Special Journeys provides chaperoned vacations for individuals who need assistance traveling. Our goal is to provide fun, well-planned and reasonably priced vacations that are staffed with experienced volunteers and tour leaders. We are a local company exclusively serving those states where we can physically pickup and drop-off our travelers (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota).
Our travelers are individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, the elderly, the mentally ill and other individuals with special travel needs. Most travelers are individuals with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Travelers must exhibit good social behavior, have no major medical concerns that would interfere with traveling, be at least 18 years old (unless prior arrangements are made) and display appropriate behavior toward property, themselves and others.
Your Guaranteed Cost Trip™ means there are absolutely no hidden costs - your trip includes everything necessary to have a great time including:
- all meals (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner both at a restaurant),
- lodging (in your own, regular bed),
- all transportation including local pickup and drop off in your city,
- airfare with one checked bag weighing under 50 pounds (for flight trips) for flight trips
- all entertainment, attractions and activities,
- an experienced tour leader and experienced staff care in 1:3 and 1:4 small groups.
- 1:1 staffing is available at an additional cost.
- Travelers only need to bring souvenir and snack money.
Best of all your Special Journey adventure includes the opportunity to have tons of fun, see exciting new places and meet new friends!
New Photo DVDs - All travelers will receive a photo DVD that shows a slideshow of the trip's photos in your DVD player/TV and can also be used to print any trip photos!
Tentative 2016 Schedule
Las Vegas (February 15 – 19, 2016)
Hey Cowboys and Cowgirls, It's the Wild West Arizona (February 15 – 19, 2016)
Includes the Old Tucson Studios where hundreds of western movies were filmed including Three Amigos, Bells of St. Mary's and The Young Riders
Disney Cruise (February 27 – March 7, 2016)
Leave winter behind on this sunny Bahamas cruise with your favorite Disney characters.
A San Francisco Treat (March 14 – 19, 2016)
Explore the city by the bay, complete with a trolley ride, tour of Alcatraz and a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge!
Branson Spring Shows (May 9 -13, 2016)
Silver Dollar City Rides & Shows (Blue Grass BBQ Festival) (May 9 – 13)
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Ireland) - April 19 – 26, 2016
Travel to the beautiful green hills of Ireland with Special Journeys! NOTE: This trip REQUIRES a passport book..
Taste of Wisconsin April 4 – 9, 2016
Tour a circus museum, see an amazing dinner theater show, taste your way through the Jelly Belly factory and explore Milwaukee!
Twilight Riverboat Cruise May 23 – 27, 2016
Cruise the beautiful Mississippi river on a classic paddlewheel boat and enjoy the scenery.
Discover Galena, IL May 23 – 27, 2016
Baseball Fever (approximately June 6 – 11)
Our 2016 baseball trip will focus on multiple minor league games fitting as much baseball in as possible on one trip.
Ultimate Train Trip (June)
Railroad fans this is your trip! Ride on classic steam engines and enjoy incredible, famous train lines with amazing scenery!
Little House on the Prairie Festival (July)
Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, this is YOUR trip!
South Dakota Panfishing Trip (July)
The Arctic Circle via TV’s famous “Haul Road”
Are you a fan of Alaska TV shows like Ice Road Truckers? Are you looking for amazing scenery? Drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then leave the pavement to take the famous “Haul Raod” to Deadhorse, Alaska. Don’t miss the chance to dip your toes into the Artic Ocean on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Explore the great state of Texas!
Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, Tennessee
On this Tennessee adventure we will see great country music shows in Pigeon Forge and then tour some of the Great Smokey Mountain area and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Enjoy Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Smokey Mountains. See great shows and attractions and ride thrilling roller coasters.
Christmas in Branson
Christmas in Kansas City
College Football Game
Fall Bahamas Cruise
Cruise the warm and sunny Bahamas on a beautiful Royal Caribbean ship. Stop at island ports of call, enjoy great food and shows while having a fun and relaxing time.