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Malta Highlights: Small Group Tour

8 Days
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FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP TOURING: Explore the wonders of Malta on this incredible tour passing from the capital, Valletta, to the historical towns of Vittoriosa and Mdina. Along the way, you’ll visit picturesque harbours, enjoy cheese and wine tastings, and discover hidden coves and beaches across this charming Mediterranean archipelago.

This 7-day Malta vacation takes you to this island nation to explore its historical towns and natural highlights.

Malta is a small Mediterranean archipelago that’s jam-packed with historical treasures. Begin your Malta vacation in the capital, Valletta, and specifically the seaside resort town of St. Julian’s, which sits along the northeastern coast. St. Julian’s is a bustling town with picturesque architecture and a thumping nightlife. While in St. Julian’s and Valletta, you’ll visit the Upper Barracca Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and the Grandmaster’s Palace Staterooms, as well as enjoy a pizza-making class and the freedom of the evening to take in the cocktail bars of Portomasa Marina or the energetic revelries of Paceville.

Spend the next few days taking in a few key historical sites on the island. First off is Vittoriosa, home to the iconic Fort St. Angelo and the Cottonera Waterfont. Later, head to historic Senglea to enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and explore remnants of the distant past. In Mosta, you’ll tour the famous domed church that remains an icon of Christian architecture. Perhaps more impressive is Mdina, the country’s old capital. Initially founded over 3,000 years ago, Mdina has passed between Romans, Christians, and Arabs and showcases the gorgeous architecture that such a heritage would suggest. You’ll also be lucky enough to enjoy a wine and cheese tasting at Meridiana Wine Estate to close out your exploration of the main island.

Continue your Malta vacation by heading north to the island of Gozo, where you’ll experience a blend of history, nature, and culture. First off, head to Hagar Qim, home to temples that predate recorded history. Get a taste for the island nation’s natural splendour with a cruise across the Blue Lagoon and a journey to the famous saltpans of Xwejni Bay. Close out your Malta vacation with a taste of the scrumptious fritas of Mekren Bakery and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

With its rich history and fascinating geography, Malta rewards globetrotters who love to explore history in comfortable surroundings.

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8 Days
Prices From:
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Day 1

St Julian’s

We’ll meet the group in the picturesque resort town of St Julian’s and get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal. Welcome to Malta!

Accommodation: The George Hotel

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Day 2

St. Julian's - Mosta and Mdina - St. Julian's

We’ll begin our second day together with a visit to the stunning Mosta Church, before we move on to the beautiful wilderness of the Buskett Gardens. Enjoy some free time wandering the only woodland area in Malta before we continue to the island’s old capital: Mdina, also known as the ‘silent city’. Here we’ll explore the extraordinary mix of medieval and Baroque architecture with a local guide and have some free time to enjoy lunch at our leisure. On this afternoon’s agenda: an indulgent wine tasting at a local winery. You’ll find it difficult to find a bottle of Maltese wine back home, so we recommend purchasing a bottle before we return to St Julian’s for an evening spent relaxing at our hotel or exploring the array of restaurants and waterfront bars.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

St. Julian's - Valletta and Birgu - St. Julian's

Our third day of exploration will begin with a locally guided walking tour of Valletta. We’ll stroll by the New Parliament Building, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Grand Harbour and Grandmaster’s Palace, uncovering the tiny capital’s rich history as we go. Then, we’ll enjoy free time to wander the stunning Baroque architecture of St John’s Co-Cathedral. For lunch, we’ll savour a traditional Maltese Ftira meal. Continuing on, we’ll visit the oldest area in Malta: Birgu – commonly referred to as Città Vittoriosa (Victorious City). We’ll enjoy a walking tour through the city’s ancient narrow streets with a local guide – visiting the likes of the Inquisitor’s Palace and panoramic Gardjola Gardens. After a full day, enjoy an evening spent at your leisure back in St Julian’s.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

St. Julian's

Today is yours to spend entirely at your leisure. You may want to explore on a harbour cruise around the ports of Valletta – a natural treasure trove for photographers. Alternatively, you could spend the day enjoying the stunning views from our hotel’s rooftop terrace or relaxing by the swimming pool. This evening, we recommend venturing out in search of a waterfront alfresco restaurant for some delicious local seafood.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

St. Julian's - Qrendi and Cirkewwa - Xaghra (Gozo)

Today’s agenda begins with a stop at the Hagar Qim temples, where we’ll have the opportunity to explore this remarkable site with a local guide. Then, we’ll journey onwards the mesmerising Blue Grotto. Enjoy a locally guided boat trip around the phosphorescent coloured bays and complex of limestone caves – before continuing on to the ferry point at Cirkewwa, with a photo stop at Popeye’s Village along the way. After a speedboat transfer to Gozo, the evening in Xaghra will be ours to spend exploring at our own pace.

Accommodation: The Cornucopia

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 6

Xaghra - Victoria - Xaghra

Today we’ll visit the spectacular megalithic temple complex of Ggantija – the most ancient temples in Malta and boasting an ancient history that’s older than the pyramids of Egypt. After moving on to the imposing Old Citadel in Victoria – the ancient fortified city that can be seen from almost anywhere on Gozo, we’ll enjoy a delectable Maltese lunch. After stopping off for a photo or two at the peaceful village of Sannat, we’ll round off the day with a visit to the Dreams of Horses Farm. There, we’ll observe a cheese making demonstration followed by a guided tour around the equestrian therapy centre with a member of the team, learning how horse therapy comforts people. Later, an evening of leisure time is in store for us back at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Xaghra - San Lawrenz and Marsalform - Xaghra

We may be nearing the end of our journey, but there’s still plenty to explore! First, we’ll stop to visit Fungus Rock – an islet off the coast of San Lawrenz that holds a peculiar history. After hearing the stories from our local guide, we’ll move on to the unusual Xwejni Salt Pans. A 350-year-old checkerboard of rock-cut salt pans, the production of sea salt here has been passed from generation to generation and is a fascinating sight to behold. Before returning to Xaghra, we’ll make a refreshing stop at Xwejni Bay for a dip in the crystal-clear water. Later, we’ll come together for one last dinner together, sharing stories of the week’s adventures

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Xaghra - St. Julian's

After a final breakfast and leisurely morning, we’ll catch the ferry back to St Julian’s – where our tour will end later this afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2024: May 4, 25; June 15, 29; July 20; August 17; September 7, 28


  • 7 nights first class accommodation
  • Transportation in mini-coach with Tour Manager and Driver
  • Visit to Inquisitor's Palace and the Senglea Gardens
  • 90-minute harbour cruise
  • Blue Grotto boat trip
  • Entrance fees to: St John's Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster's Palace, Mosta Dome, Temples Haqar Qim, Dreams of Horses Farm visit, Megalithic Temples and Old Citadelle in Victoria
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, wine and cheese tasting


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

28 Sep 2024
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