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Malta: Small Group Tour Malta Highlights

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,107

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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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,107

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Day 1

St. Julians's - Valletta - St. Julian's

A guided tour through Malta's bustling capital will help you to find your bearings and get acquainted with this picturesque city today. With a visit to the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John's Co-Cathedral, you won't be short of entertainment today. For lunch, you'll roll up your sleeves for a pizza making class on the waterfront before sitting down to enjoy your creations. Afterwards, you'll return to the hotel, where the evening is yours to explore.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

St. Julian's - Vittoriosa - Senglea - Sliema - St. Julian's

Shifting your focus back in time, today you'll look towards the iconic cities of Vittoriosa and Senglea. With time to visit the Senglea Gardens and a stop at the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk, today will be full of visual rewards. After an eventful morning, you'll take time to relax on a harbour cruise around the natural ports -- a treasure trove for photographers.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

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

Today you'll begin with a visit to the stunning Mosta Church and a short photo stop at the Dingli Cliffs before the group moves on to the Buskett Gardens. Next, you have a guided tour through Malta's old capital, Mdina, also known as the silent city. On the menu for this afternoon: an indulgent wine tasting accompanied by local cheese and biscuits at the Meridiana Wine Estate. Tonight, you'll gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

St. Julian's - Qrendi - Cirkewwa - Xaghra

Today the road will carry you to the Hagar Qim temples. You'll then drive through the village of Birzebbuga towards the Blue Grotto, where an included short boat trip awaits. Afterwards, you'll travel to the ferry point at Cirkewwa via a photo stop at Popeye's Village, then take a short speedboat transfer to Gozo. Later today, you'll proceed to the 'Dreams of Horses Farm', where you'll have the opportunity to interact with the beautiful animals.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Xaghra - Gharb - Victoria - Xaghra

Today you'll visit the Megalithic Temples of Ġgantija, followed by the Old Citadel in Victoria. Next, there's a local treat in store this afternoon as you visit the Ta' Rikardu Farm for a hands-on cheesemaking experience. Later, you'll make your way back to the hotel via a photo stop at Sannat.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Xaghra - San Lawrence - Marsalforn - Xaghra

As you near the end of your journey, you still have a handful of sights to be explored -- and today will not disappoint. First, you'll take a stroll to Fungus Rock and continue on to the Saltpans of Xwejni Bay. You'll then try out local ftira at the famous Mekren Bakery while looking over Ramla Bay. Your last night with the group includes dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Xaghra - St. Julian's

After one last breakfast together, you'll catch a ferry to Malta and transfer back to the hotel, where the tour ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: Sep 10, 17, 24
2019: May 6, 27; Jun 3, 17; Sep 9, 16, 23

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Visit to Inquisitor's Palace and the Senglea Gardens
  • 90-minute harbour cruise
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • 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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

TB BACKROASTJ19SGCAD: MAL
16 Sep 2019
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