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.
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.
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.
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.