This island nation’s strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily, has created a fascinating history. On this 8-day tour you’ll get to explore its tiny 16th-century capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of St John. Then travel even further back in time to around 3600 BC with a humbling visit to Hagar Qim (Worshipping Stones), a megalithic temple complex. Round off your historical immersion with a visit to the atmospheric towns of Mosta, Rabat and Mdina.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Malta. On arrival we transfer to your hotel in St Julian’s - the Radisson Blu (5T).
Day 2 Valletta
On our included half-day tour, we introduce you to Valletta, the attractive 16th century capital of the island and home to a grand harbour. We take in St John’s Cathedral, filled with magnificent gifts from the Knights of St John.
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 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.
Day 7 St Julian’s
Today is 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 - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
• 1 October 2018 departure stays 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.
• In Malta, a room tax of between €1-2 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
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.