Solvange Cone Zoneventuring out on one of our Segways, don't worry, we will teach you the basics and make you aware of the potential risks. This 20 to 30 minute Segway orientation is the foundation of a successful tour. All AOW guests are required to complete the Cone Zone Training before being allowed to participate in any of the Segway tours we offer. Guests with prior Segway experience are still required to participate in the Cone Zone.The Santa Ynez Valley was settled by the Chumash Indians when the mother eagle mixed Sky, Sun, Water and dirt to create Paradise. Since its settlement by catholic missionaries in 1769, the Valley has been an agricultural paradise. Solvang, the Danish Capitol of America was founded in 1911. The goal was to build a Danish-style folk school to preserve the founders' heritage. 100 years later Solvang's Danish background is stronger than ever and is proudly shown in this unique town's architecture and personality. The fertile soils of the Santa Ynez Valley produce some of the best wines in the world. Cattle Ranching and the cowboy way of life are alive and well. Come see for yourself why people have been flocking to this area. And why it might just be the friendliest place in the West.

$149 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Santa Barbara Vineyard to Table Taste Tour by Bike

Depart your Santa Barbara pick up location at 9am in the comfort of a brand new air-conditioned high top shuttle van for a scenic drive over San Marcos Pass and into Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara's gorgeous wine country.  Upon arrival, get fitted to your Specialized comfort hybrid bike and begin your guided tour of the region.  The ride will take your past a Lavender Farm, beautiful ranches, small private vineyards, and gorgeous sprawling estate vineyards.  Get a chance to trek through the local towns and experience a quaint Danish village. We have three versions of our riding course to ensure the right amount of comfort or challenge to suit your desire. At the conclusion of the ride in the noon hour, experience the fruit of the vineyards you just passed in the glass at an award winning tasting room in Los Olivos.  Expect to be treated like a VIP when you arrive and enjoy learning about wine from your guide and the friendly tasting room staff. Afterward, whet your appetite before lunch with a tasting of local olive oils and balsamic at a charming olive farm.  From there, stroll the grounds of and established and lovely estate winery where another tasting and thoughtfully prepared and presented gourmet picnic lunch await you.  The fresh locally sourced ingredients are just the thing to both pair with your wine and re-invigorate you after your active tour. The estate winery experience concludes early in the 3 o'clock hour and you are brought back to Santa Barbara in the comfort of the van by about 4pm, recharged and ready for an evening in our fair city.

$149 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine Country Biking Tour in Santa Barbara

After pickup from your hotel or the prearranged meeting point, set out in the morning by minivan to the Santa Ynez Valley. Once you're fitted with a comfortable bicycle, you'll ride along the scenic backroads with your guide to the first winery. On arrival, the winery staff hosts a wine tasting while your guide prepares a deli-style picnic lunch with plenty of options. Cold beverages and water are also provided throughout the day. After lunch, pedal on to the second winery and learn more about the famed wine region along the way. Each establishment offers vintages and award-winning selections, and some wineries extend discounts on wine purchases. You'll gain insight into specific blends and selections from the winery staff, including managers and winemakers who may appear at private tastings. Conclude your full-day wine and bike tour with drop-off at your hotel in Santa Barbara.

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