Route 66 - Coach Tour:
Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles California!
Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans traveled from the 1920s through the 1960s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.
Visit Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, which features memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. In Oklahoma, at the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, antique cars and historic documents help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In New Mexico, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Overnight in Williams Arizona—listed in the National Register for Historic Places and where you’ll see neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Before arriving at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, visit the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, which displays memories in such settings as a 50’s diner, VW Love Bus and the 1917 Model T Ford.
This tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas. In Springfield, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and in St. Louis, witness amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch.
These are just some of the many highlights of this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travelers. Sit back, relax, and let Cosmos handle the driving and details while you enjoy!
May 4th -May 22
DAY 1 CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.
DAY 2 CHICAGO
Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. 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. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile, or stroll along Navy Pier.
DAY 3 CHICAGO–PONTIAC–SPRINGFIELD
This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and enjoy the nostalgic photos and postcards from the “Mother Road’s” heyday. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
DAY 4 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. Ascend to the top of the 630-foot-tall arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.
DAY 5 ST. LOUIS–BRANSON
Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centers. Your Tour Director will make suggestions for independent exploration.
DAY 6 BRANSON–TULSA–OKLAHOMA CITY
This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. In Tulsa, see the “East Meets West” sculpture that pays tribute to Cyrus Avery, “The Father of Route 66.” Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.
DAY 7 OKLAHOMA CITY–ELK CITY–AMARILLO
Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the National Route 66 Museum. Take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through—from Illinois all the way to California. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the Yellow Rose of Texas.
DAY 8 AMARILLO–TUCUMCARI–ALBUQUERQUE
On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Across the New Mexico border, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios. See the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers of Route 66 since 1939. Visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Afterward, there’s free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Spanish-style plaza.
DAY 9 ALBUQUERQUE
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or sunbathe in the New Mexico sunshine. Consider a short walk to Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Hone your bargaining skills with the local craftsmen who line the square to sell their lovely silver and turquoise jewelry. After exploring more of this atmospheric city, seize the chance to ride 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 10 ALBUQUERQUE–ACOMA SKY CITY–GALLUP–WINSLOW–WILLIAMS
This morning, visit Acoma Sky City, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 367-foot-high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this community and its inhabitants, and peruse Acoma pottery and jewelry. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From classic westerns to the more recent Adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66.
DAY 11 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 breathtaking views and wildlife. Elk are frequently spotted grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour? Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana-style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s, and home of Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, featuring highway memorabilia. Be sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.”
DAY 12 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. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.
DAY 13 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 Venetian canal, or see man-eating sharks up close—it’s all possible in Las Vegas. Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River.
DAY 14 LAS VEGAS–VICTORVILLE–LOS ANGELES
Today, depart the man-made oasis of Las Vegas, and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Visit the California Route 66 Museum, which displays memories in such settings as a 50’s diner, VW Love Bus and the 1917 Model T Ford. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “City of Angels.”
DAY 15 LOS ANGELES
Join an exciting morning tour of the glamorous side of L.A. in Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is yours to shop for souvenirs or relax by the pool.
DAY 16 LOS ANGELES
Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further. Your Tour Director will have suggestions.
Visit Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
Visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Orientation tour; visit the Gateway Arch National Park
National Route 66 Museum
Visit Old Town and Acoma Sky City
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Historic Route 66
Orientation tour of the famous Las Vegas “Strip”
Visit the California Route 66 Museum
Sightseeing; ending point of Historic Route 66
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
Maximum elevation on tour: 7,262 ft
3 breakfasts, 5 continental breakfasts
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North
Set in downtown, this contemporary hotel is a mile from both the Museum of Contemporary Art and Navy Pier and only a half mile from a shopper's dream on the Magnificant Mile. The relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, desks and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges and coffeemakers. Amenities include a fitness center, a business center, and guest laundry facilities.
Wyndham Springfield City Centre
Downtown Hotel & Conference Center with 30-story circular Tower above Atrium Mall.
Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
Drury Hotels carefully renovated the Union Market building in 1990, adding two additional stories for guest rooms. Built in 1925, original features were preserved in the hotel lobby and mezzanine meeting level.
Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills
Modern Motor Inn situated in the music show area, convenient to Grand Palace, Andy Williams & Bobby Vinton Theaters.
Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
The Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Bricktown Entertainment District. Guestrooms are equipped with signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, single-serve coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee, and cable TV.
Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West
Situated near Westgate Mall our hotel offers an ideal home base for touring the area. Feel rejuvenated in our heated pool, whirlpool tub or fitness center, and then settle into your room to enjoy free Internet and a 40-inch LCD TV.
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Albuquerque
Set in the heart of Albuquerque, the Best Western Rio Grande is close to many area attractions, including the zoo, botanic gardens, and turquoise museum to name a few. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The hotel also has a relaxing outdoor pool to cool off in.
La Quinta Inn and Suites-Grand Canyon Area
Nestled in breathtaking views of the pines, this hotel features comfortable guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness center.
Sahara Las Vegas
SLS Las Vegas features over 1,300 guestrooms in two distinct hotel towers—Story and World™—each with a unique personality, designed to offer contemporary and stylish settings for an amazing Las Vegas resort getaway! The hotel features multiple restaurants, casino, outdoor pool, a spa and shopping.
Stunning downtown hotel comprising 5 glass towers and a 6 storey atrium lobby with fountains. Facilities include an outdoor pool, health club, spa and on site shopping mall. Dining faciilities include a lobby bar and bistro restaurant - The Lakeview Bistro - and a famous steakhouse on the 35th floor - LA Prime - which offers spectacular views of the downtown area. On the 34th floor is a revolving lounge and restaurant - the Bona Vista Lounge
No Excursions are available at this time.
RATES AND DATES:
You'll be able to select the number of people traveling, add Travel Protection, and also get an air-inclusive vacation price. You'll find we offer competitive and hassle-free air-inclusive vacations where you receive free airport transfers and flights coordinated with vacation dates.
The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees. Once you click "Reserve Now", you will be able to receive an air quote and a final vacation quote.
5/11/2024- 5/26/2024 $3,099
5/25/2024- 6/9/2024 $3,099
6/8/2024- 6/23/2024 $3,099
7/6/2024- 7/21/2024 $3,099
8/24/2024- 9/8/2024 $3,099
8/31/2024 -9/15/2024 $3,099
9/7/2024- 9/22/2024 $3,099
9/14/2024- 9/29/2024 $3,099
2023 departures still available
Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.
Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Cosmos, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Cosmos, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Cosmos to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Cosmos menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Globus offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Globus in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable per person service fee ($30 for North/Central America, $50 for Europe/Middle East and $80 for all other destinations. Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Globus has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
Air-Inclusive Vacations — Applicable Taxes & Fees
Air-inclusive vacations include government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.
The Land Price does not include airfare. Other taxes and fees may apply.
All pricing displayed before entering the Online Reservations System are “Starting At” prices and do not include any upgrades, add-ons or modifications. Specifically for Avalon cruises, all Category pricing is the “Starting At” price and does not include stateroom upgrades. As well as, Monograms package prices are for base hotels and does not include any hotel selections or upgrades.
Intra-Vacation Flight Price*
Some Globus family of brands vacations have Intra-Vacation Flights between destinations. If it is required that these flights be purchased by the traveler from the Globus family of brands, you will see an additional column in the Departures List next to the Land/Cruise Price column. The column is labeled, "Intra-Vacation Flight Price" and this price is per person and includes taxes and fees. If the vacation has Intra-Vacation Flights, but it's optional to purchase them from the Globus family of brands, after you click Book Now, you will be shown a screen that you can decide to book the vacation "Fully Air-Inclusive" (with International Flights and Intra-Vacation Flights), just the "Intra-Vacation Flights" or without airfare.
Space on this departure is currently not available for reservation.
Space may be available upon special request. Contact us via e-mail or by phone.
A departure that is guaranteed except in situations beyond our control.
Due to inventory and time of year, this departure historically sells out quickly. Early booking is encouraged.
Indicates an additional coach on the same departure date traveling on the same itinerary utilizing the same quality of hotels.
Indicates that there are no departures remaining for this vacation.