MALTA Jewel of the Mediterranean

Trips & Tours // Europe

Culture/History, Eco/Nature/Garden


An opportunity like no other for 17 lucky travellers to discover the ultimate Mediterranean experience. On this tour we will be staying on both main islands. No one does Malta better!

Journey to the land that has been sought after, conquered, and celebrated as the jewel of the Mediterranean for over 5000 years. Malta, and its islands Gozo and Comino, have an illustrious history stretching back to the temple builders, Phoenicians, Arabs, Knights of Malta, French and finally British rule leading to its modern day independence. It is a little known fact that the oldest free standing structures in the world are found in Malta – one thousand years older than the pyramids of Egypt. Adding to its significant history marked by palaces, fortifications, cathedrals and other landmarks, exist a plethora of quaint villages, beaches, countryside walks and a culture that is sure to warm you.
 

TAP Rating: TAP Superior


Highlights include:

  • Walking tours to include:  Valletta, The Three Cities, Northern Malta, Gozo & more!
  • Bakery, olive grove, cheese and cooking class experience
  • 5500+ year old UNESCO World Heritage Temple
  • Sail to the Island of Comino on a private charter
  • Experience a traditional Maltese “Festa”
  • Meet and be with the locals - you will not feel like a tourist


DAY 1 - En route
Overnight flight to Germany, Paris, Rome or London.
 
DAY 2 - Arrive in Malta
Arrive in Europe for your connecting flight to Malta. Arrive in Malta early afternoon and be transferred to our host hotel for a 5 Star experience! Enjoy a welcome dinner. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (D)
 
DAY 3 - Valetta

Start your full day in Malta off with a bang with a visit to the capital city Valletta.  We’ll start with an orientation film called the Malta Experience followed by a tour of the Knights of Malta Infirmary/Hospital.  Enjoy lunch on own in beautiful Victoria Square by one of Malta’s oldest coffee shops.  You can choose from a variety of offerings here. We’ll visit gardens with a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour as well as learn about the auberges of the Knights and architecture of Valletta.  Cap off your tour of Valletta by visiting perhaps the most significant landmark of the Knights of Malta – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Dinner with wine this evening will be at a very special place.  5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,D)
 
DAY 4 – Village Life, The Three Cities, Inquisitor’s Palace

After breakfast, we will travel to a traditional Maltese village to learn about village life as well as grab a sneak peak at a traditional bakery.  Qormi pronounced as “oormi” is known for its vast number of bakeries.  Next, we’ll travel back to Valletta to continue with our village experience en route to our cooking class to make Ftira, a traditional maltese bread/sandwich.   Be sure to pay attention because you’ll be eating your creation!  This afternoon, we’ll travel to what is known as the Three Cities:  Senglea, Vittoriosa, Cospicua.  Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.  The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as Vittoriosa, Senglea andCospicua have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.  Here you will visit a watchtower, maritime museum, and military fort from the time of the Knights.  Dinner is on own this evening. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L)
 
DAY 5 – Tarxien Temples, Hypogeum, Dingli Cliffs, Rabat & Mdina

Step back in time – specifically over 5000 years ago as you visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tarxien Temples and the Hyopgeum.  Many of the temples that exist in Malta pre-date the pyramids by up to 1000 years; one boasting to be the oldest stone structure in the world.  Consisting of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500m2, the Hypogeum’s rock-cut chambers are of diverse shapes and sizes. Travel next to the awe inspiring Dingli Cliffs where you can catch a glimpse of a fourth Island, Filfla and enjoy lunch. Make sure your camera is full charged for the magnificent views.  After lunch, we’ll travel to Rabat.

Our afternoon will have us visiting Rabat and Mdina (the Silent City).  The Arabs, during their 200 years of rule, divided the old Roman City of Melita into two:  the citadel became known as Mdina and the rest of the area as Rabat.  In Rabat we find St. Paul’s Church and Grotto as well as the St. Paul’s Catacombs.  It is here where we learn the story of a shipwrecked St. Paul in Malta.  The Catacombs of St. Paul are not themselves associated with Paul but derive their name from their proximity to St. Paul’s Church and Grotto.  We will visit the Roman Villa Museum where the mosaic pavements rank among the finest and oldest compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily.

