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Things you should know - before you go

What's included

Fully Escorted Tours

  • The services of an experienced Tour Leader
  • Small groups
  • All transportation as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Excellent specialist local guides
  • Comfortable well located tourist class hotels and guesthouses (upgraded hotels for Premium/Deluxe and Private Train journeys)
  • 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 Overland invaluable 'Pre Departure Information’

Experience Tours

  • Services of specialist local guides in each destination city.
  • All transportation (includes four-berth rail compartments when on trains) as specified in the itinerary. Two-berth rail option is available.
  • All transfers except arrival on day one and departure on the final day
  • Accommodation in well-located comfortable hotels, guesthouses and ger camp when in the Mongolian countryside.
  • Exclusive sightseeing program as specified in the itinerary providing alternative to conventional touring.
  • Freedom and flexibility to discover and experience places at your own pace.
  • Departures throughout the year.
  • Sundowners Overland invaluable 'Pre Departure information'.

Independent Journeys & 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) 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).

Things you should know - before you go

Joining & Ending - Fully escorted Tours (transfers) 
All our Fully escorted Tours 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.

Porterage is not included on any Sundowners Overland journey (except Private Train journeys) so it is important that you are able to carry your own luggage. A backpack or suitcase with wheels may be the easiest and most convenient solution for many travellers.

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.

Age & Suitability
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 Journeys. For children under this age please call Sundowners Overland to discuss our guidelines for travelling with children.

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 Journey’ & 'Tailor Made Journey’ 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 has seen evidence of travel insurance coverage.

Visas & 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 journey 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.

How & When to Book
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’ & 'Tailor Made Journeys' 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.

Dossiers (Fully Escorted and Experience Tours)
While all of the essential information you require for booking your journey is included in the brochure we also provide a dossier on every journey. These dossiers contain more detailed information related to many aspects of the journey such as itineraries, spending money, recommended reading, luggage, etc - all of which are useful in the final planning of your journey. To receive a dossier simply call Sundowners Overland or your travel agent, or visit our website.

Our Experienced Team
Sundowners Overland is committed to expert advice and planning and have the most experienced team working behind the scenes to ensure your holiday of a lifetime runs smoothly. Our team regularly travel to Central Asia and aboard our rail adventures and have led many of our trips to enhance their knowledge and keep informed of the latest changes. So if it's Siberia or the Silk Road or the many great places in between, you can be sure that we've already travelled it ourselves, many times.

Helping to make a difference
Sundowners Overland is committed to making a positive contribution within our local communities and to minimise our impact on our shared environment. Our commitment is to deliver small group journeys that are environmentally conscious and socially respectful and we welcome and encourage the contribution of our clients in achieving this goal. We make extensive use of locally owned restaurants and cafes, hotels and guesthouses and use the extensive rail and public transport system in preference to flights and coach transport when ever practical. Our ‘Rising Stars’ programme has assisted Local Guides acquire the skills and training to work as full time Tour Leaders.

Guaranteed Departures
Once a tour is guaranteed to run we highlight this on our website. You can then book and deposit with certainty knowing that your group tour is certain to depart. This gives you the confidence to arrange flights, travel insurance and onward travel safe in the knowledge that your Sundowners Overland journey is secured. 

Loyalty Rewards
At Sundowners Overland we are sure that you will enjoy your journey with us, and that you will want to return to explore more of Asia overland. On all second and subsequent journeys we offer a 5% loyalty reward. We look forward to helping you plan your next adventure.