Famous Route 66

Chicago to Los Angeles

Route 66

PREMIUM ESCORTED COACH TOUR

CHICAGO | ST LOUIS | BRANSON | OKLAHOMA | AMARILLO | ALBUQUERQUE | FLAGSTAFF | GRAND CANYON | LAS VEGAS | LOS ANGELES

Buckle up for an American road trip you’ll never forget, tracing the famed Route 66 from Chicago to the City of Angels. From the world’s tallest arch to high living in a desert oasis, tune in to the wild and welcoming spirit of The Main Street of America.

15 Days
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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Chicago

    Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. Get settled in at your hotel. This evening gather at the hotel with your travel director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: The Palmer House Hilton

  2. Day 2

    Chicago – 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. Here you’ll find thousands of artefacts and memoriabilia related to Route 66, as well as a great photo opportunity with the largest Route 66 shield mural, painted on the museum’s back wall. Roll on to  Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Holiday Inn St. Louis

  3. Day 3

    St. Louis

    Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Discover magnificent views from the top of the arch - an iconic monument symbolizing the city’s role as early settlers pioneered westward years ago. See both the history and culture surrounding the city—from 630 feet high in this architectural wonder. Afterward, experience a Cultural Insight with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. You will realize the vision that became one of the largest and oldest breweries in the nation. From the history-rich architecture - including three National Historic Landmarks - to cutting-edge brewing technology, you will witness
    first-hand the heritage and timeless tradition Anheuser-Busch employs to brew beer. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

  4. Day 4

    St. Louis - Branson

    Begin your day by going underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James. Then it’s onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson to explore on your own. There is an adventure awaiting everyone in Branson; from outdoor fun to amazing live entertainment, there’s no shortage of great things to do.

    Hotel: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

  5. Day 5

    Branson – 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 humorist. Learn about how he was a #1 radio personality, #1 at the movie box office; he was the nations #1 most sought after public speaker and the #1 most read newspaper columnist. Tonight, enjoy a regional meal.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown

  6. Day 6

    Oklahoma City

    Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. America’s West, with its unique blend of cultures, open terrains, and awesome vistas, is a source of inspiration around the world. You’ll visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where you’re invited to experience the West as the musuem explore it through its people, places, and history. The dramatic story of the West led to the establishment of the National Cowboy & Western
    Heritage Museum, and they are committed to bringing those stories to you. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

     

  7. Day 7

    Oklahoma City - Amarillo

    It’s back on the mother road today and first stop is at Clinton to 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 is a unique and history-rich area located where the southern plains meet the desert. Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle area are a unique blend of two American eras; working western ranches and a vibrant twenty-first century economy- making Amarillo the perfect mix of old and new Texas traditions.

    Hotel: Embassy Suites Downtown

  8. Day 8

    Amarillo – Albuquerque

    Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco who wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals - they did just that! 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 blueplate specials.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Albuquerque at Old Town

  9. Day 9

    Alberquerque

    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.

  10. Day 10

    Albuquerque – Flagstaff

    Drive 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.

    Hotel: Doubletree Flagstaff

  11. Day 11

    Flagstaff – 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. With its ever-changing and dramatic scenery of enormous proportions, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its pine and fir forests, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, the Colorado River and waterfalls breathtakingly combine to form one of Earth’s greatest landmarks. The only one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World to
    be located in North America, more than 4,000,000 people visit the canyon each year, making it the most visited national park in the United States. Spend the night inside the park, allowing time to explore this natural wonder.

    Hotel: National Park Lodges

  12. Day 12

    Grand Canyon – 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 on to glittering Las Vegas to enjoy some free time.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Tropicana Las Vegas

  13. Day 13

    Las Vegas

    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 trip to the Hoover Dam.

  14. Day 14

    Las Vegas - Los Angeles

    Leaving the glitz of Las Vegas behind, head across the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. See the sights, including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 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.

    Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott

  15. Day 15

    Los Angeles Departure

    Say goodbye to the road and take flight after a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport, or you may wish to extend your stay in Los Angeles at The Millennium Biltmore.

     

Trafalgar Tours - Route 66

May 06, 13, 27

Jun 10

Jul 01

Sep 29

Oct 06

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 19 meals including 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Visit Anheuser-Busch Brewery
  • Orientation of Chicago
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Route 66 Association Hall of Fame
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Baggage handling – 1 bag per person
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Airport transfers on days 1 & 15
  • Audio headsets for guided visits and included sightseeing

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