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Route 66 Rail Tour

Route 66 Rail Tour


Scheduled flights | 15 nights accommodation | Chicago to Los Angeles train ticket | Exclusive travel information pack

Prices from £2,379

See iconic America at it’s best with a Route 66 rail tour from Complete North America.

Discover some of the most gorgeous cities in the United States on this Route 66 rail journey. Your trip kicks off in the breezy city of Chicago, the starting line for the famous Route 66, and ends in the palm-tree lined city of Los Angeles. Explore all the “Windy City” has to offer with a multi-day hop-on/hop-off sightseeing pass. Tour the famous St. Louis Arch. Enjoy a walking tour of Albuquerque’s scenic Old Town and take in the stunning architecture. Spend a day exploring the majestic Grand Canyon. This trip is the perfect way to see the breathtaking land of America!

Route 66 rail tour map


Take it as you see it or change it to suit. All C.N.A. holidays can be tailored to suit your own tastes & budget.

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.

By the time Route 66 had become America’s Main Street, it was intended to be replaced entirely by the new Interstate highway system. Some of it has. But Route 66 refused to die so other places still have the wonderful old trading posts, filling stations, motels, tourist traps, and diners that have been there for decades. Preservation groups are working diligently to preserve what remains of the authenticity and icons of America’s golden age of road trips. As you travel you can enjoy the scents of new mown hay and hickory smoke drifting from the pit barbecue chimneys. Taste a real American hamburger and a rich creamy malt prepared they way they used to be. Experience Sky City where Native Americans live exactly like they did four hundred years ago.

Day 1
Chicago Arrival

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

Welcome to Chicago! Today your journey begins with a 3-day hop-on / hop-off sightseeing pass. Visit the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and many more Chicago destinations. Don’t forget to hop-off and take a picture at the famous sign marking the start of Route 66!

Overnight – Chicago

Day 2

Enjoy the second day of your hop-on/hop-off city tour of Chicago. Then, after a fun day of sightseeing, head to dinner on us at a popular Chicago restaurant.

Overnight – Chicago (Dinner included)

Day 3
Chicago to St. Louis

Transfer on your own and board Amtrak to St. Louis.

Overnight – St. Louis

Day 4
St. Louis

Begin your day with a visit to the “Gateway to the West” at the St. Louis Arch. Tonight, visit one of the cities hot jazz and blues clubs to listen to some amazing entertainment and of course, St. Louis barbecue.

Overnight – St. Louis (Dinner included)

Day 5
Overnight Aboard Amtrak

Transfer on your own and board Amtrak to Albuquerque for a relaxing overnight trip along the Mother Road in your Coach accommodations.

Overnight – Amtrak

Day 6

Arrive in Albuquerque later this afternoon. Transfer on your own to your hotel. Today enjoy some free time exploring the sights and sounds of Albuquerque.

Overnight – Albuquerque

Day 7

Today, explore historic Old Town Albuquerque on a private walking tour. You will learn all about the history of Old Town and Route 66. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Overnight – Albuquerque

Day 8
Albuquerque to Williams

Transfer on your own and board Amtrak to Williams Junction. Upon arrival in Williams Junction, you will be transferred to Williams and the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Enjoy a good night’s sleep before awakening for your adventure to the Grand Canyon.

Overnight – Williams

Day 9
Grand Canyon Aboard Grand Canyon Railway

Enjoy breakfast at the Grand Depot Café before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway. Enjoy a Motorcoach tour of the South Rim with lunch.

Overnight – Grand Canyon (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 10
Grand Canyon

Enjoy today at leisure. Spend some of your free time enjoying the sights of the Canyon.

Overnight – Grand Canyon

Day 11
Grand Canyon to Flagstaff

Today, be sure to take in the fresh mountain air before departing early afternoon for Flagstaff. Upon arrival, explore the main drag of Route 66 and visit some of the popular Route 66 landmarks.

 Overnight – Flagstaff

Day 12
Flagstaff to Sedona to Kingman

Wake up refreshed and be ready to witness the Red Rocks of Sedona with your included Canyons & Cowboys jeep tour. Later in the evening, transfer on your own and board Amtrak to Kingman, AZ.

Overnight – Kingman

Day 13
Overnight Aboard Amtrak

Today, visit 3 museums in historic Kingman. Begin at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts to learn about the history of Arizona. Then continue onto the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum. Stunning murals, photos, and life size dioramas capture the spirit of the Main Street of America. Then finish at the Bonelli House, a family home that was built in 1915. Later in the evening, transfer on your own and board Amtrak to Los Angeles.

Overnight – Amtrak

Day 14
Los Angeles

Upon arrival early this morning, transfer on your own to your hotel. Spend the day exploring Hollywood at leisure. Stop by the Walk of Fame or venture up to Griffith Observatory to view the Hollywood sign.

Overnight – Los Angeles

Day 15
Los Angeles

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Los Angeles. See the homes of stars’, tour Hollywood, and visit the most popular California beaches. At Santa Monica Pier make sure to take a picture at the sign marking the end of Route 66

Overnight – Los Angeles

Day 16
Depart Los Angeles

Have a day in Los Angeles at leisure before flying home in the afternoon.

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
  • One-way Amtrak ® from Chicago to St. Louis; St. Louis to Albuquerque; Albuquerque to Williams; Flagstaff to Kingman; Kingman to Los Angeles in Coach accommodations
  • 13 nights’ hotel accommodations; 2 nights on board Amtrak
  • 4 meals included (1 dinner in Chicago, 1 dinner in St. Louis, 1 breakfast in Williams, 1 lunch in Grand Canyon)
  • Explore Chicago on a multi-day hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Ride the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch to get a bird’s-eye view of St. Louis
  • One-way aboard Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon
  • One-way shuttle transfer from Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff
  • Roundtrip transfer from Flagstaff to Sedona
  • Guided jeep tour in Sedona
  • Walking tour of Albuquerque’s Old Town and Route 66
  • Grand Canyon Motorcoach Rim tour with Lunch
  • Enjoy admission to 3 museums in Kingman including the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum
  • See the city, stars’ homes, and famous beaches on a guided city tour of Los Angeles

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.

Additional Experiences

Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

These might include:

  • City tours
  • Helicopter flights
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Restaurant reservations

There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.

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Route 66 Facts & FAQs

Over 30 questions regarding general Route 66 facts and Complete North America quirks and what you get booking through us!


Ultimate Route 66 Photo Gallery

This photo gallery includes over 100 photos taken by our clients and staff alike along their travels on the Mother Road!


The Mother Road – Day by Day Route 66 Blog

Our client Sue Wright has written a Route 66 blog detailing her day to day movements on her Route 66 holiday booked through Complete North America. You can read Part 2 here and Part 3 here


“Thank you and your team for your support with the logistics for our Route 66 Road Trip. 

We had an absolutely wonderful time and are so grateful for the opportunity.  The flights and car hire you arranged provided a seamless way of our getting on the road and seeing some amazing things – a trip of a lifetime.

Thank you again.  We are already planning another trip – this time to the Southern States and we shall not hesitate to use your services once more.”

The Hustler Party (Route 66)

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)

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