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

Price per person
from £2,846

Price based on
London Heathrow
26th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 17 days

  • USA

  • On the go pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Get your kicks on Route 66 with a legendary trip across America. From Chicago to Los Angeles, your budget-minded tour of eight states includes stays in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Your affordable holiday is just in time to attend the 18th Annual Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois. See automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts gather with hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage bikes with a salute to Route 66 and the tradition of the open road. The annual festival celebrates Route 66 (aka the Mother Road) which was called the “Main Street of America” and “Will Rogers Highway” for more than 50 years before the advent of the US Interstate system. Enjoy classic cars, live entertainment, contests and prizes, and other scheduled activities for the Route 66 and automotive enthusiast.

Visit Branson, Missouri – one of America’s most popular entertainment destinations – and opt for dinner and a show. Then just outside of Amarillo, Texas, see the famous Cadillac Ranch.

You’ll attend the amazing Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and see hundreds of hot-air balloons fill the sky with a multi-coloured display. Seize the chance to shop for artisan jewellery made by local craftsmen.

Your budget travel plans include an exciting detour from Route 66 with a night in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as a stop in Las Vegas with the option to relax by the pool, explore the Vegas Strip, or raft on the Colorado River. In Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy a tour of Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.

Discover vintage Americana, wide open spaces, and national treasures on your budget travel holiday across the USA.

At a glance

Chicago Sightseeing

Pontiac Visit Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Springfield Visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum; International Route 66 Festival

St. Louis Orientation tour; visit the Gateway Arch National Park

Oklahoma City Sightseeing

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch

Albuquerque Visit Old Town and experience the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing

Williams Historic Route 66

Barstow Visit Barstow Route 66 Museum

Las Vegas Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”

Los Angeles Sightseeing

Santa Monica Sightseeing; ending point of Historic Route 66

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant Holiday. Tour Director amazing....

18th October 2018
Mr John Brittain

Brilliant Holiday. Tour Director amazing.

Good group of people. Interesting trip. Highlight was...

17th October 2018
Trusted Customer

Good group of people. Interesting trip. Highlight was Hot Air Balloon fiesta in Albuquerque.

Overview

Get your kicks on Route 66 with a legendary trip across America. From Chicago to Los Angeles, your budget-minded tour of eight states includes stays in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

Your affordable holiday is just in time to attend the 18th Annual Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois. See automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts gather with hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage bikes with a salute to Route 66 and the tradition of the open road. The annual festival celebrates Route 66 (aka the Mother Road) which was called the “Main Street of America” and “Will Rogers Highway” for more than 50 years before the advent of the US Interstate system. Enjoy classic cars, live entertainment, contests and prizes, and other scheduled activities for the Route 66 and automotive enthusiast.

Visit Branson, Missouri – one of America’s most popular entertainment destinations – and opt for dinner and a show. Then just outside of Amarillo, Texas, see the famous Cadillac Ranch.

You’ll attend the amazing Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and see hundreds of hot-air balloons fill the sky with a multi-coloured display. Seize the chance to shop for artisan jewellery made by local craftsmen.

Your budget travel plans include an exciting detour from Route 66 with a night in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as a stop in Las Vegas with the option to relax by the pool, explore the Vegas Strip, or raft on the Colorado River. In Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy a tour of Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.

Discover vintage Americana, wide open spaces, and national treasures on your budget travel holiday across the USA.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.

Chicago

Day
2

Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, 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.

Chicago - Pontiac - Springfield

Day
3

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 favourite tunes of the 50s and 60s. There are also various exhibitors, vendors, and dozens of specialty food stalls

Springfield - St. Louis

Day
4

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

St. Louis - Branson

Day
5

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:

  • Continental Breakfast

Branson - Arcadia - Oklahoma City

Day
6

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. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit POPS landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Oklahoma City - Elk City - Amarillo

Day
7

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—from Illinois all the way to California. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner of juicy Texas steak, served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Albuquerque

Day
8

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. 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 travellers of Route 66 since 1939. 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:

  • Continental Breakfast

Albuquerque

Day
9

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or sunbathe in the New Mexico sunshine. 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 jewellry

Albuquerque - Gallup - Winslow - Williams

Day
10

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 colours. 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 long time Hollywood connection. From Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequalled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66.

Williams. Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park

Day
11

Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Wander along the canyon rim for breath-taking views and wildlife. Elk are frequently spotted grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour? Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana-style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s, and home of Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, featuring highway memorabilia. Be sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.”

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

Day
12

Depart Williams for Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Las Vegas

Day
13

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’s 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.

Las Vegas - Barstow - Los Angeles

Day
14

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

Los Angeles

Day
15

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.

Los Angeles

Day
16

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further. Your Tour Director will have suggestions.

Home landing in the UK

Day
17

Things to note

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.

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.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Chicago - Inn of Chicago

The Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile is a contemporary, modern destination hotel for leisure and business travellers alike, leaving no detail of amenity, service or comfort overlooked.

  • Location

    162 East Ohio Street, Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Springfield - State House Inn

Within walking distance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the State House Inn is located in the heart of downtown and in close proximity to many local attractions. The stylish guest rooms feature boutique-style decorations. A coffee maker, microwave, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and expanded cable television are included in all rooms, along with other full-service offerings.

  • Location

    101 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

St. Louis - Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center

Drury Hotels carefully renovated the Union Market building in 1990, adding two additional stories for guest rooms. Built in 1925, original features were preserved in the hotel lobby and mezzanine meeting level.

  • Location

    711 North Broadway, Downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Branson - Comfort Inn Thousand Hills

Modern Motor Inn situated in the music show area, convenient to Grand Palace, Andy Williams & Bobby Vinton Theaters.

  • Location

    203 S Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO 65616, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Oklahoma - Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

The Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Bricktown Entertainment District. Guestrooms are equipped with signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, single-serve coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee, and cable TV.

  • Location

    1 North Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Amarillo - Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West

Situated near Westgate Mall our hotel offers an ideal home base for touring the area. Feel rejuvenated in our heated pool, whirlpool tub or fitness centre, and then settle into your room to enjoy free Internet and a 40-inch LCD TV.

  • Location

    2000 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Albuquerque - Best Western Plus Rio Grande Albuquerque

Set in the heart of Albuquerque, the Best Western Rio Grande is close to many area attractions, including the zoo, botanic gardens, and turquoise museum to name a few. The hotel has an on site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The hotel also has a relaxing outdoor pool to cool off in.

  • Location

    1015 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA 

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Williams - La Quinta Inn & Suites - Grand Canyon area

Nestled in breathtaking views of the pines, this hotel features comfortable guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness centre.

  • Location

    1100 Cataract Lake Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, United States

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

SLS Las Vegas features over 1,300 guestrooms in two distinct hotel towers—Story and World™—each with a unique personality, designed to offer contemporary and stylish settings for an amazing Las Vegas resort getaway! The hotel features multiple restaurants, casino, outdoor pool, a spa and shopping.

  • Location

    2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Los Angeles - LA Grand Hotel Downtown

The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial, entertainment and theatre district of downtown Los Angeles, is a 14-story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium.

  • Location

    333 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool