Int’l Route 66 Mother Road Festival & ABQ Balloon Fiest Package from $1939/- (Posted on Jun 29 2011)

Int’l Route 66 Mother Road Festival & ABQ Balloon Fiest Package from $1939/-

INT’L ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD FESTIVAL & ABQ BALLOON FIEST – 2011
15 Days from Chicago to Los Angeles (8580)

Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans traveled from the 1920s thru the 1960s. Also known as the “Mother Road,” this historic route begins in Chicago and ends in Los Angeles. Now a preserved piece of history, its original purpose was to connect rural and urban communities to main streets, providing freedom of travel. On this vacation, you get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66.

Start your trip in Chicago and stop in Springfield, St. Louis, Branson, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. A few of the many highlights along the way include St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, Bill Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Springfield, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, and various Route 66 icons. The tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas.

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline

September 23rd departure: Come join us on this special departure and be a part of the International Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Illinois, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage motorcycles. Spend time in Springfield, so you can be part of all the action. When you arrive in Albuquerque, you’ll be part of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Stand in awe as you experience the morning’s pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension, where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors.

ITINERARY

Day 1  CHICAGO.
Welcome to the start of famous Route 66! Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2  CHICAGO.
Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to America’s tallest building, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and, of course, countless jazz and blues clubs. Experience this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile with 460 stores in eight city blocks, or stroll along Navy Pier. Tonight, join an optional Gangster Tour.

Day 3  CHICAGO–SPRINGFIELD.
Travel across the fertile Illinois farmlands, where the road is dotted with truck stops, diners, and quirky icons. Upon arrival in Springfield, visit BILL SHEA’S ROUTE 66 GAS STATION MUSEUM, a favorite stop for travelers. His memorabilia spans the lifetime of this famous road. Springfield is also the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit his home and the ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM.

Day 4  SPRINGFIELD–ST. LOUIS.
This morning we cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your city tour of St. Louis includes the towering GATEWAY ARCH. Ride to the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, why not enjoy some famous St. Louis barbecue?

Day 5  ST. LOUIS–BRANSON.
Today we travel through the Missouri countryside past Meramec Caverns, hideout of notorious bank robber Jesse James. Then, on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centers. Join us this evening for our optional evening to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where you’ll “shake, rattle & roll” with music stars from the ‘50s, ’60s, and ‘70s.

Day 6  BRANSON–OKLAHOMA CITY.
This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” and into cowboy country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. Stopover in Claremore to visit the WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM. Born on a sprawling frontier ranch in Oklahoma, Will Rogers was an Indian, a cowboy, a movie and Broadway star, a writer, a speaker, a comedian, and a world figure. View his collection of saddles, photos, and manuscripts that reflect on his incredible life. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City. (CB)

Day 7  OKLAHOMA CITY–AMARILLO.
A city tour this morning includes the NATIONAL COWBOY HALL OF FAME & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM, a national memorial to the American cowboy. See exhibits that include Native Americans, the American Cowboy and Rodeo, and more. A “must-see” is Prosperity Junction, a re-created Western town. From here, travel to Clinton, Oklahoma, where you’ll visit the OKLAHOMA ROUTE 66 MUSEUM, home to vintage cars, neon signs, a ‘50s diner, and drive-in theater. Continue through the rolling hill country into Texas and on to Amarillo, the state’s oil capital. Get into the Lone Star spirit tonight with our optional dinner of juicy Texas steak, served with heaps of Wild West atmosphere. (B)

Day 8  AMARILLO–TUCUMCARI–SANTA ROSA–ALBUQUERQUE.
On the way out of Amarillo, see the 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. Next, stop in Tucumcari to hear the ancient Indian fable of how the city received its name, shop for souvenirs at Tepee Curios, and see the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers of Route 66 since 1939. Continue along old Route 66 west to Santa Rosa. Look for the signs of the good ol’ days: Comet Drive-In, Silver Moon, Sun and Sand, and the still-grinning faces of Fat Man billboards outside of town. Visit the ROUTE 66 AUTO MUSEUM to see memorabilia and cars of the era. Upon arrival in Albuquerque, an included guided walking tour features Albuquerque’s Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Next, visit Central Avenue, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. (CB)

