5
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 4 days self guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel

Price

5 daysfrom

$1050USD

Overview

Trip code: OSB

Trip highlights


  • Cycle from the Topatopa Mountains to Pacific Coast beaches
  • Explore Ojai's peaceful small-town charm on foot or by bike
  • Enjoy stellar sunset views from Surfers Point in Ventura
  • Visit the famous Sterns Wharf in beautiful Santa Barbara

California’s majestic natural beauty is showcased on this cycling journey from the small town of Ojai to the glittering coastal city of Santa Barbara and ending in the Santa Ynez Valley. Nestled in the Topatopa Mountains, the town of Ojai, (pronounced oh-hi) is known for its small-town atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Cycling among pixie tangerine groves with the mountains as your backdrop is the perfect place to ease into a laid-back California feeling. Following the rail trail, the ride is an easy descent from the Ojai Valley through natural forests towards the Pacific coast and the American Riviera. Known for beautiful beaches and sunsets, you’ll also experience the delicious local cuisine, and learn about the region’s Native American Chumash history. If you’re an art lover, foodie, wine connoisseur and love stunning cycling, this tour will leave you California dreaming long after you finish.


Itinerary

Nestled in the Topatopa mountains, the Ojai valley invites you to unwind in a lovely small community and reconnect with nature. The town is very walkable and with many unique shops and beautiful scenery close by its easy to explore on foot. Tomorrow, you will begin to discover the surrounding area on two wheels.

Meals:  Nil

Our representative will meet you at the hotel mid-morning to ensure you are comfortable with your bike and are ready to ride! Today's route follows bike trails and quiet shade-dappled roads, passing lemon and tangerine groves as you make your way around town. Take a break from cycling when you arrive at the Ojai Olive Oil Company where you can tour the olive groves and sample their organic extra virgin olive oils. This family run business welcomes visitors to learn about permaculture and how sustainable farming benefits their groves, the local community and the environment. After your visit you will soon start coasting back towards town where the lower-lined downtown streets wait to be explored. There are no chain stores in Ojai but only locally owned boutiques and shops offering some unique souvenirs. For dinner, choose from casual to fine dining all within easy walking distance after today's first ride.

Meals:  B

There’s plenty of time today to linger over breakfast or browse for something to read at the world’s largest outdoor book store. The ride today is an easy one and begins on a dedicated bike path descending gently out of the mountains and towards the coast. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the beautiful white buildings of Ventura’s historic City Hall. From this hilltop vantage point, your view extends past downtown to Channel Islands National Park, often referred to as North America’s Galapagos. Once settled, you can choose to visit one of the many beautiful beaches for a swim or hit the waves and give surfing a try. If you’ve had enough sun, explore the galleries, museums and shops downtown. Finish your day with a ride (or stroll) on the promenade, for sunset views from Ventura Pier on your way to Surfers Point.

Meals:  B

An early start today gives you plenty of time to enjoy the many sights on your coastal cycle to the “American Riviera” of Santa Barbara. You’ll enjoy the oceanside cycle path and dedicated bike lanes on your way to Rincon Point, where surfers gather to ride the waves at one of the best spots in California. The public park is a great spot to take a break before a short climb up Rincon Hill and into Carpinteria where you might decide to visit the rugged Bluffs Nature Preserve or the mile long Carpinteria beach for a refreshing swim. Leaving Carpinteria, you’ll ride along the famous Padaro Lane known for its ‘Hollywood celebrity’ estates and continue past the resort towns of Summerland and Montecito until you arrive at the famous Stearns Wharf. With everything you need nearby, your hardest decision will be what to see and where to eat first! Whether it’s the Funk Zone or fish tacos on the beach, Santa Barbara won’t disappoint.

Meals:  B

Today's short ride will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy some sand and sun on the beach or explore more of downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy fabulous ocean views, food and drink on the Mesa Loop. You will start at the Santa Barbara Friendship Fountain at Stearns Wharf, sculpted by local resident and environmentalist James “Bud” Bottoms. His beautiful dolphin sculptures and fountains are well known worldwide. You will follow the bike path along the beach as you make your way to Arroyo Burro Beach Park for some quality beach time. Here, surfers and swimmers share the beach while paragliders float by. When you return into town, follow bike lanes and explore quaint neighbourhoods with Spanish mission style houses. If you are in the mood for a longer ride, you can continue your ride to Goleta Beach. This 45km/28mi loop takes you past Chumash villages, provides stunning views and a rewarding swim in the ocean. Either option is a great way to spend your last day cycling in Santa Barbara.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation on a twin share basis with private ensuite facilities
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Navigation APP inclusive of detailed route notes and points of interest (available offline while cycling)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Performance hybrid bicycle rental including, helmet and repair kit
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bike fitting

  • Travel to Ojai and from Santa Barbara
  • Optional E-bike upgrade (extra cost, limited quantities)
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Meals where not specified
  • Entrance fees to local sites and events
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

5

Introductory to Moderate. This trip follows routes that are paved and relatively easy but due to the nature of the terrain, some hilly sections exist requiring extra effort. Where possible, we utilize bike paths, roads with bike lanes and side streets. This trip requires some exploration on streets shared by motorists and we recommend that you are a confident rider with experience. Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Cyclists will be expected to know how to fix a flat tire and make basic adjustments to their bicycles using the included repair kit. Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems.


Departure dates

Weekly on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

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Total Priceper person from

$1050USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • E-bike upgradeUSD$70
  • Summer high seasonUSD$90
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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