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

Price per person
from £2,663

Price based on
London Heathrow
27th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • USA

  • Active pace

  • Tour

This special departure includes the magnificent mass annual ascension of hot air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

At a glance


  • Chicago Explore the heart of the 'Windy City' - once home to legendary gangster Al Capone.
  • Amarillo to Albuquerque Enter the dusty heart of Route 66 with its iconic motels and drive-in grills, and witness the spectacular dawn ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
  • Las Vegas Take in a lavish show in this glittering, blinking 'City of Sin'.
  • Los Angeles Hit the city heights of Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and Hollywood.

What's included

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

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

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.

Overview

This special departure includes the magnificent mass annual ascension of hot air balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

Your tour starts today.

Chicago

Day
2

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.

Chicago - 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.

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. Ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

St Louis - Springfield - Branson

Day
5

Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, stopping in Springfield, at the Route 66 Car Museum. Visit the museum and walk through history while enjoying a large collection of over 60 American and European automobiles located on Historic Route 66. 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

Branson - Claremore - 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. 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

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:

  • Breakfast

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Santa Rosa - Albuquerque

Day
8

On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillac’s. 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 travellers 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

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 jewellery.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff

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. Tonight is in Flagstaff, nestled at the base of the San Francisco Mountains.

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams

Day
11

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

Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

Day
12

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.

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. This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

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 en-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 - Santa Monica - 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 - Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Your tour ends today.

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.

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.

Hotels

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

Chicago area - Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare

This relaxing hotel offers rooms that feature a flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, plus high-pressure showerheads in the bathrooms.

  • Location

    5615 N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60631, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Springfield - State House Inn

All of elegent rooms are individually decorated in an eclectic style offering a unique style and approach.This hotel also offersfree WiFi, TVs, coffee makers and microwaves.

  • Location

    101 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Fitness Centre

St Louis - Pear Tree Inn Union Station

Relax in the onsite hot tub or spend time in the indoor heated pool. Enjoy relaxing in your room with a flat screen TV as well as free toiletries and WIFI available.

  • Location

    2211 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • WiFi available
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Hot tub

These rooms include Free WiFi and have en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves.

  • Location

    203 Wildwood Dr S, Branson, MO 65616, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Oklahoma - Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

This modern hotel offers free WiFi and flat-screen TVs are offered in all of the contemporary rooms, as well as coffeemakers. Some suites add sitting areas, dining rooms, wet bars and Jacuzzi tubs.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

This relaxing hotel features free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, you are never to far away from your home comforts in this hote.

  • Location

    2000 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Albuquerque - Crown Plaza

Looking over mountain and city views. This hotel offers everything from free wifi and flat screen TVs to baclonies this hotel has lots to explore.

  • Location

    1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Flagstaff - Days Hotel

Just off the histroically famous route 66. This hotel is is a prime location. This hotel offers free WiFi, TVs, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers.

  • Location

    2200 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Williams - Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Designed to resemble a century-old train station, this hotel adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway depot is 1 block from downtown Williams and Route 66.

  • Location

    233 North Grand Canyon, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restraunt and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Los Angeles - LA Hotel Downtown

The amazing sky scraper looking over Los Angeles as the hotel offers 360 degrees over the whole of Los Angeles has sleek rooms that feature flat-screen TVs that can help you relax.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

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