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Discover Malta at Christmas

From £1,649.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
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From £1,649.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
Tour Overview

Get to know sunny Malta on this relaxing Christmas tour, which encompasses food, culture, heritage and the island's dazzling coastline. Wander the narrow streets of the capital Valletta, visit Barrakka Gardens and witness the saluting battery, and get a taste of delicious rustic cuisine. Tour fascinating medieval sites and shop for artisanal handicrafts, all while enjoying plenty of free time unwinding with good food, wine and views of the sparkling Mediterranean. You can also take in even more of the island's natural beauty on optional day trips to the Blue Grotto sea caves and the unspoilt island of Gozo.

  • Festive star icon Festive
  • meals icon All Breakfasts

Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 12 meals, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners including a Christmas Eve festive dinner and Christmas Day lunch.
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Valletta city tour including the Saluting Battery
  • Traditional Maltese meal
  • Walking tour of the three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa
  • Explore ancient Mdina
  • Visit to the well-preserved catacombes of Rabat
  • Marvel at Mostas domed Church of Santa Maria
  • Evening of traditional food, folk music and dance

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Malta

Malta beckons as you depart on your flight to the Mediterranean isle. When you arrive, we will transfer you to your hotel. Here, you can relax and take in the dazzling views out to the Mediterranean Sea, and there's free time before dinner to savour the first magical moments of your holiday.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Three Cities & Mosta

A full day of exploration starts with Mosta Village and guided visit to its domed Church of Santa Maria, which was modelled on Rome's Pantheon. The church became famous during the Second World War when a bomb crashed through its dome, but miraculously failed to explode. Step inside to see the damaged tiles and a replica of the 200kg bomb. Next, your tour concludes with a walking tour of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. Collectively known as the Three Cities, they were built and fortified by the Knights of Malta and their picturesque narrow streets are home to historic buildings and churches. At Vittoriosa's waterfront you'll see the former Palace of the General of the Galleys and the Order of St John's Treasury. Then in Senglea you can enjoy spectacular views from the lookout situated in the centre of the Grand Harbour. it's a fascinating place to learn about Maltese history and culture. Meals included: B

Day 3 Valletta

After breakfast, you'll get to know Malta's capital Valletta, a World Heritage City brimming with historical sites. First, you'll head to the Barrakka Gardens, which are laid out on part of the city's old fortifications and offer magnificent views of the famous Grand Harbour. You'll then visit the Saluting Battery, where one of eight replica cannons is fired daily at midday. It promises to be a very special experience, as we meet the volunteer responsible for firing the gun and they tell us a little more about the history of this ritual. Then, as midday approaches, you may be invited to help prepare the cannon, and we'll watch and listen as it is fired - you may need to cover your ears! Afterwards, we'll explore Valletta's main streets on foot. You'll see many historic buildings built by the Knights of St John, such as the Auberges and the magnificent St John's Co-Cathedral, where Caravaggio's masterpiece 'Beheading of St John the Baptist' is on display. Meals included: B

Day 4 Christmas Eve - at Leisure

Today is a free day, so it's entirely up to you how you spend it. If you're so inclined, join us on an optional excursion to the pretty green island of Gozo, just a short ferry ride away. During the crossing, we'll pass the small island of Comino and on top of one of the rugged cliffs you'll see the Santa Maria Fort, which appeared in the movie 'Count of Monte Cristo'. After stepping ashore on Gozo, we will explore some of the island's highlights. We will visit the shrine of Ta'Pinu, a church set amid beautiful countryside, and Dwejra, where an inland lagoon of saltwater is linked to the sea by a small arch-like tunnel. If time allows, you can take an optional cruise on the lagoon and through the tunnel before it continues to Admiral's Rock. Better known as Fungus Rock, a unique plant with medicinal properties is said to have once grown there. There's a chance to shop for local handicrafts including pottery, glass and lace at the Fontana Cottage Crafts Village. Then we will enjoy lunch at the private estate, overlooking the medieval village of Gharb. There will be a selection of Gozitan wines served with traditional local bread and sheep's cheese. In the afternoon we'll explore the medieval city of Victoria on foot and visit the Cittadella, a walled city within the city, which has recently been restored. If you choose to walk along the walls here, you'll enjoy breathtaking views across the island. Finally, we'll make a stop at the Qala Belvedere to take photos of the incredible view towards the coast, with the islands of Malta and Comino in the distance. Tonight, we'll gather together for a Christmas Eve meal back at the hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Christmas Day - at Leisure

