Food Tour Questions.
Do I purchase tickets in advance, can I pay cash? All tickets are sold in advance. We cannot accept cash. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card online (click the Santa Cruz logo below) or by calling (866)736-6343.
How long is the tour ? 3.5 hours.
What days and times ? Fridays and Sundays from 2:25pm to 6:00pm.
Do we pay for the food along the way? No, once you buy a ticket there are no additional costs or taxes for food, or waiter tips.
What does the Food Tour Cost? $59.00 per person when you use code CL6 and order online. That's 25% off our regular price of $79.00.
What happens if the weather is bad? Tours run rain or shine. Check the weather report before your tour and if need bring an umbrella or rain gear.
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.
Do I need to buy a ticket if I am not eating? Yes, all guests on all tours must purchase a ticket. If you want to come on the tour without eating we can make a special price for you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Are there vegetarian options? Yes, we do our best to make substitutions for vegetarians, and diets that are milk, nut, gluten and alcohol free. Let us know when you purchase your ticket and we'll work hard to 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.
Is this a good tour for locals? Locals make up 55% 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 what they experienced on our tour was new to them. Our tours have hidden history and points of interest that locals love to discover.
How much walking is there? Are we on our feet a lot without sitting down? On the Santa Cruz tour we are walking or standing most of the time. We have three sit-down locations for a total of 45 sit-down minutes.
Are there stairs or hills along the route? Our downtown Santa Cruz tour is mostly flat with one steep uphill and a set of 74 stairs downhill.
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.
Do children need a ticket? If your child is under 7 years of age and will not be eating (or is sharing from your plate) they do not need a ticket. Older children will need a ticket to attend.
Are beverages served on the tour? Yes, there is water available at most of our stops. Some people choose to bring along a water bottle of their own.
Are beer or wine served? We have a micro brew beer tasting on the Santa Cruz tour.
Are there bathrooms on the tour? Yes, there are bathrooms at each of our tasting locations.
Are pets allowed on the tours? Because we go in and out of restaurants we can't accommodate pets on our tours.
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 because of the long stairways we use.
Photos: Lesley Louden & John List
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