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Escorted Tour of Route 66

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Escorted Tour of Route 66

Did you do this trip? I am about to book it with either Archers Direct or Just You and am a single Senior in the UK

Henderson, Nevada
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1. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

Hello,

I have not used a tour like this, and have not seen the Flagstaff board used by a lot of UK travelers who may be able to help you with personal experience, but I have traveled extensively in these areas, having driven multiple times the routes between Los Angeles and Chicago.

For full disclosure, I will say that I'm not one to take organized tours, but understand the circumstances of your demographic and why that might be the thing for you.

I looked at both tour companies' websites and found the itinerary for the Archer's Direct tour to be a bit more appealing. Perhaps it is because it is more detailed in description, I'm not sure.

You may also want to post this question in the Road Trips forum. You might find others that have traveled the route and would have additional insight for you.

tucson az
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for Tucson, Arizona, Northern Mexico
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2. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

Neither tour company makes it clear whether they actually drive the remaining bits of Route 66, which would be quite difficult in the Midwest, or just parallel the route. The large existing sections of the original road are in Arizona and California.

Understand that you will be traveling every day to a new place. Such tours give you a sample of a lot of things in this country but little in depth.

Except for some segments in the West, Route 66 is just an ordinary 2-lane paved highway. Segments in Arizona and California are scenic.

If you can handle going to a different place on a bus every day, and staying in a different hotel every night for 14-17 days, go for it. You will see a lot of interesting things. If it were me, I would choose an itinerary of my own, see fewer places, stay longer at each one, and come back again for more another time.

Norfolk England
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3. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

Hi

We tour every year but under are own steam so go when and where we like. My sister does these coach trips every year and has done USA west and has been loads of places in a very short time, not my thing but she loves it. If you like to see everything either at high speed or on a short stop then go for it. I suppose one advantage is if you don't like the place your at, no worry your off shortly.

Clive

Little Rock...
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4. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

You may want to contact Will23C1982 and question him on his and his fiancee's recent Rte 66 excursion. He has several postings in the various forums. You can access his page at the address pasted below. It's a great read.

tripadvisor.com/members-forums/Will23C1982

Evanston, Wyoming
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5. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

For what it's worth I have had some dealings with Archers and their various sister companies (Cosmos, Globus, etc.), albeit in a "behind the counter" type of role (used to be in the travel industry, they paid their bills on time, etc.). I've never heard of "Just You."

Fortaleza, CE
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6. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

Have you done much research on Route 66? You're aware that the highway was decommisisoned and, in many places it is either now part of an interstate with another name or doesn't even exist anymore? You posted this under Flagstaff, so I assume you want to start the tour there. Route 66 has a magical connotation to many, but in many places it is just another highway (or merged with an interstate). If your interest is in relics (e.g., old motels) still around, you could do this on your own and you choose exactlyw aht to see. If on an escorted tour I'd want to be really sure just what you'll see and where you'll spend your time. I've been to laces such as Rancho Cucamonga, California where one would not know they were on 66 if it weren't for signs the city posted. If you're looking for great scenery, there are other places to consider.

Edited: 8:12 am, November 26, 2012
tucson az
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7. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

To Sutter: The OP is talking about typical European tours which begin in Chicago and parallel the Route 66 alignment to Los Angeles stopping at many of the significant cities and attractions along the way. It's much like the "It's Tuesday, It's Belgium" type of tours which Americans from the US take in Europe.

Everything you say is correct. However for someone from another country who wants to see a lot of the US in a short time, these are good tours. The Route 66 thing is a bit bogus for reasons which you mention, but the things that people get to see are quite relevant.

If I were to plan a similar tour, I would encourage using Amtrak from Chicago to LA with stops in Kansas City 1 night, Albuquerque 1 night, side trip to Santa Fe for 1-2 nights, Flagstaff, side trip to Grand Canyon for 1-2 nights, and then LA. In fact Amtrak does offer a similar tour but not enough time at any of the stops. It's possible using Amtrak to use connections and stop in other cities as well.

Or rent a car and stop at where a person wants to stop and linger. There are also self-drive tours with accommodations pre-arranged, but east enough to do on one's own efforts.

Edited: 5:54 pm, November 26, 2012
tucson az
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8. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

OOOPS. To the OP, Amtrak is our nationwide railway system.

Henderson, Nevada
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9. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

I actually had typed out, and then removed, a recommendation to look into Amtrak's Southwest Chief route in my first reply. I think it's a solid plan, but only if the OP doesn't mind missing sites in Oklahoma, the panhandle of Texas and eastern New Mexico. Unlike a driving tour, traveling with Amtrak requires advance decisions about where one wants to detrain and spend some time for how long. Unlike an organized tour, it could be somewhat lonely, but we always managed to find people who wanted to have conversation on the segments we traveled in the past.

www.amtrak.com

tucson az
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10. Re: Escorted Tour of Route 66

I did plan a multi-line Amtrak tour for someone about a year ago which included Chicago, Springfield, St Louis, then catching the SW Chief in Kansas City. I am not a travel agent. I was helping someone in here figure out a way to get to many of the places a R66 tour would go. You're right however that it all has to be planned out in advance and reserved to make it work.

For me, I love traveling by train and always find people to chat with, expecially at meals or in the bar.