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Highlights of Route 66 with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (8680) - 2014

16 days from Chicago to Los Angeles


Highlights of Route 66 with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
The famous Route 66
The famous Route 66
Los Angeles, California
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip
One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926
The palm trees line the streets of LA
800.276.1241

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Shoreline Sightseeing Chicago Architecture Cruise Join us on an exciting journey as we tour the Chicago River and its architectural landmarks. Experienced and entertaining guides recount the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern American architecture. Along the one-hour route are buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Helmut Jahn.


Approximate value: $27 USD per person


Untouchable Gangster Tour Have a bang up good time on the two hour romp back to the Roaring Twenties! See Chicago's most infamous sites, hear historically accurate accounts for the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger, and the rest of "da boys".


Approximate value: $31 USD per person


Legends in Concert Show & Dinner For nearly 20 years, Branson's Legends in Concert show has bringing some of the best tribute artists to the stage. Each night brings a new and unexpected performance that will leave you in awe with the accuracy of their songs and looks. Joining the tribute artists on stage is an all-star cast of talented singers and dancers, backed by a full, live band! Prior to the show an included dinner at Grand Country Buffet.


Approximate value: $69 USD per person


Big Texan Steak Ranch Texas legends are filled with tales of cowboys, cattle, and campfires. RJ "Bob" Lee built a legend of his own when he cooked steaks over an open flame until a bragging cowboy couldn't eat another bite. The result was the steak that make Amarillo famous. This restaurant is the home of the FREE 72 oz steak - if you can eat it in one hour!


Approximate value: $31 USD per person


Eco-Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing This experience will be a highlight of your vacation. Fly over the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon. You will see the amazing views of the Dragon Corridor, Colorado River and other geologic features and formations over a billion years old. If you have ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon from a birds eye view this is the trip for you. Fly in our first class state of the art ECO-Star helicopter with specially designed windows and seating for 180 degrees of virtually unobstructed views. This is a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with quiet ride technology for a more comfortable Grand Canyon helicopter tour experience. Grab your camera and enjoy this spectacular journey to the Grand Canyon. (30 minute flight) Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions. Rate includes a prime time supplement.

Flights operate daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Approximate value: $233 USD per person


Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Flights operate daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Approximate value: $199 USD per person


Grand Canyon Imax Fly like a condor over the rim and into the Canyon, be drenched in the power of the raging Colorado River without ever leaving your seat at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. And relive the history and mystery of one of the most storied natural wonders of the world. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869. (40 minute multimedia presentation)


Approximate value: $14 USD per person


Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures This is a unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted raft which allows the visitor to leisurely enjoy and share in the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures will provide round trip transportation. You will be transported on our tour buses to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam. This is an extremely rare view of the Hoover Dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. At this time, you will board our large comfortable rafts which have been carefully constructed with your party's safety in mind. During this excursion, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share with you the history of this magnificent geological area. The high canyon walls will leave you breathless. Be prepared to see Desert Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron in their natural setting. Bring your camera because it is seldom you will have an opportunity such as this to view the wonders of nature. Our rafts will stop along the shore to give you a chance to swim or play in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You might take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip will end on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you will board our comfortable tour buses for the return trip over the crest of the Hoover Dam to your Las Vegas hotel. Fun for all ages, no paddling experience necessary. This is truly an experience to remember. (Approximately 8 hours round trip from hotel to hotel)


Approximate value: $160 USD per person


Black Canyon River Rafting This is a unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted raft which allows the visitor to leisurely enjoy and share in the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures will provide round trip transportation. You will be transported on our tour buses to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam. This is an extremely rare view of the Hoover Dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. At this time, you will board our large comfortable rafts which have been carefully constructed with your party's safety in mind. During this excursion, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share with you the history of this magnificent geological area. The high canyon walls will leave you breathless. Be prepared to see Desert Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron in their natural setting. Bring your camera because it is seldom you will have an opportunity such as this to view the wonders of nature. Our rafts will stop along the shore to give you a chance to swim or play in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You might take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip will end on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you will board our comfortable tour buses for the return trip over the crest of the Hoover Dam to your Las Vegas hotel. Fun for all ages, no paddling experience necessary. This is truly an experience to remember. (Approximately 8 hours round trip from hotel to hotel)


