Route 66 with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

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Drive along historic Route 66, USA
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  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Take a ride through historic Route 66 beginning at the lakefront city of Chicago on this guided trip. Get a taste of the Old West in Oklahoma City, kick up your heels in Albuquerque and indulge in all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and Hollywood. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon and take in all the scenic vistas along the way. An unforgettable trip of the famous Route 66.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE CHICAGO

    Welcome to the starting point of Route 66! Get settled in at The Palmer House, an Authentic Accommodation, and the nation’s oldest continually operating hotel. Hosting entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, this elegant hotel became an epicenter for entertainment in the early 1900s. Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds, relaxing from your travels or head outdoors to get acquainted with the city of Chicago. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: The Palmer House Hilton (MD)

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  • 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. Just outside Chicago, see several of Route 66's original gas stations. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Roll on southwest to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Omni Majestic Hotel (MD)

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  • Day 3

    ST. LOUIS SIGHTSEEING

    Get ready for a real taste of America's Midwest today, starting with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Head to "The Hill" and learn about St. Ambrose Church, the history of the Italian Immigrants and why they came and stayed in St. Louis. This Unique Insight introduces you to wonderful Italian markets and the ancient game of Bocce. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery—from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room—and enjoy a taste of this Local Speciality as well. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master BBQ chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill.


    Meal(s): (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, named for the rocks that made crossing the river so rough before the bridge was built in the 1960s. As you near the middle, keep your eyes peeled for the bridge's most notable feature, a 22-degree bend. 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 Branson Landing, a shopping, dining and entertainment hub on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. Tonight, perhaps get your kicks at an optional dinner show.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing (F)

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  • Day 5

    BRANSON – WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL – OKLAHOMA CITY (2 NIGHTS)

    Roll on through historic Joplin, Missouri into eastern Oklahoma, an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humorist who once said "I never met a man I didn't like." See more classics of the Old Road such as the Round Barn in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown (MF)

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  • Day 6

    OKLAHOMA CITY SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. After lunch, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. The rest of the day is yours to explore historic Bricktown.


    Meal(s): (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 at Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas."


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Ambassador Hotel (F)

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  • Day 8

    AMARILLO – ALBUQUERQUE (2 NIGHTS)

    Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt, the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation just outside 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. Take a walking tour of Old Town and see the old adobe architecture with a Local Expert. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials that have hardly changed since the heyday of the "Main Street of America."


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel (SF)

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  • Day 9

    ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA

    Rise early to watch the greatest show in the air. Gaze in wonder as hundreds of brightly coloured hot air balloons rise into the clear blue autumn sky. Gather again this evening for the spectacular Balloon Glow where all the balloons light their burners in unison to illuminate the night sky. Conclude your day with a bang—the After Glow fireworks show!


    Meal(s): (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 flms. Crossing into Arizona, watch the sun play over the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrifed 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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Woodlands Hotel (F)

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  • 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 plenty of time to explore this natural world wonder. For more stunning views, take an optional plane or helicopter trip to see the canyon from the sky.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 12

    GRAND CANYON – SELIGMAN – KINGMAN – LAS VEGAS

    Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. Then 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. The afternoon and evening are yours to hit the Strip, catch a show or try your luck at the slots.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Paris Las Vegas (SF)

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  • Day 13

    LAS VEGAS – HOLLYWOOD – LOS ANGELES

    Travel from Sin City to the City of Angels today, with one last jaunt on Route 66 near the town of Barstow. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, see the sights, including Grauman's Chinese Theater, Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard and the place where the road comes to an end, Santa Monica and the great Pacific. This evening, celebrate your journey at a festive Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (SF)

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  • Day 14

    DEPART LOS ANGELES

    Say good-bye to the road and take flight after a complimentary transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Be the guests of master barbecue chefs for an outdoor feast of traditional American barbecue.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery and sample the beer.
  • Local Expert Take a walking tour of Old Town Albuquerque.
  • Unique Insight Visit "The Hill," where Italian Immigrants came and settled in St. Louis and learn about Bocce and even try your hand at a few frames of the game.
  • Authentic Accommodation The Palmer House, in Chicago, houses the largest collection of impressionist art outside of France and is an entertainment epicenter having hosted legendary performers.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ChicagoEnjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful lakefront city.
  • PontiacVisit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum.
  • St. LouisSee the city's famous Gateway Arch; take a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery; explore the Italian side of the city.
  • Meramec CavernsExplore the one-time hideaway of legendary Jesse James.
  • BransonKick your heels up in an all-American musical extravaganza destination.
  • TulsaVisit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
  • Oklahoma CityVisit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
  • ClintonStroll through decades of history and culture at the Route 66 Museum.
  • AmarilloSee iconic Cadillac Ranch, one of America's most striking outdoor art installations.
  • AlbuquerqueSpend two nights in this major Route 66 outpost; enjoy a walking tour of Old Town.
  • Petrified Forest National ParkWonder at this ancient desert landscape.
  • FlagstaffSee the charming historic downtown and the world's largest Ponderosa Pine forest.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkTravel along the canyon's Desert View Drive.
  • Las VegasVisit the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Los AngelesEnjoy an orientation tour of this exciting city.

Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Chicago
    • Be My Guest dinner with drinks in St. Louis.
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Oklahoma City
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Los Angeles

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation

Airport Transfers

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