ROUTE 66 CLASSIC TOUR
July 9th to July 27th 2022
THE ONLY ROUTE 66 TOUR TO GUARANTEE AMERICAN MUSCLE CARS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE!
Following the original Route 66 as close as possible the tour is limited to 20 vehicles so book early to avoid disappointment as the 2019 tour was sold out 12 months in advance. This tour is an unforgettable experience escorted by experienced guides and an event you will share with a group of motoring enthusiasts from around the world.
If you love touring and yearn to drive Route 66, this is an outstanding opportunity to join us for one of our most popular events. Drive one of our current model American Muscle Cars or bring your own and enjoy a tour discount.
Day One - Saturday July 9th - Chicago Illinois
Arrive into Chicago and transfer to the Springhill Suites in Downtown Chicago. Check in time is 4:00pm and as it’s been a long day for many travelling to Chicago no events have been scheduled for today. A Welcome Pack will be waiting for you at Reception and once you're settled in, meet your tour guides in Holloway’s Bar for a welcome drink.
Day Two - Sunday July 10th - Chicago Illinois
Today starts with a breakfast briefing in the hotel followed by a 5 minute walk to collect our cars. Once everyone is familiar with their car, we'll drive 30 minutes out of Downtown to the Klairmont Kollection, a private collection of over 30o cars. Lunch is available at the on-site cafe and we return to the hotel mid afternoon to prepare for our Welcome Dinner in a private room at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse which is within easy walking distance of the Hotel.
Day Three - Monday July 11th - Bloomington Illinois
We leave Chicago this morning and attractions on the way today include the Route 66 Welcome Centre at Joliet, The World’s Largest Coke Bottle, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, The Polk-a-Dot Drive In, Shea’s Gas Station (evidently the oldest on Route 66) and the Cozy Dog Drive-In, the birthplace of the corn dog. Two Cozy Dogs, a cold drink and a big basket of fries is about $9.00 with free cholesterol. The Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum and the Pontiac Oakland Museum are must see stops in Pontiac and our lunch stop is nearby at Baby Bull's We overnight at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Bloomington Illinois. Every evening we catch up for a review of the day and the following day’s plans. Dinner tonight is your choice and there are several great options nearby.
Day Four - Tuesday July 12th St Louis Missouri
Back on the road today and further south towards St Louis. Options today include Becky’s Barn, the 1929 Chain of Rocks Bridge, the 1924 Coliseum Ballroom Antique Mall, Henry’s Rabbit Ranch and you won't want to miss Country Classic Cars with over 500 classics in stock. This afternoon in St Louis we’ll tour the iconic Gateway Arch where the unique tram will lift us 630 feet up to the top of the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Our hotel tonight is the fabulous St Louis Union Station Hotel and we start with the Grandhall Experience and follow with dinner in Landry's Seafood Restaurant.
Day Five - Wednesday July 13th - Lebanon Missouri
Just an hour’s drive west of St Louis our first stop for the day is the Meremec Caverns, a set of limestone caves that opened as a tourist attraction in 1935. There’s quite a bit of history to the caves including their being used as a hideout for the outlaw Jesse James. Back on the mother road for a little more adventure, highlights today include the Jesse James Wax Museum, Circle Inn Malt Shop, the 1934 Wagon Wheel Motel, Totem Pole Trading Post & the 1923 Devils Elbow Bridge just to name a few. If you’re up for another Route 66 Museum, the one in Lebanon is highly rated. We overnight downtown and for a real redneck experience, there are several options nearby including Dowd’s Catfish & BBQ and Dick's BBQ.
Day Six - Thursday July 14th Carthage Missouri
Just out of Lebanon is the historic Gay Parita’s Gas Station, one of the Route 66 icons and we’ll stop there for a break and soak up some of the history. If you are looking for souveniers, today’s your big chance as a little further on is the “Worlds Largest Gift Store” right next door to Redmon’s Candy Factory in case you haven’t taken enough calories onboard. We'll continue to avoid the Interstate enjoying the old road and on the way into Carthage we pass the historic Boots Motel that is in the process of being renovated by local Route 66 enthusiasts. Our overnight is the Quality Inn & Suites. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Seven - Friday July 15th Tulsa Oklahoma
An easy day today as we head into Oklahoma with more Route 66 miles than any other state and on the way we cover the 13 miles of Route 66 in Kansas. The famous Old Riverton Store is about an hour from Carthage and a good stop for coffee and some nostalgia. Famous for its murals, Quapaw is the first town we reach in Oklahoma and shortly after there's a detour onto the “Sidewalk Highway” a very narrow stretch of Route 66 parallel to US 69. Our lunch stop is Clanton’s Cafe in Vinita, famous for it’s chicken fried beefsteak. Optional stops this afternoon could include the J.M Davis Arms Museum with over 14,000 firearms, and the Blue Whale at Catoosa just before we reach Tulsa. Our hotel tonight is the Best Western Plus Inn & Suites and dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Eight - Saturday July 16th Clinton Oklahoma
About 95% of our drive today is along the original old road with just a few miles of interstate. We pass through Chandler, one of the best preserved old towns on the Oklahoma stretch of Route 66 and just west of town is the Seaba Station Motor Cycle Museum. Stop at the Round Barn in Arcadia and Pop’s Cafe fronted by a 66 foot tall soda bottle. Watch for the 1924 Blue Dome Gulf Oil Service Station, Depew Loop & Station, the 1933 Texaco Station, Lucille’s Gas Station, the 1930 Milk Bottle Grocery and there’s lunch and photo options a’plenty. Our hotel tonight is the Hampton Inn and dinner is included tonight at Montana Mike's Steakhouse a short walk from the hotel.
