The History & Heritage of Malta

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Qawra

Scheduled flight to Malta from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* San Antonio Hotel at Qawra.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Valletta & Grand Harbour cruise

Guided tour of Valletta, the capital city of Malta built by the Knights of St John, taking in the Upper Barracca Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour, the beautiful St John’s Cathedral to see the famous Caravaggio painting ‘The Beheading of St John’ and the Grandmaster’s Palace, home to the parliament and the offices of the President of Malta – in the afternoon enjoy a Grand Harbour cruise, taking in the two natural harbours on either side of Valetta.

Day 3 – Guided tour of Mdina, Catacombs of St Paul & Church of St Mary in Mosta

Guided tour of Mdina, the ancient capital city of Malta takes in the defence bastions dating back to the 9th century and St Peter and St Paul’s Cathedral – continue to Rabat to see the famous Catacombs of St Paul, used in Roman times to bury the dead and as a secret meeting place by early Christians – the Church of St Mary in Mosta, built in 1860, is renowned for its dome which is the third largest in Europe.

Day 4 – Temples of Tarxien, Ghar Dalam & Hagar Qim

This morning we visit the three Megalithic Temples of Tarxien, first discovered in 1915 and dating back to 3000 BC, which are notable for their fine workmanship and decorative carvings, including domestic animals carved in relief and exquisite spiral designs – Ghar Dalam, ‘the Cave of Darkness’, contains the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago – Hagar Qim is a prehistoric temple overlooking the islet of Filfia, the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago.

Day 5 – Island of Gozo, The Citadel & the Ggantija Temples

Ferry from Cirkewwa to the island of Gozo, the legendary abode of the beautiful nymph Calypso, daughter of Atlas – Calypso’s Cave, commanding breathtaking views of the red sands of Ramla Bay, is thought to be that referred to by Homer in ‘The Odyssey’ where Calypso kept Odysseus as a ‘prisoner of love’ for seven years – at the fortified Citadel in Gozo’s capital, Victoria, we visit St Mary’s Cathedral, erected shortly after the earthquake of 1693 – continuing to Dwejra, a World Heritage Site, we see the Azure Window, Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea – containing statues of full figured goddesses and dedicated to the Great Mother Earth, the Ggantija Temples is one of the most important archaeological sites in Malta and older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids.

Day 6 – Qawra

Morning free at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide in Malta

Scheduled flights to Malta

Executive coach in Malta

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Valletta - guided tour

Grand Harbour cruise

Mdina - guided tour

Catacombs of St Paul

Church of St Mary in Mosta

Temples of Tarxien

Ghar Dalam

Hagar Qim

Island of Gozo

Azure Window & Fungus Rock

Hotel

Five nights on half board basis at the 4* San Antonio Hotel at Qawra, 100 metres from the beach and 15 kilometres from Valletta. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • National Museum of Fine Arts - home to a fine collection of paintings, including works by Guido Reni, Jusepe de Ribera and JMW Turner
  • The Malta Experience - an audio-visual show telling the dramatic story of the island’s 7,000 year history that has seen it overcome almost unimaginable odds
  • National War Museum - recounts the contribution of the Maltese population in the two World Wars, especially during the incredibly difficult conditions of 1942

 

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The History & Heritage of Malta

Date of tour: November 2014

Just to let you know we are all safely back from our trip to Malta and to thank you for all your help and support throughout the planning and preparation for this trip. The assistance for the 5 ladies needing help worked out well, Easyjet were amazing in Malta and their efficiency and professionalism throughout our flight was exceptional. The Hotel worked out really well, excellent choice of food at every mealtime, so much variety all tastes were catered for and superb facilities. Anna, our Guide was exceptional - so knowledgeable and passionate about her country, and went over and above her duties as a Guide to ensure all requests for information or additional visits were accommodated wherever possible. Thank you so much for always being there for me whenever I requested information for the Group or confirmation for myself, replying so promptly and efficiently.

DB, Chichester

Date of tour: April 2013

Just to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Malta. It is a fascinating place and Agnes our guide was excellent. The hotel too was very good, with lovely food (which I think is an important part of the experience). Looking forward to Belgium!

PH, Ilkley

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • with more less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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