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5 Day Customised Tour

The times that appear in the brackets indicate the tours (start/end) times.
These times may change depending on your pick up location.



Day 1:
Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk & Mdina (0900hrs/1700hrs)
This tour covers three different periods of Malta's golden history in one day.
Our first visit during this tour is the capital, Valletta which was built by the Knights of St. John in 1566. Here we include the Barraka Gardens which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications, a walk down Triq Repubblika where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the Knights of St. John including the Auberges, the Grand Masters Palace and St. John's Co. Cathedral, the church of the Order and also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece "Beheading of St. John" amongst other treasures.

After our tour of the capital we will then visit the south west of the island where the ancient Hagar Qim Temple site stands. Set in a rural area this ancient temple is particularly interesting as it has the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. This temple dates back to 3300BC.

We then continue to our next stop and an opportunity to experience a little local culture when visiting the pretty traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk is a quaint fishing village and is characterized by low lying buildings and the colorful traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu'. A small market lines the seafront and if you would like to sample fresh Mediterranean fish there are numerous local restaurants to choose from (other cuisine is available).

Our final stop during this tour will be in Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built, had many names including Melite(Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views from the high bastion walls. Our tour at this point comes to an end and we head back.



Day 2: Three Cities & Winery (0900hrs/14300hrs)
The Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa are located to the south of Valletta and form part of the magnificent Grand Harbour. These cities have endured so much in the past including the Great Seige of 1565 against the might of the Ottomon Empire and of course endless bombardments during WWII. This short half day tour is a mere introduction to these unique cities, their history, heritage and people.

The Threes Cities are located inside fortifications known as the 'Cottonera Lines' which where built by the Knights of St. John to protect these cities during the 17th and 18th centuries. We start our tour with a visit to Senglea. Senglea was built on a peninsula and could only be accessed by a bridge on one side and from the sea from the other three sides. As you enter the city you will notice the magnificent church which is dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady. Today Senglea is flanked on one side by a ship yard, on the other side the stunning yacht marina and at the point of the city one can enjoy magnificent views of the harbour.

As soon as you leave Senglea you will immediately arrive in the second of the three cities, Cospicua. This history of this ancient maritime city can be traced back to the Phoenicians era at 600 BC. The Knights of St. John built the first Dock Yard during the 18th century, however it was the during the British rule in Malta (1800 to 1964) that Cospicua was used extensively by the Royal Navy. Today the old dock yard area has been transformed into a beautiful marina and a new university.

The last of the Three Cities and undoubtedly the oldest and most important is Vittoriosa. Otherwise and more commonly known as Birgu, the history of Birgu is heavily linked to the Knights of St. John. In 1530 when the Knights first arrived they made Birgu the capital. They fortified the area and built their Palazzo's, hospital, churches and the castle of St. Angelo, this large fortification was separated from the main city of Birgu connected only by a draw bridge. Today, it is known as Fort St. Angelo and is still commands a prominent place at the heart of the Grand Harbour. The Birgu waterfront, once lined with Galley's nowadays is lined with super yachts from all over the world!

The final part of this tour includes a visit to one of the oldest wineries. Wine making in Malta dates back many many years and we will visit these 400 year old cellars where you can experience some authentic Maltese heritage. You can sample some wines during the visit.



Day 3: Round Malta Cruise (0900hrs/1700hrs)
Pick-up form your hotel and transfer to Sliema Creek to board the cruise boat for a day cruising around the coast of Malta. See Malta from a different perspective, the cruise hugs the coastline and you will see many of the coastline attractions. You start by passing through the Marsamxett harbour, then heading south passing the fishing villages, by Blue Grotto caves (the boat does not visit the caves), cruise under the towering Dingli Cliffs, past Popeye Village and onto Comino before the cruise stops for a couple of hours at the Blue Lagoon. Here you will have a nice buffet lunch and you also have the opportunity to go onto the island for a short stroll around or if you fancy a quick dip in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, this is the ideal opportunity. In the afternoon we continue with our cruise, around the other side of the island, passing Mellieha Bay, St. Paul's and the White Rocks coastline before returning to Sliema Creek. Transport will then return you back to your hotels.

Additional Information
During your visit to Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon, optional speedboat trips around the caves, coves and lagoons around the island of Comino are offered by local operators. These are available at a supplement and paid locally.

Who should book this cruise?
This is a scenic coastline cruise with long cruising time, limited time for swimming at Comino Island. Passengers have regular seating and both on open deck and shaded areas available.

