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Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
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!
Pontiac Visit Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
Springfield Visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
St. Louis Orientation tour; visit the Gateway Arch National Park
Oklahoma City Sightseeing
Amarillo Cadillac Ranch
Albuquerque Visit Old Town and Acoma Sky City
Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing
Williams Historic Route 66
Las Vegas Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”
Barstow Visit Barstow Route 66 Museum
Los Angeles Sightseeing
Santa Monica Sightseeing; ending point of Historic Route 66
4 days: Hawaii extension
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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.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
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.
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So well organised throughout.
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 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 Cosmos, and all were not central
Shuttle failed to show up at end of holiday.
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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.
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.
This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the ROUTE 66 HALL OF FAME AND 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
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.
Enjoy two days at leisure relaxing, or exploring Honolulu and the island of Oahu.
Your Hawaiian extension ends today.
Departure 26 September 2019Special 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.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
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.
162 East Ohio Street, Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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.
700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701, USA
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.
711 North Broadway, Downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63102, USA
The rooms include Free WiFi and have en-suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves.
203 Wildwood Dr S, Branson, MO 65616, USA
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.
1 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA
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.
2000 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, USA
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.
1015 Rio Grande Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
Nestled in breathtaking views of the pines, this hotel features comfortable guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness centre.
1100 Cataract Lake Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, United States
SLS Las Vegas features over 1,300 guestrooms in two distinct hotel towers—Story and World™—each with a unique personality, designed to offer contemporary and stylish settings for an amazing Las Vegas resort getaway! The hotel features multiple restaurants, casino, outdoor pool, a spa and shopping.
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
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.
333 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA USA
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Get your kicks on Route 66 with a legendary trip across America. From Chicago to Los Angeles, your budget-minded tour of eight states includes stays in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
Your affordable holiday is just in time to attend the 18th Annual Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois. See automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts gather with hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage bikes with a salute to Route 66 and the tradition of the open road. The annual festival celebrates Route 66 (aka the Mother Road) which was called the “Main Street of America” and “Will Rogers Highway” for more than 50 years before the advent of the US Interstate system. Enjoy classic cars, live entertainment, contests and prizes, and other scheduled activities for the Route 66 and automotive enthusiast.
Visit Branson, Missouri – one of America’s most popular entertainment destinations – and opt for dinner and a show. Then just outside of Amarillo, Texas, see the famous Cadillac Ranch.
You’ll attend the amazing Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and see hundreds of hot-air balloons fill the sky with a multi-coloured display. Seize the chance to shop for artisan jewellery made by local craftsmen.
Your budget travel plans include an exciting detour from Route 66 with a night in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as a stop in Las Vegas with the option to relax by the pool, explore the Vegas Strip, or raft on the Colorado River. In Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy a tour of Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.
Discover vintage Americana, wide open spaces, and national treasures on your budget travel holiday across the USA.
Price based on 26 Sep 19
Price based on September 26, 2019 - October 13, 2019
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The beautiful South comes alive on this wonderful holiday featuring locations that have played a role in the evolution of American music. This southern U.S. tour starts with two nights in Chicago, ends with two nights in New Orleans, includes two nights in Nashville and Memphis, and an overnight in St. Louis. Enjoy a sightseeing tour or an orientation tour in each of the cities.
Highlights of this tour include places near and dear to music lovers’ hearts. In Nashville, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac, and RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio and where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and many more stars recorded their biggest hits. You’ll also enjoy the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a must for any country music fan and where you’ll have reserved seating for a show. In Memphis, see where the film, “Walk the Line,” was filmed and visit Graceland, Elvis’ palatial estate.
Other tour highlights include a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Experience a ride on the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Memphis to New Orleans. Watch for cotton fields and catfish ponds as you pass through Mississippi. In Louisiana, perhaps enjoy an optional boat cruise through the swampy waterways.
On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own or to join optional outings. In Memphis, you may want to join an optional excursion to Sun Studio or visit a blues club on famous Beale Street. In New Orleans, you may want to visit a plantation or shop in the French Quarter.
For music lovers and those desiring to experience the South, this value-minded tour is the perfect holiday!
Price based on 04 Nov 19
20 dates available
Price based on November 4, 2019 - November 15, 2019
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Experience the best of the West on this thrilling adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, scenic drives, and unique rock formations. This western U.S. tour begins and ends in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Fresno, Tulare, Modesto, San Francisco, Monterey, and Solvang.
Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stroll the rim and witness truly breathtaking landscapes, and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. More beautiful scenery awaits you on the drive between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. Witness stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and stop in Sedona, a thriving center of New Age set in massive red-rock formations. In contrast to the desert landscapes, enjoy 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll witness views of waves, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes.
On this western U.S. tour, spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with plenty of time on your own to explore. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars and enjoy an optional outing to see a Las Vegas show—the choice is yours! Other tour highlights are time in Carmel, a quaint and picturesque town; Monterey, where you’ll visit Fisherman’s Wharf, known for its historic waterfront, and Cannery Row, the famous street that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline; Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with scenic buildings and windmills; and Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission.
This is the perfect holiday for value-minded travellers!
Price based on 12 Apr 19
33 dates available
Price based on April 12, 2019 - April 28, 2019
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