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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 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 Tripô 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!

Horseback Adventure

Monday, October 30, 2017 through Saturday, November 4, 2017 (6 Days)
Driving Trip

Your favorite trip is back with an extra day added. Special Journeys is again teaming up with Horses of Hope Therapeutic Riding Center to bring you a special horse adventure! Horses of Hope is accredited and licensed by NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association).
On this six day trip you will learn about and experience horses in a safe and enjoyable environment. You will have plenty of personal horse time where you will ride, groom and just enjoy these amazing animals. Several opportunities to ride your horse will be scheduled so you will have plenty of ďsaddle time.Ē For one of the days on this trip your small group will take a break from riding and check out some of the area attractions.
Our hosts will lead us through other activities such as craft making and making a painting you can take home painted using your horseís tail. We will also take a buggy ride and enjoy a group wagon ride with special treats along the way. One day we will enjoy lunch and shop at some fun local stores.
During ride times, you will have assistance getting in the saddle from a specially made platform and have people walking with you (one leading the horse and two at the sides) to ensure your experience is as safe as possible. This is a totally safe and structured environment that is set up to accommodate individuals with all levels of physical disabilities.
NOTE: Travelers with moderate/major mobility issues and/or who weigh over 300 pounds must be pre-approved before registering for this trip. This facility is a certified Therapeutic Riding Center and needs time to make arrangements for these situations. Thank you for allowing us to create a safe environment for everyone.
Additional Paper Work Note: NARHA regulations require that the facility gather some additional traveler specific information. This will be sent out when you sign up for the trip. One of the pages will need a Doctorís signature.

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Football

Friday, November 17 - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Driving Trip

Bear Down Chicago Bears!! Join us as we travel to the Windy City to watch the Da Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions in the iconic Soldier Field! Our trip also includes a visit to Tommy Guns Garage where we will dine with the gangstas of Chicago and hear a tale or two of their mischievous history. The evening will surely end with a bang! No doubt a Chicago Dawg (no ketchup, all beef and a poppy seed bun) will be on the menu as well as some other tasty Chicago treats . We will also stop at the Christkindlmarket held annually in the Daily Center. The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition to the city with both an international and local flair as it is inspired by 16th century markets in Nuremburg, Germany.

Discover Chicago - The Windy City

Friday, November 17 - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Driving Trip

In the words of Frank Sinatra, Chicago is my kind of town! Join us as we take you on a wonderful journey to the Windy City. We will first have an evening of entertainment at Tommy Guns Garage where we will dine with the gangstas of Chicago and hear a few tales of their mischievous history. As they say, the evening will end with a bang! The next day we will head over to the Willis (aka Sears) Tower to the Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor for some incredible views of the Chicagoland area. We will have the opportunity to walk out onto THE LEDGE a glass balcony extending four feet over the magnificent city. (You might not want to look down!!) We will also explore the Shedd Aquarium and eat at some Chi-Town classic restaurants. Finally, we will make a stop at the Christkindlmarket. The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition to the city with both an international and local flair as it is inspired by 16th century markets in Nuremburg, Germany.

Christmas in Branson - Featuring Maxine from Hallmark

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 through Saturday, December 2, 2017 (5 Days)
Driving Trip

Ho ho ho! Itís time to get your jingle bells on and travel with Special Journeys to beautiful Branson Missouri. Thatís right. Where else can you find both Santa Claus and Elvis (or even Elvis dressed as Santa Claus) while eating some fantastic meals? Branson of course! Your trip includes a delicious three course meal followed by a fabulous show at the award-winning Legends in Concert. Never know who might turn up but rumor has it both Elvis and Santa usually do! We will also enjoy an evening at the Dixie Stampede where we will be treated to a fun show as well as a four-course meal that we will eat with our hands! Thatís right your hands will become your forks as you clap along and sing to some of your favorite holiday tunes. The Brett family will also welcome us back once again with a fantastic show and lunch along with some additional post-meal holiday entertainment (no Santas or Elvis included but we promise lots of laughter and fun). The rumor is that Crazy Casey of Branson is going to hold an after lunch dance-off against the travelers. But at the end one of our tour leaders (or their proxy) will challenge him to see who is better dancing on the wall! Finally, we will see a Christmas Carol but with a twist. Maxine from Hallmark stars in this hilarious twist on an old classic.

