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About Your Trip
Focus on the natural wonders of scenic Santa Barbara, California, and don’t forget to bring your camera, as you enjoy a breathtaking coastal cruise that will give you a chance to create unforgettable memories. Embark on a fascinating whale-watching excursion to try to see gray whales, dolphins and more of the ocean’s most majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
Spend your ample leisure time perusing the shops, restaurants and gorgeous scenery of Santa Barbara. Arlington Plaza and De La Guerra Plaza offer something for every shopper. Try Arnoldi’s Cafe, the city’s oldest Italian restaurant, for tasty pasta or pizza; or, The Lark, for oysters on the half shell and Southern pimento cheese. Also, venture down to the beach for stunning sunset views from Stearns Wharf at the harbor. What we love: • An average gray whale can be around 44-48 feet (13.4-14.6 meters) in length, making them hard to miss! • The historic Hyatt Centric™ Santa Barbara, built in the 1930s in Spanish Colonial style, sits across the street from East Beach and the Pacific Ocean. • While primarily known for its beaches, Santa Barbara boasts plenty of landmarks and activities for you to explore — including museums, bike tours and world-class wineries.
Your DreamTrip includes 4 days and 3 nights in Santa Barbara, California, as well as: • Island Whale Watching Tour; includes transportation. • Welcome reception. • 3 breakfasts. • Resort fees and guest-room taxes. • An In-destination Support team member will be provided on this trip. Their goal is to ensure you have a great DreamTrips™ experience from landing to liftoff. They host a welcome reception on arrival day, attend scheduled activities throughout the trip, notify the group of itinerary updates and more.
Airfare is not included in the trip price! The closest commercial airport to the hotel is Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) away. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for any trip.
Please note: Airport transfers are not included in this trip. Make sure to arrange your own transfers between the airport and your hotel.
Situated on the central California coast, sunny Santa Barbara has earned the nickname “the American Riviera” because of its similarity to the Mediterranean in terms of geography and climate. Evidence of human habitation of the Santa Barbara area goes back at least 13,000 years, and it was populated by Chumash Indians at the time of the first European explorations.
Each Santa Barbara neighborhood holds distinctive charms. For example, the Waterfront area buzzes with sightseers, restaurants and shops, while the Mesa boasts stunning beaches and open spaces. The Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival styles dominate architecturally, and you’ll also see Victorian homes and cozy California bungalows. This tourist-friendly city features major attractions such as Old Mission Santa Barbara, a Franciscan mission founded in 1786; and Stearns Wharf, a harbor pier with outstanding views.
On this DreamTrip to Santa Barbara, Platinum Members will be treated to a per-person 2-day Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Ticket* (ticket valid for 2 consecutive days). See the sights of Santa Barbara at your leisure: the historic Old Mission, Old Town, the Santa Barbara Zoo and many others. Life is great when you’re a Platinum Member! * Schedule varies per season, please visit here for updated times. ** Admission to attractions located on the Trolley Route are not included.
Check into the hotel at any time after 4 p.m. 2–6 p.m.: Visit the welcome table in the hotel lobby. 7-8 p.m.: Welcome reception at the hotel.
6:30-9:30 a.m.: Full breakfast at the hotel’s Marbella restaurant. 10 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.: Island Whale Watching Tour; includes transportation. • 10:30 a.m.: Depart from the hotel. • Board the boat at the Sea Landing Dock inside the Santa Barbara Harbor for a 4.5-hour coastal cruise. • Have the opportunity to see the majestic blue whale, the acrobatic humpback whale, the barnacled gray whale, the powerful orca, the playful long-beaked common dolphin and the gregarious California sea lion. • 2:30 p.m.: Return to the hotel. The rest of the day at your leisure. We recommend spending your ample leisure time exploring the shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery of Santa Barbara.
6:30-11 a.m.: Full breakfast at the hotel’s Marbella restaurant. The day at your leisure. We recommend spending your ample leisure time exploring the shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery of Santa Barbara.
6:30-11 a.m.: Full breakfast at the hotel’s Marbella restaurant. Check out of the hotel by noon.
Built in the 1930s, the historic Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The hotel is close to downtown Santa Barbara and its shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Hotel features: • 1 restaurant and 1 bar. • 1 heated outdoor pool and 1 hot tub. • Fitness center. • Direct beach and bike path access (bicycles are available for rental). • Valet parking: US$28 overnight and US$10 for day use.
