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Tour Overview

Blessed with a rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, the island of Gozo is tranquil and verdant. Sleepy towns lay brimming with baroque architecture, gardens and churches, and only the occasional farmhouse punctuates the countryside. Such is the beauty here, that Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso's Isle of Homer's Odyssey - a peaceful, mystical backwater. From our base at one of the island’s top hotels, our self-guided walks will unveil the island's charm.

Highlights

  • iconSecluded 5-star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardens
  • iconUnspoilt Mediterranean island, temperate year round climate, perfect for exploring on foot
  • iconMagnificent coastal paths, breathtaking views, colourful fishing villages
  • iconExotic Mediterranean flora: lemons, figs, peaches, poppies
  • iconSecluded 5 star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardens
  • iconUnspoilt Mediterranean island, temperate year round climate, perfect for exploring on footSecluded 5 star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardensMagnificent coastal paths, breathtaking views, colourful fishing villagesExotic Mediterranean flora: lemons, figs, peaches, poppies

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Gozo

Meals: dinner

Arrive at your hotel in Sannat. The evening is at your leisure to settle in,
unpack and enjoy your first dinner.

icon Day 2 : Coastal walk from Mgarr port to the narrow creek of Mgarr ix-Xini

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Mgarr is Gozo's port, full of traditional and colourful luzzu fishing boats
and dominated by the 18th Century Fort Chambray, built by the Knights of St
John. The path from here hugs the coast as far as the narrow creek of Mgarr
ix-Xini, where Turkish raiders landed in 1551 - the perfect place for a
picnic and swim. From here you follow an old mule track up through the
hotel's rocky grounds with fine views across to Malta, stopping to explore
the remains of a Copper Age temple and Neolithic dolmen.

icon Day 3 : Walk to Ta' Pinu and Gharb

Meals: breakfast, dinner

The north-western corner of the island is only accessible on foot, along easy
farm tracks. The first stop is the remarkable neo-Romanesque Basilica at Ta'
Pinu, a huge national shrine built on the site of a miracle in 1923. Your
route then leads through unique ravine-like wieds (wadis) to Gharb with its
stunning Baroque church (1699) and traditional stone houses. The final
stretch takes you along the striking cliffs of the north coast where you are
rewarded with fantastic views across Gozo's famous salt pans.Two walking
options: 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or 4hr, distance 14km/9mi.

icon Day 4 : Hike to Xlendi Bay

Meals: breakfast, dinner

The cliffs near Sannat are the highest and most dramatic cliffs on Gozo and
in late spring they are alive with Mediterranean shearwaters. The route takes
you past breathtaking views towards Comino and Malta and down through
tamarisk trees to the gorgeous Xlendi Bay. Then it's up through the terraced
fields, bright with poppies and fields of gladioli cultivated in rows like
Provencal lavender.Two walking options: 2.5hr, distance 9km/5.5mi or 3hr,
distance 10km/6mi.

icon Day 5 : Free day; optional visit to Victoria or Ramla Beach

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today you could perhaps take a ride on one of Gozo's quirky buses to Xaghra
to start your morning, as you head towards the Ggantija Tombs, a massive
free-standing temple of 6m-high monoliths, and Calypso's Cave. Lunch on Ramla
Bay, undeniably the best beach on the island, then perhaps head on to the
lively capital of Victoria for the afternoon. The bustling market square,
used as a meeting place since Roman times, is dominated by the mediaeval
citadel, with spectacular views over the whole island. But the real charm
lies in the maze of tiny back streets clustered around the Basilica, with
carved stone balconies, flower-decked doorways and statuettes of the Madonna
in street-corner niches.

icon Day 6 : Punic burial site and the Inland Sea

Meals: breakfast, dinner

The walk today takes you to the west coast and the fascinating Punic burial
site at Wardija Point. There's a mythical feeling here, like being on the
edge of the world. Narrow stone-walled lanes lead down to bamboo groves and
to Fungus Rock (named after the 'magic' plant which grew there) and the
Inland Sea. 

icon Day 7 : Qala to Nadur via Dahlet Qorrot harbour and the hidden beach at San Blas Bay.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Starting from Qala, it's an easy stroll to Dahlet Qorrot, a tiny harbour with
gaily coloured boat houses. Then it's on through fragrant lemon groves,
vineyards and past fig and peach trees to San Blas Bay, a hidden beach with
gorgeous ochre-coloured sand. Your final stop is Nadur, where the spectacular
views at the end of the day are a great finale to your week.

icon Day 8 : End Gozo

Meals: breakfast

End Gozo

What's Included

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    Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 people traveling (if booking Flight Inclusive)

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    Flights from London (if booking Flight Inclusive)

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    All buffet breakfast and 7 dinners

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    Accommodation for 7 nights

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    Route notes and maps

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 7 dinners.

