This 19-day organized motorcycle trip incl .: return ticket UK – Chicago – LA – UK (excl. Airport taxes and fees), transfers, hotel accommodation, based on a two-person room, partly also including breakfast, motorbike rental with insurance, unlimited mileage, professional accompaniment and a trailer with a spare engine, which includes space for the luggage.
Day 1 U.K. – Chicago
Arrival in Chicago. You will be taken to your comfortable hotel.
Day 2 Chicago (free day)
To start off, we will spend a day in Chicago, home to Al Capone (in his day) and Oprah Winfrey (currently). You can shop till you drop down the famous shopping street ‘Magnificant Mile,’ go up onto the sky deck at the top of the famous Sears Tower, relax on a bench in Lincoln Park, or take a stroll down Navy Pier… there are too many fun options to mention.
Day 3 Chicago – Lincoln (190 miles)
Today we will leave the city behind us on our two-wheelers and carry on along country lanes, passing plenty of farms and typical country houses. The first few old-school petrol stations of Route 66 will start to pop up, and in McLean you will see the first few big grain silos.
Day 4 Lincoln – St. Louis (140 miles)
In the state of Alabama, we will pass through Mount Olive, which houses many old mines, and we will stop to visit a typical Roadhouse. Hamburgers galore! Then on to the Mississippi River and St. Louis, where we will take our time to have a nosey around.
Day 5 St. Louis – Lebanon (200 miles)
Today we will ride on Interstate 44, passing numerous typical American in-the-middle-of-nowhere towns. Now and then we will ride down bits of the highway: yeehaa! We will stay the night in Lebanon in the state of Missouri.
Day 6 Lebanon – Miami (165 miles)
Via Springfield and Joplin we will reach Miami (Oklahoma). a small town in Oklahoma named after the Indian Myaamia tribe. Taking in parts of Kansas too, we will pass plenty of typical Route 66 souvenir shops along the way, where you will have ample opportunity to haggle.
Day 7 Miami – Oklahoma City (220 miles)
Heading through the middle of the state, we will visit Tulsa – former Indian Territory – which, before it was taken by the Texans, was well-known for its wealth in oil wells. The most famous resident of Tulsa is the musician JJ Cale, known for his contributions to the Eric Clapton songs After Midnight and Cocaine. Crossing many old arch bridges we will rumble on to the state capital.
Day 8 Oklahoma City – Amarillo (260 miles)
There will be no need to ask for directions; your team leader will show you the way to Amarillo. Riding down Highway 40, we will enter Texas via Elk City. There is a lot to see and do in this typical Texan city.
Day 9 Amarillo – Santa Fe (260 miles)
Visiting Cadillac Ranch, you will find out how Cadillac cars got an overwhelmingly more artistic and colourful treatment than other cars. Afterwards, we will enter New Mexico and reach our destination of Santa Fe with its adobe style houses.
Day 10 Santa Fe – Gallup (220 miles)
Be sure to take plenty of water with you today as – via Albuquerque – we will enter the New Mexico desert. Our lodging for the night will be in Gallup, also known as ‘The Indian Capital of the World’ because of its wide range of tribal descendants, such as the Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo Indian tribes.
Day 11 Gallup – Flagstaff (210 Miles)
Today, reaching the area belonging to Navajo Indians, we will visit the Petrified Forest in the state of Arizona. The ‘forest’ takes its name from the many petrified trees and fossils, but nowadays it is mainly desert. We will stay the night in accommodation alongside the Old Route 66.
Day 12 Flagstaff (free day)
After a nice little sleep in, you will have the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon. Along the South Rim we will take lasting memories of each other, with a backdrop of the 277 mile long crevice, which is even visible from the moon. Recommendations are a thrilling helicopter ride over the Canyon and a visit to the Imax Theatre after which you will know everything about the Grand Canyon.
Day 13 Flagstaff – Kingman (160 miles)
After breakfast, we will cruise on towards Seligman via Williams. Takers can get a shave at the well-known Angels barbershop.
Day 14 Kingman – Las Vegas (150 miles)
Via Ed’s Camp and Oatman we will enter the state of Nevada, where we will temporarily leave Route 66 to spend the evening and night in the entertainment city of Las Vegas. Have great fun amidst the immense variety in music, casinos – big enough to fit entire villages – and the diversity of people who come from all over the world to experience Las Vegas. Boredom is not an option in the city that never sleeps!
Day 15 Las Vegas – Barstow (160 miles)
After a stop in Jerome to visit the open-air museum ‘Ghost Town,’ we will arrive in sunny California and stay the night in the miners town of Barstow, where we will once more pick up the Mother Road thread.
Day 16 Barstow – Los Angeles (165 miles)
We will bring the Get your kicks on Route 66-feeling to a close with a magnificent ride through the hills of California, ending up at the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. Do not be afraid to shed a tear when we say farewell to our trusted two-wheelers.
Day 17 Los Angeles
You are free to do as you please on our last day here. There is a huge variety of tourist attractions to choose from. We recommend a daytrip to Universal Studios, a limousine ride through Hollywood, or enjoying a lazy day on Venice Beach.
Day 18 Los Angeles – U.K.
In the early morning we will take you to the airport to embark on your journey home. Or… if you wish to extend your stay, we are happy to take you through your possibilities and organise any additional wishes.