Malta and Gozo Discovery

Start: Malta International airport Finish: Sliema

Visiting: Gozo, Sliema, Valletta


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: Explore!

Group size: 4 - 18

Age range: Adult

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

A highlights tour of Malta and Gozo exploring the wealth of historic attractions on these Mediterranean islands. Discover contrasting island lifestyles; see colourful Maltese fishing boats and sample wonderful food and wine along the way. Gozo - Explore Malta's unspoilt sister island including the capital of Victoria and its stunning rocky coastline Valletta - In Malta's capital, admire the impressive fortifications, imposing churches and bustling Grand Harbour Megalithic Temples - Discover the oldest freestanding structures in the world, the UNESCO-Listed temples of Ggantija, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra.

Highlights

  • iconValletta - In Malta's capital, admire the impressive fortifications, imposing churches and bustling Grand Harbour
  • iconGozo - Explore Malta's unspoilt sister island including the capital of Victoria and its stunning rocky coastline
  • iconMegalithic Temples - Discover the oldest freestanding structures in the world, the UNESCO-Listed temples of Ggantija, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra.

Places You'll See

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Taking in the view over Valletta
Blue Grotto
Maltese cuisine
Colourful fishing boats at Marsaxlokk
Fungus Rock

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip at Malta International Airport and take the ferry to Gozo

Location: Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Our trip begins at Malta International Airport (MLA) at 4.30pm. If you would like to join the main complimentary airport transfer today, the latest your flight can arrive is 4pm. We will then drive together as a group for about an hour to Cirkewwa to catch the ferry across to the island of Gozo, which takes about 25 minutes'. It then just a short 15 minutes' drive to our hotel, where we will arrive in the evening. You will then have the opportunity to go out for dinner with our Leader who will conduct the welcome meeting in the restaurant. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, there will be an earlier transfer from the airport departing at midday. If you would like to join this airport transfer, the latest your flight can arrive is 11.30am. Explore will add you onto whichever of these two transfers is closest after your flight arrival time. If you are arriving early but would prefer to join the later transfer at 4.30pm then please inform us of this at the time of booking. Gozo is fertile and picturesque and has retained much of its traditional character. Only 15 kilometres in length and seven kilometres wide, all parts of the island are easily accessible, and for its size the variety of scenery is incredible.

icon Day 2: Walking tour of Victoria and the Ggantija temples at Xaghra

Location: Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

We start our exploration in Xlendi, on the south coast, for a short photo stop and walk along the promenade before heading to the island's capital, Victoria; a tiny city named after Queen Victoria in 1887 but locally known as Rabat. After climbing up to the imposing Citadel we'll have a fantastic view of the whole island. We'll explore the old prison where the Knights of Saint John would send their rowdier members to cool off within. The graffitied walls give a fascinating insight into the lives of those who were incarcerated here. Descending to the graceful central square, It Tokk, we have time to wander the cobweb of narrow streets and take some time for lunch. Heading to the town of Xaghra, we reach Ggantija, a megalithic temple complex dating back to 3600 BC and thus named as it was believed only giants could have moved the stones. Some of the colossal stones are over 5 meters long and weigh over 20 tons and the temple still reaches a height of over 7 metres. Predating the Pyramids, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is believed to be the world's oldest free-standing structure. We continue to Calypsos Cave, alleged to be the cave referred to by Homer in The Odyssey. In the afternoon we'll get the chance to stretch our legs on a walk from the area of Calypso's Cave to Ramla Bay where we can enjoy a refreshing dip at the beautiful red sandy beach, if the weather is permits, before heading back to the hotel.

icon Day 3: Visit Dwejra and take a scenic walk to Xwejni Bay; ferry to Malta

Location: Sliema

Accommodation: Hotel

Dwejra is perhaps Gozo's most spectacular natural landmark. Here, geology, time and sea have worked together to produce some of the most remarkable scenery on the island. We'll see Fungus Rock, notable as the habitat of a rare fungus which was highly prized by the Knights of Saint John for its medicinal properties. You will then have the option to take a boat ride along the coast from the Inland Sea (weather permitting) - a shallow inland lagoon linked to the sea via a 30-metre tunnel. From Dwejra we continue to the Ta Pinu Basilica, renowned for the miraculous cures reported by it's supplicants. We drive past neat, well-tended fields with their dry-stone walls and enjoy glorious views on our way to Zebbug; perched on a hilltop above the patchwork of green fields below. As with all these fortified hilltop villages, the far reaching views across the island and beyond are spectacular on a clear day. From Zebbug, we'll take a walk to nearby Xwejni Bay. The coastal scenery along the way is varied - at times we pass limestone outcrops eroded by the wind and sea into unusual shapes, where traditional salt pans dominate the view. This section of the coast is one of the most remote and rugged on the island but our walk is relatively steep downhill. There may be a chance to swim (weather permitting) before we visit to the seaside resort of Malfarsorn, our chosen location for lunch. We head back to Mgarr, via Nadur for a brief photo stop of Comino and the Blue Lagoon, to catch the ferry to Malta where we transfer to our hotel in Sliema near the capital. The capital stretches east from Valletta along scenic bays with busy marinas. A seafront promenade skirts around the coast of this busy town and is great for people watching. Our hotel is in Sliema where many restaurants and bars can be found.

