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The traditional Trulli houses in Alberobello city, Apulia, Italy

Travel FAQs

Find answers to travelers’ most frequently asked questions. Looking for assistance? Contact us directly at (510) 900-8222 or

Who is eligible to travel with Cal Discoveries?
Cal Discoveries Travel is a benefit of membership in the Cal Alumni Association. One traveler per room, whether an alumni or friend, must be a current Cal Alumni Association member at the time of departure to participate in Cal Discoveries Travel offerings. Payment of $60 for seniors 65 years and over and $75 for others establishes a regular or affiliate membership with all other Association benefits. Memberships are for individuals only, and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

A traveling pair and their children under 21 years of age may travel on one membership.

Please make dues payable to CAA by separate check, or, if you prefer, provide a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express number with expiration date for payment. Learn more about CAA membership.

Cal Discoveries Travel tours are designed for adults who are interested in the educational and cultural aspects of travel. Some tours may be appropriate for children ages 8 and older. Children, regardless of age, must pay the advertised price and any child under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Should I purchase trip insurance?
Although travel insurance is not required and you are not required to purchase our suggested insurance, we do highly recommend having some form of travel protection. Cal Discoveries Travel has been working with Travel Insurance Services for many years. They can be reached by calling 800-937-1387 or online

The initial deposit for all tours is not always refundable based on individual tour operator terms and conditions as stated in individual trip brochures. Please read the individual trip’s cancellation policy carefully. After this time, tour participants are subject to cancellation policies set by the tour operator governing the particular trip in which they are enrolled. Trip cancellation insurance is offered and is highly recommended.

Please be advised that the Cal Alumni Association is not a secondary insurer. Refunds, if any, come from the trip tour operator or travel insurance carrier, rather than from CAA.
How is Cal Discoveries and its tour operators responding to COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply impact everyone. Its widespread effects can be seen all around the world, even in our communities and our homes. Cal Discoveries Travel, along with the rest of the alumni travel community, has felt the impact of COVID-19.

We understand that this has been an unprecedented time, filled with confusion and frustration. We also realize that this ever-changing situation can bring on a mix of emotions about future travel plans. Please know that Cal Discoveries Travel and our tour operators are working to ensure that you are safe while traveling. Your safety is our number one priority. In order to instill confidence in our travelers, many of our tour operators made adjustments to their terms and conditions. For more detailed information, please check out their tour brochures. We thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate these challenging times.

See all updates related to Covid-19 and travel.
How much activity is required on your trips?
We endeavor to make our tours safe, comfortable, rewarding, and enjoyable for all our travelers by helping you choose the trip that is right for you and best fits your abilities. The information indicated with a bearpaw on each tour page explains what each activity level means. We also have a dedicated page that helps explain the various ratings.

Please keep in mind that all trips involve group activities, and your level of preparedness and ability will have an impact on the other participants. Those requiring special assistance must be accompanied by someone who can and will provide all required assistance. Travel to and from the tour is not factored into our activity-level ratings. You should take into account your stamina when traveling long distances, and factor in multiple flight changes as well as handling personal hand luggage independently throughout the itinerary.
How do I make a reservation?
Our tours offer online booking either on our tour operator's website or with an online reservation form using HelloSign for you to complete digitally. On each tour page you will find a link to reserve. This is the quickest way to make a reservation.

If you need to mail in payment you can send the printed reservation form and check to:
Cal Discoveries Travel
Cal Alumni Association
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720-7520

Reservations are processed on a first come basis. Your reservation will not be confirmed until our office acknowledges receipt of payment and reservation form.
What if I need to cancel my trip?
Cancellations need to be submitted in writing, email is fine, to We will forward your cancellation to the tour operator who will begin to process your cancellation on their end. Refunds will be aligned with the individual trip's cancellation terms so pay careful attention to any deadlines.
What tour operators do you use?
Cal Discoveries Travel is composed of tours submitted to the Cal Alumni Association by 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]

  • Eureka by Cal Discoveries Travel (Cal Alumni Association) [2090031-50]

  • Gohagan & Company [2031868-40]

  • Holbrook [2129299-40]

  • Lindblad Expeditions [pending]

  • Odysseys Unlimited [2077973-40]

  • Orbridge [2098750-40]

  • TCS World Travel [2071584-20]

  • Thomson Safaris [2084806-40]

I see that there is a lecturer assigned to the trip I am interested in, does that mean they are going on our trip?
While we always strive to have our Cal lecturer's join our trips, their participation cannot be guaranteed and is contingent on a minimum number of paying travelers.
What is the purpose of an enrichment lecturer?
It is always our goal to assign an enrichment lecturer to our trips. An enrichment lecturer is not always an expert in the area that you might be traveling, but they bring their expertise to the region of travel providing an additional educational component that you would not otherwise get from the tour directors or local guides. In general, they will present 2-3 45 minute lectures to our Cal travelers while on the trip.
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