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    All buffet breakfast and 7 dinnersAccommodation for 7 nightsRoute notes and mapsFlights from London (if booking Flight Inclusive)Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 people traveling (if booking Flight Inclusive)

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Transfers (if booking Land Only)

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    Single accommodation (available on request) - compulsory single supplement

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    Travel insurance

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    Transfers (if booking Land Only)Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request) - compulsory single supplementVisas or vaccinations

Food

All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.Meals are usually served in the restaurant or al fresco on the patio under a 200-year-old carob tree. Breakfast is an enormous hot and cold buffet and dinner is a 4-course affair offering a mouth watering selection of Gozitan and Italian specialities.Please be aware that, as Gozo has no rivers, lakes or reservoirs, the majority of drinking water is produced via reverse osmosis – essentially, the desalination and filtration of sea water. Tap water is perfectly safe and drinkable, although you may notice it has a very slightly salty aftertaste which can vary between hotels, restaurants and cafes depending whether they have additional filtration systems in place. If you still have concerns, or are put off by the taste, bottled water is widely available although please consider the environmental impact of buying and disposing of plastic bottles.

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Reviews

Read all 6 reviews
luxury hotel to return to after lovely island walks
a week of luxury and lovely walks on this quiet and relaxed island a week of luxury and lovely walks on this quiet and relaxed island;
Gozo; self-guided walking holiday Feb.2016
Excellent Hotel (La Cence). Lovely weather Walking was excellent. Food great. Peopl,e very nice and very friendly. Excellent Hotel (La Cence).

Lovely weather Walking was excellent.

Food great.

Peopl,e very nice and very friendly.

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great gozo
A great holiday. Ta chenc is a lovely hotel. Single storey buildings with very spacious room and bathroom.A fabulous choice of food at breakfast with plenty of choice for dinner.Staff ....more A great holiday.

Ta chenc is a lovely hotel.

Single storey buildings with very spacious room and bathroom.

A fabulous choice of food at breakfast with plenty of choice for dinner.

Staff very friendly and helpful.

Gozo is laid back with a very good public transport system to get you to start walks.

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Gozo go slow
An ideal escape, even in the winter months when the sun is not so reliable. An ideal escape, even in the winter months when the sun is not so reliable.

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Exploring Gozo - Calypso's Isle
Great holiday to take in Feb to get away from wet cold UK. Easy walking with a beautiful coastline, hilltop villages and lots of churches to visit.The hotel was ....more Great holiday to take in Feb to get away from wet cold UK.

Easy walking with a beautiful coastline, hilltop villages and lots of churches to visit.

The hotel was amazing, with cottage style rooms in the gardens, delicious food and a great Spa & Pool.

The local bus stopped outside and we used the local buses to walk in different parts of the island, so convenient and very good value.

We did all the suggested walks, we saw some beautiful views and the route notes were all excellent.

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Calypso's Isle
We’ve just returned from a week in the stunning Ta’Cenc Hotel on the cliffs of the south coast of Gozo, which was a last-minute booking and proved to be an ....more We’ve just returned from a week in the stunning Ta’Cenc Hotel on the cliffs of the south coast of Gozo, which was a last-minute booking and proved to be an excellent choice.

We had a very comfortable room which opened out onto the poolside, in this well designed single storey complex of rooms and trulli, in its own landscape of limestone and flowers.

While the weather was quite warm and sunny, there was always a breeze (or more) which stopped us using the pools, but there was also a spa with warm in/outdoor pool and all facilities – the perfect end to a day of walking.

The food was superb, with buffet breakfasts and four course dinners, and the service was immaculate.

The holiday is self-guided and we did most of the walks suggested by Exodus, sometimes bumping into other hotel guests on the way; the walk notes we’d been given were so detailed we never got lost.

But we did miss the group activity that are such a feature of the previous Exodus group holidays we’d been on and that people benefit enormously from.

The hotel had a courtesy bus into the main town Victoria, from where local buses went out to all the villages, so we either caught them or walked from the hotel.

The cliff walks were amazing and the flowers a myriad of colours; the views were stunning.

The limestone quarrying and the salt pans fascinated us but we were upset by the evidence everywhere of the shooting of migrating birds.

Being early in the season, some of the villages were sleepy, but there are many fine churches and archaeological sites to visit, as well as the citadel and museums in Victoria.

We liked the folklore museum in Gharb and it was good to hire bikes and explore the villages (though the drivers are crazy!).

It would have been easy to have a day on Malta by bus and ferry but we had no time.

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