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  • Illinois

    Chicago Springfield

    From cosmopolitan cities to wide open spaces and from historical attractions to modern day shopping malls, the character filled state of Illinois offers tourist trails suited to fulfill every visitors’ individual interests. 

    • Downtown Chicago

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    • Starved Rock State Park

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    • Springfield

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    • Blue Chicago

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    • Cloudscape, Chicago

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    • Lincoln Sculpture, Springfield

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    Renowned as the starting location of the infamous Route 66, symbolising optimism, freedom and the great America dream, this drive is taken by thousands every year retracing the storied route.

    In addition, outdoor enthusiasts journey the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, tracing the path of the mighty Mississippi River, glimpsing civil war homes, wineries and historical maritime sites. Follow the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, hike the Giant City State Park, bike the Tunnel Hill State Trail, canoe Cache River State National Area or practice your swing on the Southern Illinois Golf Trail, or combine them all, the options are almost endless.

    Sitting on Lake Michigan, segmented by the Chicago River, Chicago attracts visitors from near and far to experience its magic. The city’s museums are world renowned, The Art Institute, Field Museum and Museum of Science and Industry to name but a few. Year round outdoor fun can be enjoyed at Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Grant Park and Lincoln State Zoo which also hold some spectacular summertime events. No visit to Chicago is complete without heading to the top of Sears Tower for a birds eye view of the city, or walking the Magnificent Mile, so named for its fabulous mile long stretch of shops and boutiques. Evenings are just as enchanting. Take in a show in the Loop Theatre District, dine in one of the fine American or ethnic restaurants, listen to the Blues in Kingston Mines or enjoy a sporting event at Soldiers Field.

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    • Top Tip 1

      The best way to see Chicago is on the two hour Architectural River Cruise. Narration is by volunteers from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Or take a Segway tour with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours. They make it safe as well as fun (for ages 14 years and over).

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      Experience breakfast in one of the best Chicago diners, in our opinion. Eleven City Diner is full of character, as well as characters! It's far more fun than a chain restaurant!

    • Top Tip 3

      If you're visiting Chicago during the summer, check out the dates of the two day Chicago Air and Water Show. Get down to the beach and enjoy the outdoor spectacular.

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  • Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

    Alternative Durations

    Should you not have a full 23 days available to do the full length of Route 66, then we can offer shorter duration trips for you to enjoy 'the mother road'. Please see details below:

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

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    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    202Mi/325Km

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    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    96Mi/155Km

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    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    289Mi/465Km

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    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    113Mi/182Km

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    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    107Mi/173Km

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    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

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    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    279Mi/449Km

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    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    61Mi/98Km

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    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    140Mi/226Km

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    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    186Mi/299Km

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    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    167Mi/269Km

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    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    207Mi/333Km

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    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    131Mi/211Km

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    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    13Mi/21Km

    Prices

    From £3092 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alternative Durations

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    From £2165 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    From £2415 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge on car hire is not included in these prices and is payable locally.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly.

    Journey The Great Lakes

    Begins in and ends in Chicago, Illinois

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to October

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Michigan Coastline

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    • Harley Davidson Museum

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    • Quaint Fishing Villages

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    • Chicago at Night

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy Chicago’s restaurants, stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan or sample live music at a jazz or blues club.

    Hotel: Palmer House Hilton

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    Chicago

    Take one of the elevators up Willis Tower for a bird's eye view of the amazing skyscrapers, and wander along the beautiful lakefront. Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile promises some of the east coasts best shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Palmer House Hilton

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    Saugatuck

    Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a place of serene beauty, which also boasts unique shops and fine dining. Travel 20 minutes north and experience the Dutch heritage in Holland, boasting Dutch architecture, culture, tulip and windmill gardens and even a wooden shoe factory.

    Hotel: Beachway Resort & Hotel

    142Mi/229Km

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    Mackinac Island

    Leaving your car at Mackinaw City, the ferry carries you to Mackinac Island. An island of under four square miles, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the delightful modes of transport. Enjoy a self-guided tour by bike or on foot and see the varied sights which include Arch Rock, Skull Cave, British Landing and Devil’s Kitchen.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel

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    Marquette

    Leaving Mackinac Island behind, collect your car from Mackinaw City and enjoy a scenic drive to Marquette, which is the largest city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After spending an afternoon exploring the city, we suggest sampling the European and Scandinavian cuisines for dinner.

