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Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans traveled from the 1920s through the 1960s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.
Visit Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, which features memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. In Oklahoma, visit Pops, a landmark building selling gas, sodas, shakes, and diner food. At the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, antique cars and historic documents help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In New Mexico, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Travel though Williams—in Arizona—listed in the National Register for Historic Places and where you’ll see neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Before arriving at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which houses a collection of historic artifacts and photographs related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities.
This tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas. In Springfield, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in St. Louis, witness amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch.
These are just some of the many highlights of this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travelers. Sit back, relax, and let us handle the driving and details while you enjoy!
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.
Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to America’s 2nd 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.
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.
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.
Today we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centers.
Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson’s top shows.
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.
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.
On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. 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 Tepee Curios, and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers 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.
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 jewelry. After exploring more of this atmospheric city, seize the chance to ride the world’s longest aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine-tingling views of the desert floor, forests, and canyons below.
This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 357-foot-high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this city and its inhabitants, and peruse Acoma pottery and jewelry.
Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. Tonight is in Flagstaff, nestled at the base of the San Francisco Mountains.
Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views.
Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour. Overnight inside the national park.
Return to Route 66 and pass through 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.
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.
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 artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities.
Continue on to Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.”
Savor the exciting “City of Angels” on our morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and more legendary sights. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps enjoy Disneyland® or Universal Studios®, shop for souvenirs, or relax by the pool.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Los Angeles International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
Sightseeing: In Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Los Angeles; orientation in St. Louis, Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway Arch, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Elk City National Route 66 Museum, Pops Landmark Diner & Gas Station, Russell’s Car Museum, and Barstow Route 66 Museum.
Scenic Highlights: Route 66, Acoma Sky City, Grand Canyon National Park, and Route 66 icons: Cadillac Ranch, Tucumcari, and Las Vegas
Guides: Services of a professional Tour Director.
CHICAGO The Claridge House Chicago
SPRINGFIELD Wyndham Springfield City Centre
ST. LOUIS Pear Tree Inn Union Station
BRANSON Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills
OKLAHOMA CITY Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
AMARILLO Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West
ALBUQUERQUE Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
FLAGSTAFF Days Hotel Flagstaff
LAS VEGAS SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
LOS ANGELES The L.A. Hotel Downtown
Meals 1 breakfast, 4 continental breakfasts
Start City: Chicago, IL
End City: Los Angeles, CA
Pricing is per person and for twin accommodation
Land Price: $2,539.00
Travel Protection: $229.00*
Chicago O'Hare International Airport: $35.00 per person
Single Room Supplement: US$1,110
Triple Room Reduction per person: US$230
Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.
Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.
*Travel Protection Highlights:
- Coverage if you have to cancel for any reason
- Reimbursement of airfare booked with us or on your own when canceling for a covered reason
- Coverage for vacation interruption when modifying for a covered reason
- Lost or damaged baggage protection. Plus, Baggage Track to help get your luggage back if it goes missing by an airline
- 24-hour worldwide emergency phone support
- Pre-existing medical condition covered (see certificate for limitations)
- This Travel Protection we offer is available to all citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada. Travelers of other nationalities will need to purchase independent coverage and there are alternate options available here:
- travel/medical/health/trip cancellation insurance
Booking this tour requires name and US$500 non-refundable deposit. Until deposit is received, space is based on availability.
Final payment for your vacation is due 60 days prior to commencement of services
Guaranteed share: Are you a single traveler and would like to save some money? A guaranteed share is offered on this vacation to people traveling by themselves. Since we have singles of all ages, it's seldom a problem to find compatible roommates. If you participates in this program, the twin rate is guaranteed - even if no roommate is provided. Guaranteed share rooms are non-smoking. If you get on vacation and no longer want to share you will be asked to pay the single supplement, if single rooms are still available.
BOOKING CANCELLATIONS & FEES
If a booking cancellation is received by our company prior to the final payment date of your vacation, your non-refundable land deposit and Travel Protection payments will be retained.
Travel Protection payments are always non-refundable once purchased and will be added to the cancellation fees noted below.
Standard Cancellation Fees:
60-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price
21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price
7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price
On departure day and later: 100% of total price
Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour.
We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any vacation departure for any reason, including insufficient demand or force majeure. If a vacation is canceled prior to departure, our company only responsibility will be to refund the amount received for the reservation. We will try to rebook the same vacation with a different departure date, or a similar vacation, but there is no guarantee of availability of offering.
A change of traveler name, vacation date, or itinerary within final payment will be treated as a full cancellation and new reservation; vacation and airfare cancellation fees will apply.
We follow a mandatory, daily seat rotation on motor-coaches. For the enjoyment of all passengers, you must adhere to the rules of the Tour Director regarding seat rotation. Alcohol consumption is not allowed on board.
Many local laws require the use of seatbelts while traveling. When seatbelts are provided, you are responsible for wearing your seatbelt. Our company is not liable, nor are our service providers, for any injury, loss, damages, claims, or death resulting from any accident or incident if you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident or incident when the motor-coach is equipped with them.
Prices are subject to change without notice, subject to the guarantees set forth below.
Once we have received your full deposit, that price is guaranteed and you are protected against any base land price increase due to currency surcharge. Any subsequent land or cruise cost increases are at our expense, not including energy cost increases and/or any government tax increases.
Gratuities are included for services during the land stay of your vacation. This includes wait staff at included meals, hospitality staff at hotels for nights purchased through us, and porterage at hotels for one suitcase per person. Gratuities for your Tour Director, Local Hosts, Local Guides, driver are not included in the vacation price.
Please note: please do not purchase international airline tickets until tour is confirmed by us!