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  • Introduce yourself and explain briefly what is to be covered today Today I will discuss; A little about our company, our philosophy and experience all around Asia The unique and interesting destinations we visit- the roads less travelled. We will provide you with a snapshot of the different journeys and adventures on offer And discuss what life is like on the road with Sundowners Overland
  • Provide a brief introduction to Sundowners Overland, appealing to our history and expertise within the region: Since the 1960’s we have been crossing Asia from India to Europe and most places in-between. Next year we will be celebrating our 50 years travelling Asia overland. Today we are the most highly regarded Asia overland travel company offering the most extensive choice of overland journeys across the region. We believe your journey should be an optimal blend of experiences and destinations reflecting your personal interests, desires and budget.
  • An introduction to the regions we travel: Sundowners Overland travels from China to Russia and beyond- across the entire continent of Asia. The countries we visit include; China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan and India. Experience the world famous Trans Siberian Railway – the world’s longest railway! AND Explore the Silk Road, one of the oldest trade routes that still exists today.
  • Introduction to the Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian Railways: Key Points: The Trans Siberian Railway is the world’s longest railway line- spanning across 9288km. This is one of the most famous overland journeys of all time. The railway spans across vast Asian landscapes and the train passes by rivers, lakes and over rolling mountains- truly beautiful scenery. The Trans Siberian railway was planned by Tsar Alexander III, but finished by Tsar Nicholas II who laid the foundation stone in 1890. It’s a railway that most people have heard about, but don’t know a lot about the unique destinations along it. Travelling this railway provides you with a great opportunity to witness diverse cultures, tradition and see how the East meets West, from Asia into Europe.
  • Today I am going to take you on one of our most popular journeys, the Trans Mongolian Discovery. This journey can either be taken as a Fully Escorted Tour or an Independent Journey, however today I will be talking about it in the context of a Fully Escorted Tour. The Trans Mongolian Discovery heads west from Beijing to St. Petersburg and takes you from China, through Mongolia and all the way into Russia. In the space of three weeks you will cover a staggering 8,514 kilometres of ever changing landscapes, people and fascinating cultures.
  • Many of our Sundowners Overland journeys begin in China’s capital, Beijing. However, if you are travelling independently, or are on a Tailor-Made journey or Private Group Tour- you have the freedom and flexibility to choose your own starting point. Some travellers might choose to start their journey in Hong Kong or Shanghai which can be arranged by our specialist Travel Advisors. Before your tour, make the most out of your time in China and visit the Xian Shanghai before joining this journey in Beijing.
  • Most of our Fully Escorted Tours will start with a day trip walk along the Great Wall where there are many different sections for you to explore. On this particular journey, we head to Muytianu - an unforgettable highlight.
  • Be sure not to miss the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the third largest city square in the world- and the landmark of several important events in Chinese history. In this image you see the Gate of Heavenly Peace and the entrance to the Forbidden City.
  • Hou Hai, translated ‘Queen Sea’, is a lake surrounded by a popular bar, restaurant and café district in Beijing. In recent years Hou Hai has become a favourite social hub amongst locals and travellers alike. Take a ride on a paddleboat and enjoy the sights and smells of your colourful surrounds. IMAGE: Be sure to visit the Houtongs, a series of old alley ways in the old town of Beijing where you’ll be transported back in time.
  • Relax and unwind to a Tai Chi session with the locals. Tai Chi is a slow movement Chinese Martial Art practised for both self defence training and health benefits. It’s incredibly therapeutic and mesmerising to watch!
  • China is world renowned for its food and Beijing offers a plethora of culinary delights such as; Peking Duck, dumplings, noodles, soups and sweet desserts.
  • Or be daring and indulge in the weird, wacky and wonderful local delicacies at the night market.
  • A favourite amongst our clients is Alice’s Tea House- fuel your body with a time honoured healthy drink. Alice will show you that there is more to tea than just the leaves!
  • Those travelling on a Fully Escorted, Experience and Private Group Tours- will be escorted to the train station by their Local Guide. If you are travelling on a Tailor-Made Journey, or independently you will collect your train tickets from one of our local partners prior to the scheduled train departure. Alternatively, our Travel Advisors can arrange for your train tickets to be delivered to your hotel.
  • Relax, unwind and enjoy life on board the train: Many journeys include a number of overnight stays on trains. This is your opportunity to spend time with the locals, learn a few words in another language and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers. Enjoy the vast Asian terrain as you travel across the ever-changing landscapes.
  • Where do you sleep? Most accommodation is standard, 4-berth compartments with the option of a 2-berth upgrade. All cabins are clean and comfortable. Just like our journeys, you have many options when it comes to train travel accommodation. Fully Escorted Tours, Independent Journeys and Experience Tours have the option of upgrading their accommodation to a 2-berth compartment. If travelling on one of our Premium Journeys, a 2-berth upgrade is included. Those travelling on a Tailor-Made journey or Private Group Tour will have their choice of train and type of compartment. Please note that sleeping configurations and options may differ depending on which leg of the journey/region you are visiting.
  • If you are travelling with another person and wish to have a little more privacy, in many cases you have the option of booking a 2-berth upgrade. Where 2-berth compartments are not available, this can also mean sole use of a 4-berth compartment.
  • Security On every train there will be police and security guards. All carriages have attendants who keep the carriages clean and tidy. You can lock your cabin once you are inside your cabin, however if you should go to the dining car you can ask your attendant to lock the door after you and they will open it upon your return. Train stops Sometimes you will be able to get off at train stops, grab a quick bite to eat and stretch your legs. Just make sure you ask the cabin attendant how long you have, otherwise you will be left behind!
  • There are western style amenities on every train carriage. Whilst there are typically no showers, there are wet rooms with running water where you can freshen up.
  • The Dining Car is a great place to have a bite to eat and mix with your fellow passengers. Whilst you can purchase food on board you are also welcome to bring your own. A combination of standard fare and locally sourced produce is available for you to purchase. Simple vegetarian and take-away options are available. The available food will depend upon the country you are travelling through, the season and what is available to purchase locally. For this reason the quality of cuisine can be variable.
  • Watch from the window as the towns and villages of northern China go by. At the border of China and Mongolia you will witness the impressive feat of changing the bogies where wheels are changed to fit the new tracks in Mongolia. Every single carriage is then lifted onto the tracks by machinery. The next morning you will travel through the Gobi Desert, you might be lucky enough to spot camels in the distance. As the train continues across the Mongolian Steppe, landscapes continue to impress as you curve around tight bends into Ulaanbaatar.
  • Welcome to the land of eternal blue sky.
  • Upon arriving into Ulaanbaatar visit the Zaisan Memorial, a tribute to fallen Soviet soldiers in WW2 in the south of the capital. Climb the steps to the top of the hill, not only to see the Soviet style images of the monument but to catch a glimpse of the amazing panoramic views of Ulaanbaatar.
