Highlights of Route 66

Offer

Price per person
from £2,737

Price based on
London Heathrow
11th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 17 days

  • Western USA

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans travelled from the 1920s through the 1960s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.

Visit Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, which features memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. In Oklahoma, visit Pops, a landmark building selling gas, sodas, shakes, and diner food. At the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, antique cars and historic documents help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In New Mexico, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Overnight in Williams Arizona—listed in the National Register for Historic Places and where you’ll see neon signs from the 1940s “Motel Row.” Before arriving at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which houses a collection of historic artefacts and photographs related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities.

This tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas. In Springfield, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in St. Louis, witness amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch. These are just some of the many highlights of this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travellers. Sit back, relax, and let Cosmos handle the driving and details while you enjoy!

At a glance

  • Chicago Explore the heart of the 'Windy City' - once home to legendary gangster Al Capone
  • Amarillo to Albuquerque Enter the dusty heart of Route 66 with its iconic motels and drive-in grills
  • Grand Canyon Wander the Canyon rim and see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for yourself
  • Las Vegas Take in a lavish show in this glittering, blinking 'City of Sin'
  • Los Angeles Hit the city heights of Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and Hollywood

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Hawaii extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

Whilst I did not expect a study tour of Route...

19th September 2017
Mr Peter Druce

Whilst I did not expect a study tour of Route 66, I did not expect a whistle stop tour of Interstates, which is what we got. I will be writing to you with a detailed report later.

Route 66 was very interesting and amazing. An excellent...

18th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Route 66 was very interesting and amazing. An excellent Tour Director whose knowledge of all the places was excellent. Would certainly recommend the trip and "Get your kicks".

Some hotels seemed much cheaper to buy direct than via...

15th June 2017
Mr Antony Stansfield

Some hotels seemed much cheaper to buy direct than via Cosmos, and all were not central Shuttle failed to show up at end of holiday.

Overview

Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans travelled from the 1920s through the 1960s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.

Visit Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, which features memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. In Oklahoma, visit Pops, a landmark building selling gas, sodas, shakes, and diner food. At the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, antique cars and historic documents help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In New Mexico, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Overnight in Williams Arizona—listed in the National Register for Historic Places and where you’ll see neon signs from the 1940s “Motel Row.” Before arriving at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which houses a collection of historic artefacts and photographs related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities.

This tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas. In Springfield, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in St. Louis, witness amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch. These are just some of the many highlights of this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travellers. Sit back, relax, and let Cosmos handle the driving and details while you enjoy!

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

UK - Chicago

Day
1

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

Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.

Chicago

Day
2

Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. Get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour that includes the sign marking the start of historic Route 66. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile, or stroll along Navy Pier.

Chicago - Pontiac - Springfield

Day
3

This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the ROUTE 66 HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and enjoy the nostalgic photos and postcards from the “Mother Road’s” heyday. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit the ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM.

Springfield → St. Louis

Day
4

Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering GATEWAY ARCH National Park. Ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.

St. Louis → Branson

Day
5

Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centres. Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson’s top shows.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bransons - Arcadia - Oklahoma City

Day
6

This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit POPS landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oklahoma City - Elk City - Amarillo

Day
7

Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the NATIONAL ROUTE 66 MUSEUM and take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through—from Illinois all the way to California. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner of juicy Texas steak, served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amarillo → Tucumcari → Albuquerque

Day
8

On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Across the New Mexico border, visit RUSSELL’S CAR MUSEUM, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios, and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travellers of Route 66 since 1939. Visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Afterward, there’s free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Spanishstyle plaza.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Albuquerque

Day
9

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 jewellery. 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.

Albuquerque - Gallup - Winslow - Williams

Day
10

This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 357-foot-high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this city and its inhabitants, and peruse Acoma pottery and jewellery. 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 unequalled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route.

