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Special Group and Private Walking Tours

Advance tour reservations are required for parties of 10 or more (including school groups) and any visitors who prefer a private tour. School group tours are offered for grades 6 and above. Special group/private tour reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance. Please note these tours are walking tours. If you wish to book a private electric cart tour, that can be done so here, ensuring that you click on “Electric Cart” when booking.

What’s a Special Group?

A special group is any party of 10 or more people. This can include a large family, school group (grades 6th and up only), private tour company, non-profit group, or any group of 10 or more people. If you are a party of less than 10 people and want a private tour with no other visitors, you can also book a Special Group Tour for a fee. We are unable to accommodate school groups that are 5th grade or below; please see our Cal Kids Scavenger Hunt and Activities here.

If you are a party of less than 10 people and don’t need a private tour, please join us on our daily free guided walking tour.


Special Group Tours fees are waived only for California schools (middle schools 6th grade and up, high schools, and community colleges), where the school is booking the tour directly. Fees apply for all other special groups and private tours which include nonprofit organizations (even if they serve children who attend California schools), out-of-state schools, international groups, private tours, and tours booked by private tour companies. The fee schedule is at the bottom of this page.


Special Group Tours are offered Monday-Friday only at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm.

We offer special group tours during the following periods:

  • Fall 2019 (September 23 – December 6)
    • Exceptions: Homecoming (October 18), Veterans Day (November 11), and Thanksgiving Week (November 25-29)
  • Spring 2020 (February 10 – May 1) – calendar to be released in late January
    • Exceptions: Presidents Day (February 17), and Spring Break (March 23-27)
  • Summer 2020 (May 26 – August 14) – calendar to be released in mid-May
    • Exceptions: Memorial Day (Monday, May 25)

Our student tour guides are unavailable between semesters, so we are unable to offer special group tours during this time. To find particular dates of our breaks and holidays, please see the UC Berkeley Academic Calendar.


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Special Group/Private tours are available on weekdays during most of the spring, summer, and fall semesters. They are not offered during semester breaks, final exams, the first few weeks of a semester, spring break, or major holidays.

Special Group/Private tours are offered Monday-Friday only at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Tours are 90 minutes long, except middle school tours (6th-8th grades), which are 60 minutes long. Due to resource constraints, we are unable to provide tours to elementary schools (5th grade and under), but we have a fantastic Cal Kids self-guided tour and Cal Kids activity book they can enjoy.

Space is limited, and availability is on a first-come first-served basis.

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Tour fees are waived for California schools (middle schools 6th grade and up, high school, and community colleges). For private, nonprofit, out-of-state, and international groups, as well as all tours booked by private tour companies, the following fees will be assessed:
  • 1-35 people: $50
  • 36-50 people: $70
  • 51-70 people: $90
  • 71-100 people: $110
  • 101-135 people: $130
  • 136-150 people: $150
  • 151-170 people: $170
  • 171-200 people: $190
  • 200+ people: Please contact the tour coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

UC Berkeley departments and UC schools will be charged a reduced fee of $25 per guide via chartstring or interdepartmental transfer. All cancellations made within 72 hours of the tour will still incur the tour fee.

Group tours must be reserved at least 14 days in advance through our online reservation system.

Reservations are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitor Services is not able to provide tours other than those appearing on the reservation calendar.