An authentic treat awaits you as we enter the Old City, Mdina, also known as the Silent City.  As a prelude to dinner, enjoy an aperitif on the bastions before being lead through the narrow medieval streets to our host restaurant for a delectable evening of food and wine.  You will fall in love with Mdina inasmuch as the families who continue to live here throughout their generations.  5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 6 - Mdina, Craft Village, Gardens, Palace High Tea

With Mdina fresh in your mind, we will travel to the Silent City for some self exploration.  Mdina is an entirely different experience during the day.  We will have recommendations for lunch in Mdina.  From here we will visit the Ta’ Qali Craft Village to witness Maltese artisans at work – specifically at Valletta Glass.  Next, we’ll drive a short distance to discover a beautiful garden that is located next to the Presidential Palace.  The city of Mosta is our next stop and it is here where you will discover the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and its significant connection with World War II as well as it being the 3rd largest dome in Europe.

To cap off your day, we journey to Naxxar to Palazzo Parisio and Gardens, an 18th century palace, a treasure trove of delightful artifacts and a beloved family home.   Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored.  After some touring, bask in a High Tea experience before venturing back to the hotel and other selected drop offs. Five Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,HT)
 
DAY 7 – Free Day

With some touring under your belt, today is yours to explore. Let your Maxima Tour Director help customize your day for you.  Consider shopping, a visit to a beach, or sightseeing cruise.  Tonight is the famous Notte Bianca arts festival in Valletta.  Should you wish to attend, your Tour Director will make arrangements for you. Five Star Le Meriden Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B)
 
DAY 8 – Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Band Clubs, Village Feast

A tradition every Sunday morning is the return of the fisherman to sell their catch.  You will travel to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk to observe the fish market but not before having an interesting encounter while overlooking the splendid array of Maltese fishing boats.  There are plenty of vendors here also selling souvenirs.  A traditional fish lunch will be served here…of course.  After lunch, we will venture back to our hotel with select drop offs.  Rest up until we leave for a dinner at a Maltese Band Club followed by a Festa Experience where you may elect to join in a procession that runs through the village streets.  This is a remarkable experience. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 9 – Northern Malta and Gozo

This morning, we say goodbye to Malta as we make our way to the Island of Gozo.  Mgarr is one of the few remaining rural villages in Malta what still has a pronounced agricultural community.  The typical rural landscape with terraced fields hosts a variety of interesting features that make this locality unique.  While in the Mgarr area, we will visit a local olive grove for an explanation and wonderful lunch.  As we make our way to Gozo, we will arrive in Mellieha  whose’s name is likely to have been derived from the Greek word “Melleca” meaning honey.  Remains of the prehistory, a red painted Tower and the sheltered church courtyard will give a historic dimension to the tour combined with breath taking views overlying the rocky shore.

We will board our ferry for Gozo and upon arrival, we will visit the Azure Window – a coastal landmark that features a bridge or table-like rock that reaches across the sea to an eroded pillar. Our host hotel is the rustic feeling Cornucopia Hotel.  When you look out from the hotel, you will see a land that is very different from the Island of Malta.  You will wonder if you are in Tuscany or perhaps Rio – the views are spectacular.   A group dinner with wine is included this evening. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 10 – Gozo Full Day Touring

On this day, you will discover how Gozo’s splendour.  The production of sea salt has a long tradition in Gozo and the saltpans found near Marsalforn are still used today.  You will arrive after breakfast to watch the salt being collected as it glistens under the sun.  You then travel to a local farm to learn of Gozitan dairy production.  A traditional Gozitan platter will be be served for lunch prior to our visit to the Citadel in the capital city of Victoria.  Our afternoon will have us witnessing Maltese cheese making and a visit to a winery or vineyard for a taste of the Island.  Dinner will be on our own this evening with recommendations from our Tour Director.  Consider eating in the Village Square of Xaghra. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L)
 
DAY 11 – Comino Island

Kick back and enjoy your adventure to Comino – the smallest of the inhabited islands of Malta.  After breakfast, you will leave for the harbour and board our private boat to Comino.  We will sail at 9:30am and arrive back on Gozo early late afternoon.  A picnic lunch is included on this day. This evening, you will be treated to a delectable cooking demo at the Cornucopia Hotel.  Savour this evening as it will be your last on the Maltese Islands. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 12 – Return Home

After breakfast, you’ll depart the Cornucopia and island of Gozo and traverse the waters back to Malta en route to the airport. We trust that you will leave with fond memories of unbelievable experiences. Thank you for the opportunity to share our lovely island with you.  We truly hope to see you again. (B)

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Luqa, Malta by 5:00PM local time ideally via Malta International Airport (MLA)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Luqa, Malta after Anytime on the last day after 12:00PM local time via Malta International Airport (MLA)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 850.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 90 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Fully refundable if cancelled 90 days prior to departure. 100% non-refundable within 90 day of departure. We recommend passengers purchase emergency medical and cancellation insurance for peace of mind.