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. Visit the renowned Albuquerque Museum of Art & History that features southwestern art and 400 years of Albuquerque history. After spending the rest of the day 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–GALLUP–HOLBROOK–WINSLOW–FLAGSTAFF.
This morning, visit ACOMA SKY CITY, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 357-foot-high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this city 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 Redskin, filmed in 1929, to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. Tonight is in Flagstaff, nestled at the base of the San Francisco Mountains. Perhaps visit the Museum Club, a great place to scoot your boots and soak up some honky-tonk history.

Day 11  FLAGSTAFF–GRAND CANYON.
Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the GRAND CANYON. Wander along the canyon rim and experience breathtaking views. Perhaps join the optional helicopter “flightseeing” tour. Tonight you stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. (B)

Day 12  GRAND CANYON–WILLIAMS–SELIGMAN–LAS VEGAS.
Return to Route 66 and pass through historic Williams, which is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. Make sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Later today, visit Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

Day 13  LAS VEGAS.
Enjoy a day at leisure. 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. 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. In the evening, join an optional night out at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

grand canyon skywalk

grand canyon skywalk

Day 14  LAS VEGAS–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. Time to stop in Barstow to visit the ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD MUSEUM, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Continue on to Los Angeles, the “Capital of Glamour.” Join us tonight for an optional farewell dinner celebrating your journey along “America’s Main Street.”

Day 15  LOS ANGELES.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Los Angeles International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

ACCOMMODATION
MEALS – (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
2 breakfasts (B), 2 continental breakfasts (CB)

HOTELS – (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist-Class (T) Tourist Class
Chicago Red Roof Inn Chicago (T); Springfield Hilton Springfield (F); St. Louis Millennium Hotel (F); Branson Comfort Inn Thousand Hills (F); Oklahoma City Best Western Saddleback Inn (MF); Amarillo Holiday Inn (ST); Albuquerque Best Western Rio Grande Inn (ST); Flagstaff Drury Inn and Suites Flagstaff (ST); Grand Canyon N.P. Grand Canyon Lodges (NP); Las Vegas Tropicana (F); Los Angeles Los Angeles Marriott (MD)

HIGHLIGHTS

INCLUDED FEATURES
In Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles; Gateway Arch, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Route 66 Auto Museum, Route 66 Mother Road Museum. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Note:
This departure includes all the activities on our regular departures, except the visit to Acoma Sky City.
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Route 66, Acoma Sky City, Grand Canyon National Park, and Route 66 icons: Cadillac Ranch, Tucumcari, and Wigwam Village.

INSIDE VISITS
Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.

GUIDES
Services of a professional Tour Director.

DATES & PRICES
View the following dates and prices to find just the right date for your vacation. Below you’ll find the date the vacation starts and date you’ll return.

Tour Start Date Return Date Land/Cruise Price
22-Sep-2011 06-Oct-2011 $1939
22-Sep-2011 06-Oct-2011 $1939
23-Sep-2011 07-Oct-2011 $1939

Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable and are included in the invoice at the time of the booking. Please contact your local travel agent to check the exact amounts. The amount varies for each vacation.

Single Room Supplement: $800
Triple Room Reduction per person: $174

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Additional accommodations before or after your vacation may be available at our low prices.

Additional Information:
Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.

Taxes & fees
Taxes and fees are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full land and air deposit are received.
Applicable Taxes and Fees (Airfare & Charges Not Included in the Price)

Not Included In Your Vacation Price (Land-Only or Cruise-Only)
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 $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees between $200 – $375 per person; port taxes; passports; visas 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 Globus 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); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Trip Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.

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Int’l Route 66 Mother Road Festival & ABQ Balloon Fiest Package from $1939/-

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