The Wayfaring Band
Leadership and life skills through travel for people with and without disabilities.

Tours

TOURS

 
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Anyone can travel with The Wayfaring Band!

Our trips are open to adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as caregivers, students, teachers, professionals, activists, retirees, and interested community members.

No matter your desire for exploration, growth, and transformation, The Wayfaring Band has an adventure in store for you. Be a part of it!

 
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All members of the band have access to the same experiences on tour: adventurous activities, recreation and relaxation with friends, and a chance to increase life and leadership skills by participating in our vigorous social leadership program.

We limit each tour to approximately 16 travelers including staff, which helps ensure an intimate, customized experience. Unless otherwise noted, fees listed are all-inclusive, covering all meals, tips, activities, lodging, and transportation originating from Denver.

 

Upcoming Opportunities

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CARIBBEAN CRUISE - (FULL)

February 17-23, 2019 | 7 days / 6 nights

Cost: $4800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL.

Leadership Fellow Cost: $3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL.

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application. 

Ahoy, matey! If you dream of sailing the seven seas with friends at your side, then a Royal Caribbean cruise on the MS Independence is the adventure for you. We’ll fly from Denver to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and then it’s bon voyage across turquoise blue waters! Our cruise will make shore stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Cococay, Bahamas. We’ll swim in the many pools, race down water slides, soak up the sun, and explore the ship’s many exciting amenities. And we’ll do it all together! Wheelchair accessible. Passport required.

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BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, EL PASO, & MARFA, TX - (FULL)

March 26- April 1 | 7 days, 6 nights

Cost: $3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL.

Leadership Fellow Cost: $2800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL.

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

The band is bound for the border! We’ll fly into El Paso, Texas and load our gear into vans before embarking on an epic desert road trip. Big Bend National Park is home to the Chisos Mountains and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. Stargazing, exploring, and sensational photography opportunities will abound on this spring break adventure. With stops in the quirky, creative hub of Marfa and an illuminating tour of the US/Mexico border, including an optional day trip into Juarez, this trip will expand your mind and satiate your senses. Vámonos! Passport required for Juarez day trip.

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THE ROCKABILLY ROADHOUSE

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 5:30-9PM with a free dance class offered at 6pm

Forney Transportation Museum / 4303 Brighton Blvd Denver, CO 80216. Free parking available onsite.

$20/person ($10/ea children 12 and under). Buy your tickets here!

This family-friendly event features an evening of social dancing, including performances by champion swing and jive dancers. Dress in your rockabilly best and plan to shimmy and shake, sample food and drink, style your hair at the beauty parlor and barber shop, peruse our bustling silent auction, or check out the talented artists from All Sacred Tattoo Studio as they ink up party-goers with permanent tattoos! Hosted at the historic Forney Transportation Museum, our event is smack dab in the middle of the show floor. Your ticket includes access to the museum’s impressive collection of classic cars, motorcycles, and even massive steam engines! Our most popular annual event. Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreted, and family friendly.

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SPRINGTIME IN EUROPE: PARIS & PORTUGAL - (FULL)

May 24 – June 3, 2019 | 11 days / 10 nights

Cost: $5800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Leadership Fellow Cost: $5800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

You asked, and we listened! If you’ve been dying to visit the City of Love and snap a selfie at the Eiffel Tower, now’s your chance. We fly directly from Denver to Paris, where we’ll spend a few days sampling fondue, perusing the Louvre, and diving into the bawdy history of the Moulin Rouge. Then after a short flight to Faro, Portugal, we’ll spend the remainder of our trip exploring the pristine coast of Portugal. Featuring breathtaking views of the Atlantic, dizzying cliffs, gorgeous architecture, and incredible food, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will slake your thirst for adventure, history, art, and beauty. La vie bohème can be yours! Participants must be able to carry their own travel backpacks for short periods of time and hike medium-grade inclines. Passport required.

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RAFTING AND CAMPING ALONG THE RIO CHAMA, NM - (FULL)

June 20-24, 2019 | 5 days / 4 nights

Cost: $2800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL for band members. Contact us to join the wait list!

Leadership Fellow Cost: $2200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

It’s time for an epic outdoor adventure! If you’re more of a country mouse than a city rat, join the band as we take a 3-day float down the Rio Chama in New Mexico. We’ll board our bus in Denver and head south, spending the first night in the town of Taos. Then it’s off to Abiquiú, the famed home of painter Georgia O’Keeffe, to meet our team of professional river guides. We’ll load up our rafts and push off into the swirling waters of the Rio Chama, enjoying colorful, striated sandstone canyon walls and tall pines on our leisurely float down the river. Each day we’ll stop to hike and explore the many treasures within the canyon, including hot springs, dinosaur tracks, and ruins of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings. For two nights we’ll sleep under the stars on the sandy beaches of the river. Categorized as a Class 2, this is an easy float appropriate for beginners. All gear except footwear is included. After our river run, we’ll make sure to visit the world-renowned Ojo Caliente Hot Springs before spending a final night in New Mexico – just enough time to snap up some Southwestern souvenirs and sample some proper green chili. Peace and relaxation, here we come!

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VANCOUVER, CANADA - (FULL)

July 8-13, 2019 | 6 days / 5 nights

Cost: $4200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. FULL for band members. Contact us to join the wait list!

