Plenty of time to discuss the week’s events with your fellow tourers and get over the hangover from last night’s party, before the drive home and a night in your own bed. Route 66 started out as a selection of dirt trails and unnamed roads.
By 1938 dirt gave way to a paved narrow and twisty two lane highway.
Later some were widened and straightened, some turned into four way highways, then in the late 1950’s the interstate network began to take over.
Soon many areas of old 66 had been paved over, many towns had been bypassed, their lifeblood taken away and left to slowly fade away.
Day 1 Friday Arrive at your Hotel in Albuquerque where you will collect your rental car.
Spend some time exploring this town full of beautiful old Neon signs, and diners resplendent with vintage “roadside Americana” decor.
One thing to note on the drive is it is used by a lot of bikers and is classed as a dangerous road in the area.For those who haven’t done our Spanish Safari, this will be a great taster…Sunday – rest and relaxation aboard the ship home to Portsmouth.Sunday – From our hotel on the edge of the Vosges mountains we head straight into Germany and the Black Forest, before popping back into France near Mulhouse and spending the afternoon at the Cité de L’Automobile – a pheomenal car museum containing the Schlumpf Collection, including the most comprehensive display of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world.Monday – Moving on from Mulhouse, we continue south skirting around Geneva and into the mountains to the west of Mont Blanc, before stopping at Lake Annecy on our way to the overnight stop at Chambery.Over the decades many artists have sung “get your kicks on Route 66” so join us in our exploration of part of this fantastic road.Enjoy this road trip from the air conditioned comfort of your modern day American sports car or get the wind in your hair in an open top convertible!The road runs for 7 miles before you drive through the small village of Chop Gate.You then drive on for a further 13 miles through sweeping bends and lots of gradient changes, again with great views and road, until you arrive at the picturesque village of Helmsley.The final nail in the coffin of this fantastic road was the bypass of Williams Arizona in 1984 after which Route 66 was no longer an official US highway.Many of the gas stations, the diners and motels were out of business and fell into decay.