|Malta. In the center of the Mediterranean, there is a tiny
island group with a fascinating history. From times immemorial its sunny
and natural harbors have sheltered prehistoric people, pirates,
Phoenicians, Romans, Christians, Byzantines and Arabs. These are the
islands of rocky creeks, small coves of red sand, underwater caves, yellow
colored stone buildings and mythical megalithic cultures forever lost in
history. Malta became world famous after the heroic Knights of St John,
who settled on the island, defeated the imposing Turks in
1565. Come with us and discover these islands known for their
friendly people, year-around sunshine and intriguing history.
Day 1: Arrival Malta Airport. Welcome and assistance
at the airport by our representative. Representative will follow group to
hotel, and assist with checking-in. Dinner at the hotel, overnight
|Day 2: Full day tour to temples/ Marsaxlokk/ Blue Grotto.
Board coach for a full day tour with your guide. We will visit the Temples of Hagar Qim. You will certainly be
impressed by its gigantic stone blocks, and its neatly arranged
facade. A shrine was built in the outer wall. Several characteristics
of temple building can be discovered: The rope holes, the roller
stones, the apsidal arrangement, the pitted decoration, and the
oracular chamber. Several fat "Venuses" of Malta were
discovered here too.
Near Hagar Qim are the three Temples of Mnajdra situated in
unspoiled settings on the cliffside overlooking the sea. The upper temple contains a shrine and an altar.
The lower temple has a more imposing entrance reached by steps. The
south unit of the temples complex is perfectly aligned with the rising
sun at equinox. Also to be noticed are the corbelling sections of
Lying beyond the cliffs of Wied iz-Zurrieq is the Blue Grotto. It can
only be reached by sea. Weather permitting, we may board a fishing boat and sail to
the Grotto itself (optional).
We will then visit Marsaxlokk, Malta's largest fishing village. Stroll along
the waterfront market and watch the fishermen at work in their colorful
On to Borg in-Nadur. A group of oval huts dating from the Bronze Age.
We then visit Ghar Dalam cave at Birzebugga. This 144 meter long natural cave has remains of animals
such as dwarf elephant, and hippopotamus, dating back to the glacial period. The massive stalagmites and
stalactites reveal its antiquity. return to the hotel, dinner and
|Day 3: Full day tour: Valletta.
Transfer by coach from hotel to Valletta. We start our tour of Valletta with a visit to Upper
Gardens. Situated near the entrance of the city, these gardens
offer a magnificent panoramic view over the Grand Harbour and
the historic Three Cities on the opposite promontories .
We will visit one of the jewels of Malta: St John's
Co-Cathedral housing the famous "Beheading of St
John" by Caravaggio, and many treasures of the knights. Stop for lunch.
After lunch we will visit the Grand Master's palace, which the armory
and the portraits of the Grand Masters of the
Knights of St John. Your guide will tell you the story about the
famous knights whose heroism thwarted the feared Turks advancing into
Southern Europe. We will also see the Tapestry Chambers containing
beautiful Goblin tapestries.
Next, we continue or tour with a visit the National Museum of Archaeology where
several artifacts and figurines found in Malta's pre-historic temples
are displayed. This experience will give us an insight into the rich
archaeological past of Malta. return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
|Day 4: Full day tour to Gozo
Board coach for transfer to Cirkewwa ferry terminal and vice-versa. Ferry crossing to the Island of
After lunch we will visit the citadel of Victoria, built to
protect the inhabitants of Gozo during attacks by pirates. Inside the
citadel we will stop at the archaeological museum before we see the
Gran Castello, which is strategically built on top of a hill and
commands views of the whole island. Also, we will see the Cathedral
with its splendid bell tower topping the whole citadel. Savour the
athmosphere of the typical picturesque
The Island of Gozo is smaller than its sister island Malta, and has
a quite distinct character. Its idyllic scenery and peacefulness are a
source of inspiration to many a visitor. We will first visit the
impressive Ggantija Prehistoric Temples. Translated into
English as Gigantic, the word Ggantija refers to the sheer size of its
perimeter walls. This megalithic structure consists of two temples
with five apses. Some of the stones are engraved with spirals and
pitted holes. Before lunch we will drive to Dwejra to admire the Azure
window cut in the rock, as well as the inland sea. Stop for lunch
coastal village of Xlendi before heading back to Malta.
Full day Tour to 3 cities &Harbour Cruise
Board coach for a full day tour.Visit The Three Cities of the Cottoner
-three harbour towns older than Valletta and first residence for the
knights of St.John.Next visit Senglea,a fortified town called after grand
Master Claude de le Sengle.Drive to Cospicua,also called Bormla,one can
find teh magnificent Parish Church,with its Otratory full of unique
masterpieces.The next place in the Itinerary is Vittoriosa,better known as
Birgu,one can find the residence of many of the well known knights.Here
you can also find the Maritim Museum,and the Folk Museum in the
Inquisitors's Palace.Here one walks through the narrow streets to admire
the architecture of the old buildings.Stop for lunch.
Harbour Cruise-75 minutes voyage around the Marsamxett harbour and Grand
Harbour.Some free time in Sliema-popular for its many quaint
|Day 6: Full day tour to Tarxien Temples ,Dingli
Board coach for a full day tour. Today we first visit the Megalithic Temples of Tarxien. These four
temples bear witness to the aesthetic and technical capabilities of
our ancestors. Several sculptures and ceramics were found on this
site, and transferred to the Archaeological museum in Valletta.
Visit:-Dingli Cliffs,the highest point in Malta.Enjoy the spectacular
view.You will see Cart Ruts,dating back to teh Bronze age roughly between
1500 and 700BC.Some archaeologists tend to believe that they were intended
for the transport of heavy blocks of stone from the quarry face.
Stop for lunch.Drive to Burmarrad and Mgarr.Visit:San Pawl Milqghi-Roman
site and chapel,Ta Hagrat Tempel-comprises two trefoil temples,and Skorba-three
apse temple from the Ggantija phase.
Dinner and overnight.
|Day 7: Full day tour to Rabat, Mdina
Board coach for full day tour. departure to Rabat to visit St Paul's Catacombs,
the early Christian burial chambers, that are hewn into the
rock like an underground maze. Proceed to St Agatha's Catacombs-these
catacombs served as the actual hiding place for St.Agatha who fled from
the persecution of the Roman Emperor Decius(AD249),who
became one of the he patron saints of medieval Mdina. Visit the spooky network of
beautifully frescoed underground galleries and passageways built in 5 AD.
Visit Roman Villa and view remains from the Greek, Carthaginian and
Roman era as well as some finely drawn original mosaics. Stop for lunch
In the afternoon we will walk through the
Malta's most atmospheric medieval city of Mdina, also
known as the "Silent City". Here we will see the Cathedral
which was rebuilt following the Earthquake of 1693. The interior of
this magnificent Cathedral deserves full attention.
Finally we will enjoy the beautiful view from the city's defense Bastions.
Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Departure Malta
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from hotel to Malta International Airport assisted by
Or optional extensions
7nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
Modern air conditioned coach or minibus
Assistance at airport
Services of English speaking licensed guide
All applicable entrance fees as well as the Harbour cruise and
Gozo ferry ticket
18% local taxes
One free tour guide (sharing in double room)
Blue Grotto boat fare (as it is weather permitting) - Cost: Euro
9 per person
Lunches . Lunch can be organised at a supplement of approx. 16
Euro per person per lunch
Dinners (price on request)
Prices Based on the Number of Passengers in
Your Party - on request
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