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Special Group and Private 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 through the online tour reservation system.

  • 100+ people: Please contact the Tour Coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

What’s a Special Group?

A special group is any party of 10 or more people. This can include a large family, school group, 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.

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.

Fees

Special Group Tours are free for California schools (middle schools, high schools, and community colleges); fees apply for all other special groups and private tours. The fee schedule is at the bottom of this page.

Schedule

Special Group Tours are offered Monday-Friday only at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Fall 2018 tours ended on November 30. Spring 2019 tours will start the week of February 11 and run through May 3 and will be available for booking in mid to late January. Please email tour@berkeley.edu to be put on the list to be notified when the calendar is available for booking.

We offer special group tours during the following periods:

  • Spring 2019 (February 11 – May 3)
    • Exceptions: Presidents Day, Spring Break (March 25-29)
  • Summer 2019 (May 28 – August 16)
    • Exceptions: Memorial Day, 4th of July
  • Fall (mid-September through the end of November)
    • Exceptions: Homecoming, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Week

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.

For individuals and families with 9 or fewer people, Visitor Services offers a free daily guided walking tour.

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).

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

Spring 2019 special group/private tours are offered between February 11 – May 3 with the calendar available in late January. Please email tour@berkeley.edu if you want to be notified when the Spring calendar is available.

Tours are free for California schools (middle school, high school, and and community colleges). For private, nonprofit, out-of-state, and international groups, 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.

Group tours must be reserved at least 14 days in advance through our online reservation system.
  • 100+ people: Please contact the Tour Coordinator at (510) 642-5216.

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.