Highlights of Malta & Gozo

Highlights of Malta & Gozo

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Highlights of Malta & Gozo

7 Days Starting in Sliema and ending in Valetta

Visiting: Valletta, Malta / Gozo, Gozo, Gozo / Valletta

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

ZLSM

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Trip Styles:

Cruise

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Tour Overview

Malta may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but when it comes to ancient history, natural beauty and compelling culture, it’s in the big league. Uncover the highlights and hidden treasures of Malta and Gozo on a 7-day adventure with a leader to help you see the country through the eyes of a local. Discover what makes Valletta so special, go back in time at the Three Cities and explore the ancient site of Hagar Qim. Jump across to neighbouring Gozo and hike along the coastline, enjoy wine tasting at a local winery and discover its history. One thing’s for sure – this is a place worth raising a toast to.

Highlights

  • Get to really know Valletta during a walking tour with a local guide, then join your leader for explorations of the historic Three Cities, Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa.

  • Experience Malta’s tangible history during a visit to the Hagar Qim archaeological site. Dating back as far as 3600 BC, this is one of the oldest religious sites in the world.

  • Meet a local family at the Xwejni Salt Pans, dating back to Roman times, and learn how they have been harvesting salt from here for more than 160 years.

  • Be amazed by Gozo’s natural beauty as you set off on a kayaking adventure, starting from Hondoq Bay and paddling to the unbelievably bright waters of the Blue Lagoon.

  • Explore the fortified city of Victoria, Gozo’s capital, paying visits to the medieval citadel, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gran Castello Historic House and Gozo Nature Museum.

  • Enjoy a wine tasting with delicious nibbles at a family-ran winery in Gozo, with the most incredible views, where the owners themselves will tell you all about the wine-making process.

  • Get to really know Valletta during a walking tour with a local guide, then join your leader for explorations of the historic districts, Senglea, Cospicua or Vittoriosa.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Valletta

Location: Valletta

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Malta! Your adventure starts in Valletta – this little capital city packs a real punch when it comes to historical sights and top-drawer attractions. A meeting will take place today at 6pm at your hotel where you’ll meet your local leader and the other members of your group. If you arrive with time to spare, you may like to pay a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology, or perhaps take a stroll along the restaurant-lined waterfront. After your meeting, why not get to know your group over a meal in town – your leader will be able to recommend some great spots to eat. Aljotta (fish soup) and Gbejniet (Maltese cheese) are particularly delicious!

Day 2: Valletta

Location: Valletta

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, meet up with a local guide from Valletta who will let you in on local secrets as you explore the city on foot. Stop by a traditional cafe and sample some tasty Maltese pour-over coffee. Once you’re energized, continue with a visit to the St. John's Co-Cathedral and learn about the city’s fascinating connection to the Order of the Knights of St. John. Then, swing by the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a beautiful public space with a history stretching back to the 16th century. From the gardens, ride a large elevator down to the Grand Harbour, taking in incredible views as you descend, then say goodbye to your guide and hop aboard a ferry with your leader to explore the rest of the city. Take a step back in time as you discover the area brimming with ancient churches, palaces and noble homes, walk the winding streets and find remnants of Malta’s turbulent past. Return to Valletta and enjoy the rest of the afternoon for your own.

Included Activities:
-Valletta - Visit to St John's Co-Cathedral
-Valletta - City Walking Tour with Local Guide
-Valletta - Traditional Maltese Pour-Over Coffee at Local Cafe

Day 3: Malta / Gozo

Location: Malta / Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Greet the day and get out to explore more of Malta. Start with a visit to the little fishing town of Marsaxlokk to check out the local market and colourful fishing boats. Board on one of them and head out into the sea to search for the blue grotto, named after a spectacle of lights reflecting on the rock and water. Next, continue to the archaeological site of Hagar Qim. As one of the world’s oldest religious sites, dating as far back as 3600 BC, exploring the remains of the ancient temple is a truly incomparable experience. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to a fantastic local restaurant housed in an 18th-century Baroque building which serves up a mouth-watering menu made with locally sourced ingredients. After lunch, walk to to the fortified city of Mdina and walk through centuries of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Arab history. Afterwards, travel to Cirkewwa and board a ferry bound for Mgarr on the neighbouring island of Gozo. Then catch a private transfer to Marsalforn. This delightful seaside resort town will be your base for the time spent on Gozo. This evening why not sit back and soak up the laidback atmosphere.

