Freeman Advantage Trips

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Freeman Advantage Trips

Freeman Advantage offers many exciting travel opportunities throughout the year, including day trips, cruises, and trips abroad. Please contact the Freeman Advantage office at 417.347.5837 for more information.

To become a Freeman Advantage member, download the brochure and mail your completed membership form with a check for $20.

Day Trips

Now accepting reservations:

Dogwood Canyon – Lampe, Missouri Thursday, May 25. Experience the untouched beauty of Dogwood Canyon on a two-hour wildlife tram tour and enjoy a grilled picnic lunch on the grounds. Take a tour of the Conservation and Education Center and see a treehouse featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. On the way home, stop at Dewey Short Visitor’s Center at Table Rock Dam. Cost: $91 includes motor coach transportation, lunch, tram ride, gratuities, and all sites and attractions. Final reservation/cancellation/refund date: May 4.

Springfield Cardinals Game Friday, June 23. Watch the Springfield Cardinals take on the Arkansas Travelers. Cost: $65 includes seating in the Red Bird Roost, all-you-can-eat food and drink, transportation and gratuity. Final reservation/cancellation/refund date: June 2.

Members-Only Ice Cream Social and Car Show Tuesday June 27, Freeman Hospital East (grassy area). Join us for ice cream, good music, great friends and classic cars! Make plans now to attend this annual members-only event. Let Jamie know if you have a car you want to show!

Kansas Belle Dinner Train – Baldwin City, Kansas Thursday, June 29 (sold out). Climb aboard the Kansas Belle Dinner Train to enjoy a three-course meal, big band music and beautiful scenery on this 22-mile journey down the tracks. Cost: $114. Call Jamie to reserve space on the waiting list.

An Affair of the Heart - Tulsa, Oklahoma Friday, July 14. Shop jewelry, antiques, home decor from more than 500 vendors in one location! Cost: $38 includes transportation, gratuity and entry fee. Final reservation/refund/cancellation date: June 30.

Trip Information Meeting – Panama Canal | Iceland

Thursday, June 22, Freeman Business Center (back entrance). 

  • 5:00 pm – Panama Canal – Land Between the Seas (final reservation date: July 4)
  • 6:00 pm – Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

Panama Canal January 2018. Highlights include Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Panama Canal Cruise, Panama City, Embera Indigenous Village, Miraflores Locks, Anton Valley, Chitré, Rum Bodega and Playa Bonita Resort. Double cost: $2,999. Final reservation date: July 4.

Are You Ready for Some Football? Freeman Advantage would like to offer a day trip to a 2017 Kansas City Chiefs game. Trip to include transportation, gratuity, tailgate and tickets. Contact Freeman Advantage if interested. Estimated cost: $175. Coming fall 2017.

Freeman Advantage Day Trip and Event Policies

  • Payment required to secure space for a day trip or a local event
  • Check, cash, credit or debit card accepted
  • No cancellations after final payment/cancellation date, unless someone fills the space
  • Payment required at time of sign-up or soon after if paying by mail
  • Trip itineraries subject to change

Extended Trips

Now accepting reservations:

Mackinac Island and Chicago June 9  – 16, 2017. Interested in this exciting five-star tour? Contact Freeman Advantage to check availability.

Crystal Bridges Featuring Dale Chihuly Monday, July 31. Experience the work of artist Dale Chihuly. His large-scale glass sculptures transform the translucent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon into breathtaking works of art. Trip includes transportation, gratuity, entry to the museum, Chihuly exhibits, the Frank Loyd Wright house, meal at Eleven Restaurant and a discount in the gift shop. Cost: $75.

Ark Encounter and Ohio August 4 – 11. Visit Clabber Girl Bake Shop and Museum and Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana. Visit our nation’s largest Amish community and tour the American Whistle Corporation and Krema Nut Company in Ohio. Explore the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Submit reservation form along with $50 deposit to reserve your space. Insurance available. Make checks out to Village Tours. Final payment date: June 22.

Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, Missouri Tuesday, September 12. Grease is the word! Enjoy plaza-level seating at this timeless Broadway production of Grease. Cost: $135 includes buffet meal, transportation and gratuities. Final reservation/cancellation/refund date: August 15.

Shop ‘Til You Drop – Canton and Waco, Texas September 27 – 30. Visit Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas, Miranda Lambert’s Pink Pistol in Lindale, Texas, First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, and Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s “Merc” in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Double cost: $629 includes transportation, accommodations, six meals, gratuities and tour manager. Reservation form and $50 deposit required. Insurance available. Make checks out to Village Tours. Final payment date: August 15.

Discover Tuscany October 31 – November 8, 2017 (full), November 7 – 15 (space still available). Reserve your space for an unforgettable trip to Tuscany, Italy, November 7 – 15. Cost: $3,199 includes transfers, airfare, hotel accommodations, all sites and attractions, and 10 meals. Completed reservation form, deposit and insurance required.

A Rockin' Christmas in Nashville and Memphis December 3 – 7, 2017. Start the Christmas season in the music capital of the world! Enjoy a three-night stay at the Opryland Hotel and The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, the former home of Elvis Presley. Visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment exhibit and tour Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ two custom airplanes, Elvis Presley Automobile Museum and Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum. Double cost: $1,369 includes transportation, hotel accommodations for four nights, baggage handling, eight meals, gratuities, all sites and attractions. Complete a reservation form and submit $100 deposit to reserve your space. Final payment due September 22.

Iceland June 2018. Take a scenic cruise and experience the dazzling northern lights. Travel the Golden Circle and see the stunning Thingvellir rift valley and Gullfoss waterfall – two of Iceland’s spectacular natural wonders. Learn about one family’s struggle to live during the 2010 explosion of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Walk along black sand beaches, see the incredible wildlife and visit the Blue Lagoon. Book this trip of a lifetime now and receive $200 off regular price!


Panama "Land between the Seas" January 11 – 19, 2018. Enjoy three nights in a river-view room with a balcony and hammock. Walk through the rainforest, tour a sugarcane farm, visit an orchid nursery and travel the Chagres River in a dugout canoe. Experience old-world Panamanian culture, traditions and art, including weaving and Panama hats. We will share a meal in a local family home on one of the many stops during this tour. Double cost: $2,999.

Iceland – "Land of Fire and Ice" June 3 – 11, 2018. Travel with Freeman Advantage and see the spectacular natural wonders of Iceland.  Call Jamie for pricing and itinerary.

Trip Information Meetings – Alaska and Canada

Monday, July 10, Freeman Business Center (back entrance)

  • 5:30 pm – Alaska Land and Cruise
  • 6:30 pm – Eastern Canada in the Fall

Freeman Advantage travel policies

Please keep the following in mind when traveling with Freeman Advantage:

  • Receipt of payment secures your space. Please submit your payment as soon as possible once you've signed up. Payments can be made with cash, check or credit card. We cannot give refunds after the final payment or cancellation date.
  • If the payment/cancellation date has passed and you are interested in attending, please call the office. A waiting list is kept for those who want to attend should there be cancelations.
  • Trip itineraries are subject to change. Substitutions will be of equal or greater value.
  • Advantage trips are open to nonmembers for an additional fee of $20. This fee pays for a membership for those 50 years and over and does not apply to extended trips.

Did you know?

If you are interested in taking a group trip that Freeman Advantage is not currently offering, we can still assist you with your travel plans. Freeman Advantage is able to book any trip through Collette Vacations. You will receive the Freeman Advantage discount, and a car will pick you up at your home and deliver you home from the airport. To learn more about trip options visit, and call the Advantage office to book your trip 417.347.5837.

Freeman Advantage

Office hours:
8:30 am-4:30 pm

Contact information
Jamie Gillmore, Freeman Senior & Volunteer Services Coordinator
1001 McIntosh Circle, second floor
Joplin, MO

Mailing address
1102 West 32nd Street
Joplin, MO 64804