  • Another highlight is Gandan Khiid, the country’s largest remaining monastery where you can mingle with Buddhist monks. The Tibetan name for Gandan Khiid translates to "Great Place of Complete Joy”. View the impressive 25 metre statue of Magjid Janraisig- the lord who looks in every direction.
  • From Ulaanbaatar, travel to the countryside and spend a couple of nights in a traditional Mongolian nomad’s ger set amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Terelj National Park. Gers are a portable house made of a flexible wooden structure, with felt and wool stretched over it’s framework for insulation and weather protection. Gers are also used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia, where they are known as Yurts.
  • The inside of the Ger is warm, cosy and decorated with beautiful Mongolian textiles. Gers can be lived in all year round, however nomadic families typically move twice a year for summer and winter. If you decide to travel during winter, the log burning stove will keep you toasty warm at night!
  • Mongolians are incredibly hospitable people. It is customary for nomads to welcome other travellers/nomads into their home. You might notice that some of the families have a stack of mattresses in their ger, ready for the arrival of an unexpected guest!
  • Enjoy the local food cooked by your hosts!
  • Join in on local activities and enjoy the vast open space of the National Park. Some of the activities you might like to try are: Try your hand at archery Go horse riding Learn how to play a game of knuckle bones Try your luck at Mongolian Wrestling Have a picnic in the hills Walk to Turtle Rock and Aaralyn Temple
  • Head north and into Russia to join up with the Trans Siberian Railway on your way through Siberia.
  • Arrive to the beautiful station in Irkutsk before heading out to Listvyanka, the village nestled on the banks of the Lake Baikal. Irkutsk is located on the banks of the Angara River and stands at the crossroads of Asia. Founded 350 years ago, it prospered as a market town on the ‘Tea Road’ between China and Europe and on a walking tour, you can discover the city’s wonderful historic sites. Optional: Visit the Irkutsk historic-memorial museum of the Decembrists; In December of 1825 in St. Petersburg, a group of military officials staged a revolt against Tsar Nicholas 1. These rebels were liberals who felt threatened by the new ruler's conservative views.  They were defeated by the Tsar's forces and exiled into Irkutsk. 
  • Whilst in Irkutsk you’ll be sure to notice the wood detailing on the local houses, a charming speciality of the region.
  • Enjoy a two night stay in the quaint little village of Listvyanka, residing on the banks of Lake Baikal.
  • Whilst in Listvyanka, you’ll be staying in a comfy, wooden guesthouse- a perfect place to relax and unwind.
  • Without a doubt the main attraction of your time in Listvyanka will be Lake Baikal. The Lake and the surrounding landscapes offer some of the most picturesque and beautiful sceneries in Siberia. FACTS: Located south of Siberia, Lake Baikal is the largest fresh water lake by volume- containing approximately 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water It also happens to be the oldest, a massive 25 million years old- and going strong!
  • FACT: According to locals, if you swim in the lake it is believed that you increase your life expectancy by 7 more years!
  • It’s now time to board the Trans Siberian Railway. Settle into a three night journey as you travel via Novosibirsk, Omsk and Yekaterinburg en route to Moscow. Some of the highlights of the changing sceneries along the way include: Crossing the Ob and Irtysh Rivers The Ural Mountains- the traditional geographic boundary between Asia and Europe Passing through Yekaterinburg- where the last Tsar (Romanovs) was executed and is also the centre of the Ural District.
  • Key Points: Red Square – Visit the famed city square in the heart of Moscow, separating the Kremlin from the historic merchant quarter, Kitai-gorod. The Kremlin - Marvel at the exquisite collection of royal treasures in the Kremin’s stunning Armoury Chamber- a historic fortified complex in the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River and home of the Russian Parliament. Visit Lenin’s Masoleum -  also located in Red Square. Alexandrovsky Gardens - home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier- a war memorial dedicated to the fallen Soviet Soldiers of WWII. Alexandrovsky Gardens was also the first public gardens to open in Moscow. You might even catch a glimpse of Russian newly weds posing for their wedding photos.
  • St Basils Cathedral: The famous St Basils Cathedral in Red Square is a colourful and architectural delight- an icon of Russia.   According to the legend, the ‘Ivan the Terrible’ ordered the architect Postnik Yakovlev to have his eyes removed after its completion to prevent him from building another construction that could rival St. Basil’s beauty.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior: And for those who wish to visit another beautiful cathedral in Moscow, set aside some time for the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour - the tallest orthodox Christian Church in the world. During Soviet times, this building was destroyed and made into a public swimming pool. It was only rebuilt in the 1990’s and consecrated once more in 2000.
  • Lovers of dance cannot miss the Bolshoi Ballet, the internationally renowned classical ballet company based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
  • Russian Matryoshka Dolls: Of course you cannot leave without picking yourself up a traditional Matryoshka doll! Based on a design that originally came from Japan, Matryoshka dolls are a set of wooden dolls decreasing in size and placed one inside the other. The designs on these dolls are traditionally painted in folk style and the artwork is committed to a certain theme or story. Visiting the Izymaylovo district of Moscow, you will find great examples of the dolls amongst the extensive arts and crafts market.   Otherwise, visit the Matryoshka factory , where you can try your hand at making them.
  • … and because you can never get tired of trying new foods- why not sample some local Russian cuisine! One of our favourites is the Russian beetroot soup called borscht- a delicious balance of sweet and salty flavours- add a dash of cream and enjoy!
  • Boarding your final train on this epic journey, you’ll take the overnight express into St. Petersburg, the home of the Tsars. Yet again, you will be presented with opulent architectural monuments at almost every turn including; palaces, mansions, museums and churches set on the picturesque canals of the Neva River.
  • Cathedral of the Resurrection: The Cathedral of Resurrection, also referred to as the ‘Church of our Savoir of the Spilled Blood’, is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. The name refers to the blood of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, who was assassinated on that site in 1881.
  • Catherine’s Palace: The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband's death. The palace was built on a scale to rival Versailles.
  • The Peterhof: Enjoy the beautiful Peterhof, a country estate 20 miles south-west of the city that was the summer retreat of the Tsars. The Peterhof boasts the most beautiful golden statues and wondrous fountains that shoot water up to 20m high without the use of pumps.
  • Perhaps after a meal, you can enjoy a night out admiring the athleticism and grace of traditional Russian folk dance.
