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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 does this price include?

  • 12 nights' half-board accommodation at the four-star superior Hotel Santana in Qawra (all-inclusive upgrades 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

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Malta, meet your tour manager and transfer to your chosen hotel in Qawra.

  • Rest and relax in the hotel, getting to know this delightful area, which throws itself into the Christmas festivities every year. If time allows, pay a visit to the bars and cafes that fringe the sandy bay, many of which are sure to be dressed for the season.

  • On the first of our included excursions you'll explore Valletta. Visit the award-winning Malta Experience, where an audio-visual presentation will reveal the history of the island and its capital; the Upper Barrakka Gardens; and the Auberge de Castille – former home to the Knights of St John.

  • Today brings an opportunity for some last-minute Christmas shopping, as well as the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to Mdina, the ancient, fortified former capital, with its beautiful 'silent city' of narrow streets lined by stone-built houses.

  • Our second included excursion 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, one of the Mediterranean's oldest dockyards at Cospicua, and Senglea with its waterside houses and steps down to the sea.

    This evening, begin your Christmas celebrations with dinner and live entertainment at the hotel.

  • Enjoy 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.

  • Enjoy a restful Boxing Day, 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. Later, spend another evening in the hotel, reliving the highlights of a special Christmas.

  • Enjoy a restful few days in and around your hotel today, as you recharge after a few busy days of sightseeing. On Day 10 you'll also have another chance to visit the delightful island of Gozo.

  • A hugely enjoyable day begins with a journey inland to Mosta's famous church, the vast unsupported dome of which survived a direct hit during WW2. The tour also includes visits to Rabat, famous for its subterranean catacombs, and Mdina, the ancient, fortified former capital, with its beautiful Silent City of narrow streets lined by stone-built houses.

    This evening, celebrate in style with dinner and live entertainment at the hotel.

  • Return to the airport for the flight home, at the end of a wonderful celebratory break.

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Hotels

Dolmen Resort Hotel & Spa, Qawra

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.

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The Santana Hotel, Qawra

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.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Please 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.

  • Visit 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.

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