Discover Malta

From £719.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Mar 2020 - Nov 2020
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From £719.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Mar 2020 - Nov 2020
Tour Overview

Get to know sunny Malta on this relaxing 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 and meet the friendly people who produce it at Diar Il Bniet farmhouse. 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.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return direct flights from Gatwick with British Airways or Heathrow with Air Malta
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 11 meals, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners with drinks and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Valletta tour and St John's Cathedral
  • Exclusive visit to the Saluting Battery and chance to help prepare the cannon
  • Traditional Maltese meal in a farmhouse
  • Walking tour of the three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa
  • Shop for local handicrafts
  • Explore ancient Mdina
  • Evening of traditional food, folk music and dance

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - St Paul’s Bay

Malta beckons as you depart on your flight to the Mediterranean isle. When you arrive, we will transfer you to your hotel in pretty St Paul's Bay. Here, you can relax with a welcome drink and take in the dazzling sea views. Your hotel faces a private beach, and there's plenty of free time before dinner to savour the first magical moments of your holiday.​

Meals included: D

Day 2 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. Our group will be granted exclusive access to the area where the cannons are located and we will be the only people there. 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 will be invited to help prepare the cannon if you wish, 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,D

Day 3 St Paul's Bay - 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'.
As we step ashore on Gozo, we'll be met by a Local Guide and together 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 we continue to Admiral's Rock. Better known as Fungus Rock, a unique plant with medicinal properties is said to have once grown here.
There's a chance to shop for local handicrafts including pottery, glass and lace at the Fontana Cottage Crafts Village and then we will enjoy lunch on a private estate overlooking the medieval village of l-Għarb. We'll try a selection of Gozitan wines served with traditional crackers and dips, 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.

Meals included: B

Day 4 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

You're free again 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. Explore the famous seafood market and if you fancy sampling some of the local catch yourself, there will be time to have lunch by the water. Enjoy an excursion 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. Meals included: B

Day 5 Dingli

We'll spend today with a local family on their 600-acre farm in the rural village of Dingli. We'll be warmly welcomed by the owner and taken on a tour to see the vegetable plot and olive-tree orchard. We'll discover more about the history of the farm, learn about the traditional process of making olive oil and enjoy a lunch of specialities which have been cooked by the family for generations. You can look forward to tasting Maltese potatoes fried in garlic, Ross il-forn (baked rice), warm pies and peppery cheeses, all washed down with a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade squeezed from lemons grown on the old tree in the garden. This unique experience will give you a moving, heart-warming taste of rural and family life on Malta. ​

Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Three Cities & Mdina

A full day of exploration starts 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 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.
Next, we will drive to Mosta Village and visit 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. Your tour continues to Ta'Qali craft village, where you can watch the art of glass-blowing. You'll also have time to shop for souvenirs before we reach Mdina, Malta's ancient capital. This hilltop city is filled with beautiful architectural gems and you'll have some time to stroll through the narrow streets and admire spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

Meals included: B

Day 7 St Paul's Bay - at Leisure

Today is a free day. Take the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine or do anything else left on your list. In the evening we'll enjoy a night of traditional music, dance and food in a Maltese village. During a fabulous dinner, you'll be entertained by local musicians and traditional dancing. It's the perfect way to end this wonderful introduction to Malta.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 St Paul's Bay - UK

Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back 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

Hotel Dolmen Resort 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.​

  1. Favourite Moment

    An exclusive visit to the Saluting Battery at Barrakka Gardens in Valletta and chance to prepare the cannon.

Accommodation

Dolmen Resort Hotel

The 4-star Dolmen Resort is located right on the seafront in St Paul’s Bay. The hotel’s public areas were recently renovated, and facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, a café, five pools, a spa and casino.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.