  • Introduction to the Silk Road Key Points: The Silk Road is one of the oldest routes of trade and conquest in history and as result, it is one big melting pot of culture, religion, architecture and history. Protected by great deserts and picturesque mountain ranges, the Silk Road was not one established road, but a network of land and sea routes between China, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Europe. Central Asia is like no other place on earth, you’ll be met with keen interest and hospitality as people of this region have a special affinity with travellers. On our incredibly unique Silk Road journeys, you will see soaring minarets, desert cities and dazzling tile work.
  • Experience a different side of China, discover the ancient and modern wonders of this impressive land and enjoy the melting pot of culture and cuisines.
  • Witness a famous tradition that is said to have continued over two millennia as local Uyghur herdsmen and traders haggle and barter at the famous Sunday Markets of Kashgar.
  • Visit Xian, one of the oldest cities in China and home to the Terracotta Warriors- a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
  • From the relics of ancient Persian culture to the modern day hustle and bustle of this sophisticated country, Iran is keen to show travellers the true hospitality of its people. Admire the grandeur and artistry of the buildings of Isfashan, one of the jewels of ancient Persia Discover the impressive sites of Persepolis and Contrast the ancient world with the new- spend time in Tehran- the heart of modern day Iran.
  • The Sheikh Lotfollah mosque: This is a world heritage site and an architectural masterpiece standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.
  • Lying on both sides of the Ural River, Kazakhstan is the world’s biggest landlocked country and relatively unexplored by western travellers. Full of natural beauty, Kazakhstan is certain to impress those who are looking to experience a road less travelled. IMAGE: Aisha Bibi Mausoleum was built  in the 11 th or 12 th century to honour Aisha, the bride of Karakhan, Lord of Taraz. It is locally famous as a monument built to represent love and faithfulness.
  • This amazing country offers magnificent wide open steppe, snow-capped mountains, taiga forests and massive canyons. Visit the spectacular Tien Shan or Altay Mountains, watch flamingos on steppe lakes and discover the underground mosques located at Shapak Ata, in the north of MangyshIak, near the Caspian Sea. 
  • Be enticed by the exotic spices of Kazakhstan, speak to your Tour Leader or ask a local where to find great local cuisine
  • Almaty: Explore the leafy streets of Almaty, nestled in the foothills of the mighty Tien Shan Mountains.
  • Renowned for it’s hospitality to travellers, Kyrgyzstan combines opportunities for exploring the outdoors, experiencing the life of its nomadic people and taking in the history of the Silk Road. Cross the mountain passes of the impressive Tien Shen mountains at Torugart or Irkeshtam. Stay with local people while you explore the picturesque Lake Issyk Kul as the base of the central Tien Shan mountain range.
  • Wander through the markets and enjoy the buzz of the every day life of the Kyrgyz people.
  • In true nomadic style, spend the night camped under a starry sky, or sleep in a yurt (the Central Asian version of a ger). The Kyrgyz are known for their hospitably and guests are commonly treated to a bowl of fermented mare’s milk and fresh yogurt.
  • Tash Rabat Caravanserai: Tash Rabat is a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan. A caravanerai is a historical roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day's journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across trade routes in Asia, North Africa, and south-eastern Europe, especially along the Silk Road.
  • Huge mountain ranges, valleys, glaciers, gorges and ice-blue lakes dominate over 90% of the country.
  • A richly historical land that for centuries has thrived at the confluence of Asia and Europe. An ideal place to start any adventure into Central Asia and along the Silk Road. Wonder at the abundance of impressive monuments and fine cuisine in Istanbul. Travel along the lesser explored Black Sea coast through Trabzon, Samsun and Safranblolu.
  • Sumela Monastery, Trabzon: Sumela is a 1600 year old ancient Orthodox monastery located at a 1200 meters above sea level in the Macka region of Trabzon. The monastery features frescoed paintings, dating from the 18th century of biblical scenes with Christ and the Virgin Mary.
  • On a Tailor-Made Journey, you might wish to visit Cappadocia - a historical region in Central Anatolia and is known for its remarkable landscape and surreal rock formations created from volcanic eruptions. Beginning in the fourth century AD, it is said that Troglodytes settled in Cappadocia and began carving homes and a network of tunnels into the soft volcanic rock. Cappadocia eventually became a religious refuge in the early times of Christianity. Believers could hide in the secret complex and practice their religion without fearing Rome’s persecution. Byzantine frescoed paintings still remain in cave chapels and have been well preserved to this day.
  • Of course, you could not visit Turkey without making your way through a sea of bazaars! Enjoy the vibrant and intoxicating mix of people, goods and produce. Bazaars are a dynamic centre of the community where people trade in the streets and bargaining is a way of life. Be sure to do the same if you spot something you cannot leave without!
  • Uzbekistan is surely the jewel in the ornate crown of Central Asia and the Silk Road. The region's cradle of culture for more than two millennia, it’s abundance of history and impressive sights has attracted travellers for all time.
  • Enchanting Samarkand: Samakand’s history stems over 2,500 years and ‘Golden’ Samarkand continues to cast its spell on travellers from across the globe. Step back in time and marvel at the history of your surrounds- a truly breathtaking and awe inspiring city to explore. The centre piece is the ancient Registan (image on left). The famous three madrassas will inspire you to delve deeper into the wonders of the ancient world.
  • Fall under Bukhara’s spell: Genghis Khan did his very best to destroy this most enchanting of cities, plundering all but three monuments which he preserved because he was so impressed by them. However, he didn’t manage to destroy the peaceful nature of the city and 800 years on Bukhara is still the perfect place to relax under mulberry trees, eat rice Plov and witness a city unchanged in time.
  • Be inspired by the breathtaking monuments and glittering minarets.
  • Experience Armenia’s rocky highlands, lush forests and picturesque Lake Sevan. You might like to explore the remote regions and visit the ancient monasteries or venture into the capital, Yerevan and discover it’s thriving art scene and café culture.
  • Boasting charming old churches, watchtowers, castles and breathtaking mountain sceneries, Georgia is certainly one of the most beautiful countries to visit during your travels. Image: Gremi Castle, Georgia Gremi is a 16 th century church in Kakheti. It is the only architectural building to have survived from the once flourishing town of Gremi which was razed to the ground by the armies of Shah Abbas of Persia in 1615.
  • Introduction to India There is no place in the world more colourful, alive, diverse and spectacular than India. This wonderful country is rife with culture, religion, spirituality and tradition and has so much to offer all travellers!
  • Whilst in India, be sure to; - Indulge in the colour, atmosphere and intoxicating energy. - Witness the diverse landscapes which have attracted travellers, merchants and empires since antiquity. - Experience the spirituality and religion of India; the centre of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. - Stand in the shadow of the almighty Himalayas. - Enjoy the unforgettable bazaars, monuments and people.
  • Stand in awe in front of the majestic white marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal in Agra. FACT: Over 1,000 elephants were employed for the transportation of all the construction materials required! As many as 28 different varieties of semi-precious and precious stones were used to adorn the Taj with exquisite inlay work.
