2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Sep 2017

15 Day Route 66

Trafalgar Guided Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in Los Angeles

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 15 Day Route 66. It's all about the journey as we hit this famous highway from Chicago to L.A. Known as the Main Street of America, the stops on this 'bucket list' experience reveal classic Americana. You'll enjoy Insider moments like racing to make the best barbecue...read more

Overview

Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Guided Tour (Premium)
Style: Discoveries
Duration: 15 Days
From: Chicago to Los Angeles
Tour Code: DRST
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: USA
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Chicago

Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. Get settled in at your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: The Palmer House Hilton (Authentic Accommodation)
2

Chicago – Springfield – St. Louis (2 Nights)

After an introduction to the Windy City, including elegant Lakeshore Drive and the Magnificent Mile, hit the road for a good, old-fashioned American road trip. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum. Roll on to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West. (FB) Stay: Omni Majestic
3

St. Louis Sightseeing

Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery-from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room-where you enjoy a sample of this Cultural Insight. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master barbecue chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill. (FB/BMGD)
4

St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson

Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Go underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James, for a glimpse of some outstanding subterranean formations. Then it's onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson. Explore on your own. (FB) Stay: Radisson Branson
5

Branson – Tulsa – Oklahoma City (2 Nights)

Roll into eastern Oklahoma via an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse. (FB/RM) Stay: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown
6

Oklahoma City Sightseeing And Free Time

Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. Then, get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (FB)
7

Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum – Amarillo

In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Crossing into the Texas Panhandle, return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping in Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas". (FB) Stay: Holiday Inn West
8

Amarillo – Albuquerque (2 Nights)

Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside of Amarillo. Stop in Tucumcari, where a large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in existence. Travel on to Albuquerque where the spirit of Route 66 still thrives. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials. (FB/D) Stay: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
9

Albuquerque Free Time

While Albuquerque didn't boom until the creation of Route 66, the city has existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own. (FB)
10

Albuquerque – Flagstaff

Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the history of Route 66 on the main drag. See the historic El Rancho Hotel, which served as a home base to the movie stars who came to the desert for their films. Crossing into Arizona, watch the sun play over the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook and the Man Standing on the Corner in Winslow before arriving in Flagstaff with its quaint downtown and pine-forested hills. (FB/D) Stay: DoubleTree Flagstaff
11

Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon National Park

As the morning sun gilds the desert landscape, visit the traditional land of the Navajo people. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon. Spend the night inside the park, allowing time to explore this natural wonder. (FB) Stay: National Park Lodges
12

Grand Canyon National Park – Seligman – Kingman – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Drive through Hackberry, a Route 66 ghost town along the original route. Further ahead, stop in Kingman, a Route 66 hotspot that has kept the old culture alive. Driving the Mother Road in these desert oases is like time travelling to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then it's full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas to enjoy some free time. (FB) Stay: Paris Las Vegas
13

Las Vegas Free Time

A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer; hit the casinos, do some shopping, take in a show. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Hoover Dam. (FB)
14

Las Vegas – Los Angeles

Upon arrival in Los Angeles today, see the place where the route comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner. (FB/FD) Stay: Millennium Biltmore (Authentic Accommodation)
15

Depart Los Angeles

Say goodbye to the road and take flight after a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Millennium Biltmore. (FB)

Trip Inclusions

Insider Experiences with Trafalgar

  • Enjoy Insider moments like racing to make the best barbecue sauce from the spices on your picnic table with real barbecue championship winners. A true American 'pit master' serves downhome dishes, from pulled pork to St Louis-style ribs.
  • Cultural Insight Sample beer from the Anheuser- Busch brewery
  • Be My Guest Enjoy in a traditional, award-winning American barbecue meal.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Chicago
  • View the outdoor installations at Cadillac Ranch and the Petrified Forest National Park
  • Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, Meramec Caverns, Branson, Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Tulsa, Clinton, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Included Dining

  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

Touring Inclusions

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Stay in dazzling 4- and 5-star hotels whenever it complements the experience. Every one of our hotels is selected for its quality, character and setting
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches give you ample legroom, reclining seats and an on-board restroom. Your experienced driver handles all the tolls, parking and navigation. Sometimes, you'll voyage by rail, water or smaller coaches, when the destination calls for it. All trips include free airport transfers on the start and end day
  • Must-do sightseeing, with audio headsets where appropriate
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Bypass the crowds and enjoy queue-free VIP entry at iconic landmarks
  • An expertly trained Travel Director, every step of the way

Authentic Accommodation

  • The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    The nation's oldest continuously operating hotel, an Authentic Accommodation, hosts you along with entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, who were guests when the hotel was an entertainment epicentre in the mid 1900s.
  • Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Stay at a historic Authentic Accommodation, which has been the filming location for numerous award-winning feature films, television shows, cable specials and commercials.

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Discoveries
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included (Day of Arrival & Departure)
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 51 (Avg. 42)
Free WiFi: Onboard Where Available
* Source: Trafalgar 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.
2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Sep 2017

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