Airport transfers in Malta
Top tier hotel stays
Mini-coach transportation
7 nights in Malta, 3 in Gozo
Lots of neat surprises
Tour Director services with all gratuities included
All inclusions as indicated in the itinerary
 
Note: A valid passport of more than 3 months is required for travel to Malta.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - En route
Overnight flight to Germany, Paris, Rome or London.
 
DAY 2 - Arrive in Malta
Arrive in Europe for your connecting flight to Malta. Arrive in Malta early afternoon and be transferred to our host hotel for a 5 Star experience! Enjoy a welcome dinner. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (D)
 
DAY 3 - Valetta

Start your full day in Malta off with a bang with a visit to the capital city Valletta.  We’ll start with an orientation film called the Malta Experience followed by a tour of the Knights of Malta Infirmary/Hospital.  Enjoy lunch on own in beautiful Victoria Square by one of Malta’s oldest coffee shops.  You can choose from a variety of offerings here. We’ll visit gardens with a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour as well as learn about the auberges of the Knights and architecture of Valletta.  Cap off your tour of Valletta by visiting perhaps the most significant landmark of the Knights of Malta – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Dinner with wine this evening will be at a very special place.  5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,D)
 
DAY 4 – Village Life, The Three Cities, Inquisitor’s Palace

After breakfast, we will travel to a traditional Maltese village to learn about village life as well as grab a sneak peak at a traditional bakery.  Qormi pronounced as “oormi” is known for its vast number of bakeries.  Next, we’ll travel back to Valletta to continue with our village experience en route to our cooking class to make Ftira, a traditional maltese bread/sandwich.   Be sure to pay attention because you’ll be eating your creation!  This afternoon, we’ll travel to what is known as the Three Cities:  Senglea, Vittoriosa, Cospicua.  Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.  The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as Vittoriosa, Senglea andCospicua have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.  Here you will visit a watchtower, maritime museum, and military fort from the time of the Knights.  Dinner is on own this evening. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L)
 
DAY 5 – Tarxien Temples, Hypogeum, Dingli Cliffs, Rabat & Mdina

Step back in time – specifically over 5000 years ago as you visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tarxien Temples and the Hyopgeum.  Many of the temples that exist in Malta pre-date the pyramids by up to 1000 years; one boasting to be the oldest stone structure in the world.  Consisting of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500m2, the Hypogeum’s rock-cut chambers are of diverse shapes and sizes. Travel next to the awe inspiring Dingli Cliffs where you can catch a glimpse of a fourth Island, Filfla and enjoy lunch. Make sure your camera is full charged for the magnificent views.  After lunch, we’ll travel to Rabat.

Our afternoon will have us visiting Rabat and Mdina (the Silent City).  The Arabs, during their 200 years of rule, divided the old Roman City of Melita into two:  the citadel became known as Mdina and the rest of the area as Rabat.  In Rabat we find St. Paul’s Church and Grotto as well as the St. Paul’s Catacombs.  It is here where we learn the story of a shipwrecked St. Paul in Malta.  The Catacombs of St. Paul are not themselves associated with Paul but derive their name from their proximity to St. Paul’s Church and Grotto.  We will visit the Roman Villa Museum where the mosaic pavements rank among the finest and oldest compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily.

An authentic treat awaits you as we enter the Old City, Mdina, also known as the Silent City.  As a prelude to dinner, enjoy an aperitif on the bastions before being lead through the narrow medieval streets to our host restaurant for a delectable evening of food and wine.  You will fall in love with Mdina inasmuch as the families who continue to live here throughout their generations.  5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 6 - Mdina, Craft Village, Gardens, Palace High Tea

With Mdina fresh in your mind, we will travel to the Silent City for some self exploration.  Mdina is an entirely different experience during the day.  We will have recommendations for lunch in Mdina.  From here we will visit the Ta’ Qali Craft Village to witness Maltese artisans at work – specifically at Valletta Glass.  Next, we’ll drive a short distance to discover a beautiful garden that is located next to the Presidential Palace.  The city of Mosta is our next stop and it is here where you will discover the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and its significant connection with World War II as well as it being the 3rd largest dome in Europe.

