Malta Carnival, Gozo & The Blue Grotto

8 Days

8th Feb 2018 - From £999pp

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All Excursions Included

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Overview

Come with us to the Maltese archipelago for fun-packed holiday taking in Valetta’s spectacular carnival, the island of Gozo, and the best of Malta, including the famous Blue Grotto, on daily excursions, some with lunch - all just a short drive from our seafront hotel in Sliema, near Valetta.
The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean. Malta is the largest island and is the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. At only 3.5 square kilometres, Comino is car-free and other than one hotel virtually uninhabited.
The Maltese Islands are positively mythic and have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
Carnival is one of the oldest cultural events in Malta. Local aficionados spend a whole year secretly preparing to participate and compete in the Carnival parade. Beautiful and colourful floats depicting peoples, animals and mythical creatures, throng the streets of Valletta with dancers in elaborate costumes partying aboard plus marching bands, costumed children and more.
Malta Carnival

Itinerary

Valetta
Day 1: UK to Malta
Check in at your selected airport for the flight to Malta. Transfer to the hotel in Sliema (around 30 minutes drive). Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Valletta
Our full day excursion with lunch visits nearby Valletta, Malta’s capital and the 2018 European City of Culture. Founded in 1566, the city has an amazing mix of military and Baroque architecture. Discover the gardens of Upper Barracca, the Grand Master’s Palace and the 16th century Cathedral of St John, a masterpiece of Baroque art. Our visit includes “The Malta Experience”, an audio-visual show retracing the island’s remarkable 7,000 year history. Dinner at the hotel.

Blue Grotto
Day 3: Palazzo Parisio & Blue Grotto
Our half day excursion begins with a visit to the 18th century Palazzo Parisio, a treasure trove of works of art located in the picturesque village of Naxxar. We then drive south to one of Malta’s most famous sights - the Blue Grotto. Weather permitting fishermen can take you by boat to admire the reflection of light on the seabed (payable locally). Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Malta Carnival, Valetta
Afternoon visit to Valetta for the carnival parade. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: The Island of Gozo
Our full day excursion, including lunch, begins with a short drive to Cirkewwa, on the north west tip of the island to embark on a 25-minute ferry crossing to Mgarr, Gozo’s main port. En-route you will see Comino, the smallest island of the Maltese archipelago. On arrival in Gozo we head for Dwejra Bay, an impressive natural site which includes Fungus Rock, a huge cylindrical rock at the entrance of the bay. We continue to Rabat to visit the citadel. A highlight of the visit to Rabat will be “Gozo 360°”, an audio-visual show on the big screen showing the history of the island. Visit the Ggantija Megalithic Temples then relax in Xlendi, a charming seaside resort. Dinner at the hotel.

Malta
Day 6: Mdina, Rabat & Mosta
Our full day excursion, including lunch, begins with a visit to Mdina, the architecturally impressive “City of Silence” in the heart of the island. The old capital, perched on a rocky outcrop, has a maze of narrow streets lined with beautiful patrician houses, Baroque church convents and palaces. Continue to Rabat to visit the Baroque-style Wignacourt museum, a former residence of the college chaplains of the Order of the Knights of Malta. In the basement is St Paul’s Grotto where Saint Paul is said to have resided during his stay in Malta. Continue to the Ta ‘Qali crafts centre and popular “Bristow Potteries”. Visit the Rotunda of Mosta, with a huge, neoclassical dome, based on Rome’s Pantheon. Reputedly the third largest unsupported dome in the world, it miraculously avoided destruction when a WWII bomb pierced it, falling into the church during mass without exploding. The tour ends with a visit to the San Anton Botanical Gardens. Dinner at the hotel.

Malta Carnival
Day 7: South Island & Harbour Cruise
Our full day excursion, including lunch, begins with a drive to Dingli Cliffs, then on to the village of Siggiewi to visit “The Limestone Heritage”, detailing the history of mining and working of limestone in the islands. Continue to Marsaxlokk fishing village where the “luzzu” fishing boats with the eye of Osiris brightly painted on their bow can be photographed. Our afternoon Valetta harbour cruise takes in the impressive defensive architecture of St John’s Knights and the Grand Harbour, considered the one of the most beautiful in Europe. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Malta to UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Plaza Hotels
Rooftop Pool
Plaza & Plaza Regency – 3 Star
On the seafront just a short stroll from the bustling hubs of Sliema and St Julian‘s, on the prestigious Tower Road - commonly referred to as "Malta‘s Golden Mile" - the Plaza Hotels are made up of two buildings - the Plaza Hotel and Plaza Regency. There is an indoor pool, an outdoor pool on the rooftop, with stunning views of St Julian’s Bay, a restaurant, pizzeria, two bars and a popular café. All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning, satellite TV, safe (at a charge), telephone and hairdryer.

What‘s Included

  • Return Easyjet flights from Gatwick, Southend or Manchester to Malta with 1 checked in bag and 1 item of hand luggage per person - supp’t may apply

  • Return airport to hotel transfers

  • 7 nights accommodation sharing twin/ double en-suite room - Upgrade to Seaview £50pp

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (with ¼ bottle of wine pp) & 4 lunches

  • All excursions as per itinerary


NOT INCLUDED:
  • Environmental Contribution of 50cents pppn - as this is a tax that goes straight to the Maltese Government we are unable to include it in your package price and must be paid locally at the hotel.

  • Single room supplement £100


DEPOSIT - £200pp

Flight Information

Flights are available from Gatwick, Southend, Manchester with Easyjet and are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.