Highlights of Route 66

Price per person
from £2,695

Price based on
London Heathrow
14th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Take an iconic American holiday down this most famous of highways. Visit the jazz and blues clubs of Chicago, cross cowboy country in Kansas, and marvel at the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. Highlights of Route 66 is a true American adventure.

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
  • 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
Highlights of Route 66

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
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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Tour guide poor ,customer on trip complaints were high...

21st September 2017
Mr Brian Lewis

Tour guide poor ,customer on trip complaints were high never heard so many people complaining about trip , they thought we were doing the full route 66 but we kept saying it is highlights of route 66 ,tour guide was French Canadian and quite aged she was very hard to understand and lots of customer were confused with what she said , even driver looked confused with what frances was saying , travelled last year tour guide Linda was fantastic from San Francisco ,

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14th September 2017
Mr Brian Pickett

Overview

Take an iconic American holiday down this most famous of highways. Visit the jazz and blues clubs of Chicago, cross cowboy country in Kansas, and marvel at the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. Highlights of Route 66 is a true American adventure.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

No meals included

Chicago

Day
2

Home to legendary gangster Al Capone and countless jazz and blues clubs, today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the buzzing heart of the ‘Windy City’ – including the iconic sign at the official start of historic Route 66. There’s free time in the afternoon to further explore the city, perhaps by climbing the soaring Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) or stroll through Grant Park – city centrepiece and Chicago’s “front yard”.

No meals included

Chicago - Pontiac - Springfield

Day
3

Housed in an old fire station, the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac hosts a wealth of Route 66 memorabilia; signposts to your upcoming tour, including nostalgic photos and postcards from the 'Mother Road’ heyday. Journey across the farmlands of Illinois to Springfield, resting place of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Later, spend time exploring the new state-of-the-art Presidential Library and Museum, a unique museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Springfield's greatest citizen.

No meals included

Springfield - St Louis

Day
4

This morning cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St Louis, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and dubbed the 'Gateway to the West'. On the morning orientation tour, visit the towering Gateway Arch and ride to the top of the 630 feet high iconic structure for panoramic views of the city and river. Your evening is free.

No meals included

St Louis - Branson

Day
5

Travel across the grassy plains of Missouri, skirting Mark Twain National Park, to Branson, one of America's biggest music centres. This evening, why not join an optional dinner and show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Branson - Arcadia - Claremore - Oklahoma City

Day
6

Leave the Ozarks and travel through America's 'Bible Belt' into 'Cowboy Country', Oklahoma for a visit to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, which celebrates the life of American cowboy, film actor and vaudeville performer. Continue to Arcadia on historic Route 66 and visit Pops landmark diner and gas station. Later, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Oklahoma City - Elk City - Amarillo

Day
7

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing visit of Oklahoma City, the state capital of Oklahoma. Continue to Elk City and visit the National Route 66 Museum, which displays the 8 states that Route 66 passes through from Illinois to California. The rolling-hill country of Texas takes you to Amarillo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Santa Rosa - Albuquerque

Day
8

Keep an eye out for the Cadillac Ranch sculpture as you leave Amarillo, crafted from real Cadillacs, on your way from New Mexico into Texas and on to Adrian, Route 66's halfway point. Journey through the old Indian town of Tucumcari and on to Santa Rosa, with its iconic motels and drive-in grills, before a visit to the Route 66 Auto Museum with its 1950s fin-tailed vintage cars. Cross into New Mexico to visit Russell's Car Museum featuring classic cars and memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. Later, continue to Albuquerque and visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Enjoy free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Hispanic-style plaza.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Albuquerque

Day
9

Explore this atmospheric city, or seize the chance to ride the aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine-tingling views above the Domingo Baca Canyon.

No meals included

Albuquerque - Acoma Sky City - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff

Day
10

Head to Acoma Sky City, 1000 year-old home to the Acoma Pueblo Indians – the oldest continuously inhabited village in the US. Cross the Continental Divide to Gallup, the setting for many famous Hollywood films before passing Holbrook's Wigwam Village. On to Winslow, with time to explore its historic downtown district, home to 'the corner' immortalised by The Eagles in 'Take it Easy'. Continue to Flagstaff for an overnight stay.

No meals included

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon

Day
11

Today's highlight is a visit to the legendary Grand Canyon. Leaving Route 66, you'll have time to walk the canyon rim, soaking up the timeless vistas and watching the changing lights on the towering walls of this iconic natural wonder. To truly experience the Canyon's magnificence, join the optional helicopter 'flightseeing' tour with thrilling aerial panoramas. Overnight in the Grand Canyon National Park.

No meals included

Grand Canyon - Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

Day
12

Returning to Route 66, you'll pass through historic Williams, viewing the legendary neon signs of its 1940s Motel Row. Then on to Seligman, home to the rebirth of 66, before deviating from the Route for two nights in Las Vegas.

No meals included

Las Vegas

Day
13

A day to explore Nevada’s famous, glittering desert resort, otherwise known as ‘Sin City’, with its explosion of casinos, themed hotels and lavish shows. Don't miss the Fremont Street experience, where a glass atrium enclosing five city blocks comes alive with a nightly light show, encompassing the world’s largest video screen.

No meals included

Las Vegas - Barstow - Santa Monica - Los Angeles

Day
14

This morning traverse desert landscapes through the San Bernardino Mountains to Los Angeles. After stopping at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, head for Santa Monica, the end of Route 66 for picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Continue on to downtown Los Angeles for two nights.

No meals included

Los Angeles

Day
15

Explore the 'City of Angels' on your morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood and other legendary, and familiar, sights. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps shop or relax.

No meals included

Los Angeles - UK

Day
16

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

No meals included

Home landing in the UK

Day
17

No meals included

Things to note

Departure 27 September 2018
Special Departure: Highlights of Route 66 Mother Road Festival & Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Be a part of the International Route 66 Festival in 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  favourite tunes of the 50's and 60's. There are also exhibitors, vendors and dozens of speciality foods. Then be a part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! See the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours. This departure includes all the activities on our regular departures, except the visit to Acoma Sky City.
 

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Chicago: Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro (2017) / Best Western Grant Park or Hotel Indigo (2018)
  • Springfield: Wyndham Springfield City Centre
  • St Louis: Pear Tree Inn Union Station
  • Branson: Comfort Inn Thousand Hills
  • Oklahoma City: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown
  • Amarillo: Drury Inn & Suites (2017) / Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West (2018)
  • Albuquerque: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
  • Flagstaff: Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff (2017) / Days Hotel Flagstaff (2018)
  • Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon N.P Lodges (2017) / Yavapai Lodge West (2018)
  • Las Vegas: Harrah's Las Vegas (2017) / SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (2018)
  • Los Angeles: LA Hotel Downtown

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