Historic Route 66
a journey through the heart of America17 days from £3,049 per person
The spirit of Route 66 is ingrained in the American psyche. Nicknamed the ‘Mother Road’ by John Steinbeck, this iconic highway represents America’s ideals of freedom. Our 17-day sweep from Chicago to LA is both an epic road trip and a journey of discovery through America’s heartland. We’ll take in Oklahoma, St Louis, Amarillo and Albuquerque, plus the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest national parks. Covering ‘more than two thousand miles all the way’, it’s perfect for fans of retro Americana.
Your holiday includes:
13 excursions and visits
- Tours of Chicago, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque
- Visits to the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame & Museum; and Historic Lincoln’s Tomb and Home
- Entry to New Salem; Fantastic Caverns; Palo Duro Canyon State Park; Petrified Forest National Park; Grand Canyon National Park; Calico ghost town
- Gateway Arch experience
- Guided tour of the Museum of Transportation
- 15 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Norwegian from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 3 meals: 3 breakfasts (days 5-6 and 9)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
UK - Chicago
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Chicago. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights.
Claridge House, Chicago (3-star)
A morning city tour introduces us to this magnificent city constructed along the shores of Lake Michigan. The afternoon is free to explore the ‘Windy City’.
Chicago - Springfield
This morning we take our first steps along the ‘Mother Road’. Although the roads have been changed and modernised through the years, our route over the following days still encompasses the Route 66 spirit that has enthralled so many since its inception in 1926. We stop to visit the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame & Museum, housing thousands of artefacts and memorabilia on this world-famous road. We continue south to the Springfield area, which President Lincoln called his home for so many years.
Wyndham Springfield City Centre (3.5 star)
Springfield - St Louis
Spend today learning about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Our first stop is President Lincoln’s tomb, the final resting place of the president after he was assassinated in 1865. We then visit Lincoln’s home, a National Historic site, and travel to New Salem, where Lincoln lived and worked for six years in the 1830s. This reconstructed village includes houses, shops and a general store, with information imparted by period costumed interpreters. We now head for St Louis, where we spend the next two nights.
Drury Inn Union Station, St Louis (3-star)
Today we take a trip to the top of the 630ft Gateway Arch, opened in 1965 to honour President Jefferson’s vision of the continental United States. The rest of the day is free to discover all that St Louis has to offer. Why not take a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi, tour the huge Anheuser-Busch Brewery or experience the beautiful Botanical Garden.
St Louis - Springfield
Our first stop today is at the Museum of Transportation. Over 20 classic locomotives are housed here, together with many classic motor vehicles, many of which would have taken the old Route 66 in years past. Later, we take a tour of the aptly named Fantastic Caverns to view the spectacular cave formations. Tonight we stay in Springfield, Missouri.
Oasis Hotel & Convention Centre, Springfield (3-star)
Springfield - Oklahoma City
Departing Springfield, we cross into Kansas and on to the state of Oklahoma and our lunch stop in Tulsa. This afternoon we continue to Oklahoma City, where on 22 April 1889 tens of thousands of settlers surged forward in the Great Land Run to grab their piece of glory and stake their claim on part of the two million areas of unassigned land then opened for settlement. Not surprisingly, Oklahoma City became known as ‘the city born in a single day’. On arrival we take an orientation tour, before checking into our hotel.
Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City (4-star)
Oklahoma City - Amarillo
We continue west, leaving the plains of Oklahoma for the oil-rich Texas Panhandle. We take time to view Palo Duro Canyon State Park, second largest in America and where spectacular vistas greet the eye. We continue to Amarillo for our overnight stay. Since it was founded in the 1880s, Amarillo has experienced many things, from civil war battles to the creation of many millionaires from the ‘black gold’ of the area.
Embassy Suites Amarillo-Downtown (3.5 star)
Amarillo - Albuquerque
Just outside Amarillo we catch a glimpse of a strange sight - ten half-buried Cadillacs, tail up in a field, which is said to represent the golden era of the car. Onward to New Mexico, known as ‘the Land of Enchantment’ and Albuquerque, a historic city dating back nearly 300 years. We take a brief orientation tour before checking into our hotel.
Best Western Rio Grande, Albuquerque (3-star)
Today is free to explore at your leisure. The Historic Old Town is worthy of exploration with its many museums and galleries.
Albuquerque - Flagstaff
Arizona greets us today as we make a visit to the Petrified Forest National Park, where quite literally the remnants of an ancient forest have been fossilised. Incorporated in the park is the Painted Desert, a vast arid badland scattered with buttes and mesas. We continue west to Flagstaff and stay for the next two nights.
Little America Hotel, Flagstaff (4-star)
Our journey today takes us to a true world wonder - the Grand Canyon. The colossal size is difficult to comprehend, especially as its creator, the mighty Colorado River, is so small in comparison. After an enchanting day with an opportunity to take a superb helicopter flight over the canyon, we return to our hotel at Flagstaff.
Flagstaff - Williams - Kingman - Las Vegas
Our scenic journey today takes us onwards for a brief stop at Williams, a town steeped in Route 66 history. Time to explore before travelling through Hualapai Indian country to Kingman. We continue to Las Vegas.
Golden Nugget Hotel (3.5 star) or Luxor Las Vegas (3.5 star)
Enjoy a whole day at leisure to explore the dizzying delights of Las Vegas. Perhaps wander down the famed Strip and watch the Bellagio Fountains, or try your luck in one of the casinos.
Las Vegas - Santa Monica
Today we continue our journey west to Barstow and a visit to Calico Ghost town, an old silver mining town which has become a popular tourist attraction. We continue our travels through the San Bernardino Mountains and down to Los Angeles. Taking Santa Monica Boulevard to the coast itself and the actual end of the road at the Pacific Ocean our journey is now complete. We check into our hotel for the last night of our adventure.
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica (4-star)
Day 16 Los Angeles - In flight
Today we transfer to Los Angeles Airport for a return flight to the UK.
Day 17 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationVisa is not included, please call for details
Only by air can you truly see the majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon and we are pleased to offer a selection of sightseeing flights. Whether you choose to take a helicopter or fixed wing flight the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon will not fail to impress you.
Fly with Maverick Helicopter Tours on this 25 minute Canyon Dancer Tour which offers stunning views of the Canyon. Begin at the South Rim and head north over the Colorado River to view deep gorges and some of the oldest exposed layers of rock in the world. Prices from £135 per person
This 45 minute Canyon Spirit tour with Maverick offers an enhanced experience taking you from the South Rim further into the Canyon. Follow the mighty Colorado River and climb above the North Rim to witness a fabulous birds-eye view across the Canyon. Prices from £165 per person
Please note: The maximum weight limit per person is 300 pounds while the total weight of the aircraft may not exceed 1,250 pounds (seven passengers). Guests over the weight limit will be required to purchase two seats.
Fixed Wing Flight:
Fly with Grand Canyon Airlines on their Grand Discovery Air Tour in a nineteen passenger Vistaliner where large panoramic windows offer ample opportunity to view the stunning scenery in a 40 minute flight of discovery. Prices from £110 per person
Please note: These optional excursions operate on the day your itinerary visits the Grand Canyon and are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions at the time of your scheduled flight in which case full refunds will be issued on your return to the UK.