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14 Day Route 66

Trafalgar Coach Tour starting in Chicago and finishing in Los Angeles

Countries Visited: USA 
2015 Trafalgar USA & Canada Tours Operator: Trafalgar Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Style: Premium    Email a Friend
Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Chicago to Los Angeles    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: DRST
  

Tour Description

Take a ride through historic Route 66 beginning at the lakefront city of Chicago. Get a taste of the Old West in Oklahoma City, kick up your heels in Albuquerque and indulge in all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Hollywood. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon and take in all the scenic vistas along the way.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Chicago Enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful lakefront city.
  • Pontiac Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum.
  • St. Louis See the city's famous Gateway Arch; take a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery; explore the Italian side of the city.
  • Meramec Caverns Explore the one-time hideaway of legendary Jesse James.
  • Branson Kick your heels up in an all-American musical extravaganza destination.
  • Tulsa Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
  • Oklahoma City Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
  • Clinton Stroll through decades of history and culture at the Route 66 Museum.
  • Amarillo See iconic Cadillac Ranch, one of America's most striking outdoor art installations.
  • Albuquerque Spend two nights in this major Route 66 outpost; enjoy a walking tour of Old Town.
  • Petrified Forest National Park Wonder at this ancient desert landscape.
  • Flagstaff See the charming historic downtown and the world's largest Ponderosa Pine forest.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Travel along the canyon's Desert View Drive.
  • Las Vegas Visit the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Los Angeles Enjoy an orientation tour of this exciting city.

What's Included

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation

Fine Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals:
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Chicago
  • Be My Guest dinner with drinks in St. Louis.
  • 2 three-course dinners
  • Regional Meal with wine in Oklahoma City
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Los Angeles

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Day
1
Arrive Chicago
Welcome to the starting point of Route 66! Get settled in at your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: The Palmer House Hilton
Day
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. Just outside Chicago, see several of Route 66's original gas stations. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Roll on southwest to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West. (FB) Stay: Omni Majestic Hotel
Day
3
St. Louis Sightseeing
Get ready for a real taste of America's Midwest today, starting with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Head to "The Hill" and learn about St. Ambrose Church, the history of the Italian Immigrants and why they came and stayed in St. Louis. This Unique Insight introduces you to wonderful Italian markets and the ancient game of Bocce. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery-from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room-and enjoy a taste of this Local Speciality as well. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master BBQ chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill. (BB/BMGD)
Day
4
St. Louis - Meramec Caverns - Branson
Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge, named for the rocks that made crossing the river so rough before the bridge was built in the 1960s. As you near the middle, keep your eyes peeled for the bridge's most notable feature, a 22-degree bend. 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 Branson Landing, a shopping, dining and entertainment hub on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Tonight, perhaps get your kicks at an optional dinner show. (FB) Stay: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Day
5
Branson - Will Rogers Memorial - Oklahoma City (2 Nights)
Roll on through historic Joplin, Missouri into eastern Oklahoma, an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humorist who once said "I never met a man I didn't like." See more classics of the Old Road such as the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown. (BB/RM) Stay: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown
Day
6
Oklahoma City Sightseeing & Free Time
Get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. After lunch, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. The rest of the day is yours to explore historic Bricktown. (FB)
Day
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 at Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas." (FB) Stay: Holiday Inn West
Day
8
Amarillo - Albuquerque (2 Nights)
Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside 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. Take a walking tour of Old Town and see the old adobe architecture with a Local Expert. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials that have hardly changed since the heyday of the "Main Street of America." (BB/D) Stay: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
Day
9
Albuquerque Sightseeing & Free Time
While Albuquerque didn't boom until the coming of Route 66, the city existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own. Visit one of the many museums, relax in a cafe or perhaps opt to visit southwestern arts-filled Santa Fe. (FB)
Day
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. (BB/D) Stay: Doubletree Woodlands
Day
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 plenty of time to explore this natural world wonder. (FB) Stay: National Park Lodges
Day
12
Grand Canyon - Seligman - Kingman - Las Vegas
Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Then 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. The afternoon and evening are yours to hit the Strip, catch a show or try your luck at the slots. (FB) Stay: Paris Las Vegas
Day
13
Las Vegas - Hollywood - Los Angeles
Travel from Sin City to the City of Angels today, with one last jaunt on Route 66 near the town of Barstow. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, see the sights, including Grauman's Chinese Theater, Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard and the place where the road comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner. (BB/FD) Stay: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Day
14
Depart Los Angeles
Say good-bye to the road and take flight after a complimentary transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. (FB)
Operating since 1947, Trafalgar offers a wide range of holidays to Europe, Britain, Egypt, USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They hosted over 2 million travellers worldwide and many return year after year.
Region: USA Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 35-60
Style: Premium Coach: 5 Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4 Star Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Mostly Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Trafalgar for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Trafalgar different from other escorted touring companies?