Deluxe Room accommodations with: • 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. • Maximum occupancy 4 people. • Private balcony with mountain views. • Signature Hyatt Grand Beds®. • 37-inch, flat-screen television. • Complimentary refrigerator. • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
Check-in: 4 p.m. Checkout: noon. Minimum check-in age is 18.
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States
Pricing for children for this hotel may differ from (and be greater than) pricing for adults. Click BOOK IT to check. If the pricing for children differs from the pricing for adults, refer to the Policies section for further details.
Hotel Check-in Requirements
By booking this DreamTrip I understand that the hotel may request a credit card upon check-in. The hotel may request the credit card in order to: a) place a monetary hold of US$50-200; or b) hold for incidental, security or other charges. By booking, I acknowledge having received notice of this potential charge and accept that Rovia™ recommends a credit card rather than a debit or bank card be used in the event the hotel requests the card. I understand that any such request made by the hotel is outside of the control of Rovia and is strictly a hotel policy. Should I have questions concerning the hotel’s policy, I accept responsibility for contacting the hotel independent of Rovia.
Please contact Travel Support if you have special requests regarding bedding, meals or medical needs, or any other questions about this trip.
Please note: At the time of booking, you will see a page with your order number and trip cost. This is your confirmation. Please retain and bring this information with you on your trip.
Gratuities at the hotel are not included. We suggest providing gratuities at your discretion.
Island Whale Watching Tour • We suggest wearing weather-appropriate clothing and flat-soled, comfortable shoes, as well as bringing along sunscreen, sunglasses, motion sickness medicine, a camera and binoculars. • The bus and boat are not wheelchair accessible. There is space to store wheelchairs on the bus, but Members must be able to get on and off the bus with assistance. Wheelchairs can also be taken on the boat, but Members must be able to get on and off the boat with assistance.
Cancellation Policy*: If you cancel 91 days or more before your trip, you’ll get a refund less a fee of US$50. If you cancel between 46 and 90 days before your trip, you’ll get a refund less a fee of US$100. If you cancel within 45 days of your trip, your trip will not be refunded. All fees are on a per-person basis. *This cancellation policy is subject to rules and regulations in applicable jurisdictions in which our travel supplier is based. Therefore, in the event of conflict between the cancellation policy displayed here and cancellation terms in supplier booking terms, the provisions of the booking terms will prevail.
Name Change Policy: Name changes must be done no later than November 12, 2018 and are subject to a US$50 name change fee. Name changes after this date are not allowed.
Members can’t combine DreamTrips Points. Your membership level determines the maximum amount of DreamTrips Points you can use. If you have more than 50 Rovia Bucks, you can apply them in the checkout process.
Hotel/resort credits and/or discounts cannot be converted to cash, and any not used during your stay will expire immediately upon your departure. Member is responsible for paying any taxes that may be added to items purchased with hotel/resort credit.
In the unfortunate event that an activity or excursion is no longer available, we will substitute a similar activity of equal or greater value.
Make sure that your passport and visa, if applicable, are up-to-date before you leave! It’s important to double check that you have all the identification and other documentation required by the specific country you’re traveling to. In many countries, passports and visas must be valid for 6 months or longer after the trip end date. If you are unable to obtain the required identification and other documentation, the Cancellation Policy for this DreamTrip will apply.
Make sure that you request a name change or room change at least 31 or more days before the 1st day of your trip. Due to contractual supplier policies, we may not be able to confirm requested name or room changes to existing bookings for trips that are scheduled to travel within 30 days of your request.
Each individual, including each child, who is coming along with you on your DreamTrip is required to have a booking prior to the commencement of the trip. If you do not book and pay for each such person in advance of the trip, you will be charged the hotel’s then-current rate, not the trip price, for each such person at the time of your check-in.
Pricing for children is based on their age at the time of travel and may be subject to additional terms and conditions of individual hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Also, pricing for children can vary, and may be higher than pricing for adults. Therefore, before you book any travel, please check the relevant hotel or resort website for applicable terms and conditions as well as details regarding their pricing structure.
Pricing shown is for each person, and is based on 2 adults per room.
Please don’t consider your change requests official until you receive a confirmation email from us.