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Le Mars, IA

Friday, December 8, 2017 through Sunday, December 10, 2017 (3 Days)
Note: This trip has been moved one day from it's originally scheduled date
Driving Trip

You donít have to travel very far this holiday season to get into the Christmas spirit. On this exciting vacation, we will travel to Le Mars, Iowa where we will first tour the Blue Bunny Museum and Ice Cream Parlor. Did you know Le Mars is actually the ice cream capital of the world? And yes, your trip will include some delicious samplings of this tasty treat! The parlor itself moved to its present location on Main Street in 2011 and serves up 40 flavors of ice cream including Huckleberry and Mocha Almond which cannot be found in stores. Hmm guess we will have to see which is our favorite after we check out the gift shop! We will also stop at the Plymouth County Historical Museum which features several turn of the century domestic rooms including agricultural, heritage and religious. Some will even be specially decorated for Christmas. Of course, we will have time for Christmas shopping so be sure to bring your Christmas lists. Finally, we will see a spectacular Christmas show performed by the Brown Family. The Browns have entertained all over including in Branson, Dollywood and many other cities across the United States. Their heartwarming talents will be sure to dazzle and inspire us during this wonderful Christmas time vacation.

Tentative 2018 Trips (All Trips, Trip Lengths and Dates Subject to Change!)

Complete trip descriptions and additional information (including trip pricing) is currently in development and will be released shortly!

February, 2018
WWE Wrestling
Sunday, February 4, 2018 through Monday, February 6, 2018
Additional details announced shortly but this trip will feature WWE Raw with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz and Alexa Bliss!

March, 2018
Florida Beaches and Sun (Thursday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 6, 2018)
New York City (Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, 2018

April, 2018
San Antonio, Texas (Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13)
Branson Shows Featuring Samson at Sight & Sound Theater (Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27, 2018)

May, 2018
Cruising 102 (No it is not 102 cruises) Featuring the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin (Friday, May 4 through Friday, May 11, 2018)
Rollercoaster Madness (featuring the world famous Cedar Point Amusement Park!!) (Monday, May 28 through Wednesday, June 6, 2018)
I Love Animals Zoo Trip (Monday, May 28 through Wednesday, June 6, 2018)

June, 2018
Star Struck in Tennessee (Memphis & Nashville) - Featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Merle Haggard! (Wednesday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 20, 2018)
Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake in Northern Minnesota (Tuesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 30, 2018)
Mall of America - Shop til you drop! (Tuesday, June 26 through Saturday, June 30, 2018)

July, 2018
West Coast Baseball Tour featuring the Angels, Dodgers and Padres vs. Chicago Cubs (Wednesday, July 11 through Monday, July 16, 2018)
Sunny San Diego Sights (Wednesday, July 11 through Monday, July 16, 2018)
Denver, Colorado (Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2018)
Win at the Casinos in Blackhawk, Colorado (Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2018)

August, 2018
London England featuring Harry Potter (Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2018) PASSPORT REQUIRED

September, 2018
Cruise the Greek Islands (Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 23, 2018) PASSPORT REQUIRED

October, 2018
Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival (Saturday, October 6 through Sunday, October 14, 2018)
Halloween Disney Cruise (Late October through Early November, 2018) PASSPORT REQUIRED

November, 2018
Horseback Adventure - Special 10 Year Anniversary Trip (November, 2018) Kansas City Chiefs Football (November, 2018 - Note: the 2018 NFL schedule is expected to be released in early April, 2018. Additional info on the trip will not be available until that time.)
Relaxing Kansas City Weekend (November, 2018 - Note: While this trip will not include a football game it will run the same weekend as the game so trip dates will not released until early April, 2018)
College Football Game (November, 2018 - Note: The details for this trip will not be released until our NFL game trip has been announced in early April, 2018).

December, 2018
Christmas in Branson (Tuesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 8, 2018)
Christmas in Omaha (Wednesday, December 12 through Friday, December 14, 2018)

Tentative 2019 Trips (All Information Subject to Change!)

February, 2019

March, 2019
Havana, Cuba Cruise, Note: PASSPORT REQUIRED
New Orleans

April, 2019
Branson Spring Shows
Silver Dollar City

Additional Tentative 2019 Trips
Best of Steam Locomotive Train Trip
Fall Canadian Cruise, Passport Required
Texas Baseball Adventure (featuring the Astros, Rangers and a minor league team)
Deep In the Heart of Texas Adventure
Green Bay Packers Football
Escape to Wisconsin Adventure
Fishing in South Dakota
Watch the Buffalo Stampede in Custer State Park
Wizard of Oz Festival
Horseback Adventure
Las Vegas, Nevada
Christmas in Branson
Christmas in a small town
Plus a few additional 2019 trips that will be announced at a later date!

Dream Trips
Personal, Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences

To learn about Personal Dream Trips please click here.

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