Included Activities:
-Marsaxlokk - Town & Harbour Visit
-Malta - Island Highlights Tour
-Mdina - Town Visit
-Hagar Qim - Archaeological Site Visit
-Mdina - Lunch at Local Restaurant
-Malta - Blue Grotto boat trip

Day 4: Gozo

Location: Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, head to Victoria, the capital of Gozo island, and explore the ancient citadel and some of the town’s most interesting museums, including the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gran Castello Historic House and Gozo Nature Museum. After brushing up on the cultural and natural history of Gozo. Next up is a visit to a local traditional bakery. The afternoon is all about exploring Gozo's stunning nature on some of the island's best walking trails. Take a ride to the village of Sannat, from where you’ll embark on a hike along the dazzling coastline. Skirt the edge of cliffs and take in awe-inspiring views with every step, pass by an old Maltese watchtower and wind down the cliff before finishing up in the village of Xlendi. Cool down with a swim in Xlendi Bay before returning to Marsalforn for the night.

Included Activities:
-Gozo - Xlendi Coastal Cliff Hike
-Gozo - Village Bakery Visit & Snack
-Victoria - Citadel walking tour and museums visit

Day 5: Gozo

Location: Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, walk to the Xwejni Salt Pans, dating back to Roman times and meet the family who have been harvesting these ancient pans for 160 years and learn about the process – in peak summer you may even have the chance to watch it firsthand. Of course, no visit is complete without tasting some of the salty goodness. Continue walking along Gozo’s North coast, enjoying glorious views of the Mediterranean as you walk to the Wied il-Ghasri gorge. Stop for a swim in the inviting green-blue waters before returning to Marsalforn. After an active morning in Gozo, head out and visit a lovely local family running a winery on Gozo. Learn all about their secrets of wine making, sit down and enjoy their wonderful wine and delicious snacks, all with a stunning view.



Included Activities:
-Gozo - Xwejni Salt Pans Visit
-Gozo - Wied al-Ghasri Coastal Hike
-Gozo - Local winery visit & wine tasting

Day 6: Gozo

Location: Gozo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

The day is yours to discover more of what Gozo has to offer. There’s something here to suit every interest, so be sure to speak to your local leader for tips on how to get the most out of your day. You may like to head to one of the island’s gorgeous beaches and stretch out with a good book, cooling down with dips in the Mediterranean, or perhaps you’d prefer to get active and hike to more ancient ruins and medieval villages.There's also the opportunity to kayak around Comino Island and visit the Blue Lagoon (subject to weather). However you choose to spend your time here, it’s sure to be a day to remember!

Optional Activities:
-Comino Island - Kayaking Excursion & Visit to Blue Lagoon

Day 7: Gozo / Valletta

Location: Gozo / Valletta

Meals Included: breaksfast

It’s time to leave Gozo behind, first catching a private transfer to Mgarr, then hopping on a fast ferry back to Valletta. Your adventure comes to an end on arrival to Valletta at the port, however if you’d like to extend your stay just get in touch ahead of time and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotel (6 nights)

  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 1 lunches

  • Valletta - Three Cities Walking Tour

  • Valletta - Visit to St John's Co-Cathedral

  • Valletta - City Walking Tour with Local Guide

  • Valletta - Traditional Maltese Pour-Over Coffee at Local Cafe

  • Marsaxlokk - Town & Harbour Visit

  • Malta - Island Highlights Tour

  • Mdina - Town Visit

  • Hagar Qim - Archaeological Site Visit

  • Mdina - Lunch at Local Restaurant

  • Gozo - Xlendi Coastal Cliff Hike

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What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

  • TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
  • Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a local train, watching the scenery roll by from the window of a long distance bus, arriving on a high speed train in the city centre of your next destination, or navigating each city's public transport system. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 2. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Valletta. This trip finishes on Day 7 upon arrival back to Valletta's portat around 1 pm. Please take this into consideration when booking your flights to and from Malta. We are happy to book additional accommodation before or after the trip for you, subject to availability.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

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

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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