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Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

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Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

We will be in port Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Any suggestions as to what and who to have a nice tour with. We are seniors so site seeing and maybe a winery tour would be nice. Just looking for a reliable tour company with the best tour offerings.

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1. Re: Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

IMHO, in these cases, use the company offered on the cruise ship. They have been "vetted" and approved, and they know the Ship's schedule, and if something happens, like the tour bus breaks down, they will make sure you get onto the ship, even if they have to delay departure. Using an independent could have the ship leaving without you.

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2. Re: Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

One more thought, maybe you will find some folks on board you enjoy spending time with, and by purchasing a tour on board, you can arrange to go together....

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3. Re: Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

HI,

We've gone on lots of cruises and only once(in Alaska) have we taken a ship tour!

Here is an article from this web site about day trips with some companies in Santa Barbara.

I have no personal experience with them:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g33045-s407/Santa-Bar…

I understand that there is also a local trolley system that will take you around to some sights but not to wine tasting.

You might also consider using the sister site to this one which deals only with cruises:

www.cruisecritic.com

There you can even find your specific cruise and chat with other folks who will be on it with you. That way you may be able to share a private tour with another couple.

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4. Re: Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

You could try the Land Shark www.out2seesb.com

They offer a fun tour that goes by all of the famous SB sites and then ends the tour with a jaunt into the ocean, & around the buoy to see the seals etc.

www.sbtrolley.com is another tour that you can get off and pick up the next bus that comes by.

There are about 15 wine tasting rooms in downtown Santa Barbara. All of them offer quality wine that is locally produced. For such a short time in town, I wouldn't bother with the hassle of going on a tour to the Santa Ynez Valley. It's a 45-60 minute drive each way.

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5. Re: Best company for a great scenic tour off cruise ship

It's just 44 minutes to Buellton and the nearby wineries on Santa Rosa Rd, like Mosby, Alma Rosa, Lafond and Sanford.

With such a long time in port you could see several places and even have an early dinner on the way back to the ship.

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