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California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Virtually meet your local expert and guide Michiel Stavast to have an introduction to the California Institute of Technology, take a walk around in the campus area and ask all your questions on how to get around.

From Pasadena (California)
Online Experience
1 Hour
United States
Upto 10 people
  • Walkthrough the campus of Caltech on an online, live-streamed tour
  • Insights into the surroundings, from Pasadena and LA to the mountains 
  • Practical information about accommodation, getting around, and student life on the campus

This interactive online campus tour with our expert local guide, live-streamed from Pasadena, California, will introduce and familiarise you with the prestigious California Institute of Technology, popularly known as Caltech. 

Founded in 1891,  the school occupied rented quarters in the Wooster Block — a building that still stands on the southeast corner of the intersection of Fair Oaks and Green Street in its early years. In 1892, the campus was moved to a site bordered by Raymond Avenue to the west and Chestnut Street to the south. In 1910, with the building of Throop Hall by the architects Elmer Grey and Myron Hunt on the present site, the old campus buildings were leased and finally demolished in the 1920s. 

Take a walk around in the campus area as your guide gives you some useful tips on getting around. You will get some practical information on the beautiful town of Pasadena, and its proximity to Downtown Los Angeles and the mountains. The guide will also fill you in on how to use public transportation or where to go to enjoy great food, outdoor activities, or off-the-beaten-path local knowledge. Your questions regarding what to expect in Pasadena as a student will be answered. 

You will also gain an idea about where to look for off-campus accommodation as well as some important University trivia. For instance, did you know that Robert A. Millikan was Caltech's first Nobel laureate, winning the prize for physics in 1923, during his tenure as Caltech's president (1921-1945)? Or that Einstein was a visiting professor at Caltech for three winter terms — 1931, 1932, and 1933!

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places; at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimise such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for USD 115 as a private tour and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Michiel Stavast

I am have been a tour guide for a long time now and have a passion for unlocking the secrets of a city or the hinterland. I have worked for more than 15 years as a tour manager for musicians traveling worldwide. In this job, I found a love for helping travelers discover new and unique experiences. I am Dutch; after moving to the United States, I worked for several travel brands guiding guests from all around the world on their adventure travel in North America. I have visited all 50 states in the US, nearly all Canadian and Mexican provinces, and many National Parks. I will have co-hosts for my campus tours.

From USD 115 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.