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  • New Mexico

    Albuquerque Gallup Santa Fe Taos

    New Mexico - the land of enchantment. It is a land of amazing beauty, extensive outdoor recreation opportunities and a truly warm welcome.

    • Albuquerque Balloon Festival

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    • Las Cruces National Park

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    • Santa Fe

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    • Camel Rock

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    • Route 66, Gallup

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    • White Sands National Monument

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    You’ll discover a host of attractions as varied as the stunning surroundings, which feature high mountains and deserts, glistening lakes, spectacular canyons, hot springs, lava flows and mysterious rock formations. Visit the White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, explore Billy the Kid Byway travelled by New Mexico’s most famous outlaw or take the glorious Jemez Mountain Trail amongst the Red Rocks.

    Check out Santa Fe, America's oldest state capital and home to some of the best galleries in the country. Surrounded by millions of acres of forest, it is the place for numerous outdoor activities. Albuquerque, the largest city in the state, is full of exciting attractions. Explore its historic Old Town, fascinating museums and city zoo. Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain and look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque from where you can look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

    • Top Tip 2

      Explore Billy the Kid Highway; it’s an 84 miles scenic loop road trail following in the footsteps of New Mexico’s most famous (or is that infamous?) outlaw. There’s so much to see en route so allow a full day.

    • Top Tip 3

      If you are interested in North American Indian culture, visit Salmon Ruins Historic Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Chaco Culture World Heritage Site is well worth the bumpy ride - check local conditions first as there are 15 miles of unpaved road to get there.

    • Top Tip 4

      Take the Cumbres and Toltec Steam Railway out of Chama. It’s a scenic, and wonderfully nostalgic day out, taking you up to the border with Colorado.

    • Top Tip 5

      Try a short white water rafting experience on the Rio Grande River near Taos or an early morning hot air balloon ride high above Albuquerque.

    • Top Tip 6

      Don’t miss the quaint town of Santa Fe with its great eating places, shops and lots of local Native American artefacts.

    • Top Tip 7

      Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park. From the end of May through to mid October you can experience the spectacular sunset bat flight from the Caverns.

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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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    Your fly drive includes:

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

    Itinerary 2
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    Itinerary 3
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    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.

    • 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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    Day 01 Day 02 Day 03

    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

    202Mi/325Km

    Day 04

    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

    96Mi/155Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    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

    289Mi/465Km

    Day 07

    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

    113Mi/182Km

    Day 08

    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

    107Mi/173Km

    Day 09

    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

    260Mi/419Km

    Day 10

    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

    279Mi/449Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    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

    61Mi/98Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    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

    140Mi/226Km

    Day 15

    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

    186Mi/299Km

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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

    167Mi/269Km

    Day 18

    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

    207Mi/333Km

    Day 19

    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

    131Mi/211Km

    Day 20 Day 21 Day 22

    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

    13Mi/21Km

    Day 23

    Journey home

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

    Prices

    Itinerary 1
    From £2949 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Itinerary 2 & 3
    From £1675 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    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. One way drop off fees are applicable on these routes and are payable locally.

    Pueblos & Canyons

    Begins in and ends in Phoenix, Arizona

    22 Days / 21 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

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

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    • Pueblo

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    • Whitewater Rafting

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Las Vegas

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    Day 01

    Arrive Pheonix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Day 02

    Scottsdale

    Today is a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Chill out by the pool, take in some shopping at the Fashion Mall or perhaps enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the desert.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    117Mi/188Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Tucson

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before you leave for your drive south to Tucson. The Westward Look Resort sits in a stunning setting with lots of activities to keep you entertained, so we've allowed you a full day to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    71Mi/115Km

    Day 05

    Tombstone

    Today make the short journey to Tombstone, site of the famous ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’. Your accommodation is a beautiful hill country ranch, which sits in 270 acres and offers unique Wild West themed rooms.

    Hotel: Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 06

    Las Cruces

    Your journey today takes you to some of the best preserved ghost towns, en route to Las Cruces. This city, also known as The City of Crosses, is rich in history, arts and scenic beauty.

