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Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
Apr 2016 - Sep 2016

16 Day Highlights of Route 66

Cosmos Coach Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in Los Angeles

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 ends in Los Angeles. Now a preserved piece of history, its original purpose was to connect rural and urban communities to main streets, more


Operator: Cosmos
Style: Low Cost
Duration: 16 Days
From: Chicago to Los Angeles
Tour Code: 8530
Our Price From:
$ 2,319
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Countries Visited: USA

Day By Day



Welcome to the start of famous Route 66! Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.


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. 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 with 460 stores in eight city blocks, or stroll along Navy Pier. Tonight, join an optional Gangster Tour.

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. Outside the museum, enjoy some of the outdoor murals depicting Route 66 themes scattered throughout the town centre. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit his home and the ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM.

Springfield - St. Louis.

This morning we 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.

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. Your Tour Director will have further details. (CB)

Branson - 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. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City. (CB)

Oklahoma City - Amarillo.

A city tour this morning includes the NATIONAL COWBOY HALL OF FAME & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM, a national memorial to the American cowboy. See exhibits that include Native Americans, the American cowboy, rodeo, and more. A "must-see" is Prosperity Junction, a recreated Western town. From here, travel to Clinton, Oklahoma, where you'll visit the OKLAHOMA ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, home to vintage cars, neon signs, a '50s diner, and drive-in theatre. Continue through the rolling hill country 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. (CB)

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. Visit the ROUTE 66 AUTO MUSEUM to see memorabilia and cars of the era. Upon arrival in Albuquerque, visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. An included guided walking tour features Albuquerque's Old Town, site of the city's original settlement. (CB)


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. You may wish to visit the renowned Albuquerque Museum of Art & History that features Southwestern art and 400 years of Albuquerque history. After spending the rest of the day 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.

Albuquerque - Gallup - Holbrook - Winslow - Flagstaff.

This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 108-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.

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National Park.

Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the GRAND CANYON. Wander along the canyon rim and experience breathtaking views. Perhaps join the optional helicopter "flightseeing" tour. Tonight you stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. (CB)

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.

Las Vegas.

Enjoy a day at leisure. 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. In the evening, join an optional night out at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

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. Time to stop in Barstow to 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."

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. Alternatively, join our Inside Historic Hollywood tour to sample the excitement of this revered film district with its studios and landmarks.

Los Angeles.

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

Trip Inclusions

Included Features

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Chicago, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles; orientation in St. Louis, Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway Arch, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Route 66 Auto 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 Wigwam Village.
  • 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.
  • MEALS: 5 continental breakfasts (CB).
  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Tour Meals

  • Breakfast - 5
  • Lunch - 0
  • Dinner - 0


  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Chicago Essex Inn (MF); Springfield Hilton Springfield (F); St. Louis Drury Inn Union Station (ST); Branson Comfort Inn Thousand Hills (F); Oklahoma City Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn (F); Amarillo Drury Inn & Suites Amarillo (ST); Albuquerque Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn (ST); Flagstaff Drury Inn and Suites Flagstaff (ST); Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Park Lodges (NP); Las Vegas Harrah's Las Vegas (MF); Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Los Angeles (SF)

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Low Cost
Accommodation: 4 Star
Hotels: Central - Sometimes
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: N/A
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for tours in USA. Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (2)

Overall Rating

We had been on a couple of Trafalgar tour before and enjoyed them very much. This being our first Cosmos tour we were expecting maybe a little less. We were pleasantly surprised. This tour was wonderful from the very first day. Our tour guide was a delight as was our coach driver. This helped the whole group of 40 people blend really well. We will certainly travel with Cosmos again and we will recommend them to our travelling friends. Our tour guide was France Wray. She did a wonderful job and made every effort to make our tour truly memorable.

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We found the variety of places on this Route 66 trip fascinating, from frantic cities of Las Vegas to the National Park at Grand Canyon and Indian reservations. There were many highlights, our favourite was Grand Canyon, first sight is definitely breath taking, we followed this up with helicopter ride over same, which just has to be taken, major benefit was staying in National Park at Grand Canyon, where a short walk brought you to edge of same. It was good to have 2 nights and full day in Las Vegas, it just gave a little extra time to absorb more of what was available. While it was a lot of miles to cover this distance, we would have hated to miss out on any of the sights, our driver Jeff and guide France certainly helped to make this trip memorable.

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Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
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