Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Discover all America
Tour Region: Across all USA, Great Lakes Region, Midwest and Great Plains Region, Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska), Southwest Region
Tour InformationThe Route 66 tour begins in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles.
It's all about the journey as we hit this famous highway from Chicago to L.A. Known as the Main Street of America, the stops on this ‘bucket list' experience reveal classic Americana. You'll enjoy Insider moments like racing to make the best barbecue sauce from the spices on your picnic table with real barbecue championship winners. A true American ‘pit master' serves downhome dishes, from pulled pork to St Louis-style ribs. And it's meeting first responders and survivors from the 1995 Oklahoma tragedy, who recount stories of that fateful day.
Sep 25 and Oct 1 Departures - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: be part of the greatest show in the air joining this special departure to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque.
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Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. Get settled in at your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
CHICAGO - SPRINGFIELD - ST. LOUIS
After an introduction to the Windy City, including elegant Lakeshore Drive and the Magnificent Mile, hit the road for a good, old-fashioned American road trip. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum. Roll on to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.
ST. LOUIS SIGHTSEEING
Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery—from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room—where you enjoy a sample of this Cultural Insight. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master BBQ chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill.
ST LOUIS - MERAMEC CAVERNS - BRANSON
Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Go underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James, for a glimpse of some outstanding subterranean formations. Then it's onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson. Explore on your own.
BRANSON - WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL - OKLAHOMA CITY
Roll into eastern Oklahoma via an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse.
OKLAHOMA CITY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. Later, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. Get a Cultural Insight into the events of that infamous day through the eyes of someone who experienced it as they recount stories from the tragic event. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
OKLAHOMA CITY - ROUTE 66 MUSEUM - AMARILLO
In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Crossing into the Texas Panhandle, return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping in Amarillo, the “yellow rose of Texas”.
AMARILLO - ALBUQUERQUE
Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside Amarillo. Stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque where the spirit of Route 66 still thrives. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials.
ALBUQUERQUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
While Albuquerque didn't boom until the creation of Route 66, the city existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own.
ALBUQUERQUE - FLAGSTAFF
Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the history of Route 66 on the main drag. See the historic El Rancho Hotel, which served as a home base to the movie stars who came to the desert for their films. Crossing into Arizona, watch the sun play over the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow before arriving in Flagstaff with its quaint downtown and pine-forested hills.
FLAGSTAFF - CAMERON TRADING POST - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
As the morning sun gilds the desert landscape, visit the traditional land of the Navajo people. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Spend the night inside the park, allowing time to explore this natural wonder.
GRAND CANYON - SELIGMAN - KINGMAN - LAS VEGAS
Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Then drive through Hackberry, a Route 66 ghost town along the original route. Further ahead, stop in Kingman, a Route 66 hotspot that has kept the old culture alive. Driving the Mother Road in these desert oases is like time travelling to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then it's full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas to enjoy some free time.
LAS VEGAS FREE TIME
A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer; hit the casinos, do some shopping, take in a show. Perhaps take an optional to the Hoover Dam.
LAS VEGAS - HOLLYWOOD - LOS ANGELES
Upon arrival in Los Angeles today, see the sights, including Grauman's Chinese Theater, and the place where the road comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner.
DEPART LOS ANGELES
Say goodbye to the road and take flight after a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Millennium Biltmore.
Prices, Dates and Conditions
|DEPARTURES 2015||DEPARTURES 2016||PRICE FROM|
|MAY 16, 23||MAY 15, 22||2511|
|JUNE 13||JUNE 12||2511|
|JULY 18||JULY 17, 31||2511|
|AUG 1, 15||-||2511|
|SEP 12, 19||SEP 11, 18||2511|
|SEP 26 (BALOON FIESTA)||SEP 25 (BALOON FIESTA)||2600|
|OCT 3 (BALOON FIESTA)||OCT 1 (BALOON FIESTA)||2600|
YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)
- City tour of Chicago and Los Angeles
- Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, Meramec Caverns, Branson, Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Tulsa, Clinton, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas
- View the outdoor installations at Cadillac Ranch and the Petrified Forest National Park
- 14 full breakfasts
- 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
- Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
- Be My Guest of traditional American barbecue
- Cultural Insights: sample beer from the Anheuser-Busch brewery and hearing stories from the tragic Oklahoma City bombing
- Authentic Accommodation: Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA Stay at a historic Authentic Accommodation, which has been the filming location for numerous award-winning feature films, television shows, cable specials and commercials
- Authentic Accommodation: The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA The nation’s oldest continuously operating hotel, an Authentic Accommodation, hosts you along with entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, who were guests when the hotel was an entertainment epicentre in the mid 1900s
|1||Chicago||The Palmer House Hilton|
|2-3||St Louis||Omni Majestic|
|5-6||Oklahoma City||Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown|
|7||Amarillo||Holiday Inn West|
|8-9||Albuquerque||Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown|
|11||Grand Canyon||National Park Lodges|
|12-13||Las Vegas||Paris Las Vegas|
|14||Los Angeles||The Millennium Biltmore|
PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: Chicago, The Palmer House Hilton
POST: Los Angeles, The Millennium Biltmore
SEP 25 AND OCT 1 DEPARTURES WITH ALBUQUERQUE BALOON FIESTA
Description of Day 9 - ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA
Rise early to watch the greatest show in the air. Gaze in wonder as hundreds of brightly coloured hot air balloons rise into the clear blue autumn sky. You'll enjoy this once and a lifetime experience in the exclusive Chasers' Club featuring guaranteed private seating, deluxe views of the launch and hot food. Gather again this evening for the spectacular Balloon Glow where the balloons light their burners in unison to illuminate the night sky. Conclude your day with a bang at the After Glow fireworks show.