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Route 66

 

 

14 days from $3,250

Take a ride down historic Route 66 beginning at the lakefront city of Chicago. Get a taste of the Old West in Oklahoma City, kick up your heels in Albuquerque and indulge in all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Hollywood. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon and take in all the scenic vistas along the way.

Sunset at Grand Canyon

 

 

    • Hotel accommodations for 13 nights
    • 19 meals

    Sightseeing per itinerary

    Transportation bby deluxe motorcoach

    Services of a professional tour manager

 

Day 1 – Chicago, the Windy City
Welcome to the starting point of Route 66! Get settled in at The Palmer House, an Authentic Accommodation, and the nation's oldest continually operating hotel. Hosting entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, this elegant hotel became an epicenter for entertainment in the early 1900s. Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds, relaxing from your travels or head outdoors to get acquainted with the city of Chicago. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2 – Route 66 to Springfield
After an introduction to the Windy City, including elegant Lakeshore Drive and the Magnificent Mile, hit the road for a good, old-fashioned American road trip. Just outside Chicago, see several of Route 66’s original gas stations. Explore the history and cultural impact of America’s Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Roll on southwest to Springfield, where you visit the last resting place of Abraham Lincoln. (B)

Day 3 – St. Louis
Get ready for a real taste of America's Midwest today, starting with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Head to "The Hill" and learn about St. Ambrose Church, the history of the Italian Immigrants and why they came and stayed in St. Louis. This Unique Insight introduces you to wonderful Italian markets and the ancient game of Bocce. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery—from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room—and enjoy a taste of this Local Speciality as well. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master BBQ chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill.(B,D)

Day 4 – Branson
Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge, named for the rocks that made crossing the river so rough before the bridge was built in the 1960s. As you near the middle, keep your eyes peeled for the bridge's most notable feature, a 22-degree bend. 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. Explore Branson Landing, a shopping, dining and entertainment hub on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Tonight, perhaps get your kicks at an optional dinner show. (B)

Day 5 – Joplin / Oklahoma City
Roll on through historic Joplin, Missouri right into Oklahoma to visit the opulent Coleman Theatre. In Eastern Oklahoma, an especially scenic part of the Mother Road, Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway; stop to visit a museum dedicated to this famous American humorist who once said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Tonight, enjoy dinner in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown. (B, D)

Day 6 – Oklahoma City Sightseeing
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, honoring the 1995 bombing victims. The rest of the day is yours to explore historic Bricktown. (B)

Day 7 – Clinton / Amarillo
In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Crossing into the Texas Panhandle, return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping at Amarillo, the “yellow rose of Texas.” (B)

Day 8 – Albuquerque
Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside Amarillo. Travel on to Albuquerque where the spirit of Route 66 still thrives; tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials that have hardly changed since the heyday of the “Main Street of America.” (B, D)

Day 9 – Albuquerque Sightseeing
While Albuquerque didn’t boom until the coming of Route 66, the city has been here for more than 300 years. Take a tour of the Old Town and old adobes and enjoy some leisure time to explore on your own. Visit one of the many museums, relax in a cafe or perhaps opt to visit southwestern arts-filled Santa Fe. (B)

Day 10 – Petrified Forest National Park
Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the history of Route 66 on the main drag. See the Historic El Rancho hotel, which served as 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 colors of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow before arriving in Flagstaff with its quaint downtown and pine-forested hills. (B, D)

Day 11 – Grand Canyon National Park
As the morning sun gilds the desert landscape, visit the traditional land of the Navajo people. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Spend the night inside the park, allowing plenty of time to explore this natural world wonder. For more stunning views, take an optional plane or helicopter trip to see the canyon from the sky. (B)

Day 12 – Las Vegas
Hit the road again, breaking in Seligman and Kingman, Route 66 hotspots that have kept the old culture alive. Driving the Mother Road in these desert oases is like time traveling to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then, it’s full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas. The afternoon and evening are yours to hit the Strip, catch a show or try your luck at the slots. (B)

Day 13 – Los Angeles
Travel from the City of Broken Dreams to the City of Angels today, with one last jaunt on Route 66 near the town of Barstow. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, see the sights, including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard and the place where the road comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner.(B, D)

Day 14 – Tour Conclusion
Say good-bye to the road and take flight. A complimentary transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport. (B)


 

Chicago: The Palmer House Hilton
Springfield: Hilton Springfield
St. Louis: Omni Majestic Hotel
Branson: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Oklahoma City: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Oklahoma City
Amarillo: The Ambassador Hotel
Albuquerque: Albuquerque Marriott
Flagstaff: Radisson Woodlands Hotel
Grand Canyon National Park: National Park Lodges
Las Vegas: Paris Las Vegas
Los Angeles: Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
May 17, 2014 $3,250    
May 24, 2014 $3,250    
June 14, 2014 $3,250    
June 21, 2014 $3,250    
July 12, 2014 $3,250    
July 19, 2014 $3,250    
August 2, 2014 $3,250    
August 16, 2014 $3,250    
September 6, 2014 $3,250    
September 13, 2014 $3,250    
September 20, 2014 $3,250    

 

Additional Information

 

Prices are land-only, per person.
CB = Continental Breakfast, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner