About the tour: Route 66 – America’s Mother Road

Affectionately known as ‘The Mother Road’, Route 66 symbolises the quintessential American road trip. Starting in Chicago, and crossing through the heartlands of the US, visiting iconic cities such as St. Louis, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this exciting escorted tour takes us to some of America’s most famous landmarks, such as the stunning Grand Canyon and the vast lands of the Texas Panhandle. Join us as we discover why this legendary highway continues to captivate people from all over the world.

Tour Includes

  • 14 nights hotel
  • Flights to Chicago and from Los Angeles with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Manager

16 days from £3889 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Chicago, where you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel for a two-night stay.

    Today, we enjoy an included tour of the city of Chicago, home to several of the highest buildings in the world! And, among them there is the Amoco Building, John Hancock Building and the impressive Willis Tower, commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, reaching 1,450 feet high and boasting 110 floors! It was even the highest building in the world without its antennas until March 1996.

    You’ll then discover Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes of North America. The lake covers such a vast area – being around 500 km long and up to 190 km wide – that you might think you were at the seaside.

    This afternoon we take a cruise to see the city – in particular its renowned architecture – from a different angle. Free time to stroll about the streets in the afternoon.

    Downtown Chicago & Lake Michigan
    Lake Michigan

    Included Highlights

    • Chicago City Tour
    • Chicago City Cruise
    • Lake Michigan

    We depart Chicago and embark on our road trip along the world-famous Route 66.

    At McLean, we stop at the Dixie Truckers Home, a truck stop built in 1928, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! This is a perfect opportunity to admire superb US trucks.

    We travel on towards Springfield, founded by trappers and traders in 1818, it had been the capital of the state of Illinois since 1837. The city is entirely devoted to the cult of Abraham Lincoln who lived, practiced law and was a representative in Springfield from 1837 until his Presidency. We include a tour of his home, now a museum, before continuing to St. Louis for an overnight stay.


    Included Highlights

    • Dixie Travel Plaza
    • Abraham Lincoln Home Tour
    • Springfield

    Today we include a tour of St. Louis. Just south of the Missouri-Mississippi confluence, St. Louis has long been a major river port, railroad hub, and industrial centre. It was once one of the largest cities west of New York.

    We include a photo stop at the Gateway Arch. This 630-ft high stainless steel arch, commemorating westward expansion, is part of the Jefferson National Memorial and symbol of the city.

    We continue across the rolling hills of Missouri as we head to Joplin for an overnight stay.

    St. Louis
    St. Louis

    Included Highlights

    • St. Louis Tour

    Today we travel across the state of Kansas, making a lunch stop in Tulsa, before arriving this afternoon in Oklahoma City.

    It was here on the 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’.

    You will be taken on an included sightseeing tour of the town where you will see the State Capitol building and the Centennial Land Run Monument. The monument commemorates the opening of the Unassigned Land in Oklahoma Territory with the Land Run of 1889. The frenzied energy and emotion from one instant during the run is captured in bronze by artist Paul Moore. The sculpture is one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures featuring 45 heroic figures of land run participants, frozen in motion as they race to claim new homesteads.

    Finally, we end the day with a visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum before continuing to our hotel for an overnight stay.

    Skyline of Oklahoma City
    Skyline of Oklahoma City

    Included Highlights

    • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
    • Oklahoma Sightseeing Tour
    • Oklahoma City

    Today you will depart the plains of Oklahoma towards the Lone Star State, Texas.

    En route, we will make a stop in Clinton where you can learn the history of Route 66 – ‘the Mother Road’ – before continuing on to Amarillo.

    Founded in the 1880s, Amarillo has experienced many things, from civil war battles to the creation of many millionaires from the ‘black gold’ oil mining in the area.

    This evening we offer an optional steak dinner* at the famed Big Texan Steak Ranch. We stay overnight in Amarillo.

    *This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.
    Big Texan Steak House
    Big Texan Steak House

    Included Highlights

    • Amarillo
    • Clinton

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Big Texan Steak House Steak Dinner*
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in local currency (cash payments).
    * This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

    We start the day with a photo stop at the world-famous Cadillac Ranch, a fascinating sight in which 10 Cadillacs are partially buried in a single file.

    We then continue on to the ghost town of Glen Rio, where you can stand with one foot in New Mexico and the other one in Texas.

    We continue to Tucumcari, where you will follow the Mural Trail, viewing many of the 100-plus murals painted across this small town before a visit of the New Mexico Route 66 Museum.

    Later we continue to Albuquerque for a two-night stay.

