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Historical Malta - Palaces, Folklore & WWII

From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2023 - Nov 2023
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From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2023 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
Malta’s history is firmly in focus on this fascinating tour, which includes trips to Valletta, the fishing village of Marsaxlokk and the city of Mdina, considered to be the jewel of Malta.
  • leisure touring Leisurely Touring
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts
  • max group size Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & specialist Local Guide
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 12 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners including farewell dinner with folklore show & a welcome dinner 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport*

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit to the saluting battery & experience the firing canon
  • Valletta city tour on foot
  • The fishing village of Marsaxlokk & the Blue Grotto 
  • Taste pastizzi, a tradtional savoury pastry
  • Naxxar, Mdina & Mosta by coach
  • Farewell dinner with folklore show

Itinerary

Day 1 Malta

Make your own way to the hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening.  Meals included: D

Day 2 Valletta

Today's tour of Valletta will unfold the history of this magnificent city which was built by the Knights of St John during the 16th and 17th centuries. Valletta is often referred to as 'one big open air museum', and this is evident as you start to explore and discover something different around every corner. We start our walking tour of Valletta at the Upper Barraka Gardens, which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and its magnificent fortifications. You'll also enjoy the amazing experience of the saluting battery, which is fired every day at noon. A talk by enthusiastic, costumed guides who explain how the cannon is loaded and fired is not to be missed, and visitors may even get to help load the cannon. We'll then walk down the main street where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the Knights of St John including the Auberges, Palazzos and St John's Co-Cathedral – home to Caravaggio's masterpiece 'Beheading of St John' amongst other treasures, before returning to the hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

Today is free for you to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, there is an optional excursion available. In the morning, we'll travel to Cirkewwa in the north of Malta where you'll board a ferry for a short crossing to the island of Gozo. You'll notice that Gozo is much greener than Malta and has certain differing characteristics. On arrival, we will be met by a Local Guide and start our tour with a visit to shrine of Ta' Pinu. This important church is set in a stunning location on the edge of a ridge in open countryside, and provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. We continue the tour to our next stop and the area known as 'Dewjra'. Here, you'll explore interesting geological sites including Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea – a lagoon of seawater accessible to the open sea via a small tunnel through the cliff. Another of Dwejra's geological delights is the Admiral's Rock or as it is better known, Fungus Rock, a special plant is said to grow here which has various medical cures. We will be stopping off along the journey for lunch and to spend time wandering through the Craft villages on the island. where you can view local handmade pottery, mouth-blown glass, Gozo lace and silver filigree. Ideal if you want to pick up a souvenir. There will be a short walk through the busy little city of Victoria, known locally as Rabat and the Cittadellla - a small walled city within the city, where only a small number of families still live. The final part of our Gozo tour will take us through some small villages, and if time allows, stopping at Qala Belvedere where there is an amazing scenic view of the landscape cascading down to the coast, with the smallest island of Comino in the distance. Head back to the ferry for our return to Malta and transfer back to the hotel. Meals included: B

Day 4 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

Today choose to enjoy the hotel facilities or why not join our optional excursion to The Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa, located to the south of Valletta, which form part of the magnificent Grand Harbour. Meals included: B

Day 5 Historical Tour by Bus

Today's tour takes us to the picturesque town of Naxxar, home to Palazzo Parisio. Touring this 18th century stately home offers a great insight to Malta's historic nobility and their enchanting way of life. We then drive to The Buskett Gardens, located in the fertile valley of Wied il-Luq, Siggiewi. Next, we'll visit Mdina, Malta's ancient capital that sits majestically on the hilltop at the centre of the island and which is considered to be one of the jewels of Malta. This ancient walled city is one of the best examples of medieval fortifications, and the quiet, narrow streets are full of atmosphere and are great for exploring. The city provides some magnificent views of the entire Maltese landscape and you will have some time to relax and enjoy the area. A light snack is included in this tour where you will taste the delicious "Pastizzi", a traditional savoury pastry. The last stop of the tour is the city of Mosta, home to the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, that boasts one of the largest unsupported dome roofs in the world. Meals included: B

Day 6 Blue Grotto & Marsaxlokk

Our first stop on today's tour includes a visit to Wied iz-Zurrieq (Valley of Zurrieq) and a visit to the Blue Grotto. Further on, we will arrive into the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk, characterised by its low lying buildings and colourful traditional fishing boats known as 'luzzu'. Today's lunch is in Dingli, where you'll have a unique opportunity to be guests at the Diar Il-Briet Estate, a third generation family-run agrifarm of 600 acres. On the way home, we will be visiting the San Anton Botanical Garden near the presidential palace before heading back to the hotel. Meals included: B,L

Day 7 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

After a free day to explore and relax at your leisure, we head out for a farewell dinner and an evening of folklore dancing presented by the charming Muscat family, featuring six dancers who lure you into a jovial story of Maltese history told through dance. At some point, you may be hand-picked to join them on the dancefloor - a truly unforgettable night! Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note - 10 October 2023 departure is a women-only tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Santana

The Hotel Santana in Qawra offers an excellent location in the resort of St. Paul’s Bay. It is just a couple of minutes walk from the promenade, a sandy beach, public transport, shops, bars, restaurants and many other recreational facilities. Hotel Santana has a roof top swimming pool and three sunbathing terraces, all with open sea and country views. The outdoor pool and pool bar are open between May & October. There is also an indoor pool which is open all year round, except for August, which has a whirlpool, sauna, massage & beauty treatment rooms and fitness equipment. Rooms facilities are: Free Wi-Fi, Centralised Heating & Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Mini-bar (stocked upon request at an extra charge), Radio, Hair dryer, Safety deposit box (at a small charge).

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Tour of Gozo

Tour of Gozo

Visit the scenic island of Gozo. As we arrive to this picturesque island by ferry, you will notice that the landscape of Gozo is much greener than that of Malta. Highlights of the day include a visit to the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta'Pinu, Dwerja Bay and Victoria - the Capital of Gozo, whilst also stopping off along the journey for lunch and to spend tome wandering through a Craft village on the island.

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Discover the Three Cities

Discover the Three Cities

Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa, more commonly known as the Three Cities, form part of the magnificent Grand Harbour and have so much history for you to explore, from the Great Seige of 1565 to the endless bombardments during WWII. On this half-day tour you will be able to enjoy an introduction to these unique cities along with their history, heritage and people. The tour will begin with a visit to Senglea which originally was built on a peninsula and could only be accessed by a bridge on one side and from the sea on the other side, but today is the perfect place to enjoy views of the harbour. The next of the Three Cities is Cospicua where it's maritime history can be traced back to the Phoenicians era of 600BC. The final stop is the oldest and most important of the cities, Vittoriosa. More commonly known as Birgu, the history is heavily linked to the knights of St John where the area was fortified and palazzos, hospitals, churches and the Castle of St Angelo were built. Today this city forms the heart of the Grand Harbour and is now lined with super yachts from all over the world.
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