Carmel to Santa Barbara

Carmel  to Santa Barbara Cycling Vacation

Carmel to Santa Barbara - click here for details6 days, 5 nights (Sunday – Friday)

2017 Dates: 
5/14-19, 8/13-18, 9/17-23, 10/8-13, 11/5-10

(custom dates available for 6 or more persons)

This multi-day cycling tour includes many of our favorite rides along the rugged Big Sur coastline of California's central coast and ends in Santa Barbara wine country.  Prepare for amazing riding, spectacular scenery, fine wines, and memories of a lifetime.


Cycling Level: Intermediate; 15-40 miles /day. Options for additional mileage.
Lodging: Deluxe
Arrive: Santa Barbara, CA, Depart: Santa Barbara, CA
Trip Cost: $2365.00 per person*, double occupancy (minimum 2 people)

    *Tour confirmed with minimum of 6 participants.  Please call our office to reserve your place in the tour.  We will notify you 30 days prior to trip in the event that the minimum number of participants has not been met.
    * tour price subject to hotel availability; add $695 single supplement

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6-Day/5-Night Cycling Vacation includes:

  • 5 nights of deluxe inn accommodations.
  • 4 full days of guided cycling tours with professional tour guide.
  • Gourmet picnic lunch and local wine tasting with full-day tours in the Santa Ynez Valley.
  • All dinners to include open menu, tax, and gratuity; alcohol is on your own.
  • Bicycle rentals, helmets, and custom water bottles. 
    Full carbon Specialized Tarmac and Roubaix included (subject to availability).
  • If bringing own bike, price includes building and packaging of bike.  Shipping cost is additional.
  • SAG vehicle with mechanical support and refreshments.
  • Optional shuttle to and from Santa Barbara airport.





Mission Ranch Hotel (Carmel, CA)
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    The historic Mission Ranch Resort and Hotel sits on 23 acres with spectacular views of Point Lobos, Carmel River, and the Pacific Ocean.

    This landmark hotel is located just nine blocks from down-town Carmel and eight blocks from Carmel beach.


Big Sur Lodge
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    The Lodge, nestled among the aged oak trees and tall ancient redwoods, is located along the spectacularly scenic Coastal Highway 1. 

    Big Sur Lodge has provided inspiration to writers, artists, and weary cyclists in search of majestic views that soothe and restore.


The Inn at Morro Bay
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    Inn at Morro BayUnique among Morro Bay hotels, this inn is perfectly located with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Morro Bay. 

    Nested on 4,000 acres just inside Morro Bay State Park, this inn offers visitors a true coastal hideaway of unsurpassed natural beauty. 

    Hotel facilities include two restaurants with panoramic bay views, a full-service spa, and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Santa Ynez Inn
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    Santa Ynez InnThis elegant Victorian-style inn is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.  The inn is within walking distance to many different restaurants and clothing boutiques. 

    Enjoy spacious, luxurious rooms, an elegant breakfast each morning, and a daily afternoon wine hour.  The hotel is conveniently located directly across the street from our store in Santa Ynez.

Inn of the Spanish Garden
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    Inn at Morro BayThis luxury boutique inn located in downtown Santa Barbara is just a few blocks from fine dining, theaters, and shopping.  It offers a contemporary and sophisticated Spanish-Mediterranean style with quality amenities and close attention to personal service. 

    The inn features king beds with frette linens, fireplaces, and deluxe bath amenities.  Each room includes either a private balcony or garden. 

    A deluxe breakfast is included each morning.




Day 1, Sunday Shuttle from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay

    CarmelBeachesx326sh12:00 PM:  Shuttle pickup in Santa Barbara. 

    Transfer to SBWCCT for bike fitting. 

    Shuttle from Santa Ynez to Carmel.

    Check in and dinner at Mission Ranch Hotel.

    Mission Ranch Hotel (Carmel, CA)


Day 2, Monday - Carmel to Big Sur

Route:  Easy to moderate; rolling hills
Miles:  20-30 with options for more (shuttle transfer from hotel to start of 17-mile ride, if necessary).

    BigSurBridge325shDepart on cycling tour along 17-mile drive in Carmel /Monterey.  This beautiful ride follows the coast along the Monterey Peninsula past the Pebble Beach Golf Course, a rugged coastline, and Ghost Tree Point, a surreal Monterey pine on top of an offshore rock. 

    Our cycling tour will continue along PCH 1 along the Big Sur coast, some of the most scenic views the California coast has to offer.  We will stop at Andrew Molera State Park for a picnic lunch; after lunch, it's a short ride to the town of Big Sur. 

    Dinner at Big Sur Lodge.  Accommodations: Big Sur Lodge (Big Sur, CA)


Day 3, Tuesday - Big Sur to Morro Bay

Route: Moderate with several climbs, Miles:  50 miles with shuttle support available. 
Stronger riders can continue on to San Simeon (additional 18 miles).

    Today we depart from Big Sur Lodge to challenge to the two climbs along the Big Sur coast just outside Pfeiffer State Park.  We will stop at Kirk Creek State park for lunch along the coastline. 

    Our cycling tour will finish at Ragged Point, just north of San Simeon.  Stronger riders can continue down the coast an additional 18 miles to William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach in San Simeon.  Shuttle transfer from Ragged Point /San Simeon to Inn at Morro Bay.  We will make a brief stop to see the elephant seals at San Simeon on the way.

    Dinner at the Orchard Restaurant at Inn at Morro Bay.  Accommodations: The Inn at Morro Bay


Day 4, Wednesday Morro Bay to Santa Ynez

Route:  Moderate
Miles:  30-35

    After a wonderful hotel breakfast at the Inn, we'll meet up to preview today's route.  Our ride begins with a shuttle from Morro Bay to Sisquoc.  Our cycling tour rides away from the farming community of Santa Maria and heads west toward the wine country, past the small town of Sisquoc along Foxen Canyon. 

    Pedal rolling hills and breathtaking scenery as we gently wind our way through this bucolic canyon.  The road is lined with vineyards, trees, and grazing land – and it's backed by spectacular views of the San Rafael Mountains. 

    We'll stop for a gourmet picnic lunch on Los Olivos and follow with a taste of local premier wines.  Our tour today ends with our arrival to the Santa Ynez Inn for luxury hotel accommodations.

    Dinner at Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez.  Accommodations: Santa Ynez Inn (Santa Ynez, CA)


Day 5, Thursday - Santa Ynez Valley Tour
Route:  Easy to moderate
Miles:  20-35 with options for climbing or more mileage

    Wake up to an elegant breakfast at the Inn.  Today you'll see the best of Santa Barbara County wine country.  This spectacular ride takes you through picturesque back country roads alongside rural ranches, sun-draped vineyards, and oak-studded rolling hills with views of the prominent Figueroa Mountain. 

    Riders have the option to climb the first part of Figueroa, the same mountain Lance Armstrong and other pros come to train on each winter.  A gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting await you here in the valley.  Upon our return from the bike ride, we shuttle the short distance to Santa Barbara and enjoy an evening on the coast.

    We'll close with a farewell dinner at one of Santa Barbara's finest restaurants. 
    Accommodations: Inn of the Spanish Garden


Day 6, Friday

Breakfast & Goodbyes

    Following an unforgettable sunrise and a plentiful breakfast, our journey through central California comes to a close. 

    Bid farewell to your newfound friends until next time. 

    Shuttle service is available to Santa Barbara airport.



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