    Hotel: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 07 Day 08 Day 09

    White Sands & Albuquerque

    See the brilliant white dunes of White Sands National Monument en route to Albuquerque, where we recommend a visit to Old Town. Continue north to Santa Ana Pueblo, where your hotel has been built around the spirit of the Indian dwellings of the region.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Santa Fe, Taos & Durango

    Stroll the historic Plaza in Santa Fe before leaving to go on to Taos. Visit Taos Indian Pueblo, one of the oldest inhabited settlements, then cross the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into Colorado and the town of Durango.We suggest you take time to visit the Silverton Railway during your two night stay.

    Hotel: Strater Hotel

    191Mi/306Km

    Day 12

    Mesa Verde & Monument Valley

    Visit Mesa Verde National Park, then pass by Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states come together at one point, then on to Monument Valley.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    123Mi/197Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Lake Powell

    After a morning sightseeing tour of Monument Valley, drive on to Lake Powell, where the desert meets the deep blue lake. We've chosen the only resort located on the water and given you a full day to explore the area's beauty. We would suggest a boat trip to the famous Rainbow Bridge as one of the best ways to see the region.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    160Mi/260Km

    Day 15 Day 16

    Bryce Canyon

    From Lake Powell and Kanab National Park you will ascend the Punsagunt Plateau to see the natural beauty of the arches and rock formations that make Bryce Canyon.

    Hotel: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 17 Day 18

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    From one stunning national park to another, Zion National Park offers a spectacular contrast to Bryce. From here, head south to the 24-hour city of Las Vegas. You'll find some of the world's best dining and a myriad of sensational shows to choose from, so you'll have no problem filling your two night stay.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    200Mi/320Km

    Day 19 Day 20

    Grand Canyon

    Leaving the glittering lights of Las Vegas behind, enjoy a tour of Hoover Dam before continuing on to the breathtaking sights of the Grand Canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 22

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute relaxation, sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Phoenix Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2750 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

    Begins and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Fe

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    • Taos

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    Day 01

    Arrive Albuquerque

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival, transfer to the award-winning Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, sculpted into New Mexico’s spiritually soothing landscape at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Tonight you join your fellow Tauck companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Sandia Peak

    Today your fascinating New Mexico itinerary explores the state's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. Take a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to modern day, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. You'll also visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science, where a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provides insight on New Mexico’s unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. The height of discovery continues when you board our private tram car for a ride 1,000 feet up over the canyon floor to Sandia Peak, where lunch is served accompanied by amazing views. The afternoon is free to enjoy the many activities available at your hotel. You may choose dinner from a choice of restaurants at your resort tonight.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Bandelier National Monument

    Discover the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture at Bandelier National Monument, one of North America's oldest human settlements. Lunch in a 100-year-old adobe home whets your appetite for the mountain vistas that enhance today’s journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a talented community of artists and craftspersons to its scenic beauty of contrasting forests and deserts. There are visits to Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic 18th-century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your Taos resort. Dinner this evening is at your leisure tonight.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Taos

    Start your day with a private lecture sharing insights on Pueblo life, culture and arts. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multi-storied Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. A storyteller enriches your journey with regional tales and legends as you cross Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore or relax.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast included)

    Day 05

    Rio Grande

    Today’s gentle float trip on the Rio Grande, accompanied by a native guide, ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and lunch at the side of the river. Watch local artisans weaving baskets and crafting drums, before continuing your journey alongside the mighty Rio Grande waterway to Santa Fe. En route there is a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe; where you'll explore the area's stunning landscapes, and view trees and mountains as O'Keeffe saw and painted them. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner at your leisure.

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Santa Fe

    As the crossroads of the historic Southwest, Santa Fe's unique culture and ambiance are a blend of Spanish, Native American and Old West influences. Experience this diverse cultural mix on a guided walking tour of Santa Fe's centuries-old center, including America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; your hotel is just steps from the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail. Discover the tasty secrets of southwestern cuisine at a private presentation by a local chef, followed by lunch highlighting the city's diverse heritage at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Next its a private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum, for a guided look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era. 

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 07

    Santa Fe

    Enjoy an exclusive private morning visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe – revealing the sensuous landscapes and other works by this renowned 20th-century artist, who so loved this part of the Southwest that she made it her home later in life. The collection contains over 1,100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by O'Keeffe herself, and nearly 1,800 works by her contemporaries, including many photos chronicling her life and career. Later you'll visit the home and studio of an acclaimed local artist, for an in-depth understanding of the art styles of New Mexico. This evening a farewell reception and dinner brings your journey to a close.

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2640 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.