Food Tour Questions.
What does the Food Tour Cost? $59.00 per person now when you use code CL6 and order online. That's 25% off our regular price of $79.00.
How much food is there on this tour? This is more of an eating tour than a tasting tour. Most people are full by the end of the tour and don't eat dinner afterwards. Definitely eat breakfast and a nibble at noon the day of the tour.
Are there vegetarian options? Yes, our tours make substitutions for vegetarians, and diets that are milk, nut, gluten and alchohol free. Let us know when you purchase your ticket and we'll have substitutions for you.
Is there parking nearby? Yes. There is easy parking at or near our meeting spot. Parking details are provided with your ticket confirmation.
What are the differences between the two tours? Our Santa Cruz tour is a 1.8 mile walking route. The Capitola tour is a 2.3 mile walking route. The Santa Cruz tour explores the urban core of the city. The Capitola tour is more suburban with beautiful ocean views along the way. Santa Cruz tours are on Sundays. The Capitola tour is on Thursdays. You can see a handy chart comparing the two tours here.
Is this a good tour for locals? Locals make up 50% of our guests and they love it. We go off-the-beaten-path and tell stories that are not generally known to locals. Most people tell us that 90% of what they experienced on our tour was new to them. Our tours have hidden history and points of interest that locals love to discover.
Are we on our feet a lot without sitting down? On the Santa Cruz tour we are walking or standing for 45 minutes without sitting down. The Capitola tour is longer, but we sit down every 30 mintes or so.
I'm a slow walker. What if I can't keep up? We move at a moderate pace, however, if you fall behind or need to sit and rest we will provide you with a shorter route on the Santa Cruz tour. The short route includes all of our food tastings. The Capitola tour does not have a shorter alternative route. If you can't complete the Capitola tour route you can call a cab to take you to the end of the tour.
Can children take the tour? All children are unique and unrepeatable. Parents will know best whether their children should take a tour. Tours are 3.5 hours long and involve walking, standing and listening. Parents should decide on a case-by-case basis whether our tours are appropriate for their child.
Are there bathrooms on the tour? Yes, there are bathrooms at each of our tasting locations.
Is tipping expected? Tipping is customary in the tour business. If you have a great time and want to recognize your guide a 15-20% tip is customary.
Do we just walk around and eat? No way! We explore historic neighborhoods and learn about culture, history, and architecture along the way. This helps your food digest between tastings.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible? Our tours are not wheelchair accessible.
Are there food tours in other cities? At last count there are about 120 food tours in the U.S. Here's our directory of other food tours.
Photos: Lesley Louden & John List.
Tip: Next time you're in downtown Santa Cruz check out Nut Kreations, a fresh nut and dried fruit shop with a huge selection.