Route 66

General Store, Route 66
15 Days from $3,375 per person

It's all about the journey as we hit this famous highway from Chicago to L.A. Known as the Main Street of America, the stops on this ‘bucket list' experience reveal classic Americana.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... racing to make the best barbecue sauce from the spices on your picnic table with real barbecue championship winners. A true American ‘pit master' serves down-home dishes, from pulled pork to St Louis-style ribs.

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  1. Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. Get settled in at your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:The Palmer House Hilton Authentic Accommodations
  2. 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. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum. Roll on to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.
    hotel:Omni Majestic
  3. Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience another American favorite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery—from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room—where you enjoy a sample of this Cultural Insight. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master barbecue chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill.
    meal(s):FB, BG
  4. Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge. 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 on your own.
    hotel:Radisson Branson
  5. Roll into eastern Oklahoma via an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse.
    meal(s):FB, RM
    hotel:Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown
  6. Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honoring the 1995 bombing victims. Then, get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
  7. 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 in Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas".
    hotel:Vacation Inn West
  8. Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside of Amarillo. Stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque where the spirit of Route 66 still thrives. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
  9. While Albuquerque didn't boom until the creation of Route 66, the city has existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own.
  10. 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.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:DoubleTree Flagstaff
  11. 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 time to explore this natural wonder.
    hotel:National Park Lodges
  12. Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Drive through Hackberry, a Route 66 ghost town along the original route. Further ahead, stop in Kingman, a Route 66 hotspot that has 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 to enjoy some free time.
    hotel:Paris Las Vegas
  13. A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer; hit the casinos, do some shopping, take in a show. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Hoover Dam.
  14. Upon arrival in Los Angeles today, see the place where the route comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):FB, FD
    hotel:Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodations
  15. Say goodbye to the road and take flight after a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Millennium Biltmore.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

14 nights' accommodations, 14 full breakfasts, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Sample beer from the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy in a traditional, award-winning American barbecue meal.

Authentic Accommodations

  • at the Palmer House in Chicago and Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Chicago
  • Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, Meramec Caverns, Branson, Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Tulsa, Clinton, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas and Los Angeles
  • View the outdoor installations at Cadillac Ranch and the Petrified Forest National Park
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
14 May 17 28 May 17 $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp
21 May 17 4 Jun 17 $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp
18 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 checkmark $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp
2 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp
10 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp
17 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $3,750$3,375pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,750 $3,375 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedRoute 66 with Balloon Fiesta Option: These departures include admission to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,375.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $158 per person.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Route 66 Vacation
Service rating : This is my third GET trip. All three trips have had great guides and venues.
Product : Gr trip, tour guide and driver.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Route 66 Vacation
Service rating : The coach, driver, hotels, meals, sights were excellent. However, I wish we had been taken to nice restaurants for reserved lunches, as in past trips, rather than being dropped off so frequently at a Walmart or a McDonald's to purchase a sandwich.
Product : This was a great nostalgic tour but, we had a new travel guide who was very inexperienced. This was his first trip and he left much to be desired. He left a group of us waiting for 45 min. past his quoted pick up time, in the 100 degree temps at the Grand Canyon, while he stopped for an unscheduled photo opt with other passengers, he got a good amount of information he gave us incorrect such as names, processes, state info etc., he gave out the Trafalger travel bags on the last day rather than at the beginning of the tour, after passengers had already purchased bags, he gave out two small metered treats the whole trip, the gift for frequent travelers was a small credit card holder (one to a couple), and he left for the airport and his flight home before any of the rest of us had left. I feel the guide should be with the group til the end to handle all details. His tour mantra was that he was making decisions for the benefit of the group as a whole, but it was clear his decisions were made to benefit he and the driver mostly, for which he was called on at times by several of the passengers, as our time at certain sights was short and at others exceedingly long. The sights visited were good, but some that we had visited in the past on our own, like downtown Williams, Az. and other places, were skipped. We understand time restraints, and having to please 40 folks, but this trip should have included all of Route 66 sights still preserved, since that was the purpose of the trip. All in all it was an interesting trip, just a little frustrating for seasoned travelers who are used to being treated as such and escorted by a seasoned guide.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Route 66 Vacation
Service rating : great trip
Product : great trip

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