To cap off your day, we journey to Naxxar to Palazzo Parisio and Gardens, an 18th century palace, a treasure trove of delightful artifacts and a beloved family home.   Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored.  After some touring, bask in a High Tea experience before venturing back to the hotel and other selected drop offs. Five Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,HT)
 
DAY 7 – Free Day

With some touring under your belt, today is yours to explore. Let your Maxima Tour Director help customize your day for you.  Consider shopping, a visit to a beach, or sightseeing cruise.  Tonight is the famous Notte Bianca arts festival in Valletta.  Should you wish to attend, your Tour Director will make arrangements for you. Five Star Le Meriden Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B)
 
DAY 8 – Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Band Clubs, Village Feast

A tradition every Sunday morning is the return of the fisherman to sell their catch.  You will travel to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk to observe the fish market but not before having an interesting encounter while overlooking the splendid array of Maltese fishing boats.  There are plenty of vendors here also selling souvenirs.  A traditional fish lunch will be served here…of course.  After lunch, we will venture back to our hotel with select drop offs.  Rest up until we leave for a dinner at a Maltese Band Club followed by a Festa Experience where you may elect to join in a procession that runs through the village streets.  This is a remarkable experience. 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel (or similar), St. Julians, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 9 – Northern Malta and Gozo

This morning, we say goodbye to Malta as we make our way to the Island of Gozo.  Mgarr is one of the few remaining rural villages in Malta what still has a pronounced agricultural community.  The typical rural landscape with terraced fields hosts a variety of interesting features that make this locality unique.  While in the Mgarr area, we will visit a local olive grove for an explanation and wonderful lunch.  As we make our way to Gozo, we will arrive in Mellieha  whose’s name is likely to have been derived from the Greek word “Melleca” meaning honey.  Remains of the prehistory, a red painted Tower and the sheltered church courtyard will give a historic dimension to the tour combined with breath taking views overlying the rocky shore.

We will board our ferry for Gozo and upon arrival, we will visit the Azure Window – a coastal landmark that features a bridge or table-like rock that reaches across the sea to an eroded pillar. Our host hotel is the rustic feeling Cornucopia Hotel.  When you look out from the hotel, you will see a land that is very different from the Island of Malta.  You will wonder if you are in Tuscany or perhaps Rio – the views are spectacular.   A group dinner with wine is included this evening. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 10 – Gozo Full Day Touring

On this day, you will discover how Gozo’s splendour.  The production of sea salt has a long tradition in Gozo and the saltpans found near Marsalforn are still used today.  You will arrive after breakfast to watch the salt being collected as it glistens under the sun.  You then travel to a local farm to learn of Gozitan dairy production.  A traditional Gozitan platter will be be served for lunch prior to our visit to the Citadel in the capital city of Victoria.  Our afternoon will have us witnessing Maltese cheese making and a visit to a winery or vineyard for a taste of the Island.  Dinner will be on our own this evening with recommendations from our Tour Director.  Consider eating in the Village Square of Xaghra. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L)
 
DAY 11 – Comino Island

Kick back and enjoy your adventure to Comino – the smallest of the inhabited islands of Malta.  After breakfast, you will leave for the harbour and board our private boat to Comino.  We will sail at 9:30am and arrive back on Gozo early late afternoon.  A picnic lunch is included on this day. This evening, you will be treated to a delectable cooking demo at the Cornucopia Hotel.  Savour this evening as it will be your last on the Maltese Islands. Cornucopia Hotel , Gozo, Malta (B,L,D)
 
DAY 12 – Return Home

After breakfast, you’ll depart the Cornucopia and island of Gozo and traverse the waters back to Malta en route to the airport. We trust that you will leave with fond memories of unbelievable experiences. Thank you for the opportunity to share our lovely island with you.  We truly hope to see you again. (B)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Airport transfers in Malta
Top tier hotel stays
Mini-coach transportation
7 nights in Malta, 3 in Gozo
Lots of neat surprises
Tour Director services with all gratuities included
All inclusions as indicated in the itinerary
 
Note: A valid passport of more than 3 months is required for travel to Malta.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.



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