Valletta, Mdina & The Wonders Of Malta
7 nights. March 2019 - December 2019. From £689.00.
One of the Mediterranean's most historic and welcoming islands
Set in a blue sea between Africa and Europe, blessed year-round with an agreeable climate and boasting one of the world's most spectacular natural harbours, delightful Malta - strategically important throughout the centuries - exudes fascination and interest, as well as a relaxed Mediterranean air and a genuinely warm welcome for British visitors. Our escorted tours combine the best of the island with the chance to enjoy the charms of a highly favoured holiday haven.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a week of rest, relaxation, exploration and Maltese hospitality
Get to know Malta's historic capital, Valletta, one of the world's greatest natural anchorages
Spend a day on fascinating sister island Gozo
Explore the island's interior, including historic Mosta and 'silent city' Mdina
Valletta's 'Three Cities' were home to the Knights of St John
Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant
Seven nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Santana, Qawra (upgrade hotel available for a supplement)
Return flights to Malta
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
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 OneFly south to Malta and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your chosen hotel in the delightful Qawra area of popular St Paul's Bay. Dependent upon your time of arrival, enjoy a stroll before dinner along the seafront promenade looking out over the clear blue waters to the off-shore St Paul's Island, on which, legend has it, the Apostle was once shipwrecked. Enjoy a first dinner at the hotel.
Day TwoRest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, getting to know the area. Set on the quieter side of St Paul's Bay, but with easy access to lively and colourful Bugibba, Qawra offers plenty of interest, with sea-front bars and cafes as well as a sandy beach fringing the bay. Stroll along the promenade to Qawra Point for far-reaching views, or perhaps enjoy a long lunch in the sunshine.
Day ThreeThe first of the included excursions, taken in the company of our Tour Manger, explores the island's fascinating capital, historic Valletta, beginning with a visit to the Malta Experience, an award-winning audio-visual presentation that places the city and the island in its historical context, and sets the scene not only for today's visit but for the remainder of your stay. The tour will include all the major sights, including the Auberge de Castille, magnificent former home to the Knights of St John and now the Prime Minister's office, and the Upper Barracca Gardens, from which vantage point the strategic value of the city's Grand Harbour becomes plainly clear. Laid out in a perfect grid pattern above the harbour and behind imposing battlements, the streets of the compact old city are a delight in which to wander.
The tour will also take in the city's stunning St John's Co-cathedral, among the treasures of which are two works by the artist Caravaggio. With time for lunch (payable locally) and the opportunity for personal sightseeing, today's visit is the perfect introduction to fascinating Malta.
Day FourToday's included excursion will be one of the highlights of the holiday, as you make the short ferry crossing from Cirkewwa to the quaint port of Mgarr, gateway to the Malta's smaller, greener, sister isle Gozo. In sharp contrast to its bustling neighbour, Gozo, which is dotted with prehistoric Neolithic temples and burial mounds, including the fascinating Temples of Gigantija, presents a sleepy, timeless face to the modern world. Highlights of the day will include the fascinating 'Inland Sea' at Dwerja, Calypso's Cave overlooking sandy Ramla Bay, the delightful coastal resort of Xlendi and the island capital, Victoria, or Rabat. The town is watched over by the fortified bastion of the Citadel, from the walls of which there are panoramic views over the island. With the fascinating history of the smaller island brought to life by the Tour Manager, a thoroughly enjoyable day ends with the return crossing to Malta, passing the tiny rocky islet of Comino, with its cobalt Blue Lagoon.
Day FiveToday is another free day to make the most of the hotel and its surroundings. This evening, join fellow guests for an evening of traditional Maltese hospitality in the historic town of Mosta, enjoying a menu of Maltese cuisine served by waiters dressed in authentic period costume, and enjoying traditional Maltese folk music and dancing.
Day SixOn today's included full-day tour you'll travel inland to Mdina, the ancient, fortified former capital, set atop a rocky bluff, with its beautiful 'silent city' of narrow streets lined by stone-built houses. The tour also includes 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. A visit is also made to Mosta's famous church, the vast unsupported dome of which - Europe's third largest - survived a direct hit during World War Two, and the tour will also take in the vertiginous Dingli Cliffs, overlooking the island's south coast.
Day SevenThe final included excursion journeys 'back in time', as you discover and explore the area across Valletta's Grand Harbour, where three medieval 'cities' reflect the island's rich history. In Vittoriosa, the facade of the Parish Church of St Lawrence displays an early Maltese Cross. Cospicua is one of the Mediterranean's oldest dockyards, still in use today, while Senglea, with its houses built on the waterline with steps down to the sea, is known as 'Little Venice'. During the day, you'll also pay a visit to the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk, with its busy market, and Tarxien, where ancient temples contain carved symbols not dissimilar to Celtic engravings found in Ireland.
After an absorbing last day's touring, enjoy a final evening at your hotel.
Day EightReturn to the airport and the flight home, at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Back to top
AccommodationThe Santana Hotel
'''A fine hotel offering a good selection of facilities.''
This excellent hotel is centrally located a short stroll from the resort's promenade and beach. There is a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, and the casino and the bus station that connects Qawra to the rest of the island are very close by. DRINKS PACKAGE UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.
The Santana has a roof-top swimming pool and sun terrace (weather permitting), an indoor heated pool and 24-hour coffee shop and restaurant. There is also a bar and lounge area, a reception, two lifts and a pub. The hotel's leisure centre offers a fitness room, sauna, Jacuzzi and various health and beauty treatments.
All of the bedrooms are comfortably furnished and air-conditioned/heated, and offer private facilities, balconies, radios, telephones, hairdryers, mini-bars and satellite TV.Dolmen Resort Hotel and Spa
''A large, well-designed hotel boasting a good standard of service.''
Extensively refurbished in 2009, the four-star Dolmen Resort Hotel is beautifully located at the water's edge, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and St Paul's islands. The resort of Qawra is a pleasant five-minute stroll from the hotel grounds.
The hotel's facilities include a reception area, a casino, an a la carte and buffet restaurant, a cocktail bar and a cafeteria. There are four outdoor swimming pools on the grounds, and the newly designed spa incorporates state-of-the-art therapy rooms with the latest equipment as well as a fitness room, an indoor pool with hydro-massage and a sauna. The hotel has an entertainment programme with shows and activities most evenings.
All the bedrooms are air-conditioned and have balconies. Each room also has private facilities, a safety deposit box, satellite TV, a telephone, a radio, a mini-bar and a hairdryer. Sea-view rooms are available for a supplement.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
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.
Departures from Belfast, East Midlands and NewcastleCustomers flying from these airports depart and return one day later that the standard departures. As a result, their excursion programme will begin on Day Two, rather than Day Three, and will end with a day to relax in the resort.
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