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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!
Malta has a rich history, with a succession of ruling powers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Aragons, Habsburg Spain, French, and finally the British, who all left their influence on the three islands. Malta is a favorite tourist destination, due to its warm Mediterranean climate, numerous recreational areas, and varied architectural and historical monuments. With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world there is lots to see and do.
Sliema is a resort town on the east coast of the island of Malta. The waterfront features a long promenade and the 18th-century polygonal Fort Tigné in the south. To the north, St. Julian’s Tower is a 17th-century watchtower and battery. The baroque-inspired Stella Maris Church dates from the 1850s. On tiny Manoel Island is the star-shaped Fort Manoel, built by the Knights of St. John
Valletta is the tiny capital of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It’s known for museums, palaces and grand churches. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose opulent interior is home to the Caravaggio masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.”
Mosta Dome, The Parish Church of the Assumption is a Roman Catholic parish church in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. It was built between 1833 and the 1860s to neoclassical designs of Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, on the site of an earlier Renaissance church which had been built in around 1614 to designs of Tommaso Dingli. The design of the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome, and it is said to have the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II. On April 9, 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during mass but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese as a miracle.
San Anton Palace & Gardens: The Botanic Gardens provide a shady spot in Attard surrounding the beautiful Presidential Palace, one of the most beautiful gardens in Malta with a large variety of beautiful flowers and plants. This garden has been open to the public since 1882 and it was built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence, San Anton Palace, which today is the residence of the Maltese President. The garden has several walkways that take you through the green gardens where you will discover fountains, ponds with families of ducks and many plants and flowers such as roses, Bougainvillea, Norfolk, Araucarias as well as other trees from all over the world some of them over three centuries old. The San Anton Gardens are surrounded by walls giving the park a rustic and private atmosphere.
Catald Catacombs in Rabat, St. Paul’s Catacombs are some of the most prominent features of Malta’s paleochristian archaeology. The archaeological clearing of the site has revealed an extensive system of underground galleries and tombs dated from the fourth to the ninth centuries AD. The site was first fully investigated in 1894 by Dr. Antonio Annetto Caruana. It is now managed by Heritage Malta. Two catacombs are open to the public, but these are only a small part of the entire St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s complex.
Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in the South Eastern Region of Malta. The village’s name comes from marsa, which means “port” and xlokk, which is the local name for south east. The village is known for the Marsaxlokk Market, a large market which takes place around the whole village on Sundays and tourist market all days during the week. The inhabitants of the village are called the Xlukkajri and are historically fishermen.
Ħaġar Qim is a megalithic temple complex found on the island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique architectural masterpieces.”
Blue Grotto is anumber of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta. Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue.
Ta Qali Crafts village, located in the former RAF wartime air-field it is a very popular tourist attraction in Malta. Here, different kinds ofcrafts and beautiful artefactsare sold created by local experts. You can watch the craftsmenblowing and forming glass, visit the goldsmiths filigree and beautiful jewelry and have a look at the beautiful sculptures and lace. Find a special souvenir to take back home to remember your holiday in Malta.
Mdina, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300.The city was founded as Maleth in around the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers, and was later renamed Melite by the Romans. The city remained the capital of Malta throughout the Middle Ages, until the arrival of the Order of St. John in 1530, when Birgu became the administrative centre of the island.Mdina remained the centre of the Maltese nobility and religious authorities, but it never regained its pre-1530 importance, giving rise to the popular nickname the “Silent City” by both locals and visitors. Mdina is one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.
Mdina Cathedral commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. The cathedral was founded in the 12th century, and according to tradition it stands on the site of where Roman governor Publius met St. Paul following his shipwreck on Malta. The original cathedral was severely damaged in the 1693 Sicily earthquake, so it was dismantled and rebuilt in the Baroque style to a design of the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà between 1696 and 1705. The cathedral is regarded as Gafà’s masterpiece. The cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta, and since the 19th century this function has been shared with St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.
Gozo is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, one of 21 that make up the Maltese archipelago. Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration and rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British, among others. It’s known for its Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites.
Dwejra with its dramatic coastal formations and sea spilling over the rocks, is a magical attraction. Here you can swim in the spectacular deep sea of the bay, in the calm shallows of the inland sea or in the foamy waters around the Blue Hole – one of Gozo’s top dive-sites. Dwejra is also home of the Fungus Rock. History tells us that a special plant believed to have medicinal and healing properties used to grow on Fungus Rock and because of this the Rock used to be heavily guarded during the era of the Knights of Malta. Anyone caught stealing the crop was sentenced to death or to a life rowing the Knights’ galleys. The crop was picked and brought to the mainland using a primitive system of baskets and pulleys. Pharmacologists are studying the medical effects of Fucus coccineus melitensistoday.
