Special Group & Private Walking Tours

Thank you for your interest in booking a special group or private walking tour. Our Spring 2022 calendar is open but completely booked. Please add your name to our list at the bottom of this page to be notified when the summer 2022 booking calendar is available.

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 may be able to book a Private Walking Tour for a fee, based on availability. We are unable to accommodate school groups that are 5th grade or below; please view our Cal Kids Scavenger Hunt and Activities.

Reservation Information

Tour reservations are required for these tours. 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. We offer Spanish and Mandarin language tours on request. When booking, please state your language preference in the special needs box on the reservation. If you are a party of 5 or fewer, please register for our free guided walking tour.

Schedule

  • Spring 2022: February 14 – April 29
    • Group Walking Tours: Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am and 12pm and Saturdays at 11am. Each group will be strictly limited to 35 visitors. These tours are intended for school groups, non-profit groups, and similar groups of 10 or more people.
    • Private Walking Tours: Our private walking tours are already booked for Spring 2022.
    • Not Offered on These Dates: Presidents Day (Monday, February 21), Spring Break (Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 27), and Cal Day (Saturday, April 23).
  • Summer 2022: May 31 – August 12
    • Group Walking Tours: Specific dates and times are TBA, but would only be offered Monday-Saturday. These tours are intended for school groups, non-profit groups, and similar groups of 10 or more people.
    • Private Walking Tours: We are unsure if we are going to be able to offer private walking tours this summer.
    • Not Offered on These Dates: Memorial Day (Monday, May 30), Independence Day (July 4).
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.

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.

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Additional Information

Special Group/Private tours are available 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, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30am and 12pm and Saturday at 11am. 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. We are currently booking private and golf cart tours, but are not booking in-person special group tours. 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.