Tour code T2016R66
Historic Route 66 – America’s Main Street – coach tour
• 17 days from £2,649 per person*
• SAVE up to £100 per person – Limited Availability
• Departures available in, Aug and Sept
• Includes 11 entrances and visits
• Direct scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic
• Services of an experienced Tour Manager
• home departure service
Historic Route 66
The spirit of Route 66, immortalised in Bobby Troup’s 1946 classic ‘(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66’ is ingrained in the American psyche.
Nicknamed the ‘Mother Road’ by novelist John Steinbeck, this iconic highway between Chicago and Los Angeles represents
America’s ideals of freedom and celebrates its love of the car.This sensational holiday is both an epic road trip and journey of discovery,
taking in gems such as Oklahoma, Springfield, St Louis, Amarillo and Albuquerque, as well as the extraordinary expanse of the Grand Canyon.
Covering ‘more than two thousand miles all the way’, this tour is heaven for fans of retro Americana.
Prices are per person and will be confirmed upon enquiry.
Day 1 London – Chicago
Home Departure Service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight to Chicago. On arrival we transfer to the Hotel Indigo Gold Coast or Essex Inn, our base for the next two nights.
Day 2 Chicago
A morning city tour introduces us to this magnificent city constructed along the shores of Lake Michigan. The afternoon is free to explore the ‘Windy City’.
Day 3 Chicago – Springfield
This morning we take our first steps along the ‘Mother Road’. Although the roads have been changed and modernised through the years, our route over the following days still encompasses the Route 66 spirit that has enthralled so many since its inception in 1926. We continue south to the Springfield area, which President Lincoln called his home for so many years. Our first stop is at his tomb, the final resting place of the president after he was assassinated in 1865. This afternoon we visit Lincoln’s home, a National Historic site. We stay this evening at the Hilton.
Day 4 Springfield – St Louis
This morning we visit New Salem, where Lincoln lived and worked for six years in the 1830s. This reconstructed village includes houses, shops and a general store, with information imparted by period costumed interpreters. We now head for St Louis stopping at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, the original Route 66 span over the mighty Mississippi River. Now open only for the pedestrian, this affords excellent views of downtown St Louis. This afternoon we take you to view the ‘Monument of the Dream’ documentary before taking a trip to the top of the 630ft Gateway Arch, opened in 1965 to honour President Jefferson’s vision of the continental United States. This evening you are again free to explore. We stay for the next two nights at the Crowne Plaza.
Day 5 St Louis
A free day to discover all that St Louis has to offer. Why not take a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi, tour the huge Anheuser-Busch Brewery or experience the beautiful Botanical Garden.
Day 6 St Louis – Springfield
Our first stop today is at the Museum of Transportation. Over 20 classic locomotives are housed here, together with many classic motor vehicles, many of which would have taken the old Route 66 in years past. Later, we take a tour of the aptly named Fantastic Caverns to view the spectacular cave formations. Tonight we stay in Springfield, Missouri at the University Plaza Hotel.
Day 7 Springfield – Oklahoma City
Departing Springfield, we make a coffee stop in Joplin before crossing into Kansas and on to the state of Oklahoma and our lunch stop in Tulsa. This afternoon we continue to Oklahoma City, where on 22 April 1889 tens of thousands of settlers surged forward in the Great Land Run to grab their piece of glory and stake their claim on part of the two million areas of unassigned land then opened for settlement. Not surprisingly, Oklahoma City became known as ‘the city born in a single day’. On arrival we take an orientation tour, before checking into the Courtyard by Marriott.
Day 8 Oklahoma City – Amarillo
We continue west, leaving the plains of Oklahoma for the oil-rich Texas Panhandle. We take time to view Palo Duro Canyon State Park, second largest in America and where spectacular vistas greet the eye. We continue to Amarillo for our overnight stay. Since it was founded in the 1880s, Amarillo has experienced many things, from civil war battles to the creation of many millionaires from the ‘black gold’ of the area and the place Tony Christie needed to find in his song ‘Is this the way to Amarillo’. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn West.
Day 9 Amarillo – Albuquerque
Just outside Amarillo we catch a glimpse of a strange sight – ten half-buried Cadillacs, tail up in a field, which is said to represent the golden era of the car. Onward to New Mexico, known as ‘the Land of Enchantment’ and Albuquerque, a historic city dating back nearly 300 years. We take a brief orientation tour before checking into the Best Western Rio Grande Hotel.
Day 10 Albuquerque
Today is free to explore at your leisure. The Historic Old Town is worthy of exploration with its many museums and galleries.
Day 11 Albuquerque – Flagstaff
Arizona greets us today as we make a visit to the Petrified Forest National Park, where quite literally the remnants of an ancient forest have been fossilised. Incorporated in the park is the Painted Desert, a vast arid badland scattered with buttes and mesas. We continue west to Flagstaff. We stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton for the next two nights.
Day 12 Grand Canyon
Our journey today takes us to a true world wonder – the Grand Canyon. The colossal size is difficult to comprehend, especially as its creator, the mighty Colorado River, is so small in comparison. After an enchanting day with an opportunity to take a superb helicopter flight over the canyon, we return to our hotel at Flagstaff.
Day 13 Flagstaff – Williams – Kingman – Las Vegas
Our scenic journey today takes us onwards for a brief stop at Williams, a town steeped in Route 66 history. Time to explore before travelling through Hualapai Indian country to Kingman. We continue to Las Vegas where we overnight at the classic Golden Nugget Hotel, located on Fremont Street, the original Las Vegas before the Strip was developed.
Day 14 Las Vegas – Santa Monica – Long Beach
West to Barstow and a visit to Calico Ghost town, an old silver mining town which has become a popular tourist attraction. We continue our travels through the San Bernardino Mountains and down to Los Angeles. Taking Santa Monica Boulevard to the coast itself and the actual end of the road at the Pacific Ocean our journey is now complete. A short time for reflection or exploration in Santa Monica before our transfer to Long Beach and the Hilton Hotel, our base for the next two nights.
Day 15 Long Beach
Today you are at leisure in the waterfront city of Long Beach. There are many attractions a short distance from your hotel including the fabulous Queen Mary, where you can take a fascinating self-guided walking tour.
Day 16 Los Angeles – In flight
Today we transfer to Los Angeles Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 17 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to yourvehicle, for the journey home.