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Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

15 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

Explore historic Route 66, taking in Chicago, the Old West in Oklahoma or kick up your heels in Albuquerque.

"The experience was superb"

Alton

About this trip

It's all about the journey as we hit this famous highway from Chicago to L.A. Known as the Main Street of America, the stops on this 'bucket list' experience reveal classic Americana.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... racing to make the best barbecue sauce from the spices on your picnic table with real barbecue championship winners. A true American 'pit master' serves downhome dishes, from pulled pork to St Louis-style ribs.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: DRBF

14 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 14 full breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Chicago

Welcome to the starting point of Route 66. Get settled in at your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
The Palmer House Hilton Authentic Accommodation

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. Explore the history and cultural impact of America's Mother Road at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum. Roll on to Springfield, on the way to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Omni Majestic

3. St. Louis Sightseeing

Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience another American favourite with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery-from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room-where you enjoy a sample of this Cultural Insight. And what goes better with beer than barbecue? Learn to mix up your own sweet and spicy sauce with a team of master barbecue chefs and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest dinner, hot off the grill.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

4. St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson

Begin your day by crossing the Mississippi River via the Chain of Rocks Bridge. 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 on your own.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Radisson Branson

5. Branson – Tulsa – Oklahoma City (2 Nights)

Roll into eastern Oklahoma via an especially scenic stretch of highway known as the Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Museum dedicated to the famous American humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal in the vibrant warehouse district of Bricktown at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown

6. Oklahoma City Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, honouring the 1995 bombing victims. Then, get a taste of the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its collection of Native American art and outstanding display of antique firearms. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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 in Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas".

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Holiday Inn West

8. Tucumcari - Albuquerque

Visit the famed Cadillac Ranch, and quaint town of Tucumcari (as featured on Day 8 of the 14 day itinerary) en route to Albuquerque where you will gather this evening for the spectacular Balloon Glow where the balloons light their burners in unison to illuminate the night sky. Conclude your day with the bang of the After Glow fireworks show.

Hotel
Albuquerque at Old Town

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. Tonight, don your poodle skirt or leather jacket for a dinner at the 66 Diner with its 1950s jukebox and blue-plate specials.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner

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 films. Crossing into Arizona, watch the sun play over the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrified 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
DoubleTree Flagstaff

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 time to explore this natural wonder.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
National Park Lodges

12. Grand Canyon National Park – Seligman – Kingman – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

Hit the road again, passing through Seligman then Peach Springs, the town that was the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars. 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 to enjoy some free time.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Tropicana Las Vegas

13. Las Vegas Free Time

A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer; hit the casinos, do some shopping, take in a show. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Hoover Dam.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

14. Las Vegas – Los Angeles

Upon arrival in Los Angeles today, see the place where the route 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
Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodation

15. Depart Los Angeles

Say goodbye to the road and take flight after a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. You may wish to extend your stay in L.A. at The Millennium Biltmore.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA The nation's oldest continuously operating hotel, an Authentic Accommodation, hosts you along with entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, who were guests when the hotel was an entertainment epicentre in the mid 1900s.
    Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA Stay at a historic Authentic Accommodation, which has been the filming location for numerous award-winning feature films, television shows, cable specials and commercials.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy in a traditional, award-winning American barbecue meal.

  • Cultural Insights
    Sample beer from the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Chicago

    • View the outdoor installations at Cadillac Ranch and the Petrified Forest National Park

    • Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, Meramec Caverns, Branson, Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Tulsa, Clinton, Albuquerque, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas and Los Angeles


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 full breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 2 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : some peoples suitcases had to be replaced. Neither the tour director nor the driver had any navigational skills, and wrong turns were made too often. 48 people was far too many for one tour.Product : The tour needed at least 1 or 2 more days, and should have ended in Santa

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Terrific Trip Director Tom Keller. Very good Hotels and included Dinners.Product : Coach was cramped. 48 travelers + Trip Director and Driver is way too crowded for older travelers. Tour tried to jam too many unimportant sites into each travel date, and as a result, the day was

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