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Route 66 - Fully Escorted Tour with Trafalgar
Route 66, The Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway America's Main Street -whatever you call it, this iconic journey from Chicago to Los Angeles is one memorable trip. On this escorted tour you'll cover 2,448 miles through eight states and three time zones. So sit back, relax, and let someone else take the wheel as you discover the very heart and soul of America.
Guided tour includes:
Return flights UK to Chicago/home from Los Angeles
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
14 nights superior accommodation with private facilities
Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
Trafalgar professional Tour Director
Welcome Drink with your Tour Director in Chicago on arrival
Chicago, Springfield and Meramec Caverns
Branson, Tulsa and Oklahoma City
Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Clinton, Amarillo and Albuquerque
Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon National Parks
Cadillac Ranch, Las Vegas and Los Angeles
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date departures for this itinerary
Free door to door UK transfer
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. With that in mind, complimentary private UK airport transfers are included with every escorted Trafalgar holiday. You will be collected from your home by a private chauffeur-driven car and taken to your departure airport. At the end of your holiday, you will be met at the airport for a relaxing journey home.
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Day 1 : Arrive Chicago
Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City. You'll transfer directly to your hotel where your Trafalgar Tour Director will greet you and be available for any questions. You'll then meet your fellow travellers that evening at a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : Chicago - St Louis - 2 nights
After an introduction to Chicago, including swish Lakeshore Drive and the Magnificent Mile, it's time for a good, old-fashioned American road trip.
Just outside Chicago, the iconic sights of Route 66 begin. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then arrive in St. Louis for two nights.
Day 3 : St Louis
Starting with amazing views from the St Louis Gatweway Arch, get ready for a taste of America's Midwest.
Take a break at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, a Route 66 favourite since 1929. Then, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery - from Clydesdale stables to tasting room. Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy barbecue sauce with a team of master barbecue chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest Barbecue Dinner, hot off the grill.
Day 4 : 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 where your are free to explore on your own.
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 humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse.
Day 6 : Oklahoma City Sigtseeing - Free Time
Get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. After lunch, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. The rest of the day is yours to explore historic Bricktown.
Day 7 : Oklahoma City - Amarillo
Continue to Clinton and visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum full of history and culture for each decade of Route 66. Cross into the Texas panhandle and Old Route 66 for some famous picture stops along the way to Amarillo.
Day 8 : Amarillo - Albuquerque
Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt. Your first stop today, the iconic Cadillac Ranch.
From there, you’ll stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of vintage motels and restaurants built between 1930-1950s are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque where you’ll don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials.
Day 9 : Albuquerque free day
This morning, wander through historic Old Town Albuquerque. Learn about the city’s history, discover interesting original adobe buildings or browse the shops full of authentic southwestern treats. The entire day is yours to explore.
Day 10 : Albuquerque - Flagstaff
Cruise through Gallup and see the historic El Rancho Hotel – 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, Arizona before arriving in Flagstaff.
Day 11 : Flagstaff - Navajo Reservation - Grand Canyon National Park
This morning travel north into the Navajo Indian Reservation. After a stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post, travel along the Grand Canyon’s scenic Desert View Drive taking in the ever-changing vistas.
Overnight inside the national park, allowing plenty of time to explore this natural wonder. For the best views of the Grand Canyon, we can arrange a plane or helicopter excursion.
Day 12 : Grand Canyon - Las Vegas
Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs - the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Then drive through Hackberry, a Route 66 ghost town along the original route.
Further ahead, Kingman is a Route 66 hotspot that has kept the old culture alive. In these desert oases, you won’t believe the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then it's full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas for two nights.
Day 13 : Las Vegas free day
The entire day is yours to gamble, shop, walk the strip or take in a show. We'll be more than happy to help you arrange any optional tours for today such as Hoover Dam.
Day 14 : Las Vegas - Los Angeles
You'll enjoy the sights of Los Angeles before arriving in Santa Monica and the end of Route 66. Celebrate this evening with a festive Farewell Dinner.
Day 15 : Depart Los Angeles
It's time to say good bye to the road as you transfer to Los Angeles International Airport for your flight home. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay after your tour and spend more time in Los Angeles or maybe fly to San Francisco for a few days.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Route 66 tour.
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