Highlights of Route 66 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Special Departure

  • 17 Days

  • Illinois

  • Active pace

On this special departure, you'll be part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world!

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 05th October 2017

Meals included: 4 breakfasts,

Overview

Once the route of pioneers' wagons, America's historic and colourful Route 66 beckons on this mesmerising road trip. Starting in Chicago, you'll experience rugged deserts, cowboy towns and the thrills of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as you follow 'America's Main Street' to its end in Santa Monica. In Albuquerque, you'll be part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! Enjoy the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours.

At a glance

  • Chicago City sightseeing
  • Springfield Route 66 Museum, Abraham Lincoln's Presidential Museum
  • St Louis Gateway Arch
  • Branson Oklahoma City Western Heritage Museum
  • Santa Rosa Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Los Angeles City sightseeing

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Los Angeles

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

Depart UK

Fly to Chicago where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Chicago

Known as the 'Windy City', Chicago is home to the legend of Al Capone and countless jazz and blues clubs. This morning's sightseeing takes you to the heart of this ebullient metropolis on the banks of Lake Michigan. This afternoon there is free time to further explore Chicago, perhaps by climbing the soaring Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), browsing the store-filled Magnificent Mile or stroll in Grant Park?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Chicago - Springfield.

Today cross the farmlands of Illinois to Springfield, resting place of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president. En route, you'll visit the popular Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum in Pontiac, charting the fascinating history and sights of Route 66. On arrival in Springfield, spend time exploring state of the art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Springfield - St. Louis

This morning cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St Louis, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and dubbed the 'Gateway to the West'. On your morning orientation tour, visit the towering Gateway Arch and ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall iconic structure for panoramic views of the city and river. The evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

St Louis - Branson.

Travel through Missouri, home to the Meramec Caverns, the hideout of notorious bank robber Jesse James, to Branson, one of America's biggest music centres. This evening, why not join our optional dinner and show?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Branson - Arcadia - Oklahoma City

Today, cross the cowboy country of Kansas into Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum with its artefacts from the famous cowboy-movie star's life. Continue to Arcadia on historic Route 66 and visit Pops landmark diner and gas station. Later, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Oklahoma City - Amarillo.

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing visit of Oklahoma City the state capital of Oklahoma. Continue to Elk City for a visit of the National Route 66 Museum that shows the 8 states that Route 66 passed through from Illinois all the way to California. Travel through rolling hill country into Texas arriving in Amarillo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Amarillo - Tucumcari - Santa Rosa - Albuquerque

Leaving Amarillo, watch for the Cadillac Ranch sculpture, crafted from real Cadillacs as you travel from New Mexico into Texas and reach Adrian, Route 66's halfway point. After passing through the old Indian town of Tucumcari, continue to Santa Rosa with its iconic Route 66 motels and drive-in grills, and call in at the quirky Route 66 Auto Museum with its 1950's fin-tailed vintage cars. Cross into New Mexico to visit Russell's Car Museum featuring classic cars and memorabilia from the hey day of Route 66. Later, continue to Albuquerque and visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Enjoy free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Hispanic-style plaza.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Albuquerque

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 jewelry. After 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Albuquerque - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff.

This morning stand in awe as you experience the pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors. What began as a gathering of thirteen balloons 35 years ago has since turned into the largest ballooning event in the world. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Flagstaff - Grand Canyon National Park

One of the highlights of today's journey is a visit to the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park. Leaving Route 66, you'll have time to walk the canyon rim, soaking up the staggering vistas and watching the changing lights on the towering walls of what is one of the natural wonders of the world. To truly experience the Canyon's magnificence, join our optional helicopter 'flightseeing' tour and thrill at the aerial panoramas. Tonight stay inside the Grand National Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas.

Returning to Route 66, you'll pass through historic Williams, viewing the legendary neon signs of its 1940s 'Motel Row'. Next on to Seligman, home to the rebirth of 66, before deviating from the Route for two nights in Las Vegas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Las Vegas.

A day at leisure to explore this eye-popping, glittering desert city, dubbed 'Sin City' for its myriad of casinos, themed hotels and lavish shows. Revel in the neon-gilded Las Vegas strip or ride the world's highest roller coaster. Don't miss the Fremont Street Experience, where a glass atrium enclosing five city blocks comes alive with dazzling sounds and lights. Alternatively, choose from our optional excursions including an exhilarating raft ride along the Colorado River's dramatic Black Canyon, or an exciting helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Las Vegas - Barstow - Santa Monica - Los Angeles.

This morning traverse desert landscapes and the San Bernardino Mountains to Barstow. After stopping at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, head for Santa Monica, the end of Route 66. Continue on to Los Angeles for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Los Angeles.

Savour the 'City of Angels' on your morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood and other legendary sights. The rest of the day is yours to perhaps shop or relax, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the 'Inside Historic Hollywood Tour' and sample the excitement of this revered film district.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Los Angeles - UK.

Transfer to Los Angeles airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Chicago: Chicago Mart Plaza
  • Springfield: State House Inn
  • St Louis: Drury Inn Union Station
  • Branson: Comfort Inn Thousand Hills
  • Oklahoma City: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown
  • Amarillo: Drury Inn & Suites
  • Albuquerque: Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
  • Flagstaff: Days Hotel Flagstaff
  • Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
  • Las Vegas: Harrah's Las Vegas Casino and Hotel
  • Los Angeles: L.A Hotel Downtown

Notes

Once the route of pioneers' wagons, America's historic and colourful Route 66 beckons on this mesmerising road trip. Starting in Chicago, you'll experience rugged deserts, cowboy towns and the thrills of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as you follow 'America's Main Street' to its end in Santa Monica. In Albuquerque, you'll be part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! Enjoy the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours.

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