Tours and Shuttle Options:
Old Mission- round trip transportation
Catch California provides shuttle service up to the Old Mission from Sea Landing (Cruise ship pier).
The departure times are: 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, and 12:00pm.
The return times from the Old Mission back to the Sea Landing (or recommended option to be dropped at Courthouse and walk back to the sea landing) are: 9:15am, 9:45am, 10:15am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm (The 11:45am only drops at Courthouse, not Sea Landing),
Tickets may be purchased at the tour information desk at West Beach/Cruise ship pier.
Adult - $10
Santa Barbara Old Mission mass schedule:
Sunday – 7:30 AM | 9:00 AM | 11:00 AM
The Santa Barbara Mission was the tenth of the California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. It was established on the Feast of St. Barbara, December 4, 1786. More Mission history HERE
The Mission park and rose gardens are right across the street and are a perfect place for a picnic or garden stroll.
Old Stagecoach Route - guided tour (coming soon!)
Stops along the route:
1. Cold Spring Tavern - Historic buildings, bar/restaurant, live music, outdoor fires, tri-tip sandwiches, and views of the arch bridge.
2. Flag is Up Farms - Offers an introduction to the magnificent ranch of Monty Roberts, the Horse Whisperer and a horse drawn carriage demonstration
3. Los Olivos - Mattei's Tavern Stagecoach stop, complimentary wine tasting at Ariste, western wear shopping at Jedlicka's Antique Shops, and historic buildings.
4. Santa Barbara Carriage Museum - Antique saddles, bridles, Western art, and their collection of period wagons
Solvang- round trip transportion
The shuttle to Solvang departs from the Santa Barbara Courthouse and will take approximately 45 minutes. On the way there, we will go through San Marcos Pass, which climbs up into the mountains, and offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Once over the mountains, we will have sweeping views of the Santa Ynez mountain range and Lake Cachuma. Our Solvang arrival is approximately 1:15pm. Exact pick up location is on Figueroa between Santa Barbara and Anacapa streets just across from Superior court.
Departure from Solvang will be at 3:00 pm. On the return, we will drive along the pristine Gaviota Coast, the last undeveloped coastline in Southern California. Our arrival at Sea Landing will be at approximately 4pm.
Adult - $40
Child - $25
Solvang is the Danish word for 'sunny fields' It was founded by a group of Danish educators from the Midwest who yearned to create a little Denmark in America. What evolved is a picturesque community with Danish-style architecture. Today tourists and locals can enjoy many Danish foods, bakery products, and crafts. Solvang is a hub of wine tasting rooms from many of the prestigious vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley.
More Solvang history HERE. Solvang tour guide HERE
The Elverhoy Museum of history and art is open from 11-4pm and is free (suggested donation $5). It is located at 1624 Elverhoy Way
Next to the town of Solvang is the Old Mission Santa Inés or the "Mission of the Passes", which is the nineteenth of the twenty-one missions established in California. It was founded on September 17, 1804 and was named in honor of Saint Agnes. More Mission history HERE