Local Connections: Historical Santa Barbara & Old Mission with Expert Guide

2 hours | Santa Barbara | SBA-210
$ 99.95
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Points of Interest

  • Santa Barbara Courthouse
  • Santa Barbara Mission
Moderate activity


Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Santa Barbara, Local Welcome
Setting this excursion apart are the personal connections you'll make throughout the day. Dockside you'll be greeted with local stories by a tour greeter, a recipient of the "Community Hero Award," who has in-depth knowledge of the local cultural history and events and provides tips for making the most of any visit. Additionally, a longtime mission docent will accompany the group on the motorcoach, explaining the secrets of the mission's history in preparation for your visit.

Old Mission Santa Barbara
No tour of Santa Barbara is complete without a stop at the majestic Santa Barbara mission, founded in 1786. Set against a backdrop of rugged mountains, the mission's commanding presence and graceful lines leave no doubt as to why she is called "Queen of the Missions." The history of the area reveals itself in the mission's museum, chapel and historic cemetery, where many of the city's founders are interred. This exclusive tour includes skip-the-line convenience, a trained docent throughout the interior, and a special greeting by the Franciscans. A downloadable Mission Exterior Walking Tour covers the outside points of interest.

What you will see along the way:
Your return drive to port will take in such legendary landmarks as the Santa Barbara Courthouse, the most beautiful government building in America, occupying a square block in downtown Santa Barbara; the white-washed adobe brick buildings of the Presidio; and the historic Theater District, where the Lobero Theatre, one of California's oldest, was the site of movie previews during Hollywood's golden era. Along the way, you'll learn historical facts about the city's Spanish and Moorish style architecture, beautifully restored Victorian houses and the history of the city known as the American Riviera.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Dockside greeting and stories by a Local Expert

Motorcoach ride to Mission

Tour Mission

Ride back to dock