Q. What airport should I fly into for the tour?
Either the Albuquerque or the Santa Fe airport will work for this tour. You may want to check costs flying from your destination to each airport, but Albuquerque tends to be a bit cheaper. The Albuquerque airport is about one hour away and the Santa Fe airport is about 20 minutes away from the city.
Q. What time should I plan to arrive and depart when booking my flights for the tour?
A. As far as arrival time, the tour starts with a wonderful walking tour on Wed, June 6th at 3:15 and you will want to give yourself time to get settled into the hotel after landing and getting transport from the airport. If you land around noon in Albuquerque, you will have 3 hours to get your shuttle or car, drive for an hour and freshen up in the hotel before the guided tour.
Breakfast is offered on the last morning (Sunday, June 10th), so if you want to eat with people and have some time to say goodbye, you could plan to leave the hotel late morning. Or, if you’d like more time to wander the plaza and shop, book a flight home in the early evening.
Q. If I want to arrive earlier (or stay extra days) can you make hotel arrangements for me?
A. Absolutely! We can also always book an additional night in the hotel if you’d like to relax and sightsee another day before heading home.
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 shuttle do you recommend to get from Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe?
A. The best option is Sandia Shuttle. They have hourly departures from the airport and it takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to get to Santa Fe. You can book in advance or make arrangements at the airport. When you do a reservation online, they will suggest available pick up times, which may be further out than you’d hoped, so perhaps check that before you book your flights. For example, for a 1:55pm arrival, you may leave the airport at 2:45 and arrive to the hotel around 4:20pm depending on checked or carry on bags and traffic. There are also taxis available.
Q. What shuttle do you recommend to get from the Santa Fe Airport to Santa Fe?
If you’re flying into the Santa Fe airport there are taxis available or you can go to the desk for Roadrunner Shuttle Service. Upon check-in at the desk, they will reconfirm with the hotel that you are a guest and then take you to the hotel free-of-charge. For a return shuttle to the Santa Fe airport you will need to reserve 24 hours in advance through the hotel’s front desk.
Q. Do I need travel insurance for this trip?
A. For many of our tours we do recommend 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 be prepared to tip any of our guides in Santa Fe?
A. Nope, it’s all taken care of on this trip.
Q. Should I be concerned about the high altitude?
A. For most people, Santa Fe’s high altitude (7,000 feet) isn’t a problem though you will likely notice shortness of breath walking up stairs.
Q. Is bottled water provided on this tour?
A. While we do recommend you drink plenty of water due to the altitude and dryness of this high desert town, we don’t provide bottled water. We highly encourage our tour participants not to drink bottled water due to the amount of waste it produces. Instead, please bring a water bottle that can be filled up and used repeatedly. The Hotel Santa Fe has a large container of ice water in the lobby from which you can fill up your bottle as often as you like.