Nowadays, Fungus Rock is a nature reserve.
St. Lawrence Church In the ‘Rollo’ of the benefices of the churches and chapels in Malta and Gozo, held by Bishop de Mello in 1436, a total of 12 established chapels are mentioned, amongst which the Church of San Lorenzo a Mare. When the Order of Saint John first settled in Malta in 1530, their language was based in Birgu, so the Church of Saint Lawrence was used as the Order’s first Conventual Church in Malta. It served this purpose for 41 years from 1530 to 1571 until the Knights were transferred to the new capital city Valletta. The foundation stone of the present church was laid in May 1681 by Bishop Molina. It was completed in 1696. The church was inaugurated by Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri on the feast of St Lawrence, August 10, 1697. It was consecrated in 1723. In 1820 Pope Pius VII bestowed the dignity of Collegiate church upon the parish church of St Lawrence.
Xwejni Salt Pans: Do not miss a walk in the early morning along the salt pans on the island of Gozo, to watch the salt being collected and enjoy the unique and captivating landscape of mounds of white salt shimmering under the sun. The northern coast of Gozo is characterized by a chequerboard of rock-cut saltpans, named the Xwejni Salt Pans, protruding out into the sea. Salt pans have existed in this region since the Phoenician and Roman times, and the tradition continues in use today.
Megalithic Temples of Ggantija, were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. built during three distinct time periods approximately between 3600 BC and 700 BC. They have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth. Archaeologists believe that these megalithic complexes are the result of local innovations in a process of cultural evolution. This led to the building of several temples of the Ġgantija phase (3600–3000 BC), culminating in the large Tarxien temple complex, which remained in use until 2500 BC. After this date, the temple building culture disappeared.
Calypso Caveis located in a cliff just off Xaghra; overlooking Gozo’s most sought-after sandy beach, Ramla Bay. This site is thought to be the same cave Homer mentioned in `The Odyssey‘ where Calypso, the beautiful nymph, kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love’ for seven years.Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed with her, but he escaped when he could, and returned to his wife Penelope.
Vittoriosa, is an old fortified city on the south side of the Grand Harbour in the South Eastern Region of Malta. The city occupies a promontory of land with Fort Saint Angelo at its head and the city of Cospicua at its base. Vittoriosa is only 800m long and 400m at its widest, so it’s hard to get lost – it’s a sheer pleasure to wander aimlessly through its flower-bedecked alleys. There are several interesting sights, and stunning views across to Valletta.
Fort St Angelo, on the tip of Vittoriosa’s peninsula, has been restored and is now open to the public. The promenade stretching down from Vittoriosa’s Cottonera Waterfront has been revamped and makes for a gorgeous amble.
Cospicua, is a double-fortified harbour city in the South Eastern Region of Malta. Cospicua has been inhabited since Neolithic times.Its maritime facilities started during ancient times around the Phoenician era c. 600 BC. Prior to the 18th century it was known as Bormla, a name which is still in use. Its fortification walls, constructed to protect the town and its neighbours Birgu and Isla, were built by the Order of Saint John. Construction began in 1638 but was not completed for another 70 years. In 1722, Grand Master Marc’Antonio Zondadari declared Bormla a city and in view of its strong bastions named it Città Cospicua.
Dingli Cliffs, are located off the village of Dingli, on Malta’s Western coast. They stage the highest point of the Maltese Islands at around 253 metres above sea-level. The cliffs propose a majestic sight, the views are breathtaking, overlooking the small terraced fields below, the open sea, and Filfla, the small uninhabited island just across. The cliffs can be seen as natural forts, since no attacker can approach the island from the West given their impressive height.
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.
• 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
Sliema: The Victoria Hotel (11 nights)
Gozo: Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa (3 nights)
Day1 - 2
Flight to Malta, Free Afternoon
Stay: The Victoria Hotel, Sliema
Meals: B, L, D
Meals: B, D
Mosta Dome Church, San Anton Palace & Gardens, St. Paul’s Catacombs, Palazzo Parisio
Meals: B, D
Day6 - 7
Meals: B x 2, D x 2
Prehistoric Malta with Southern & Western Coasts
Meals: B, L, D
Meals: B, D
Ta’ Qali Craft Village – Mdina Glass
Meals: B, D
Ferry to Gozo
Stay: Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa, Gozo
Meals: B, D
Gozo Island Tour
Meals: B, L, D
Meals: B, D
Island of Calypso
Stay: The Victoria Hotel, Sliema
Meals: B, L, D
Meals: B, D
Return Flight Home
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- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
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- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
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- 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.
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.