Since 1972, thousands of men and women with developmental and physical
challenges from all over the world have achieved greater independence through the travel experiences provided by The
Guided Tour, Inc. The Guided Tour is a very special program that offers opportunities for personal growth, recreation
and socialization through travel.
Please take a few moments to learn more about our unique program.
At any time you can click on "Request Form" which will bring you to the "Request Form" page. Once on the "Request Form" page, fill out the information on that page and a packet of
information about our program will arrive within a few days.
What Makes The Guided Tour Different?
We were the first professionally supervised
travel and vacation program in the United States for persons with developmental and physical challenges.
In our 40th year, we continue to pioneer in this field. Our staff are paid professionals, with most of
them working or having worked in the field of MR/DD. We do not seek volunteers and we have virtually
no staff turnover. A nurse accompanies most of our trips. If we know with sufficient notice, we can usually
confirm that a nurse is on board for administering insulin injections and other special needs. We have
a staff to traveler ratio of 1:3. For most persons in wheelchairs, with visual challenges or who are
slow pacers, we provide a staff to traveler ratio of 1:1. these trips are described as "On Wheels" on our Rates & Dates pages.
For over forty years individuals from all over the United States have been traveling with The Guided Tour successfully
Who Are The Guided Tour Travelers?
Our travelers are persons with developmental challenges
(and sometimes persons with BOTH a physical and developmental challenge), ages 17 and up, who come from all over the
United States. They are people who want to experience the same joys of travel that the non-challenged community experiences.
These travelers enjoy forming new friendships that often continue beyond the vacation. They may have medical conditions,
but they do not get in the way of their having a successful vacation.
The Guided Tour provides professionally supervised vacations
for adults with developmental challenges, including, but not limited to the following:
Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism,
Learning Disabilities, Williams Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, ADD, Prader
Willi, and ADHD. Our unique program provides recreation and socialization
for our special needs travelers. Our trips include special vacations and excursions planned out by Irv and Ari Segal, father and son, both with Masters' Degrees in Social Work and over 60 years combined experience in the field of special needs. Payment plans are available, as well as spend downs.
"Well you have done it again! Matt just came
home from his trip to Cancun and I have never seen him so delighted. I thought that the time he had at the seashore
this past summer might have been a fluke, after all can any organization dealing with all the problems that you must
encounter be so consistently on the mark? Well you indeed have done it once more. Matt's descriptions of all of the
activities and the quality of the accommodations and travel arrangements lead me to believe that I can always be
assured that when I entrusted him to you, I made no mistake." - Jay & Judi Rodaman