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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 are offered from September 17 – November 30. Please note we do NOT offer Group Tours on holidays (Veterans Day on November 12 and Thanksgiving week from November 19-23). The calendar will be available in late August. Please email tour@berkeley.edu if you want to be notified when the Fall calendar is available.

We offer special group tours during the following periods:

  • Fall (mid-September through the end of November)
  • Spring (mid-February through the end of April)
  • Summer (early June through the beginning of August)

Our student tour guides are unavailable between semesters, so we are unable to offer special group tours during this time.

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, which are 60 minutes long.

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

Summer 2018 special group/private tours are offered between May 21 – August 10. Our Fall 2018 special group tours will start in mid-September with the calendar available in late August. Please email tour@berkeley.edu if you want to be notified when the Fall 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.