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 & National Museum of Fine Arts

Guided tour of the fine array of Baroque buildings, palaces and churches in 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 – the National Museum of Fine Arts is located in a palace and home to a fine collection of paintings, including works by Guido Reni, Jusepe de Ribera and JMW Turner.

Day 3 – Temples of Tarxien, Ghar Dalam, Marsaxlokk, Hagar Qim & Grand Harbour cruise

The three Megalithic Temples of Tarxien, first discovered in 1915 and dating back to 3000 BC, 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, and fossilised remains of prehistoric animals from the glacial period – stop at the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, with its colourful ‘Luzzus’, traditional Maltese fishing boats – Hagar Qim is a prehistoric temple overlooking the islet of Filfia, the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago – a Grand Harbour cruise takes in the two natural harbours on either side of Valletta and allows a view of historical forts, battlements and creeks which are best admired from the sea.

Day 4 – Island of Gozo, the Ggantija Temples, Calypso’s Cave & The Citadel

Ferry from Cirkewwa to the island of Gozo, the legendary abode of the beautiful nymph Calypso, daughter of Atlas – 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 are older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids – 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.

Day 5 – Guided tour of Mdina & Catacombs of St Paul

Our guided tour of Mdina, the ancient capital city of Malta and known locally as the ‘Silent City’, 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 – transfer to Malta International 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

National Museum of Fine Arts

Church of St Mary in Mosta

Temples of Tarxien

Ghar Dalam

Hagar Qim

Grand Harbour cruise

Island of Gozo - Ggantija Temples, Calypso’s Cave & The Citadel

Mdina - guided tour

Catacombs of St Paul

 

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 4* San Antonio Hotel overlooking beautiful St Paul’s Bay at Qawra. Located 15 kilometres from the capital city, Valletta, facilities at the hotel 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:

  • Palazzo Falson, Mdina - within the intimate setting of a the former home of Capt Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962) are extraordinary collections of paintings, silver, furniture, jewellery, Oriental rugs, armoury and a remarkable library of over 4,500 books and some highly valuable manuscripts
  • National War Museum - the Museum recounts Malta’s role in the two World Wars and the contribution of the Maltese population to the war effort
  • Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta - the only privately owned palace open to the public in the city, it was built over 400 years ago for a knight of Malta, Don Pietro La Rocca, and is today the ancestral home of a Maltese noble family
  • 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

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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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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