Day Nine - Sunday July 17th - Amarillo Texas
Welcome to the Indian Territories. Before we leave Clinton we’ll stop at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, a true showcase of Mother Road history and culture then call into Erick for the Sandhills Curiosity Shop and the Redneck Capital of the World to spend some time with Harley the proprietor. We stop at McLean for the barbed wire collection at the Devils Rope Museum and the beautifully restored Phillips Gas Station. Dinner tonight is your choice but you will probably only need a light lunch as our hotel tonight in Amarillo is close to the Big Texan Steak Ranch so you can try for the free 72 oz steak. You just have to eat it to get it free.
Day Ten - Monday July 18th - Santa Rosa New Mexico
First stop today is the Cadillac Ranch, a classic landmark beside the road consisting of ten Cadillac cars half buried nose-down in the ground in a single file. Created in 1974, the cars were buried in their original conditions, with their normal body colour, but the cars did not remain untouched for long. Shortly after 1976, visitors started painting graffiti on them and there was no way to protect the cars. The Cadillacs were repainted over the years, with many different colours and hues. Pink was quite popular, so was red, but the graffiti would return, every time. Continuing west we explore the ghost towns of Glenrio and Endee, take some time for lunch in Tucumacri and end the day at the Santa Rosa Route 66 Museum. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Eleven - Tuesday July 19th - Albuquerque New Mexico
As we spend the day in Santa Fe tomorrow, we bypass the old alignment for Route 66 to Santa Fe and continue west to Albuquerque and our hotel within walking distance of Old Town. Albuquerque was founded in 1706 with Old Town's oldest surviving buildings located along the Plaza and today, the historic Old Town district stretches for about 10 picturesque blocks offering an authentic experience of southwest heritage. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings each as the San Felipe de Neri church, five museums and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Our Hotel is nearby and you will have time to explore the village before dinner and an exclusive show.
Day Twelve - Wednesday July 20th - Santa Fe
Rest today in Albuquerque if you wish but you’ll miss Santa Fe, one of the highlight cities of Route 66. Santa Fe is just about an hour each way from Albuquerque so there’s ample time to explore this iconic Route 66 city that combines Spanish Colonial and Native American Pueblo culture and history. Arts, crafts, food and amazing outdoor plazas with historic Route 66 attractions are throughout the old town. On the return trip we stop at Madrid, the town made famous by the movie Wild Hogs starring John Travolta, Tim Allen and William H Macy. Dinner tonight is your choice and there’s plenty of options back in Albuquerque in Old Town or on old Route 66 (now Central Avenue) that continue the tradition of the old road.
Day Thirteen - Thursday July 21st - Gallup New Mexico
About an hour west of Albuquerque, we turn off Route 66 to Acoma Pueblo and Acoma Sky City. Acoma Pueblo is the the oldest continually inhabited city in the USA and the site of the San Esteban Del Ra Mission built between 1629 and 1640. Built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with towering monoliths, Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America and the mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. We’ll take a guided walking tour of the city and lunch at the Yaaka Cafe for a taste of traditional Acoman food before continuing on to our overnight stop at Gallup. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Fourteen - Friday July 22nd - Winslow Arizona
First stop today is the Yellowhorse Trading Post for yet more souvenirs and then we detour off Route 66 to the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. After a quick stop at the Visitors centre, we’ll drive the 28 mile loop through the park before rejoining Route 66 and head further west to Holbook. The historic sites in town could fill the day and there's ample lunch options including Jo & Agies Café that has been serving great food since the 1940’s. The Wigwam Motel is just one of the historic motels in town and we overnight at the historic La Posada hotel in Winslow. Dinner tonight is included in the famed Turquoise Room in the hotel.
