Private Group: Luxe Wanderlust in Malta

           

MALTA  PROPOSAL  6 NIGHTS – 7 DAYS

DAY 1 – Arrival at Malta International airport – proceed to hotel- check-in, time at leisure, Dinner and overnight.

 

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DAY 2 – Full day excursion Harbour Cruise & Valletta, the capital city built by the Knights of St. John between 1571 and 1576.  Walk around this baroque city to admire its Auberges, Palaces, Stately homes and churches. Visit ST. JOHN’S Co – CATHEDRAL  built by Grandmaster La Casiere to act as the Conventual Church of the Knights in the16th century, it houses the famous painting of the Beheading of St. John by Caravaggio.  Visit the BARRAKKA GARDENS – Malta’s most famous viewpoint of the Grand Harbour and the Three Historical Cities. This was originally the recreational spot for the Italian Knights. This garden is embellished by important monuments such as Les Cavrauche by the Maltese artist Antonio Sciortino.

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After Lunch transfer to SLIEMA for a TRADITIONAL HARBOUR CRUISE which cruises around the two natural Harbours on either side of Valletta – Marsamxett Harbour and the Grand Harbour. A detailed commentary will unfold the history of Valletta and the Three Cities connected with the two Great Sieges of 1565 and 1942, as well as all the other places of interest including the historical forts, battlements and creeks, which can only be admired from the sea.

Return to hotel – free time at leisure –Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 3

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Full day excursion to MDINA, Malta’s medieval capital also known as THE SILENT CITY.  More than four thousand years old it is one of Europe’s finest examples of ancient walled cities. Its buildings are a mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Walk to RABAT visit St. Paul’s Grotto, where St. Paul lived during his short stay in Malta, the grotto forms part of the parish church of Rabat. Visit of St. Paul’s Catacombs found nearby and the Chapel of St. Agatha.

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DINGLI CLIFFS – Malta’s natural fortresses and natural monuments. Panoramic view of sheer cliffs rising from the sea to a height of 260m.

MOSTA CHURCH – is the third largest unsupported Dome in Europe.

TA’ QALI CRAFTS VILLAGE – Maltese crafts at the making- glassblowing, gold and silver filigree and pottery.

Return to hotel – free time at leisure – Dinner and overnight in the hotel

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DAY 4 – Early departure to Full day excursion of the sister island of Gozo.

XEWKIJA BASILIKA – One of the finest examples of limestone craftsmanship on the islands. An imposing new church built around the old parish church of St. John the Baptist.

MARSALFORN BAY – The most popular summer resort and one of the three main fishing villages in Gozo.  It has a beautiful promenade and pretty pebbly beach.

XLENDI BAY – A sea inlet which lies at the end of a deep lush ravine, it was once a river bed now a picturesque fishing village surrounded by sheer cliffs.

16401367175_146f187aa0_bTHE CITADEL, VICTORIA – This medieval city, named after the English monarch Queen Victoria is the Capital of Gozo. It was fortified by the Knights of St. John to act as a protection for the inhabitants; from its ramparts one can catch a breathtaking view of the entire island. Within its walls lies the Cathedral designed by the famous Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa, built between 1697 and 1711.

Ggantija_Temples_Gozo_Malta_Europe_Davidsbeenhere4.jpgGGANTIJA TEMPLES – The two temples of Ggantija are notable for their megalithic structures. These lay claim to be the World’s oldest free standing structures, dating back to 3,800-3,600BC. They are among the best-preserved temples on the Maltese Islands.

DWEJRA – The Azure Window, the Fungus Rock and The Inland Sea, are a superb natural phenomena. The inland sea is a large expanse of shallow water linked to the open sea through a narrow tunnel in the sheer cliff.  Optional: short boat trip on a typical fishing boat from the inland sea into the open sea.

melissani_cave_c.jpgCALYPSO’S CAVE – The legendary home of Calypso, This spot enjoys a magnificent view of the red sand of Gozo’s finest beach and its surrounding countryside.

Return to Malta by ferryboat – back to hotel – free time at leisure – dinner and overnight in the hotel
cottonera-lines-in-malta.jpgDAY 5  Full day excursion visiting a Maltese winery & The Three Cities. At the winery we learn about the procedure of wine making and  have the opportunity to taste some of the different types of wine made in Malta. Visit the Three Historical Cities being Cottonera.  31771378590_f2813e8e6e_b.jpg

 

SENGLEA (L’ISLA) –the smallest of the Three Cities. Visit the Gardiola Gardens perched on the bastions and enjoy the spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, Marsa, Valletta, and Fort St. Angelo. Cospicua-town.jpg

 

COSPICUA (BORMLA) – This city is embraced by bastions dating back to the late 16th century.  Here we visit the parish church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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VITTORIOSA (BIRGU) -The Knights’ city is the most popular of the Three Cities. Its narrow streets of the 16th century have splendid buildings like the Inquisitor’s Palace, churches and Auberges of the Knights of St.  John when they first came to Malta. In Victory Square there is the statue of St. Lawrence and the Victory Monument built in 1705 to commemorate the Great Siege of 1565. Visit St. Lawrence, the first Conventual Church of the Order, rebuilt in1691.

Return to hotel – free time at leisure – Dinner and overnight in the hotel
DAY 6  Full day excursion of  the  Cave of Darkness -– Marsaxlokk – Hagar-Qim-malta.jpgThe Blue Grotto Temples of Hagar Qim  The tour starts with a visit to the cave at Ghar Dalam (Cave of Darkness) were archaeologists have unearthed ample proof that Malta once formed part of the European landmass, from here continue to the  idyllic fishing village of MARSAXLOKK – Picturesque, serene and charming fishing village with colorful fishing crafts and daily fish, fruit typical food and handcrafts ideal for souvenirs,- time for some shopping!. Proceed to Hagar Qim, Malta’s main pre-historic site, overlooking the wide expanse of the blue Mediterranean and the islet of Filfla. From Hagar Qim proceed to Wied iz- Zurrieq to admire the  BLUE GROTTO – Mystic Sea cave with a deep bottom reflecting the brilliant colors of marine fauna (optional boat trip).

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DAY 7  – Check out – board luggage on coach Transfer to airport in time of flight departure.

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