    Cadillac Ranch
    Cadillac Ranch

    Included Highlights

    • Cadillac Ranch Photo Stop
    • New Mexico Route 66 Museum
    • Tucumcari
    • Glen Rio

    We spend today in Santa Fe, a city that has long been a centre for arts and culture. The city and the surrounding areas have a high concentration of artists who have visited over the decades to capture on canvas, and in other media, the natural beauty of the landscape, the flora and the fauna.

    One of the most well-known New Mexico-based artists was Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived for a time in Santa Fe. We include a visit of the adobe Palace of the Governors, one of the nation’s oldest landmarks.

    Following the tour you will have time at leisure to wander the historic streets of old Santa Fe, visit the Loretto Chapel or O’Keefe Museum.

    Palace of the Governors
    Palace of the Governors

    Included Highlights

    • Palace of the Governors - Santa Fe
    • Santa Fe

    This morning we make our way towards the state of Arizona, visiting the Petrified Forest along the way. A result of silica being slowly crystallized into quartz, preserving the tree trunks into petrified wood, today, the wind and water continue to carry away sediments, causing buried trees to surface. Incorporated in the park is the Painted Desert, vast and dry badlands, scattered with buttes and mesas.

    We continue west to Flagstaff for a two-night stay.

    Petrified Forest National Park Arizona
    Petrified Forest National Park Arizona

    Included Highlights

    • Petrified Forest National Park Arizona

    This morning we visit the Grand Canyon, a superb geological phenomenon where we walk along the South Rim to see one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring natural wonders of the world.

    The Grand Canyon is the result of millions of years of wind and water erosion creating an endless expanse of shapes, colours and impenetrable shadow, with the Colorado River flowing over a mile below the canyon rim.

    During the day an optional scenic helicopter tour of the canyon will be available. We have free time at the Grand Canyon before returning to Flagstaff at the end of the day.

    Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon

    Included Highlights

    • Grand Canyon

    Today we head to Las Vegas, stopping en route in the delightful town of Seligman.

    Founded in 1895 on the old Route 66, Seligman retains all the character of the old road and a visit to the town is a trip back in time to the days when Route 66 was the Main Street of America.

    We arrive this afternoon in Las Vegas for a two-night stay.

    Seligman, Route 66

    Included Highlights

    • Las Vegas
    • Seligman

    Today we have a full day at leisure to indulge in all that Las Vegas has to offer. Try your luck in one of the world-famous casinos, enjoy a spot of shopping in one of the many malls or you can simply relax by the pool.

    Las Vegas
    Free Time in Las Vegas

    Included Highlights

    • Free Time in Las Vegas

    We begin our day with a drive across the Mojave National Preserve. Natural features include the Kelso Dunes, the Marl Mountains and the Cima Dome, as well as volcanic formations such as Hole-in-the-Wall and the Cinder Cone Lava Beds. Impressive Joshua Tree forests cover parts of the preserve and the Cima Dome and Shadow Valley forests are the largest in the world.

    On our arrival into Los Angeles, we first stop at the Griffith Observatory to get some of the best views of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the famous Hollywood Sign, a landmark and American cultural icon.

    We then continue to Hollywood for a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, home to the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where you will find the handprints of famous stars in the cement.

    We will stay for two nights in Los Angeles.

    Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles

    Included Highlights

    • Los Angeles

    This morning we include a sightseeing tour of downtown Los Angeles, the historic Mexican district and Olvera Street and the nearby Union Station.

    We continue the day with a stop in Beverly Hills where you will have free time to walk along Rodeo Drive.

    This afternoon we transfer to Santa Monica, the official terminus of Route 66, where we will have a brief orientation tour, followed by time at leisure to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Walk along the boardwalk, or do some shopping.

    We will return to our hotel at the end of the day.

    Santa Monica Pier
    Los Angeles

    Included Highlights

    • Los Angeles Sightseeing Tour
    • Santa Monica

    Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight.

    Arrive back in the UK.

    Single Room Supplement from £1,219.00 (16 days).

    Route 66 – America’s Mother Road 16 days from £3889pp

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    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for two nights at the Hyatt Place River North, Chicago, before beginning our tour with overnight stays at the Drury Union Station, St. Louis; Drury Inn & Suites, Joplin; the Hampton Inn & Suites, Oklahoma City; Amarillo West, Amarillo; the Doubletree Alburquerque and the Old Santa Fe Inn, Santa Fe. You will also spend two nights at the Baymont Inn, Flagstaff; The Hotel Excalibur, Las Vegas and a final two-night stay in Los Angeles at the Miyako Hotel.

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.
    Flights are available from Heathrow direct to Chicago, returning from Los Angeles. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.
    Regional connections may be available at a supplement. 

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time. 

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

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