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Megalithic Temples of Malta - Hagar Qim Temples & Visitors Centre, Mnajdra Temples, Ghar Dalam Cave, Hypogeum & Marsaxlokk Fishing Village (TPV2)

An insight into an era dominated by Neolithic man on a tour that will unfold our ancient history dating back a staggering 5000years.

During the morning we will be visiting the Hagar Qim Temple Complex which includes Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. Before entering the temples we start at the new visitors centre which will help you understand how these magnificent temples where built over 5000 years ago! We then continue with a tour to the Hagar Qim Temple. This temple has the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. Also forming part of this temple complex is the Mnajdra Temple which lies tucked on a slope in the cliffs, overlooking the tiny isle of Filfla. This site is probably the most atmospheric of all Malta’s temples and during the Equinox, on the 20th March and the 22nd September, the rays of the sun pass directly through the temple’s main doorway and light up the main axis. The rays of sun during the Solstices light up the summer table and the winter table alternately.

We proceed with our tour to Ghar Dalam Cave.
The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,000 years ago, was discovered. This huge cavern is 144 metres deep, but only the first 80 metres are accessible. The lowermost layers date back to the Pleistocene Age (180,00 years ago) and to the end of the last Ice Age (16,000 years ago) and contained the fossilised bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, red deer, bear, fox, wolf, micro-mammals and birds.

In the afternoon after a lunch break we will visit two very important sites. Our first stop will be the Tarxien Temples. Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated scientifically with photographs taken every step of the way and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and riches enhance the attractions of these temples. The elevated walkway constructed around the whole temple site provides an excellent view of the four temples from above.

Our last stop is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. A unique archaeological site. This ancient underground monument is 12 metres below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of an above-ground megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.

At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way back.


!Note The order in which we operate the tour may differ as mentioned above.
 

Tour Details

Prices:
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person. Private transport is provided based on the number of passengers in your group
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Tour with driver and *Licensed Tour Guide:
€320 for 1 to 3 passengers
€400 for 4 to 6 passengers
€480 for 7 to 8 passengers
€560 for 9 to 12 passengers
€640 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50

Not Included:

Entrance fees. To save unnecessary time wasting and queuing we can include your entrance fees. Allow €49 per person for Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Ghar Dalam Cave & Hypogeum

Lunch is not included.

Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add €35 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public Holidays

Availability:

This tour can start on any day

Pick Up/Meeting Point:
We can pick up from any location


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