    Hotel: Landmark Inn

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    Bayfield

    The Upper Peninsula is encased to the north by Lake Superior, to the east by the St. Mary’s River, to the southeast by both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and to the southwest by Wisconsin. Its extensive coastline on the Great Lakes, state and national forests, cedar swamps, and more than 150 waterfalls make it a hub for boating, fishing and hiking. A small town with plenty to see and do, Bayfield serves as the gateway to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, a National Park that includes 21 beautiful islands and over 12 miles of scenic peninsula shoreline.

    Hotel: Rittenhouse Inn

    207Mi/333Km

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    Madison

    A scenic drive across Wisconsin brings you to the state capital, Madison. Visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which is one of the finest botanical gardens in the country. Also take time to visit the State Capitol building.

    Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Madison West

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    Ephraim & Door County

    Leaving Madison behind, travel to Door County; a 75-mile long peninsula with over 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks and ten lighthouses. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in Ephraim; a quaint village where shops and galleries are set in century-old barns, rustic log cabins and vintage homes. Charter a boat for a fishing expedition, enjoy a sailboat tour, take out a kayak, have fun on a jet ski or how about a scuba dive!

    Hotel: Eagle Harbor Inn

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    Milwaukee

    It’s back to the bright lights of the city, as you wind your way to Milwaukee. Why not start by exploring the beautiful Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley Davidson Museum? A brewery tour is a great way to sample the many different beers in the place known as ‘Brew City’.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

    181Mi/291Km

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    Journey home

    Enjoy your last morning in Milwaukee before making the short journey back to Chicago for your flight back to the UK.

    79Mi/127Km

    Prices

    From £2329 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • The Sumptuous Soul of America

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Travel Concierge
    • Classic tour
    • The Sumptuous Soul of America

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    • Arrive into Chicago, Illinois

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    • Fox Theatre, St. Louis

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    • Visit the top of the famed St. Louis Arch

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    • Bourbon Distillery, Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Honky Tonk Highway

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • Farewell Dinner at Arnauds

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    Arrive Chicago

    Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

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    Chicago

    You'll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    St. Louis, Missouri

    Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

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    St. Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included) (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Louisville, Kentucky

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

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    The Honky-Tonk Highway

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Nashville, Tennesse

    After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

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    Memphis

    Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Memphis

    Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you'll be guided through five centuries of American history.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)

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    Natchez

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

    Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    New Orleans

    A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast included)

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    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Historic Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Historic Route 66

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    • Route 66

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    • Pontiac Town Mural, Illinois

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    • Gateway Arch, St. Louis

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    • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson

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    • Route 66 Museum, Oklahoma

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    • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

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    • El Morro National Monument

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    • Grand Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where a welcome meeting will be held in your hotel for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day by grabbing a slice of deep-dish pizza before venturing up the Willis Tower, or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    Hotel: Cambria Hotel

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    Springfield

    After leaving Chicago, your first stop on your Route 66 holiday is the town of Pontiac to see the fantastic Main Street murals celebrating Route 66, the Pontiac automobile brand, and local cultural and political history. A collection of more than 150 artists known as the `Walldogs' painted a collection of 18 murals in just four days in the summer of 2009. Then you'll head south to the iconic Route 66 stop of Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you'll pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US President. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach!

    Hotel: The State House Inn

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    St Louis

    From Springfield, it's only a couple of hours drive to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in the USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an iconic Route 66 tour attraction, where you can try a 'Concrete', an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife at your leisure.

    Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

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    Branson

    Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and considered an alternative version of The Strip, country music is to Branson what gambling is to Las Vegas. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it's at in Missouri. It unleashes a hefty dose of pure Americana and a wonderful playlist to enjoy it to.

    Hotel: Grand Plaza Hotel Branson (Breakfast included )

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    Oklahoma City

    Today you will make your way to Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, it's a mecca for fans of the 'Mother Road'. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and can enjoy a full day discovering some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the historic Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920s in the era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. A top tip is to swing by the many food trucks scattered around the city and sample some local flavours at reasonable prices.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    Amarillo

    Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today. Before you leave Oklahoma and get on your 'Way to Amarillo', you'll visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum to learn about the legends surrounding the road you're travelling on, and make a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then you make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72-oz. steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is 'Man Vs Food' for real!

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites (Breakfast included)

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    Albuquerque

    Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti, so you can grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time, you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, which is famous for hot coffee and rolls. Today you make a stop at Tucumcari Post and Curios, an eccentric souvenir store and drive through the Tijeras Canyon which cuts the Southern Rocky Mountains from east to west.

