Duration

  • 16 Days

Price

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$7,495
Single
$9,295
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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!

• 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

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.

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

Day1 - 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

Day3

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

Day4

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

Day5

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

Day6 - 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

Day8

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

Day9

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

Day10

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

Day11

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

Day12

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

Day13

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

Day14

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

Day15

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

Day16

Return Flight Home

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

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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