“This is not a tour for a rest. You are on the go instantly even after an overnight train trip —- but it is well worth it. Our accompanying guide was excellent, smoothing the bureaucracy, helping out when there were issues, went the extra mile on a number ...“
- Unique overland journeys across Asia
- Small groups, independent and tailor made options
- Exclusive sightseeing program
- Invaluable pre-departure information
Enjoy a liberating travel experience from the leading Trans Siberian and Silk Road specialists. Sundowners Overland has been crafting pioneering adventures across Asia since 1964, providing unrivalled expertise and a comprehensive selection of moving journeys. Wheth...
Enjoy a liberating travel experience from the leading Trans Siberian and Silk Road specialists. Sundowners Overland has been crafting pioneering adventures across Asia since 1964, providing unrivalled expertise and a comprehensive selection of moving journeys. Whether you want action-packed adventure, in-depth discovery, something leisurely or world-class luxury, you’ll find an enticing range of small group tours and custom journeys. Discover the romance of the rails as you explore Russia, Mongolia and China on the renowned Trans Siberian Railway. Follow ancient trails of trade and conquest across Central Asia on the Silk Road. And receive a warm welcome as you encounter the mountains and monasteries of Europe’s Caucasus. Groups are kept small to ensure an intimate experience; with sightseeing included, you’ll forge lasting friendships as you unlock the wonders of the world together. Each journey is designed to maximise interactions with local people, enriching your understanding of cultures and customs afar. Travellers have been enjoying Sundowners Overland journeys for over 50 years. If you want off-the-beaten-track destinations and masterfully crafted itineraries, then look no further. There’s a network of travel specialists on the ground and in your time zone, waiting to turn your travel dreams into unforgettable memories.Read more
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- JulieClassic Trans Mongolian (from St Petersburg to Beijing)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on September 11, 2019This was the trip of a lifetime! I could relax knowing that everything was organized and that our very capable tour leader had everything under control. St Pete…Read more
- BByronMcEwanGrand Trans Siberian Railway (departing Vladivostok)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on September 1, 2019our trip across Russia on the transsiberian train was above my expectations for our tour guide Natalia a very passionate person about her homeland Russia. The t…Read more
- TTonyHopkinsonTrans Mongolian with Naadam Festival (from Beijing to St Petersburg)4.5 - ExcellentWritten on July 26, 2019I am a 78 year old diabetic, two challenges before I started. I had a fantastic trip with a small group (9) and everything went well. The guide was the best, ac…Read more
- MMMariaTrans Siberian Railway with China and Mongolia - Departing Beijing5.0 - ExcellentWritten on July 23, 2019Our tour leader Ali was amazing. She was so knowledgeable, interesting, fun and so patient. She made our trip. We were lucky to travel with great people on ou…Read more
- CcarolfoxTrans Mongolian Explorer (from Beijing to St Petersburg)5.0 - ExcellentWritten on October 28, 2018Our trip from St Petersberg to Beijing organised by Sundowners was fantastic. We were met at each city and given a half day tour so we could then explore by our…Read more
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About Sundowners Overland
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Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
Do you provide visa support?
Sundowners Overland provides full visa support for travellers, including visa guidelines and all the required visa invitations for your journey. Please ensure you have a passport with a minimum of six months validity from the date you complete your Sundowners Overland arrangements.
What are the train journeys like?
Majority of train travel with Sundowners Overland is in 2 or 4 berth compartments on regular rail services that are comfortable, reliable and offer great opportunities to make new friends and interact with local people. On board, there is plenty of room for luggage and for making yourself comfortable. Clean linen is provided on each rail sector and your carriage attendants are on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable journey. On the standard rail services, basic but adequate toilet and washing facilities are located at each end of your carriage. The dining car is always a focal point of life on board offering meals, snacks, drinks and a place to relax during the day. Meals available on board are usually cuisine from the country you are travelling through. Whilst it is a good idea to pack some of your own instant meals and snacks you can also purchase fresh produce from a number of vendors on the train platforms along the way, a great way to sample local flavours!
Do I need to tip during my journey?
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. Sundowners Overland 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 their pre tour information will help you to budget for this.
What type of accommodation do you use?
Most group tours are designed at a classic service level, meaning accommodation is equivalent to western 3-star with private facilities.
Many people across the continent live in traditional gers and yurts. Some of Sundowners journeys give you the chance to stay in these nomadic camps as well as homestays. They are multi-share and mixed gender with basic shared facilities, most have western toilets. As you glean an insight into the extraordinary lives of your friendly hosts, it is sure to become one of your fondest memories.
What to expect at border crossings?
Border crossings are often fascinating. Glimpse people draped in sumptuous fabrics and farmers from rural frontiers. Watch traders pull carts of produce and consider how far they’ve come on foot and how far they have to go.
When you reach the border, your transport will stop for officials to check visas and passports. Occasionally, the bureaucratic process can take a few hours, depending on how many people are waiting, or if officials have decided to take a long lunch. Sometimes you can stay on board, other times you will need to disembark and line up. Queuing etiquette varies in each country, if you have a Tour Leader, they’ll help you cross like a local.
Do you have a recommended packing list for your tours?
If travelling in summer take light clothes, a hat, comfortable footwear and a jacket for the evenings when it might get cooler. If you are travelling in winter, bring plenty of layers of warm clothes, thermal underwear and hiking shoes. You will be required to carry your own luggage on and off the trains, through the stations and from the bus to your hotel. We recommend using a small/medium size bag with wheels, a medium soft a single rucksack or soft bag, these fit more easily into the limited luggage space on the trains. Some other handy things to take include taking a waterproof jacket, European plug adapter, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, universal sink plug, a small travel towel and a deck of cards. Whenever you are travelling don’t forget your camera and multiple memory cards!
What level of fitness is required?
You have a responsibility to yourself and your fellow travellers to ensure you are fit enough to enjoy the tour. Each Sundowners Overland tour has an activity grading to give you an indication of the fitness that is required. Gradings are based on the cumulative effect of various factors, including; travel duration, sightseeing, pace, uneven terrain, ability to carry your own luggage, changing timezones and climate conditions.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is compulsory on all Sundowners Overland 'Small Group Journeys'. Policies must provide adequate cover for the loss of personal items, repatriation and any potential medical expenses. Travellers will not be permitted to participate in the trip until your Tour Leader or Local Guide has seen evidence of travel insurance coverage.
What is a Local Guide?
Local Guides are certified travel professionals that enhance your sightseeing with historical and cultural knowledge. Being native to each destination, they offer the kind of authentic insight only a local could.
What is a Sundowners Overland Tour Leader?
Sundowner's tour leaders are organisers and master negotiators. They will help you discover sights, navigate border crossings, and understand cultural nuances with ease. On small group tours, they’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure your exhilarating journey stays on track.