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Why Sundowners Overland

For nearly 50 years Sundowners Overland has been crossing Asia from India to Europe and most places in-between. Since the first mini-bus set off much has changed in Asia, yet overland travel across Asia is still very much at the heart of Sundowners Overland. Today Sundowners Overland is the most highly regarded Asia Overland travel company, offering the most extensive choice of overland journeys across the region. Our continued success is due to our focus on just one continent: Asia, and the quality of the journeys and experiences that we are committed to providing to our clients.

From the classic overland route from India in the 60’s, the 70’s saw the Trans Siberian Railway open up as another epic overland journey then, following the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 90’s the legendary Silk Road once again became accessible to travellers. Asia has a long tradition of overland travel and it remains possible to follow the ancient paths of trade and conquest through the lands once ruled by Scythians, Persians, Parthians, Sogdians, Mongols and Moghuls. At the heart of all of our overland adventures are the challenges and rewards of crossing the natural boundaries of desert and mountain and the remote national borders linking these diverse countries; doing so frequently and successfully over many years sets Sundowners Overland apart.

Travel is both the place and the people, seeing it and experiencing it; and it is the many personal encounters along the way that will make your Sundowners Overland journey such a rewarding and unique personal voyage. Aboard the great rail journeys it is the shared moments at the samovar or in the dining car, the impromptu shared picnics in your cabin, perhaps a few basic Russian words with your carriage attendant that brings a warm smile of thanks — just for trying. While at the many stops it’s haggling and bartering for a few supplies with barely a common word but the transaction is completed bringing an understanding that communication is much more than just words. Along the Silk Road into Central Asia a shared curiosity of completely different lives will be rewarded with memorable exchanges in the local tea houses or amongst the cries and colour of the local bazaar. While at the borders, beyond boundaries of language, it’s the surprised look and friendly smile when they discover how far you have travelled to make the high mountain border crossing from Xinjiang to Kyrgyzstan. Why would you travel so far? But their curiosity and surprise does not hide their pride that you have chosen their country, town or tea house to visit. It is these personal encounters that add the colour and texture to the journey — and are remembered long after.

Our Fully Escorted Tours are accompanied by a Sundowners Overland Tour Leader, chosen for their experience, personal qualities and passion for our style of travel, they will make your journey a very special travel experience. With a real interest in the people and regions we travel through and a desire to share their experiences they will help you discover the very best of the countries on your journey. Supported by our operations team and our network of local partners they handle all of the transportation, accommodation and paperwork necessary to ensure a smooth running journey. They are not a tour guide, rather a combination of organiser, negotiator and bureaucracy battler who will be with you every step of the way. In addition to your Tour Leader your journey will be complemented with scheduled sightseeing conducted by a specialist local guide; an expert in their field and native to the country or city that you are travelling through. They will be able to provide you with a unique insight into their country, life and customs. The combination of Tour Leader and Specialist Local Guide is unsurpassable, their sheer enthusiasm, energy and spirit are your guarantee of an unforgettable travel experience.

If you are travelling by yourself, you certainly will not be the only one and you will not be 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. We understand that you may prefer to request single hotel accommodation and this can be booked on selected journeys for one supplementary payment covering all hotels on the journey.

From the moment you choose to travel with Sundowners Overland you can be assured that all your arrangements will be handled with the utmost care. Our team of specialist Travel Advisors are always on hand to assist with the visa requirements for our destinations, pre-tour and onward travel options and general destination advice. When travelling you can relax and enjoy the journey confident that you are never far from one of our local partners who create a network of support and assistance along your entire journey. We also provide 24/7 support through our Customer Service teams in Melbourne and London.

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Sundowners Overland - Level 1, 51 Queen St, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Tel: +61 3 9672 5300 Fax: +61 3 9672 5311 Email:
Sundowners Travel Centre Pty Ltd    ABN 11 005 066 348  Licence Number 30093

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