  • Observe pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi and Haridwar
  • Explore Mumbai and Southern India and enjoy the contrast of the bustling city with the serene temples and beaches. Venture of the beaten track and discover the true local vibe of the fourth most populous city in the world and be swept up in an intoxicating mix of people, traffic, food, and culture.
  • Head out to the Kerala Backwaters, a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets formed by more than 900 km of waterways.
  • We understand the importance and value of having freedom and flexibility when travelling and so we offer different Travelstyles to suit all travel preferences.
  • Our Fully Escorted Tours are for those who enjoy travelling with a group and enjoy healthy balance of time spent with your group, and the option to go exploring on your own. Group and leaders: No more than 15 travellers on most journeys, through some special departures have up to 24 travellers, as indicated in this brochure and in the Journey Dossier. Each journey is accompanied by a Sundowners Overland Tour Leader. Accommodation: Stay in 3 star equivalent hotels, comfortable guesthouses, gers and yurts. Our ‘Premium’ Fully Escorted Tours offer a higher standard, similar to 4 star. Transport: Comfortable 2 or 4 berth compartments on regular train services. Our Premium Journeys are inclusive of a 2-berth upgrade. Sightseeing and Inclusions: Most transfers are included and we can organise airport transfers on request. Sightseeing, specialist Local Guides and some meals are always included- see your Journey Dossier for more details.
  • Experience Tours offer a unique alternative to conventional touring and are designed for travellers who enjoy the freedom and flexibility of independent travel, but like to take advantage of the benefits of travelling in a group. Group and leaders: Up to 15 travellers, local guides will meet you in each city and look after you while you are there. Accommodation: 3-star equivalent hotels, comfortable guesthouses, gers and yurts. Transport: Comfortable 4-berth compartments on public trains, 2-berth upgrade are available on most journeys. Sightseeing and Inclusions : Most transfers are included and we can organise airport transfers on request. Sightseeing and some meals are included, consult the Journey Dossier for a specific journey for more details.
  • Itinerary : Tried and tested itineraries that work well for the independent traveller. We can also tailor a personal itinerary that suits your individual travel plans. Groups and Leaders: Group size depends on your travel party Accommodation: Most levels of accommodation can be catered for either by selecting a service level, or customising your accommodation separately. Sightseeing and Inclusions: You are free to arrange meals and sightseeing yourself, or you can pre book in advance. Service Levels Service Levels refer to the standard of accommodation, transport and included services that you can expect on each journey, Some journeys even offer a choice of Service Levels to help personalise the journey to your requirements. Traveller: Excellent value at a competitive price Accommodation is in conveniently located hotels 4-berth compartments aboard the train (with the option of upgrading) This level is only available as an option for Independent Journeys, Tailor-Made Journeys and Private Group Tours Classic: Unique experiences at genuine prices Accommodation is in comfortable, centrally located hotels with a higher level of amenities. 4-berth compartments aboard the train (with the option of upgrading) Most arrival and departure transfers are also included with this service level, dependent upon the specific itinerary. All Independent Journeys at this Service Level include a full day of our City Ambassador service in each of the cities where it is available. The majority of our Fully Escorted tours would be the equivalent of this Service Level.
  • Experience the romance and the adventure of the Trans Siberian, Trans Mongolian Railway and the Silk Road which enjoying some of the finest facilities and services available. As far as possible, these journeys are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. Groups and Leaders: Tours Mangers Doctor on board every departure Accommodation: All offer ensuite or in-carriage facilities. 24 hour service attendant Off the train, all hotels are of 5-star, or the best available standard. Transport: Privately chartered luxury trains- including private transport for all sight-seeing. Sightseeing and Inclusions: All sight-seeing is included Meals and drinks are included also. Tips and gratitude's included in the price of the journey. Tours and all of our Experience Tours provide this level of service as standard.
  • We also organise tours for families, groups of friends, special interest clubs and associations. Private groups can select one of our published itineraries on a departure date of choice, or tailor an itinerary to suit the group’s needs. Group Size: Depends entirely on your travel party. Tour Leader : If you would like a local Tour Guide for certain segments of your journey, this can be arranged. Accommodation: Most levels of accommodation can be catered for. Transport: Different types and standards of transport can be arranged.
  • With the help of our expert Travel Advisors, the choice on how you travel through this fascinating region is entirely yours! Fully tailored itinerary : Modify existing Independent Journeys, follow the route of one of our Fully Escorted Tours or come up with your own dream journey! Accommodation: Choose from a mix of comfortable hotels, guesthouses, homestays, gers, or an Indian Palace. Transport : Train, plane, bus, yak or camel! Sightseeing and Inclusions: You are free to arrange meals and sightseeing yourself, or you can pre book in advance with our Local Guides and City Ambassadors.
  • Many people find that our Fully Escorted Tours, Experience Tours and Independent Journeys are just what they’re after, however if you’d like to tweak a few elements to better suit your lifestyle and travel preferences, here’s how we can help you; Pre and post travel: Our expert Travel Advisors can help you organise all of your transport and travel arrangements from Tokyo to Edinburgh and most places in between. Trains: Many of your journeys include a number of overnight trains and it is often possible to upgrade the compartment that you travel in from our standard 4-berth to a more spacious and private 2-berth compartment or sole use of a 4-berth compartment. Transport: Our preferred method of transport through the region is train, however where infrastructure doesn’t permit train travel we use other modes of scheduled transport such as local buses or private mini buses. Our Travel Advisors can give you the full run down on what transport is available in the destinations you are travelling to, if you would like private transport for segments of your journey this can also be arranged. Accommodation: Those travelling on Independent Journeys, Private Group Tours and Tailor-Made Journeys are able to choose a level of accommodation that best suits their lifestyle and budget, from a mix of comfortable hotels, guesthouses, homestays and even traditional Mongolian gers or an Indian palace! Our Travel Advisors have a range of different hotels on offer to suit your budget and personal preferences and most levels of accommodation can be catered for. Activities: The amount of sightseeing already included in a journey depends on the Travelstyle and specific itinerary. In many cases, your planned activities can be adjusted so that you can get involved in a wide range of activities and experiences. For example, if you have keen interest in hiking our Travel Advisors can offer you advice on where to go and help you to arrange your activity.
  • Between the ages of 18-35? Why not consider travelling this fascinating region with Vodkatrain? Key Points: 18-35 year olds Like minded individuals from around the world Travel the roads less travelled Enjoy an adventure, create your own experience Freedom Independence Group Travel as Individual as You!
