Private Architectural Tour of Santa BarbaraPrivate Tour

Learn about the area's Spanish colonialism and its' impact on much of the coast's historical architecture.
This experience is on request only. Please contact us for pricing.

Things to know


3 hrs


Architecture, Family Friendly, History, Museums and Galleries

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Driving tour: including a private vehicle throughout the tour

What's included:

What's not included:

Meeting points: Santa Barbara Amtrak Station - 209 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

What makes this tour special

The Santa Ynez Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to Santa Barbara a city on the central California coast famous for its architectural style derived from Spanish-revival architecture. Santa Barbara County often called the American Riviera, due to its similarities to the French Riviera, is home to a beautiful landscape and a lovely year-round climate.

Your Private Architectural Tour of Santa Barbara starts at the train station where you’ll meet your expert local guide. On your tour, you will:

The Mediterranean and Spanish-revival architecture are characterised by white stucco walls with contrasting deep red tones, red clay-tiled roofs and polished wood, details from several eras including Spanish Baroque and Moorish Revival. Examples of this can be found downtown where the buildings reflect Santa Barbara’s rich colonial history. 

This is where you’ll also find luxury boutiques, cafés and restaurants on State Street.  Nearby is one of the city’s main attractions Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 it is home to Franciscan monks and a museum. It is one of California's most beautiful relics from the 18th-century and is the only mission with twin bell towers. Another interesting fact is that it has two founding dates because Father Serra died after he wrote the first founding date. 

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is an exceptional example of a Spanish Colonial Revival style building designed by architect William Mooser III who had lived in Spain for 17 years. He completed the Courthouse in 1929. The Courthouse is located in downtown Santa Barbara, close to shopping, dining and other interesting cultural attractions.  
El Presidio Real de Santa Bárbara is a former military installation also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. 
The presidio was founded and built by Spain in 1782, for the defence of the Second Military District in California.
On your tour, you’ll learn about Santa Barbara’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the essence of the city, and how it continues to incorporate this style of architecture in modern buildings.

What you'll see

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QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
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QWhat is your cancellation policy?
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For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

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