Malta: From Pre-historic to the Euro Era, a Mediterranean Gem!
Day 1- Sunday: Arrival in Malta
Transfer this morning to Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) for your morning flight to Malta, arriving in Malta International Airport around noon. You immediately start your touring with a drive to the old capital of Malta, known as Mdina, which is located in the central part of the island.
This ancient city is also known as the “silent city”, dating back to prehistoric times. Its location has played a strategic role in Malta’s history. During your walking tour, you will see from the outside, the Mdina Cathedral and the imposing bastions that provide a panoramic view of most of the island.
Later you visit the Roman Villa or Domus Romana, as well as St. Paul’s Catacombs, a series of tombs from the 4th to 9th centuries AD, said to be what was once part of a larger cemetery. Late afternoon drive to the seaside town of Sliema. Your base during your Malta tour is in a boutique hotel provides a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere, with the sea, cafes and shops all within a short walk.
Restaurant suggestions to be provided. Overnight in Sliema.
Day 2- Monday: Pre-Megalithic Temples of Malta and Valetta
This morning you visit the southern portion of the island where the pre megalithic temples of Tarxien, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are located. The various temples are said to date back to 2,500 BC to 3,500 BC.
Following your tour of the pre-historic temples, you drive to Valletta for a guided walking tour of the city, whose diverse architecture is a highlight. Malta’s capital city, built after the Great Siege of 1565, was named after the Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Vallette. The excursion in Valletta starts by visiting the Barraca Gardens – built on the elevated Bastion ramparts, with panoramic views of the Grand Harbor and the Three Cities.
Your touring continues with a visit to St. John’s Cathedral. This church was originally the church of the Order of St. John, housing impressive Baroque architecture with elaborate Grand Masters’ monuments and exclusive precious works of art, including a Caravaggio.
After the Cathedral, you will also visit Museum of Archaeology. There are many lunch options in Valetta and suggestions will be provided for your independent dining. From Valletta, you return to Sliema. Suggestions will be made for tonight’s independent dining, of which there are many nice places to choose from within walking distance. Overnight in Sliema, Malta. (B)
Day 3- Tuesday: Gozo
Today you will start the day early in order to visit Malta’s sister island of Gozo. Gozo is barely 20 minutes away from the mainland and offers a unique Mediterranean setting. An island where time stands still and, where traditions and customs form part of the daily life of the islanders. The island has a rather slow pace in comparison with the main island of Malta. Gozo is also greener, with some beautiful views.
During the excursion, you will visit the Temples of Ggantija, (The place of Giants) which is the only major prehistoric site on the Island of Gozo. The temple is among the oldest and best preserved in the world.
You will also be visiting Ta’ Pinu Church, Xlendi Bay and the Citadella in Victoria. Several photo stops will be made throughout the day, such as Church of visitation in Gharb, Church of St Paul & Peter at Nadur, Mgarr Ix-Xini Harbor, St Cecilia’s tower, and Fort Chambray). On the way back to the hotel, you will pass by St Paul’s bay, an ideal spot for pictures.
For your final night, we will be recommending a nice restaurant with classic, Maltese cuisine. Overnight in Sliema. (B)
Day 4- Wednesday: Departure
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure from Malta to your next destination.
December 15 – 18, 2019
Malta Sliema: The Victoria Hotel ★★★★ or similar
$1,695 per person, Single or double occupancy. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!
Private guide and car/driver
All entry fees to sites indicated