Q. How do you recommend I get from Sea-Tac Airport to the hotel in Seattle?
A. You have several options. When you depart the airport, follow the signs for ground transportation. From here, you can either take a taxi (approximately $35) or take the Shuttle Express (approximately $33/person). Whether you’re on your own or with others, the taxi is likely the best option as it’s only a bit more than the Shuttle and will get you there far more quickly.
Another option is to follow the signs for the Light Rail when you depart the airport. Purchase your ticket (approximately $2.75) before boarding the train. Take this to the last stop (Westlake Center). Hotel Andra is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Light Rail drop off point.
Q. Do I need travel insurance for this trip?
A. For many of our tours we do recommend at least evacuation insurance. However, because this one is in a metropolitan location, we’ll be very close to a doctor should the need arise. If you are concerned about having to cancel your trip at the last minute (perhaps due to an illness in the family) or if you are worried about your luggage, you might consider travel insurance.
We highly recommend Insure My Trip. They have a wide range of options, good customer service, an easy to navigate website and they offer numerous affordable options including travel, medical, and evacuation insurance.
Q. Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel my participation in the tour?
A. Whether or not you receive a partial refund depends on how far in advance of the tour you cancel. Our refund policy is covered in our Booking Terms and Conditions and is also outlined on the Registration form that you’ll receive within 24 hours of booking. Refunds will be sent by check within two weeks of our receiving written notification of your cancellation (email notification is fine). If Beth is traveling when you cancel, it may take longer than two weeks to get your refund check out to you. She’ll mail it as soon as she can upon returning to the U.S.!
Q. Should I rent a car?
A. There’s no need to rent a car for any time during the tour but if you plan to tour around prior to or after the actual itinerary dates, you might consider it. It is certainly not needed.
Q. What time should I arrive in Seattle?
A. The tour officially starts with dinner on the first day. However, if you are able to arrive early in the day, we can provide you with some suggestion on what to do with your free time.
Q. What time should I depart Seattle?
A. Lunch on the last day of the tour is at 11:30 am and will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. We recommend you book your departing flight no earlier than 4:00 pm.
Q. If I want to arrive earlier (or stay extra days) can you make hotel arrangements for me?
Q. Will water be readily available?
A. Yes it will. However, we strongly urge our tour participants to carry their own reusable water bottle and bring a water purifier and fill it up at the hotel so as to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles that get thrown out/recycled.
Q. What will the weather be like in June?
A. Typically June is just on the cusp of the nice weather. Seattleites joke that summer doesn’t start until July 5th. Having said that, it could be in the 50’s and cloudy or it could be in the 70’s with clear skies. Keep an eye on the forecast just prior to departure so you’ll know how to pack.
Q. Do I need to bring dressy clothes?
A. We will be having dinner at a couple of Seattle’s nicer restaurants. However, it’s a pretty low-key city in that people generally really get dressed up for dinner at a few of the very finest restaurants. For dinners out, you can dress in anything from jeans and a nice top to a dress. Most days will be spent walking the city so be sure to have some comfortable shoes with you.