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Malta: Jewel of the Mediterranean – 16 Days

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September 30, 2019 Double: $7,495, Single: $9,295 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.     Tiny Malta, an ancient dot in the Mediterranean Sea, has pale…

September 30, 2019

Double: $7,495, Single: $9,295

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.

 

 

Tiny Malta, an ancient dot in the Mediterranean Sea, has pale limestone, turquoise water, terraced fields of herbs, and romantic towns with some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world – there are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island! Known for having the best climate in the world, Malta is a place of unparalleled beauty.

Sightseeing begins in Valletta, a gorgeous city on a tiny peninsula packed with attractions. The view from Upper Barrakka Gardens is breathtaking. See Caravaggio masterpieces in St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Malta’s Manoel Theatre was built in 1731 and is one of the oldest in Europe. The Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples have overlooked the sea since 3600BC and, like everything else in Malta, they’re breathtaking. Find the elliptical hole that illuminates the chamber at sunrise of the Summer Solstice! See 300-year-old exotic flowers in San Anton Gardens. The ancient Marsaxlokk fishing village is everyday Malta, serving fresh fish straight off brightly coloured luzzu (boats).

We’ll take a ferry over to Gozo, Malta’s serene sister island, for sightseeing and samples of tomato purée, chutney, wine, and olive oil at lovely Ta’ Mena. Take home a bottle of Gozitan Prickly Pear Liqueur! We’ll end with a ferry ride to Comino. Inch for inch, Malta is that little spot on the Mediterranean that never ceases to amaze!

 

Free time to Explore

Malta is an utterly dreamy place. During the day, the bleached fossil-studded cliffs, clear aquamarine water, and Sicilian/Middle Eastern cuisine blend together in the breeze, inviting you to sun your legs on a patio with a cocktail and do nothing else! At sunset, the beautiful stone walls of the cityscape gleam gold. With lots of free time to explore this subtropical Mediterranean paradise (Malta gets 300 days of sun a year), you can custom-design your downtime in both Malta and Gozo.

May we suggest heading south to visit Mdina’s botanical garden? Within the city’s stone walls, the garden makes a lovely destination and provides respite from the crowds. From there, head east to Vittoriosa and wander the flower-strewn alleys or along the promenade for a gorgeous stroll. You can’t turn a corner here without bumping into a historic site, so put your camera to work! Visit the extraordinary Ghar Dalam prehistoric caves in Birżebbuġa, and explore Malta on one of its most beautiful nights, the Notte Bianca Evening Festival of art. Whether you pack your days full or keep them blissfully empty, Malta never disappoints!

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Malta, local transportation, 14 nights accommodation, 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 14 dinners, all highlights listed, English speaking tour manager, Connections Program, all taxes (taxes and gratuities included for driver and guides).

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. 

 

Highlights

• Valletta: Upper Barrakka Gardens, lunch at Nenu The Artisan Baker, The Malta Experience audio visual show, Knights Hospital tour, private tour of the National Library of Malta, Manoel Theatre, private after hours visit at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Folklore dinner
• Mosta Dome Church
• San Anton Palace & Garden
• St. Paul’s Catacombs
• Afternoon tea at Palazzo Parisio
• Sunday market and fish lunch in Marsaxlokk
• Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples
• Blue Grotto boat experience
• Ta’ Qali Craft Village – Mdina Glass
• Gozo: Ferry crossing, guided tour of the island, Xwejni Salt Pans, Fungus Rock, Ta’ Mena wine tasting and lunch, Cittadella, Ggantija Temples
• Comino: Ferry crossing, traditional carpet weaver, farm to table lunch
• Notte Bianca Evening Festival (optional)
• Multiple free days to explore Malta

 

Accommodation

Sliema: The Victoria Hotel (11 nights)
Gozo: Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa (3 nights)

 

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Malta: Jewel of the Mediterranean – 16 Days

Day 1-2: Flight to Malta, Free Afternoon

Upon arrival at the airport in Malta, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sliema. After check-in, enjoy free time this afternoon to relax and explore this tiny spot in the mediterranean under a climate renowned as the best in the world. We’ll gather together for dinner as a group.

