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Best Guided Tours in Santa Cruz, California

Best Guided Tours in Santa Cruz

  1. Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz
  2. Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz

    Surfing is a popular pastime in Santa Cruz, a beautiful coastal town in California. During your 3-hour class, you will learn the fundamentals of surfing, including paddling out, popping up, maintaining balance, and catching a wave. Your instructor will have you practice on the beach before taking you to an area with tiny waves where you can learn to surf. Equipment and training are included in the package.

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  3. Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic in Santa Cruz
  4. Introduction to Wilderness Survival Clinic in Santa Cruz

    The Santa Cruz redwood grove is an ideal setting for a 5-hour class in outdoor survival techniques. Working with a knowledgeable instructor-guide, you'll learn and practice essential outdoor skills. In the wilderness, you'll learn how to light a fire with friction, build a shelter, identify edible plants, and gather and prepare food. You'll learn how to survive in the outdoors without modern technology, and you'll hear about the ancient talents of California's indigenous peoples. This exciting and educational outdoor course will help you gain confidence and expand your horizons.

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  5. Capitola Watercolor Journaling Experience
  6. Capitola Watercolor Journaling Experience

    It's a particular art lesson because it's geared toward tourists on a trip. I'll walk you through the tools you'll need to set up a travel-friendly "painting studio." As a watercolor journal, you'll have the ability to jot down your trip recollections wherever you go.

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  7. Mermaid Experience & Photoshoot
  8. Mermaid Experience & Photoshoot

    With this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, become the mermaid that you've always wanted! There is no better place to live out your mermaid fantasies than Santa Cruz, California.

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Turn an ordinary holiday into an exceptional experience!

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What are guided tours?

Guided tours are often all-inclusive group travel experiences guided by a local travel guide and following a predetermined schedule centered on a particular tourist attraction or local activity. Numerous sightseeing guided tours, skip-the-line tickets to major tourist destinations, group day/night trips, food/wine tastings, and even airport transfers are available.

Should I use guided tours on my vacations?

Explore and experience your destination like a local.

Take in everything there is to offer! To get the most out of your vacation, research for guided tours ahead of time and while you’re there. Get a feel for where you’re going by spending time with the locals. Go in search of precious gems that have been buried!

Avoid scams and pay better prices

It’s best to book your guided tours in advance from the comfort of your own home, then enjoy your trip when you’re overseas on holiday.

I have a tight budget, can I still buy a guided tour?

With such a vast number of guided tours available, there is sure to be one that fits your budget.

Save time, Get the most out of your trip.

Trying to find local guided tours during your holiday is a waste of your valuable holiday time.

With a scheduled tour schedule, you know precisely what you’ll be doing every day, eliminating the possibility of any disappointment.

Check reviews before buying a guided tour

Overwhelmed with options and unsure about which guided tour to select? Determine which activities are most suited for you by checking out other user reviews

No risk to you. Free cancellation

For the majority of guided tours, you can change your mind and cancel your ticket without incurring any fees up to 24 hours before the activity’s start date. This is really beneficial if your travel plans change at the last minute.

Meet people all over the world, make new friends on your next vacation

It’s great to meet folks from all around the world on your guided trips!

Types of guided tours available for your vacation

Depending on the city you are taking a trip to, there are practically any guide trips and activities for everybody. There are outdoor guided trips, water activities, Nature trails, Music festivals, Local food trips, Workshops and Classes, Arts Performances, Hidden Gems exploration, beer or white wine drinking and tasting trips, exclusive television & Movies tours, romantic couple trips, children’ activities, trips to Parks and Gardens, Island exploration trips, check out well-known landmarks, Museum guided trips and tickets, Airport transfer services, Memorials for you to explore to under the local culture and history, go up Towers & seeing platforms to get a birds-eye view of the landscape, shopping trips, theaters and auditorium, visit ports and harbors, sightseeing cruise, bikes for leasing, helicopter trips, ferry tickets, Jeep and SUV for rental, yacht services and sailboat leasing.