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Day 1-2: Meet-up in Santa Barbara. Shuttle to Ojai, a welcoming if nicely adorned small-town, all golden era California grace and humble lines. Getting the legs warmed up, we drop onto the Casitas Lake Loop. This ride is a favorite of Santa Barbara’s cycling community. A classic Central Coast ride, the loop checks all the ecological zone/topographical feature boxes unique to the region: high chaparral to Oak woodlands to vibrant fruit and vegetable orchards environs. Off the bike, we visit an artisanal olive oil press and celebrated producer, gaining knowledge and understanding of the process. Breaking out our hiking shoes, we range into the best wilderness within the nearby Los Padres National Forest: 342-sq mile wilderness called Sespe Creek. A 61-mile long stream, the Sespe symbolizes a glorious holdout: one of the last wild rivers in Southern California untouched by dams or concrete channels. Day Two, we saddle up in Ojai; our stage follows one beautiful bike path, a tasty combination of exposed and unexposed canopies (paved-off road trail). Sweeping into Ventura (pop. 109,592), a seaside city ringed by farmlands and the Los Padres NF, our route connects to another comfortably wide bike path. Surging north, along the coast, the path wends our peloton into Carpenteria, a small Oceanside city below broad hills, polo fields and horse ranches. Inhaling big miles and deep draws of scintillating sea air, we wrap in Santa Barbara.
Day 3-4: After some enjoyable downtime in tony Santa Barbara (pop. 91,196) we saddle up at the Hope Ranch Loop. This ride is more social climber than the literal type. Rolling in and out of hillsides, this 16-mile route sweeps past Santa Barbara’s 1%ers. Climbing 901-ft., only to descend an equal span, we pedal past the city’s rich and famous, if not some impressive equestrian settings amidst California live oaks. Slipping into walking shoes and sneakers, we next descend on Santa Barbara’s meticulously preserved Old Mission, marveling at surrounding gardens and gorgeous grounds. Veering into Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, a hipster quarter between the Pacific and downtown, we follow an urban wine trail to pop-up parties at art galleries. From surf shops to local distilleries and breweries, we linger long at some of the Central Coast’s finest wine-tasting rooms. The next day goes up country. From Santa Barbara, our group cycles into the Santa Ynez Valley. A rural enclave of horse culture, tourism, vineyards and high viticulture, some might recognize this stage as the backdrop for the critically well-received comedy, Sideways. Sweeping past ranchlands, through rolling countryside, we close out at Los Olivos (pop. 1132). Built in the 1880s, this refreshingly accessible town of shade trees and colorful gardens trends for its world class wine if not equally superb farm-to-table cuisine.
Day 5-6: Basing from the vineyards and ranches that ring Los Olivos, our time is divided between pool/spa and saddle. Refreshed and exfoliated, Day Five’s stage unfolds atop the Four Canyons loop. A visual/landscape mash-up of rural Sicily, Portugal and Hawaii’s backside, Four Canyons covers miles of quiet backroads. Through Drum, Foxen and Ballard Canyons, respectively, the route spills into Purisima Hills: gorgeous horse, cattle, goat and alpaca range.
The next day we throttle back a skosh, owing to time management and schedule. Our final stage egresses from Los Olivos vineyards, looping toward the Danish village of Solvang, (46-miles northwest of Santa Barbara); then back. Picture wide spread vineyards, lavender farms, fig trees and ancient oak groves. With a shuttle back to Santa Barbara we wrap with fond farewells.
Where wine culture meets road bike culture, layered and built out with soft touches, historic sites, if not all manner of stunning looks and experiences along California’s Central Coast.
From Santa Barbara, all its luxury and nightlife, we dissolve into the California of old: gracious, Spanish architecture, ranchland and oak groves, all crossed by wonderfully scenic cyclo-touring routes.
From tasting the sea air on one long stage along the coast, the next sense might be the heady board wax from a leisurely stroll past an iconic surf shop… or the scrumptious bouquet wafting from a world-class wine-tasting room.
Talk about transporting… From following the very same stage as the 2018 Amgen Tour of California (the second), we indulge in another very Californian experience: an afternoon at the spa; a Himalayan stone massage chased by the Total Cleanse, or the Wellness Juice.
Welcome to Ojai and Santa Barbara.
*ebike available for this tour
While every Escape Adventure trip is designed to appeal to active adventure seekers, and in many cases, particular skill levels, there is always a different idea of what that exactly means. That is why we have designed the chart below to help make sure you join the proper tour. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companions’ may differ as well. We present a range of mileage options on each tour as well as provide support vehicles as much as possible. That way you can take a break and do as little or as much as you would like each day.
|Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain||Miles||Feet Gain|
|Day 1||Road Biking||Easy: 18 Miles||929 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 51 Miles||4530 Ft. Gain|
|Day 2||Road Biking||Easy: 15 Miles||207 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 36 Miles||914 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 53 Miles||1408 Ft. Gain|
|Day 3||Road Biking||Easy: 16 Miles||872 Ft. Gain|
|Day 4||Road Biking||Easy: 26.2 Miles||1270 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 31 Miles||1829 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 43 Miles||5892 Ft. Gain|
|Day 5||Road Biking||Easy: 19 Miles||1147 Ft. Gain||Moderate: 29 Miles||2030 Ft. Gain||Seasoned: 58 Miles||3688 Ft. Gain|
|Day 6||Road Biking||Easy: 12.7 Miles||606 Ft. Gain|
Find out more about Choosing a Tour.
All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of your tour. This means from the time we pick you up at our meeting point, until we drop you back off to head home, all transportation, food preparation, meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.) are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging) are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s). Trip price does not include airfare, lodging prior to trip start or bicycle rental and/or camping gear (if on a camping tour) unless otherwise noted on itinerary or website.
