2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

16 Day Highlights of Route 66

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in Los Angeles

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Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 16 Day Highlights of Route 66. Spend 16 days following legendary Route 66 and see how Americans travelled from the 1920s through the 1960s. Also known as the 'Mother Road', this historic route begins in Chicago and...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 16 Days
From: Chicago to Los Angeles
Tour Code: 8530
Visits: USA
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$ 2,999
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Day By Day

1

Chicago

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

Known as the "Windy City," Chicago is home to America's 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.
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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.
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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. Ride to the top of the 192-metre (630-foot) tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.
5

St Louis - Branson

Today we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America's biggest music centres. Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson's top shows. (CB)
6

Branson - Claremore - 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. 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. (CB)
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 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. (B)
8

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Santa Rosa - 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. Next, stop in Tucumcari to hear the ancient Indian fable of how the city received its name, shop for souvenirs at Tepee Curios, and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travellers 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. Across the New Mexico border, visit RUSSELL'S CAR MUSEUM, featuring classic cars and memorabilia that takes you back to the hey-day of Route 66. 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. (CB)
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.
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Albuquerque - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff

This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 109-metre (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 jewellery. 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.
11

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National Park

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. (CB)
12

Grand Canyon National Park - Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

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.
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 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.
14

Las Vegas - Barstow - Santa Monica - Los Angeles

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 artefacts 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."
15

Los Angeles

Savour 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.
16

Los Angeles

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Los Angeles International Airport are included.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • 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.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Chicago Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (F), Springfield Wyndham Springfield City Centre (F), St. Louis Pear Tree Union Station (ST), Branson Comfort Inn Thousand Hills (ST), Oklahoma City Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (SF), Amarillo Drury Inn & Suites Amarillo (ST), Albuquerque Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn (MF), Flagstaff Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff (ST), Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP), Las Vegas Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel (F), Los Angeles LA Hotel Downtown (SF)

Included Meals

  • 1 breakfast (B), 4 continental breakfasts (CB).

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (10)

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Australia
Trip Date: 16/04/2016

“Worry free holiday ”

We just did the first Route 66 bus tour of the year 2016 with Cosmos, and it was very good. We liked to do the first tours of the year as it not as crowded, and our tour had only 32 people a mix of Australian English Canadian & American. We all got on very good. Our tour guide Mary & John were the best and it was great to be on their tour. We did the optional dinners & shows and could not complain. Also we did the optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, it was an amazing experience. We would definitely travel with Cosmos tours again.

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Australia
Trip Date: 18/09/2015

“Highlights of Route 66 tour was excellent”

This is our 4th Cosmos Tour and the 3rd that we booked through Global Journeys. Overall our Highlights of Route 66 tour was excellent, sightseeing and places visited were as we hoped. All accommodation was great, especially the Dury Inn and Suites which had complimentary drinks and snacks on arrival and greatly appreciated after a day of coach travel. Our tour guide, Beth was a great person who, by the end of our travels became like a friend to us. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the places we visited, provided us with loads of facts and details and entertained us with appropriate music and DVDs along the way. Our coach driver David was excellent and we always felt safe with him, he could not have been more obliging and accommodated the ever growing amount of luggage that was accumulated by the 47 passengers he cared for. Our coach was always clean and the onboard WiFi was a bonus. Only negative, we felt some of the optional excursions weren't the best value for money, but at the end of the day, these are optional. Our experience with Global Journeys and Michelle White could not be faulted. Once again our booking, payment process and ticket allocation was seamless. As long as Global Journeys offer tours we are interested in, we will always book with them. (MD. Thanks heaps Janne & Michael!)

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Australia
Trip Date: 28/08/2015

“Excellent job”

My wife and I went on a 16 day Cosmos Route 66 tour from 28/08/2015 to 12/09/2015. The tour was organised by Global Journeys who did an excellent job. Overall the tour was as described. Our main complaint was the tour guide Francis Wray. It would have made a lot of sense to have a tour guide who could speak fluent English. Her annoying habit of leaving the "s" off plurals, the "ed" off past tense and omitting the first letter from many place names (Ollywood) combined with the PA system turned up to distortion made it virtually impossible for us and our fellow passengers to understand anything that she said. Also way too much useless information given at any one time and no pre warning when something interesting was coming up so we could be ready to take a photograph. Overall Francis was the most well meaning and incompetent tour guide we have ever experienced.

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Australia
Trip Date: 27/08/2015

“Would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone”

I went on this tour not really knowing a lot about the southern States of the USA. I can say after this tour I am well informed our tour director Barbara was a wealth of knowledge we visited many things during this tour would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

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