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Route 66

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General Store, Route 66
Tour Style: First Class
15 Days from $3,416 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.
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    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, where you learn to mix up your own dry rub and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest barbecue dinner. 

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    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.
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  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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  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".
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    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.
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    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.
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  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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  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.
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    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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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 Availability Price
6 May 18 20 May 18 $3,795$3,416pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
13 May 18 27 May 18 $3,895$3,506pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
27 May 18 10 Jun 18 checkmark $3,895$3,506pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
10 Jun 18 24 Jun 18 $3,995$3,596pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
1 Jul 18 15 Jul 18 checkmark $3,895$3,506pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
29 Sep 18 13 Oct 18 checkmark $3,995$3,596pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now
6 Oct 18 20 Oct 18 $3,995$3,596pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote Book Now

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.

Reviews

Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Service rating : I've done two Grand European trips The one to Europe was not so good. Tour directors make a big difference.
Vacation : Austin Coop did an excellent job as tour director for Rt. 66
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Service rating : We had the most knowledgeable and effective guide, providing us with a memorable experience. He delivered background information, music to accompany our ride, and kept us on schedule. He even added a few extra stops if we were running ahead of schedule.
Vacation : Rt 66 vacation was even better than we could have anticipated. It was jam-packed with stops at iconic sights including restored gas stations, motels, and diners. Also included were a variety of museums.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Albuquerque

Full Day Excursion to Santa Fe

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $30.00

Take a leisurely drive to spend the day in charming Santa Fe, dubbed the “City Different” and the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City in 2005. Situated at 7,200 feet (2,195 meters) in the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe was founded in 1610, making it the second oldest city as well as the highest and oldest capital in the U.S. Long a center for arts and culture, it ranks as the U.S.’s third largest art market and is home to more than a dozen major museums. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing trolley tour of the city’s plaza, art galleries along Canyon Road, and historic landmarks. Then, you’ll have some time at leisure to enjoy lunch on your own, visit the famous Loreto Chapel.

Branson

Branson Showboat and Dinner

Adult Price: $67.00 | Child Price: $67.00

Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Showboat Branson Belle evokes the spirit of a bygone era when river boat adventure, glamorous travel and dazzling entertainment converged into what we remember as Those Grand Old Showboatin’ Days! See gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake when you take a lake cruise aboard the magnificent Showboat Branson Belle! Stroll the three decks, and enjoy panoramic views of the lush Ozark Mountains across the turquoise waters of Table Rock Lake. During your 2-hour lake cruise, experience fabulous Branson dining and the best in Branson shows. Your 2-hour cruise on magnificent Table Rock Lake, Missouri includes a delicious 3-course meal freshly prepared in the ship's galley and the Show – Celebrate, featuring music, comedy, magic and more. This is one of the most fun things to do at Table Rock Lake, so don’t miss the boat! 

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

Adult Price: $199.00 | Child Price: $179.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $219.00 | Child Price: $199.00

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions April 1 - October 15

Grand Canyon

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Adult Price: $299.00 | Child Price: $279.00

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Grand Canyon

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

Adult Price: $159.00 | Child Price: $99.00

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sights & Lights

Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $25.00

Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the next. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises!

Las Vegas

Vegas! The Show

Adult Price: $85.00 | Child Price: $85.00

Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the iconic stars and personalities that helped to define the soul that created the Sin City we know today! Featuring some of the most beautiful showgirls in Vegas, and some of the best voices in the country, you can hear all of the hits from your favorite stars while witnessing the greatest moments that helped define Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. From the crooners of the Rat Pack to Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley and so many more. Experience the iconic personalities that helped shape the story of one of the greatest cities on Earth. Backed by a live big band orchestra, "Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns", this is the only production that will recreate the class, sass and excitement of old Las Vegas right before your eyes!

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam with Mob Museum Visit

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site. Then visit the Mob Museum to explore the fascinating interactive exhibits, artifacts and digital experiences, learning more about the lives of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, J. Edgar Hoover and many other criminals from Sin City and beyond.

Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Plower Plant Excursion

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $45.00

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time- the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United States largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Includes admission to the Visitor Center and the Powerplant tour. The visitor center features exhibits that highlight the history of the region and how the Hoover Dam was constructed and the Powerplant Tour offers exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site.

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