Approximate value: $160 USD per person


Dinner at the Carnival World Buffet and MJ Live First you have dinner at the Rio's Carnival World Buffet recognized as the best buffet in Vegas year after year by guests and critics alike; the Carnival World Buffet has raised the bar in buffet dining once again, offering more variety in food choices (more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily) and a new contemporary design that make the best buffet in Vegas even better. From pizza to omelets, sushi to teppan yaki, fresh carved meats to Asian barbecue, the Carnival World Buffet offers numerous distinct dining experiences from around the world featuring live-action cooking right before your eyes guaranteeing freshness and top quality. Enjoy more than 70 varieties of homemade pies, cakes and pastries, and nine gelato flavors, all made from scratch. After dinner see MJ Live - The #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world. Featuring all his biggest hits including Bad, Billie Jean, Heal the World, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, black & White, I Want You Back and many others. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Witness the awesome sound, lighting and effects. Feel the energy from the mega talented MJ LIVE dancers. Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time. After the show the group will head downtown to Fremont Street. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the spectacular light and music show. Using over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long canopy 90 feet above the ground and a 550,000 watt sound system truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction.


Approximate value: $100 USD per person


Dinner at the Carnival World Buffet and The Rat Pack Show Before there was Elvis there was The Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin - who won over audiences with their cool musical styling's and playful stage demeanor during their run at the Sands in the original Copa Room. After the show enjoy dinner at the Rio's Carnival World Buffet recognized as the best buffet in Vegas year after year by guests and critics alike; the Carnival World Buffet has raised the bar in buffet dining once again, offering more variety in food choices (more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily) and a new contemporary design that make the best buffet in Vegas even better. From pizza to omelets, sushi to teppan yaki, fresh carved meats to Asian barbecue, the Carnival World Buffet offers numerous distinct dining experiences from around the world featuring live-action cooking right before your eyes guaranteeing freshness and top quality. Enjoy more than 70 varieties of homemade pies, cakes and pastries, and nine gelato flavors, all made from scratch. After dinner the group will head downtown to Fremont Street. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the spectacular light and music show. Using over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long canopy 90 feet above the ground and a 550,000 watt sound system truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction.


Approximate value: $100 USD per person


Grand Celebration Helicopter Experience Embark on an unforgettable, narrated flight from Boulder City to the floor of the Grand Canyon. Descend 4,000 feet toward your exclusive landing site and enjoy breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon. Touch down by the banks of the Colorado River. Compliment your journey with a delightful picnic meal and refreshments served under an authentic Indian "Ramada". You will have ample time to take photos and explore the canyon floor. Before taking back off toast your journey with a champagne toast. Your tour also includes majestic views of historic Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Guano and Eagle Points, the famous SkyWalk and the Grand Canyon itself. (Approximately 4 hours, hotel to hotel, weather dependent). You can upgrade to Prime time 9:00 am - 11:30 am for an additional $20.00 please speak to your tour director.


Approximate value: $494 USD per person


Hoover Dam Classic Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our custom Tour Trekker. Your talented guide will share many points of interest along the way. You'll truly appreciate the extra care and comfort you receive from Pink Jeep Tours. The Hoover Dam Discovery Tour offers ample time for exploring this National Historic Landmark and engineering wonder of the world. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, exhibit gallery, observation deck, and venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators. You'll also encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere. (4 hours)


Approximate value: $92 USD per person


Hoover Dam Top to Bottom From the Lake Mead Overlook, you're transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where construction crews traveled each day. You'll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow, and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction. Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft offers you close-up views few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants, and Black Canyon. You'll also learn historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning over 900 feet above the river. This is absolutely the best photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River!