  • This is the Classic Trans Siberian Railway journey; one country, seven different time zones and 9288 kilometres of train travel. Trip Highlights: Observe the changing landscapes and faces as you complete an impressive journey on the world’s longest railway line. Discover Moscow’s historic centre: Red Square, The Kremlin, St. Basils Cathedral. Explore the heart of Siberia at Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Admire Russia’s Pacific Fleet in the far east port of Vladivostok. Only 7 nights on board the train. PRICES: Experience Tour: AUD $3,175 NZD $4,025 USD $3,110 CAD $3,175 GBP £1,990 EUR €2,510 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $2,950 NZD $3,745 USD $2,890 CAD $2,950 GBP £1,860 EUR €2,330
  • Travel the legendary Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian Railways from Europe to the heart of Asia. Trip Highlights Explore Moscow’s UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Kremlin, Red Square and Novodevichy Convent. Enjoy your time aboard the legendary Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian Railways from Europe to the heart of Asia. Wake up in a ger and explore the Mongolian countryside. Contrast the traditional hutongs and quiet backstreets with the 21 st century bustle of modern Beijing. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour AUD $2,975 NZD $3,780 USD $2,915 CAD $2,975 GBP £1,875 EUR €2,345
  • Cross the Gobi Desert and vast Siberian taiga en route from Asia to the heart of Europe. Trip Highlights: Join in a Chinese tradition with some morning Tai Chi and other exercise with the locals in Beijing. Dine on dumplings and delicious Peking Duck Mingle with Buddhist monks and local nomads at Gandan Khiid, Mongolia’s largest remaining monastery. Marvel at museums and the dramatic architecture in Moscow. PRICES: Experience Tour: AUD $2,420 NZD $3,075 USD $2,370 CAD $2,420 GBP £1,525 EUR €1,910 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $3,230 NZD $4,100 USD $3,165 CAD $3,230 GBP £2,035 EUR €2,550
  • An alternative perspective on the classic Trans Mongolian journey, focussing on some unique experiences along the way. Trip Highlights: Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of local markets and enjoy learning the traditional art of kite making in Beijing. Enjoy a Buyat Shaman ceremony and the traditional dance and songs of the Siberian Buryat people. Experience a traditional Russian Banya (sauna). Dine at the home of a Russian cultural figure in St. Petersburg. PRICES: Experience Tour: AUD $3,785 NZD $4,805 USD $3,710 CAD $3,785 GBP £2,385 EUR €2,985
  • Get on board one of the world’s greatest rail journeys for a fantastic adventure across Asia from East to West in just three weeks. Trip Highlights: Walk the Great Wall and stroll the streets of Beijing from Tiananmen Square to the Temple of Heaven. Cross the Gobi Desert aboard the Trans Mongolian Express to Ulaanbaatar. Visit a nomadic Mongolian family and discover the customs and traditions of daily life in the steppe. Marvel at the opulence and indulgence of the palaces and galleries of Moscow and St. Petersburg. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $4,675 NZD $5,935 USD $4,580 CAD $4,675 GBP £2,945 EUR €3,695 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $3,490 NZD $4,430 USD $3,420 CAD $3,490 GBP £2,195 EUR €2,755
  • Experience one of the world’s greatest rail journeys for a fantastic adventure across Asia from East to West in just three weeks. Trip Highlights: Discover the incredible collections in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. Marvel at the museums and dramatic architecture of pre-Soviet Moscow. Stay in a traditional Siberian guesthouse on the shores of Lake Baikal. Cross the Gobi Desert and vast Mongolian steppe to the Great Wall and beyond. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $4,475 NZD $5,685 USD $4,385 CAD $4,475 GBP £2,820 EUR €3,535 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $3,490 NZD $4,430 USD $3,420 CAD $3,490 GBP £2,195 EUR €2,755
  • From the South China Sea to the Gulf of Finland, this brilliant overland adventure will reveal the extraordinary diversity of the history, culture, language and geography of Asia. Trip Highlights: Discover China’s modern metropolis of Shanghai and it’s historic capital, Beijing. Take an invigorating plunge into the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake; Lake Baikal. Explore the intrigue surrounding the demise of the Romanovs in Yekaterinburg. Ride Moscow’s palatial underground metro and explore the city at your pace. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $4,805 NZD $6,115 USD $4,710 CAD $4,805 GBP £3,025 EUR €3,795
  • Sundowners Overland’s original Trans Mongolian journey and still our most comprehensive itinerary along the legendary Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian Railways. Trip Highlights: Travel in style with 2-berth rail cabin upgrades, 4-star hotels and comprehensive sightseeing included on all departures. Most departures feature some of the region’s vibrant and exciting festivals. Choose from the Naadam Festival (Mongolia), White Nights Festival (St. Petersburg) or Victory Day (Moscow). Admire the spectacular palaces and gardens of the Petrodvorts (Peterhof), the ‘Russian Versailles’. Immerse yourself in the romance of the rich imperial past of Xian and be astonished at the wonder of the entombed Terracotta Warriors. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: Hong Kong to St. Petersburg or St. Petersburg to Hong Kong; AUD $9,275 NZD $11,780 USD $9,090 CAD $9,275 GBP £5,845 EUR €7,325 Fully Escorted Tour: Beijing to St. Petersburg or St. Petersburg to Beijing; AUD $8,230 NZD $10,450 USD $8,065 CAD $8,230 GBP £5,185 EUR €6,490
  • This is an extraordinary rail journey that spans over a third of the world and to travel it is to experience Japan and Russia as few travellers are privileged to do. Trip Highlights: Discover both the historic and modern treasures of Japan with a six day journey through this fascinating nation. Start your remarkable journey, where the Trans Siberian Railway began its construction, in the once top-secret port of Vladivostok. Explore beautiful Lake Baikal from our traditional Siberian guesthouse in the lakeside village of Listvyanka. Discover the art, architecture and an unbeatable collection of museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $9,375 NZD $11,885 USD $9,190 CAD $9,375 GBP £5,980 EUR €7,390
  • Journey overland by rail from the South China Sea to the shores of the Baltic Sea, lingering longer in China, Mongolia and Russia as you go. Trip Highlights: Cruise Guilin’s spectacular Li River and enjoy the scenery of its famous limestone karst hills. Explore the little visited town of Ulan Ude on the eastern shores of Lake Baikal, the fascinating centre of Buddhism in Russia. Discover the defining events in Russia’s history in the cities of Yekaterinburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Get a glimpse into the rich history, architecture and cultures of Russia’s Golden Ring with a visit to Suzdal and Vladmir. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $9,245 NZD $11,735 USD $9,060 CAD $9,245 GBP £5,825 EUR €7,295
  • Experience the romance and adventure of one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with an unprecedented level of luxury. Trip Highlights: Experience the joy of rail cruising, exploring remote lands in style and comfort on-board your private train. Experience Mongolia and explore its intriguing capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Relax and unwind in the lounge car and watch the Siberian landscapes pass before you. Sample the regional cuisine and a world of culinary delights carefully prepared on board for you in the dining car. PRICES: Luxury Private Rail: Prices start from (Twin Share); AUD $15,240 NZD $19,355 USD $15,495 CAD $15,240 GBP £9,695 EUR €10,995
  • Take in the highlights of the jewel in the crown of Central Asia, with this comprehensive journey throughout Uzbekistan. Trip Highlights Explore the heart of Central Asia among the small towns and quaint villages of the Fergana Valley. Follow the ‘Golden Road to Samarkand’ and marvel at the architectural splendour of the Registan. Cross the Kyzl Kum desert and explore the historic walled city of Khiva. Discover a land of fable and legend in the backstreets and caravanserai of old Bukhara. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $1,755 NZD $2,225 USD $1,715 CAD $1,755 GBP £1,095 EUR €1,385
