Route 66 Summer 2017

A 15-Day Trafalgar Tours tour starting from $3,750

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Tour Length: 15 Days
Countries Visited: United States
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Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
Tour Code: TT-DRST-2017
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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 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.

 
Dining Highlights
14 full breakfasts. 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time Porterage and local charges included Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday VIP entry to many sights

 
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.Welcome Reception

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. 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.Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 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.Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 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.Full Breakfast

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 in Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas".Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 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.Full Breakfast

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.Full Breakfast, Dinner

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 time to explore this natural wonder.Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast

Day 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.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 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.Full Breakfast

 
         
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9/10/2017 - 9/24/2017
$3,750
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

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

 

 
 

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