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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 would like to pay for 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 golf cart tour, please visit the Golf Cart Tour website.

What Constitutes 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 $50 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 view our Cal Kids Scavenger Hunt and Activities.

We offer Spanish and Mandarin language tours on request. When booking a “Group Walking Tour” on our calendar, please state your language preference in the last box on the reservation.

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

Fees

In-person Special Group Tour fees are waived only for students attending 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), after-school programs, 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.

Schedule

  • Summer 2021 – unavailable due to coronavirus
  • Fall 2021 – TBA – sign up below to be notified when the calendar is available for booking

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.

Virtual Group Campus Visits

Unfortunately we are unable to offer virtual group visits. We heavily encourage you to sign up for a free virtual visit or watch a visit on our YouTube channel.

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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 normally 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.

Special Group Tour fees are waived only for students attending 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), after-school programs, out-of-state schools, international groups, private tours, and 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.

Special Group, Private, and Golf Cart 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.

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