Stay: The Victoria Hotel, Sliema
Nights: 9
Meals: D

Day 3: Valletta Sightseeing

Get ready for a gorgeous day of guided sightseeing! We begin in Valletta, a city on a tiny peninsula packed with attractions. The view from Upper Barrakka Gardens is breathtaking. We’ll have lunch at Nenu The Artisan Baker, partake in The Malta Experience, learn about the Knights Hospitaller, visit the National Library of Malta and the Manoel Theatre, and finish at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where Caravaggio masterpieces find their home. Tonight, a folklore dinner!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Free Day

You have a full free day of leisure to explore the island. You can browse the local bazaars, experience the beautiful beaches, explore the island, or relax and enjoy the resort. Share your day with fellow travellers over dinner at the hotel this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Mosta Dome Church, San Anton Palace & Gardens, St. Paul’s Catacombs, Palazzo Parisio

Enjoy a leisurely morning before an afternoon of sightseeing. We’ll visit the Mosta Dome Church, c. 1614, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Walk the graceful walkways, between sculptures and fountains, formal plantings, the orangery, and ornamental ponds of San Anton Palace & Garden. Here, trees from around the world (cypress,palm, jacarandas) grow, some of them over 300 years old. St. Paul’s Catacombs on the outskirts of Mdina is a spiritual hub and the largest Roman underground cemetery in Malta. We’ll rest for a cup of tea in the afternoon at pretty Palazzo Parisio, and return to the hotel for dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 6-7: Free Days

The next two days are yours to do as you wish. If the resort calls to you, sit and relax. If adventure is on the menu, explore the town or go farther afield. Your tour manager can help with suggestions on what to see and where to go!

Meals: B x 2, D x 2

Day 8: Prehistoric Malta with Southern & Western Coasts

Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided walk in the countryside. An unbeatable Sunday lunch at the Market in Marsaxlokk gives us time to soak in everyday Malta before visiting the Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples. To cap off a lovely day, we’ll tour the Blue Grotto by boat. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Free Day

Giving you the best of both worlds, you have more free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or go explore the farthest reaches of this little island gem.

Meals: B, D

Day 10: Ta’ Qali Craft Village – Mdina Glass

Another sunshiny day in Malta to explore the Ta’ Qali Craft Village where local glass workers and gold artisans make beautiful jewellery and sculptures. Enjoy dinner as a group this evening at the Medina Restaurant..

Meals: B, D

Day 11: Ferry to Gozo

Today we head to Gozo, crossing the Gozo Channel by ferry. For the next three nights, we’ll stay at the incredible Ta’ Cenc Hotel & Spa, where golden stone is accented by tropical plantings. Gaze out at the Maltese archipelago, or walk the 400 acres of natural beauty surrounding the hotel.

Stay: Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa, Gozo
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 12: Gozo Island Tour

Today we begin our exploration of this quiet but cosmopolitan island with a private guide. The Cini Family harvests salt after the sun evaporates sea water at the Xwejni Salt Pans. Take home authentic natural Gozitan salt! Then we’ll head for Fungus Rock, a massive lump of limestone at the entrance of the black lagoon in Dwejra. It was here that the Knights Hospitaller discovered a strange fungus growing on the rock’s flat top. Not a fungus at all it turns out, this plant is a parasitic flower (with a repulsive smell) that is being studied today for its medicinal uses. To Ta Mena for a luxurious lunch and tasting of savoury foods and Gozitan-grown grapes fermented in the Mediterranean sunshine. The Citadella and Ggantija Temples end this amazing day.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Free Day

There is so much to do on this tiny island, why not see some of it by quad bike? Flake out on a beach, exhaust your camera, or double-down on sampling Gozitan and Maltese food. Head to the west side and visit the Gharb Craft Village for lace, leather, glass, and pottery, or shop in Gozo’s city centre, Victoria (Rabat).

Meals: B, D

Day 14: Island of Calypso

Today we’ll leave Gozo and cross the channel to the Island of Calypso, visiting a traditional carpet weaver, followed by a farm-to-table lunch. We’ll return to our hotel in Sliema this evening, for the next two nights.

Stay: The Victoria Hotel, Sliema
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: Free Day

Your last day in Malta is yours to spend as you wish. Visit the romantic towns with some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, or take in the smell of the ocean next to terraced fields of herbs. Tour any of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or plunk down in a quiet, sunny spot on the beach!

Meals: B, D

Day 16: Return Flight Home

After breakfast, we will make our way to the airport for our return flight home.

Meals: B

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