USA Route 66 escorted tour - URS19
Number of Days: 21
Route 66 including Hawaii
Sightseeing in Chicago, visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame in Pontiac, see the Gateway Arch National Park in St Louis, explore Cadillac Ranch, stand in awe at the Grand Canyon, walk the famous Las Vegas ‘strip’, guided sightseeing in Los Angeles, visit the ending point of Route 66 in San Diego, and much more!
21 DAY ITINERARY
Land tour commences in Chicago Saturday 22 June
Day 1 Friday 21 June: AUCKLAND – CHICAGO
This evening we depart Auckland Airport for Chicago where our adventure begins.
Day 2 Saturday 22 June: CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director will be on hand this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 3 Sunday 23 June: CHICAGO
Known as the “Windy City”, get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour that includes the sign marking the start of historic Route 66. This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 4 Monday 24 June: CHICAGO – PONTIAC - SPRINGFIELD
This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the ROUTE 66 HALL OF FAME and Museum in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. Then on to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit the ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM.
Day 5 Tuesday 25 June: SPRINGFIELD – ST. LOUIS
Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West”. Your orientation tour includes the towering GATEWAY ARCH National Park.
Day 6 Wednesday 26 June: ST. LOUIS - BRANSON
Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centres. Join us this evening for our optional award-winning buffet dinner and one of Branson’s top shows. B
Day 7 Thursday 27 June: BRANSON – ARCADIA – OKLAHOMA CITY
This morning, travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit POPS landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City. B
Day 8 Friday 28 June: OKLAHOMA CITY – ELK CITY - AMARILLO
Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the NATIONAL ROUTE 66 MUSEUM and take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere. B,D
Day 9 Saturday 29 June: AMARILLO – TUCUMCARI - ALBUQUERQUE
On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Across the New Mexico border, visit RUSSELL’S CAR MUSEUM, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. B
Day 10 Sunday 30 June: ALBUQUERQUE
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Consider a short walk to Old Town. After exploring more of this atmospheric city, seize the chance to rise the world’s longest aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine-tingling views of the desert floor, forests, and canyons below.
Day 11 Monday 01 July: ALBUQUERQUE – GALLUP – WINSLOW - WILLIAMS
This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indian, situated on 357-foot-high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a long time Hollywood connection. From Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequalled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon.
Day 12 Tuesday 02 July: WILLIAMS: EXCURSION TO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Wander along the canyon rim for breath taking views and wildlife. Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana-style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s. B
Day 13 Wednesday 03 July: WILLIAMS – SELIGMAN – LAS VEGAS
Depart Williams for Seligman home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. B
Day 14 Thursday 04 July: LAS VEGAS
A day at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venice canal or see man-eating sharks up close – it’s all possible in Las Vegas. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through the dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River.
Day 15 Friday 05 July: LAS VEGAS – BARSTOW – LOS ANGELES
Today, depart the man-made phenomenon of Las Vegas and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Visit the BARSTOW ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artefacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.”
Day 16 Saturday 06 July: LOS ANGELES
Savour the exciting “City of Angels” on our morning tour of glamorous Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Hollywood and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is at your leisure. D
Day 17 Sunday 07 July: LOS ANGELES - HONOLULU
This afternoon, depart Los Angeles and say ‘Aloha’ to Honolulu.
Day 18 Monday 08 July: HONOLULU
A day at leisure, why not check out historical Pearl Harbour or indulge in a little retail therapy at one of Honolulu’s impressive shopping malls.
Day 19 Tuesday 09 July: HONOLULU
Day at leisure.
Day 20 Wednesday 10 July: HONOLULU - AUCKLAND
This morning we say goodbye to Honolulu and board our flight to Auckland Airport where our adventure ends.
Day 21 Thursday 11 July: AUCKLAND
Arrival into Auckland Airport
Meals: B = Continental breakfast, D = dinner as per final itinerary.
Entrances and attractions as specified in final itinerary.
YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
- 1 pre tour night in Chicago
- 16 day Route 66 Tour including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and private airconditioned vehicles
- 3 night stopover package in Honolulu
- 6 Continental Breakfasts
- Professional Tour Director throughout the ‘Route 66’ tour
- First class air-conditioned coach with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the USA
- Airport transfers in Chicago, Los Angeles and Honolulu
- From $7,899 per person single supplements apply