  • We have over 60 years of knowledge & expertise in the design of unforgettable touring holidays
  • We are international, award-winning for our unrivalled quality, service and reliability
  • We provide perfectly planned and balanced itineraries
  • We have the finest Tour Directors in the industry
  • You will stay in quality hotels carefully selected and conveniently located
  • You will enjoy authentic dining experiences
  • You will enjoy savings of up to 40% when compared with travelling independently

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

Good company enriches any travelling experience and your group will be made up of English-speaking people from around the world. On a Trafalgar tour you will take away far more than just fantastic memories – together you will share great times, swap terrific stories and form new lifelong friendships.

How many people will be on tour with me?

There will be a maximum of 49 people on your coach, however a Trafalgar coach carries an average of just 40 guests.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

With Trafalgar it's as great to travel as it is to arrive - we insist on using only the latest models of air-conditioned, luxury coaches, as well as high quality trains and cruise ships. For your comfort, smoking is not allowed onboard our coaches, however, there are plenty of rest stops for you to stretch your legs. You'll be chauffeur driven, door to door by a professional driver who will make your journey a relaxing pleasure. We use a state-of-the-art sound system for mood music with fascinating commentaries by your tour director.

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?

Trafalgar goes to great lengths to seek out the very best hotels because we know that where you stay each night is important to the enjoyment of your holiday. We, therefore, select hotels with great care. We only select hotels that are:

  • Perfectly located so that you are as close as possible to the most important attractions.
  • Monitored by our Quality Control team who rigorously check every little detail to ensure the service is impeccable and your enjoyment is complete.
  • Reputable brands, such as Hilton and Novotel, as well as high quality, privately-owned hotels.
  • Great value through our enormous buying power which enables us to negotiate deeper discounts and pass these savings on to you, our clients.

As part of your hassle-free holiday, when you arrive at your hotel, we will ensure that you are already checked in, your luggage is taken directly to your room and all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities are included.

What are Trafalgar Tour Directors like?

Sightseeing is fun but it's a Trafalgar Tour Director that really brings a destination to life. Our Tour Directors are the finest in the industry. Their local knowledge and unfailing friendliness provides you with a personalised “concierge” service which ensures you get the very best out of every single day. They are experienced travellers, learned historians and culture buffs. Through their in-depth expertise, you'll discover the history and be immersed in cultures of the places you visit.

Your Tour Directors can help interpret, show you how to get good value while shopping and how to spot a fake from the real deal. They make things smoother, more interesting and ultimately more enjoyable. They are your friend in an unfamiliar place.

Trafalgar also uses expert local guides to further enhance your sightseeing experience. When you are travelling on your own it's all too easy to pass through a place without touching the sides. That's why our expert local guides are so invaluable – they tell the less well known tales, relate the more curious stories, recall the most obscure events and reveal the best guarded secrets to ensure every moment is full of discovery and brimming with surprises.

What does the tour cost include?

The prices listed cover all accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Trafalgar Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling.

Are tips included?

Trafalgar Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as all baggage handling at hotels and ports. Tips to restaurant staff for meals are also included in the price of your tour. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors $4 per day, Drivers $2.50 per day and Local Guides $1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

The ultimate way to personalise your Trafalgar experience. Our expertly crafted itineraries strike the perfect balance between making sure you visit all the “must see” highlights, whilst still enjoying ample free time to explore on your own or take one of our great value optional excursions. Our extensive variety of optional excursions are designed to work perfectly with your tour. They let you experience more of what you choose to see, but ensure that you don't pay for activities you are not interested in, allowing you more time to do what you enjoy most.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Many of our holidays are ideally designed for single or solo travellers. Every detail is taken care of, from start to finish, so all you need to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. Meals, activities and sightseeing are all shared with your new friends, so you will never be alone - unless you choose to do some exploring or relaxing by yourself. Accommodation can be booked as a private single room or like many of our clients, you may wish to share a twin room by taking advantage of our 'Room Mate Matching Service'. You will share a room with someone from your tour (same gender), so you can avoid paying a single room supplement, in addition to making a new friend.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is the most effective tool to give you peace of mind. For only $A 99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia, we will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. Read Details. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completeing the 'Quote Request'.

Where can I find out more information on Trafalgar?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Trafalgar including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).


Know Before You Go

Trafalgar Know Before You Go GuideDownload this “Know Before You Go” Guide, filled with all the essential information you need to assist you in preparing for your tour. A complete guide to the USA and Canada including pre-tour information, on-tour facts, a state-by-state guide to the USA, a province-by-province guide to Canada and a city-by-city guide to Mexico. (2MB)

Airport Transfer Information

With Trafalgar you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by scheduled shuttle, minivan, private car, or taxi between designated airports and Trafalgar hotels on the scheduled starting and ending day of your tour. We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the tour and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the tour. You may however purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. Flight information must be provided for our Treasure of the Yucatan and all Hawaii programs.

Please note: We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for passengers booking extra night accommodation.

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23 May 2015 05 Jun 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
13 Jun 2015 26 Jun 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
18 Jul 2015 31 Jul 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
01 Aug 2015 14 Aug 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
15 Aug 2015 28 Aug 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
12 Sep 2015 25 Sep 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
19 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
26 Sep 2015 09 Oct 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
03 Oct 2015 16 Oct 2015 AU $3,995 AU $5,370 AU $460 AU $3,535  
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