Approximate value: $142 USD per person


Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour Explore Lake Mead on a paddle-wheeler boat, viewing amazing sights such as Hoover Dam and the Arizona Paint Pots. Your tour begins with a stop at Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished. There you will take a guided tour starting at the visitor's center that will include an informative movie, a trip to the generator room on the Nevada side and time to explore a number of exhibits at the center. After a 90-minute stay at the dam you will move on to Lake Mead. Here enjoy the largest man-made lake in the United States with more than 550 miles of shoreline. Board the Desert Princess, a three-level Mississippi-style paddle wheeler with two enclosed climate-controlled decks and a third observation deck. Cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Mead and view the unparalleled sights of Hoover Dam and the steep canyon walls that surround it. View Boulder Island, Sentinel Island and see the Arizona Paint Pots. Your will enjoy lunch on board the Desert Princess. (Approximately 7.5 hours)


Approximate value: $120 USD per person


Maverick Rafting One of the most amazing ways to experience the Grand Canyon is with a landing tour and the added bonus of river rafting through the scenic Black Canyon on the Colorado River. With this Grand Canyon and Rafting Helicopter Tour, you will enjoy a helicopter adventure through the Grand Canyon and see awe-inspiring scenery at one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Following the helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon, you will land at the Boulder City Airport and meet up with the rafting crew. Your fully motorized and narrated river rafting voyage will depart from the base of Hoover Dam and float 12 miles down the grand Colorado River. The Colorado River rafting tour includes several stops along the river and lunch served upon reaching Willow Beach, Arizona. The rafting crew will transport you to your hotel at the conclusion of the tour. Approximate time 9.5 hours.


Approximate value: $619 USD per person


Skywalk Direct Airplane Tour Depart the Henderson Executive Airport on your express airplane tour to the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. On your flight, you will experience a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Upon landing, board your VIP ground transportation to the Grand Canyon Skywalk where you will enjoy expedited access onto the glass bridge. The Skywalk features a horseshoe shaped glass floor that projects 70 feet from the canyon rim. A personal Skywalk photo and a souvenir bag with snack are included with this adventure. Duration: approximately 4.5 hours (hotel to hotel) with an estimated 1 hour of ground time at Grand Canyon West. (Tickets to the Skywalk are purchased separately from Maverick Airlines for $35.00)


Approximate value: $409 USD per person


Vegas Dream Sunset Witness the Best-of-the-West as your excursion begins with a journey past Lake Las Vegas, an exclusive golf resort consisting of numerous celebrity homes and hotels. Next, visit Lake Mead to see one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Get your camera ready for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Hoover Dam from above this national landmark. Conclude your air-only excursion with intimate, sunset views of the Strip's mega resorts and hotels including iconic landmarks such as the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Stratosphere Tower, Luxor, Eiffel Tower and historic downtown. (2.5 hours - hotel to hotel)


Approximate value: $259 USD per person


Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour Enjoy the "City of Lights" from the best view possible... THE SKY! Vegas Nights is an amazing helicopter tour flying over the megaresorts of the Las Vegas Strip from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the never-fading light of the Luxor pyramid. Prior to your departure from our Las Vegas terminal, you will be served champagne to toast your night flight as you experience breathtaking sights from inside our ECO-Star helicopter, the "limousine of the sky". Approximate flight time is 12-15 minutes.


Approximate value: $124 USD per person


West Rim & Hoover Dam Combo Tour Travel in comfort to one of the Southwest's most exciting venues in our luxurious, custom vehicles with a professional tour guide. Experience the extraordinary desert scenery of the Mojave Desert as you travel to the West Rim. Brief stops along the way allow for close-up views and photo of the desert community of Dolan Springs, the rugged Joshua tree forest, and the magnificent Colorado River. Your journey culminates at the stunning West Rim of the Grand Canyon, home of the Hualapai Nation. Your knowledgeable tour guide escorts you to points of interest, and shares fascinating facts on the history, culture, geology, flora, fauna, and all that surrounds you on this exceptional adventure. Next, explore the Hoover Dam. Spend some time exploring this National Historic Landmark and engineering wonder of the world. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, exhibit gallery, observation deck, and venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators. You'll also encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere. Approximate time 10-11 hours, lunch is included at the West Rim. Tickets to the Skywalk can be purchased for $32.50 at the West Rim.


