Buckle up for an American escorted tour you’ll never forget, tracing the famed Route 66 from Chicago to the City of Angels. From the world’s tallest arch to high living in a desert oasis, tune in to the wild and welcoming spirit of The Main Street of America on one of our classic Route 66 coach holidays. You’ll visit some of the USA’s most beautiful national parks and historic cities!
The starting point of your Route 66 escorted tour is in Chicago, where you’ll have a full day to tour and explore the city before hitting the road for a good old-fashioned American road trip. Roll into Pontiac on your way to St. Louis, stopping by the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Lincoln’s tomb. The next stop is Branson, the “Live Musical Capital of the Universe”, before reaching Oklahoma, known for its cowboy culture and excellent barbecue.
Get back on the road for a scenic drive to Amarillo, passing by the National Route 66 & Transportation Museum and grabbing dinner at The Big Texan Steak Ranch. Travel on to Albuquerque and see the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation.
Wind along scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon and exploring the vast park for the day. Then it’s on to Las Vegas for some free time to spoil yourself before reaching your final destination and exploring Los Angeles. Check theYour Adventure section below for more details on the stops and activities you’ll be doing day by day – all within the comfort of your escorted tour, with expert guides to inform and entertain.
Flights from Dublin to Chicago and return from Los Angeles
1 checked bag per person roundtrip
Baggage Handling To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person
12 days coach tour
A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience
Meals: Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners
Based on 2 adults sharing
This is an indicative price, please call us to quote you for your chosen date
Travel dates in October
(Tours departing on October 5th include Balloon Fiesta and Shape Rodeo in Albuquerque)
Arrive in Chicago
Depart Los Angeles
Day 1 Arrive in Chicago
Welcome to Chicago! A friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Take a seat and enjoy an included pizza welcome feast. Connect with your new travel companions over big slices of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza at one of the Windy City’s pizza parlours.
Day 2 Chicago
This morning you will enjoy a panoramic city tour of Chicago and visit the intersection of E. Adams and S. Michigan in Downtown Chicago - the official starting point of Route 66.
Day 3 St Louis
Today you hit the open road. Travel west to Pontiac, home of the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum. Enjoy the nostalgic exhibits, then have lunch on your own. Next stop is Lincoln’s tomb, the resting place of the 16th President. Pull into St. Louis late this afternoon.
Day 4 Branson
This morning you will ride a tram 630 feet up to the top of the St. Louis' Gateway Arch, located at Gateway Arch National Park, then set off for Branson, the “Live Music Capital of the Universe.”
Day 5 Oklahoma City
Travel from Branson to Oklahoma City by way of Galena, Kansas. Route 66 goes right through Galena’s historic district. Oklahoma City, known locally as OKC, is renowned for its cowboy culture and excellent barbecue. Visit the Oklahoma City Memorial before checking into your hotel.
Day 6 Amarillo
National Route 66 & Transportation Museum. Enjoy lunch on your own in the charming town, then pull into Amarillo, TX for an included dinner at The Big Texan Steak Ranch.
Day 7 Albuquerque
Stop by Cadillac Ranch, one of Route 66’s stranger art exhibits. Cadillac Ranch consists of ten graffiti-covered Cadillacs buried nose deep in the hard dirt. After a short pit stop in Adrian, Route 66’s halfway point, arrive in Tucumcari for lunch on your own, before heading to Albuquerque.
Day 8 Flagstaff
Enjoy lunch on your own in Gallup, home to the flamboyant Hotel El Rancho that hosted many Golden Age movie stars while they shot classic westerns in the surrounding desert. Continue to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. The landscape is full of windswept buttes, barren mesas, and breathtaking vistas.
Day 9 Flagstaff
The beauty of the Grand Canyon is the complex and breathtaking result of billions of years of geographic tumult. It is a dramatic, dynamic display of earth’s power. Spend most of the day exploring the Grand Canyon on your own. Return to Flagstaff in the evening.
Day 10 Las Vegas
Your first stop today is Seligman, the “historic birthplace of Route 66." Kingman, Arizona, is full of murals dedicated to Route 66, and is a great place to grab lunch en route to Las Vegas. Arrive in Sin City this afternoon, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Day 11 Las Vegas
This morning enjoy a photo op at the Las Vegas sign followed by a tour of the Las Vegas Strip. Then, enjoy an optional tour or spend the day at your leisure. Perhaps explore the reinvigorated downtown, or spend some time at the world famous Strip.
Day 12 Los Angeles
After lunch in Barstow, visit Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch — one of Route 66’s quirkiest roadside attractions. Elmer Long created over 200 trees and cacti — artful eye-catching when illuminated by the hot desert sun.
Day 13 Los Angeles
Today we take a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the highlights of the City of Angels, including the Sunset Strip and Hollywood and Highland. Enjoy an included farewell lunch on the Santa Monica Pier, the end point of Route 66. Celebrate your trip by looking out at the ocean and up to the sign marked, “End of the Trail.”
Day 14 Depart Los Angeles
Say goodbye to this incredible Route 66 Escorted Tour! Take a transfer to Los Angeles International Airport and enjoy your flight home.