  • Get ready for high adventure among the peaks and mountain passes where the ‘Great Game’ played out with this journey along some of the least travelled sections of the Silk Road. Trip Highlights: Mingle with the herdsmen and local traders at the famous Sunday markets in the Silk Road market town of Kashagr, in Xinjiang, China. Cross the spectacular mountain passes of Torugart and Irkeshtam and discover the ancient caravanserai at Tash Rabat. Enjoy the architectural splendour of Tamerlane’s capital, Samarkand and the backstreets and tea-houses of Bukhara. Explore Lake Issyk Kul, the glimmering jewel of Kyrgyzstan, while staying with a local family. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: Prices start from; AUD $4,440 NZD $5,640 USD $4,350 CAD $4,440 GBP £2,795 EUR €3,490
  • Contrast the ancient wonders, people and landscapes of the ancient Silk Road, with the prominent European cities of modern day Moscow and St. Petersburg. Trip Highlights: Discover the intricate Buddhist paintings and art in the World Heritage listed Mogao Caves near Dunhuang. Explore ancient caravanserai, fortified desert cities and architectural wonders in Samarkand and Bukhara. Traverse the enormous Taklamakan desert with a stop in the oasis town or Turpan. Enjoy the grand boulevards and imperial architecture of St. Petersburg and pick up some matryoshka dolls to take home. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $7,150 NZD $9,080 USD $7,005 CAD $7,150 GBP £4,495 EUR €5,645 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $4,545 NZD $5,775 USD $4,455 CAD $4,545 GBP £2,865 EUR €3,590
  • The ultimate Silk Road adventure from Europe to Asia, through the oases of Central Asia and the imperial cities of Xian and Beijing. Trip Highlights: Explore the incredible Grand Bazaar and wondrous monuments of Istanbul before riding the Trans Asia Railway from Ankara to Iran. Discover beautiful Isfahan, the former capital of Persia; a city steeped in history, culture and spectacular architecture. Journey across the Kopet Dag Mountains to the historic cities of Merv, Bukhara and Samarkand. Admire the bounty of treasures in the ancient Silk Road capital of Xian. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $5,845 NZD $7,425 USD $5,730 CAD $5,845 GBP £3,680 EUR €4,585 Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $4,155 NZD $5,280 USD $4,075 CAD $4,155 GBP £2,620 EUR €3,285
  • The ultimate Silk Road adventure from Asia to Europe, through the oases of Central Asia and the imperial cities of Xian and Beijing. Trip Highlights: Experience the lavish architecture, covered bazaars and relaxing teahouses of Bukhara and Samarkand. Contrast the ancient city of Merv with the eccentric modern architecture of Ashgabat – Central Asia’s most unusual capital. Explore ancient Persia’s former capital; Isfahan and Darus the Great’s ruined city of Persepolis. Follow the Silk Road all the way through China and into Central Asia via the Dzungarian Gate. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: Prices start from; AUD $6,820 NZD $8,660 USD $6,685 CAD $6,820 GBP £4,295 EUR €5,390
  • Experience the best of Russia, Mongolia and the Silk Road in one unique rail adventure. Trip Highlights: Discover the great mosques, covered bazaars and ancient monuments of the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Travel the Turkestan-Siberia Railway from the deserts of Central Asia to Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake. Enter the realm of Genghis Khan and get a taste of the nomadic life in Mongolia. Cross the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian steppe to Beijing and the Great Wall of China. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $6,160 NZD $7,825 USD $6,035 CAD $6,160 GBP £3,880 EUR €4,865
  • Follow in the footsteps of Babur, great grandson of Tamerlane, as you explore the stunning highlights of India and the Silk Road. Trip Highlights: Explore colonial mansions and tea plantations on the cool mountain ridges of Darjeeling. Witness the beautiful Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holy place for Sikhs and mingle with the pilgrims who have come to worship. Camp in a traditional yurt by the Tash Rabat Caravanserai, located in a mountain valley in Kyrgyzstan. Visit the centuries old Gur-Emir and Shah-I Zinda mausoleums and haggle with local traders in the nearby Samarkand bazaar. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $7,980 NZD $10,135 USD $7,820 CAD $7,980 GBP £5,025 EUR €6,290
  • Simply the most unique challenging and rewarding journey across Asia, along the ancient routes of trade and conquest. Trip Highlights: Discover early Christian monasteries and villages with the picturesque backdrop of the Caucuses Mountains in Georgia and Armenia. Admire the grandeur and artistry of the buildings of Isfahan, one of the jewels of ancient Persia. Port-hop along the Black Sea coast of Turkey through small fishing villages to the remarkable city of Istanbul Explore the ancient architectural wonders of Merv, Bukhara and Samarkand. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $10,720 NZD $13,615 USD $10,505 CAD $10,720 GBP £6,755 EUR €8,470
  • Spirit of the South Contrast the vibrancy of modern day Mumbai with the serenity of ancient temples whilst savouring the unique cuisine of southern India. Trip Highlights: Absorb the culture and chaos of the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. Discover elaborate stone carvings in the 14 th century temples in Hampi. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $1,790 NZD $2,275 USD $1,755 CAD $1,790 GBP £1,130 EUR €1,415 Desert Forts, Palaces and Beaches Explore the exquisite desert forts and palaces of Rajasthan and the hustle and bustle of Mumbai before relaxing on the palm fringed beaches of Goa. Trip Highlights: Observe the life and processions of Jaipur through the shutters of the Hawa Mahal. Admire the wall preserved paintings and carvings dating back to the 1 st century BC in the Ajanta caves near Aurangabad. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $1,805 NZD $2,290 USD $1,765 CAD $1,805 GBP £1,135 EUR €1,425
  • Experience the diverse landscapes and architecture from the highlights of northern India and the spiritual centres of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya. Trip Highlights: Witness the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Sikhism’s holiest site. Observe pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi and Haridwar. Witness the unique border closing ceremony at Wagah. PRICES: Independent Journey: Prices start from; AUD $2,490 NZD $3,160 USD $2,440 CAD $2,490 GBP £1,570 EUR €1,965
  • Every day of the year offers different reasons for you to travel the Trans Siberian Railway. Each season is spectacularly intense, not only changing the personality of the landscape but of the cities too and even invading the trains with their moods. The seasons and the months here are similar to those known in other temperature zones of the northern hemisphere. For many people the word ‘Siberia’ sends a frosty shudder down their spine and for good reason. But the winter wonderland of deep, crisp snow extending through the woodland and across the plains is very alluring and the experiences of winter in this region are unsurpassable. Central heating is worshipped in Russia’s every building, ensuring sub-tropical temperatures inside and often the train is the warmest place of them all with its cosy compartments. Spring arrives in April and the land begins to thaw, bringing back the birds and rousing the wildlife form its five month slumber. The annual miracle of summer occurs in July, with a 19 hour arc of the sun. Cherries and strawberries are sold at the platforms and barbecue smoke hangs in the air from day-long picnics. The summer temperatures are lovely and mild, with the average temperatures falling between a comfortable 17-20°C. With long days of sunshine and lovely warm temperatures, summer welcomes an array of cultural festivals to enjoy during your travels. From the Stars of the White Nights festival in St. Petersburg, to the Naadam Festival in Mongolia and the beautiful Obon Festival in Japan you will be swept away in the local celebrations held between June and August. Autumn is russet like a sea at sunset and the station ladies, wrapped now in October like the original ‘Matryoshka Dolls’ are selling wild berries, hazelnuts and the headscarves that they are wearing. Beautiful autumn colours sweep across the landscapes as trees begin to shed their branches signalling that the festive season is soon approaching once more.
