Malta is a group of small islands south of Italy that jutt out into the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and have a warm dry climate year round. The archipelago was first colonized thousands of years ago, and now is primarily a vacation spot for tourists to explore it's natural beauty and significant history.
Malta is a small group of islands jutting out from the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The archipelago was first colonized thousands of years ago and has often played a crucial role in the making of history. The Maltese Islands are 50 nautical miles south of Sicily and enjoy a warm, dry climate year round. Malta is blessed with sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, excellent modern hotels, and an interesting history. Spend the week of your choice on this fascinating island destination or combine this tour with our Italian Fever, Sicilian Fever, or Amalfi Coast itineraries.
- Five nights accommodation at select hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and service
- Round-trip airport transfers
- Highlights of Malta Tour with lunch (offered on Tuesday and Friday)
- Prehistoric Temples Tour (offered on Saturday)
- Excursion to the Island of Gozo with lunch (offered on Wednesday & Saturday)
DAY 1 | MALTA
Arrive at Malta International Airport. Following brief customs formalities and passport control. Proceed to the customs exit where you will be met by your professional driver bearing a sign. Private car transfer to your selected hotel. Malta’s strategic position in the center of the Mediterranean makes up for all the lack of resources that nature bestowed to the rest of the globe. Malta, the largest island, her sister islands of Gozo, Comino, Filfla and other very small islands, are conveniently placed in the narrow channel joining the eastern and the western basins of the Mediterranean, almost like a bridge between Southern Europe and North Africa, or between Western Europe and the Middle East. The Maltese Islands played an important role for important historic events such as the wars between Rome and Carthage.
DAY 2 | MALTA
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for a full day of exploration. We drive towards Mosta to visit the famous Dome considered to be 3rd largest in Europe. We then visit Ta’ Qali Crafts Village to watch local artisans at work producing typical Maltese ware which includes glass, silver and filigree. Free time is allowed for shopping of local products at bargain prices. We then proceed to the Silent City Mdina with its defense bastions dating back to the 9th Century. We walk through the town visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral and then to the Bastions for a panoramic view of the Island. We then walk to Rabat to visit St. Paul’s Grotto. A typical Maltese lunch will be served in one of the village’s restaurants. Finally we proceed to Dingli Cliffs for a panoramic view of the open sea where we will also stop to see some Cart Ruts. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
DAY 3 | MALTA / GOZO / MALTA
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for another full day adventure. Gozo is the legendary abode of Calypso daughter of Atlas. Your tour starts with a visit to the Ggantija Prehistoric Temples in Xaghra and then proceeds to Dwejra to see the ‘Azure Window’, Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea. You will also stop to see the local lace and knitwear for which the island of Gozo is renowned. Lunch will be served in a Typical Gozitan Village. After lunch visit the Citadel including Gozo’s Cathedral in the capital Victoria and you will experience a sound and vision show of the island of Gozo. Finally we embark on the ferryboat at Mgarr Harbor to return to Malta.
DAY 4 | MALTA
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Today we drive to the southern part of the island and start with a visit to the three Megalithic Temples of Tarxien, which date back to 3000 BC. The temples are Malta’s most important antiquities and are considered to be unique in the world. We then visit Ghar Dalam, ‘The Cave of Darkness’ and its fossilized remains of prehistoric animals of the glacial period. Finally we visit the Prehistoric Temple of Hagar Qim, which was built, between 3500 and 3000 BC. This temple, which is constructed solely of globigerina limestone, is standing high overlooking the islet of Filfla.
DAY 5 | MALTA
Buffet breakfast at hotel and enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps visit Valletta, the Capital of Malta, the Hospital of St. John, considered the most modern facility during the Crusades. Or, sample Maltese wines at a local winery. The Roman Hypogeum, or hire a motorboat and whisk over to Comino for a pleasant beach day. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 | MALTA
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Private car transfer to Malta International Airport for your return flight to the States or to Europe. Addiju!
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
Marina Hotel Cortinthia Beach Resort
VALID FOR TRAVEL NOVEMBER 1, 2020 - DECEMBER 27, 2020 & JANUARY 3, 2021 - MARCH 31, 2021
Per person, double occupancy $899.00
Per person, triple occupancy $849.00
Single Supplement $500.00
Extra nights at any of the included hotels are available upon request at a supplementary cost based on travel dates. Vacation may be personalized to suit. Larger parties welcome. Please contact us for a price quote and details.