Archives: FAQs

I’m riding the train into Santa Barbara. Is it usually on schedule?

The train to Santa Barbara is famously late. Therefore we encourage guests who are traveling to Santa Barbara via train to arrive the day prior or to allow plenty of time the day of for a delayed train arrival. Generally, a train arrival of 9:30am or earlier is recommended in order to make your pick-up…

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Why is gratuity included on your private tours?

Our guides work hard to ensure you have a great time. Therefore 15% gratuity for your tour guide is included in the price of all private tours. If you’d like to leave an additional gratuity for your guide, you can tip them directly on the day of your tour.  We are also happy to apply additional gratuity…

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Do you accept bachelorette parties?

We do! We encourage all bachelorette groups to book privately out of respect to other guests in a public van and also to guarantee a truly special experience. Any decorations used on/in the vans need to be cleaned and removed prior to drop-off at your final destination. 

How many wineries will we visit on our tour?

Santa Ynez Tour – 3 wineriesCupcake & Wine Tours – 3 wineriesWine & Bike Tour – 2 wineriesWine Country Shuttle – 3 wineries

What COVID precautions are being taken by Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours and what is expected of guests?

We have adjusted our business model to accommodate COVID health and safety standards. For more information, visit COVID-Ready Operational Plan.

Can we bring pets on a tour? What about service animals?

We are unable to accommodate pets on our wine tours. Service animals are welcome. More information is available at Santa Barbara Adventure Company Service Animal Policy.

Can we add someone to our wine tour at the last minute?

We are always happy to accommodate last-minute guests when possible! However, it is best to give us accurate numbers as soon as you can because we have limited space in our vehicles. Email to add more guests to your booking.

What’s the maximum group size Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours can accommodate?

We can provide just about any activity for any size group. If you have a group larger than 14 guests, please fill out the request form on our Private Group Tours page and we’ll get back to you shortly with options.

Is it possible to do a private trip?

Absolutely! We’re flexible and happy to customize our itinerary to your needs. Private tours are available to book online by selecting “Private Custom Wine Country Tour” here, sending an email to, or calling our office at (805) 965-1414.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

Of course, wine country is always the perfect gift! Buy gift certificates online here or email and we’ll send you a certificate by email or in the mail.