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Highlights of Route 66

Price per person
from £2,358

Price based on
London Heathrow
11th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 17 days

  • USA

  • On the go pace

  • 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!

At a glance

Chicago Sightseeing

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

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

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Customer Reviews

So well organised throughout....

14th October 2018
Mr James Mcdougall

So well organised throughout.

GREAT PLACES VISITED !!! BUT...

9th October 2018
Mr David Langrick

GREAT PLACES VISITED !!! BUT POOR TRAVELLING ARRANGENTS ON ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE // GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 !!!

Great holiday. Excellent tour manager and driver. Both were outstanding....

2nd July 2018
Mr Iain Anderson

Great holiday. Excellent tour manager and driver. Both were outstanding. Would have preferred more time in Pontiac, Elk City and downtown hotels in Albuquerque and Flagstaff (nearer Route 66) would have been preferable to the isolated ones we were at. Not sure why we went to Cameron Trading post when leaving Flagstaff instead of possibly spending time on Route 66 in the town. Grand Canyon hotel was disappointing. Possibly a hotel in Williams could be sourced. That said, we loved our trip and would recommend it. The only real complaint was the VIP taxi transfer did not appear for either journey to or from the airport and unfortunately we have a complaint pending regarding this.

...

21st June 2018
Mr Steve Wills

Coach was very comfortable, Driver excellent. Tour guide very helpful and...

14th June 2018
Mr Barry Euesden

Coach was very comfortable, Driver excellent. Tour guide very helpful and knowledgeable of the areas we were going to. Leaving and arrival times at hotels were great. Not to early start, not to late arriving at hotel.

The holiday was really good the only problem was the...

9th June 2018
Mr Peter Hammett

The holiday was really good the only problem was the pick up from the airport to the hotel, in the past someone would meet you at the airport and see you on to the right transport. Now you have a travel voucher there was no one at the desk to ask my phone would not work so was stranded, luckily a fellow traveller phoned and we were picked up. No a good start to the holiday.

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 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.

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:

  • Continental 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:

  • Continental 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.

Meals included:

  • Continental 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:

  • Continental 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. Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park

Day
11

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:

  • Continental 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 colourful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Continental 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.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
17

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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 26 September 2019

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

The Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile is a contemporary, modern destination hotel for leisure and business travellers alike, leaving no detail of amenity, service or comfort overlooked.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Springfield - Wyndham Springfield City Centre

Downtown Hotel & Conference Center with 30-story circular Tower above Atrium Mall.

  • Location

    700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

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

Drury Hotels carefully renovated the Union Market building in 1990, adding two additional stories for guest rooms. Built in 1925, original features were preserved in the hotel lobby and mezzanine meeting level.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Branson - Comfort Inn Thousand Hills

Modern Motor Inn situated in the music show area, convenient to Grand Palace, Andy Williams & Bobby Vinton Theaters.

  • Location

    203 S Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO 65616, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Oklahoma - Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

The Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Bricktown Entertainment District. Guestrooms are equipped with signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, single-serve coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee, and cable TV.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Amarillo - Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West

Situated near Westgate Mall our hotel offers an ideal home base for touring the area. Feel rejuvenated in our heated pool, whirlpool tub or fitness centre, and then settle into your room to enjoy free Internet and a 40-inch LCD TV.

  • Location

    2000 Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Albuquerque - Best Western Plus Rio Grande Albuquerque

Set in the heart of Albuquerque, the Best Western Rio Grande is close to many area attractions, including the zoo, botanic gardens, and turquoise museum to name a few. The hotel has an on site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The hotel also has a relaxing outdoor pool to cool off in.

  • Location

    1015 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA 

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Williams - La Quinta Inn & Suites - Grand Canyon area

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.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Las Vegas - SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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

    333 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

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