icon Day 4: Tour of Valletta Old City and visit Saint John's Co-Cathedral

Location: Sliema

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we plan to drive from the hotel for a walking tour around the impressive and heavily fortified Old City. Originally built by the Knights of the Order of Saint John in the 16th Century, Valletta, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is built on the steep slopes of the Sceberas Peninsula and surrounded by two huge natural harbours which have helped to make it such an important strategic port at the crossroads of the Mediterranean. Fort Saint Elmo guards the entrance to the harbours. Walking down Triq ir Republika - the main thoroughfare in the centre of the city, we visit the elaborately decorated Saint John's Co-Cathedral and the grandiose Grandmaster's Palace with its fine collection of artworks. During the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, over 400 knights perished and as a sign of remembrance, the floor of St John's Co-Cathedral is covered in skeleton tombstones. We'll also admire the classic views across the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Your afternoon is free for your own personal exploration.

icon Day 5: Walking tour of the Three Cities and Grand Harbour cruise

Location: Sliema

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we head to the historic Three Cities of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua, considered to be 'the cradle of Maltese history' as settlers and rulers from the Phoenicians to the British all made use of the defences here. The Knights of the Order of Saint John settled in Vittoriosa in 1530 and used the city as their headquarters. The Three Cities have retained much of their romantic medieval charm and we'll see the Inquisitor's Palace in Vittoriosa and admire the views from the Gardjola Gardens - a look-out post to guard the harbour entrance - in Senglea. Driving on to Marsaxlokk, we will take some free time for lunch and exploration. This charming town is Malta's largest fishing port with its colourful boats and excellent fish restaurants. After lunch we will transfer to Sliema for a harbour cruise because the best way to explore the creeks and dockyards is by boat. Only by travelling across the water does one appreciate the sheer magnitude of the ramparts and forts that protect the city.

icon Day 6: Explore Hagar Qim Temples and enjoy a local food and wine tasting

Location: Sliema

Accommodation: Hotel

A short drive brings us to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra; another incredible Megalithic temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site. For three millennia, from around 3600 - 3200 BC, the Maltese archipelago was home to a unique, temple-building civilisation. The discovery of many fat lady statuettes in the vicinity of Hagar Qim has shown it to have been built to worship the Venus of Malta, the sleeping goddess of fertility. Mnajdra is probably the most atmospheric of all of Malta's temples, occupying an isolated position overlooking the rocky coastline. We walk between the two temple groups along a short well laid path before continuing a short distance along a rough country path to the Tal Hamrija costal 17th century tower to enjoy breathtaking scenery as the cliffs rise out of the blue Meditteranean Sea. We return to our bus where we drive down to the Blue Grotto where we have the option of taking a boat trip (weather permitting) to see a series of natural caverns which glow with brilliant corals and sea sponges. We'll then spend the afternoon sampling a range of local food specialities. We'll learn how sun dried tomatoes and the local wine is produced and then get to sample these along with a selection of other vegetables farmed in the region as well as Maltese bread and olive oil.

icon Day 7: Visit to Mdina, San Anton Botanical Gardens and the Mosta Dome

Location: Sliema

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we'll take a short transfer to Malta's Medieval old capital, Mdina, for a tour on foot around this beautifully preserved city. Its warren of winding, narrow alleys (mostly too narrow for cars) and fortified walls contain a number of impressive buildings such as the Palazzo Falzon and cathedral dedicated to the Conversion of Saint Paul. We'll also take time to see Domus Romana (a townhouse usually belonging to Roman dignitaries) and Saint Paul's eerie catacombs (underground). After our visit to Mdina, we'll drive to Mosta Dome and San Anton Botanical Gardens; the private residence of the President of Malta.

icon Day 8: Trip ends in Sliema

Location: Sliema

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Sliema. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Sliema at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Malta International Airport (MLA), which is about 25 minutes' drive from our hotel.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 7 Lunch: 1

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

Why Book this Tour

This cultural tour of Malta and Gozo will have you cover the majority of these two fascinating islands. Travelling by ferry between the two you will get to experience two days on Malta's sister island taking in wonderful coastal scenery and experience the many ancient sites that Malta has to offer.

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    Low Deposit

    Explore! requires a deposit of 10% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Malta and Gozo Discovery
Maria, if you ever come to Australia, please let me know, I will be happy to show you around my city. Maria, if you ever come to Australia, please let me know, I will be happy to show you around my city.

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Carla

20-Jun-2018

Malta and Gozo Discovery
The trip to the local farm was particularlyod and informative and a real high-light. The trip to the local farm was particularlyod and informative and a real high-light.

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Stephen

04-Aug-2018

Malta and Gozo Discovery
Rita was able to adjust the schedule when I asked about the Mdina glass factory. We were able to stop and shop. Which was something we enjoyed. It was ....more Rita was able to adjust the schedule when I asked about the Mdina glass factory.

We were able to stop and shop.

Which was something we enjoyed.

It was very nice of Rita.

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Bonnie

27-May-2019

Malta and Gozo Discovery
It was my first trip with Explore and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My fellow travellers wereod fun and helpful with handy hints when I had a few queries about what ....more It was my first trip with Explore and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My fellow travellers wereod fun and helpful with handy hints when I had a few queries about what to take with me for future trips, etc.

Our leader, Maria, was lovely and very patient if we hung about looking at things for longer than usual.

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Rosemary

06-Jan-2018

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Underated destination. there. Underated destination.

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Marilyn

04-Sep-2019

Malta and Gozo Discovery
Less regimentation in the itinerary, and more free time during the day to explore the sites visited Less regimentation in the itinerary, and more free time during the day to explore the sites visited ;
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Gillian

18-Sep-2018

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Fantastic introduction to Malta andzo Fantastic introduction to Malta andzo;
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Kathryn

24-Jun-2018

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Emergency line wasod. My plane was delayed and lady was calm and helpful. Emergency line wasod.

My plane was delayed and lady was calm and helpful.

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31-Mar-2019

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