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Solar Eclipse - Route 66

13 Nights Tour from £3,439 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

The incredible opportunity to see the Total Solar Eclipse will be the highlight of this unique 13 night small group escorted tour. Starting in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles, you’ll be taken along the iconic Route 66 - passing by incredible attractions including Lincoln’s House and Lucille’s Service Station, and the dynamic cities of Springfield, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

On 21st August 2017 the phenomenon of the Total Solar Eclipse will take place, and your tour will seek out a breath-taking view of the display in the bustling metropolis of St Louis – a truly unforgettable experience.

With plenty of thrilling excursions and fascinating attractions, you’ll be sure to experience a true American road trip on this fantastic tour through eight of the USA’s most lively states.

Highlights

  • Witness the natural phenomenon of the Total Solar Eclipse in St Louis
  • Explore the historic Coleman Theatre
  • Entry to Abraham Lincoln’s House and Museum
  • Enjoy an overnight stay at the famous El Rancho Hotel
  • Discover the mighty Hoover Dam
  • Marvel at the Las Vegas Strip and Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit iconic Santa Monica pier

Details

Day 1

On arrival in Chicago you will have the day and evening to explore the bustling city. Grab a delicious deep-dish pizza, get a panoramic view of the cityscape on top of the Willis Tower, or walk along the winding Lake Michigan. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm in your hotel where you will meet your tour leader and other excited travellers. There are also the optional excursions of Bobby’s Bike Hike and the Museum of Science and Industry at an additional cost.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 2

Start the day with a drive south to Springfield, the lively capital of Illinois. First you’ll visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, exploring the home Lincoln once lived in with his wife before becoming the US President in 1860. The rest of the day will be free to taste Springfield’s renowned corn dogs and drive-thru restaurants.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 3

Today is August 21st 2017, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse phenomenon. You’ll depart early to St Louis in order to get to the best vantage point, and a private vehicle will be on hand to take you to the centre line of the eclipse track if possible. The rest of the day will be spent marvelling at The Gateway Arch and visiting the iconic Route 66 attraction, Ted Drewes, to taste a sumptuous ‘Concrete’ milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 4

You’ll be exploring Branson today, home to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and a rich country music heritage. There are more than 50 dinner theatres and shows to enjoy during your day of leisure, and optional additional cost excursions including the Meramec Caverns and Dixies Stampede Dinner.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Days 5-6

You’ll start day five with a drive to Oklahoma City, an energetic cowboy city you’ll be free to explore for a whole day and evening. Your tour will take you to the fascinating Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and Coleman Theatre, and there is an optional add-on excursion to visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, full of Western and Native American artwork and artefacts.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 7

On your way to Amarillo you’ll visit the official Route 66 Museum to learn about the legends of the road and the history of the route, with a short stop to Lucille’s Service Station and Roadhouse. There’s an optional meal at the Big Texan Steak Ranch at an additional cost – though if you eat a 72oz steak in less than an hour you’ll get it for free.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 8

Cadillac Ranch is your first port of call, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. They welcome visitors to graffiti in the ranch, so buy a spray can and create some art. Afterwards you’ll stop at Midpoint Café; the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, to try its famous hot coffee and rolls, before driving through the Tijeras Canyon and taking scenic stops at Tucumcari Post and Curios.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 9

Drive along the Rio Puerco Valley to the ancient Inscription Rock; a cliff face at the El Morro National Monument, to witness the fascinating Native American Petroglyphs. After crossing the Continental Divide you’ll stop at your historic hotel for the night – El Rancho Hotel – which has had John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests. There are also optional excursions at an additional cost, including exploring the Acoma Indian Reservation and Sky Pueblo.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Days 10-11

Witness the natural beauty of Petrified Forest National Park’s colourful layered rocks, before passing through Winslow to see the location of the Eagles’ lyrics ‘standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona’. Afterwards you’ll be amazed by the depths of the Grand Canyon, and you’ll have the rest of the day to explore its landscape at your leisure. We highly recommend the optional excursion of a helicopter ride over the canyon (at an additional cost), or explore the grounds with a venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. For those wanting an easy stroll, meander along the West Rom Trail and catch a shuttle bus to Hermit’s Rest. In the evening, you have the option to head to the IMAX Theatre to watch ‘The Grand Canyon Experience’ film and marvel at the sunset.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Days 12-13

Route 66 takes you through the colourful, quirky town of Seligman before driving alongside the gigantic Hoover Dam and reaching Las Vegas. After a city tour of Las Vegas’ quirkiest attractions and its rich history, you’ll have the rest of the time free to explore the vibrant Strip yourself. Get a bit of last-minute shopping done, or take your pick of some fantastic attractions (at an additional cost), including club and casino shows, go karting, helicopter flights, gun ranges, limo rides and even roller coasters.

Hotel included, meals paid locally.

Day 14

On your last day you’ll be driven across the rugged plains of the Mojave Desert to the summery city of Los Angeles, before toasting farewell at the Santa Monica Pier. The tour ends at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm.  Depending on return flight schedules an extra night may be required in Los Angleles.

  • Return international flights
  • Professional tour leader
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transfer via coach
  • Tours as listed: tour of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Total Solar Eclipse viewing, Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and Coleman Theatre, official Route 66 Museum, Lucille’s Service Station and Roadhouse, drive through the Tijeras Canyon, explore Petrified Forest National Park, witnessing The Grand Canyon, visit to Hoover Dam

Not included:

  • Meals not included, we recommend you allow around $50 a day
  • Bobby’s Bike Hike - $35
  • Museums in Chicago - $20-50
  • Museum of Science and Industry - $18
  • Meramec Caverns - $25
  • Dixies Stampede Dinner - $55-60
  • Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum $13
  • Acoma Indian Reservation and Sky Pueblo - $23
  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight - $284
  • Grand Canyon IMAX theatre $15
  • Clubs and Casino shows in Las Vegas - $10+
  • Go karting in Las Vegas - $25
  • Helicopter flight in Las Vegas - $115
  • Gun range in Las Vegas - $20-100
  • VIP club tour in Las Vegas - $100
  • Limo ride in Las Vegas - $25-30
  • Roller coasters in Las Vegas - $14-30

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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