Williams

Day
11

Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park. Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views and wildlife. Elk are frequently spotted grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Perhaps join the optional helicopter sightseeing tour? Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana-style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s, and home of Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, featuring highway memorabilia. Be sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Williams - Seligman - Las Vegas

Day
12

Depart Williams for Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Las Vegas

Day
13

A day at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venice canal, or see man-eating sharks up close—it’s all possible in Las Vegas. Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

Las Vegas - Barstow - Los Angeles

Day
14

Today, depart the man-made phenomenon of Las Vegas and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Visit the BARSTOW ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artefacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.”

Los Angeles

Day
15

Savour the exciting “City of Angels” on our morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is yours to perhaps shop for souvenirs or relax by the pool.

Los Angeles - UK

Day
16

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further, or fly to Hawaii to enjoy extra days at leisure relaxing. 

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
17

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Hawaii

Welcome to Hawaii. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will quickly learn there is no place on earth like Hawaii.

Hawaii

Enjoy two days at leisure relaxing, or exploring Honolulu and the island of Oahu.

Hawaii

Your Hawaiian extension ends today.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Departure 27 September 2018
Special Departure: Highlights of Route 66: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Be a part of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the largest in the world! See the unforgettable Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colours. This departure includes all the activities on our regular departures, except the visit to Acoma Sky City.
 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Chicago - Inn of Chicago

This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Just a half block from the luxury shops of the Magnificent Mile, this historical boutique hotel is located in the heart of Chicago, less than 1 mile from Navy Pier and Millennium Park.

  • Location

    162 East Ohio Street, Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Bar
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Paid WiFi
    • ATM/cash machine on site

Springfield - Wyndham City Centre

Situated in the historic area of Springfield, Illinois, Wyndham Springfield City Centre offers luxurious rooms with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and panoramic views of the city. Facilities include an indoor heated pool.

  • Location

    700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

  • Facilities

    • Indoor pool
    • Fitness centre
    • Free WiFi

St. Louis - Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center

This central St. Louis hotel is just 8 minutes’ walk from the famous Gateway Arch. Also, Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, can be reached in 9 minutes’ walk. There is an indoor pool and hot tub available for guests.

  • Location

    711 North Broadway, Downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Indoor pool (all year)
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre
    • Restaurant

Branson - Comfort Inn Thousand Hills

The rooms include Free WiFi and have en-suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves.

  • Location

    203 Wildwood Dr S, Branson, MO 65616, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Oklahoma - Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

This modern hotel offers free WiFi and flat-screen TVs are offered in all of the contemporary rooms, as well as coffeemakers. Some suites add sitting areas, dining rooms, wet bars and Jacuzzi tubs.

  • Location

    1 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Amarillo - Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West

This relaxing hotel features free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, you are never too far away from your home comforts in this hotel.

  • Location

    2000 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Albuquerque - Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Nestled in Albuquerque, New Mexico's historic Old Town district, with easy access to motorway I-40, Best Western Rio Grande Inn features a covered outdoor pool with hot tub. Guests can workout in the fitness centre or take advantage of the hotel's free wireless high-speed internet access.

  • Location

    1015 Rio Grande Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA 

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Pool/beach towels
    • Outdoor pool (all year)
    • Hot tub/jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre

Williams - La Quinta Inn & Suites

Relax in the hot tubs and heated pool of this modern hotel, enjoy the 40" flat screen tv in every room with its premium channels. The rooms also have ensuite bathrooms that are complete with bathrobes and a variety of free toiletries.

  • Location

    1100 West Cataract Lake Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, United States

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Set in a complex of modern buildings on The Strip, this chic casino resort is 4 miles from McCarran International Airport, a mile from the Las Vegas Convention Centre and 3 miles from the Fremont Street Experience mall. Stylish rooms designed by Philippe Starck offer sitting areas.

  • Location

    2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Room Service
    • Restaurant

Los Angeles - LA Grand Hotel Downtown

The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial, entertainment and theatre district of downtown Los Angeles, is a 14-story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

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