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Frequently Asked Questions

What's Included - Fully Escorted Tours
What's Included - Tailor Made Journeys
What's not included - all journeys
Tell me about the Scheduled Sightseeing
Tell me about City Exploring
Do you have Tour Leaders?
I'm travelling alone on a Fully Escorted Tour, do I pay more?
Joining and ending a tour; how do I do it?
Is tipping required?
What if any are the age restrictions?
Visas and passport
Travel insurance
When should I book?
Luggage and packing

What's Included - Fully Escorted Tours
- The services of an experienced Tour Leader.
- Small groups - maximum of 15 people, see ‘Essentials’ of your chosen journey.
- All transportation as specified in the itinerary.
- Meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Excellent English-speaking local guides where specified.
- Comfortable well located tourist class hotels and guesthouses (upgraded hotels for Premium and Deluxe Tours).
- All transfers except arrival on day one and departure on the final day.
- No 'single supplement' charges for passengers wishing to share.
- Year round departures.
- Sundowners invaluable 'Pre Departure information.

What's Included - Independent & Tailor Made Journeys
- Choose from Classic or Traveller journeys.
- All transportation (includes four-berth rail compartments when on trains) as specified in the itinerary.
- Arrival Transfers (AT) and Departure Transfers (DT) in each stopover city as specified in the itinerary.
- Flexibility to add extra nights in stopover cities, upgrade hotels, pre-book sightseeing and arrange additional transfers.
- Departures throughout the year.
- Sundowners Overland invaluable 'Pre Departure information.
 
What's not included - all journeys
- Flights and taxes unless specified in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
- Visa fees.
- Vaccinations.
- Tipping.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary.
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, shopping, drinks etc).

Tell me about the Scheduled Sightseeing
Our sightseeing programs are tailored for each journey and vary according to the Travelstyle. ‘Scheduled Sightseeing’ is part of the itinerary inclusion and is generally aboard a minibus but occasionally we use the local metro or go on foot (walking tour). It includes transport, entrance fees and English speaking local guides.

Tell me about City Exploring
Our Tour Leaders remain with the group at all times and provide optional further sightseeing or ‘City Exploring’ outside the itinerary. It is designed to be flexible and may change depending on group wishes and time available and is at the discretion of the leader. Travellers will be asked to share the transport cost, if required, and provide their own entrance fees. For ‘City Exploring’ we use local taxis, public transport and go on foot..

Do you have Tour Leaders?
Every Sundowners Overland group is accompanied by a leader, chosen for their experience, personal qualities and passion for our style of travel. Supported by our operations team and local offices, they take care of all the transport, accommodation and paperwork necessary to ensure a smooth running trip. They are not a tour guide but rather a combination of organiser, negotiator and bureaucracy battler, and their sheer enthusiasm, energy and spirit are your guarantee of an unforgettable travel experience.

I'm travelling alone on a Fully Escorted Tour, do I pay more?
If you are travelling alone don't worry, you're certainly not the only one. And with Sundowners you are NOT price-penalised; we do not require you to pay a single supplement. In hotels, guesthouses and homestays we will be asking you to share with a fellow group member (of the same sex) on a twin room basis, while on trains and in gers multi share on a mixed gender basis is the norm. If you are travelling alone and request single accommodation this can be booked on selected journeys for one supplementary payment covering only hotels on the journey. Simply ask Sundowners or your travel agent.

Joining and ending a tour: how do I do it?
All our Fully Escorted and Experience Journeys begin at the designated hotel on day one of the journey. Similarly they will end at the hotel on the morning of the last day. A pre departure meeting is usually held on the evening of the first day. These details will be provided with your pre tour documentation. If you would like to have a prepaid transfer from or to the airport at the beginning or end of your journey then contact us to arrange this.

Is tipping required?
Across Asia, people have become accustomed to the new freedoms and opportunities of a capitalist economy. Tipping has become an essential (and expected) supplement for those working with foreign tourists, eg: drivers, guides and porters. We have found from experience, that it is convenient for the Tour Leader or an elected group member to collect a kitty and administer it according to the group's decision. Your contribution will be collected on day one of the journey. A tip kitty saves the need for regular use of small denomination bills and our pre tour information will help you to budget for this.

What if any are the age restrictions?
Our journeys are suitable for almost everybody and age is rarely a factor. A willingness to be involved, a positive and flexible approach to travel and an understanding of the particular demands of your chosen journey will ensure your enjoyment on one of the most satisfying and rewarding travel experiences of your life.

A minimum age of 18 applies to our Fully Escorted Tours. For children under this age please call Sundowners Overland to discuss our guidelines for travelling with children.

Visas and passport
Depending on the nationality of your passport, it is safe to assume that a visa will be required for all or most countries you intend to visit regardless of the Sundowners Travelstyle chosen. Many of these visas will be issued on the strength of an 'invitation letter', which we will obtain and provide to you. With each booking Sundowners Overland provide full visa support including detailed visa guidelines for each country. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a passport (with at least six months validity from the date of completion of your Sundowners Overland journey) and any visas necessary to enter or transit any countries involved in the journey.

Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory on all 'Fully Escorted Tours' and 'Experience Tours'. For personal benefit and peace of mind, we strongly recommend travel insurance for 'Independent Adventure' itineraries. Policies must provide adequate cover for the loss of personal items and any potential medical expenses. Group members will not be permitted to participate in the trip until your Tour Leader or Local Guide has seen evidence of travel insurance coverage.

When should I book?
With only 15 places available on our 'Fully Escorted Tours' - early booking is recommended to be sure of travelling on the journey of your choice. As soon as you know the journey and departure date you would like to book, please contact Sundowners Overland or your travel agent to secure your place.

While not restricted by group numbers, 'Independent Adventures' should be booked early to secure best availability of transportation and accommodation. Confirmation will be provided on receipt of your deposit and completed and signed booking form.

Luggage and packing
On all journeys you will be required to carry your own luggage on or off the trains, through stations and between vehicles and hotels. Please only bring what you can carry. We recommend using a single backpack / rucksack, or soft bag as your main luggage, a moderate size suitcase with retractable handle and wheels is also suitable for most journeys. Do not bring oversize suitcases or bags. All these luggage types fit more easily into the luggage spaces on trains, buses and jeeps. You should also carry a small daypack for personal items used during the day (camera, water, snacks etc.). A hidden money belt for carrying valuables is also useful.

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