Burma - The Forgotten War

  • 12 Day Tour

Day 1

We fly to Yangon (Rangoon) via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2

We arrive in Yangon where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, for a three-night stay.

Day 3 - Rememberance Day Taukkyan and Rangoon War Cemeteries

We begin our day of Remembrance at the Taukkyan Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery where you will hear about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and have the opportunity to visit the Rangoon memorial, which lists the names of over 26,000 individuals who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War during the Burma campaign and who have no known grave; many of them died as Prisoners of War or in the isolated battles in the jungle. At Taukkyan War Cemetery we will also see the graves of six Victoria Cross winners including Lieutenant George Albert Cairns V.C. The afternoon is at your leisure before a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda is one of the most visited sights in Rangoon and at dusk is a spectacle to behold. It was visited by thousands of Commonwealth troops throughout the war and retains many memories for troops stationed in Burma.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Old Rangoon

Today we take a sightseeing trip of Old Rangoon and the Godowns along the waterfront. Amongst the sites we will see are the old post office and other buildings damaged during the Japanese bombing raids on Rangoon in December 1941. We will also visit the Sule Pagoda and have the opportunity to see "the Lady's" house where Aung San Suu Kyi was held under house arrest for many years. Later join in an optional afternoon tea visit to one of the oldest Colonial Hotels in Rangoon, the Strand, which is a highlight of a trip to Rangoon.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Sittang Bridge

Today we have a morning departure by bus for Moulmein via the Sittang Bridge with a picnic lunch en-route. The Sittang Bridge was the scene of one of the greatest disasters in the Burma campaign when the bridge was blown early stranding half of the 17th Division on the enemy side of the river, with many of them being captured and becoming Japanese Prisoner's of War. We arrive at the Attran Hotel Moulmein and check-in for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Moulmein

Today we visit the sights of Moulmein, including the Kyaikthanlan Paya Pagoda, where Kipling wrote his famous poem ‘Mandalay’.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

Today we have a full day tour visiting Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery and other places of interest, including a rubber plantation.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8

In the morning we depart the hotel by coach and travel to Rangoon to the Inya Lake Hotel, with stops and lunch en route.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 - Old Rangoon & Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Today we continue our tour of Old Rangoon and a visit to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, the 65 metre long and 16 metre high reclining Buddha, an iconic sight for all visitors to Myanmar. We will also have the chance to see the old military hospital built by the British and the Tomb of the last Mughal Emperor of India, who was exiled by the British after the Indian mutiny to spend his last years in Rangoon, before dying and being buried in an unmarked grave, which was discovered not long ago. In the evening we will join a service at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, which was used by the Japanese as a Saki factory during the war and has a commemorative chapel to those regimants, which fought in the Burma campaign.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Today is a day to relax and do any last minute shopping.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

On our final morning you have free-time before we transfer to Yangon Airport for our return flight to Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Arrive at Heathrow Airport.

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £649; travel insurance from £70; Heathrow flight supplements may apply depending on availability.

Deposit - The deposit for this holiday is £500pp. A further payment of £400pp is due on 28 Feb 2016 and the balance payable 15 weeks before departure. 

FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.