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  • Route 66 Escorted Coach Tour

    YOUR COMPLETE TAILORED HOLIDAY INCLUDES:

    Scheduled flights | 14 nights accommodation | Chicago to Los Angeles luxury coach ticket | Exclusive travel information pack

    PRICES FROM £2600

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    Route 66 Escorted Coach Tour

    YOUR COMPLETE TAILORED HOLIDAY INCLUDES:

    Scheduled flights | 14 nights accommodation | Chicago to Los Angeles luxury coach ticket | Exclusive travel information pack

    PRICES FROM £2600

Discover the Mother Road the escorted way.

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.

EXPLORE ROUTE 66 BY COACH.

As this motorcoach tour is guided, the itinerary can’t be amended. However this tour can be done self-guided and can be flexible. Contact us for details.

All our holidays offer complete financial protection and you will receive a uniquely personalised travelling pack to ensure you get the most from your adventure.

Day 1
Chicago Arrival

Depart London Heathrow – 11:50
Arrive Chicago – 13:55
Journey Time – 8 hours 30 minutes

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.

Overnight – Chicago (Welcome Reception Meal Included)


Day 2
Chicago to Springfield to St Louis

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.

Overnight – St Louis (Breakfast included)


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.

Overnight – St Louis (Breakast and Be My Guest Dining included)


Day 4
St Louis to Meramec Caverns to 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.

Overnight – Branson (Breakfast incuded)


Day 5
Branson to Will Rogers Memorial to Oklahoma City

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.

Overnight – Oklahoma City (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner included)


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.

Overnight – Oklahoma City (Breakfast included)


Day 7
Oklahoma City to Route 66 Museum to 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.

Overnight – Amarillo (Breakfast and Dinner included)


Day 8
Amarillo to Albuquerque

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.”

Overnight – Albuquerque (Breakast and Dinner included)


Day 9
Albuquerque Sightseeing & Free Time

While Albuquerque didn’t boom until the coming of Route 66, the city existed for more than 300 years. Enjoy the day exploring on your own. Visit one of the many museums, relax in a cafe or perhaps opt to visit southwestern arts-filled Santa Fe.

Overnight – Albuquerque (Breakfast included)


Day 10
Albuquerque to 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.

Overnight – Flagstaff (Breakfast and Dinner included)


Day 11
Flagstaff to Cameron Trading Post to 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.

Overnight – Grand Canyon National Park (Breakfast included)


Day 12
Grand Canyon to Selifman to Kingman to 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.

Overnight  – Las Vegas (Breakfast included)


Day 13
Las Vegas to Hollywood to 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.

Overnight – Los Angeles (Breakfast included)


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.

Depart Los Angeles – 17:45
Arrive London Heathrow – 12:00 (Next Day)
Journey time – 10 hours 20 minutes

Your holiday includes

  • Scheduled flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • 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
  • 13 Full Breakfast and 6 Evening Meals – Welcome reception with light appetisers 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 by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • 14 nights 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 holiday

Travel Insurance

This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Chicago – Enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful lakefront city
  • Pontiac – Visit the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum
  • St. Louis – See the city’s famous Gateway Arch; take a guided tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery; explore the Italian side of the city
  • Meramec Caverns – Explore the one-time hideaway of legendary Jesse James
  • Branson – Kick your heels up in an All-American musical extravaganza destination
  • Tulsa – Visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum
  • Oklahoma City – Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • Clinton – Stroll through decades of history and culture at the Route 66 Museum
  • Amarillo – See iconic Cadillac Ranch, one of America’s most striking outdoor art installations
  • Albuquerque – Spend two nights in this major Route 66 outpost; enjoy a walking tour of Old Town
  • Petrified Forest National Park – Wonder at this ancient desert landscape
  • Flagstaff – See the charming historic downtown and the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest
  • Grand Canyon National Park – Travel along the canyon’s Desert View Drive
  • Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • Las Vegas – Visit the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
  • Los Angeles – Enjoy an orientation tour of this exciting city

 

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Do I need a visa to travel to the usa?

In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the VWP or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

British Nationals and travellers from other European countries can enjoy visa-exempt travel to and via Canada but must first use the online Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at a cost of CA$7.00 per person. Most online applications are approved with minutes by email but the process can take longer particularly if supporting documentation is requested. An eTA is valid for 5 years and allows you to travel for up to 6 months on any one visit.

You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

For applications and full information on the scheme please only visit – Official Canadian Government eTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the eTA scheme or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

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The trip itself was beyond our wildest dreams , everything was absolutely superb. All the accommodation was first class and everywhere was truly original . It was great when we arrived at each hotel/motel which all had great facilities.

The Canham Party (Route 66) -

I just wanted to thank you and the Complete North America team for your work in arranging our Route 66 Holiday in the USA. I could not have asked for a more efficient and well-organised plan which worked perfectly for us. The itinerary booklet was and excellent baseline to work from and everything just clicked into place.

The Canham Party (Route 66) -

Things we liked: easy driving roads, cheap petrol, wide open spaces – particularly the Mohave Desert, helpful American people, the Mustang. It was a wonderful trip and we met many interesting and friendly American people.

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