    Hotel: Nativo Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    Gallup

    Drive along the Rio Puerco Valley to Inscription Rock, a cliff face at El Morro National Monument where you can observe Native American petroglyphs. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Gallup. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history which counts John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

    Hotel: El Rancho Hotel

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    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    Stop at the Petrified Forest National Park to see the different colours of rock layered on top of each other. Pass through Winslow and see the location mentioned in The Eagles' lyric, "standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona". The Grand Canyon is the ultimate symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. It's not on the original Route 66, but it's so close it would be a crime to pass it by! This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend. You'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you simply can't see visiting on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermit's Rest. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, 'The Grand Canyon Experience', and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!

    Hotel: Red Feather Lodge

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    Las Vegas

    The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and its Snow Cap Diner makes for a quirky stop on route to Vegas, especially since it’s filled to the brim with pure Americana. Once in Vegas and if it's gambling you want, you’ve come to the right place, as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. In Las Vegas you'll enjoy a city tour to discover some of the quirky things that epitomise this city, as well as learning about some of its colourful history. You also have time for some last-minute shopping and to relax by the pool before a night out on the town amidst the bright lights and world-class shows.

    Hotel: Golden Nugget Hotel

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    Journey Home

    On your final day, you have the endless sunshine of California in your sights, following Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. You'll toast farewell to an epic American road trip and to your new friends, from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3199 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Chicago Helicopter Experience

    Chicago, Illinois

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    • Chicago Helicopter Experience

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    • Nighttime Tour

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    Get ready for an incomparable, adventurous experience with a guided helicopter tour over Chicago. Glide through the air and relish in the spectacular views of Chicago's beautiful skyline and famous landmarks. Highlights include: Soldier Field, Millennium Park, Willis Tower, Navy Pier, The John Hancock Centre, Lincoln Park, Wrigley Field and more.

    Daytime Tour

    Take in the views and capture the otherwise unobtainable photo ops of Chicago's soaring skyscrapers and lakefront. Soar across the coast of Lake Michigan for the most unique perspective of Chicago's iconic architecture and famous landmarks. Daytime experiences offer clear viewing of everything Chicago in one unique experience.

     

    Nighttime Tour

    Glide through the night sky and look at the magical lights sparkle across the skyline. Snap a glimpse of the Buckingham Fountain light show and take in the magical views of the brightly lit buildings towering off the Chicago lakefront. Nighttime tours hold the title for a truly once in a lifetime experience.

    Prices

    Daytime Tour

    From £112 per person.

    Nighttime Tour

    From £126 per person.

    Chicago Dining Cruises

    Chicago

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    • Spirit of Chicago

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    • Dining Room

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    Set sail on Lake Michigan whilst enjoying excellent cuisine and entertainment provided by onboard DJ's.

    Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

    With the sunshine reflecting off Lake Michigan and the city skyline, there’s no better place to enjoy an afternoon in Chicago than aboard a Spirit Lunch Cruise. Departing from Navy Pier, you’ll have 2 hours of incredible views and entertainment ahead. During the day, you’ll be able to see attractions like Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and the iconic Willis Tower. The leisurely pace of the cruise ensures plenty of time to sample the delicious buffet-style lunch menu available, take in the amazing Chicago sights and enjoy some time on the dance floor with lively music from the onboard DJ.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise

    Departing from Navy Pier, the cruise route will take you north along the lakefront and then back down toward Museum Campus and Soldier Field. Enjoy phenomenal views from the rooftop observation deck or the many windows surrounding the climate-controlled dining decks. Dinner Cruises sail for 2.5 or 3 hours, depending on the day of the week. Spirit of Chicago provides a contemporary buffet-style dinner which is available throughout the cruise. Musical entertainment is provided by an onboard DJ to complete and enhance the overall evening experience

    Duration: 2.5 or 3 hours

    Prices

    Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

    From £69 per adult and £51 per child.

    Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise

    From £103 per person

     

    Chicago Sightseeing Cruises

    Chicago

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    • Wendella Boat

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    Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour (75 minutes):
    Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.

    Wendella’s Signature Lake and River Tour (90 minutes):
    A Chicago family tradition since 1935, this is the tour that started it all. This unique excursion tells the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture. The journey begins with an up-close perspective of Chicago’s internationally-known architecture as seen from the Chicago River. Then venture through the Chicago Lock on to the calm, cool waters of Lake Michigan for expansive views of Chicago’s extraordinary 26-mile skyline. Take the selfie of a lifetime on this inspirational experience!

    Prices

    Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour

    from £33 per person

    Wendella’s Signature Lake and River Tour

    from £33 per person

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