Travel Reception and 2013 Program Preview

If you are curious about learning more about our upcoming travel reception June 3, 2012 (2:30-4:30 p.m.) here are some questions and answers to guide you:

Q: What exactly happens at the travel reception?

A: We expect a few hundred people to attend to learn more about our 55 upcoming trips in 2013. You can talk with our tour operator partners who will be available to answer any questions you may have about a particular trip. Our lecturers will also be available to answer questions about the trips that they are signed up to lead next year. We will have wine, light appetizers, and a brief speaking program. Our tour operators will each have a table set up in our Toll/Bechtel Rooms on campus at Alumni House and we will have tables outside on the patio for you to sit, chat, and catch up with other fellow travelers.

Q: Do I need to RSVP?

A: Yes, we do ask for you to let us know if you will be attending so we can have a head count in order to purchase the right amount of food. This is a free event and a way for us to say thank you to our loyal past travelers and to welcome and meet potential new travelers. You may register here: RSVP »

Q: How do I get to the Alumni House?

A: For directions to the Alumni House on the Berkeley campus. Learn more »

Q: Where can I park?

A: View the campus parking options or  look for street parking closest to Bancroft Way & Dana Way. Most streets have metered parking so please be sure you take notice if there is a meter, though meters are usually free on Sunday. There is a paid parking garage between Telegraph Ave. & Dana Way and you can enter either on Channing Way or Durant Ave. If you would like to know more about parking in the city of Berkeley please visit their website.  Learn more ». *Please note: If you require any handicap parking access assistance please call us 510.642.3717 or email us: and we would be happy to assist you.

Q: Can I take public transportation?

A: Certainly and for some it may be easier than looking for a parking spot. Here are a few options for public transportation: BART: the nearest stop is Downtown Berkeley followed by a half mile walk up through campus to the Alumni House. You can also stop at the Rockridge Station and transfer to AC Transit and take a bus the rest of the way AC Transit (bus): If you are coming from the Rockridge area you can take the 51B bus down College Ave. It is approximately a 20 minute bus ride into campus. Your stop would be Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way. The UC Berkeley Parking and Transportaion website has a link in the bottom right corner to an online trip planner that can also assist you if you need further information on public transportation options.

If you have any other questions please let us know how we can help further. We are in the office Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Our direct phone number is 510.642.3717 or toll free at 888.225.2586 and we are available by email at

We hope you can join us on June 3. If you haven’t done so already please remember to RSVP by May 25, 2012.

Go Bears!


We are not able to attend the reception but would like to receive the listing of trips. Thanks.
Is this event happening some other time this year? Last year was a great opportunity to discover great travel destination and good tickets.
We will be offering this event on June 2, 2013. Please check back on our website for updated information by mid-March.
My husband and I were wondering if you ever repeated trips. We were especially interested in the cruise “British Isles Odyssey” July 23- August 5, 2012. We really enjoyed the Cal trip to Normandy, 2001. Please let us know. Thank you, Frances Mill
Hi Frances, Thank you for your note. We do repeat trips on occasion. We ended up cancelling the British Isles Odyssey cruise because we had no one signed up, there was no interest. We usually only repeat trips that do well for us. Please see the other trips we are running and hopefully something will appeal to you. Thank you!
What an amazing event!

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