Christmas & New Year In Malta
14 nights. December 2021. From £1605.00.
Winter-warming festive break
Head south to the Mediterranean, for this winter-warming festive break on the historic island of Malta. Blessed year round with an agreeable climate, Malta puts on a wonderful festive cloak at Christmas, combining the very best traditional celebrations and some glittering illuminations.
What's Included14 nights half-board accommodation at the four-star Dolmen Resort Hotel in Qawra (all inclusive option and alternative hotel available at a supplement)
Return flights from the UK to Malta
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
One piece of hold luggage per person
Holiday HighlightsSoak up the atmosphere of Malta's capital, Valetta and visit the Malta Experience
Visit Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, the Three Cities
Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner and festive entertainment at your hotel
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a Gala Dinner, live music and entertainment at your hotel
A visit to the Three Cities on Christmas Eve
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Malta, meet your tour manager and transfer to your chosen hotel in Qawra.
Day 2The first of your included excursions explores island capital Valletta. Take in the award-winning Malta Experience, as well as major sights like Auberge de Castille – the former home to the Knights of St John – and the Upper Barrakka Gardens, from where the Grand Harbour can be viewed and the cannons of the 16th-century Saluting Battery fire daily at midday and 4pm.
Day 3Our second included excursion, on Christmas Eve, explores the area across from Valletta's Grand Harbour, where three medieval 'cities' reflect the island's rich history. See one of the earliest Maltese Crosses in Vittoriosa, explore one of the Mediterranean's oldest dockyards at Cospicua, and pause for lunch at Birgu’s lovely marina. After lunch you’ll transfer to Marsaxlokk, known for its picturesque seafront promenade and colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down in the bay. This evening, begin your festivities with a Gala Christmas Eve Celebration dinner and live entertainment at your hotel.
Day 4Enjoy a perfect Christmas Day of rest, relaxation and celebration in the hotel and its surroundings, perhaps heading out for a traditional Christmas lunch. This evening, dinner will be served as usual at your hotel.
Day 5Join today’s optional cruise to explore Sliema and take a relaxing cruise on the water. Depart your hotel after breakfast and head to Sliema, where you’ll enjoy a relaxing stroll along the sweeping waterfront promenade, with the 18th-century polygonal Fort Tigné at its southernmost point. You’ll have the chance to stop and do a bit of shopping and to pause for a spot of lunch. After lunch, you’ll board your boat for a 90-minute cruise out into Marsamxett harbour. At the centre of the harbour is Manoel Island, named after the Portuguese Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena, who built a fort on the island in the 18th century.
Day 6Enjoy a restful day today, or perhaps join the optional excursion to delightful Gozo. Board the ferry for a crossing to the quaint port of Mgarr, and visit the island's fortified capital, Victoria, picturesque Marsalforn, famous Calypso's Cave overlooking sandy Ramla Bay and the fascinating inland sea at Dwerja.
Day 7On today’s optional full-day excursion you’ll travel inland to Mdina. Malta's ancient, fortified former capital stands atop a rocky bluff, its beautiful ‘silent city’ of narrow streets lined with stone-built houses. The tour will also include the town of Rabat, famous for its subterranean catacombs and where Bellini’s statue of St Paul depicts the Apostle’s shipwreck on the island. You'll also visit Mosta’s famous church, the vast unsupported dome of which survived a direct hit during World War Two, and the spectacular Dingli Cliffs.
Days 8 and 9Enjoy a wonderful couple of days at leisure, making the most of the hotel’s facilities or exploring under your own steam.
Day 10Spend the day relaxing before enjoying a special New Year’s Eve dinner and live entertainment at your hotel in the evening.
Day 11Enjoy a perfect New Year’s Day of rest, relaxation and celebration in the hotel and its surroundings.
Day 12Today brings another opportunity to explore Sliema and take a relaxing cruise on the water, with lunch included.
Day 13Take another chance to visit delightful Gozo today, Malta’s greener, sister isle.
Day 14The final day of your tour brings another opportunity to head inland to ‘silent city’ Mdina, then on to Mosta and Rabat.
Day 15Return to the airport to check in for your flight home at the end of a wonderful festive break in Malta. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Luggage AllowancePlease note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveller, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £40 per bag.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top