Merhba - or welcome - to Malta, the island of enchantment. Echoes of a long and glorious history abound in this sun-soaked Mediterranean gem, from the medieval walled city of Mdina to the splendid capital city, Valletta, built by the Knights of St John both as a fortress and a spectacular architectural celebration of their defeat of the besieging Ottoman Turks in 1565.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled Air Malta flight to Malta. On arrival we will be transferred to your hotel in St Julian’s - the Radisson Blu (5T).
Day 2 Valletta
On your first day we introduce you to Valletta, the attractive 16th century capital of the island and home to a grand harbour. On our included half-day tour, we take in St John’s Cathedral.
Day 3 St Julian’s
Today you are at leisure to make your own explorations of this charming island; or, alternatively, join an optional guided half-day harbour cruise.
Day 4 St Julian’s
Another day at leisure; or join an optional guided full-day tour to the Island of Gozo - the legendary island of the Goddess Calypso and Malta’s sister island. Only a short ferry crossing away, Gozo has a character entirely of its own - it is rich in varied landscapes, natural sights and historical features, with the citadel in the chief town of Victoria dating back to Carthaginian and Roman times. This full-day excursion, including lunch, will visit the citadel in Victoria and the Bay of Xlendi.
Day 5 Hagar Qim - Blue Grotto
We have included a guided half-day excursion to Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto viewpoint today. The megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim dates back to 3600-3200 BC and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed. At the Blue Grotto viewpoint we see the collection of sea caverns which, at certain times of the day, mirror the phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora or show a deep dark shade of blue.
Day 6 Mosta - Rabat - Mdina
Enjoy an included guided half-day sightseeing tour of Mosta, famous for its Rotunda church; Rabat, where St Paul is said to have lived, and Mdina. This walled city has a unique atmosphere and, passing through the narrow streets, we admire the magnificent cathedral and the imposing bastions. This afternoon there is an optional guided visit to the cavernous St Paul’s catacombs, where the apostle is believed to have preached during his time in Malta, and Roman Domus, with wonderful mosaic floors and Roman artefacts.
Day 7 St Julian’s
Today remains free, or there is a further optional full-day guided excursion - ‘Times of Malta’; visit the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa, the oldest of the Three Cities and first capital of the Knights of St John; the Malta at War Museum combines an attractive exhibition about the Second World War in Malta along with the viewing of an original wartime documentary; make a visit to the Handicrafts Village, with free time for shopping, followed by the Botanical Gardens and a drive along Dingli Cliffs, the highest point on Malta, for spectacular views of the south-western coast of the island.
Day 8 St Julian’s - Valletta - London
We transfer to Malta Airport for a direct, scheduled Air Malta flight to London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Please note: 18 September & 2 October 2017, 11 June & 1 October 2018 departures stay at the Hotel Santana, located in St Paul’s Bay, minutes from the promenade, sandy beach and restaurants. All excursions and visits listed will be included, however the order they operate is subject to change - please call for further details.
Look out from the rooftop of this 5-star hotel and you will have fantastic views over the Mediterranean harbour and the city which has inspired this elegant, modern hotel. The city centre location means a mix of shops and cuisines are on the doorstep, with bay side bars just a couple of minutes further. Deluxe rooms include air conditioning, TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers three restaurants, one bar, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room, fi tness centre, spa and wellness centre.