Highlights of Route 66

Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans travelled from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. 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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chicago

Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.

Hotel: Inn of Chicago, 2 nights

Day 2: Chicago

Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, 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.

Day 3: Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield

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.

Hotel: Wyndham Springfield City Center

Day 4: Springfield – St. Louis

Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering Gateway Arch National Park. Ride to the top of the 193 metre( 630 foot) tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.

Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center

Day 5: St. Louis – Branson

Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centres. Your Tour Director will make suggestions for independent exploration.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Thousand Hills

Day 6: Branson – Arcadia – Oklahoma City

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. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit POPS landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

Day 7: Oklahoma City – Elk City –  Amarillo

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. 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 Yellow Rose of Texas.

Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West

Day 8: Amarillo – Tucumcari –  Albuquerque

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. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios. See the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travellers of Route 66 since 1939. 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.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, 2 nights

Day 9: Albuquerque

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 jewellery. 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.

Day 10: Albuquerque – Acoma Sky City – Gallup – Winslow – Williams

This morning, visit Acoma Sky City, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 112 metre (367 – foot) high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this community and its inhabitants, and peruse Acoma pottery and jewellery. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From classic westerns to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites Grand Canyon, 2 nights

Day 11: Williams – Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park

Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views and wildlife. Elk are frequently spotted grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour? Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana – style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s, and home of Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, featuring highway memorabilia. Be sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.”

Day 12: Williams – Seligman – Las Vegas

Depart Williams for Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Hotel: SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 2 nights

Day 13: 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 Venetian 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.

Day 14: Las Vegas – Barstow – Los Angeles

Today, depart the man – made oasis 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. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “City of Angels.”

Hotel: The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 15: Los Angeles

Join an exciting morning tour of the glamorous side of L.A. in Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is yours to shop for souvenirs or relax by the pool.

Day 16: Depart Los Angeles

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further. Your Tour Director will have suggestions.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 09, 16, 30$3,639.00$5,200.00
June: 20$3,639.00$5,200.00
July: 11, 25$3,639.00$5,200.00
August: 08, 22$3,639.00$5,200.00
September: 05, 12$3,639.00$5,200.00

Meals: 6 breakfasts
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Mackinac Island & The Great Lakes

Charming and historic hotels, beautiful Lake Michigan, fun experiences, and beautiful scenery…all of this and more await you on this Mackinac Island & the Great Lakes Tour. A highlight of this tour is the time you’ll spend on Mackinac Island, one of the country’s favorite summer retreats. Here, bicycles and horse – drawn carriages are the only means of transportation. Enjoy a horse – drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and have lunch at the elegant Grand Hotel, with its Victorian – style architecture. Witness amazing views as you sit in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch. Behold more amazing views on your drive in northern Michigan’s famed Tunnel of Trees, a narrow, winding highway with rolling hills following the shores of Lake Michigan.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Detroit / Dearborn

Welcome to the Michigan! At 6 pm, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey. Spend tonight at the historic Dearborn Inn. Built by Henry Ford in 1931, this luxury Inn is situated on 23 acres of landscaped countryside.

Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel

Day 2: Dearborn – Frankenmuth

This morning, visit the Henry Ford Museum, the ultimate place to experience America’s past and present. See the world’s premier automotive exhibition, the JFK Presidential Limousine, an original camp bed used by George Washington, and the Rosa Parks Bus. Afterward, we continue to the little Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, founded by German immigrants in 1845. This evening, enjoy an authentic Bavarian Dinner. Experience fine German cuisine and a wine tasting.

Hotel: Bavarian Inn Lodge

Day 3: Frankenmuth – Mackinac Island

This morning, visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a one – stop shop for everything Christmas. Leave the motorcoach behind and Ferry to Mackinac Island where a horse – drawn carrige transfers you to the hotel. Since the Civil War, the island has been one of the nation’s most favoured summer resorts. Enjoy this special place with its air of 19th – century gentility and where bicycles and horse – drawn carriages are the only means of transportation.

Note: The July 12 departure has you on Mackinac Island during the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. “The Mac” is the longest annual freshwater race in the world.

Hotel: The Island House, 2 nights

Day 4: Mackinac Island

This morning is at leisure. Rent a bicycle to explore on your own, visit Fort Mackinac, or sample some of the island’s famous fudge. Then, travel by horse and carriage for lunch at the elegant Grand Hotel which served as a summer getaway for celebrities, such as Mark Twain, Jimmy Durante, Christopher Reeve, and five U.S. presidents since its opening in 1887. Later, enjoy a horse – drawn Carriage Tour of this celebrated island. See the Avenue of Flags, the Governor’s Mansion, and enjoy a stop at Arch Rock, one of the most photographed spots on the island.

Day 5: Mackinac Island – Tunnel Of Trees – Charlevoix –  Petoskey

Depart by ferry from Mackinac Island, crossing through northern Michigan. Visit Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse State Park, a guiding beacon for ships since 1889. Then, stop at the historic Legs Inn for incredible views of Lake Michigan. Learn about the inn’s fascinating history and enjoy some Local Specialties. Later, journey through the famed Tunnel Of Trees, one of the most scenic roads in Michigan. Continue to Charlevoix, where a sightseeing TOUR with a Local Guide introduces you to the city’s Victorian summer resorts and renowned “Mushroom Houses.” Later, arrive at your historic hotel, perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Hotel: Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Day 6: Petoskey – Grand Rapids

This morning, visit a local Orchard, where you’ll be treated to a wagon ride and a delicious slice of cherry pie. After all, this is the country’s premier cherry – producing centre! Next, on to Grand Rapids and a visit to the Gerald Ford Presidential Library & Museum. The museum lets you participate in history while learning about the lives of President and Mrs. Ford.

Hotel: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Day 7: Grand Rapids – Chicago

This morning, travel through the Indiana to Chicago for a sightseeing tour of the “Windy City.” Tonight, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a festive farewell dinner. During dinner, enjoy a Private Presentation to learn the history of the hotel and how one of America’s favourite desserts was created at the Palmer House Hilton. Then, enjoy a taste for yourself!

Special Feature: Accommodations for this evening are at the historic and elegant Palmer House Hilton. Learn the interesting story of the hotel, from the Great Chicago Fire to celebrity guests like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and more.

Hotel: The Palmer House Hilton

Day 8: Depart Chicago                             

Your Great Lakes tour ends this morning, with guests departing on individual schedules.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 07$3,829.00Price on Application
June: 14$3,669.00Price on Application
June: 28$3,769.00Price on Application
July: 12$3,979.00Price on Application
July: 26$3,729.00Price on Application
August: 09, 23$3,729.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13, 20$3,669.00Price on Application
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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