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Arno River and Ponte Vecchio, FlorencePortrait of Italy

In collaboration with Cal Discoveries

A literary, historical, and cultural tour of Italy led by OLLI instructor Beverly Allen. From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You’ll appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and a medieval village. Enrollment limited to 22.

Dates: May 14 – 30, 2016

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Past Programs


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History and Culture of Spanish and French Catalonia

In collaboration with Cal Discoveries

Experience an 11-day journey through Spanish and French Catalonia accompanied by Professor Alex Saragoza. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this remarkable region with museum visits, wine tastings, city tours, and educational enrichment. Enrollment limited to 24.

Dates: June 1–12, 2015


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

In collaboration with A.C.T.

Join us for a thrilling trip to one of the most beloved theater destinations in the country!   Meet actors, rub shoulders with A.C.T. artistic staff, and play a part in an extraordinary and unique insider's experience alongside fellow theater enthusiasts.

Dates: July 17–21, 2014
Registration deadline: May 1, 2014


Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present

In collaboration with Road Scholar

In the Golden Twenties, Berlin commanded center stage as Europe’s most prodigious capital of art, music and science. Following the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the city is once again at the cultural and architectural center of Europe. Experience the political life and mentality of modern Germany in expert-led lectures, field trips, and meetings with contemporary witnesses and German politicians.

Dates: May 16–24, 2014


The Cuban Art Revolution: Meeting the Artists and People of Cuba

In collaboration with Road Scholar

In the heart of Havana, join local artists, performers, dancers and students for an intimate and insightful look at the arts, dance, and music of Cuba. Discuss the local art scene with artists and learn about art education with students and instructors. Music and dance come to life as you attend rehearsals and private performances with well-known Cuban community dance companies and musicians.

Dates: March 1220, 2013


Cuba Today: People and Society

A special offer from the Elderhostel Institute Network for members of OLLI @Berkeley

Delve into the rich history and heritage of Cuba. In the heart of Havana and Cienfuegos, meet members of the local communities to discuss their faith, lives and, cultural traditions. Meet face-to-face with community leaders, local residents, artists and intellectuals to discuss Cuba today, and explore local landmarks that are significant to Cuba's cultural heritage. This program will be joined by Professor Alex Saragoza of UC Berkeley.

Dates: March 2012


Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

In the 2010-11 academic year, OLLI @Berkeley expanded its programming to include week-long travel programs to Mexico. A unique partnership with the Tahéima Wellness Resort and Spa in the Mexican Riviera near Puerto Vallarta offered participants both an opportunity to engage with Mexico through deepening understanding of the culture, politics, and environment, as well as world-class health and wellness resources. Scholars-in-residence included artists, writers, political scientists, historians, and medical doctors.

Lectures to Go With That Mai Tai (The New York Times, September, 2010)