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Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

15 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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

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15 Days, 1 Country, 10 Cities

Route 66 with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque, USA

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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).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • 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).


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What's Included

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

    • 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 – 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 – Tulsa – Oklahoma City (2 Nights)

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Oklahoma City Sightseeing and Free Time

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Oklahoma City – Route 66 Museum – Amarillo

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Tucumcari - Albuquerque

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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 – Kingman – Las Vegas (2 Nights)

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Las Vegas Free Time

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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. Get settled in at your hotel. 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

Day 2

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

Hotel

Holiday Inn Downtown St. Louis

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Holiday Inn Downtown St. Louis

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

St. Louis Sightseeing Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 3

Day 4

St. Louis – Meramec Caverns – Branson Day 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.

Hotel

Radisson Branson

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Radisson Branson

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Branson Showboat and Dinner

Themed after the majestic showboats of the 1800s, the Showboat Branson Belle evokes the spirit of a bygone era when river boat adventure, glamorous travel and dazzling entertainment converged into what we remember as Those Grand Old Showboatin’ Days! See gorgeous views of Table Rock Lake when you take a lake cruise aboard the magnificent Showboat Branson Belle! Stroll the three decks, and enjoy panoramic views of the lush Ozark Mountains across the turquoise waters of Table Rock Lake. During your 2-hour lake cruise, experience fabulous Branson dining and the best in Branson shows. Your 2-hour cruise on magnificent Table Rock Lake, Missouri includes a delicious 3-course meal freshly prepared in the ship's galley and the Show – Celebrate, featuring music, comedy, magic and more. This is one of the most fun things to do at Table Rock Lake, so don’t miss the boat! Approx. duration: 3 hours

Adult Price: US$67.00

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Day 5

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

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 and Free Time Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

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. Crossing into the Texas Panhandle, return to Old Route 66 for a scenic drive before stopping in Amarillo, the "yellow rose of Texas".

Hotel

Holiday Inn West

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Holiday Inn West

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Tucumcari - Albuquerque Day 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

Meals

Hotel

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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Albuquerque – Flagstaff 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 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.

Hotel

DoubleTree Flagstaff

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

DoubleTree Flagstaff

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Flagstaff – Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon National Park 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 time to explore this natural wonder.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

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

Hotel

Tropicana Las Vegas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Tropicana Las Vegas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Adult Price: US$219.00

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: US$309.00

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-50 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: US$159.00

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Day 13

Las Vegas Free Time Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Las Vegas Sights And Lights

Join this exciting night on the town in the 'City That Never Sleeps!' You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$35.00

Hoover Dam Excursion and Mob Museum

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous Modern Marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam. Enter the base of Hoover dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines. The Powerplant Tour offers a combination of presentations by Reclamation guides, audio and film presentations, exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site. The Mob Museum showcases both side of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Approx. duration: 6 hours.

Adult Price: US$65.00

Hoover Dam Excursion

Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous Modern Marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam. First view the dam from the newly complete Mike O' Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere, just completed in 2010. Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the Unites State's largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead. Enter the base of Hoover dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines. Approx. duration: 4 hours.

Adult Price: US$50.00

Vegas! The Show

Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the iconic stars and personalities that helped to define the soul that created the Sin City we know today! Featuring some of the most beautiful showgirls in Vegas, and some of the best voices in the country, you can hear all of the hits from your favorite stars while witnessing the greatest moments that helped define Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. From the crooners of the Rat Pack to Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley and so many more. Experience the iconic personalities that helped shape the story of one of the greatest cities on Earth. Backed by a live big band orchestra, "Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns", this is the only production that will recreate the class, sass and excitement of old Las Vegas right before your eyes! Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Price: US$85.00

Day 13

Day 14

Las Vegas – Los Angeles Day 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.

Hotel

Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Los Angeles Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 15

Available Departures

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    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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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • 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


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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

    • 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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