It's Christmas Day, so enjoy a relaxed day at your hotel, which includes a special festive buffet lunch. Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Boxing Day Rabat, Dingli & Mdina

Starting with a visit to the historic town of Rabat, famous for its well-preserved catacombs that date back to the Roman times. Following this, lunch will be in the village of Dingli on a local familys 600-acre farm. We’ll learn about the traditional process of making olive oil and enjoy a lunch of specialities which have been cooked by the family for generations. This unique experience will give you a moving, heart-warming taste of rural and family life on Malta. After lunch, our final destination will be Mdina, famously referred to as the Silent City. This former capital city is essentially a living museum, enveloped entirely by fortified walls and boasting a labyrinth of narrow passageways adorned with elegant Patrician homes, baroque churches, convents, and opulent palaces. A leisurely walk through this city of contrasting shadows and brilliant illumination will provide us with a deeper insight into the captivating history of Malta.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Folklore Evening

You're free to relax or explore at your own pace. If you fancy an excursion, join us on our optional tour to Marsaxlokk, a fishing village on the island's south coast with a picturesque harbour filled with colourful boats. Then enjoy a visit to the Blue Grotto caves, a series of seven dramatic sea caves. You can experience this spectacular natural wonder up close by boat if you wish, for a fantastic photo opportunity. This evening we will all get together over a fabulous dinner whilst watching a jovial story of Maltese history told through dance - a truly unforgettable night to bring this festive week to its end.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Malta - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: On certain departure dates the running order of your itinerary may change

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

AX Odycy Hotel: Room Upgrade

Sea view rooms are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

AX Odycy Hotel

Welcome to Odycy, a new, world-class destination in Qawra, overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Located near the town of Bugibba, where you can find different shops of all kinds, as well as St. Pauls Bay, originally a fishing village where it is believed that St. Paul’s shipwreck had occurred. Whilst walking along the promenade here you can get a very clear view of the beautiful St Paul’s Islands. Qawra itself is a more modern town, but very close to the AX ODYCY are the Salina Salt Pans built by the Grand Master La Vallette of the Knights of St. John during their rule over Malta. The AX Odycy Hotel is known to be one destination with endless possibilities, offering many rooms each with various amenities including a minibar, bath & shower products, daily housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, central air conditioning and more. ODYCY is also home to some interesting food and beverage outlets. With exquisite dining and laid-back seaside restaurants there is something on the menu for everyone. And there is also their panoramic Lido which spans the entire length of the property.




Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Malta - Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk

Malta - Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk

Visit the traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk in the South Eastern region of Malta. Take time to explore the picturesque harbour lined with traditional luzzus - traditional fishing boats painted in bright colours with a pair of eyes decorated on the bow. You’ll also visit the Blue Grotto. Facing the little deserted islet of Filfla, the site got its name from a British soldier who thought that since the area looks like the Grotta Azzurra in Capri, it deserved the same name. The Blue Grotto consists of a huge 30m arch and six additional caves (please note entrance to the Blue Grotto site is an additional cost).


Visit the traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk in the South Eastern region of Malta. Take time to explore the picturesque harbour lined with traditional luzzus - traditional f...

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Malta - Gozo Island with winery and lunch

Malta - Gozo Island with winery and lunch

For something entirely different, why not join our optional excursion to Malta's idyllic sister island, Gozo? Here you'll explore some of the islands highlights including the shrine of Ta'Pinu, and Dwejra, a saltwater inland lagoon. After a delicious included lunch with captivating views over the village of Gharb, we'll head to Victoria. This medieval city is a delight to on foot and we'll also visit the Cittadella - a city within a city.
For something entirely different, why not join our optional excursion to Malta's idyllic sister island, Gozo? Here you'll explore some of the islands highlights including the shrin...

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