  • In the winter months of Mongolia the wide-open steppe and surrounding mountains are covered in a soft blanket of glimmering snow. All gers are properly insulated with up to four layers of sheep wool and the outer layer is made of a waterproof canvas, ensuring you stay toasty warm during those colder nights. The water of Lake Baikal and her vast surrounds are incredibly serene during winter, creating picturesque sceneries that you will experience no where else in the world.
  • With the winter seasons comes an abundance of activities for you to enjoy. Why not try; Riding around in a hovercraft over Lake Baikal. Go ice skating under the beautiful lights of Moscow at night. To your hand at fishing with the locals over the frozen Lake Baikal. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the glistening snow.
  • Escape the crowds and enjoy China, Mongolia and Russia as a winter wonderland, travelling the legendary Trans Siberian and Trans Mongolian Railways from Asia to the heart of Europe in winter. Trip Highlights: Experience a taste of Mongolian life with a stay in Terelj National Park. Explore the winter wonderland of Siberia in Irkutsk and the frozen Lake Baikal. Why not try dog sledding or jump on board a horse drawn sleigh! PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $5,480 NZD $6,960 USD $5,370 CAD $5,480 GBP £3,450 EUR €4,330
  • Climb aboard for the ultimate winter rail experience. Spend Christmas enjoying the winter wonderland of Siberia and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Moscow’s Red Square. Trip Highlights: Enjoy traditional winter activities and a troika (sleigh ride). See in the New Year and join in the festivities in Moscow’s Red Square. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $7,230 NZD $9,180 USD $7,085 CAD $7,230 GBP £4,555 EUR €5,710
  • The Naadam festival is Mongolia’s national celebration and not to be missed. Held on July 11- 13 it begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders and musicians.
  • After the ceremony, the competitions begin. Enjoy watching the three ‘manly’ sports of Naadam; wrestling, archery and horse racing.
  • Instead of having one target, Mongolian archery has hundreds of targets (called beadrs or surs) on a huge wall. Both men and women participate in mixed gender teams – men fire their arrows from 75 metres, women from 65 metres. The winners of the contest are granted the titles of “National Marksman" and “National Markswoman".
  • Mongolian horse racing is a cross-country event, with races 15–30 km long. The length of each race is determined by age class of the horse, two-year-old horses race for ten miles and seven-year-olds for seventeen miles. Up to 1000 horses from any part of Mongolia can be chosen to participate. Children from 5 to 13 are chosen as jockeys, the idea is that the jockey is small enough to not affect the talent and skill of the horse.
  • Dive deep into the heart of Mongolian culture with our most comprehensive Naadam Festival experience. Trip Highlights: Enjoy watching the three ‘manly’ sports of Naadam; wrestling, archery and horse riding. Visit the sit of Genghis Khan’s former capital at Kharkhorin and the monastery of Erdene Zuu. Stay in a traditional Mongolian ger and learn about life and family of nomadic Mongolian people. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $1,560 NZD $1,980 USD $1,530 CAD $1,560 GBP £980 EUR €1,230
  • Complement your journey along the Trans Mongolian and Siberian Railways with the impressive cultural spectacle of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival. Trip Highlights: Witness the pageantry and colour of the Naadam Festival; Mongolia’s national celebration. Cross the Mongolian steppe to the site of Genghis Khan’s ancient capital; Kharkhorin. Ride the legendary Trans Mongolian/Siberian Railway from Asia into Europe. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $5,480 NZD $6,960 USD $5,370 CAD $5,480 GBP £3,450 EUR €4,330
  • This remarkable adventure combines the legendary Trans Siberian Railway with the rarely visited and spectacular region of Tuva. Trip Highlights: 1. Trek a challenging section of the great Wall around Simatai. 2. Hike along the shores of Lake Baikal to the village of Bolshie Koty and spend the night in a Siberian guesthouse. 3. Travel far off the beaten track to the heart of Asia and discover the remote region of Tuva and its capital Kyzl. 4. Meet Shaman priests, Buddhist monks and ‘Old Believers’ while enjoying the unusual experience of living in a yurt (ger) in Tuva. PRICES: Fully Escorted Tour: AUD $7,980 NZD $10,135 USD $7,820 CAD $7,980 GBP £5,025 EUR €6,290
  • In collaboration with Odyssey Guides, we have created a book entitled Asia Overland- Tales of the Trans Siberian and Silk Road. This remarkable book will be our gift to you upon booking a journey within our brochure, or a tailor-made journey of 14 days or greater. In this book you can brush up on your history and circle those ‘do not miss’ sites and destinations along the way.
