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Historical Malta - Palaces, Folklore & WWII

From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
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From $1,899
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
Malta's history is firmly in focus on this fascinating tour, which includes trips to Valletta, famed for its Grand Harbour; Malta’s sister island Gozo, a stunning location of ancient churches and hidden bays; and the city of Mdina, considered to be the jewel of Malta.
  • Leisurely Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • 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 cannon Valletta walk & St John's Co-Cathedral Vineyard experience with lunch & wine-tasting The fishing village of Marsaxlokk & the Blue Grotto Traditional lunch at the Diar II-Bniet Estate Typical pastizzi lunch Naxxar, Mdina & Mosta by coach Farewell dinner with folklore show


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

During today's tour of Valletta, our Local Guide 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.
Just before our lunch break, we will visit the Fontana Cottage Crafts Village where you can view local handmade pottery, mouth-blown glass, Gozo lace and silver filigree. This short stop is ideal if you want to pick up a souvenir or take a short rest stop before settling down for lunch.
Lunch will be served at a private estate with breathtaking views of the medieval village of l-Għarb. Here, you will enjoy tasting four different wines served with authentic Gozitan finger foods.
After lunch, we will take 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, 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 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. This picturesque grotto and its neighbouring system of sea caverns mirrors the brilliant phosphorescent colours of underwater flora. We then continue to our next stop and an opportunity to experience the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk, which is characterised by low lying buildings and colourful traditional fishing boats known as 'luzzu'. Here, you can also enjoy some free time at the local market which lines the full stretch of the seafront from one end to the other. Today's lunch is in the beautiful area of Malta - Dingli, where you'll have a unique opportunity to be guests at the Diar Il-Bniet Estate, a third generation family-run agrifarm of 600 acres. We then head back to the hotel for a free afternoon. Meals included: B,L

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. A light lunch is included in this tour where you will taste the delicious "Pastizzi", a traditional savoury pastry. 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. 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,L

Day 6 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

Today is free to explore Valletta at your leisure or enjoy the hotel facilities. There is an 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.
The Three Cities are located inside fortifications known as the 'Cottonera Lines', built by the Knights of St John to protect these cities during the 17th and 18th centuries. We start our tour with a visit to the city of Senglea, built on a peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides and only accessible by a bridge.
As soon as you leave Senglea you will immediately arrive in the second of the three cities, Cospicua. The history of this ancient maritime city can be traced back to the Phoenician era of 600 BC. The Knights of St John built the first Dock Yard during the 18th century, however it was during British rule in Malta (1800 to 1964) that Cospicua was used extensively by the Royal Navy. Today, the old dock yard area has been transformed into a beautiful marina and a new university.
The last of the Three Cities, and undoubtedly the oldest and most important, is Vittoriosa, commonly known as Birgu. In 1530 when the Knights first arrived they made Birgu the capital. They fortified the area and built their palazzos, churches and the castle of St Angelo – a large fortification separated from the main city and only connected by a draw bridge. Today, it is known as Fort St Angelo and it still commands a prominent place at the heart of the Grand Harbour. Meals included: B

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 - 12 October 2023 departure is a women-only tour.


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

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 peninsular and could only be accessed by a bridge on one side and from the sea on the other sides but today is the perfect place to enjoy views of the harbour. The next of the three cities is Cospicua where it's maritume 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 palazzo's, 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.
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 Sei...

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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. Discover this beautiful island as we drive to Marsalforn where you will board the unique trackless train. During this ride you pass Marsalforn Bay, Qbajjar Bay, Xwejni Bay, you will also see the Salt Pans, the Salvatur Statue and more.

Full Day – Moderate/Strenuous – Breathtaking & Historical
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. Discover this beau...

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