About Us

Why travel with Cal Discoveries?

  • Destination

    We listen! On every trip evaluation, we ask where you would like to travel next and take that information into consideration when planning the following year’s trips. We cover the globe, offering a diverse selection, including cruises (ocean and river), land trips, and trips that combine both. We have small group tours, and our trips are offered at a variety of activity levels and prices. And some of our trips even waive the single supplement for solo travelers!

  • Customer service

    We, at the Cal travel office, have over 40 years of experience in the travel industry. You will be treated with respect, have your questions answered, and enjoy an amazing travel experience from start to finish when you make your reservations on a Cal Discoveries Travel trip.

  • Lifelong learning

    An educational component is a significant part of our program. Often, faculty lecturers accompany our trips and we partner with tour operators who provide informative local lecturers to enhance your vacation. Travel in and of itself is a learning experience. Broaden your understanding of cultures, history, politics, and the natural world by traveling with Cal Discoveries.

  • Cal connection

    Many of our travelers enjoy being with people who have Berkeley in common. Make new connections and rekindle old. Enjoy the enduring bond of other Cal friends throughout the trip.

Recent travelers had the following to say about their experiences:

“A very well organized tour with a wonderful group of UC Alumni provided a great introduction to many special highlights of Egypt and the friendly Egyptian people. We felt entirely safe and welcomed the entire trip.” Laura B., Egypt 2016

“The dramatic confrontation between a wolf pack on the floor of the Lamar Valley, and a rival pack, unseen behind us. I’ll never forget the howling between the interlopers and the home pack.” Bruce K., Wolves of Yellowstone, 2016

“This was the trip of a lifetime - experiencing so many cultures in a short period of time.” Jane A., Bangkok to Bali 2016

“The amazing diversity of the country of Australia - from camel riding and meeting with the Aborigines to attending an opera at the Sydney Opera House.” Barbara S., Australia New Zealand 2016


The goal of Cal Discoveries Travel is to provide the University of California, Berkeley community with an exciting combination of discovery, learning, and adventure in educationally oriented travel. 


Cal Discoveries Travel is designed from proposals by specialized wholesale tour operators. Whenever appropriate, we add Cal-specific components; faculty lecturers, visits to research sites, contacts with other Cal Alumni Chapters, pre-departure informational calls and special events, etc. All participants are expected to enjoy traveling as part of a group and to be tolerant of the occasional changes, delays, or minor mishaps that are part of any kind of travel.

The Cal Alumni Association is registered as a California Seller of Travel (registration number 2090031-50), and each year, operates a few of its own trips.

Tour Operators

Cal Discoveries Travel is composed of tours submitted to the Cal Alumni Association by the finest specialized wholesale tour operators who are registered as California Sellers of Travel. California licensed Sellers of Travel who participate in the Cal Discoveries program are as follows:

Tour Operator CST Registration Number
AHI Travel 2028271-40
Classic Escapes 2075326-40
Eureka by Cal Discoveries Travel 2090031-50
Go Next 2077280-40
Holbrook 2129299-40
Lindblad Expeditions N/A
National WWII Museum Pending
Odysseys Unlimited 2077973-40
Orbridge 2098750-40
TCS World Travel 2071584-20
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company 2031868-40
Thomson Safaris 2084806-40