Highlights of Route 66 - Mother Road & Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Special Departure

  • 17 Days

  • USA

  • Active pace

This special departure includes Springfield's International Route 66 Festival with hot cars, cool trucks, vintage motorcycles, live entertainment and speciality foods and later on in your tour the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 27th September 2018

Meals included: 5 breakfasts,

Overview

Once the route of pioneers' wagons, America's historic and colourful Route 66 beckons on this mesmerising road trip. This highlights of Route 66 starts in Chicago, you'll experience rugged deserts, cowboy towns and the thrills of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as you follow 'America's Main Street' to its end in Santa Monica. Come join us on our special departure and be a part of the International Route 66 Festival in beautiful historic Springfield, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R&B, Motown and your favourite tunes of the 50's and 60's. There are also exhibitors, vendors and dozens of speciality foods. Spend the day and evening in Springfield so you can be part of all the action. In Albuquerque, you'll be part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! Enjoy the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours. Maximum elevation on this tour is 7,262 ft.

At a glance

  • Chicago City sightseeing
  • Springfield Route 66 Museum, Abraham Lincoln's Presidential Museum
  • St Louis City sightseeing
  • Branson
  • Oklahoma City National Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Amarillo
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
  • Santa Rosa Route 66 Auto Museum
  • Albuquerque City sightseeing
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Barstow Route 66 Museum
  • Los Angeles City sightseeing.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Los Angeles

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

Depart UK

Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Chicago

Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to America’s tallest building, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. Get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour that includes the sign marking the start of historic Route 66. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile, or stroll along Navy Pier.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Chicago - Springfield

This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and enjoy the nostalgic photos and postcards from the “Mother Road’s” heyday. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The evening is yours to enjoy the International Route 66 Festival, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool tracks and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R&B, Motown and everyone's favorite tunes of the 50s and 60s. There are also various exhibitors, vendors, and dozens of specialty food stalls.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Springfield - St. Louis

Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering Gateway Arch. Ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

St Louis - Branson

Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centres. Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson’s top shows.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Branson - Claremore - Arcadia - Oklahoma City

This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. Stop in Claremore to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Born on a sprawling frontier ranch in Oklahoma, Will Rogers was an Indian, a cowboy, a movie and Broadway star, a writer, a speaker, a comedian and a world figure. View his collection of saddles, photos, and manuscripts that reflect on his incredible life. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit Pops landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Oklahoma City - Elk City - Amarillo

Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the National Route 66 Museum and take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through. Illinois all the way to California. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Why not get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner of juicy Texas steak, served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Santa Rosa - Albuquerque

On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Across the New Mexico border, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia that takes you back to the heyday of Route 66. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers of Route 66 since 1939. Continue along old Route 66 west to Santa Rosa. Look for the signs of the good ol’ days: Comet Drive-In, Silver Moon, Sun and Sand and the still-grinning faces of Fat Man billboards outside of town. Next, visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Afterward, there’s free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Spanish-style plaza.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Albuquerque

This morning, is at leisure so consider a short walk to Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Hone your bargaining skills with the local craftsmen who line the square to sell their lovely silver and turquoise jewelry. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff

This morning, stand in awe as you experience the pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors. What began as a gathering of 13 balloons 35 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. Tonight is in Flagstaff, nestled at the base of the San Francisco Mountains.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams

Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Parks. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

Leave historic Williams, which is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. Make sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Later today, visit Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Las Vegas

A day at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venice canal, or see man-eating sharks up close, it is all possible in Las Vegas. Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River. This evening, perhaps join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Las Vegas - Barstow - Los Angeles

Today, depart the man-made phenomenon of Las Vegas and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en-route to Los Angeles. Visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.”

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Los Angeles - Santa Monica - Los Angeles

Savour the exciting “City of Angels” on our morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is yours to perhaps shop for souvenirs or relax by the pool.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Los Angeles - UK.

Transfer to Los Angeles airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Chicago: Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare
  • Springfield: State House Inn
  • St Louis: Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Branson: Comfort Inn Thousand Hills
  • Oklahoma City: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
  • Amarillo: Country Inn & Suites
  • Albuquerque: Best Western Rio Grande Inn
  • Flagstaff: Days Hotel
  • Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
  • Las Vegas: SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Los Angeles: LA Hotel Downtown

Notes

Once the route of pioneers' wagons, America's historic and colourful Route 66 beckons on this mesmerising road trip. This highlights of Route 66 starts in Chicago, you'll experience rugged deserts, cowboy towns and the thrills of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as you follow 'America's Main Street' to its end in Santa Monica. Come join us on our special departure and be a part of the International Route 66 Festival in beautiful historic Springfield, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R&B, Motown and your favourite tunes of the 50's and 60's. There are also exhibitors, vendors and dozens of speciality foods. Spend the day and evening in Springfield so you can be part of all the action. In Albuquerque, you'll be part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! Enjoy the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours. Maximum elevation on this tour is 7,262 ft.

Accommodation as stated or similar

On this special departure, we will not be able to visit Acoma Sky City. The Puebla is closed to the public for special ceremonies being held at this time.

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