Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle Short Break

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle Short Break

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Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle Short Break

5 Days Starting and ending in Gozo

Visiting: Gozo, Sannat, Mgarr Harbour, Mġarr ix-Xini, Gharb, Punic/Roman Burial Tombs (Necropolis)

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

W04GO

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

12 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Hiking, Trekking

This tour is no longer available

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

  • Secluded 5-star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardens

  • Unspoilt Mediterranean island, temperate year round climate, perfect for exploring on foot

  • Magnificent coastal paths, breathtaking views, colourful fishing villages

  • Exotic Mediterranean flora: lemons, figs, peaches, poppies

  • Secluded 5 star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardens

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Gozo.
Location: Gozo, Sannat
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

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

Day 2 : Coastal Walk From Mgarr Port To The Narrow Creek Of Mgarr Ix-Xini.
Location: Mgarr Harbour, Mġarr ix-Xini
Meals Included: 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.

Day 3 : Walk Via Basilica Ta' Pinu, A Baroque Church And Stunning Cliffs Of The North Coast.
Location: Gharb
Meals Included: 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 Ta'
Pinu, a huge national shrine built on the site of a miracle in 1923. Your
route then leads through unique ravine-like wieds 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.

Day 4 : Punic Burial Site And The Inland Sea.
Location: Punic/Roman Burial Tombs (Necropolis)
Meals Included: 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. 

Day 5 : End Gozo.
Location: Gozo
Meals Included: No Meals

End Gozo.

What's Included

  • Route notes and maps

  • Arrival & departure transfers (for flight inclusive bookings) - subject to 2 people traveling

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • All accommodation (see accommodation)

  • All buffet breakfast and 4 dinners

  • Meals

    3 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request) - compulsory single supplement

  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

Set in 400 acres of private grounds and built in harmony with the natural surroundings, the Ta'Cenc offers complete tranquility, a friendly atmosphere and delicious Maltese cuisine. Guests stay in tastefully furnished, air-conditioned single-storey stone buildings, each with its own terrace. There are two enormous swimming pools, a hydro-massage Jacuzzi, a fitness centre, tennis courts and a private (rocky) swimming cove. Beauty treatments are also available, as well as WiFi in public spaces. All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory single room supplement for sole occupancy of a twin/double room for the tour duration.

Food

All buffet breakfasts and 4 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.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    12+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Arrival & departure transfers (for flight inclusive bookings) - subject to 2 people traveling

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews of this Operator

Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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Tim Hardy  

Stunning walking. Walking the Amalfi Coast

04-Nov-2021

This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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19-Aug-2023

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Rob Burridge (Google Reviewer)  

I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

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26-Nov-2023

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Katrina Handford  

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01-Nov-2021

I couldn't speak more highly of this trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning; the areas provided a great variety of walks with spectacular views. The accommodation was perfectly situated to start most of the walks directly from the hotel. It was also within walking distance of the bars and restaurants in Benimantell and Guadalest. Having said that, the food at the hotel was wonderful and so there was little need to venture further afield. Homecooked, nourishing and delicious food from the hotel was perfect fuel for the trekking.

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

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If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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