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Illinois Discovery Fly Drive

8 days / 6 nights from £949pp

Chicago - Springfield - Alton - Peoria - Galena - Rockford

Located in the heart of the US, the Land of Lincoln promises a true American discovery, where mile after magnificent mile showcases the best that Illinois has to offer, jam packed with Presidential history, quaint towns, quirky Route 66 attractions, spectacular scenic byways and some of America’s popular sports. See the best of what Illinois offers on this classic fly drive, taking you through the state capital Springfield, to the river towns of Alton and Peoria, followed by the historic towns of Galena and Rockford.

Holiday Highlights

  • Take in panoramic urban views from the top of one of Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers, like the Willis Tower, at a height of 1,451 ft or the John Hancock Center at 1,127ft.
  • Cruise down the Illinois portion of Route 66, featuring 50s gas stations, quirky museums and the former home of President Lincoln.
  • Follow the Great River Road along the banks of the mighty Mississippi, passing through the historic Illinois cities of Alton and Galena.

Remember, we can tailor-make your fly drive holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Chicago to Springfield (approx. 200 miles)

After discovering the sights of Chicago, collect your Alamo rental car and cruise down Route 66, stopping in Pontiac to visit the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum before arriving into Illinois’ capital, Springfield. Explore the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln by visiting his former home, the Presidential Library and Museum as well as Lincoln’s Tomb to rub his nose for good fortune.. Stay 1 night at Holiday Inn Express Springfield (or similar).

Day 2 Springfield to Alton (approx. 88 miles)

Continue down Route 66 to the Alton area and see the confluence of The Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers along a 33-mile stretch of road rich in history. Visit the quaint towns of Grafton and Elsah, known for their wineries and unique inns, whilst in nearby Collinsville, discover the ancient remains of a Native American city at Cahokia Mounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay 1 night at Beall Mansion B&B (or similar).

Day 3 Alton to Peoria (approx. 165 miles).

Today, head to Peoria where you can begin your visit at the Riverfront Visitors Center, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Peoria. Explore Peoria’s Riverfront, which is popular for festivals and home to the newly opened Peoria Riverfront Museum, featuring a 3D theatre and planetarium. If time allows, why not take a cruise on the Spirit of Peoria for scenic views of the Illinois River. Stay 1 night at Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette (or similar).

Day 4 Peoria to Galena (approx. 181 miles).

Travel back up the Great River Road, with a chance to stop in Fulton to see the Windmill ‘de Immigrant’ before arriving into Galena, where over 85 percent of the town is considered a national monument. Find a town steeped in rich history dating back to the Black Hawk Wars between the Native Americans and settlers. Stay 2 nights at The Irish Cottage (or similar).

Day 5 Galena

Galena is known as "The City that Time Forgot" for its rich 19th century heritage. Spend the day exploring with a stroll down the lovely Main Street or perhaps visit to one of the area’s grand houses like Ulysses S. Grant’s Home and the Washburne House. For something completely different you can take a trip to the Galena Winery and Vineyards, located in a beautiful setting, 6 miles out of town.

Day 6 Galena to Rockford (approx. 77 miles).

A short drive through rolling hills and small towns take you to your final Illinois destination of Rockford. The Burpee Museum is home to ‘Jane’, a rarely-found teenage T-Rex. Take a stroll through Anderson Japanese Gardens,one of the top five Asian Gardens to visit outside of China and Japan, and outdoor enthusiasts can find golf, biking and kayaking opportunities close by. Stay 1 night at Courtyard Rockford (or similar).

Day 7 Rockford to London (approx. 73 miles).

Your Illinois discovery comes to an end today as you drive to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to return your rental car. If time allows, stop by the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, just 5 minutes from O’Hare Airport where you will find more than a 100 luxury brand outlet stores.

Day 8 Arrive London

Touch down into London today.
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Included in your Fly Drive Holiday

  • Hotel accommodation.
  • Economy flights
  • Airport taxes, fuel & duty
  • Car rental where stated
  • Any applicable offers

Not included: Airport transfers, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses

Flights from regional UK airports available

Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 020 8290 9751.

Contact our travel experts who can help put together your dream fly drive holiday, call 020 8290 9751


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