Approximate value: $304 USD per person


Polynesian Cultural Center with Ali'i Luau A full-day tour departing at noon from Waikiki to the windward side of the island and the town of Laie. The Cultural Center has seven villages representing the nations of Polynesia. Price includes admission, IMAX film, Ali'i buffet luau dinner, and upgraded show seating. The Ali'i Luau recreates the royal ceremony of ancient luaus' including the traditional custom of roasting a pig in an "imu" the Hawai'ian word for fire pit. Receive a complimentary orchid lei upon arrival, enjoy native song and dance, and then dine on a delectable island menu. And remember, it's all you can eat. Return to Waikiki at approximately 10:30 p.m.


Approximate value: $122 USD per person


24-hour Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour Discover the whole of Los Angeles and get on or off the buses at over 50 stops! Enjoy the open-air view from our vintage Double Decker Buses from England as the narrated tour points out landmarks from Downtown L.A. to the beaches of Santa Monica, with Hollywood and Beverly Hills in between. Hop-On or Hop-Off as often as you like to explore major attractions, movie studios or dine and shop at Los Angeles's hotspots - when you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus. This ticket allows you to transfer between routes. (24 hour pass)


Approximate value: $44 USD per person


Dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp in Santa Monica Join your fellow travelling companions for an optional dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Santa Monica. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. captures the charm and American spirit that made "Forrest Gump" a smash hit, featuring down-home decor reminiscent of the movie's setting in Alabama. After dinner spend some time at the Santa Monica Pier before returning to your hotel.


Approximate value: $38 USD per person


Movie Stars Homes From Chinese Theater Movie Stars' Homes Tour in Los Angeles, provides an exclusive comprehensive narrated tour of breath-taking stars' homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Los Angeles as well as introducing you to Hollywood's iconic Sign and mile-long Walk of Fame, West Hollywood's glittering Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills's glamorous Rodeo Drive! Our professionally trained tour guides will take you in our air-conditioned or open-air mini-buses (featured in "The Osbournes" and "Speed") to see LA's most exclusive residential neighborhoods. During your two hour tour, your informative fun guide will take you to see over 40 breathtaking mansions. Celebrities are constantly moving in and out of the neighborhood, so bring your camera... you never know who you might see! (2 hours)


Approximate value: $60 USD per person


Movie Stars Homes With Hotel Transportation You've seen their movies, now see where the stars actually live with our most popular tour! Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned Starline Mini-Buses, where other buses can't go (featured in "The Osbournes" and "Speed"), and see over 40 breathtaking mansions, in a fully narrated two- hour tour. Transportation provided from hotel.


Approximate value: $60 USD per person


Universal Studios - Guideline Tours No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show. Transportation is included.


Approximate value: $120 USD per person


Warner Brothers' Studio & Movie Star Homes Tour The tour is intimate with a group of no more than twelve and transportation is provided by private electric cart. The VIP Tour guide will take you to where the action is and provide you with inside information and history on each set you visit. Walk on to a set of hit television shows (like The Ellen Show, The Mentalist, and Two and a Half Men - depending on availability), hear as Foley artists create sound effects for movies, see how sets are constructed, walk through rows and rows of costumes, watch a special effects demonstration, and the list goes on. After Warner Brothers' Studios enjoy an exclusive comprehensive narrated tour of breath-taking stars' homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Los Angeles as well as introducing you to Hollywood's iconic Sign and mile-long Walk of Fame, West Hollywood's glittering Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills's glamorous Rodeo Drive!

Picture ID is required for admittance into Warner Brothers' Studios.
Approximate value: $121 USD per person


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