When you join an Escape Adventures tour in 2019, you will receive a FREE custom sublimated Limited Edition Jersey!
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle free on tour. On every road bike tour, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our bikes meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped with carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
All of our road bike trips include a Garmin GPS device to help you navigate through each day safely and smoothly. You’ll know how far, fast, and high you’ve ridden on the flats or climbs or on your way through each day. Includes navigation with turn prompts that will even show you how to get back to start. Simply turn it on and start riding. No paper maps needed!
Specialized has perfected the road bike. Ride confidently and comfortably for longer distances on any of our trips around the world. All of our bikes are equipped with the latest components and our 2019 models include disc brakes.
Specialized hybrid bikes are the most comfortable bikes available. Our most popular bike for multisport and moderate road bike tours is the proven Crossroads. This bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. This bike sits upright and is equipped with a very comfortable seat. Handlebars are adjustable and the gearing has a wide range of speeds. Bikes come in a step through or a standard frame. Your tour price includes bike rental.
For those of you who have always wanted to join a bike tour but feared your fitness would hold you or the group back, fear no more. Our incredible e-bike option allows you to do more, go twice as fast and far. The all new Specialized Turbo has one goal and one goal only—to inspire you to get out, get moving, and to have some fun along the way. E-bike available on most casual and luxury inn trips for an additional price.
For over 25 years, the hallmark of an Escape Adventures tour is personalized, hands-on service. Before, during, and after each trip. We are a company of honesty and integrity and we stand behind our product 100%. From the moment you learn of our trips, to the time you return home and start planning your next trip, we are here to bring you the best possible experience. From our Guaranteed Trip Departure Confirmation Policy, making sure your trip is never cancelled*, to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, backing the unrivaled consistent quality of all our tours, our commitment to you is never compromised. * Scheduled Domestic trips only.
Our environmental commitment is second to none. We run our tours the same way we run our company, with an eye on the triple bottom line: People, Profit & Planet. At Escape Adventures, we elected to pursue a more comprehensive approach to actually reduce our carbon footprint, rather than just offset it. We overhauled our entire operation — from our vehicles, to our buildings, to our procedures — to become an outdoor industry leader in the charge to help our people and our planet.
Leading tours naturally followed from our passion of exploring our favorite places with our friends. Our support staff includes our reservation team who is there to answer your questions about the tours, our service team who prepares your bike and gear for the tour, and our guide team – the ones who take you into the great outdoors. The highest level of responsibility, good nature, integrity, and dedication are standard traits of all those who work at Escape Adventures. We our proud of it and we think you should know it.
Having custom-made vehicles allows us to take you to places few other outfitters can, or will go. Every Escape Adventures tour is accompanied by at least one support vehicle, trailer, and in some cases a second and third transfer van. After purchase, we custom engineer our trucks, vans, and trailers by our on-staff mechanic to meet the unique needs of different tours. For example, certain vehicles are specifically designed for the Canyonlands region of Utah, while others are designed for The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Each of our Trip Leaders is required to be trained in safe vehicle operation, 4X4 driving, and basic maintenance. Our experienced Trip Leaders make it look easy, transporting you and up to 12 guests, along with their bikes, fresh food, gear and plenty of drinking water to any location.
Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from us, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our rentals meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.
Our food isn’t just good, it’s good for you.
Food represents a big part of the Escape Adventures experience. On our inn tours most dinners and breakfasts unfold at local favorite restaurants. We also have energy snacks aboard our support vehicles. Don’t be surprised if your guides purchase fresh fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day while you’re enjoying a ride. They may just show up on the trail with a local treat! An increasing number of our guests are vegans or vegetarians, whom we not only accommodate but also pleasantly surprise. Should you possess special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know at sign-up. We’ll work with you to meet those critical needs.
The idea of taking your friends or family somewhere cool and amazing is actually pretty easy. Tell us what you’re thinking. We’ll make it happen.
Any trip in this catalog, any specific time frame, any group size, we can custom-fit if not comfortably accommodate. A Custom and Private Escape Adventures trip affords the ultimate bonding, or team-building experience for:
To shape a Custom or Private Trip, we begin a dialogue: first, to develop a group specific itinerary, tailored to respective abilities and preferred tempo. Next we schedule, bookmarking and working in your optimum or ideal getaway dates. Size-wise, we can build a multi-day trip for as few as two people, scaled up to as many as 30 plus. Contact us today to start the custom trip building process.
All Private Escape Adventures Trips are priced in the structured method below. Some Custom tours are priced differently if they vary from the Classic Escape Adventures itinerary and price. In this situation we will provide your group with a custom itinerary and price.
* Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details.
Since 1992, our family has shaped and led adventure travel vacations throughout the Americas and across the seas. Every year, each successive season, our passion has engendered growth: nurtured by faith, wilderness experiences, and amazing sunsets we’ve reveled in with our guests. For those of you who have trekked and traveled with us over these two and a half—if not all too fast–decades, Heather and I can only express our sincerest gratitude. For those who have yet to tour with us, thank you; for the opportunity to introduce our family-run company, epic tours, as well as our guiding principles: sustainability/low impact from every angle. Seeing to the details, our portfolio specializes in Western North America. At the same time, includes select International trekking and cycling locations, unique for their key exertive attributes, and/or Old World charm. Building on 100-plus departures and destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler/respective fitness level. From road cyclist to mountain biker, thru hiker to multi-sport enthusiast, from first timer to friends and family groups, we will take care of you. Our hope is you’ll lose yourself in our website, that the decision to tour with us will be easy, even if you can’t decide on just one.
Big thanks, gratitude, and happy trails,
Jared and Heather Fisher, Owners