Leadership Fellow Cost: $3200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

Oh, Canada! Vancouver is a vibrant, multicultural city nestled like a jewel between the mountains and the sea. With thriving art, music, food, and film scenes, there’s no shortage of activities day or night to enjoy in this world-class city. We’ll seek out seals in English Bay, appreciate the preeminent collection of First Nations art at the Museum of Anthropology, cycle the perimeter of Stanley Park, sip soup dumplings in Chinatown, and so much more. If you’re ready to order a double double at Tim Horton’s like a true Canuck, this might be the tour for you, eh? Passport required.

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AMTRAK TO ANN ARBOR - (FULL)

August 4-10, 2019 | 7 days / 6 nights

Cost: $3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Leadership Fellow Cost: $2800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

All aboard! Traveling by train is one of the most unforgettable ways to explore. If the low rumble of the engine, the rhythm of the wheels, and the sharp cry of the whistle make you swoon with nostalgia, then join the band for an Amtrak adventure to Ann Arbor, Michigan. We’ll dine with other travelers, turning strangers into friends, and watch the bountiful fields of the Midwest unfurl from the windows of the observation car. In Ann Arbor we’ll relish small town charm, kayak the Huron River, visit The University of Michigan, and while away our summer nights and days. Then it’s back on the train for our return journey home!

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High country Jubilee: A STATEWIDE GATHERING IN GUNNISON FOR THE Disability COMMUNITY

September 7, 2019 | 2-10pm open house

Cost: $15 suggested donation for entry, $15 meal tickets, and cash bar. Purchase tickets and access more detailed event information here.

The High Country Jubilee is a statewide gathering for members of the disability community and their friends, families, and allies. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome! Part festival, part retreat, and all fun, we invite folks from across Colorado to make the trip to Gunnison to participate.

Festivities will take place at I Bar Ranch, a beautiful venue featuring a stage for live music, open fields, a bonfire ring, plenty of free parking, and room for overnight camping. Programming begins at 2pm on Saturday, September 7, with lawn games and a marketplace featuring entrepreneurs with disabilities. Then from 4-6pm we’ll host a discussion panel led by adults with disabilities. Starting at 6pm, we’ll transition to socializing, offering dinner for purchase by the plate, a cash bar, and dancing to live bands. At the end off the night, pitch a tent with your family onsite, or reserve one of the many hotel rooms or rental houses in the area.

This is a family-friendly, build-your-own-adventure type of party: participants should plan to arrange their own transportation and accommodations for their trip to Gunnison. If you choose to camp onsite, it’s free! The venue is wheelchair accessible but does have some dirt and gravel paths. All are welcome: please feel free to bring caregivers or other support staff as needed to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. Support staff will not be available onsite.

Please visit the High Country Jubilee Event Page to purchase tickets and access more detailed event information.

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MONUMENT VALLEY & THE NAVAJO NATION - (FULL)

October 6-12, 2019 | 7 days / 6 nights

Cost: $3200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Leadership Fellow Cost: $2200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available!

Contact us to register or to request a scholarship application.

Road trip, anyone? If the HBO series Westworld wowed you with its stunning scenery, join the band as we head for the heart of Monument Valley at the Utah-Arizona border. Towering buttes and cavernous canyons grant the valley its namesake, and its iconic vistas are known the world over. By the end of our explorations we’ll have red dirt in our hair and under our nails! Along our route, we’ll visit Moab and the surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as the Four Corners area of the Navajo Nation. Our drive home will lead us through Durango and southern Colorado, ultimately culminating in a journey of more than a thousand miles. Hit the road, Jack, and let the open road unravel your worries mile by mile.

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COLORADO MOUNTAIN RETREAT: Rocky Mountain Village - (FULL)

October 24-27, 2019 | 4 days / 3 nights

Cost: $1,300

(Leadership program not offered for Mountain Retreat)

Brand new to The Wayfaring Band community? Give our style of travel a try without having to venture too far from home. Join the band for a fun and relaxing long weekend up at Rocky Mountain Village, a wheelchair accessible retreat center operated by Easter Seals and located less than an hour outside of Denver. 75% of spots for this trip are reserved for travelers new to The Wayfaring Band community. If you’ve been itching to join the band for a while, now is your chance! Wheelchair accessible.

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THE BARN RAISER: A HONKY-TONK HOEDOWN

Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 5:30-9PM

Plymouth Hall / First Plymouth Congregational Church / 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Cherry Hills, CO 80113. Free parking available onsite.

$20/person ($10/ea children 12 and under). Buy your tickets here!

Food and drink are included in entry, but bring a little pocket money to support our fundraising efforts and to take advantage of the silent auction, Mystery Mercantile, and to score some Wayfaring swag.

Bring the whole family and enjoy tangy barbecue, sudsy sarsaparilla and beer, and the honky-tonk stylings of local musicians. Tempt fate when you purchase a surprise goodie bag from our Mystery Mercantile, or score some Wayfaring swag, including trucker hats, patches, t-shirts, car decals, and fashionable bracelets with custom-made “Everybody In” charms. With dancing, shopping, eating, and drinking, there’s an option for everyone. Dress in your western best, folks, for a honky-tonk hoedown that will really spin your spurs. Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreted, and family friendly.

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NEED SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

The Wayfaring Band offers need-based scholarships to all our travelers. Please reach out to us if you require financial assistance. We are motivated to help all individuals access our services.

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