"Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
30 September - 11 October 2016
Price per person £3,750.00 No Single supplement
Deposit per person £150.00
|Join us for the ultimate American Road Trip. Route 66 was America's iconic motorway in the 20th century and it evokes memories of a time when a ride through the American countryside was the very definition of freedom. Led by historian Neil Mangum this is a New World trip for a lifetime!
Arrive in Chicago on your flight from London to be met by your tour manager.
Travel to Springfield, Illinois home of Abraham Lincoln while passing or stopping at a variety of memorable landmarks such as gangster Al Capone's headquarters, the Palmer House where Major Reno's (Little Big Horn) Court of Inquiry was held, Ambler's Texaco Station and the first ever truck stop on Route 66: Dixie Trucker's Home. In Springfield you will walk in Lincoln's footsteps and visit his tomb. Overnight Springfield.
Travel to St. Louis: A short day today with plenty of photo opportunities along original segments of Route 66 including the original brick road; walk the Chain of Rocks Bridge across the mighty Mississippi River, visit the courthouse where the Dred Scott slave case was heard and visit the St. Louis Arch. Overnight St. Louis.
Travel to Joplin, Missouri. Several years ago Joplin was destroyed by a massive tornado; see its miracle reconstruction a tribute to American spirit in the face of adversity. Along the way enjoy plentiful photo opportunities and visit Meramec Caverns where Jesse James and his gang hid out. You will also visit some of the first battles of the Civil War at Wilson's Creek and Carthage. Overnight Joplin.
Travel to Oklahoma City. Note the distinct change in landscape with prairie photo opportunities and a drive through the Galena, Kansas historic district and a visit to Baxter Springs Civil War battlefield, site of a famous massacre led by the notorious bushwhackers, Bloody Bill Anderson and William Quantrill. We will also visit the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the sobering Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Overnight Oklahoma City.
Travel to Amarillo. Visit the historic Fort Reno and the Historic Route 66 Museum and several historic Route 66 districts in Elk City and Sayre; visit the Washita Battlefield, site of one of George Custer's most controversial Indian Wars battles. Numerous photo ops and dinner at the legendary Big Texan--will you try their 72 ounce Sirloin Steak? Overnight Amarillo.
Travel to Albuquerque. En route visit the second largest canyon in the US at Palo Duro and see the Indian Wars battle of fought there. Photo opportunities of the Vega Hotel and Park Lake and Glenrio Historic Districts, walk Old Town Albuquerque and enjoy an authentic New Mexican dinner on the plaza. Overnight Albuquerque.
Travel to Williams, Arizona. The scenery turns to wilderness beauty as we tour Acoma Puebla and Painted Desert National Monument. Magnificent photo opportunities include Rio Puerco Bridge, Wigwam Village and Holbrook's La Posada Historic District. We will have lunch in the Fred Harvey House. The day concludes with a tour of Meteor Crater. Overnight for two nights Williams.
Take the Grand Canyon Railroad and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon. Overnight Williams.
Travel to Needles, California. Today we visit the Seligman historic district and Peach Springs Trading Post. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as we head towards the Route 66 Museum in Kingman and then drive through Oatman. Overnight Needles.
Our tour culminates with seven different photo opportunities including El Garces, the Harvey House Railroad Depot, Wigwam Village #7, Aztec Hotel, Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, Arroyo Seco Parkway arriving at Santa Monica Pier where we will get our certificates certifying we travelled the length of US Route 66. Then to Los Angeles International Airport for your return evening flight to London.
Arrive London Heathrow early morning.