LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
The Heart of the Mediterranean
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Join our Tour Manager for a winter-warming holiday packed full of escorted tours that lift the lid on this wonderful island destination and its smaller, greener sister-island, Gozo. Bustling modern resorts, hidden coves, a rugged hinterland, a dramatic citadel capital, and above all the warmest of welcomes for British visitors - Malta has it all!
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, or perhaps enjoy a long lunch in the sunshine.
Your Malta Holiday Base: Bugibba
Fly 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.
Rest 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.
The 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.
Today'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.
Today 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.
On 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.
The 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.
Return to the airport and the flight home, at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We 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.
Combining hotel transfers
If 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.
The 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.
Occasionally, 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.
Customers 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.
Departures from Belfast, East Midlands and Newcastle
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.