Day Fifteen - Saturday July 23rd - Williams Arizona
Time this morning to “Stand on The Corner” before we leave Winslow and head west for the Meteor Crater a few miles off the highway. The crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. It’s nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. Route 66 had great stretches of scenic open road that connected the small towns along the way and the two main streets of Williams became east bound & west bound Route 66 and a new kind of hospitality began to grow. Diners, motor hotels, and shops featuring local souvenirs opened as travellers discovered Williams as a place to visit before the Grand Canyon and the storefronts of Main Street are preserved as a designated National Historic District. Lunch at one of the Route 66 restaurants and spend time here in the afternoon as our hotel is right on Downtown Main Street.
Day Sixteen - Sunday July 24th Williams & Grand Canyon
Today is a free day to spend at the Grand Canyon. It's about an hour each way and there's an interesting stop at Valle about halfway. Entry to the Grand Canyon National Park is included and in the afternoon spend some more time in Williams, one of the highlight towns on Route 66. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Seventeen - Monday July 25th - Kingman Arizona
Continuing west today we call in to Seligman Sundries for a bit of history and the next stop is the Hackberry General Store for a bit more nostalgia before reaching Kingman, one of Route 66 most historic towns. There’s ample time in the afternoon to visit the Route 66 Museum and a soda at Mr D’s Route 66 diner. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Eighteen - Tuesday July 26th - Las Vegas Nevada
Leaving Kingman we take one of the highlight roads of the tour to Oatman an old gold mining town in the Black Mountains. Time for coffee and some shopping here and take time to walk the town in company with the burros that freely roam the main street. After Oatman we pass through Laughlin before rolling into Las Vegas and the Cosmopolitan Hotel our home for the next three nights. Las Vegas has something for everyone from the world’s best shows to some outstanding shopping and don’t miss the light show in the evening at Fremont Street where it all started. Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Nineteen - Wednesday July 27th - Las Vegas Nevada
A free day today to catch up on some last minute shopping and the best entertainment that Las Vegas has to offer. Everything from horseback to helicopter rides and the best live shows anywhere will fill the day and most of the night.
Dinner tonight is your choice.
Day Twenty - Thursday July 28th - Las Vegas Nevada
Monday July 26th - Las Vegas
After breakfast in the hotel, we tour the Carroll Shelby Museum then head out to Boulder to drive across the Hoover Dam before heading back into Las Vegas for our last afternoon in town. As this is our last official night together, our Farewell Dinner is tonight at a themed restaurant just south of the strip.
Day Twenty One - Friday July 29th - Los Angeles and Home
Tuesday July 27th - Los Angeles
West to Los Angeles today and our last day on the road. Passing the northern border of the Mojave Desert we'll stop for lunch at Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner that was established in 1954 and has become a must stop on the way from Los Angles to Las Vegas. In Los Angeles we’ll head down to the Santa Monica Pier for a final farewell before returning our cars and taking the shuttle to the airport for the flight home.
20 Nights accommodation-Breakfast every day
20 Days American Muscle Car Hire
7 Dinners including Welcome and Farewell Dinners (Drinks included in Welcome & Farewell Dinners)
Route 66 Museum in Pontiac
The Grandhall Experience in St Louis
The Gateway Arch in St Louis
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Redneck Central at Erick Oklahoma
Painted Desert National Park
Acoma Sky City Tour
Meteor Crater Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park Entry
Carroll Shelby Museum Las Vegas
The Santa Monica Pier
EZ66 Route 66 Guide
Comprehensive Road Book with Daily Route Notes
GPS Navigator with Full Route Planning
Classic Driving Tours Travel Pack
And much much more ...........
Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger or Mustang Coupe or exotics at additional cost.
Ask about tour discounts if you drive your own car.
FEATURE DINING EXPERIENCES
Welcome Dinner at the Award Winning Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Grandhall Experience and Dinner at the St Louis Union Station Hotel
The Turquoise Room at The Historic Posada Hotel in Winslow
Grand Farewell Dinner at a themed restaurant in Las Vegas
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A non-refundable deposit of US$1,000 per person is required to be sent with the Booking Form and received by us in clear funds to secure your booking. The balance owing for the Tour is due and payable four months prior to Tour departure, however you may remit payment of the Tour prior to this date. All Tour prices (Tour Prices) are based the US Dollar applicable on the 1st of July 2021, include taxes, and are subject to change and availability. Price increases may occur by reason of matters outside our control, which include, but are not limited to, adverse currency fluctuations, variations in international shipping and transportation costs, fuel surcharges and other taxes, fees or charges. Please see the Classic Driving Tours Purchase Terms & Conditions for more information.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Return airfares to USA and airport transfers
Cost of meals and drinks and entry to places of interest other than those specifically included in the final itinerary
Fuel and Tolls