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Best of Santa Barbara Tour: The Funk Zone, Old Mission, History & Wine

This full day guided historical tour with a certified and knowledgeable local guide offers something for everyone, and includes all the "must-see" sights in Santa Barbara. Guided historical tour stops include all the top destinations in Santa Barbara: The Old Santa Barbara Mission, the hip Funk Zone art & wine Neighborhood, historic State Street, the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse, Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Public Market for lunch. You will have the opportunity to wine taste (two for one tasting discounts will be offered when available) and explore art galleries and boutiques for a few hours at your leisure in the bustling Funk Zone. From the Funk Zone, you may also explore our beautiful Stearns Wharf as well as the Moxi science museum (great for families) during our stop, as they are very close by. This tour includes plenty of history, and lots off time for you to explore, with plenty of freedom for wandering, shopping, wine tasting and eating during tour stops!
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Wine & Chocolate Walking Tour of Downtown Santa Barbara

A perfect combination of wine tasting and in-depth history, at a leisurely pace through downtown Santa Barbara, with a knowledgable and fun local tour guide. This all-inclusive tour provides a glimpse into our region's wine industry and it's most revered winemakers, with two wine tasting stops at local boutique wine tasting rooms. Guests will also sample delicious and unique locally crafted artisanal chocolates and decadent chocolate bakery delights. In addition to the special wine tasting experiences, you'll enjoy tours of important historical sites such as the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, State Street and La Arcada, just to name a few.
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  • 3 hours
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$115.00
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Ghost Tours of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is the "city of friendly" ghosts. Research into the spirits who come back for a sentimental holiday to the Presido Area, Downtown, on the Wharf and to several of the oldest private clubs on the West Coast have been covered by our guides since 2017.Your guides have extensive experiences from being tour guides on the Queen Mary and at Old Mission Santa Barbara as well as from attending and researching ghost tours from all parts of the globe.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Santa Barbara Downtown Cocktails and History Walking Tour

Enjoy cocktails and history while walking through downtown Santa Barbara with a knowledgeable local guide. On this three hour tour, you'll learn the history, architecture and pop culture facts of the area, all while enjoying unique watering holes for drinks and happy hour nibbles.This tour includes three fun cocktail "A La Carte" cocktail and beer/wine stops in unique and historically significant local bars and restaurants. You'll also see several "must-see" Santa Barbara historical sites while walking around downtown. This tour is a great way for locals or visitors to see the authentic side of historic downtown Santa Barbara in a leisurely way.A minimum of four guests are required for this tour to run.Drinks and food may be ordered at your discretion, and are not included in the price of this tour. Your guide will be happy to make food and drink recommendations at each location.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Santa Barbara, Solvang & Los Olivos Tour- History, Quaint Villages and Wine

Drive around the charming sights of California’s Santa Ynez Valley without getting stuck in a stuffy tour bus on this small-group tour. Visit the old Mission and hear the Valley’s storied history in Santa Barbara, taste the region’s fresh produce and well-regarded wine in the city of Solvang, and walk Los Olivos’ stagecoach-era streets. Don’t get locked into an itinerary that doesn’t interest you; spend your time in these towns exploring what you want to explore.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Santa Barbara Wildlife & History Kayaking Tour

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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

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1pm - Santa Barbara Sidecar Adventures - The American Riviera Tour

Explore what the American Riviera has to offer through our wind in your face historic and scenic sidecar tours.The ride highlights the downtown area with information on: - The early Chumash settlements - The Spanish explorers - The founding & growth of the city - Architectural wonders (past & present) - Museums, parks and local landmarksWe'll also loop through Hope Ranch (once a simple sheep ranch) and a former agricultural area once rich with orange, lemon & avocado orchards now known as Montecito. Today these two hamlets are among the most beautiful and expensive places to live in the world.The tour will give you an intimate look at the American Riviera and a small glimpse at the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous".Whether it's your first time here or you're a long time Santa Barbara local, our sidecar adventure will give you a new appreciation for this very special place.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$145.00
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Santa Barbara's Original Afternoon Tour

Join us for a boutique and casual afternoon excursion to Santa Barbara's gorgeous wine country. Enjoy a later start time and you won't miss out  on the fun! Small intimate groups provide for an authentic an boutique experience with ultra-premium vineyards included.
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  • 5 hours
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$109.00
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Authentic Funk Zone Tour

This authentic walking tour of the Funk Zone tour allows you to step into our hippest neighborhood with a local guide, to explore the hidden gem tasting rooms and rich creative history of this area. On this 3 hour tour you'll enjoy Santa Barbara County wines at unique local tasting room as well as excellent locally produced artisanal spirits. Additionally you will sample some locally-crafted gourmet chocolate! A visit to a unique locally-owned artisans gallery is also included on your journey. This tour is a super fun way to learn about Santa Barbara's coolest wine tasting destination, which is steeped in rich history as well as a vibrant artistic culture, and is now the epicenter for Santa Barbara food and drink.
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  • 3 hours
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$88.00
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  • 3 hours

Cultural Tours

Half-Day Foxen Canyon and Santa Ynez Wine Country Tour

Get away to the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country in this 5 hour wine tour from Santa Ynez valley. In this shared tour, you will visit 3 award winning wineries in the Santa Ynez valley and in the famous Foxen Canyon wine trail, featured in the movie Sideways. You will learn about wine and the wine making process form experts that are very passionate about their wines. The tour lasts 5 hours and it includes a stop in the Danish town of Solvang.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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