  • The terms and conditions are also included in the Agent Incentive Policy document. Terms and Conditions: Incentives apply only to brochured product of Sundowners Overland Fully Escorted Tours or Experience Tours , Independent Journeys or Vodkatrain journeys. Discounts do not apply to any Luxury Train Journeys , Tailor-Made Journeys , RailPacks , VodkaPacks or pre and post services. Bookings must be made within a 12 month period. Free (or discounted) travel to be commenced within 12 months of eligibility. Client bookings must be deposited to be valid. To receive a discount, agents must complete application (see page 2). A written confirmation of return to work (in a selling position) from agency manager is also required Agent must be part of the travelling party. All above rates are non-commissionable. Agents must be selling staff (consultants) or office managers in a full or part time position. Casual staff not eligible for incentive. The booking process and requirements will be the same. Invoice to be adjusted to show discount. Travel is subject to the availability and viability of specific departure dates and will be at the discretion of Sundowners Overland and Vodkatrain. For Vodkatrain incentives agents must be between the ages of 18-35 when travelling. Agents are required to review and then send through their images and videos of the journey. Agents are required to add a review to the appropriate Facebook page on their return. Agents are requested to make a short video testimonial on their smart phone and send in with other images/video.
  • The terms and conditions are also included in the Agent Incentive Policy document. Terms and Conditions: Incentives apply only to brochured product of Sundowners Overland Fully Escorted Tours or Experience Tours , Independent Journeys or Vodkatrain journeys. Discounts do not apply to any Luxury Train Journeys , Tailor-Made Journeys , RailPacks , VodkaPacks or pre and post services. Bookings must be made within a 12 month period. Free (or discounted) travel to be commenced within 12 months of eligibility. Client bookings must be deposited to be valid. To receive a discount, agents must complete application (see page 2). A written confirmation of return to work (in a selling position) from agency manager is also required Agent must be part of the travelling party. All above rates are non-commissionable. Agents must be selling staff (consultants) or office managers in a full or part time position. Casual staff not eligible for incentive. The booking process and requirements will be the same. Invoice to be adjusted to show discount. Travel is subject to the availability and viability of specific departure dates and will be at the discretion of Sundowners Overland and Vodkatrain. For Vodkatrain incentives agents must be between the ages of 18-35 when travelling. Agents are required to review and then send through their images and videos of the journey. Agents are required to add a review to the appropriate Facebook page on their return. Agents are requested to make a short video testimonial on their smart phone and send in with other images/video.
  • Sundowners overland agent presentation ts, tm, sr + india

    1. 1. Travelling Asia Overland since 1964
    2. 2. The Trans Siberian & Mongolian Railways
    3. 3. Your Journey BeginsJourney Map
    4. 4. Explore Beijing
    5. 5. The Great Wall
    6. 6. The Forbidden City
    7. 7. Tai Chi
    8. 8. Daring Delicacies!
    9. 9. Alice’s Tea House
    10. 10. All aboard the Trans Mongolian Railway!
    11. 11. 4-Berth Compartment
    12. 12. 2-Berth Upgrade
    13. 13. Western-Style Amenities
    14. 14. The Dining Car
    15. 15. Journey into Mongolia
    16. 16. 260 days per year of blue sky!
    17. 17. Zaisan Memorial
    18. 18. Gandan Khiid Monastery
    19. 19. Terelj National Park
    20. 20. Inside a Ger!
    21. 21. Your Hosts!
    22. 22. Dine with the Locals!
    23. 23. Enjoy Local Activities!
    24. 24. Venture into Siberia!
    25. 25. Welcome to Irkutsk!
    26. 26. Traditional Woodwork
    27. 27. Unwind in Listvyanka!
    28. 28. Stay in a Cosy Guesthouse
    29. 29. Lake Baikal
    30. 30. All aboard the Trans Siberian Railway!
    31. 31. Welcome to Moscow!
    32. 32. St. Basils Cathedral
    33. 33. Cathedral of Christ the Savior
    34. 34. The Famous Bolshoi Ballet
    35. 35. Matryoshka Dolls!
    36. 36. Traditional Borscht Soup!
    37. 37. St. Petersburg bound!
    38. 38. Cathedral of the Resurrection
    39. 39. Catherine’s Palace
    40. 40. The Beautiful Peterhof
    41. 41. Traditional Folk Dance
    42. 42. The Silk Road
    43. 43. Experience China
    44. 44. Kashgar
    45. 45. Terracotta Warriors
    46. 46. Experience Iran
    47. 47. Incredible Isfahan
    48. 48. Experience Kazakhstan
    49. 49. Magnificent Landscapes
    50. 50. Enjoy the flavours of the Silk Road
    51. 51. Explore Almaty
    52. 52. Experience Kyrgyzstan
    53. 53. Explore the Bazaars!
    54. 54. Sleep in a Central Asian Yurt!
    55. 55. Tash Rabat Caravanserai
    56. 56. Mountain Passes
    57. 57. Experience Turkey
    58. 58. Trabzon
    59. 59. Cappadocia
    60. 60. Explore the Bazaars
    61. 61. Experience Uzbekistan
    62. 62. EnchantingSamarkand
    63. 63. Magical Bukhara!
    64. 64. Experience Armenia
    65. 65. Experience Georgia
    66. 66. India
    67. 67. Be Enchanted by IndiaExperience India
    68. 68. • Taj MahalThe Taj Mahal
    69. 69. • Banks of the GangesVaranasi
    70. 70. • Mumbai and Southern IndiaExplore the colourful streets!
    71. 71. Kerala Backwaters
    72. 72. - Sundowners Overland Tour Leader- Sightseeing and Specialist Local Guides- Accommodation: 3-4 star equivalent- Most transfers and some meals included
    73. 73. - Freedom and flexibility with the benefitsof travelling in a group- Accommodation: 3 star equivalent- Local Guides in each city- Most transfers are included
    74. 74. - Freedom, flexibility and independence- Tried and tested itinerary forindependent travellers- Local Guides and City Ambassadors canbe booked- Easy to tailor to your needs
    75. 75. - Fully inclusive private train- Tour Managers and support tram(including a doctor) on site at all times- 5 star standard accommodation andtransport- 24 hour cabin attendance
    76. 76. - Organised tours for family, friends, specialinterest clubs and associations- Sundowners Overland Group Leader- Select a published itinerary or create yourown- Customised accommodation and transport
    77. 77. - Create a fully tailored adventure- Plan your own dream journey or customisean existing one- Local Guides and City Ambassadors can bearranged- Customised accommodation and transport
    78. 78. Many of our journeys can be customised inthe following ways:-Pre and post travel-Trains and transport-Accommodation-Activities
    79. 79. When is the best time to travel?
    80. 80. Winter Landscapes
    81. 81. Unique Activities
    82. 82. Naadam Festival
    83. 83. Wrestling
    84. 84. Archery
    85. 85. Horse Racing
    86. 86. START YOUR JOURNEY
    87. 87. AGENT ONLINEBOOKING INSTRUCTIONS&INCENTIVE POLICY

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