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Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

15 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

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

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Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

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    Chicago, USA

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Buckle up for an American road trip you'll never forget, tracing the famed Route 66 from Chicago to the City of Angels. From the world's tallest arch to high living in a desert oasis, tune in to the wild and welcoming spirit of The Main Street of America.


      Trip type: Discovery

      Trip code: DRSB

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      19 Meals
      • 14 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive along Will Rogers Highway, Desert View Drive

        • Orientation of Chicago

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All 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


       

      Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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      Arrive Chicago

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      Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield – St. Louis (2 Nights)

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      St. Louis Sightseeing

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      St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson

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      Branson – Claremore – Oklahoma City (2 Nights)

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      Oklahoma City Sightseeing

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      Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum – Amarillo

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      Amarillo and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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      Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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      Albuquerque – Flagstaff

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      Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon National Park

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

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      Las Vegas

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      Las Vegas – Los Angeles

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      Depart Los Angeles

      Day 1

      Arrive Chicago Day 1 - Arrive Chicago

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

      Hotel

      The Palmer House Hilton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Palmer House Hilton Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

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      Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield – St. Louis (2 Nights) Day 2 - Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield – St. Louis (2 Nights)

      After an introduction to the Windy City, 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, where you learn to mix up your own dry rub and enjoy a rib-sticking Be My Guest barbecue dinner.

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      Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      St. Louis Sightseeing Day 3 - St. Louis Sightseeing

      Start the day with the view from atop the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch. Afterward, experience a Cultural Insight with a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery-from the stables of the Clydesdales to the tasting room. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson Day 4 - St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson

      Begin your day by going underground in Meramec Caverns, a former hideout of Jesse James. Then it's onward to the Ozarks and the lively American musical mecca of Branson to explore on your own.

      Hotel

      Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 5

      Branson – Claremore – Oklahoma City (2 Nights) Day 5 - Branson – Claremore – Oklahoma City (2 Nights)

      Roll into eastern Oklahoma via a scenic stretch of Will Rogers Highway. Stop to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous American humourist. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal.

      Hotel

      Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Courtyard Oklahoma City Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 6

      Oklahoma City Sightseeing Day 6 - Oklahoma City Sightseeing

      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. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum – Amarillo Day 7 - Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum – Amarillo

      In Clinton, explore a classic collection of Route 66 history, memorabilia and culture. Return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping in Amarillo.

      Hotel

      Embassy Suites Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Embassy Suites Downtown

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Amarillo and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Day 8 - Amarillo and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

      Visit the famed Cadillac Ranch and quaint town of Tucumcari 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

      Meals

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      Albuquerque at Old Town

      Meals

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      Day 9

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

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 10

      Albuquerque – Flagstaff Day 10 - Albuquerque – Flagstaff

      Cruise through Gallup this morning and see the historic El Rancho Hotel. Crossing into Arizona, watch the changing colours of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. See the Wigwam Motel and the Man Standing on the Corner before arriving in Flagstaff.

      Hotel

      DoubleTree Flagstaff

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      DoubleTree Flagstaff

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 11

      Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon National Park Day 11 - Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon National Park

      Stop at Cameron Trading Post and browse through the shop for Navajo crafts. This afternoon, wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon and spend the night inside the park.

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 12

      Grand Canyon National Park – Seligman – Las Vegas (2 Nights) Day 12 - Grand Canyon National Park – Seligman – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

      Hit the road again, passing through Seligman. Drive through a Route 66 ghost town along the original route to see the well-preserved motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler era. Then on to Las Vegas to enjoy some free time.

      Hotel

      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 13

      Las Vegas Day 13 - Las Vegas

      A full free day to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 14

      Las Vegas – Los Angeles Day 14 - Las Vegas – Los Angeles

      Travel from the desert of Las Vegas into Los Angeles. This evening, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Beverly Hills Marriott

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Beverly Hills Marriott

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Depart Los Angeles Day 15 - Depart Los Angeles

      Say goodbye to Route 66 with a trip to Santa Monica. Then take a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport or extend your stay in L.A.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA One of the nation's oldest continuously operating hotels, and 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.
        Stay at the Palmer House, a grand Chicago icon hailing back to 1873

      • Be My Guest
        Join owner and Pitmaster of Bootleggin' BBQ, Brenton Brown, for a culinary experience in traditional American barbecue including a trip out back to their charcoal grill for a demonstration on how St. Louis style ribs are smoked to perfection

      • Cultural Insight
        Explore the 150-year history of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis and sample its brews

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Scenic drive along Will Rogers Highway, Desert View Drive

        • Orientation of Chicago

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

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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

        • All 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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      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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