The cruise company reserves the right to alter the route of this cruise due to prevailing weather conditions



Day 4:
Discovering Gozo (0800hrs/1700hrs)
We transfer to the Cirkewwa terminal located in the north of Malta to board our ferry for a short ferry crossing to the island of Gozo. During the crossing you will pass the smaller island of Comino and you will notice a top of the high rugged cliffs stands the Santa Maria Fort which was used during the movie 'Count of Monte Cristo' (filmed 2002). Our ferry crossing lasts only 25 minutes and on arrival we join the guide and tour transport for our tour of Gozo.

You will immediately notice that Gozo is much greener and has certain characteristics making it different to the larger of island of Malta. We start our tour with a visit to shrine of Ta'Pinu (dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu). This important church is set in a stunning location, on the edge of a ridge in open countryside and providing beautiful views of the surrounding area. The church is also linked to a number or 'miracles' which you will discover during your visit.

We continue to our next stop and the area known as 'Dewjra'. Here you will interesting geological sites including Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea which is a lagoon of seawater which has access to the open sea though a small arch like tunnel. You can take a small boat trip around the inland sea and through the tunnel (cost of boat trip is not included in the tour rate, allow €4 per person if you would like to do this and if time allows). Another of Dwejra's geological delights is the Admiral's Rock or as it is better know, Fungus Rock. A special plant is said to grow here which has various medical cures for conditions such as dysentery, bleeding and impotence.

Just before our lunch break we will visit the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village where you can view local handmade pottery, mouth blown glass, Gozo lace and silver filigree. This short stop is ideal if you want to pick up a souvenir or just a short rest stop before you settle down for lunch. 

After lunch in the main city which is locally called Rabat but you are likely to know it as Victoria, we will take a short walk through this busy little city to join a trackless train for a short trip up the steep hill to the fortified Cittadella. The Cittadellla is a small walled city within the city Victoria, only a small number of families still live within the walls. This historical fortified city has recently undergone major restoration works and you can visit the new visitors centre, explore quaint alleys or stroll around the walls enjoying amazing views of the island from the high bastions.

The final part of our tour of Gozo will take us through some of the villages, en route we will stop at the Qala Belvedere. This stop gives you an amazing scenic view of the landscape cascading down to the coast and in the distance the smallest island of Comino and the larger island of Malta...all in one photo. At this stage our tour is coming to an end and we will make our way back to the ferry for our return to Malta and transport you back to the drop off point.



Day 5:
Maltese Folklore Night (1845hrshrs/2300hrs)
An unforgettable night of Maltese food, drink, folklore song, music and dance set in a unique venue on then outskirts of Siggiewi, a typical village at the very heart of cultural Malta. On arrival you can enjoy a welcome drink and stroll around the stunning open air venue.

The evening starts with a fabulous buffet dinner which includes a variety of local food including antipasti, meat, chicken and fish, wine and mineral water also included. Traditional sweets are served during the entertainment. Throughout the evening you will be entertained by local locals in traditional costume, displaying popular themed cultural dances and playing typical local music. And there are a few nice treats throughout the night, including the resident farm donkeys and fireworks, towards the end of the evening you can dance some modern latest tunes..

 

Tour Details

Prices:

Prices are per person.


€345.00 with a minimum of 2 adults booking
€311.25 with a minimum of 4 adults booking
€264.40 with a minimum of 6 adults booking

Contact us for groups of more than 7 people

Availability:
Start this tour on any day, between May and October

Tour Details:
Day 1 is a Private Tour
Entrance fees and lunch not included
Accompanied by Licensed Tour Guide and available in any language.

Day 2 is a Coach Group Tour
Wine tasting included.
Accompanied by Licensed Tour and available in 4 languages - English, German, French, Italian

Day 3 is a Cruise Group Tour
Transport to/from boat and lunch included

Day 4 is a Coach Group Tour
Ferry fare to/from Gozo Island, entrance fees and lunch included.
Accompanied by Licensed Tour and available in 4 languages - English, German, French, Italian

Day 5 is a Coach Group Tour
Transport to/from venue, buffet dinner with entertainment included

Tour Pick Up Point:
The tours pick up from most hotels or a conveniently located pick up point close to the hotel. Therefore you can stay at a hotel of your choice.

For passengers staying in Valletta, the pick up point is at the Phoenicia Hotel which is located just outside the main city entrance, next to the bus terminus.

If you want to join the tour but you are staying in private accommodation which is not located in one of the main towns or resorts it is advisable to contact us to make sure that it is possible.


How to Book
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